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Updated: 2018-01-26T22:11:54.218-08:00

 






Through Opening week ... everyone is a contender!

2017-10-09T23:27:28.173-07:00



Dreams of raising Lord Stanley's Mug may seem a ways off just now, what with the playoffs far over the horizon of the Spring of 2018, but as we head towards the end of the first week for the 2017-18 campaign, everyone is a contender for the glory and has a shot to see their name engraved on the fabled trophy.

Well perhaps almost everyone,  some cracks have already appeared in the pre-season planning, with the Winnipeg Jets finding Goals Against once again providing more than a few issues, though they have at least cracked the win column after three outings.

Not so a number of squads, including the Buffalo Sabres who have had a rough go of it three games into a brand new year. Joining the Sabres in the quest for a first win are the Ottawa Senators, Minnesota Wild, Dallas Stars, Nashville Predators, Arizona Coyotes and the San Jose Sharks.

Now obviously, the first week of the season is hardly the time to be sending out the SOS calls, and head coaches probably don't have to start thinking about who has the best rates when it comes to moving companies.

After all, for most all it will take is a quick run of a few games to reverse the bad karma and keep the home town fans (and one or two owners) on the bandwagon.

That task seems to be a lot easier in a few places as the first seven days of the 2017-18 season get close to completion on Wednesday.

The Leafs fans already have the plans in hand for the parade for Stanley, Washington is out of the gate fast, as are the Blues.

Chicago is not far off the pace and scoring goals at will, something they have in common with a few of the teams of the Central division who have been active around the net early in the season.

The defensive division to this point is the Pacific, where no team has yet to hit double digits in the Goals For stats, and the Goals Against markers for the most part tell a story of tight contests over the first few games of the year.

The young guns as expected are showcasing their stuff, with Connor McDavid, Austin Matthews and Evgeny Kuznetsov all finding their form quickly into the season.

The veterans are also serving notice that they still have something to say,  Alex Ovechkin is off to a torrid pace early on with 7 goals, thanks to back to back hat tricks to open the season.

Also making some noise in the first week of play, the Vegas Golden Knights a team playing with little of those expansion team struggles, set to host their home opener on Tuesday night as an undefeated squad with a 2-0 record.

As the teams move towards Halloween, the distances will begin to grow between the contenders and those that will quickly learn that there is still much work ahead should they hope to be part of the long haul story of  the 2017-18 season.

That's our goal as well as we return to the blog for a new season, holding through for the long haul, chronicling the high profile stories, the side interest items and previewing the upcoming tournament season, including an Olympic Games without NHLers.

We hope you'll come along for the ride.





HockeyNation Headlines: October 2017

2017-11-05T00:02:55.252-07:00

Our archives of notes for OctoberOctober 31 -- NHL relocation game heating up: Over the BoardsOctober 30 -- Why the Buffalo Bills' success might be a good thing for the SabresOctober 29 -- At the moment, the Leafs just need good, not great goaltending from AndersenOctober 28 -- Alex Ovechkin helps out homeless man in downtown EdmontonOctober 27 -- Gaudreau's scoring but wants to be better in both endsOctober 26 -- Shane Doan brings new perspective to NHL officeOctober 25 -- Power Play lifts Blues to VictoryOctober 24 -- Who are the Vegas Golden Nights and how are they off to such a good start?October 23 -- Jagr could be back by SundayOctober 22 -- Golden Knights' Subban 'probably out weeks' after injury versus BluesOctober 21 -- Williams Karlsson's heroics lift Knights to 3-2 OT winOctober 20 -- NHL admits Avalanche wuz robbed by video reviewOctober 19 -- Oilers end four-game losing skid with win in ChicagoOctober 18 -- Hayley Wickenheiser says Downie's death feels like 'we lost a teammate'October 17 -- Edmonton Oilers fail to show up again in loss to Carolina HurricanesOctober 16 -- Calgary man makes multimillion dollar donation to B.C. Junior Hockey TeamOctober 15 -- Golden Knights beat Boston 3-1 behind backup goaltenders Malcolm SubbanOctober 14 -- Flyers rout Capitals as Laughton, Couturier, Giroux net two goals eachOctober 13 -- Shutout goaltending and power play goals lift Senators past FlamesOctober 12 -- Luongo ties for 4th on wins list, Panthers beat Blues 5-2October 11 -- Patric Hornqvist's return fuels Penguins to win over CapitalsOctober 10 -- James Neal, Golden Knights roll to 5-2 win in home openerOctober 9 -- Matthews sparks Leafs past Blackhawks in OTOctober 8 -- Henrik Lundqvist backs Rangers to first win after shaky startOctober 7 -- Alex Ovechkin has second consecutive hat trickOctober 6 -- Golden Knights win inaugural NHL game, 2-1October 5 -- Brandon Saad becomes second Blackhawks player to score hat trick in season openerOctober 4 -- McDavid runs wild on Flames with opening night hat-trickOctober 3 -- As season starts, hockey fans deserve to be mad about NHL's Olympic decisionOctober 2 -- Reports say NHL Star Jaromir Jagr to join Calgary FlamesOctober 1 -- Longtime NHL Broadcaster Dave Strader Passes at 62Archive of 2017-18 Season[...]



NHL Headline Archives: 2017-18

2017-11-05T01:14:32.840-07:00

Our archive of the headlines posted daily and archived by the month.


