- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
John Gibson, wunderkind goaltender for the Anaheim Ducks, has played in one game this regular season, and like his preseason appearances, things didn't go too well.
So what does any good goalie do when they're in a bit of a slump? Change their mask, of course!
Gibson is one of many NHL goaltenders who entrust their masks to airbrush artist to the stars, Dave Gunnarsson of DaveArt.com.
This isn't the first time Gunnarsson painted a mask for Gibson. As the young netminder entered his first NHL games this past season, Gibson donned a mask themed 'The Haunted Insane Asylum - Psycho Ducks On The Loose'. Later in the summer, Gibson and Gunnarsson came up with a Pac-man helmet for the 21-year-old to wear as he challenged fellow Anaheim goalie Frederik Andersen for the No. 1 spot.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
BY JOSH COOPER
Earlier today the NHL suspended Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov indefinitely for an arrest on domestic violence suspicion.
These all come from Hammond’s blog on the Orange County Register website. The first part is Hoffman’s statement, followed by a few pertinent follow up questions by Hammond.
``Last night, at around 11:25 p.m., the Redondo Beach Police Department received a call on our business line -- not our 911 line -- from a resident in the 800 block of Avenue C, concerning a woman screaming and heard crying …”
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
by Josh Cooper
What do Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins and Animal from The Muppets have in common? Not much really, besides dominant abilities on the drums.
Rask’s style looks a little more chill than Animal’s, but who doesn’t love an athlete who shows his musical side, especially during the season. Plus, he probably needed to hit the drums to chill out a little after a start that saw him with a 2.89 goals against average and .870 save percentage.
Hey, remember that time when Henrik Lundqvist jammed with tennis legend John McEnroe? Yeah, that was cool.
Stick-tap Steve P.Tue, Oct 214:00 PM PDTSan Jose at BostonPreview Game
CHL class action lawsuit; Roenick's life after 13 concussions; Stastny week-to-week (Puck Headlines)Jen Neale at Puck Daddy5 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.
• Congrats to the Kings for their 28-26 upset victory over the Seattle Seahawks. World Champions, indeed. (S/T to reader Nick B. and the lovely people at ABC7 Los Angeles for this gem). [Puck Daddy Tumblr]
• "An unprecedented class action lawsuit striking at the economic foundations of junior hockey in Canada alleges the Canadian Hockey League and its teams “conspired” to force young players into signing contracts that breach minimum wage laws." [The Star]
• Jeremy Roenick recounts the 13 (!!) concussions he experienced in his hockey career, and what life is like now. [Business Insider]Sun, Oct 19Seattle26 - 28St. LouisGame Recap
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
While the Dallas Stars were in the middle of playing “stupid, garbage hockey,” as head coach Lindy Ruff put it, they lost Patrik Nemeth to a freak injury.
Early in the first period, Nemeth tangled with R.J. Umberger. As both players fell to the ice, Umberger's skate made contact with the Stars forwards arm, cutting him in the process:
After the game, Ruff told reporters Nemeth would miss “a good period of time.” That has ended up being the rest of the regular season and potentially the playoffs.
Jyrki Jokipakka, who has been summoned from Texas of the AHL, and Jamie Oleksiak are expected to fill Nemeth's role on the blueline.
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- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
It's a Monday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:
Special Guest Star: John Shannon of Sportsnet joins us.
• Voynov arrested.
• Hedman out.
• Weekend action,
Question of the Day: Did the NHL handle the Voynov arrest properly? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @wyshynski or @jeffmarek. Click here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!
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- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
Victor Hedman has been playing at an elite level for several years now. The Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman has played his way from being known as “the guy drafted after John Tavares” into a legitimate Norris Trophy contender in 2015.
Well, that Norris talk will have to be put on hold for a bit after Hedman suffered a broken finger while blocking a shot against Vancouver on Saturday night:
The Lightning announced that Hedman will now miss 4-6 weeks after he undergoes surgery on Tuesday.
As of Monday, Hedman is tied for first in both points by defensemen (7) and power play points by defensemen (5), all while averaging 19:53 of ice time. The responsibilities will increase for Anton Stralman and Jason Garrison as the 23-year old Swede recovers.Mon, Oct 206:30 PM PDTTampa Bay at EdmontonPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
Evgeny Grachyov of Lokomotiv and Sergei Sentyurin of Metallurg had a fight in the KHL on Sunday that featured a few strong punches after a lengthy preamble in which they skated around staring at each other.
But the reason we dig this clip is the replay after the actual fight, when you can see the genesis of it. The stick goes. The gloves and the other stick go. Out goes the mouthpiece. Off come the helmets, gently placed alongside them.
It’s all very ritualistic, like something out of Roman times. But even those people knew well enough to wear a [expletive] helmet during a fight.
Alas, Sentyurin was suspended one game automatically for his second fight of the season. Yes, the KHL has more stringent fighting rules than the NHL. And they pay their players with paper bags stuffed with Rubles.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has answered many questions about his friend Roger Goodell recently. About how the NFL bungled its domestic violence cases, and lost the faith of many fans. About the public relations nightmare that arrives when a league’s leader doesn’t lead.
Each time, Bettman talks about the protocols in place already in the NHL for issues of domestic violence, but has also assured the media and fans that the NHL isn’t going to have a Ray Rice situation on its hands.
"Our code of conduct is we expect you to do the right things and if you don't we hold you accountable. More important than that is I believe you need to be proactive," said Bettman in Toronto last month.
Here’s your pro-action: The NHL announced on Monday morning that Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov has been arrested on charges of domestic violence, and has been suspended indefinitely pending a League investigation.
Voynov was reportedly arrested on Monday morning on domestic violence charges – the NHL broke the news before any outlet in Los Angeles or TMZ did. From the League:
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
( Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend’s events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it. Today, guest columnist Greg Wyshynski has the helm.)
By Greg Wyshynski
It’s always interesting to see what earns the label of “disrespectful” or “sacrilege” in the NHL.
To me, I’m a reporter trying to do my job in the locker room, standing where I need to stand to do so. To them, I’m trampling all over the Sacred Floor Logo, which is tantamount to pissing on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
To me, a paying customer has a right to voice his or her displeasure over the performance of a team at any point during the game. To them, that’s a lack of fan support, met with a ‘we don’t come to your job and BOO YOU’ attitude in postgame interviews.
To me, throwing your jersey on the ice can be one of the ultimate expressions of fan angst at best; or at worst, a really nasty prank from a Habs fan in Toronto.