Adam Proteau

Adam Proteau, currently the brand's columnist/writer, has worked for The Hockey News since 2002 and won the Professional Hockey Writers' award for best column in 2006. He also won the Esso Medal of Achievement for most improved player as a 13-year-old at the 'A' level in 1985, but he's less proud of that.

Danny Syvret’s astonishing trick shot can’t be matched by mere mortals

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Danny Syvret (image via WHO 13 TV)

American League defenseman Danny Syvret played his last NHL game in the 2010-11 season, but don’t take that to mean the veteran has lost the ability to drop a hockey fan’s jaw with his sense of skill. Now a member of the AHL’s Iowa Wild, the 29-year-old recently pulled off an incredible trick shot that very few human beings can match.

The former Flyer, Duck and Oiler, currently in his first season with the AHL Wild after spending last year in Hartford, made his way to the second level of the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines and, with the cameras rolling, showed he can find the net with amazing accuracy: Read more

Report: Minnesota, Colorado to host NHL outdoor games next season

The crowd at Chicago's Soldier Field for the 2014 Stadium Series game between the Hawks and Pens. (Getty Images)

The Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild will each host outdoor games next season, according to a report Wednesday from TSN’s Bob McKenzie. The games will complement the Jan. 1 Winter Classic, which will take place in Boston’s Gillette Stadium and feature the Bruins and Montreal Canadiens. Read more

NHL suffers legal setback in battle against ex-Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes

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Gary Bettman and Bill Daly  (Kevin Light/NHLI via Getty Images)

The NHL was ultimately successful in its battle with former Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes over the location of the franchise – the former kept it in Arizona, while the latter was prepared to have it sold and relocated to Hamilton, Ont. – but a new legal ruling is a significant setback in the league’s efforts to collect more than $145 million in punitive damages from the trucking magnate.

 

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Suspend him or not: Flyers’ Zac Rinaldo boards Penguins’ Kris Letang

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Zac Rinaldo (Getty Images)

Like recently-suspended Hawks winger Daniel Carcillo, Flyers winger Zac Rinaldo has made an NHL career out of playing “on the edge” – and implicit in that phrase has long been the understanding he occasionally goes over that edge. So when he once again crossed the line Tuesday by drilling Penguins defenseman Kris Letang into the boards from behind, not a single brow league-wide was raised in surprise: Read more

Alex Ovechkin, scorer of goals, shatterer of goal cameras

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Alex Ovechkin (Getty Images)

Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin has been a central force in Washington’s success thus far this season, and even in a losing cause Tuesday against the Oilers, the Russian star showed his force is sometimes too much for goal cameras when he’s blasting pucks in nets.

The 29-year-old Ovechkin had already scored once in front of his home crowd Tuesday when, on the power play, he drilled a shot from the circle and beat Edmonton goalie Viktor Fasth for his 27th goal of the year. Unfortunately for the goal camera, Ovechkin really got all of the puck: Read more

Ben Scrivens’ commitment to mental health awareness remains stronger than any stigma

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Ben Scrivens (Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens has established himself as one of the NHL’s leading voices in mental illness awareness, and he’s now teamed up with athletes and celebrities outside the hockey world to spread the word and encourage understanding and acceptance of those who suffer from it.

Working with the group Bring Change 2 Mind – a non-profit charity founded by actress Glenn Close to raise mental illness awareness – Scrivens is joining fellow athlete Brandon Marshall of the NFL’s Chicago Bears, actor Wayne Brady and musician Michael Angelakos of the group Passion Pit on a new public service announcement campaign, #StrongerThanStigma, that encourages the normalization of mental health conversations among men: Read more

An open letter to idiotic hockey jersey-throwers (and those considering it) everywhere

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Nazem Kadri (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Dear idiotic jersey-throwers (and those considering it) everywhere,

Consider this a typed-out high-five and congratulations on a job well done. You gentlemen have skillfully made your nuanced point in a manner a considered column or passionate speech never could. After another night of at least one of you disrupting an NHL game by chucking your jersey from the stands onto the playing surface, we all finally get it. Admittedly, it wasn’t apparent until the moment those jerseys touched the ice, but it sure is now: the team represented by the piece of uniform is not particularly good. On Monday evening, the Maple Leafs were the group of players convicted via flying clothes, and it wasn’t just one of you rendering judgment via your ability to partially disrobe before large gatherings of people; the guy I’m guessing is the Grand Poobah of your membership chose to throw his Leafs jersey on the ice while the puck was in play, creating a dangerous situation that easily could’ve seriously injured one of the players he claims to cheer for.

This stuff has been happening for months now, at the Air Canada Centre and on the road for Leafs games, and in other NHL venues. And let’s give all of you wise guys credit – your completely unselfish actions have made a big difference. Goodness knows the Oilers and Leafs have turned things around 180 degrees since you humbly registered your individual displeasure in front of the world, and your names should be engraved on the Stanley Cup when both teams win it in the next year or two. Read more