2017

November 
October






NHL Suspensions 2017-18

2017-10-17T00:50:56.860-07:00

As the new season begins,  so to will the need for a watchful eye on nightly action for play beyond the rules and that puts player safety at risk through.The task of NHL Justice falls to George Parros in 2017-18 the latest of former NHL enforcers tasked to oversee the day to day needs of Justice in the NHLThey will be reviewing on ice incidents and assessing what punishment, if any will be required on a nightly basis.As they have in past years, video is becoming key to the league announcements when it comes to punishment delivered by league officials, a helpful way of explaining to fans just what has been taken into consideration with each infraction.Our listings of his deliberations can be found below, outlining those that have been summoned to the tribunal.Offenders may now approach the bench, the court is now in session. Chief Justice Parros presiding.Cases up to date as of October 16, 2017The Case files of George ParrosRegular Season SuspensionsOctober 4 -- Washington -- Tom Wilson suspended for four games for boarding (details)Total Regular Season Games suspended (by team)Anaheim -- Arizona --Boston -- Buffalo --Calgary -- Carolina --Chicago -- Colorado --Columbus -- Dallas -- Detroit --Edmonton -- Florida --Los Angeles --Minnesota --Montreal --Nashville --New Jersey -- New York Islanders --New York Rangers --Ottawa -- Philadelphia -- Pittsburgh --San Jose -- St. Louis -- Tampa Bay -- Toronto --Vancouver --Washington -- 4Winnipeg --Total Regular Game Suspensions to date --  4Pre Season SuspensionsSeptember 25 -- New York Rangers -- Andrew Desjardins, suspended two games for illegal check to the head (details)September 23 -- Washington -- Tom Wilson, suspended two pre-season games for interference (details)Monetary punishmentOctober 9 -- St. Louis -- Robert Bortuzzo -- fined $3,091.40 for cross checking (details)Other Notes related to the Department of Player SafetyOctober 4 -- Whitney happy to have 'hand in the game' with Player SafetyOctober 4 -- Ray Whitney joins NHL Department of Player SafetyResources From the Department of Player SafetyDepartment of Player Safety backgroundNHL Rule Book 2017-18NHL Rules videos and explanationsNews from the Department of Player Safety[...]



The Expandables: Kansas City Archive

2017-10-15T00:43:51.870-07:00



Our notes on developments from Missouri, where talk continues of a potential return for Kansas City to the NHL.

Kansas City

October

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September

September 29 -- Lamar Hunt Jr. talks future of KC as possible NHL expansion market
September 27 -- Toronto Maple Leaf's sojourn to Quebec City brings up all sorts of bittersweet hockey memories

August

August 16 -- Kansas City on NHL expansion radar
August 15 -- Is Kansas City a viable NHL expansion location?
August 5 -- Kansas City has some holes to fill before it can become an NHL Expansion Destination




The Trading Post 2017-18

2017-10-17T00:51:56.876-07:00

For many NHL teams, Septembers rosters will be pretty well set through the season, barring a major injury the teams that roll into the new season in high gear, rarely make major changes through the year, with only a trade deadline acquisition to perhaps shore up a weak spot or bring in depth for the playoff battle ahead.Others however, quickly learn that the planning of July and August and September's training camps haven't really solved a lot of their problems and that the only way to get back on track is to bring new faces and ship out those that aren't fitting into where the team hopes to be going by the time the Spring rolls around.It's at those points that the General Managers of each of the NHL's member clubs start to earn their pay, making decisions on which players need a fresh start, or which perhaps have seen their best days slip by, or when it's time to just shake things up and snap a team out of its lethargy.Below we will track the deals of 2017-18, providing some background for the names that suddenly find that movers and change of address notifications are part of the NHL experience.It all of course leads up to the Spring time madness known as the Trade Deadline, a day where hockey fans perhaps suddenly come down with a bad cold or some other suitable malady that will require at least a day at home, perhaps even in front of the television.The preamble to the Spring trading deadline starts with the first puck drop of game one, the listings of the relocated can be found below:Regular Season Trading Period commenced as of October 4, 2017.Trade Deadline  -- February 26, 2018Trades updated as to October 16, 2017---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------October 9 -- Philadelphia/Anaheim -- the Flyers acquire goaltender Dustin Torkarksi from the Anaheim Ducks for  future ConsiderationsOctober 6 -- Toronto/Las Vegas -- the  Maple Leafs acquire goaltendar Calvin Pickard from the Golden Knights, in exchange for Tobias Lindberg and a sixth round pick in the 2018 draft (NHL Trade Alert)October 4 -- Chicago/Montreal -- the Blackhawks acquired forward Andreas Martinsen from the Canadiens for forward Kyle Baun (NHL Trade Alert)October 4 -- Buffalo/ Montreal -- The Sabres send forward Nicholas Deslauriers to the Canadiens in exchange for defenceman Zach Redmond (NHL Trade Alert)Transactions Counter:  4 Trades to date(As of start of Regular Season)Anaheim Ducks -- 1Arizona Coyotes -- Boston Bruins -- Buffalo Sabres -- 1Calgary Flames -- Carolina Hurricanes -- Colorado Avalanche -- Columbus Blue Jackets -- Chicago Blackhawks --  1Dallas Stars -- Detroit Red Wings -- Edmonton Oilers -- Florida Panthers --  Las Vegas Knights -- 1Los Angeles Kings -- Minnesota Wild -- Montreal Canadiens -- 2Nashville Predators -- New Jersey Devils -- New York Islanders -- New York Rangers --Ottawa Senators -- Philadelphia Flyers -- 1Pittsburgh Penguins -- San Jose Sharks-- St. Louis Blues -- Tampa Bay Lightning -- Toronto Maple Leafs -- 1Vancouver Canucks -- Washington Capitals-- Winnipeg Jets --The link to these Trading Post dispatches can be found in our right hand column in the GM's Office section.NHL Trade Tracker  can be viewed here[...]



