Sean Leahy

  • Julius Hudacek delivers victory, gifts to fans during post-game celebration (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    At this rate, Orebro goaltender Julius Hudacek is going to run out of ideas for post-win celebrations; so for the meantime, we’ll just sit back and enjoy his creative ways of expressing the joy of victory with fans. 

    After Friday’s 3-2 overtime win over Skelleftea, Hudacek got into the holiday spirit, tossing on a Santa Claus beard and hat, and then hopping on a “sleigh” while “Santa’s little helper,” Joonas Jalvanti, pulled him around the ice. He then went into his bag of gifts and tossed t-shirts to Orebro fans:

    "I have no children [to give] Christmas gifts to ... so I would like [give] to the fans instead," Hudacek said afterward, via Expressen.

    But now the pressure is on. Hudacek has reached the point where his post-game celebrations have gone viral around the world and we're left to wonder what's next. Perhaps some snow angels in his crease? Shooting t-shirts into the crowd dressed as a cherub for Valentine's Day? A giant conga line with his Orebro teammates? 

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  • Top 10 most heartwarming moments of 2014 (Puck Daddy Year in Review)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    (Puck Daddy presents its annual look back at the year in hockey. Check back every day through the New Year for our many lists and hot takes.)

    There’s a lot to be angry at in the world today. You can’t go a day without seeing something make you sad or upset in the news. But with that despair there are those moments that make you smile, make your heart warm up, and change your attitude completely. 

    We’ve compiled 10 moments from the past year that brought smiles and tears to many faces.

    Here are our top 10 heartwarming moments of 2014: 

    10. Rick Jeanneret beats cancer, returns to broadcasting.

    9. Federal Hockey League goalie makes wish come true for paralyzed fan.

    8. Alex Ovechkin’s adorable sushi date with 10-year old.

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  • Charity Auction: Bid to win 2014 Reading Royals ugly Christmas jersey

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 days ago

    Thanks to the Royals, we were again able to get our hands on one that we're auctioning off for charity. It’s an authentic XL jersey with fight strap and full stitching of the no. 14, with “ROYALS 14” on the back.

    We auctioned off their 2013 version last December and were able to raise $422.77 for charity.

    The auction is now live and will end Tuesday, Dec. 30 at 3 p.m. ET. All proceeds will benefit the Mario Lemieux Foundation, dedicated to cancer research, patient care and Austin's Playroom Project, which creates playrooms in medical facilities. 

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    Sean Leahy is the associate editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Sean_Leahy

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  • Zemgus Girgensons maintains All-Star vote lead; Kane, Toews gain ground

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 days ago

    Voting for the 2015 NHL All-Star Game concludes on Jan. 1, and with the lead that Zemgus Girgensons of the Buffalo Sabres has built up, thanks to his fellow Latvians, he’ll no doubt be a starter in Columbus next month.

    But who will join him in the starting five? That remains to be seen, but it’s looking like it’s going to be Zemgus and the Blackhawks, who, oddly enough, I think I saw play a show in New York City last year.

    The NHL released the voting totals after five weeks on Tuesday and Girgensons is still your runaway leader with 1,291,186 votes. Patrick Kane (815,990) and Jonathan Toews (803,034) are your next two forwards. On the blueline it’s Duncan Keith (790,922) and Brent Seabrook (641,736) in front. And in net, Corey Crawford (714,471) has a commanding lead over Carey Price (485,856).

    Here's the full voting tallies after Week 5:

    FORWARDS

    DEFENSEMEN

    GOALTENDERS

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  • Weiss back for Wings; Hansen to be evaluated further; Elias, Havlat tested for mumps (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 days ago

    Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.

    • Here’s what the NHL hopes Nationals Park looks like next Thursday during the Winter Classic. But since it’s D.C., it’ll probably be rainy and warm. [NHL]

    • Remember the Washington Capitals fan who molded his beard in Alex Ovechkin's no. 8? He made a return this week! [RMNB]

    • Stephen Weiss is back for the Detroit Red Wings tonight after missing the last four games with a shoulder injury. [MLive]

    • After collapsing on the bench Saturday night, Jannik Hansen of the Vancouver Canucks will be further evaluated by doctors before being given the green light to return to action. [Canucks]

    • Finally, here's a "Home Alone" spoof featuring Louie, mascot for the St. Louis Blues:

  • Top 10 shootout goals of 2014 (Puck Daddy's Year In Review)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 6 days ago

    (Puck Daddy presents its annual look back at the year in hockey. Check back every day through the New Year for our many lists and hot takes.) 

