Sean Leahy

  • Russian junior team celebrates playoff series win with human domino chain (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 hr ago

    Lokomotiv’s junior side in Russia’s MHL won the fifth and deciding game of their playoff series on Wednesday against Almaz 6-2.

    After the final buzzer, MHC Loko participated in the traditional post-game handshakes, then lined up at center ice for their own version of human dominoes:

    That's the kind of quality choreography you just won't find anywhere, even on Broadway.

    MHC Loko will now face Chaika Nizhny Novgorod in the semifinals of the Kharlamov Cup where hopefully they advance and give us another group celebration. May we recommend the one that Icelandic soccer side Stjarnan pulled off in 2010?

    Stick-tap Tal Pinchevsky

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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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  • Drew Miller needed nearly 60 stitches after skate to face, wants to play Thursday

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 hrs ago

    Drew Miller is a lucky, lucky man. The Detroit Red Wings forward stepped onto the Joe Louis Arena ice Wednesday morning sporting a cage, hiding the nastiness that lie underneath.

    Tuesday night against Ottawa, Miller took a Mark Stone skate to the face and needed 50-60 stitches to close up the gash.

    Here’s what Miller looked like Wednesday morning:

    #RedWings Drew Miller talks to the media today. pic.twitter.com/amRVTpCwJY

    Miller, who wears a visor, said the contact was so hard that he initially felt like he’d lost his eye. Somehow, there’s a chance he’ll be back in the Detroit lineup Thursday night against the Boston Bruins. He still, however, needs to be cleared by doctors, and added that his vision is fine.

    If you think Miller wanting to play two days after this freak incident is crazy, in true hockey player fashion, he actuallywanted to return for the third period against the Senators.

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  • Florida Panthers promotion seeks to fill open 'Traveling Jagrs' position

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    You know and you love the “Traveling Jagrs.” They’re the group of mullet- and jersey-wearing Jaromir Jagr superfans who travel around North American cheering on their hero. 

    But with Jagr’s recently trade to the Florida Panthers, the group needs a new member. Enter the Panthers’ promotion department, who have stepped up to help fill the group’s empty spot. Before their game on April 2 against the Carolina Hurricane, the team will be holding tryouts for a “Non-Traveling Jagr” position.

    According to the online job description, entrants must “lack of any knowledge of socially acceptable hairstyles,” have a “willingness to take many, many pictures with fellow Travelling Jagr members and fans,” and, of course, have “expert knowledge of the professional hockey career of one Jaromir Jagr.” 

    Vitally important: It's BYOM: Bring your own mullet. (We prefer 1990 NHL Draft Hair Jagr, ourselves.)

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  • Swedish prosecutors order arrest of Andre Deveaux after slashing incident

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Andre Deveaux’s contract was terminatedMonday by Swedish side Rogle after video surfaced over the weekend showing him viciously slashing an opponent before a game last week. He, along with the victim of the attack, Per Helmersson, played that night, as well as with Sunday’s final game in their playoff series.

    After talk of charges being laid swirled, a warrant has now been issued for Deveaux's arrest after authorities viewed the footage.

    From Sweden’s The Local:

    Helmersson is expected to be questioned by police. 

    Deveaux did not show any remorse for his actions in an interview with Expressen after Thursday’s game (begins at 18 seconds):  

    After having his contract terminated on Monday, Deveaux released a statement through Rogle apologizing, while also including, “I am not a violent person.”

  • What went wrong for Sharks; Vegas free agent plans; unsafe hockey helmets (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 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.

    Russian goalie Maria Sorokina dedicates mask to the late Alexei Cherepanov. Photo: Andre Ringuette / HHOF-IIHF Images pic.twitter.com/NJDxEAddZZ

    • Nice Alexei Cherepanov tribue mask by Russia netminder Maria Sorokina.

    • The U.S. women are 2-0, including a 4-2 defeat of Canada, as the Women’s World Championships got underway in Sweden over the weekend. [USA Hockey

    • Canada, meanwhile, is 1-1 as they prepare for Finland tomorrow. [Hockey Canada]

    • The San Jose Sharks will likely be missing the postseason for the first time since 2003. How did it all go so wrong? [Mercury News]

    • Devan Dubnyk, Cam Atkinson and Ryan O’Reilly are your NHL Three Stars of the Week. [NHL]

  • Swedish team terminates contract of Andre Deveaux after vicious pre-game slash

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Andre Deveaux reportedly had a contract with Swedish side Rogle stating that it would be extended through the 2015-16 season should they be promoted to the Swedish Hockey League. They were, but after video surfaced on Sunday of his vicious slash to the leg of Vasteras defenseman Per Helmersson before a HockeyAllsvenskan playoff game, Deveaux no longer has a future at the club.

