The pre-season has many functions for a professional hockey team. For GMs, it’s a chance to make some final decisions about the roster for the coming season. For players, it’s one final tune up before the regular season begins. Even the training staff can get up to speed during the pre-season.
But for two KHL coaches, the pre-season offered a chance to get out frustrations by throwing punches at each other.
During a pre-season game between the KHL’s Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk and Torpedo Nizhy-Novgorod over the weekend, frustrations boiled over. The game, which was played as part of the Governor’s Cup tournament, saw Neftekhimik coach Evgeni Popikhin and Torpedo coach Peter Skudra come face to face between the benches during the second period. The coaches first exchanged some words, which led to them shoving each other, sparking some fisticuffs: Read more
Fans in Winnipeg clamored for True North Sports and Entertainment to bring back their beloved Jets and the ownership came through by naming the league’s newest team after the club that departed Manitoba’s capital in the mid-1990s. But with the Heritage Classic coming to Winnipeg in October 2016, the ownership group has gone one step further by bringing the team back in name and style, at least for the outdoor event.
The Jets and Edmonton Oilers officially unveiled their jerseys for the Heritage Classic at an event held in downtown Winnipeg Friday, and the jerseys for both teams will harken back to the heyday of the rivalry between the Jets and Oilers in the 1980s. Read more
Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty has 24 power play points last season, and one reason why he’s been able to rack up so many points with the man advantage is because of his ability to get the puck through traffic.
But when it comes to showcasing his new Easton stick, Doughty’s not so concerned with getting pucks on net. Instead, after showing what it looks like to put a few pucks on goal, Doughty seems more interested in tearing a mannequin limb from limb with slap shots. He literally blasts pucks at the trio of mannequins until they’re destroyed.
It’s an interesting way to promote the new stick, and it’s definitely some footage that will make a few players think twice before laying down to block Doughty’s shot. Especially the ones that catch the mannequin in an, uh, uncomfortable spot: Read more
Las Vegas has its expansion team, its GM in George McPhee, an assistant GM in Kelly McCrimmon and the makings of a brand new staff that is set to help the team hit the ground running come the 2017-18 season. That’s not to mention a brand new, state-of-the-art arena located just minutes from the world-famous Las Vegas Strip.
In the time leading up to the T-Mobile Arena hosting the inaugural game for the Las Vegas NHL franchise, the building is slated to be the site for a number of events, from UFC 202 to the 2016 iHeartRadio music festival, which will feature acts such as U2, Drake, Florida Georgia Line and Billy Idol. But once those events are over, and even before the Las Vegas team hits the ice, the arena is set to host NHL action this coming season.
The Los Angeles Kings’ Frozen Fury exhibition series will head to the T-Mobile Arena in early October, and well ahead of the pre-season series of games, the arena laid its ice for the very first time. Check it out in this new time-lapse video: Read more
P.K. Subban made a big commitment to the Montreal Children’s Hospital in September 2015, pledging to raise $10 million for the hospital over the next seven years. And though a trade to the Nashville Predators had some wondering if Subban would continue his drive to $10 million for the hospital, the former Montreal Canadiens blueliner announced via Twitter that he “will never stop” fundraising for the Children’s Hospital.
The video, which features children and parents at the hospital reading a letter Subban had penned, features a young boy delivering the letter to patients wearing one of the custom ‘Just For Laughs’ jerseys that Subban sold as part of his most recent fundraising event, a gala during the world-renowned comedy festival.
As the letter is read out by the children and parents, Subban says that just because he’s moving to Nashville “doesn’t mean (his) commitment to…the hospital is going to change one bit.” Read more
It may be months before the NHL’s regular season begins, but KHL action is nearly upon us. The primarily Russian league is set to being play before the month ends, and that means rosters are being set and players are starting to round into form. For Ak Bars Kazan’s Vladimir Tkachyov, that seems to mean breaking out unthinkable breakaway dekes.
During a showcase put on the by the club ahead of the season, Tkachyov took part in a breakaway challenge and pulled of an incredible move that saw him scoop the puck up onto his stick, skate in on goal, pull back his arm and literally throw his stick — with the puck still somehow clinging to the blade — like a javelin. Tkachyov’s stick floated over the netminder and into the net. Read more
Phil Kessel did what Maple Leafs fans had always hoped he would: he brought the Stanley Cup to Toronto. The only difference is he did so as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins rather than as one of the cities beloved Maple Leafs.
But even the biggest Maple Leafs supporter would have a hard time faulting Kessel, 28, for his Stanley Cup plans. On Monday, Kessel had his day with the trophy, and he brought the Stanley Cup to Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children for a private event for patients and their families. Read more
Patrick Kane is coming off a season in which he scored a career-high 46 goals, 106 points and took home the Art Ross Trophy, Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award.
And if there’s any wondering how Kane, 27, was able to capture both MVP awards and win the scoring title by nearly 20 points, a new video that shows off Kane’s almost unparalleled ability to handle the puck makes it pretty clear why the Chicago Blackhawks winger is able to make opposing defensemen look foolish on a regular basis.
Kane is thrown into an obstacle course called the “Stickhandler’s Playground” in the video, produced by Bauer, and he does everything from scooping the puck on his blade to flipping it through the narrow opening in a tire on his backhand. Check it out: Read more