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
P.K. Subban touched down in Nashville for the first time as a member of the Predators on Sunday, though it’d be hard to tell because Subban looks like he fit right in.
Subban, 27, was acquired by the Predators on June 29 — days before a no-movement clause was set to kick in on his contract. The deal was an earth-shaker, one which sent Nashville captain and two-time Olympian Shea Weber to the Montreal Canadiens, but with the dust finally starting to settle on the trade, Subban took the opportunity to head to his new home and pull on a Predators jersey for the first time.
“It feels good to be in Smashville,” Subban said. “Wearing this jersey just feels right.”
His day in Nashville was about more than simply wearing the jersey, though. Subban took to the stage at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge to serenade Predators fans with Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues,” which the Predators captured for everyone’s viewing pleasure. Read more
Calling anything the goal of the year or best deke of the season would be premature given the campaign is still months away from beginning, but New Jersey Devils prospect Joey Dudek will at the very least be a contender when ranking the most brilliant shootout moves of 2016-17.
Dudek, 20, was participating at Devils development camp in what appears to be a shootout drill when he pulled an absolutely awesome move. Or, should we say set of moves.
In what looked like he was trying to fit every deke possible into his shootout opportunity, Dudek went forehand-backhand, dipped his shoulder to fake back forehand, did a Pavel Datsyuk-style toe drag and slammed the puck home while falling to the ice. Check it out: Read more
There was a scary scene at the final day of Buffalo Sabres development camp Tuesday when 18-year-old defenseman Michael Campoli was checked into the boards and laid motionless on the ice.
During a three-on-three development camp scrimmage at HarborCenter, Campoli was given a jolt by 21-year-old winger William Carrier and sent into the boards. According to the Buffalo Hockey Beat’s Bill Hoppe, Campoli tried to get to his feet only to fall back down, where he laid — motionless, according to Hoppe — for roughly 20 minutes as he was attended to be medical personnel on hand at the development camp.
After attending to Campoli, medical personnel placed him on a board, Hoppe reported, and wheeled Campoli from the ice “in an upright position.” The Buffalo News’ Mike Harrington captured footage of Campoli being taken off: Read more
The Stanley Cup drought may not be over for the Maple Leafs, but fans in Toronto might get a day with the trophy.
Ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Stanley Cup parade, Sportsnet 590’s Joey Vendetta spoke with Phil Kessel, who said he hasn’t quite made up his mind about what his plans are for his day with the Stanley Cup. Most might have assumed that Kessel would take the Stanley Cup back to his home, Madison, Wis., but the 28-year-old said he might be taking the trophy back to Toronto.
“I probably will end up bringing it back (to Toronto). Nothing for sure yet, nothing’s been decided, but I think there’s a good chance that’ll happen,” Kessel told Vendetta. “I have a lot of friends in Toronto. That’s kinda where I spend most of my time now.” Read more