- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy32 mins ago
Check out this St. Louis area ad by McBride and Son Homes featuring Hull (now the executive VP of the Blues), Vladimir Tarasenko, and Blues analyst Kelly Chase.
Pump up those pucks and whammo! Hammer them into the net, Brett and Vladimir! The most interesting part of this video? The 50-year-old Hull can still blast that one-timer.
And by the eyeball test it looked harder and more accurate than Tarasenko's. Regardless of how we make fun of his post-NHL weight gain (what athlete hasn't packed on a few pounds after their playing days) no doubt he could find a spot near the circle on a power play and just blast shots past the goaltender
Add a cheesy joke about puck inflation and Hull’s 86-goal season at the end and you have low-quality local commercial gold.
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Minimum wage lawsuit in junior; 'Toss Your Jersey Night'; Timonen's 'complex' return (Puck Headlines)Jen Neale at Puck Daddy37 mins 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.
• Montreal prospect, and Team Canada WJC golden goalie, Zach Fucale pays tribute to Jean Beliveau and Guy Lafleur on his new mask. [In Goal Magazine]
• Cuteness overload. Little hockey player Ann Schaab sees Alex Ovechkin for first time since the car donation, and she is NOT happy with Ovi's recent scuffles in the game against the Penguins. She lets him know. GO GIRL! [RMNB]
• Lawsuit seeks to have junior players paid minimum wage. Sounds eerily familiar to the controversy facing the NCAA and their treatment of student-athletes. [ESPN]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
“That one hurt.”
NHL referee Tim Peel and I are at Foley’s pub in New York, which is the only logical place for a hockey summit. He’s between games, having officiated in Washington the night before and headed over to New Jersey on Friday night. He’s affable, engaging, the kind of guy who gives you a tap on the knee before hitting a punchline in that “you’re going to want to hear this one” way.
And he’s sitting across from a guy who’s ridden his ass like a jockey for the last two years.
We were aware of Tim Peel well before his foibles became a department on this website. A lot of hockey fans were. The criticism of his many mishaps tracks back to 2008 on the venerable Kukla’s Korner. The advent of social media in hockey fandom led to a cottage industry of “Tim Peel Alerts” when he was scheduled to officiate the game.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
Some sad news coming out of the Blackhawks organization. Team all-time leading scorer Stan Mikita is apparently facing some “serious health issues” according to a statement released by his family.
It was circling around Twitter this morning, but Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times confirmed the statement with Mikita’s daughter Jane.
“Stan has been diagnosed with suspected Lewy Body dementia, a progressive disease, and is currently under the care of compassionate and understanding care-givers,” the family said.
This isn’t exactly a great way to start a Friday morning. The 74-year-old Mikita is a hockey icon and a true great in the game. He is the Blackhawks all-time leader in games played (1,394) and points (1,467) and played with the team from 1958-59 through 1979-80, winning the Hart Trophy twice.
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
With the trade deadline a little more than a month away and many teams already starting to make roster moves that will impact their competitiveness down the stretch (if they had any to begin with, that is), much of the attention in the league turns to who is and is not in playoff contention.
These “bubble teams” may be within, say, four, six, eight points of a postseason spot with 30-something games to go. That often leads to both fans and team officials feeling as though they are very much in the race for that final position, and want to push all-in to pursue that end. If that includes trading picks and prospects so they can win the final seed in their divisional playoff group, or a wild card, then so be it. That's the price of doing business when the goal is to make the playoffs.
And leaving aside the absurdity of the egalitarian dream that “once you make the playoffs, anything can happen” — while big underdogs do occasionally PDO their way to a Cup final or even a title, the end result of the playoffs far more often than not is one of a handful of elite teams actually walking away with the trophy — one has to wonder whether this is, necessarily, a good idea.Fri, Jan 307:00 PM PSTBuffalo at VancouverPreview Game
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Cedric Paquette, Tampa Bay Lightning
The Lightning rookie recorded his first career NHL hat trick during a 5-1 rout of the Detroit Red Wings. The win set a franchise record with their ninth straight win at Amalie Arena.
No. 2 Star: Anton Lander, Edmonton Oilers
Lander had a hand in all three Oiler goals in their 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres in the “McDavid Bowl.” After recording a pair of helpers, Landers put home the eventual game-winner 7:52 into the third period:
No. 3 Star: Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild
Behind Zach Parise’s 20th of the year and 30 saves from Dubnyk, the Wild shutout the Calgary Flames 1-0. It was the 11th shutout of Dubnyk’s career and his third straight win.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
Katelyn and C.J. Mckeen were under the impression they were about to participate in an intermission game at Thursday’s Tampa Bay Lightning game. The brother and sister were slated to take a shot on goal of some sort, but little did they know they were in store for a huge surprise.
Just before they were to attempt their shots, the Lightning game-night emcee Greg Wolf introduced their father, Master Sergeant Chris Mckeen of the U.S. Air Force:
“I’m just extremely grateful that I get to come back to my family safe and get to see them,” said Mckeen, who was on tour in South Korea.
These military reunions are always the best, and the family reactions really make you want to grab the tissues.
Welcome back home, Master Sergeant Mckeen.
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MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY:
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy16 hrs ago
Watching hockey games is a wonderful family event. Crowd around the television, turn the volume up and enjoy hearing lustful sexual screams in the background. Wait, what?
Yup, that’s what happened during Nashville’s broadcast in St. Louis. Just listen to the vine below. We joke about #hockeyporn on this blog all the time. This is real, legit literal hockey porn ... (s/t to Rinkside Report’s Jim Diamond for alerting me to this while I was catching up on lower grade porn known as "The Bachelor" on my DVR. Needless to say, the channel has been changed).
The game’s still not over as of this blog, but I feel like we’ve reached the climax. Below is some more, um, dubious noises.
And I thought the Predators had let go of Michael Del Zotto.
In case anyone thinks the video was doctored, Diamond is the Chapter Chair of the Nashville Professional Hockey Writers' Association and a highly trusted NHL resource in the area.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy16 hrs ago
The Toronto Maple Leafs held a 1-0 lead on the Arizona Coyotes and were on a power play as the third period began. Things were looking good.
Five seconds later, Jonathan Bernier channeled Vesa Toskala and oh, no:
Oliver Ekman-Larsson will never get a luckier goal in his career, especially shorthanded. He also entered the NHL record books in the process. The goal was the fastest shorthanded tally to start a period ever at five seconds.
That’s a rough one for Bernier. That puck dipped just as he thought he was about to catch it. And now he joins Vesa Toskala with his own Maple Leaf memory to forget.
The goal was the start of a bad third period for the Leafs. Martin Hanzal would score three minutes later and the Coyotes would add on an empty-netter for a 3-1 victory.
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- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy21 hrs ago
When the NHL and the NHLPA announced the 2016 World Cup of Hockey last weekend, it was clear that they would find new and excited ways to generate revenue from an event that could gross as much as $120 million.
This is because NHL players (and fans and media) are all really keen on Olympic participation, and the League knows the only way to knock dreams of gold medals out of their heads is to smack them with bags of money.
So, to the surprise of no one except those delusional enough to believe there won’t be advertising on NHL jerseys in the near future, there will be advertising on World Cup of Hockey sweaters, according to Rick Westhead of TSN:
The NHL has informed sponsors that it will feature about eight categories of sponsorships for the World Cup, selling each for about $1.5 million. To have a corporate logo featured on a team jersey would probably cost about $2 million per team, sources tell TSN.