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WHL Roundup: Steenberger scores OT winner as Broncos edge Raiders

SWIFT CURRENT, Sask. - Tyler Steenbergen scored 2:09 into overtime as the Swift Current Broncos edged the Prince Albert Raiders 3-2 on Sunday in Western Hockey League action. Jon Martin and Tyler Adams also scored for Swift Current (17-27-5).... Read Full Article on


John Scott voted MVP of Pacific’s All-Star Game win

NASHVILLE -- The smile that flashed across John Scott's face again and again throughout the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game was the perfect symbol of his adventure at Bridgestone Arena on Sunday. "I just see him as this little kid," Scott's wife, ... Read Full Article on


OHL Roundup: Hicks makes 47 saves, Bulldogs snap three-game skid

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. - Connor Hicks turned away 47-of-49 shots and Trent Fox had two goals and an assist as the Hamilton Bulldogs beat the Niagara IceDogs 5-2 on Sunday in Ontario Hockey League action. Niki Petti scored once and set up two mo... Read Full Article on


QMJHL Roundup: Foreurs cruising, beat Olympiques for seventh straight win

GATINEAU, Que. - Etienne Monpetit made 30 saves and Val-d'Or did all its damage with the power play as the league-leading Foreurs downed the Gatineau Olympiques 3-1 on Sunday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action. Julien Gauthier, Carl ... Read Full Article on


Laing 'blown away' by support following injury

NASHVILLE--Denna Laing, in a message shown on the video screen during the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, said she has been "absolutely blown away by the support I've gotten from the hockey community." Laing, a member of the Boston Prid... Read Full Article on


Enforcer John Scott scores 1st All-Star goal for Pacific

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - John Scott, the enforcer fans voted into the NHL All-Star Game, has scored the first goal for the Pacific Division during the 3-on-3 All-Star tournament. Scott scored on a tip-in just 47 seconds into the second mini-game Su... Read Full Article on


WHL Roundup: Braylon Shmyr has hat trick and assist to lead Blades past Pats

SASKATOON - Braylon Shmyr had a hat trick and an assist to lead the Saskatoon Blades past the Regina Pats 7-3 on Saturday night in Western Hockey League action. Wyatt Sloboshan, Nick Zajac, Connor Gay and Colton Waltz supplied the rest of the... Read Full Article on


Peter Budaj perfect in Ontario Reign's 4-0 win over Manitoba Moose

ONTARIO, Calif. - Peter Budaj made 19 saves as the Ontario Reign shut out the Manitoba Moose 4-0 on Saturday in American Hockey League action. Michael Mersch scored twice — once into an empty net — to lead Ontario's (26-10-4) offence, while S... Read Full Article on


OHL Roundup: Nick Suzuki scores hat trick to lead Attack past 67's

OTTAWA - Nick Suzuki scored a hat trick as the Owen Sound Attack beat the Ottawa 67's 5-2 on Saturday in Ontario Hockey League action. Jonah Gadjovich added a goal and two assists with Bryson Cianfrone also chipping in for the Attack (21-17-9... Read Full Article on


QMJHL Roundup: McDonald, Coughler lead Islanders past Screaming Eagles

CHARLOTTETOWN - Mason McDonald stopped all 39 shots he faced and Jake Coughler scored a hat trick as the Charlottetown Islanders shut out the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 3-0 on Saturday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action. Samuel Bla... Read Full Article on


East dominates shootout, wins Skills Competition

NASHVILLE -- The Eastern Conference dominated the Western Conference in the Discover Shootout, the final event of the Honda All-Star Skills Competition at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday. The Eastern Conference won the Skills Competition 29-12, w... Read Full Article on


Holtby, East lose to West in Skills Challenge Relay

NASHVILLE -- Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby grew up watching a generation of NHL goaltenders who were phenomenal stick-handlers. The list includes: Martin Brodeur, Patrick Roy and Marty Turco. "Those guys, that was part of the game... Read Full Article on


