Sean Leahy

  • Bill, Dave Christian auctioning off Olympic hockey gold medals

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 hr ago

    Bill and Dave Christian, the father-son duo who won gold representing the United States at the 1960 and 1980 Olympics, respectively, have decided to sell their medals to the highest bidder through Heritage Auctions. 

    "Whether or not we have it in our hand, we still both won gold medals," Dave Christian told the Associated Press. "The memories and all the stories and what not, they won't ever go away.”

    Heritage Auctions will conclude bidding next weekend during an event in New York City.

    Like Pavelich, the Christians felt it was better to part with the treasures than have them continue to sit around in storage. The money will go toward the five grandchildren in the family.

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  • NHL Three Stars: Kopitar's trick; Doan sets two Coyotes records

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 11 hrs ago

    No. 1 Star: Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings

    Tanner Pearson beat Henrik Lundqvist 3:10 into overtime to give the Kings a 5-4 win over the New York Rangers. Kopitar recorded his third career hat trick to help LA to their third win in their last five games. Peter Budaj, called up earlier in the day, made 24 saves to earn his first regular season NHL win since April 4, 2014.

    No. 2 Star: Shane Doan, Arizona Coyotes

    The Coyotes captain scored twice and assisted on another as Arizona got by the Calgary Flames 4-1. With three points, Doan set a franchise record with his 931st point. He also notched his 123rd career power play goal, another franchise record. Both records were held by Dale Hawerchuk. Oliver Ekman-Larsson also recorded three points as the Coyotes ended a five-game losing streak.

    No. 3 Star: Marcus Foligno, Buffalo Sabres

    Foligno scored twice in the second period, including on a penalty shot, as the Sabres downed the Montreal Canadiens 6-4. Evander Kane scored two of his own, with his first goal assisted by Foligno, and finished with a three-point night. The win ended a four-game losing streak for the Sabres. 

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  • Bruins, Canadiens jersey auction raises $63K for Denna Laing

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 20 hrs ago

    The NHL auction of the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins autographed Winter Classic-themed jerseys worn on Jan. 19 has raised $63,484.52 to support Denna Laing, the NWHL player who suffered a serious spinal injury during the Women’s Outdoor Classic at Gillette Stadium on New Year’s Day.

    The auctions were done through the NHL-MeiGray Group Game-Worn Jersey Authentication Program from Jan. 19 - Feb. 11 with 100-percent of proceeds going toward expenses related to Laing’s recovery and rehabilitation. 

    Patrice Bergeron’s jersey sold for the highest amount ($5,100), with Brad Marchand ($3,720.63) and Tuukka Rask ($3,520) right behind him. P.K. Subban ($2,870) and Tomas Plekanec ($2,420) were the top sellers on the Canadiens side.

    Dennis Seidenberg - $2,620

    Max Talbot - $2,141.21

    Zdeno Chara - $2,028

    Brendan Gallagher - $2,020

    David Krejci - $1,820 (game-issued)

    David Pastrnak - $1,760

    Andrei Markov - $1,490

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  • No hearing for Gudas; Karlsson impresses Coffey; Malcolm Subban update (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 22 hrs 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. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com.

    • The OHL’s Flint Firebirds will suit up tonight as Jackie Moon’s Flint Tropics. [SportsLogos.net]

    • Radko Gudas will not have a hearing with the Department of Player Safety after his big hit on Daniel Catenacci of the Buffalo Sabres Thursday night. [Courier Post]

    • After his memorable NHL All-Star Weekend and the birth of twins, it's time to go back to work for John Scott. [ESPN.com]

    • Christian Ehrhoff cleared waivers yesterday and is on his way to Ontario of the AHL. [LA Kings Insider]

  • Nazem Kadri fined $5K by NHL for throat-slash gesture

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    The NHL announced on Thursday that Nazem Kadri of the Toronto Maple Leafs has been fined $5,000 for making “inappropriate gestures” toward Mark Giordano of the Calgary Flames Tuesday night. 

    Giordano laid a clean hit on Kadri late in the first period and the Maple Leafs forward wasn’t pleased as he chirped the Flames defenseman from the bench. 

