Jamie Benn is in his first year as captain of the Dallas Stars and as such, he’s learning lessons about the subtleties of the role. For example: “You gotta talk after games when you don’t really want to,” he said.
Regardless of what special event Connor McDavid is at, he’s usually the youngest in attendance. Whether it’s a summer training camp filled with Toronto area NHLers or the Canadian world junior evaluation camp in Lake Placid, he’s the kid. But here’s the scary thing: he never looks out of place. Which raises the question, how good will he be when he’s the same age as the competition?
There’s a pause on the other end of the line, long enough to assume Dave Andrews didn’t hear the question. Perhaps he’s tired from his Friday afternoon racquetball workout. But really he’s just deep in thought. Read more
On Feb. 5, 1980, 34 years ago today, Gordie Howe played in his 23rd and final NHL All-Star Game. Fittingly, the game took place at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
Even though Howe had long since passed his prime, it was a passing of the torch of sorts. Because while it was the last hurrah for the 51-year-old Hartford Whaler, it was the first All-Star Game for a certain fresh-faced 19-year-old from Brantford, Ont. Read more
Mathieu Schneider was 20 when Montreal Canadiens teammate Ryan Walter first took him to an NHL Players’ Association meeting. Schneider had one NHL season under his belt and the visit opened his mind. “Every player comes into the league thinking ‘This is the way things are,’ that the rules never change,” he says. “But it’s all negotiated.” Read more
Prior to every game he plays, Dylan St. Cyr has a ritual. He absolutely must make a glove save on the last shot during warmup, then he drops the puck and skates out of his crease. Judging by how good he is, despite being barely into his teens, the routine seems to be working pretty well for him. Read more
As a boy growing up in rural Alberta, Mike Moller was accustomed to matchbox-sized arenas. So it was fitting the scene of his best-known hockey moment – scoring the gold medal-winning goal that gave Canada its first World Junior Championship in 1982 – wasn’t an NHL-style facility, but rather a rink in Rochester, Minn., that couldn’t have had more than 2,000 people in it. “Playing in larger centers earlier in the tournament was a thrill,” Moller says of the games leading up to the final against the Czechs. “Winnipeg and Minnesota fans were just fantastic. But to play that game in a smaller center, where it was standing room only and people were hanging from the rafters, we were in our element.” Read more
When the 2013-14 campaign ends, David Poile will celebrate 30 hockey-playing seasons of being a GM in the NHL. In those 30 campaigns, he has employed a total of four coaches. Clearly, this firing thing does not come easily to him. Read more