The NHL will play its first games in China this fall when the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks meet in Beijing and Shanghai. The preseason games will take place Sept. 21 in Shanghai and Sept. 23 in Beijing. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the launch of the NHL China Games at a news conference Thursday morning at Le Sports Center.
Jarome Iginla wheeled around center ice, fist bumped Flames mascot Harvey the Hound and grinned through what may be his final ovation as a player at the Saddledome. If this season is it for Iginla, the longtime Calgary star said a fitting goodbye in a bruising game. Iginla scored his 100th game-winning goal, got an assist and drew blood in a fight, helping the Los Angeles Kings beat Calgary 4-1 Wednesday night.
When Seth Jones entered the NHL, coach Barry Trotz saw a player not intimidated by pressure or expectations. The son of former NBA power forward Popeye Jones, already a No. 1 defenseman in his fourth season, is now about to face the biggest challenge of his career. In a couple of weeks, Jones and 19-year-old Columbus Blue Jackets defense partner Zach Werenski will go up against opponents' top players in the Stanley Cup playoffs.