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.
When Boston University needs a boost, the Terriers know where to find it. Freshman Jack Eichel has been money for the team all season long, leading the Terriers in scoring and coming through in the clutch. The latest example came this weekend with B.U. facing off against UMass-Lowell in a game that would decide first place in Hockey East.
The Terriers got a power play in overtime and that’s when Eichel went to work. Fast-forward to 1:45 in the clip below to see Eichel win the faceoff and then moments later blast home the winner:
Depending on which team you ask, the opening-whistle line brawl between Calgary and Vancouver last season was either a stupid distraction or just what the doctor ordered. When Flames coach Bob Hartley started noted heavyweights such as Brian McGrattan and Kevin Westgarth, Canucks bench boss John Tortorella countered with enforcers Tom Sestito and Kellan Lain, who happened to be making his NHL debut. Westgarth lined up at center and was eventually greeted by rugged defenseman Kevin Bieksa – who, for posterity’s sake, won the draw – and the fists went a-flying.
The final score was 3-2 Vancouver, but that may have been the least important number that night in a game that featured a combined 204 penalty minutes. Due to ejections, Dan Hamhuis played 36 minutes for Vancouver, while Dennis Wideman led Calgary with 38. And then there was Tortorella, who ended up charging the Calgary dressing room between periods. It was not a normal night at the office. Read more
If you think drafting teenagers into the NHL is a difficult task, imagine what GMs in major junior have to deal with. Those teams have to scout players who are only 15 (and 14 in the case of the WHL) and could still have growth spurts that will change their bodies completely.
Which brings us to London Knights right winger Mitch Marner. When he was taken 19th overall in the 2013 OHL draft, Marner came in at just 5-foot-7.5 and 130 pounds. Sure, he had a great resume with Toronto’s Don Mills Flyers, but what if he didn’t get much bigger?
So apparently there’s a controversy out West because Calgary Flames rookie Johnny Gaudreau and his agent decided to trademark the nickname ‘Johnny Hockey.’ This is a stupid, non-story.
Do you remember what you were doing in the year 2000? It doesn’t seem that long ago, but the news that Detroit Compuware center Blade Jenkins has committed to the University of Michigan may change that thought.
Mike Green has been an integral part of the Washington Capitals for years, pushing the pace from the blueline and racking up points as a sort of “fourth forward.” And what does he get for his efforts? Head-hunting from his own teammates, that’s what.
If you have watched hockey consistently for the past 15 years or so, it should be perfectly clear to you that fighting massive Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara is the worst idea in the world. Few brawlers can claim a draw with the B’s captain, let alone a win – and Tampa Bay’s Cedric Paquette found that out the hard way last night.