Former NHL coach Pat Quinn to coach Canada at Spengler Cup tournament
By: The Canadian Press
Dec 1, 2006
The former NHL coach will lead Canada at the Spengler Cup. He has accepted an invitation from Hockey Canada to coach the team during the annual holiday tournament in Davos, Switzerland. Quinn coached Team Canada to Olympic gold at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games.
He was also behind the bench for Canada's disappointing quarter-final exit last February at the Turin Olympics.
Canada's roster at the Spengler Cup is made up of Canadians playing in Europe and also some American Hockey League players.
Stars’ Sharp sidelined after suffering ‘concussion-like symptoms’ following huge hit
By: Jared Clinton
Oct 21, 2016
The Stars don't know exactly when they can expect Sharp’s return, which means yet another player has been added to Dallas’ growing injury list.
The Dallas Stars are going to be without Patrick Sharp, but they don’t know just how long the veteran winger will be on the shelf.
Sharp, 34, was forced to leave Thursday’s game against the Kings during the second period after being walloped along the boards by Los Angeles blueliner Brayden McNabb. Early in the frame, with Dallas on a power play, Sharp took a pass from Devin Shore and stepped over the blueline with Jeff Carter giving chase. In order to sidestep Carter, Sharp moved along the right wing boards where he was met with a solid jolt from McNabb.
No penalty was called on the play, and the replay shows that McNabb caught Sharp about as square on the shoulder as possible.
Regardless of how clean the hit may have been, though, Sharp immediately grabbed his head and was slow to get to his feet. He remained out on the power play for another 20 seconds before leaving the ice, but after heading to the bench, Sharp left the game. The Stars later announced he wouldn’t return due to “concussion-like symptoms,” and Stars coach Lindy Ruff said Sharp’s absence will go beyond Thursday’s game.
“Sharp will be out,” Ruff said, according to Mark Stepneski. “He missed the rest of the game on the hit but I don’t know what the time frame is.”
And even if Sharp is diagnosed with a concussion, that won’t make his timeframe for return any more clear. Unlike other injuries where it’s easier to gauge recovery times, a concussion can sideline a player for a few games or for months at a time.
The good news for Sharp, though, is that he doesn’t have a long history of serious head injures. In October 2010, Sharp, then with the Chicago Blackhawks, was forced out of the lineup with what was at the time called a “slight concussion,” but he returned after missing just one game and hasn’t missed any time with head injuries since.
The timing of the injury is brutal for Dallas, especially after an off-season in which seemingly none of their key top-six players could stay healthy. Already, the Stars are without Jiri Hudler (flu), Ales Hemsky (groin), Cody Eakin (knee), Mattias Janmark (knee) and Jason Dickinson (hip), so losing Sharp — and possibly Patrick Eaves, who also left the contest Thursday after a blocked shot — would be another serious blow to the dynamic Dallas offense.
Through four games this season, Sharp had mustered just one assist but had put 10 shots on goal.
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Ducks’ Ritchie times his swing and bats home game-winning goal against Canucks
By: Jared Clinton
Oct 24, 2016
Nick Ritchie was the first to spot an airborne puck and the first to get his stick on it as he swatted home his first goal of the 2016-17 season.
If Nick Ritchie wasn’t a first-line winger for the Anaheim Ducks, maybe he could head back to his hometown and give the Toronto Blue Jays some help on offense. At least that’s what his game-winning goal Sunday night against the Vancouver Canucks would suggest.
Ritchie, 20, came into the Ducks’ home opener without a single goal to his name despite spending a fair share of his time alongside Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, but coach Randy Carlyle relying on the trio for some offense finally paid some dividends Sunday when Ritchie broke through for his first goal of the new campaign. It came in a similar fashion to what the Ducks had probably been hoping, too.
After Perry and Getzlaf maneuvered their way into the Canucks’ zone with a neutral-zone interception-turned-counterattack, Getzlaf fired a shot that was deflected out of the way by Vancouver defenseman Alex Edler. Nearly everyone lost sight of the puck, but Ritchie spotted it just before Canucks blueliner Chris Tanev, and the young Ducks winger waited for the puck to drop to a spot that wouldn’t constitute a high stick before batting it home:
That’s not exactly the equivalent to a home run, sure, but score it at least a double for Ritchie there.
If it was hard to tell that almost no one on the ice knew what had happened leading to the goal, watch Getzlaf after the puck crosses the goal line. He celebrates like he’s just scored a playoff go-ahead goal, when, in fact, he’s only registered the primary assist on a bizarre goal by Ritchie.
