Today was media day for the North Dakota hockey team at the Ralph (Ralph Engelstad Arena). And as part of the event, the school unveiled what its newly renovated dressing room looked like.
Rory Boylen is the editor of Post-to-Post and has been with The Hockey News since 2007. A former OMHA referee for 10 years out of Coldwater, Ont., he grew up an unlikely fan of the Florida Panthers and - perhaps even more unlikely - was crushed by Uwe Krupp in 1996. Toss out Big Lebowski lines and he'll be your friend for life.
As a fan, you’ve never been able to feel the speed and quickness with which a Patrick Kane or Alex Ovechkin moves up the ice with the puck, or what it’s like for them to beat the last blueliner and fire the disc past the goaltender.
But this year will be different. A new wrinkle will be added to NHL game coverage this year as the league signed a content-sharing agreement with GoPro cameras to use footage in promo campaigns, which will then be used to supplement game coverage. At a recent NHL/PA player media tour in Newark’s Prudential Center, nearly a dozen NHL stars had these cameras fitted to their helmets. This footage will be used for promos and, when one of them scores in a game, the taped footage will be used to give fans an idea of what the player would see, because they aren’t wearing these on their helmets. Yet. Read more
The Boston Bruins were bumping up against the salary cap and still had two RFAs to re-sign: Torey Krug and Reilly Smith. Even after taking Marc Savard’s $4 million LTIR into consideration the Bruins were still going to have a tough time signing these two. Krug was looking for something in the $2-$2.5 million range, while Smith was in line for something between $2.5-$3 million.
The only way the Bruins would be able to get both under contract is if they accepted discounted one-year deals – and that’s just what they did Monday. Read more
Here’s a blast from the past: Phil Hartman (you might remember him from such shows as The Simpsons, Saturday Night Live and NewsRadio) in a commercial for “Ice Hockey,” a 1981 video game for the Atari system.
Look at those graphics! You really think you’re ready for all that? Read more
As you probably know by now, Jordan Subban scored the first pre-season goal of his career Tuesday night – and it was on his first shot too. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the story this morning.
The story was an unfortunate and insensitive caption on the photo of Subban celebrating with his teammates after he scored. The two websites that used it apologized for the slip up. Wednesday afternoon, Subban responded to the mistake. Read more
Another one bites the dust.
New York Rangers center Derek Stepan was injured during a conditioning test Tuesday and had to be helped off the ice. The team says Stepan suffered a fractured fibula and that there is no timetable for his return.
Without Stepan, the Rangers lose a player who scored 57 points for them last season – second most on the team. Read more
On Tuesday night, Vancouver Canucks prospect Jordan Subban scored his first NHL pre-season goal on the first shot of his first shift in the 2014 exhibition period. Pretty cool, right?
Unfortunately, when the Vancouver Sun ran a photo of the goal celebration, the racist caption below it became a bigger story than Subban’s big league tryout. Note the horribly offensive description in parenthesis. Read more
If the Carolina Hurricanes are going to make the playoffs this season, a lot of things need to go just right for them. On Tuesday, things went very wrong when Jordan Staal suffered a broken leg in a pre-season game against the Buffalo Sabres.
Th injury occurred when he was hit by Sabres defenseman Josh Gorges in the third period of Buffalo’s 2-0 win. Staal left the game and was using crutches afterwards. The team said Staal will return to Raleigh to be evaluated and no timetable for recovery has yet been determined. Read more