- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy38 mins ago
When you get to the rink this week for your rec hockey game, just know that your career is far from being over, no matter how bad or old you get.
Meet Jan Loos. He turned 85 on Thursday and still plays in an adult hockey league in London, Ont. The “Huff N Puff” league is for players 55 and older, and Loos isn't the only super veteran on the roster. He has four teammates over the age of 80.
Loos plays three times a week, but when he steps on the ice Friday for his next game, he’ll be making history by becoming the oldest man to ever play in a competitive hockey game. The current record is held by 78-year old Fred DeWit, a goaltender from Holland.
A 90-year old referee? And you want to complain about Tim Peel?
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy48 mins ago
Like a few other teams in the NHL this season, the New York Rangers have been hit with a mumps outbreak. Forwards Tanner Glass and Derick Brassard were both out with the viral infection, and forward Lee Stempniak is being tested for it.
Now, it appears mumps have been demoted to the AHL, too. And behind the bench.
AHL Hartford Wolf Pack coach Ken Gernander has been isolated from the team for five days and is being tested for mumps. He’s the first coach in the NHL or AHL to go missing in action due to suspicion of the mumps.
Forward Joey Crabb was also isolated and is being tested for the disease.
Assistant coaches Jeff Beukeboom and Pat Boller will take the bench for practices and for home games vs. the Syracuse Crunch and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
Gernander has been the head coach for Hartford since 2007. When he retired as an active player, he was the top-scoring American-born player in AHL history.
The incubation time for mumps is about two weeks. Interestingly, the Rangers haven’t shuttled anyone from MSG to Hartford or vice versa during December.
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- Dmitry Chesnokov at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
The Kontinental Hockey League’s meeting between its president and the managers of its franchises was scheduled some time ago. But it took on new, vital importance this week thanks to the league’s crisis over the ruble’s drop in value and teams struggling to pay players.
KHL President Dmitry Chernyshenko, still new to the job, revealed what course they decided to take to steady the league:
“For the first time the KHL and its leadership met with member clubs to openly, without the media, discuss all internal questions, problems, challenges we are facing. We need to understand that I, as a new President of the League, was tasked by the Board of Directors with presenting a new development strategy for the KHL. The League right now is a serious developed product. This is not a situation where something needs to be saved. The task is to make it more interesting and appealing [emphasis added]…”
The most interesting notes from the meeting:
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy2 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.
• Some amazing hockey Christmas village photos depicting the Battle of Alberta, which include the above described as, “Feeding Wayne Gretzky to a pack of wild lions and tigers at Peyto Lake, near Banff, Alberta.” [Greatest Hockey Legends]
• Gordie Howe is doing much better. He’s doing some walking and has been getting stronger, says his son Mark. [MLive]
• The Nashville Predators put Viktor Stalberg on waivers. The forward has been a total bust for them. [Rinkside Report]
• Saku Koivu expects quite a return when he is honored Thursday night in Montreal. [Montreal Gazette]
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
Ryan Miller has this sort of ‘screw you’ mentality. He has confidence. He has bravado, and he has flair – and a sick flow.
This is totally different than Miller’s predecessor, Roberto Luongo, who seemed to chafe at the constant drama that surrounded him.
Unlike when Luongo tended the crease, the numbers aren’t there yet for Vancouver goaltender Ryan Miller.
A 2.69 goals against average and .900 save percentage are quite poor, actually.
But when it comes to tending net in Canada’s ‘Lower Mainland’ you need more than just a high save percentage and a low goals against average. You need to be able to shake off constant scrutiny, and the ability to forget what just happened on the last score and move forward. And you also need to focus on the one number that matters … wins.
Currently Miller is 16-7-0, despite losing his last three starts.
We recently caught up with Miller and chatted about life in Vancouver, stopping his brother on a breakaway, and finding peace in training in Los Angeles over the summer.
Q. Your numbers probably aren’t what you would expect out of yourself, but does that really bother you?
MILLER: I think the numbers do indicate a consistency.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
The NHL's face of the mumps looked, well ... normal in a video produced by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Sidney Crosby, the league's biggest star (and unofficial mumps spokesman after a Quagmire from Family Guy-like shot last Friday) skated with teammates in advance of their Thursday evening game against Colorado, talked to reporters and most importantly ... didn't rip the Penguins or their medical staff for their handling of his issue.
