• Former player, referee Paul Stewart adds name to concussion lawsuit

    Ken Campbell
    Former NHL referees Paul Stewart (left) and Kerry Fraser (Photo by Andy Marlin/AM Photography/Getty Images)

    Of the 12 names that were added to the NHL’s concussion lawsuit yesterday, the one that stands out the most is that of Paul Stewart, the first American in history to make it to the NHL as both a player and a referee. According to the lawsuit, one of the more gregarious and easy-going personalities in the game, Stewart now suffers from depressive and anxiety disorders, anger, impulse and temper control issues and a loss of memory.

    And more importantly, Stewart also has had a brain tumor. Last April, Stewart had a golf-ball sized benign tumor removed from his brain at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He had spent much of the previous three seasons in Russia as a judicial and discipline consultant to the KHL. “When I got home from Russia, I promise you, things were not pleasant,” says Stewart, who turns 62 next month. “At first I thought it was because I was gone so long. I’m better since the surgery, but every day I really have to work at it.”

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  • Red Wings beef up alumni roster for outdoor game, add Yzerman, McCarty

    Jared Clinton
    Steve Yzerman at the 2013 alumni game (Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

    Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman may have been applauding his team’s 3-2 victory over Detroit Wednesday night, but come Feb. 26, he’ll be slipping on a Red Wings jersey and skating in his former red and white.

    It was announced Wednesday that Yzerman has been added to the alumni game roster for the contest ahead of the Stadium Series game between Detroit and Colorado. Yzerman, who spent his entire career with the Red Wings, wasn’t on the initial roster for the game, but his addition adds even more intrigue to an alumni game that is the rekindling of one of the greatest on-ice rivalries of the past 20 years.

    But Yzerman isn’t the only addition, and he might not even be the one most fans are excited about. Read more

  • The Hockey News Podcast: Episode 2 — On the Wideman suspension, and what’s gone wrong in Montreal

    The Hockey News
    Dennis Wideman (Rich Lam/Getty Images)

    Welcome to Episode 2 of The Hockey News Podcast.

    This week, THN writers Ken Campbell, Ryan Kennedy, and Matt Larkin discuss the Dennis Wideman suspension, what’s gone wrong with the Montreal Canadiens, and the return of Connor McDavid.

    Download and subscribe on iTunes, and on Soundcloud.

    [Music: Metz – Headache; Quicksand – Omission]

  • Women’s star Amanda Kessel returns after nearly two year bout with concussion

    Jared Clinton
    Amanda Kessel (Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

    Amanda Kessel’s battle with post-concussion symptoms nearly robbed her of her final year of NCAA eligbility, but University of Minnesota Gophers coach Brad Frost announced Wednesday that the 24-year-old sniper will be making her triumphant return after all.

    Kessel, regarded as one of the best women’s players in the world, has missed the past two seasons of NCAA action for vastly different reasons. She redshirted the 2013-14 campaign to train with Team USA’s women’s team ahead of the Sochi Olympics, but a concussion put her tournament in jeopardy. She returned for the Olympics and led Team USA in scoring, but the post-concussion symptoms forced her to redshirt again in 2014-15 and, as of last July, were thought to have claimed her final college season.

    “After her missing last year and the severity of the concussions last year, we had a feeling that she was not going to be able to play for us unless things turned around,” Frost told the Minneapolis Star Tribune in July. “We’ve had some discussions with Amanda and myself, but really, it’s never even gotten to the point where hockey is something she would do with us again.”

    Well, it appears it’s gotten to that point. Not only is Kessel coming back, but she may be ready to get back in the lineup as soon as Friday against the University of North Dakota. Read more

  • Canadiens’ struggles impact team award as improbable collapse continues

    Jared Clinton
    Mike Condon (Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

    The past two months have been a seemingly endless nightmare for the Montreal Canadiens. Since the beginning of December, the Canadiens have slipped from first place in the Atlantic Division and first in the entire NHL to sitting five points out of the post-season. In their past 26 games, Montreal has posted a 5-20-1 record, far and away the worst record in the NHL over that span.

    If you’re looking for another example of just how bleak things have been for the Canadiens, though, look no further than the team-awarded player of the month award, the Molson Cup. No player received the award for January, a month in which the Canadiens went 3-7-1.

    That in and of itself is not necessarily an indictment of the Canadiens play as the award is handed to the player with the most first-, second- and third-star votes throughout a month. According to RDS’ Francois Gagnon, each of Brendan Gallagher, Max Pacioretty and Lars Eller tied for the award with a first star and third star honor in January. However, that three players tied for the award speaks to the team’s mediocrity over the past month, and marks the first time this has happened in the 43-year history of the award. Read more

  • Rumor Roundup: Deal brewing between Lightning and Blues for Drouin

    Jonathan Drouin (Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

    It’s been a month since the agent for Tampa Bay Lightning left winger Jonathan Drouin revealed his client’s trade request. While the 20-year-old remains suspended indefinitely by the Bolts for refusing to play for their AHL affiliate in Syracuse, GM Steve Yzerman continues fielding trade offers.

    Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman believes a deal could be “percolating” between the Lightning and the St. Louis Blues. Friedman originally speculated Blues rookie Robby Fabbri could be part of it but has since changed his mind. He also notes the Blues want to see how sidelined left wing Jaden Schwartz performs when he returns later this month.

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  • Watch Blackhawks’ Crawford surprise young fan with help from Shaw, Teravainen

    Jared Clinton
    Corey Crawford and Ben (via Chicago Blackhawks/NHL)

    Chicago’s ‘One Goal’ slogan has turned into one of the more successful campaigns in the league, but it doesn’t have to do solely with the Blackhawks’ on-ice success. While it certainly doesn’t hurt, it’s the commitment of the Blackhawks players that makes the campaign — and its offshoot, ‘What’s Your Goal?’ — really work.

    Last season, players such as Duncan Keith and Patrick Sharp took part in two videos for the campaign that saw them make dreams come true for their biggest fans. And in the newest instalment, Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford does the same for one of his most passionate supporters, Ben.

    First, though, Crawford has to figure out if Ben and his babysitter, Emilie, are even at home: Read more