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Canadien diving team; Stan Bowman’s fancy stats; human rights protests at Worlds (Puck Headlines)

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• Karl Subban purchased a “Canadien Dive Team” T-shirt outside the TD Garden prior to Thursday night’s Game 1, poking fun at the elder Subban offspring. “I saw this shirt and I looked closely. I saw ‘76’ and I read it and I saw what it said. My wife laughed. My son Malcolm is here and he laughed, too,” Karl Subban told the Gazette. “So I said ‘I better buy one.’ I know the fans here are having fun. And I want to have some fun with it, too. But really that’s all it’s about.” [Boston.com]

• “The beauty of Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban isn’t just his chocolaty brown skin, but the thickness of it … It allowed the indignity of being the reigning Norris Trophy winner … playing 11 minutes for Team Canada … roll off his back and not prevent him from enjoying his experience in Sochi … It allowed him to ignore the torrent of boos ... at TD Bank Garden Thursday night to score two goals… The thickness of Subban’s hide is probably also allowing him to tune out what’s hopefully a sub-section of hockey fans who, infused with keyboard courage and maybe a beer or five, took to their electronic devices … and let loose some racist emails and tweets aimed at Subban.” [Color of Hockey]

• “The Belarusian government has scored an own goal by cracking down on civil society in a bid to silence dissenters ahead of the Ice Hockey World Championship ... Civil society activists are currently working in an atmosphere of heightened repression in Belarus … At least eight people were detained on 26 April following a peaceful march in Minsk to mark the 28th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The march organizers had sought and received the necessary permission from the authorities to hold the event.” [Amnesty International]

• Someone familiar to Puck Daddy readers gives advice to the San Jose Sharks of what they should do to the team in the off season. Hint: nothing. [Deadspin]

• Stan Bowman has adapted fancy stats and other analytical elements to fit the Blackhawks tracking of player development within the organization and for scouting purposes. Here’s an easy-read in plain English (i.e. not all lingo) of how he’s made it work. I’d say he’s done pretty well for himself over the past few seasons… [Chicago Sun-Times]

• Are Zach Parise and Mikael Granlund the next two-headed monster in the NHL? Based on Parise’s stats when teamed up with Granlund, they very well could be. [Dobber]

• Jack Eichel, product of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, has the opportunity and drive to challenge Connor McDavid for the No. 1 spot in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. [United States of Hockey]

• Team USA’s roster for the World Championships is complete after the additions of Tommy Wingels and David Leggio. [USA Hockey]

• The KHL continues to expand across Europe and Asia, this time by adding a new team in Sochi. The Leopards will make their debut next season and will play their home games in one of the two arenas used in the winter games [Inside the Games]

• A Colorado hockey player was severely injured while snowboarding. When his family learned of his brain losing oxygen, they decided to donate his organs to save other families from the pain they were feeling. [9 News]

• Driving home after their first playoff win, two New Rochelle Wranglers players were fired at 13 times by a drunk NYPD officer. “Making the best save of his life” the driver, and Wranglers goalie, floored it and took his injured passenger/teammate to the hospital. Both men would be ok. The officer has been suspended from the force. [New York Daily News]

• Bowling Green recruit Joe McKeown scores an unreal goal. [Buzzing the Net]

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