Attendance Watch: 2017-18

2017-11-08T00:27:42.467-08:00

For those that crunch the numbers on the NHL, beyond the salary caps, a free agency calculations, the bottom line for many NHL teams comes from one simple thing, bottoms in the seats.And this year like the last few of the past, there are some locations that are giving indications that hockey just isn't winning the battle for hearts, minds and wallets.With Las Vegas now aboard the NHL Club of member franchises and two more potential expansion franchises yet to be awarded, locations such as Quebec City, Seattle and Kansas City among others now look to get on the short list for that expansion, though they may also have an interest in going the relocation route should that option present itself.At some time this season, someone is going to look at the listings of the NHL's trouble spots andgo, "how long can the league let this go on". When they do, somebody somewhere will have a ready to go market up for consideration.Once again this year, we will track the teams that some suggest are on the bubble, secure leadership or not, financially flush as they may say they are, no one likes to lose money, so we'll scan the attendance numbers through the year, looking for those bargain basement teams that could be looking for a relocation plan.As we have in the past, we shall use attendance at the 13,000 mark as our cut off for review.  Only those games that have drawn less than 13,000 or less in attendance will be listed below. We also will list which team was in town as the visiting squad for the night, perhaps offering an explanation as to the night's recorded attendance.The review can be accessed from our GM's office links on the right hand sidebar.Attendance Figures as of November 7, 2017Bottom Feeders (our three dim star selection)The three teams with the lowest attendance, teams the most times below the 13,000 benchmark.1.  New York Islanders (6)2.  Carolina Hurricanes (5)3.  Florida Panthers (4)The Breakdown by Franchise locationArizona Coyotes (3)November 4 -- 12,019 (Carolina) (Event Summary)November 2 -- 11,477 (Buffalo) (Event Summary)October 18 -- 11,225 (Dallas) (Event Summary)Carolina Hurricanes (4)November 7 -- 8,828 (Florida) (Event Summary)October 29 -- 10,108 (Anaheim) (Event Summary)October 27 -- 10,069 (St. Louis) (Event Summary)October 24 --10, 498 (Tampa Bay) (Event Summary)October 10 -- 7,892 (Columbus) (Event Summary)Colorado Avalanche (2)November 2 -- 12,048 (Carolina) (Event Summary)October 24 -- 12,823 (Dallas) (Event Summary)Florida Panthers (4)November 2 -- 9,311 (Columbus) (Event Summary)October 30 -- 9,493 (Tampa Bay) (Event Summary)October 26 -- 10,545 (Anaheim) (Event Summary)October 12 -- 10,846 (St. Louis) (Event Summary)New Jersey Devils (1)November 7 -- 12,317 (St. Louis) (Event Summary)New York Islanders (6)November 7 -- 12,281 (Edmonton) (Event Summary)November 5 -- 10,927 (Colorado) (Event Summary)October 30 -- 11,113 (Las Vegas) (Event Summary)October 24 -- 9,795 (Arizona) (Event Summary)October 21 -- 11,877 (San Jose) (Event Summary)October 9 -- 10,673  (St. Louis) (Event Summary)[...]



Hired to Be Fired: 2017-18 Season

2017-10-07T09:08:29.920-07:00


As sure as there are wins and losses (usually associated with the latter), there also will be change somewhere along the way between now and the end of June.

The day eventually comes for many NHL coaches, where they receive the phone call, or tap on the shoulder to go see the GM or owner.

A summons where the usual things are said, "you gave it a good shot, but we're going in a different direction", or variations of the theme.

Of the thirty members of the NHL coaching and managerial fraternity, sometime this year, maybe early, maybe late, the word will come that their services are no longer required.

We will provide the compilation of the summoned from this spot, listing those unlucky members of the club that find themselves outsourced in this 2017-18.

The archive of our list can be quickly referenced on our right hand side bar, in the Owner's Box section.

Tick, tock, tick, tock... the reaper stands ready...

The Listings to Date



The Reviews of the Dismissals







The Owners Box 2017-18

2017-10-07T09:07:56.658-07:00



Our Archive of items regarding ownership of NHL franchises, highlighting the moves in the structure of team ownership and other newsworthy notes surrounding the NHL's 30 Franchises and Administration.

NHL Issues and Events

October



September








The Expandable's: Quebec City Archive

2017-10-15T00:50:13.759-07:00



Our notes on development from the Quebec Capital, everyone's favourite bridesmaid, but a city yet to make it's way back to the NHL altar.

Quebec City 




September

September 27 -- Toronto Maple Leafs' sojourn to Quebec City brings up all sorts of bittersweet hockey memories
September 12 -- Seattle looks set to get an NHL team, but what of Quebec City?
September 12 -- NHL players want next expansion team to be in Quebec City

June

June 25 -- Waiting for the Nordiques: Quebec City doesn't mind being NHL's Plan B



