Sources: Joakim Noah suspended 20 games for violating NBA's drug policy
On March 30, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA Special Assistant to the Executive Director Mathieu Schneider will be in Beijing, announcing that the Vancouver Canucks and the Los Angeles Kings will play two preseason games in China in September. First, because the NHL never puts its product in emerging non-hockey markets like this. Since Bettman became commissioner, the NHL has played games in London, Helsinki, Klagenfurt (Austria), Innsbruck (Austria), Stockholm, Salzburg (Austria), Berlin, Bern, Bratislava (Slovakia), Gothenburg (Sweden), Prague, Tampere (Finland), Zurich, Linköping (Sweden), Karlstad (Sweden), Mannheim (Germany), Belfast, Saint Petersburg, Liberec (Czech Republic), Malmö (Sweden), Riga, Zug (Switzerland) and Hamburg.
Since he broke into the NHL in 2009, Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand has skated nearly 4,500 minutes with Patrice Bergeron at even strength. The two wingers that logged the most time next to Bergeron and Marchand are still in the league, but no longer on the Bruins' roster: Tyler Seguin and Reilly Smith.
On Thursday, the five Richter Award finalists for the top NCAA goalie were announced and — to nobody’s surprise — Buffalo draftee and Notre Dame product Cal Petersen was among the five. Petersen, 22, finished the year with a 21-11-5 record, .928 save percentage, 2.14 GAA and six shutouts, backstopping the Irish to the NCAA championships. Petersen’s focus is currently on making the Frozen Four. But once that’s done, attention will undoubtedly turn to the pro game. Taken in the fifth round (129th overall) at the ’13 draft, Petersen has become one of Buffalo’s more prized young assets. GM Tim Murray addressed as much in a recent interview with WGR 550 radio. “We like him, obviously a lot, as a prospect,”