The Ducks have to be hoping that Ritchie’s goal helps spark his offensive contributions because they were looking for much more than one goal and two points out of the youngster six games into the campaign. It would help Ritchie, too, to find some consistency, because as he’s struggled to find the score sheet, his ice time has been incredibly erratic. He’s averaging more than 16 minutes per game, but after starting with games of about 17 and 21 minutes, two of his past three games have seen his ice time drop to roughly 12 and 14 minutes.
The Islanders at center ice of Barclays Center
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Barclays Center ice conditions continue to be an issue for the Islanders
By: Jared Clinton
Oct 24, 2016
The arena’s ice on Friday night was called “unplayable” and “bouncy,” and it has less to do with temperatures than it does the piping under the ice.
New York Islanders fans’ gripes about the Barclays Center have been plenty. There’s been complaints about the sight lines, the travel and the building design, in general, and it has left fans hoping for a return to Nassau Coliseum or for an all-new building for their Islanders to call home. The biggest objection to the arena, though, could be one that doesn’t really impact the fans.
Over the past few games, the center of attention for the Islanders hasn’t so much been the on-ice performance as it has been the ice conditions, which have been downright awful, according to the players.
Winger Cal Clutterbuck’s words rang out the loudest after the Islanders’ 3-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes. According to Newsday’s Arthur Staple, Clutterbuck called the surface “unplayable” on Friday night, and rearguard Johnny Boychuk added that pucks wouldn’t settle down, meaning players couldn’t do much more than “throw it on net.”
But complaints about the ice can be normal over the course of a season. Combine a string of unseasonable temperatures with a spectator-filled contest and there’s an almost perfect storm for bad, bouncy ice. Trouble is that it hasn’t been a one night issue.
Players were much less outspoken about the conditions following Sunday’s 6-3 win over the Minnesota Wild, but not exactly silent on the ice issue. Captain John Tavares told the New York Daily News’ Peter Botte that he didn’t want to talk about the ice but said it was “a little better” Sunday, while coach Jack Capuano said it was simply something both teams had to deal with.
“We don’t want any excuses,” Capuano said, according to Botte. “Whether the ice is good or bad, both teams have to play on it. I’m sure they’re trying to do the best they can here, and I’ll leave it at that.”
But the issue with the ice goes well beyond the temperature. According to Staple, the team has ice engineer and dehumidifiers that work to keep the rink in its best possible shape, but the biggest issue is literally an underlying one.
When temperatures drop, the issue of warm weather impacting the playing surface will most likely fade away — or at least lessen, given that the sheet should stay much cooler in the winter — but as the season nears its culmination, the temperature could again be an issue and the team’s annoyance with the ice could again come to the fore.
Rumblings about the Islanders’ unhappiness with Barclays Center have been ongoing nearly since the day the puck was dropped to start the 2015-16 season, and they persist to this day. And if bad ice conditions continue without any fix in sight, you can almost guarantee the talk of the Islanders looking for a new home is going to continue.
Watch unthinkable shoot-to-win performance by Michigan alumni Turco, Morrison and Legg
By: Jared Clinton
Oct 22, 2016
Marty Turco, Brendan Morrison and Mike Legg were on hand to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the 1996 University of Michigan NCAA championship team, and the trio put on a show for fans during the shoot-to-win contest.
The half-ice, shoot-to-win intermission contest has become a fixture of arenas across the globe and is a major part of in-game entertainment for hundreds of teams each season. No matter how many times the contest is played this season, next season or any time in the future, though, it’s going to be near impossible to match the performance put up by three notable University of Michigan alumni.
Friday night at Michigan’s Yost Ice Arena, members of the 1996 NCAA championship-winning team gathered for a 20th anniversary celebration of their accomplishment, and beyond being celebrated for their successes on-ice, a select few members of the team took part in the intermission shoot-to-win competition, known as the Score-O. Those members were former NHL goaltender Marty Turco, former NHL center Brendan Morrison and Mike Legg, he of Michigan lacrosse goal fame.
However, in order to make things a bit more difficult, the trio shot from between the defensive zone circles. Turco stepped up first and set the tone for a seemingly impossible performance from the trio:
One of the three scoring from that position on the ice, OK. That’s believable. So when Turco put his shot home, it was exciting enough. For Morrison to follow it up would have been hard to fathom, but we’ll give it to ‘B-Mo’ considering he netted 200 goals and 601 points during a nearly 1,000-game NHL career. His odds of scoring from that position are probably better than that of a fan chosen at random. What really boggles the mind, though, is that Legg scores and does so in lacrosse-goal fashion.
Who would have thought, nearly 20 years after scoring one of the most memorable goals in hockey history, that we’d be talking about Mike Legg scoring another “Michigan Goal”?