The Expandables: Seattle Archive

2017-10-15T00:36:05.215-07:00

Our notes on development from the Pacific Northwest, where any number of arena proposals continue to percolate, though without any shovels actually making their way into the ground to this point.SeattleOctoberOctober 10 -- Hansen: SODO arena project not dead; room for 2 arenas in SeattleOctober 10 -- Chris Hansen won't try to block Oak View Group's KeyArena plan, pushes for two-arena scenarioOctober 4 -- Gary Bettman on possible Seattle NHL team: "We are nowhere near that"SeptemberSeptember 25 -- Seattle bylaw bars subsidies for sports: What about KeyArena deal?September 17 -- Chris Hansen needs game changer if he wants to climb  back in Seattle arena raceSeptember 12 -- Seattle arena deal makes addition of another expansion franchise a no-brainerSeptember 12 -- See what Seattle NHL hockey might look like in a revamped Key ArenaSeptember 12 -- Seattle looks set to get an NHL team, but what of Quebec City?September 12 -- Seattle could be in line for NHL, NBA teams as arena deal takes shapeSeptember 12 -- Seattle arena could be NHL ready by 2020September 12 -- Seattle proposes $600M KeyArena Renovations to Attract NBA and NHL teamsJuneJune 10 -- Seattle NHL talks far too premature until arena issue solvedJune 8 -- NHL team investors join KeyArena remodel effort after Murray selects Oak View Group bidJune 8 -- KeyArena to be renovated in efforts to lure NHL, NBA team to SeattleJune 7 -- Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Celtics minority owner David Bonderman join KeyArena renovation groupJune 7 -- Jerry Bruckheimer investing in Seattle arena renovationJune 7 -- Producer Jerry Bruckheimer joins bid to bring NHL team to SeattleJune 7 -- Seattle inches closer to arena that could house NBA or NHL team[...]



The Expandable NHL 2017-18

2017-10-15T00:45:09.152-07:00



With the Las Vegas Golden Knights franchise now successfully in the fold and ready to welcome fans from far beyond Nevada, the NHL will turn its thoughts towards two more locations in the years to come

As the tire kickers come on by we'll keep track of who has the potential to become a pin on the NHL map and who may just have fanciful dreams that will never come true.

Along with those ready to embark on the NHL expansion process, others perhaps will be standing by, to take any wards of the NHL that may arrive from existing locations that may be struggling to attract fans in their current locations.

All of the items of note will be gathered below:


Looking for a seat at the table

Houston

Kansas City

Quebec City

Seattle





Centennial Classic delivers a pond hockey finish at BMO field

2017-01-02T01:28:06.931-08:00

New Years' Day brought the Centennial Classic to Toronto's BMO field(from NHL.com)In the end, after sixty minutes of play and a last second tying goal from Detroit to push it to overtime, the rink on the wide expanse of BMO field resembled most what the NHL wants us to take from these stadium spectacles, the vision of hockey stoking memories of the game on a pond.With the skies blue, the air crisp and the ice fast; if somewhat unpredictable, the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs provided the visual centerpiece to launch the 100th centennial of the NHL for the over 40,000 in attendance just off the shores of Lake Ontario.In fact, the skies were too bright as the scheduled start time beckoned, the sun shining from an angle that made for unsafe conditions that required a delay of thirty minutes before the teams could drop the puck.When they did, the action at times did very much resemble that of an outdoor pond, shots fired down ice would take mysterious bounces, the players seemed to struggle at first to the outdoor conditions, taking a bit of time to make a sense of it all.The first period, that of a scoreless tie was indicative of that tentative nature, though the Red Wings seemed to figure it out first, taking a 1-0  lead in the second, only to see the Leafs launch their comeback of four goals in the early stages of the final twenty minutes.Such was the shift in momentum that up until the fourteen minute mark of the final period it appeared as though the home town side would be claiming a convincing victory in regulation time.That was until the Red Wings took advantage of some Toronto miscues and put their game into another gear, scoring three goals in the final six minutes. The final marker, a frantic last second scramble in the Leafs end which delivered the tying goal by Anthony Mantha, who had already had a pretty impressive day and put the signature on his afternoon by sending the game into OT.That perhaps might have been a cue for Leafs' fans of the past to sit in stunned disbelief as another victory suddenly slipped away from the win column, but perhaps 2017 may offer a different resolution after all when it comes to the Toronto squad.For the hometown fans, the game could not have had a more storybook ending, the OT period offering up the opportunity for the highly acclaimed rookie Auston Matthews to tap in the winning goal, reinforcing for many the impact he has already had on the Leafs and providing a sense of what is to come.Matthews rewarded the faith of head coach Mike Babcock who had been giving the rookie, and some of his young team mates, more and more responsibility as the game moved forward. Sending them over the boards for additional ice time in key situations and assigning defensive face off duties that indicate that the coach is allowing Matthews and the young up and comers the opportunity to grow into their roles with the Leafs.On Sunday afternoon, on the first day of 2017 all of those decisions delivered much of what the Leafs fans and the NHL wanted to see, the young colts of the stable starting to show their stuff. While the marquee player for the team made the play that became the exclamation point for the event.The final moments of the game, forgiving a shaky start and near disastrous late third meltdown to put an entertaining finish to the day of hockey.The full Box Score and Game Notes can be reviewed here.A glimpse into the work that goes into putting one of these outdoor showcase games on can be found from this Globe and Mail article, which highlights the achievement of the staff at BMO field who have had two of their busiest months just come to an end. Along with the Centennial Classic, the outdoor Tor[...]






