Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding has not been taking his Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis lying down since his affliction was announced in late 2012. He won the Bill Masterton Trophy in 2013 for perseverance and played stellar last season in 29 appearances before complications kept him on the sidelines. Now, he’s getting special hockey cards to help others battling MS.
Ryan Kennedy is the associate senior writer and draft/prospect expert at The Hockey News. He has been with the publication since 2005 and in that span, Don Cherry, Lil Jon and The Rock have all called his house. He lives in Toronto with his wife and kids where he listens to loud music and collects NCAA pennants.
University of New Hampshire goaltender Casey DeSmith was arrested this past weekend on domestic assault and resisting arrest charges after a woman accused him of attacking her during the school’s annual move-in.
You’ve heard of top 2015 draft prospects Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel already and while there’s little doubt those two phenomenal centers will be the first names called at the podium in Florida next summer, the prizes for poor teams don’t end there. The 2015 draft is looking incredibly stacked and the next name that needs to be stamped in your memory is defenseman Noah Hanifin.
Colton Sissons is already chuckling and the question hasn’t even been completed yet. Once again, his fellow Nashville Predators prospect is being asked about an incident from last season that found Brendan Leipsic in the penalty box for invading an opposing goaltender’s personal space:
Mike Minard, a career minor-leaguer who played one game in net for the Edmonton Oilers and was a coach with the American League’s Portland Pirates, has been sentenced to two months in jail after he pleaded no contest to charges of sexual misconduct.
Not a lot of wins have come out of Alberta in recent years, but at least there is hope in both markets. Edmonton has toiled for years and had the more high-profile rebuild, but Calgary is quickly putting together a nice coterie of players as well.
Sean Monahan has already made a dent in the NHL and two other names are poised to join him up front on the Flames sooner than later: Johnny Gaudreau and Sam Bennett.
Zane Gothberg is no more. Say hello to Zane McIntyre.
The New Jersey Devils have been a haven for veterans in the past few years and GM Lou Lamoriello has been very good about giving older players one last chance at NHL glory. Petr Sykora landed himself a spot on the 2011-12 squad after a tryout and ended up sixth in team scoring. Martin Havlat was brought in this summer to reboot a career that had stalled in San Jose, while news is trickling out that Tomas Kaberle, who played last season in the Czech Republic with Kladno, has been offered a tryout.
Oh, and Scott Gomez is getting a tryout too.