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from John Buccigross of ESPN,
Jack Eichel is that classic -- often reported as extinct -- middle-class American kid. Oh, and as his BU head coach David Quinn said, "He's a physical freak with strength, vision and an NHL shot." That helps, too.
But, as we have seen many times in sports, those skills are not enough. No one does it alone.
A lava lamp's function is not to create light, but to create a mood. As your eyes fixate, the unpredictable, syrupy movements put you in a state of calmed focus. It's hard to take your eyes off it.
Boston University marked its lava lamp with a firetruck-red No. 9. There's a new kid in town.
I drove up to Boston last weekend to see and meet the kid in person. Jack Eichel is a 6-foot-1, 18-year-old buoyant blob of wax still cooling and congealing as he makes his purposeful strides toward the 2015 NHL draft in Sunrise, Florida.
Eichel's name will be the first or second called next June 26. He will hold up an NHL jersey (Buffalo's? Carolina's? Winnipeg's? Arizona's? Florida's? Toronto's?), smile and begin his NHL career soon after.
from the Portland Pirates,
The Portland Pirates today announced the signing of forward Paul Bissonnette to an AHL Professional Tryout Contract. The six-year NHL veteran will join the team later this week.
Bissonnette, a 6-foot-3, 220 pound left wing from Welland, Ontario, joins the Pirates after spending the last five seasons with the Arizona Coyotes. While with the Coyotes, Bissonnette played 187 games, recording seven goals, 14 assists, 21 points and totaling 318 penalty minutes. He’s also appeared in four playoff games with the Coyotes, collecting 15 minutes in penalties.
from the PJStar,
Huntsville center Justin Cseter went into the right corner by the Havoc goal, collided with Peoria's Dennis Sicard, and fell onto Sicard's skate as the latter was on all fours, trying to get up.
With his mother, father and grandparents in the grandstand looking on, Cseter -- a Wisconsin native -- skated out of the corner fighting for his life, blood spurting from his thigh and pooling on the Carver Arena ice and players on both teams frantically screaming for doctors, EMT's, begging for help.
Cseter had been inadvertently slashed by Sicard's skate, across an unprotected gap between the bottom of his pants and above his knee pad at 6:27 of the second period.
He made it to the hashmarks in front of his net, sat down hard, then fell onto his back....
Doctors said Cseter suffered a wound about 1 1/2 inches deep and about six inches wide across his inner thigh on his right leg. His muscle was cut, but the skate blade missed his artery. Thirty minutes later he was rolled out on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance and hospitalized, with surgery ahead of him.
more and below, video of the incident...
via the Elite Ice Hockey League,
The Cardiff Devils are pleased to confirm the signing of Paul Bissonnette. The NHLer is coming in on a temporary basis while he still looks for opportunities in the NHL, but Devils management are excited to have him for whatever length of time that he will be in Cardiff.
“Paul got in touch with us and explained that he had already had offers from two other teams in the Elite League, but that if he was going to come back to this league he thought he would talk to us,” explained the Devils ManagingDirector Todd Kelman.
The Insiders have the latest on the possible discipline facing Sudbury Wolves coach Paul Fixter after he cursed at a reporter, Leon Draisaitl's nine-game mark and more.
watch it at TSN and in regards to Paul Fixter, watch what happened below...
from Robert Cribb of the Toronto Star,
An unprecedented class action lawsuit striking at the economic foundations of junior hockey in Canada alleges the Canadian Hockey League and its teams “conspired” to force young players into signing contracts that breach minimum wage laws.
A statement of claim filed in a Toronto court Friday and obtained by the Star, seeks $180 million in outstanding wages, vacation, holiday and overtime pay and employer payroll contributions for thousands of young players given as little as $35 a week for practices, games, training and travelling that could add up to more than full-time hours.
The league and its teams “conspired and agreed together . . . to act in concert to demand or require that all players sign a contract which the defendants knew was unlawful,” the claim alleges. “Such conduct was high-handed, outrageous, reckless, wanton, deliberate, callous, disgraceful, wilful and in complete disregard for the rights of the (players).”
In the post previous to this one, I mentioned Sportsnet feature yesterday on The Worlds Greatest Hockey Factory/
Well, here it is...
note- I always try to credit the original source first, but sometimes it is not available, but thanfully for our sake others do supply...
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
Is it merely a matter of time before the National Hockey League moves to 3-on-3 overtime, or is jeopardizing the future of the shootout too risky?
The American Hockey League is currently testing an overtime formula that begins with the dreaded dry scrape before three minutes of 4-on-4, followed by four minutes of 3-on-3.
Through Friday, the AHL has had six overtime games - with three decided in the first three minutes and three decided in the new 3-on-3 window.
Yes, it's a small sample size, but not one AHL game this season has required a shootout to decide a winner.
The NHL, unwilling to embrace 3-on-3, is watching the AHL experiment closely.
continued plus a few more hockey topics...
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