Spengler Time in Switzerland

2016-12-31T16:13:32.204-08:00

It sometimes gets lost in the Sports shuffle of the holidays, but in recent years Canadians have put some time aside to check out one of the more intriguing of tournament offerings with Spengler Cup play set to start on Boxing Day.The tourney features professional players on a number of European teams tangling with a team of Canadians grabbed from European rosters and boosted with a few fly ins for tournament time.Six teams are participating in the Davos based event with Team Canada and the host HC Davos squad to be joined by the KHL's  Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg and Dinamo Minsk, Lugano from the Swiss league and Mountfield from the Czech Extraliga making their first ever Tournament appearance.The annual Spengler event provides Canadians and Americans a chance to catch up with some of their past favourites with a number of players from both countries carving out a nice living for the end of their careers, or others taking their developing skills to Europe for a little seasoning should the NHL not have a space on a roster for them.The Team Canada roster was announced on December 20th and with General Manager Sean Burke selecting an interesting mix of players to carry Canada's flag into the tournament fray.Putting the team through their paces for the tournament will be Head Coach Luke Richardson, Associate Coach Dave King and Gordie Dwyer. Notes on the approach that the three will take at the Davos tournament can be found here.You can review tournament developments from the two websites below:Spengler Cup websiteHockey Canada's Spengler Cup websiteThe Tournament scoreboard and summaries can be reviewed following daily play from Switzerland.Spengler Cup Championship GameDecember 31Team Canada successfully defends its Spengler Cup ChampionshipTeam Canada 5 vs HC Lugano 2 ( Game Summary ) 14th Triumph for Tean CanadaCanada wins 2nd straight Spengler CupCanada defends Spengler Cup title with victory over HC LuganoCamlachie's Dustin Jeffrey garners two assists in three games as Canada successfully defends Spengler CupCanada defeats HC Lugano, captures Spengler Cup for Second Consecutive year------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Semi Final FridayDecember 30HK Dinamo Minsk 2 vs Team Canada 3 ( Summary )HC Lugano  4 vs HC Davos 0 (Summary )December 30 NotesCanada advances to Spengler cup finalCanada advances to Spengler Cup final with 3-2 victory over MinskCanada to face Lugano in Spengler Cup FinalIs Lugano doing the Revenge?Lugano in the Final against Team CanadaTeam Canada First FinalistLugano to face Team Canada in Final------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Quarter Final ThursdayDecember 29 Mountfield HK 1 vs Team Canada 5  ( Game Summary  ) HC Davos 3 vs Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 1 ( Game Summary )   December 29 NotesSenn Heats Davos in the Semi-FinalTeam Canada marched loose in the Semi-FinalIt's a wonderful tournamentSemi Finals or Travel home------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Opening Round CompleteDecember 28 HC Lugano  4 vs  Mountfield HK 3  ( Game Summary  )HC Dinamo Minsk 4 vs HC Davos 5  (  Game Summary )December 28 NotesDavos Despite victory only group-wideLugano on the way to the Semi-FinalTwo duels for the Group DrawDecember 27 HC Davos 3 vs Team Canada  4 (  Game Summary )Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg 3 vs Mountfield HK 4 ( Game Summary ) D[...]



World Juniors take centre ice for Boxing Day start to annual tournament

2017-01-06T00:25:31.818-08:00

Americans have Bowl Season to tide them over the holidays, but for Canadians, in addition a strong interest in how the football picture sorts itself out, there is an added diversion as the break between Christmas and New Year's arrives. As Canadians continue to embrace the Boxing Day launch to the World Junior Championships, this year hosted by Montreal and Toronto.Since the early days of the tournament, it's held a special place in the sports rankings for Canadian fans, drawing large audience for host broadcaster TSN, which devotes much of its assets towards production of what comes close to to two weeks of international puck.The ten team tournament digs into the ice at 1 PM this afternoon in Montreal, 10 AM for British Columbians just putting the wraps on breakfast and with that start ten days of high tempo Junior hockey takes it's share of the sports highlights packages.The highly anticipated event provides, stirs the passions of the land that considers itself home to the game and offers up a glimpse at some of the names that will be part of this summer's NHL draft and potentially for many years to come among the member teams of the professional experience.Tournament play starts in Montreal and for the next ten days you can find Canadians within eyesight of a television set somewhere whenever the team with the Maple Leaf steps out on the ice.Participating Teams for the 2016-17 World Junior Tournament Include:Pool AFinland SwedenDenmarkCzech RepublicSwitzerlandPool BCanadaRussia USASlovakiaLatviaYou can get a preview of some of the atmosphere for the World Juniors from a range of websites listed below dedicated to the event.IIHF WebsiteHockey Canada WebsiteTSN websiteAs well, we will post the results of each day at the World Juniors as well as track items of interest over the course of the ten days leading up to the January 5th Championship match.Tournament StandingsThe World Junior Schedule 2016-17All Games on TSNJanuary 5, 2017Gold Medal Game USA wins GOLD MedalCanada receives SILVER MedalCanada 4 vs USA 5 Shootout ( Game Summary ) @ MontrealIIHF -- Terry scores shootout goldIIHF -- Chabot named MVPIIHF -- Fasel, Hockey Canada meet pressHeartbreak for Canada as U.S. win junior gold in shootoutCanada settles for silver after losing to U.S. in shootoutCanada falls to US in heartbreaking gold medal shootout lossWorld Junior championship springs to life in final 48 hoursCanadian juniors get sterling silver in shootout loss to U.S.World juniors are Canada's pay-to-play (and watch) programHeartbreak for Team Canada as U.S. works overtime to capture world junior hockey gold in shootoutThomas Chabot shines on the big stage leading Team Canada to a silver medal at world junior hockey tournamentTerry the shootout hero again as U.S. tops Canada 5-4 in world junior finalMontreal shouldn't be embarrassed by world junior attendanceWorld Junior Classic: Gold or Silver, Hold your heads highTeam USA wins gold at World Junior Championships in dramatic shootoutJanuary 5, 2017Bronze Medal GameRussia wins Bronze MedalRussia 2 vs Sweden 1 ( Game Summary  ) @ MontrealIIHF -- Bronze goes to RussiaRussia strikes quickly in OT, beats Sweden for junior bronzeRussia beats Sweden 2-1 in overtime to win world junior bronzeDisappointing performance still wins Sergachyov a medal Sweden can't beat Russian goaltending in bronze medal lossGuryanov's OT winner to give Russia 2-1 win over Sweden in bronze medal gameIlya Samsonov snares a bronze medal for Russia----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------[...]



