Jeff Jakaitis of the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays — the affiliate of the Washington Capitals — has already helped his team break the league record for consecutive victories, but he himself is on his way to accomplishing something much greater.
In Friday night’s game, Jakaitis stopped 35 shots en route to South Carolina’s 20th straight victory and his fourth consecutive shutout, both ECHL records. By turning aside every shot he faced, Jakaitis has now posted 319:32 consecutive minutes of shutout hockey, only 12:29 fewer than the modern day professional hockey record set by Brian Boucher in 2003-04. Read more
The OHL Cup has been dominated by teams from Toronto and its suburbs for years, but that doesn’t mean every player to watch hails from around the Big Smoke. This year’s edition of the minor midget showcase tournament includes a pretty solid Quinte Red Devils team, representing the area around Belleville and Cobourg, a couple hours east of Toronto.
And the leader of that Quinte squad is captain Brady Gilmour, who is also expected to go as high as top-five in the OHL draft this summer. Gilmour actually comes from Grafton, which is even smaller than Belleville and Cobourg.
The ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings hosted the Indy Fuel Tuesday night. And in honor of St. Patrick’s Day – and the continuation of what is has become a 34-year-tradition for the franchise – they turned the ice at Wings Stadium surface green.
The team has made a Green Ice Day a tradition since 1982 and it has proven to be one of its more popular games of the year. Here’s a time-lapse video of the makeover prior to Tuesday’s game: Read more
The Minnesota state high school tournament is a bucket list event for any hardcore hockey fan, with sold-out crowds packing the home of the NHL’s Wild each year. And while the hockey itself can be heart-racing, some of the hairstyles are just as harrowing.
For years now, Pulltab Productions has put together an All-Hockey Hair Team and this season’s edition lives up to the hype. I was actually eagerly anticipating this.
There has been great diving, sprawling goals in the last decade. But from Alex Ovechkin’s famous falling tally against the Coyotes to one this season in the EIHL, it’s hard to match the effort on this goal by Jon Kopacek.
Kopacek, a senior at New Ulm High School in New Ulm, Minn., scored what can’t even be considered a video game goal. After skating in over the opposition blueline, Kopacek fired a shot on goal, which left a big rebound.
When it was clear that he wasn’t going to beat the second defender to the puck, Kopacek dove for the loose puck, connected with his backhand and knocked it in past the outstretched pad of Mahtomedi netminder Will Swanson. See it for yourself: Read more
Depending upon how you look at it, the Greater Toronto Hockey League is on the verge of becoming either an outlier or a pioneer. It could become one of the first jurisdictions to have its older kids to play at a competitive level without bodychecking, even if it means they won’t be able to compete in tournaments and championships at the provincial level.
The GTHL, which is home to some 40,000 players and bills itself as the largest minor hockey association in the world, intends to put a vote to its membership a rule change that would take bodychecking out of all age groups at the ‘A’ level. Presently, bodychecking is not allowed at any competitive level below bantam (12 years old and under) or at any age level in house league competition under Hockey Canada’s rules. But this rule would take bodychecking out of the game at all age levels, including the bantam and midget levels, for all ‘A’ leagues. Read more
The ECHL’s Ontario Reign is part of the groundbreaking new American League Pacific division – and Wednesday, the L.A. Kings affiliate unveiled their new jerseys and logo when they make the jump to the AHL next season.
The Reign, who’ve won four ECHL Pacific Divsion championships, were aiming for a new look that establishes a connection with their parent team in Los Angeles – and they can pat themselves on the back knowing the mission was accomplished. When you look at the logo and jersey, you can’t help but think Kings, and not simply because of the colors. Speaking of: Their new home jerseys are white with black and gray stripes along the waist and elbows, and a black stripe runs along the shoulders and sleeve of the jersey; and their road jerseys are black with white and grey stripes along the waist and elbows. But the logo is unmistakably reminiscent of the Kings': Read more
In news that will be welcome to some and troubling to others, a Toronto girls’ hockey league issued an edict to coaches this week that forbids them to touch players on the bench.
On the heels of a complaint to the Toronto Leaside Girls Hockey Association, the league sent coaches an email informing them of the new, zero-tolerance policy on contact with players. The new guidelines also include a ban on social media interactions, and restrictions on when men are permitted to be in dressing rooms and email communication. But the outcry over the email mostly concerns the new rules regarding contact.
“(U)nder no circumstances should there be contact with the players, in any way,” said the directive from John Reynolds, head of the house league. “Putting hands on shoulders, slapping butts, tapping them on the helmet, NOTHING, this can make some of the girls uncomfortable and you won’t know which ones, so no contact, period.” Read more