(Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend’s events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complainRead More »from What We Learned: Team North America is future of NHL
- Ryan Lambert | Puck Daddy – Mon, Sep 12, 2016 13:29 BST
- Greg Wyshynski | Puck Daddy – Sun, Sep 11, 2016 16:22 BST
(Ed. Note: This story originally ran on Sept. 11, 2011, the 10-year anniversary of the attack on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. There have been some modifications of the original text to update news. It should also be noted that pro sports are, and were, a small footnote on a day of tremendous human loss. Our condolences to all who were impacted on a personal level from these horrific events.)
The morning of Sept. 11, 2001, the major concerns for the National Hockey League and its fans were as follows:
The start of the preseason that Saturday; how the Canadiens would react to the recentRead More »from On 9/11 anniversary, how the NHL reacted to tragedy
- Jen Neale | Puck Daddy – Sat, Sep 10, 2016 03:26 BST
The hate between the United States and Canada runs deep, even in meaningless exhibition games during the warmup to the World Cup of Hockey.
Ryan Kesler proudly wears the red, white and blue for Team USA. He shows that these colors do not run … but they do get ejected.
In the second period of the first World Cup exhibition game for both squads, Team Canada defenseman Shea Weber goes back to retrieve the puck along the end boards. He doesn’t appear to touch the puck before Kesler comes barreling in and flattens the much larger (and angrier) Weber against the boards.
Jonathan Toews does Kesler aRead More »from Kesler ejected for boarding in USA, Canada exhibition (Video)
- Sean Leahy | Puck Daddy – Fri, Sep 9, 2016 22:24 BST
Kris Versteeg didn’t have to wait long for another shot at the NHL.
Versteeg had originally signed a one-year deal with SC Bern in July. But after arriving in Switzerland earlier this month, things didn’t work out and depending on who you ask you might get a different answer. The player’s side will tell you due to hip surgery he had four years ago he was unable to get full insurance coverage. The team will tell you he failed his physical.Read More »from Kris Versteeg headed to Oilers camp after signing tryout deal
- Josh Cooper | Puck Daddy – Fri, Sep 9, 2016 22:20 BST
According to two legendary hockey players, the World Cup of Hockey doesn’t exactly replace the Olympics. In fact, both aren’t totally comparable.
On a conference call after the first day of World Cup action, ESPN commentators and Hockey Hall of Famers Chris Chelios and Brett Hull agreed that both tournaments aren’t the same even though both stoke nationalistic pride.
“(The Olympics are) a much bigger stage, at least it was to me as a player, and even as a coach,” Chelios said. “The fact that the village, the ceremony, it’s just a much bigger stage than the World Cup.Read More »from Hull, Chelios see pride in World Cup; bigger stage with Olympics
- Ryan Lambert | Puck Daddy – Fri, Sep 9, 2016 22:18 BST
The World Cup of Hockey is eight days away, and we’re starting to get a look at how these games will go during the exhibition schedule.
Russia has a deadly power play, Finland and Sweden are really good at both ends of the ice. The kids are talented, but the Czechs are not. No real surprises there, to be honest. And part of the reason for that is you can look at the rosters every team put together and make a pretty clear determination about where everyone’s going to land.
Because the quality Canada brings to the table at this point is just so overwhelming, a lot of the consideration hereRead More »from Is Canada really that much better than World Cup foes? (Trending Topics)
- Greg Wyshynski | Puck Daddy – Fri, Sep 9, 2016 20:03 BST
The NHL’s decision to add “concussion spotters” inside their arenas last season was seen by some as a proactive move to further police the health of its players, and by others as ineffective window dressing influenced by ongoing concussion litigation.
Two primary problems with the “spotters” program were that they were team-affiliated rather than independent; and that unlike the “Julian Edelman Rule” in the NFL, where the spotters can demand that a player leave the game for evaluation if he’s showing signs of having been concussed, the ultimate decision forRead More »from NHL adding ‘video concussion spotters’ to protocol for 2016-17
- Jen Neale | Puck Daddy – Fri, Sep 9, 2016 19:35 BST
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• Based on these nets, coming back to play will be a lot more difficult than Carey Price probably anticipated. [@Dave_Stubbs]
• A new deposition was submitted in the case against Evander Kane for an allegedRead More »from Evander Kane case continued; Gaustad retires; Roy on future (Puck Headlines)
- Greg Wyshynski | Puck Daddy – Fri, Sep 9, 2016 19:23 BST
The worst fears of NHL fans about the World Cup of Hockey bubbled to the surface for Chicago Blackhawks faithful on Thursday night, when news hit that star winger Marian Hossa was getting X-rays after Team Europe’s humbling 4-0 loss to Team North America in an exhibition game.
And by “worst fears” we of course mean “key player gets injured in a meaningless game for an exhibition tournament.”
But according to insider Scott Powers at The Athletic, the 37-year-old winger will play in the World Cup despite being unable to finish Thursday’s game with a bruised right foot:
Hossa suffered the injuryRead More »from Marian Hossa remains in World Cup despite foot injury: Report
- Josh Cooper | Puck Daddy – Fri, Sep 9, 2016 18:02 BST
For the World Cup of Hockey Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby believed it was important to pay tribute to the Tragically Hip and their lead singer Gord Downie.
Last May, it was revealed Downie was diagnosed with a terminal form of brain cancer and that the band would tour in Canada this summer. This made an impression on Holtby, who is a music fan and plays guitar in his down time in order to relax from the rigors of an NHL schedule. So he decided to paint Downie and the band, which hails from Kingston, Ontario, on his World Cup mask.Read More »from Braden Holtby pays tribute to Tragically Hip with World Cup mask (Photos)