Getting To Know: Bruce Driver

Mark Malinowski
Bruce Driver. (Getty Images)

 

Status: NHL defenseman from 1983-1998 for New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers. President of the Devils Alumni Association. Part-owner/President/General manager of Twin Oaks Ice Rink in Morristown, NJ. Coach of the Morristown-Beard girls ice hockey team for sixteen seasons.

DOB: April 29, 1962 In: Etobicoke, Ontario

First Hockey Memory: “Probably learning to skate. I have an older brother (Gary) two years older and my father (Gord) played a little bit. We grew up in Toronto. My brother started playing and my dad was coaching and I wanted to get on the ice. I remember pushing a steel chair with full equipment on when I was three. By four I was on a team with my brother. I remember that first shift of that first game was pretty fearful. The ref picked me up and put me in the ice and I essentially stood there for two minutes. I remember in the team photo I looked like the team mascot [smiles].”

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Seinfeld’s ‘Puddy’ gifted awesome Devils mask, supports the team

Jared Clinton
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Be it George Costanza’s parents or the reviled neighbor, Newman, the cast of secondary characters on Seinfeld were sometimes the show stealers. And though there’s no replacement for Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer, one secondary character who was always a fan favorite was the mechanic-turned-salesman David Puddy, expertly portrayed by Patrick Warburton.

Puddy only appeared in 10 episodes of the show — it somehow feels like more — but he left a lasting mark on the series and, as far as sports go, on New Jersey Devils fans. As the main plotline of a 1995 episode titled ‘The Face Painter,’ Puddy took to a Devils playoff game against the New York Rangers with Jerry, Elaine and Kramer, only for Puddy to emerge from the bathroom pre-game with his face painted Devils green and red. Why, you ask? Because, as Puddy says, “Gotta support the team.”

The face-painted antics of Puddy, who was also sporting a Martin Brodeur jersey in the episode, landed him a spot this past season on Devils goaltender Scott Wedgewood’s mask. Mask artist David Gunnarsson, a fan of Seinfeld and the man behind Wedgewood’s lid, made a replica recently and shipped it off to Warburton. He was wowed by the gift from the DaveArt mask designer: Read more

Getting to Know: Ryane Clowe

Ryane Clowe (Andy Marlin/Getty Images)

Status: NHL left winger from 2003-2015 for San Jose Sharks, New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils.

HT: 6-2 WT: 225 pounds

DOB: September 30, 1982 In: Fermeuse, Newfoundland

First Hockey Memory: “Probably when my mother took me to play. I think I was six or seven. She only put me into hockey because my cousin was playing. I didn’t like it that much at first but then I started to like it.”

Hockey Inspirations: “I think when I was growing up my dad took me to see the Montreal Canadiens play in the winter. We were big Montreal Canadiens fans. And Eric Lindros was a player who always impressed me, how he played, power forward.”

Last Book Read: “Was Football Life, Bill Parcells.”

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Maple Leafs rebuild gets a big boost from Marlies’ playoff success

Kasperi Kapanen (right) and Reece Scarlett  (Lucas Oleniuk/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

So the Toronto Marlies are off to the Eastern Conference final in the American League as the executives with the big team tap the tips of their fingers together, their plan falling perfectly into place. Mitch Marner and his London Knights made a mockery of the Ontario League playoffs, Auston Matthews is leading USA in scoring at the World Championship and defenseman Connor Carrick, acquired from the Washington Capitals for Daniel Winnik, scored a goal to take over the AHL’s playoff scoring lead.

To be sure there were smiles and backslaps all around when the Marlies defeated the Albany Devils 4-3 in a darn entertaining Game 7 to win the second-round series and earn the right to face the Hershey Bears, the child team of the Capitals.

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Prospect Need to Know: Cliff Pu is making London a nightmare

Cliff Pu (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

The world under-18s are going full-bore in North Dakota right now and there is some fantastic talent assembled. Sure, Russia’s under-18s were pulled out because of a drug scandal, but youngsters such as Klim Kostin and Andrei Svechnikov just get to make their impressions a year earlier. And with Jesse Puljujarvi joining Finland, the Americans will have several rivals to fend off if they want to defend their gold medal from last year. We’ve also got CHL playoffs getting serious and a special guest star from the coaching ranks in this week’s prospect round-up.

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Devils’ playoff hopes take serious blow as Schneider out at least two weeks

Jared Clinton
Cory Schneider (Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Devils’ hopes of making the post-season were slim already, but they may be non-existent as New Jersey will be without goaltender Cory Schneider for at least two weeks.

Following the Devils’ 6-1 blowout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins Sunday night, New Jersey coach John Hynes said Schneider is set to miss at least the next two weeks with a Grade 1 MCL sprain.

Schneider, 29, fell injured during the Devils’ 4-2 loss to the Dallas Stars Friday night. The Stars were on a power play early in the third period when a shot was deflected wide and rebounded onto the tape of Dallas’ Jason Spezza, who was alone to Schneider’s right. In an attempt to scramble back to the post, Schneider pushed hard to his right, jamming his leg into the post to stop Spezza’s shot. Schneider almost immediately appeared injured: Read more

Devils’ Schneider leaves game with lower-body injury after sprawling save

Jared Clinton
Cory Schneider (via NHL)

No matter who the Devils’ leading scorer is or who’s skating the most minutes on the blueline, the one player New Jersey can’t ever afford to lose if they wish to stay competitive is goaltender Cory Schneider. Unfortunately, the Devils may have to deal with that after Schneider was forced to leave Friday’s game against the Dallas Stars.

In the third period, with New Jersey on a penalty kill, Schneider drove hard across his crease to stop a Jason Spezza shot. As Schneider was stretching his right leg to make the save, he jammed his right foot against the post, which appeared to cause his leg to stop suddenly and awkwardly. Schnedier looked to be in pain immediately after making the stop: Read more