Predators' Weber wins hardest shot contest again

NASHVILLE -- Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber won the AMP Energy NHL Hardest Shot for the second consecutive season with a shot of 108.1 mph. Weber fell short of the 108.5 mph shot he had in 2015 in Columbus, but his 108.1 mph shot was... Read Full Article on


Chad Nehring's two goals lead Hartford Wolf Pack past St. John's IceCaps

HARTFORD, Conn. - Chad Nehring had back-to-back goals in the second period as the Hartford Wolf Pack topped the St. John's IceCaps 4-1 on Saturday in American Hockey League play. Ryan Graves and Nick Tarnasky also scored for Hartford (23-20-2... Read Full Article on


Tobias Lindberg lifts Binghamton Senators over Toronto Marlies in overtime

TORONTO - Tobias Lindberg scored the overtime winner as the Binghamton Senators edged the Toronto Marlies 6-5 on Saturday in American Hockey League action. David Dziurzynski scored in regulation and added two assists for Binghamton (17-23-3),... Read Full Article on


2016 NHL All-Star Game Rosters

NEW YORK, United States of America - The players named to the National Hockey League all-star weekend rosters for the league's new 3-on-3 tournament, Friday-Sunday in Nashville, Tenn. (i—injured, will not play; r—replacement; c—captain; x—John S... Read Full Article on


Islanders' Tavares wins accuracy shooting contest

NASHVILLE -- No one was perfect in the Draft Kings Accuracy Shooting Contest at the 2016 Honda All-Star Skills Competition on Saturday, but New York Islanders captain John Tavares came closest to perfection to give the Eastern Conference a 3-2 win... Read Full Article on


Subban channels Jagr to win breakaway challenge

NASHVILLE -- P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens -- with an assist to Jaromir Jagr -- won the Honda Breakaway Challenge at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday. The winner was decided by fans voting on Twitter. Subban got 31 percent of the vote; nar... Read Full Article on


Red Wings' Larkin sets fastest skater record

NASHVILLE -- Detroit Red Wings rookie forward Dylan Larkin is the fastest skater in the history of the NHL All-Star Skills competition. Larkin, 19, took advantage of the opportunity he earned Saturday night to best the record held by Mike Gartn... Read Full Article on


Bettman says NHL would not take an application from Seattle

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman insisted Seattle is not in the running to land an expansion team. "If someone wanted to give us an application right now, we wouldn't take it," Bettman said Saturday at his state-of-the-league ... Read Full Article on


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Hockey Notes On A Saturday Night


from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, - ... On another channel there is football Hall of Famer and Super Bowl champion, Troy Aikman, calling a game. And when baseball playoffs were on just a few months back, there was Frank Thomas on the panel with Alex Rodriguez and Big Papi, David Ortiz, three of the greatest hitters in recent baseball history, now broadcasting. The new star of hockey broadcasting in Canada is Kevin Bieksa. He is refreshingly honest, original and quirky, and once he finished 18th in Norris Trophy voting. The more established star broadcasters among former players are Ray Ferraro, Eddie Olczyk, Craig Simpson and Keith Jones. All of them decent NHL players themselves, none of them all-time anythings. Which begs the question: What is it about hockey — the sport, the culture, the product — that doesn’t attract playing stars to the broadcast booth?... - The NHL season will be five days old on Sunday and I’ve already watched Leafs, Habs, Oilers, Canucks, Jets, Flames, Senators, Blues, Avalanche, Flyers and Penguins — some of them twice, some three times by Sunday morning. I’ve never consumed this much hockey, this quickly, this enthusiastically. - I seem to be in the minority on this, but I would have brought Mike Milbury back to NBC hockey. I thought he brought an edge to their between-periods panels that they don’t have anymore. more on the first topi and other notes too...

