Sean Leahy

  • Upset after fight, KHL coach throws water bottle at Alex Svitov (Video)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 hrs ago

    Andrei Nazarov is like the Pavel Bure of KHL coaches: Electric, unpredictable, could potentially attack fans with a stick or throw water bottles at opposing players.

    OK, maybe Bure wasn’t anything like that last part, but Nazarov has been just as entertaining in his new life as a head coach.

    The Barys bench boss has previously gone after fans in the crowd with a hockey stick and unleashed obscene gestures at officials and opposing supporters. So, yeah, he’s got a bit of a temper, which was again on display Monday

    (WARNING: There is some NSFW language in the video, so plug in your ear buds if you’re at the office.)

    Referee no. 19 is Jyri Ronn, a Finn, who is at the receiving end of much of Nazarov’s abuse, most notably the “LEARNG F&^%ING RUSSIAN! YOU’RE IN RUSSIA, OK?!” line.

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  • Pat Quinn, longtime NHL head coach and executive, dead at 71

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 8 hrs ago

    After learning the news of Viktor Tikhonov’s passing, the hockey world took another hit Monday when it was announced that former NHL head coach and executive Pat Quinn passed away after a lengthy illness. 

    "We are deeply saddened by the passing of Pat Quinn”, said Jim Gregory, Vice-Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame. "Pat is one of hockey's most respected individuals whose lifetime involvement as a player, coach and executive has made an indelible mark on the game, and our thoughts and prayers are with Sandra and all of Pat's family and friends at this extremely difficult time." 

    "Words cannot express the pain we all feel today for the Quinn family," said Ron Toigo, majority owner of the WHL’s Vancouver Giant, where Quinn was a co-owner.. "Pat was an inspiration to all of us. He always said that respect was something that should be earned, not given, and the respect that he garnered throughout the hockey world speaks for itself. He will be sorely missed."

  • Knoxville Ice Bears mascot concussed after being shoved down arena stairs by 'fan'

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    The employee had to be cut from the suit in order for medical personnel to evaluate and later take him to a local hospital. The “fan” who did the shoving was detained.

    The guy who pushed the mascot down the stairs was arrested and is currently detained at the Civic Coliseum.

    “They cut him out of the suit to properly care for possible head and neck injuries,” Sgt. Jason Keck told the Knoxville News Sentinel

    The Ice Bears Tweeted an update on Saturday detailing Chilly's injuries:

    Update on Chilly...bruised back and concussion. After a little rest and hibernation, he'll be back to his crazy self!

    If the Knoxville Police want to decide on a punishment for this "fan," I think bringing him to center ice the first game Chilly returns and allowing the mascot to pie the "fan" in the face for the duration of the intermission might suffice. That, or 10 minutes in the penalty box with team enforcer David Segal.

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  • Suspended Zenon Konopka 'content' with career as he sits in hockey limbo

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Zenon Konopka was handed a 20-game suspension for violating terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program in May. It couldn’t have happened at a worse time for the 33-year old enforcer as he was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

    Now, a unrestricted free agent, and with a 20-game ban attached to his name, Konopka’s hockey career sits in limbo.

    Talking to Lindsay Kramer of The Post Standard this week, Konopka realizes his NHL career may be over as he begins the second part of his life.

    Konopka will be in Syracuse on Saturday visiting the team he once captained as the AHL’s Crunch host the Frozen Dome Classic at the Carrier Dome. 

    "I have a good bunch left in the tank to help whatever team I'd be on.”

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  • Senators sign teen battling rare disease to one-day scouting contract

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    Jonathan Pitre’s afflication prevents him from playing sports. The 14-year old suffers from epidermolysis bullosa (EB), a genetic disease that causes blistering of the skin, making things like bathing and walking painful to do.

    The Ottawa Citizen profiled Pitre’s plight last month, and included stunning photos of just how much his body blisters due to the disease.

    "I’m done with the dream of trying to play sports," Pitre told the Citizen. "I knew I’d never be able to play sports, but I tried to have hope that I would. Now I know what’s reality. But I still would like to do something in sports: I’d like to be a scout, or a sportscaster on Sportsnet, you know, one of the commentators.”

    He even managed to score an interview during the TSN broadcast:

    One of my all time favourite interviews, even if he does want my job ;). Jonathan Pitre: fighter and an inspiration.

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  • Leafs' stick salute controversy a matter of 'changing routine,' says Dion Phaneuf

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    Who would have thought that the Toronto Maple Leafs winning 5-2 over the Tampa Bay Lightning would bring controversy the next day?