    At some point in the near future, maybe by the time the next lockout ends, the shootout will be a distant memory. NHL executives have been slowly minimizing its impact on the standings and the talk has only increased about holding different forms of overtime to avoid the shootout altogether.

    In the meantime, we’re left to marvel at some of the magnificent moves pulled off by players in the one-on-one battle. 

    Here are the top 10* shootout goals of 2014:

    10. Yegor Milovzorov dons fish head during KHL Skills Competition

    This may not be a shootout attempt that counted for anything meaningful, but Yegor Milovzorov putting on a bit of a show with the fish head and swan dive during the KHL’s All-Star Skills Competition was funny and memorable.

    9. Nick Bjugstad finally ends it

  • NHL Three Stars: Hutchinson leads Jets; Elias haunts Nabokov

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 8 days ago

    No. 1 Star: Michael Hutchinson, Winnipeg Jets

    The Jets’ netminder kept rolling by stopping 29 shots as Winnipeg downed the Boston Bruins 2-1. Hutchinson won for the third times in four starts. Mathieu Perreault’s goal late in the second period snapped a 1-1 deadlock and stood as the game-winning tally. 

    No. 2 Star: Patrik Elias, New Jersey

    Elias scored his second goal in three games and later put home the only goal in the shootout as the Devils beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2. After his goal in the first period fooled Evgeni Nabokov, he later helped New Jersey earned the extra point with some lovely deking: 

    No. 3 Star: Mike Hoffman, Ottawa Senators

    Hoffman scored twice as the Senators cruised to an easy 6-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks. He was one of five Ottawa players record a pair of points, joining Mika Zibanejad, Kyle Turris, Bobby Ryan, and Erik Karlsson. Craig Anderson made 32 saves for his third win in four starts. One of Turris' two points came via this nasty shorthanded goal: 

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  • Evgeni Nabokov would like a second chance at this Patrik Elias goal (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 8 days ago

    The New Jersey Devils edged the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 after a shootout Friday night to snap a six-game losing streak. They jumped on Evgeni Nabokov in the first period scoring twice before Nikita Kucherov would force overtime by scoring with 41 seconds left in the third.

    Late in the first, Patrik Elias put the Devils up 2-0 in nifty fashion. Entering the Tampa zone one-on-one with Matt Carle, Elias turned on the Patrick Kane Mode on his controller and performed a spin-o-rama backhand that knuckled by Nabokov:

    Such a helpless feeling for Nabokov. He’s in position ready for a shot and the puck deflects off Carle’s stick, throwing everything off, and he’s left to adjust to a knuckler floating his way.

    Said Elias afterward, via Tom Gulitti: "That was more about luck, more of a lucky goal on that one. Good move, but lucky.”

    Elias wouldn't be done there. He would later haunt Nabokov by scoring the only goal in the shootout to give New Jersey the extra point.

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  • 85-year old Canadian set to break Guinness record for oldest hockey player

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 9 days ago

    When you get to the rink this week for your rec hockey game, just know that your career is far from being over, no matter how bad or old you get.

    Meet Jan Loos. He turned 85 on Thursday and still plays in an adult hockey league in London, Ont. The “Huff N Puff” league is for players 55 and older, and Loos isn't the only super veteran on the roster. He has four teammates over the age of 80. 

    Loos plays three times a week, but when he steps on the ice Friday for his next game, he’ll be making history by becoming the oldest man to ever play in a competitive hockey game. The current record is held by 78-year old Fred DeWit, a goaltender from Holland.

    From Morris Dallacosta of the London Free Press:

    A 90-year old referee? And you want to complain about Tim Peel?

    "My motto is, don't get old, get older. Stay in shape and you live a lot longer and happier."

  • Top 10 hockey photos of 2014 (Puck Daddy’s Year in Review)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 9 days ago

    (Puck Daddy presents its annual look back at the year in hockey. Check back every day through the New Year for our many lists and hot takes.) 

    Sometimes images stay with you longer than a video. A single moment in time, whether funny or poignant, could tell a bigger story. The game of hockey provides such stunning photography that choosing the best 10 in 2014 wasn't an easy task. 

    Here are the top 10 hockey photos of 2014.

    10. Orebro fans' touching tribute to player's mom  (STA via Aftonbladet)

    Jared Aulin has spent the last four years playing for Orebro of the Swedish Hockey League. Last spring, he found out his mother had been diagnosed with cancer, a battle she would sadly lose in October. Before a game in March, Orebro fans showed support for one of their own by unveiling this banner in one end of the rink.

    9. Team USA's women see golden dreams dashed by a post. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

    8. A picturesque Big House, the stage for the 2014 Winter Classic (Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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