    “There was emotion, I couldn’t tell if it was a clean hit or not,” Kadri said afterward via the Toronto Sun. “I was told it was, but it certainly didn’t feel like it. It (the throat slash) is something I don’t really remember doing. I was in and out a little bit (he did go to the quiet room). I guess it’s going to be reviewed (by the league), but it was an emotional reaction.” 

    Kadri got off light here considering Nick Boynton, then of the Chicago Blackhawks, was suspended one game for making a similar gesture at Blair Jones following a 2010 preseason fight.

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  • Chicago Blackhawks set to host 2017 NHL Draft

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Between the Los Angeles Kings getting the 2017 NHL All-Star Game and outdoor games likely in Toronto, St. Louis and Pittsburgh or Philadelphia, the one remaining thing to fill on the league calendar for next season is the Draft. 

    That question will be answered officially on Thursday when the League announces that the Chicago Blackhawks will play host to what will likely be the Nolan Patrick sweepstakes, according to ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun.

    A Thursday afternoon press conference will feature NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz, Blackhawks President and CEO John McDonough, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Blackhawks TV analyst Eddie Olczyk. It will be the first time Chicago has hosted the draft.

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  • Study: Todd Ewen's brain did not show signs of CTE

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Todd Ewen’s brain did not show signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), according to a Canadian Concussion Centre report released on Wednesday.

    "These results indicate that in some athletes, multiple concussions do not lead to the development of CTE," said Dr. Lili-Naz Hazrati, a neuropathologist who conducted the autopsy.  "Our findings continue to show that concussions can affect the brain in different ways. This underlines the need to not only continue this research, but also be cautious about drawing any definitive conclusions about CTE until we have more data."

    The 49-year-old Ewen took his own life in September, becoming the seventh ex-NHL tough guy to die since in the last five years. He suffered multiple concussions during his career and later battled depression. 

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  • Jaden Schwartz set to return to Blues after 49-game absence

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    Jaden Schwartz will return to the St. Louis Blues lineup on Friday to play his first game since fracturing an ankle during an October practice. 

    Schwartz’s 49-game absence has been part a season for the Blues where injuries have been far too common. As of Monday, St. Louis was fourth in the NHL in man-games lost with 201, according to ManGamesLost.com. Patrik Berglund, Steve Ott, Paul Stastny, Jake Allen and Kevin Shattenkirk have all contributed to those 201 games.

    While Schwartz is coming back, that number will continue to rise now that Alex Pietrangelo will miss three weeks with a knee injury. 

    Despite the injury woes, St. Louis has been able to play themselves into the third spot in the Central Division, seven points behind the Chicago Blackhawks with a game in-hand. Schwartz’s presence in the lineup could also help a Blues team that has the seventh-worst goals per game (2.38) average in the NHL get their offense going.

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  • Blackhawks' Scott Darling comes to aid of stranger in need

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 days ago

    Last week, while the Chicago Blackhawks were in Arizona during a four-game road trip, goaltender Scott Darling went out of his way to help someone in need.

    Kane Van Gate, who describes himself as a “legendary beer league goalie” on his website, Tweeted out a story Sunday night passed on to him by an Uber driver.

    Here's another example of hockey players being awesome people... pic.twitter.com/mR1eNNB97F

    Darling confirmed the story later that night and told Chris Hine of the Chicago Tribune, "I just started talking to him, was interested in his life, seemed like a good guy and just needed a helping hand. That’s how it happened.”

    "He seemed like a really nice person,” Darling said. “I'm in the position to help somebody like that. I'm happy to do it." 

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  • Phaneuf trade reaction; Lucic's letter to Boston; Jagr on Manning (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 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. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com.

    • The Los Angeles Kings will debut a 50th anniversary logo next season. Could this be it? [Mayor’s Manor]

    • Should the Toronto Maple Leafs buy out Jared Cowen after the season? [The Leafs Nation]

    • Good deal, at least in the short term, for the Ottawa Senators. [Silver Seven Sens]

    • Now that she’s returned to the ice, Amanda Kessel’s decision on which professional team to play for next season will be a big one for the women’s game. [Hockey Wilderness]