"I felt good. To be honest with you I think that … my situation is probably the wrong one to try to analyze because I had a previous thing that happened a couple of weeks before that I was dealing with for at least 10 days to two weeks," Crosby said, also noting it was generally in the same area the mumps afflicts.
And then added, "Our staff was well aware of it, they did a great job."
Below is a video of a less mumpy Crosby ... though the camera person clearly is shooting the left side of Sid's face.Thu, Dec 184:00 PM PSTColorado at PittsburghPreview Game
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
(Puck Daddy presents its annual look back at the year in hockey. Check back every day through the New Year for our many lists and hot takes.)
Sometimes images stay with you longer than a video. A single moment in time, whether funny or poignant, could tell a bigger story. The game of hockey provides such stunning photography that choosing the best 10 in 2014 wasn't an easy task.
Here are the top 10 hockey photos of 2014.
10. Orebro fans' touching tribute to player's mom (STA via Aftonbladet)
Jared Aulin has spent the last four years playing for Orebro of the Swedish Hockey League. Last spring, he found out his mother had been diagnosed with cancer, a battle she would sadly lose in October. Before a game in March, Orebro fans showed support for one of their own by unveiling this banner in one end of the rink.
9. Team USA's women see golden dreams dashed by a post. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
Steve Moses of Jokerit is one of the KHL’s leading offensive players this season: 43 points in 39 games, including 26 goals. He’s a scoring machine; alas, that includes his own net.
In a game against Slovan on Monday, goalie Riku Helenius made a terrific pad save on Vaclav Nedorost. The puck rested on the goal line, its momentum stopped.
That’s when Moses decided to liberate the puck from the crease. And it worked out about as well as it did for the Egyptian army crossing the Red Sea.
Our hero pulled the puck back off his goalie’s elbow. It bounced back to the goal line. He tried to bring it out again … and he put it into his own net.
Helenius was, uh, not amused, smacking his goalie paddle against the cage in frustration.
Or maybe he's angry he hasn’t gotten a check in two months. Thanks, Ruble.
Memo to Leominster's own Mr. Moses: STOP TRYING TO BE SO HELPFUL. You're the guy who tries to save a kitten from a tree and drops the poor thing into a sewer.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
It’s pretty easy to connect the dots that would bring Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock to take over the Edmonton Oilers:
These are obviously concrete, unwavering connections between the Oilers or their geographic home and the best coach in the NHL.
Does that mean he would ever, ever coach the Oilers? Even if the other 29 teams contracted the mump and the NHL was reduced to Edmonton intrasquad games?
Why in the world would Babcock even consider coaching a team which four good men — Pat Quinn, Tom Renney, Ralph Krueger and Dallas Eakins — couldn’t win with?
Well, what if they finished 30th and won the draft lottery?
Connor McDavid is supposedly a generational player the likes of Sidney Crosby. And the consolation prize, Jack Eichel, is supposed to rank up there, too. Even if that didn’t happen, Babcock would certainly have an idea what’s involved with this team having hired Renney as his associate coach in Detroit after he was fired by the Oilers.Thu, Dec 187:30 PM PSTEdmonton at San JosePreview Game
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy16 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Craig Anderson, Ottawa Senators
Anderson posted his third shutout of the year and 29th of his career during a 2-0 win over the New Jersey Devils. He turned aside 34 shots to earn his second win in three starts. Kyle Turris scored early in the first period and put the game away with an empty-netter with one second left in the game. Anderson almost got in on the scoring himself with attempt at the empty net late in the game:
No. 2 Star: Kari Lehtonen, Dallas Stars
The Stars opened up a three-game western Canada road trip with a 2-0 shutout of the Vancouver Canucks. Colton Sceviour opened the scoring early in the second period and then Antoine Roussel turned off the lights with an empty-netter late in the third period. Lehtonen made 27 saves and recorded his second shutout of the season and 29th of his career.
No. 3 Star: Niklas Svedberg, Boston Bruins
Loui Eriksson’s goal 1:30 into overtime helped the Boston Bruins beat the Minnesota Wild 3-2 and earn their first win in four games. Svedberg was excellent between the pipes, stopping 35 shots for his second win in three starts.