Paul Kukla (Kukla's Korner)

The Day After A Bad Opening Loss By The New York Rangers


from Larry Brooks of the New York Post, But on the heels of a performance in which Quinn, both immediately following the match and then again on Friday, said, “There wasn’t anything good that happened … in any capacity,” the player combinations were less the issue than the team’s intent and preparedness. And for sure, the coaching staff shares responsibility for the team’s total eclipse of the heart.... Other than the Chris Kreider-Mika Zibanejad-Pavel Buchnevich unit, the remaining three lines were flexed as well. Most noteworthy, Quinn moved Alexis Lafreniere up and across to right wing on the 1A line with Artemi Panarin and Ryan Strome, while Kaapo Kakko was dropped to a remodeled third unit with Filip Chytil and Phillip Di Giuseppe. I spent the summer lobbying for Lafreniere to be awarded an immediate top-six spot, and I think he deserves it. But this move will be viewed more as a demotion for Kakko than as a promotion for Lafreniere. If that is the case internally, it could backfire. The Rangers simply cannot afford to diminish Kakko at this point before he’s even had a chance to establish a foothold. “This is his second year. Everybody here thinks he’s a really good player. We just need guys to show up night-in and night-out, compete night-in and night-out, and he’s no different,” the coach said of the 19-year-old winger. “He was on a crowded bus of guys who didn’t have good nights, so he’s got to be better, but everyone has got to be better.” That’s just it. The Rangers have to be better. Much better. The route to getting there will be paved with choices. Selecting the wrong ones could invite long term consequences. more

Paul Kukla (Kukla's Korner)

A History Lesson


from Stan Fischler at The Hockey News, James Norris was not fooling around that April morning in 1935. The 56-year-old Montreal commerce czar had just bought Detroit’s NHL club – then called the Falcons – and phoned Jack ‘Jolly Jawn’ Adams, the coach-manager he had acquired in the franchise purchase. “I’ll give you a year on the job,” Norris warned him. “You’re now on probation.” Those who knew Norris best translated the “probation” part to mean win a Stanley Cup, pronto, or else. If that wasn’t intimidating enough, there was the new owner’s physical presence: very scary. “I remember the afternoon we met,” said Adams during an interview in 1961 when he was 67. “Norris was bald and he had heavy black eyebrows and a round face. His nose was broad and flat, like somebody had hit it.” While he was at it, the new boss laid a few other things on the line with his new employee. “We’ll call the team the Wings. In fact, we’ll call it Red Wings. Our emblem will be a winged wheel which ought to sit good with Henry Ford and the car people,” Adams recalled. The habitually argumentative Adams instantly realized he should never quarrel with his new boss – just do what the millionaire said and quickly go about the business of making him happy. The results were amazing, to say the least. He gifted Norris with back-to-back championships, while earning a second nickname, ‘Trader Jack.’  continued

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Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detr (Kukla's Korner)

A New Season, A New Captain, A Useful Distraction


Good evening. It’s a brand new season for the 19! Welcome back to one and all, from the long absence of Detroit Red Wings Hockey. It’s been far to long since we’ve all hung out together to have what I hope will be a good time, and, a good season for all of us. I hope that everyone, and, your families are faring well, staying healthy, and, sane. I’d prefer if possible, keeping thing’s upbeat, and, not dwell on the past year, at least for now since this is our first game back. The big news. Finally, finally, finally, Dylan Larkin has been named Captain of the Detroit Red Wings, and deservedly so. Steve Yzerman has made some additional moves in the off season that we all hope will pan out, and, make watching the Wings, let‘s just say, “more fun,” than watching the way the Wings have played the past few seasons. There are a few new faces on the roster as well as our familiar favorites. Tonight, and most nights, I hope this place that we all have come to call home, will also serve as a much needed useful distraction. With the Yzerplan starting to take shape, one can only hope it will give us something to look forward to. To keep us out of the doldrums, to cheer on, and, as always, the possibility to cringe. It should be interesting if nothing else. Maybe, we’ll all be able to witness some pleasant surprises along the way. Okay, that’s probably raising the bar a bit, but, what the heck? Why not? Welcome back 19! Drop the puck! It’s a Live Blog!

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