- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy16 mins ago
Caroline Ouellette leads all-girl pee-wee team into historically male tournament in Quebec.
The Tournoi international de hockey pee-wee de Québec is the most
Led by four-time Olympic gold medalist, and current member of Les Canadiennes de Montreal, Caroline Ouellette, Équipe Québec Féminin, a AA pee-wee hockey team comprised of entirely 11 and 12 year old girls, makes history. The team played a tune-up game on Thursday against the all-boys squad out of Connecticut called ... wait for it ... the Doritos. (Could they be more American??) The ladies blanked the Doritos by a score of 3-0.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy29 mins ago
During the 2015-16 season, the Minnesota Wild saw the losses pile up for a team that was built to ‘win now' and it became apparent that something needed to change.
A star player questioned the coaching staff, and the team had a host of other issues that needed to be addressed.
On Saturday, the Wild fired coach Mike Yeo after he went 173-132-44 in five years with the team. Yeo – a disciple of Dan Bylsma with the Pittsburgh Penguins on teams that went to the 2008 and 2009 Stanley Cup Finals – couldn’t get past the second-round of the playoffs. The Wild came into Saturday three points (56 points total) behind the Nashville Predators for the final Wild Card playoff spot in the Western Conference. A year ago the Wild had 100 points.
Minnesota has yet to officially name a new coach though the Minneapolis Star Tribune's Michael Russo reports it will be Iowa Wild coach John Torchetti.
Torchetti has been an interim coach with the Florida Panthers and Los Angeles Kings in the past.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
After the Minnesota Wild dropped their eighth-straight game early Saturday, Mike Yeo remained steadfast," I’m not freaking quitting here, and I’m not quitting on this group. I’m going to show some fight, and I believe in the group, but better start believing in each other and better start delivering."
Well, he may not quit, but it appears the franchise has quit on him.
Rich Walsh of KDKA in Pittsburgh was the first to report of Yeo's firing. Everyone was somewhat hesitant to go off of what he said because he's not Mike Russo. About 20 minutes later, the beat writer chimed in:
Via text, Mike Yeo confirms he has been fired by the #mnwild
As the losses began to stack up, it felt inevitable that Yeo's days were numbered. The loss to Boston appeared to be all that GM Chuck Fletcher could take.
No word yet on who will replace Yeo behind the bench. We'll update this report as soon as news is released.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
It’s been known for some time that the Winnipeg Jets were getting an outdoor game in the 2016-17 NHL season.
Commissioner Gary Bettman said that the NHL “owed” Winnipeg a gameafter plans for the Heritage Classic in Manitoba fell through. In January, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reported that the game would likely be played at Investors Group Field – home of the CFL’s Blue Bombers – in December 2016 against an undetermined opponent.
This would be the earliest an outdoor game will be played during the regular season, breaking the tradition for the NHL since the Winter Classic debuted in 2008 to have that be the first outdoor game of the season.Sat, Feb 137:00 PM PSTWinnipeg at EdmontonPreview Game
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
One name that's not appearing often enough in the Calder Trophy discussion: Shayne Gostisbehere. Probably because his last name really hard to spell.
He's a defenseman playing on the Philadelphia Flyers who was called up nearly a month and a half into the NHL season. In a mere 36 games played, he's put up 30 points (10-20=30).
He scored point No. 30 on Saturday against the New Jersey Devils. Not only did it tie the game for Philly, the point set a rookie defenseman scoring record. The goal marked the 11-straight game the one the fans call "Ghost Bear" has registered a point.
According to NHL PR, Barry Beck was the previous record holder with two separate 10-game point streaks in the 1977-78 season for the Colorado Rockies.
With his goal, Ghost Bear (a.k.a. 👻🐻) ties Sean Couturier for fourth on the team in scoring, and his 30 points is best among Flyers defenseman.
One person none too impressed with Gostisbehere's record is Lee Stempniak. Not too long after the rookie scored his goal, the Devils forward gave the kid, to put it nicely, a cup check.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
Carrie Underwood, wife of Nashville Predators forward Mike Fisher, may just have cemented her status as the First Lady of Hockey, at least among active players. She did so by chirping Fisher's Predators teammate Ryan Johansen on Twitter.
In Friday's game between the Preds and the Tampa Bay Lightning, t he camera caught Johansen giving his hockey stick a little smooch at the bench. The following day, Underwood took to Twitter to give RyJo the business.
It started a little raunchy with a quick GIF of the kiss set to the Color Me Badd classic, "I Wanna Sex You Up."
She followed it up with the same GIF, this time set to the more wholesome "Kiss Me" by Sixpence None The Richer.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
Arizona Coyotes president and CEO Anthony LeBlanc is confident his team may have some kind of announcement on a new home in the Phoenix area by the end of the NHL’s regular season.
LeBlanc indicated the location could be in the East Valley, where he said a lot of the team’s fans are located.
“Like any business you look at heat maps of a geography of where our fan base is and for us we look at where people who are attached to hockey are. It tends to be on the east side of the Valley, which is Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa and Scottsdale,” LeBlanc said. “One of the things we’ve been pretty open about as have they is we’ve had deep discussions with Arizona State University. There are so many natural synergies with ASU especially since they’ve moved to a Division One (hockey) program.”
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
It was a statement win for the Dallas Stars. They skated into Chicago, less than a week after the Blackhawks throttled them in a 5-1 win back in the Lone Star State, and skated out with a 4-2 victory that saw them sprint out to a four-goal lead.
Impressive? Without question, and especially without the injured Jason Spezza. But for Lindy Ruff, it’s more important that the Stars show they belong among the elite rather than occasionally toppling them.
"Chicago has proven it year after year," Ruff said. "We still have to prove we can get there and stay there and be able to battle a top team."
Or battle the NHL’s top team, as they will when they face the Washington Capitals on Saturday night in Dallas. The Capitals have won five straight, and will have Evgeny Kuznetsov, their dynamic young center, despite a concussion scare this week.LiveWashington0 - 4DallasFollow Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
Warren Jansen officially followed through on his ‘puppy goal’ promise to his children Reece and Cole.
According to the Ottawa Citizen the family recently picked up a 40-pound husky mix they renamed in honor of Ottawa Senators sniper Bobby Ryan.
Before the Ottawa Senators’ Jan. 24 game against the New York Rangers, Warren promised Reece and Cole he would get them a dog named ‘Bobby’ if Ryan scored a goal. The children held up a sign during warm ups and tried to make sure Ryan, who has scored 30-or-more goals four times in his career, saw their request.
The kids had been bugging there father for three months for the dog and Warren believed he could lessen their nagging if he made the bet and won.
At the 19:40 mark of the second period, Ryan pushed a puck past Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist that set off euphoria in the Jansen family. Warren jokingly said he shouldn't have chosen someone with such a goal scoring background.
The kids initially said they wanted a Pomsky, but they seem happy with what they chose.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
There are a pair of Olympic hockey gold medals currently up for auction that could use a good home.
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
"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.
Bill, 78, recorded 13 points during the 1960 tournament in Squaw Valley that saw the U.S. win all seven games en route to gold. Dave, 56, assisted on eight goals in eight games as the “Miracle on Ice” team shocked the world in defeating the Soviet Union and Finland to earn gold at Lake Placid.