The Evander Kane dilemma
The big story in the NHL this week has been the Evander Kane saga. It started on Tuesday, when the Jets allegedly healthy scratched Kane is his hometown of Vancouver. The story right now is that Kane showed up to a team meeting in sweatpants, instead of the team and league-mandated suit that all players are supposed to wear. To ‘teach him a lesson,’ teammate Dustin Byfuglien threw Kane’s clothes in the shower. No one than heard from Kane until approximately an hour before the game that night, when he informed the team that he would not be playing in contest against the Canucks. A few days later, Kane then underwent shoulder surgery and should be out for 4-6 months. Whether or not the whole story has been released or not, the drama surrounding Kane is coming to a head, and it seems inevitable that Kane’s time in Winnipeg is limited.
Kimmo Timonen cleared to skate
A short but hopeful story, Kimmo Timonen, defensemen for the Philadelphia Flyers, skated on his own for the first time this season since being diagnosed with blood clots in his legs and lungs in August. One of the Flyers’ alternate captains and an important piece on a struggling Philadelphia squad, Timonen hopes to return to game action some time this season, which would be a huge boost for the Flyers.
Hockey in Vegas? Bettman there for a presser
While there hasn’t been a formal announcement, the idea of NHL expansion has been buzzing around the internet for a while now. It’s a long way from becoming a reality, but Las Vegas has taken a step as a legitimate contender for one of the cities who might get a new team. Gary Bettman will attend a press conference next Tuesday when Hockey Vision Las Vegas will announce their official season ticket deposit campaign. The goal? Get 10,000 people to commit to buying season tickets IF a hockey team would come to the city. If they can show the NHL that the city has enough interest, we may be seeing a professional team in Las Vegas sometime in the future.
Feel good story of the week: “World’s longest hockey game”
In one of this week’s ‘feel good’ stories, 40 players will attempt to play the world’s longest game of hockey. Playing from February 6th-16th, the players will not only attempt to break a Guiness world record, but will also be playing for a great cause, raising money for the Alberta Cancer Foundation. The annual fundraiser has raised over 2.1 million dollars since its inception in 2003. Check out the link below to read more about the organization, the game, and to donate money to help them reach their goal of one million dollars.
Beanpot tournament in full swing
It’s the first two weeks in February, and if you’re anywhere near Boston, you know that means the Beanpot tournament is finally here. A yearly battle between some of Boston’s best hockey teams-Harvard, Boston College, Boston University, and Northeastern- the Beanpot is one of college hockey’s biggest tournaments. The winner gets bragging rights for a year in Boston, and the games are close and intense. Because of the crazy weather in the area, the final games have been postponed until February 23rd, where Harvard and BC will compete for third place at 4:30 pm and Northeastern and BU will face off for the championship at 7:30 pm.
Ref suspended for speaking to journalist
On January 30th, Yahoo Sports writer Greg Wyshynski wrote an article about Tim Peel, an NHL referee oft-scorned for his blown calls and poor judgement. Wyshynski, one of Peel’s most vocal critics, was able to talk to Peel in a more informal setting and got Peel’s take on his infamous calls, his reputation, and what it means to be an NHL ref. It was a really interesting piece, one of the few articles written about one of the most overlooked positions in the game – the referee. Unfortunately for Peel, the NHL didn’t take too kindly to the interview, whether it was the information Peel divulged or the picture of him holding a tequila shot with Wyshynski. For whatever reason, he was suspended for one game. Sorry, Peel – looks like your reputation is still a little tarnished.
AHL referee officiates All-Star game, loves life
Speaking of refs, here’s a happier story featuring a referee that just absolutely loves his job. On our last “Week in Pucks” recap, we told you about the AHL All-Star game. This week, the AHL website posted a video from the game, featuring one ref who wore a GoPro camera, allowing viewers to see and hear the game from the ice level. The video is two and a half minutes of a referee having a blast, and really lets the fans get a sneak peek about what goes on during a hockey game. From what the video shows, the refs have just as much fun as the players and fans do.
Junior hockey team rattles off three shorties in five minutes
Moving over to junior hockey, the Guelph Storm crushed the hopes and dreams of the Petersborough Petes on February 5th. In the third period, the Petes, down 6-4, had a chance to get back into the game with two separate penalties to give them a man-advantage. Instead, the Storm scored three short-handed goals within five minutes, extending their lead out of reach of the Petes and effectively ending the game. The short-handed goals start at 2:18 of the highlight video, and by the third goal, you can just see the defeat in the Petes’ players. Better luck next time.
Video: In Russia, stick save you
Yes, the highlights were abundant in the NHL this week, but our award for craziest (and luckiest) save of the week goes to a netminder from the KHL. Mikko Koskinen, a member of SKA, made one of the most remarkable saves of the season in a contest against Osmk on Wednesday this week. The puck appears to rattle off a stick blade, and a flailing Koskinen just managed to get his stick on it and bat it out of the crease.
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