The KHL season is drawing ever-closer, and it looks like Sergei Shumakov’s hands are ready for a new campaign.
At Sibir Novosibirsk’s pre-season fan day, which took place Thursday, the 22-year-old winger dazzled the crowd with a spectacular shootout goal that fooled nearly everyone in attendance. The goal, which utilized the lacrosse-style puck pickup and some tricky hand-eye coordination, had fans in attendance cheering for Shumakov and left the Novosibirsk goaltender scrambling to get a piece of the puck.
Unfortunately for him, the poor Sibir goaltender had no chance. Check it out: Read more
Alexander Kuvayev may have learned a very important lesson this KHL preseason: don’t cut around the net blindly because it likely won’t end well.
In a preseason KHL game contest between Kuvayev’s Metallurg Novokuznetsk and Barys Astana, the 22-year-old winger picked up the puck on the right wing boards and took it down behind the Astana net. As he was cutting around the back of the goal, Kuvayev dropped his head to corral the puck and did so just long enough that he didn’t see former Los Angeles King Konstantin Pushkaryov coming in for a huge check.
As soon as Kuvayev got around the net, he got drilled by Pushkaryov. The check was hard enough to send Kuvayev’s helmet sailing and the young winger was knocked out of the tilt: Read more
Aside from being a three-time 20-goal scorer, Kris Versteeg is known for some rather ridiculous off-ice moments.
There’s his singing, there’s his rapping and, now, there’s this: Versteeg, alongside fellow NHLer and Dallas Stars defenseman Jason Demers, performing a bizarre, albeit hilarious, interpretive dance to Sia’s ‘Chandelier’. Better yet, the performance came at Devin Setoguchi‘s wedding.
The ‘Chandelier’ music video features a ballerina dancing through what appears to be a deserted home. Shockingly, the, uh, replication of sorts by Versteeg, Demers and Co., wasn’t cause for wedding guests to make like the Sia video and abandon their surroundings. Read more
Fans on Long Island aren’t ready to let go of the New York Islanders, and it’s hard to blame them.
So, when piano-playing music icon Billy Joel came to Nassau Coliseum and began to talk about how there would be, “no hockey, no nothin’ (at Nassau Coliseum) for a while,” fans in attendance burst out into a thunderous, “Let’s go, Islanders!” chant. Something says they’re not ready to see the team leave Long Island.
It’s not often you hear boos as loud as Joel received when he mentioned there would be no hockey, but Islanders fans are serious about their dislike for the team heading to Brooklyn. Take a listen: Read more
The 2016 World Junior Championship doesn’t begin until late December, but the rivalry between Canada and Russia has already been turned up a notch.
In a World Junior Showcase game played Monday evening in Calgary, Team Canada took on Russia at the four-game exhibition. Early in the second period, shortly after a goal by Joe Hicketts to put Canada up 2-1, Canadian defenseman Jeremy Roy sent a pass up ice to Jared McCann at center ice. McCann turned to receive the pass and didn’t see Russian defenseman Nikita Zhuldikov coming to throw a hit. The result was a massive check: Read more
Back in February, the Anaheim Ducks officially unveiled that their new San Diego-based AHL affiliate would take on the Gulls moniker that has been associated with hockey in the Southern Californian city for decades.
The name announcement came along with the unveiling of a logo, but fans have been waiting to get a glimpse of the jerseys since the Feb. 22 ceremony. Now, thanks to EA Sports and NHL 16, fans can get their first look at the Gulls’ new uniforms in a video hyping up the return of the NHL series’ famous EA Sports Hockey League game mode. Read more
Exactly 10 years ago today, after the conclusion of the lockout and with a new season on the horizon, the Pittsburgh Penguins won the right to the first overall selection in the 2005 NHL draft via the draft lottery, a victory that has changed the franchise forever.
With major junior phenom Sidney Crosby as the consensus first overall pick, there wasn’t much for the Penguins to consider other than what color suits or ties they were going to wear on draft day.
But once Crosby was selected, the expectations were still at an all-time high. The club, which had struggled to a 23-47-8-4 record in 2003-04 and a league-worst 58 points, was expecting Crosby to deliver them the championship caliber teams of the early-1990s. Crosby has more than lived up to the hype.
Over his 10-year career, Crosby has notched 302 goals and 853 points in 627 games, but there are certain highlights that stand out more than others. Here are his 10 best moments as a Pittsburgh Penguin: Read more
It’s almost a shame that the NHL is changing its overtime rules in order to limit the amount of game-deciding shootouts, because it looks like there are some young up-and-comers who have quite the repertoire of moves.
Throughout prospect camp, we’ve been dazzled by shootout or breakaway goals from the likes of Carolina’s Sergey Tolchinsky and Minnesota’s Alex Tuch, but Boston prospect Jake DeBrusk brought out something special Friday afternoon at the Bruins’ prospect camp.
During a shootout competition, the 18-year-old DeBrusk went behind his back, behind his legs and snapped the puck up and over the netminder. Check it out, via MassLive.com: Read more