    Rogle announced on Monday that they have terminated Deveaux’s contract.

    “We as a club condemn the incident,” a statement team chairman Hakan Eriksson read on the team website. “It is an unacceptable behavior and nothing we as a club [stand] behind … We have talked to Andre today about the incident and jointly decided to go [our] separate ways … His actions are indefensible.” 

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  • NHL Three Stars: Jagr nets a pair; Tavares hands out three helpers

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    No. 1 Star: Jaromir Jagr, Florida Panthers

    He may be 43-years old, but Jagr still has it. No. 68 scored twice, including the eventual game-winner as the Panthers doubled up the Ottawa Senators 4-2. Jagr is now two points away from Ron Francis for 4th all-time (1,796) & 11 goals from Marcel Dionne for 4th all-time (731). His second goal came in vintage Jagr fashion: 

    No. 2 Star: Jason Chimera, Washington Capitals

    Chimera scored twice 2:59 apart in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and guide the Capitals to a 5-2 win over the New York Rangers. Chimera hadn’t scored in 21 games for Washington. Alex Ovechkin had a pair of his own and now sits one goal away from his sixth consecutive 50-goal season. The Capitals have now won four of their last six games.

    No. 3 Star: John Tavares, New York Islanders 

    Honorable Mention: David Pastrnak’s goal 4:23 into overtime gave the Boston Bruins a crucial second point in their 2-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Pastrnak assisted earlier on Ryan Spooner’s seventh of the season. Tuukka Rask made 30 saves as the Bruins now sit three points ahead of Ottawa and four ahead of Florida for the East’s final wildcard spot:

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  • Andre Deveaux viciously slashes opponent before Swedish league playoff game (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    Cowardly. Utterly indefensible. Ugly.

    Those are just some of the words being used to describe Rogle forward Andre Deveaux’s actions before a Thursday game against Vasteras in Sweden’s Hockeyallsvenskan.

    While both teams were warming up before the game, Deveaux viciously attacked Vasteras defenseman Per Helmersson:

    The teams were involved in a playoff series to determine who would be promoted to the Swedish Hockey League. Deveaux played Thursday night, despite what happened before the game. And he also played in Sunday’s final game of the series. Video of the incident didn't surface until afterward.

    According to Uffe Bodin, Helmersson laid a hard hit on Deveaux in a previous game, so that could what provoked the slash.

    “Embarrassing, so f——— embarrassed that he played today,” Helmersson said, via Sportbladet. “He should [be] shutdown [for] the rest of the season and next season as well. He should be locked up."

  • Finnish goalie scores goal, play-by-play man goes nuts (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 days ago

    Goalie goals are always fun. Announcers who wildly call goals are also incredibly fun. On Saturday, the Finnish second-tier Mestis league playoff game between TUTO and KooKoo — amazing team names, eh? — provided us with both.

    As TUTO held a 2-0 lead in the third period, KooKoo pulled their goaltender to try and get back into the game. KooKoo won the center ice face-off and their defenseman dumped the puck in. Minnesota Wild goalie prospect Kaapo Kahkonen corralled it behind his net and saw he had all the time in the world. 

    That’s when the play-by-play man realized what was about to happen: 

    Now, goalie goals are pretty rare, and we usually see a wilder celebration than what Kahkonen and his teammates did; but the call of the goal was definitely on the level of Reto Berra’s celebration when he scored one himself in the AHL in January.

    TUTO would hold on for a 3-0 win and now lead the series three games to one.

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  • Meghan Duggan on Women's Worlds, CWHL’s future, playing outdoors (Puck Daddy Interview)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 5 days ago

    The U.S. women’s national team wrapped up their pre-World Championships camp on Wednesday at Twin Rinks on Long Island, not far from Nassau Coliseum. There wasn’t much time, however, to catch an Islanders game or hop on the Long Island Rail Road and check out New York City. It was a business trip, as captain Meghan Duggan described it. Aside from a team dinner one night, the focus was on their two practices a day and the challenge that lay ahead in Malmo, Sweden. 

    Beginning Saturday, the U.S. women look to defend their 2013 gold medal at the Women's World Championships. There was no top division competition involved last year due to the Sochi Olympics, so the Americans are hoping to continue their run of taking home gold, which they’ve done in five of the last seven tournaments. 

    Even with the vast experience on the roster, there are a number of first-timers involved for the 2015 tournament. 

    We chatted with Duggan about the upcoming Worlds, the CWHL’s future and playing outdoors.

    Enjoy.

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