Hockey Nation Headlines -- December 2016

2017-01-01T00:26:52.822-08:00

Our archive of notes for DecemberDecember 31 -- Canada no longer the favourite at world juniors after 3-1 loss to U.S.December 30 -- Canada advances to Spengler Cup final with 4-2 victory over MinskDecember 29 -- Ottawa Senators retire Daniel Alfredsson's No. 11December 28 -- Marner scores in shootout to lift Leafs over PanthersDecember 27 -- Blue Jackets 4, Bruins 3: But coach, players not thrilled despite record 13th winDecember 26 -- Canada vs. Russia means the world at JuniorsDecember 25 -- Parity means Canada is no lock to win it allDecember 24 -- Canada looks for world junior redemption at homeDecember 23 -- Canadian junior team is loaded even with out NHL starsDecember 22 -- Jagr moves into second behind Gretzky on NHL career points listDecember 21 -- Is Gary Bettman OK with Connor McDavid getting hacked?December 20 -- Former Flames coach Bob Hartley relishes challenge of developing hockey in LatviaDecember 19 -- Detroit Red Wings vs. Carolina Hurricanes game postponed due to iceDecember 18 -- Erik Gudbranson to undergo wrist surgeryDecember 17 -- Maple Leafs pick up rare OT win at home vs. PenguinsDecember 16 -- Canadiens' Carey Price not happy after getting pulled at Bell CentreDecember 15 -- Team Canada short on stars ahead of world juniorDecember 14 -- Ex-Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson recovering from strokeDecember 13 -- Shoot out dying off as NHL angles away from unfashionable tiebreakerDecember 12 -- Edmonton Oilers defenceman Darnell Nurse out for three monthsDecember 11 -- Flames rout Jets and muscle their way to top of divisionDecember 10 -- Coaching legend Bill Dineen dies at 84December 9 -- ' He's like family': Capitals owner won't stop Ovechkin from playing in OlympicsDecember 8 -- McDavid calls out Manning for being classlessDecember 7 -- Panel of NHL governors discusses pros and cons of NHLers going to 2018 OlympicsDecember 6 -- Sids's Surge: Crosby on a goal-scoring tear for PenguinsDecember 5 -- Six NHLers tugging at the Hart stringsDecember 4 -- Avalanche defenceman Erik Johnson breaks fibula blocking shotDecember 3 -- Darnell Nurse is out long-term with lower-body injuryDecember 2 -- NHL disciplinarians make courtesy call to VancouverDecember 1 -- 2019 World Junior Hockey Championship coming to Vancouver and Victoria[...]



HockeyNation Headlines -- November 2016

2016-12-26T16:23:04.022-08:00

Our archives for November 2016November 30 -- Senators goalie Anderson takes indefinite leaveNovember 29 -- The Randy Carlyle effect: Ducks stumbling at 5-on-5 under ex-Maple Leafs coachNovember 28 -- Panthers GM Row cites philosophical differences as reason for firing coach GallantNovember 27 -- Florida Panthers fire coach Gerard Gallant; GM Tom Rowe takes overNovember 26 -- Auston Matthews and Maple Leafs brace for 'unbelievable' Alex Ovechkin and CapitalsNovember 25 -- Russian players look up to Caps superstar Alexander OvechkinNovember 24 -- Canucks sign Ben Hutton to two-year contract extensionNovember 23 -- How Bill Foley and his staff picked Vegas Golden Knights as NHL team nameNovember 22 -- Team name announcement a chance to continue hockey celebration, grow fan baseNovember 21 -- John Scott effect? NHL announces rejigged all-star voting requirementsNovember 20 -- Arizona Coyotes send Dylan Strome back to juniorNovember 19 -- Tucson captain collapses on ice before AHL gameNovember 18 -- Relocation winds swirl around Carolina HurricanesNovember 17 -- Surprised NHL is reportedly using Olympics as CBA negotiating chip? Don't be, it's classic BettmanNovember 16 -- Stamkos on shelf with knee injuryNovember 15 -- IIHF suddenly finds money to fund NHL's participation in 2018 OlympicsNovember 14 -- We hardly knew you Glendale: Coyotes announce plans for new arena in TempeNovember 13 -- Legends come out for Lindros-Salming gameNovember 12 -- Crosby enjoying going up against today's kidsNovember 11 -- Pat Quinn's tremendous impact still felt in NHLNovember 10 -- Hockey Hall of Fame call was 'worth the wait' for Rogie VachonNovember 9 -- Not an ideal start: 5 NHL coaches on the early-season hot seatNovember 8 -- Trouba's negotiating tactics fail miserablyNovember 7 -- The Pittsburgh Penguins are endorsing Phil Kessel for PresidentNovember 6 -- Benning, Canucks disappointed with Kadri RulingNovember 5 -- Fights, cheap shots, goals: Maple Leafs defeat Canucks in wild, wacky gameNovember 4 -- Government rejects plan for NHL game on Parliament Hill in 2017November 3 -- Sens' Anderson granted leave again to be with cancer-stricken wifeNovember 2 -- Early season struggles have these 10 players looking to break outNovember 1 -- Eyes of the Hockey World on McDavid vs. Matthews[...]