    That’s what happened when the players (apparently no one told Cody Franson as you see above) celebrated the victory by exiting the Air Canada Centre ice without doing their usual post-win stick salute to the fans.

    Boy, did that get some fans and some in the Toronto media in an uproar.

    It’s already been dubbed Saluteghazi, but according to Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf, it wasn’t meant to be a disrespect to the fans, it was about changing their losing ways. 

    Via David Alter:

    Phaneuf, however, didn't say whether the players realized beforehand how much this move would be misinterpreted (if you’re to believe the “routine” reason) and backfire on them since they play in the media market that is Toronto. It was basically more blood in the water for the sharks. 

    It's why non-stories turn into dominant headlines, even after they win .

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  • Stars extend Jason Spezza with four-year, $30 million deal

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    According to Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News, the Stars have extended Spezza for $30 million over the next four seasons. He’ll carry a cap hit of $7.5 million.

    Spezza is in the final season of a seven-year, $49 million deal he signed with the Ottawa Senators. After showing no inclination that he’d re-sign in Canada’s capital last season, GM Bryan Murrayshipped him to Dallas in a July 1 trade. In his first season with the Stars he’s currently second in scoring with 4 goals and 18 points through 20 games.

    Spezza re-signing weakens the UFA market next summer, which means TSN and Sportsnet will devote a few more minutes to what a Canadian World Cup team would look like during Free Agent Frenzy.

    It also means some players will benefit monetarily since we all know some GMs act like drunken sailors on leave when they have cap space to fill.

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  • NHL Three Stars: Bjugstad leads Panthers; Tatar's pair helps Red Wings

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    No. 1 Star: Nick Bjugstad, Florida Panthers

    Bjugstad did almost everything for the Panthers, scoring twice in regulation and later netting the deciding goal in the shootout as Florida got past the San Jose Sharks 3-2. The Panthers have now won four in a row in San Jose. The multi-goal game was the third of Bjugstad's career and second in three games.

    No. 2 Star: Tomas Tatar, Detroit Red Wings

    Tatar scored Detroit’s first and last goals during their 4-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets. His most important of the evening came 2:10 after Justin Abdelkader’s tying goal late in the third period to give the Red Wings the lead for good: 

    No. 3 Star: James van Riemsdyk, Toronto Maple Leafs

    Two days after allowing nine goals to the Predators, the Maple Leafs put up a five spot and beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2. JVR netted his eighth and ninth goals of the year as Toronto snapped a three-game losing streak. Jonathan Bernier made 26 saves in the victory.  

    Did You Know?: "The Canucks (13-6-1) lost their first one-goal game this season, becoming the last in the NHL to do so." (AP)

  • 'Legion of Doom' reunite as Eric Lindros, John LeClair enter Flyers’ HOF

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    After all the drama that went down while Eric Lindros was a member of the Philadelphia Flyers, time healed all wounds. He triumphantly returned to Philadelphia during the 2012 Winter Classic and received a roaring ovation from the Citizens Bank Park crowd.

    “The Big E” was back in Philadelphia on Thursday to join his fellow “Legion of Doom” linemate John LeClair in being inducted into the Flyers’ Hall of Fame. Before their busts were unveiled, the two were greeted by the third member of that dominant ‘90s trio: Mikael Renberg.

    Over a three-season span Lindros, Renberg and LeClair posted a combined 305 goals and 666 points before being broken up in 1997 with the trading of Renberg to Tampa Bay. They were a monster of a line that helped Lindros win the Hart and Pearson Trophies, as well as lead the Flyers to the 1997 Stanley Cup Final.

    Who knows, maybe we'll see them reunited once more in a year's time if Lindros finally gets his due and is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame?

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  • Buffalo snowstorm causes postponement of Friday's Sabres-Rangers game

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 4 days ago

    The massive storml in Buffalo earlier this week that dropped nearly six feet of snow on the city and snowed in Patrick Kaleta for Tuesday night’s game against the San Jose Sharks has caused the postponement of Friday’s Sabres game.

    The New York Rangers were scheduled to fly to Buffalo on Thursday, but were told to unpack after the NHL made the decision. 

    "There's a lot more important things in life than a sporting event," Sabres head coach Ted Nolan said, via the Buffalo News. "But sometimes when you're going through tough situations that sporting even takes you away from reality for a couple hours and gets you to think of something else."

    No makeup date for Sabres-Rangers has been announced yet.

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