A little Heritage, for Canada's hockey herartland

2016-10-23T00:15:48.887-07:00

The Prairies have delivered much for Canada through the decades since 1867, a wealth of natural resources, bountiful harvests, a strong work ethic that puts the city slickers in the larger communities to shame and of course an endless supply of young hockey players all looking for their chance to make it to the NHL.They are celebrating the Heritage of Canada's national sport in the heartland of the country this weekend, with Winnipeg the focus point for this years celebration of hockey and it's roots, the Heritage Classic.The weekend started with a Friday evening gala filled with tales of the past from both the visiting Edmonton Oilers and their dynasty for the ages, as well as the home town Winnipeg Jets.A team built with a blue print taken from the people they have represented through the WHA days and into their modern era of the NHL. Focused on a dedication to the need for hard work and sacrifice, before expecting any rewards.Jets fans have made their sacrifices and are ready for some of that reward and for many, the arrival of such a high profile showcase as the Heritage Classic is an nod from the league as to the respect that Manitoba pays to the history of the game.Friday's reminiscing turned to the outdoor rink at Investor's Group Stadium, as the Oilers Alumni and Jets Alumni faced off in the Saturday afternoon alumni match up.A game that brought many of the familiar names of the past back for skate on the rink built on the expanse of the football field normally put to use by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers or University of Manitoba Bisons.In its way a symbol of some of the pond hockey of many memories, though with slightly warmer temperatures than say a crisp January afternoon might have delivered.During the course of the Saturday broadcast, it was noted with some awe the importance that the many community rinks in the city have for the region. With many an NHL dream created on any given Winnipeg evening, under the bright lights and not far from a hot stove.Most of the names of yesteryear were there Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, a young whippersnapper named Ryan Smyth for the Oilers; Dave Babych, Ed Olcyk and Dale Hawerchuk for the Jets, the appreciation from the crowd ringing in the ears of each and everyone of the players as they took their place on the ice.The hockey was what might expected at such events, a leisurely skate on the ice with occasional flashes of what once would bring fans to their feet, the game ending on a penalty shot with the Finnish Flash Teemu Selanne sending the crowd of 31,000 plus home with the desired good vibe of a victory over the Oilers. Reversing the narrative of the past of a team, when the Edmontonians would  dash the hopes of River City hockey fans on more than a few occasions in the halcyon days of the Oilers/Jets battles.Attention now turns to Sunday's showdown between the current Jets and an Oilers squad that for many, is starting to remind hockey fans of a similar collection of youngsters from the eighties whe were ready to make their mark on the NHL.Though if we're looking for an omen for how Sunday's game might end, look no further than the newest exciting import from Finland.With the legend Teemu Selanne settling up Saturday's Alumni showcase, surely Patrick Laine will be the name that Jets fans will be cheering when the Sunday Classic comes to an end.Investors Group Field in Winnipeg is the host venue for this yearsHeritage Classic between the Winnipeg Jets and Edmonton Oilers(Photo from NHL website)Heritage Classic WebsiteSome notes on[...]



From One Austin, to another Auston!

2016-10-15T02:21:32.878-07:00

So honestly after watching the Austin Matthews debut, just one thing needs to be said his performance on the night. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/J2HBdRCroks" width="525"> Now true, while at the end of the sixty minutes and a bit of OT for the 2016-17 debut for the Leafs and Senators the scoreline was Senators 5, Matthews 4, remainder of Leafs 0, the hype surrounding the young Arizonan making his regular season debut seems rather justified.The young phenom from Scottsdale, Arizona had a fine night of skating on the ice surface at the Canadian Tire Centre, dazzling the Ottawa fans and undressing the Ottawa defenders as he provided for a performance to launch the new season for the NHL.Bringing to the ice a performance that guaranteed top line exposure on all of the nightly sports highlights shows, even ESPN, which for the most part in the past has placed the NHL's scoring crawl in the same line up as Cricket Test matches from Fiji.Matthews' rewarded the Leafs confidence of Draft Day in June, picking up his first NHL goal at 8:21 of the first period, followed by his second just six minutes later.  With a short break between periods, possibly to check his twitter feed and instagram account, he came back out and became the thing of nightmares for Senators goaltender Craig Anderson.With Matthews scoring just after the one minute mark of period number two, collecting his fourth and final goal on the evening with but three seconds remaining in the middle period, a full night of hockey already accomplished with just forty minutes of play out of the way.With a modern day NHL record in Matthews pocket, that of four goals in his first game, the Maple Leafs night on score sheet would come to an end, as the Senators finally found a way to not only shut down the highly touted addition to the Leafs lineup, but to turn the game around and claim the win in Overtime.Perhaps a perfect outcome for hockey fans in the Nations' capital who can say they were there when Matthews' collected the first of what appear to be many records that may soon claim his name, while at the same time having seen the home side squad show some grit and take their first victory of the season.The scoring exploits became one of the trending topics on twitter for part of the evening and no doubt set Leafs' fans hearts to racing at the prospect of a home game schedule that suggests offence may soon be back in the blue print for Maple Leaf hockey.The only person perhaps that was happier than Maple Leafs fans on Wednesday night was League Commissioner Gary Bettman, it was like winning your Fantasy Hockey Draft on the first night of play. Bettman has a top level American star, playing for one of the most iconic franchises in the league, one based in Canada, in the home of the top television market for the NHL, a guarantee that the launch of the legend of Auston is going to get maximum exposure.As an added chance for a short victory lap, the newest star for the NHL hails not from a snowbound town in the hockey belt, but from that newly charted territory of Arizona. A market that Bettman has done all that he could to keep alive and with the ascent of Matthews to the NHL galaxy he no doubt make for at least a short term salute to building footprints across the continent.At some point the Commish might prefer to see young Mr. Matthews on a US based team in one of the large media markets of the lower 48, but for now the spotlight is Toronto and Matthews it[...]



Potus on Puck: President Obama honours the Pittsburgh Penguins at the White House

2016-10-06T23:52:58.453-07:00

It's become an annual ritual for sports teams, a sports championship guarantees a trip to Washington and in the case of the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Capitals were not on the itinerary.

Thursday, the Pittsburgh Penguins pulled into a pretty impressive arena all on its own, as President Barack Obama paid tribute to the Stanley Cup Champs for 2015-16 at the White House.


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Oilers turn to McDavid to wear the C, making him youngest ever to claim that letter

2016-10-06T23:44:43.488-07:00

The Edmonton Oilers are Connor McDavid's team now, though in reality they've been his team since the day the Oilers announced his name at the draft table. Yesterday's announcement awarding McDavid the Oilers C, just reinforced the new foundation for Oiler hockey that will build on the enthusiasm and pure skill that the young player brings to the game.The Oiler's Centre joins some legendary names that have been selected to lead from the very first Oiler in Al Hamilton, through the Stanley Cup winning ones of Gretzky and Messier and through some names that roll through the Oiler's hockey history books.The new face of the franchise joins a list of players who bled Orange and Blue through the good years and the not so successful ones, forces that willed remarkable victories at times and suffered the hardest of losses at others.Beyond Northern Alberta, McDavid can review some recent hockey history for role models for his journey into leadership, Sidney Crosby and Jonathon Toews from the new generation, Steve Yzerman from Stanley Cup champs of the past all were handed the title and rewarded that confidence impressively.Others that also were tapped early in their careers include Brian Bellows, Gabriel Landeskog, Vincent Lecavalier and Jim Schoenfeld.As we discovered from the recent World Cup of Hockey, McDavid even at 19, has a presence on the ice that speaks volumes. Team mates gravitate to him and feed off of his passion, while line mates of course benefit from his skills on the ice.But as the decision making process was outlined on Wednesday it's what we don't see off the ice that made the Oilers realize that the future would be secure in the hands of the young talent out of Richmond Hill, Ontario.Here's what the Oilers think of the new holder of the Burn't Orange C ... allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/becVZG1iXvc" width="525"> The 2016-17 season is one which is highly anticipated by Oiler fans and one that fans in other cities will be watching with quite a bit of interest.From the celebrations that will come with a new rink and an expectation that the learning curve is over for young but enthusiastic squad, there is very much a feeling that it's time for results now and that this season will be the year where the challenges of the last few years will finally be forgotten.That may be a pressure situation for some, but having watched Connor McDavid tackle high pressure situations over the last couple of years, one suspects that he's up to the challenge and that its just one more step on the return of the Oilers to levels once thought far away.Edmonton Oilers website notes:Captain ConnorMcDavid's Dedication to Craft Leads to CaptaincySome of the notes out of Edmonton on Wednesday's announcement can be found below:Captaincy a confirmation of Connor McDavid's early ascendancyConnor McDavid named youngest captain in NHK historyCaptain McDavid will need some fierce henchmen to succeed - but he's got themOilers name Connor McDavid captainThe question wasn't if the Edmonton Oilers would name Connor McDavid captain, it was whenEdmonton Oilers name Connor McDavid as captainOilers' McDavid can look to Crosby, Toews, Yzerman for leadership examplesEdmonton Oilers tab Connor McDavid as captain - youngest in NHL history: 'He's mature beyond his years'McDavid becomes youngest captain in NHL history as Oilers give him the CConnor McDavid's challenge to Crosby as best player [...]



HockeyNation Headlines -- October 2016

2016-12-26T10:45:11.967-08:00

Our archive of items for October 2016 October 31 -- 'Connor versus Auston? I'd buy a ticket for that game': McDavid vs. Matthews is hereOctober 30 -- Rookie dilemma: NHL teams face quandary of sending touted, floundering youngsters to juniorOctober 29 -- Sens' goalie Craig Anderson learns wife Nicholle has cancerOctober 28 -- Canada to face U.S. outdoors at 2018 world juniors in BuffaloOctober 27 -- Ottawa Senators give goalie Craig Anderson a leave of absenceOctober 26 -- Steven Stamkos silences boos quickly with four points against LeafsOctober 25 -- Winnipeg, Saskatoon make joint bid for World JuniorsOctober 24 -- Crosby rejoins Penguins for practice, injects intensityOctober 23 -- Oilers shut out Jets 3-0 at Heritage ClassicOctober 22 -- Selanne of course gets alumni winner for Jets over OilersOctober 21 -- Wayne Gretzky opens up about rarely playing hockey anymore ahead of Heritage Classic weekendOctober 20 -- Arizona Coyotes GM adding to his arsenal of ideas through chats with former Blue Jays boss Alex AnthopoulosOctober 19 -- Laine explodes for hat trick to lead Jets furious comebackOctober 18 -- Marian Hossa scores 500th goal of his career in wild winOctober 17 -- Carey Price won't play in Canadiens' home openerOctober 16 -- Long-distance goal against Oilers turned game around for SabresOctober 15 -- Leafs finally get it right in honouring - no, retiring - their greatsOctober 14 -- P.K. Subban golden in big day for PredatorsOctober 13 -- Leafs' Matthews offers a tour de four in debutOctober 12 -- Calgary Flames teammates relieved to have Johnny Gaudreau back in the lineupOctober 11 -- Johnny Gaudreau returns to Flames, apologizes to teammates, says he wants to play for fans, cityOctober 10 -- Concussion diagnosis has Penguins preparing to start season without CrosbyOctober 9 -- Florida Panthers lose Huberdeau for months to injurym name McKenzie captainOctober 8 -- Life moves on for Flames without JohnnyOctober 7 -- Blues acquire forward Yakupov from OilersOctober 6 -- Obama congratulates Penguins on Stanley Cup championshipOctober 5 -- Captaincy a confirmation of Connor McDavid's early ascendancyOctober 4 -- Jackman gets a big sendoff while retiring as a BlueOctober 3 -- Avalanche's Matt Duchene suffered separated shoulder in World Cup practice, played onOctober 2 -- Connor McDavid leads Oilers offence in win over KingsOctober 1 -- Stanley Cup lands in Lumby[...]