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It is both illogical and irresponsible to think that a separate standard of the playing rules should be used in the playoffs. The general managers must come to a consensus on how the games should be called, from the preseason right through the final game of the playoffs. Players need to clearly understand that if they violate a rule they will be penalized. The onus should be on the player who commits the foul, not the referee for having the courage to call it.
-Kerry Fraser of TSN where you can read more on this topic.
via the Dallas Stars,
Dallas Stars Play-By-Play Announcer Dave Strader has been diagnosed with cancer. Out of respect for Dave and his family, the specifics of his illness and treatment will not be disclosed.
Dallas Stars President and CEO, Jim Lites
"The Dallas Stars are deeply saddened to learn of Dave Strader's cancer diagnosis. As he goes through his treatment, all of our thoughts and prayers are directed to Dave, his wife Colleen, their son Christopher and his wife Karen and daughter Sydney, their son Casey and his wife Dr. Mary, and their son Trevor. We wish Dave a full recovery and will support him through his battle.
"Dave's work in both local markets and on the national stage have made his voice synonymous with hockey to fans all over the globe in his 36 years in the booth. We know that he's touched a lot of people throughout his career thus far and those wanting to send well-wishes are encouraged to send Dave a note at WellWishesForStrader@dallasstars.com."
Dallas Stars Play-By-Play Announcer, Dave Strader
"I realize I have a challenge and fight ahead of me. With my wife Colleen and our family, along with the full support of the Dallas Stars organization, we are ready to meet this challenge. We don't have to look very far for inspiration as Bekki Nill has shown us all how to meet this dreaded disease head-on. Personally, her example will serve as a great guide. I want to thank everyone for their support as I proceed with treatment."
The Dallas Stars respect Dave's request for privacy regarding his condition at this time, and will provide further updates on his status when they are available.
Until next season...
(June 13, 2016) - St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the Blues have named Mike Yeo Associate Coach. In addition, Armstrong announced that Yeo will be named Head Coach to begin the 2017-18 season and his contract will run through the 2019-20 season. Armstrong also announced that Rick Wilson has been named an Assistant Coach, while Assistant Coach Ray Bennett, Goaltending Coach Jim Corsi and Video CoachSean Ferrell will return to the coaching staff.
Odds to win the 2017 Stanley Cup
Pittsburgh Penguins 8/1
Washington Capitals 10/1
St. Louis Blues 12/1
Los Angeles Kings
San Jose Sharks
Tampa Bay Lightning 14/1
from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette (before yesterday's game 6),
Who owns hockey? The NHL owns hockey.
Hockey at its highest level is now run by a couple of dozen American billionaires and a New York lawyer. Even if they vote as a bloc, the seven Canadian teams have virtually no power other than their contribution to the bottom line: without Canadian fans to fill the arenas and that foolish mega-deal with Rogers to prop it up, the salary cap might be due for a precipitous drop, but with less than a quarter of the teams based in Canada, this country’s economic clout is limited.
The trend is inescapable. The NHL in the spring of 2016 has never been more American, and the addition of an expansion team in the U.S. will erode our influence even more, carrying on a process that began with the move of the league’s head office from Montreal to New York in 1989.
Now, with a weakened Canadian dollar and zero playoff revenue for the 2015-2016 season, Canadian teams have to figure out how to get back in the hunt for the Stanley Cup — a task that may be all but impossible. In the short term, Montreal may be the Canadian team most likely to return to the playoffs, simply because of Carey Price.
In the longer term, these Canadiens do not look at all like a Stanley Cup team, a unit that can face the likes of the Penguins, Sharks, Lightning, Blues, Stars, Ducks, Kings or Blackhawks in a seven-game series and win. The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Edmonton Oilers have the brightest long-term futures, perhaps — but it’s a long step from having young stars to playing the Stanley Cup.
And now every Canadian franchise must compete for star players with locations that can offer the glamour and glitz of New York or lower taxes and a convenient beach or nearby golf course available in February, when shivering Canadians are hustling along snow-swept streets in parkas. All we can offer is the passion of our fans, which can be a negative or a positive, depending on a player’s perspective.
via MichaelCaples of MiHockeyNow,
The college hockey world lost one of its best coaches during the night.
Ron Mason, once the record-holder for most NCAA hockey wins as a head coach, has passed away at age 76.
He won 924 men’s college hockey games over 36 seasons at Lake Superior State (1966-73), Bowling Green State University (1973-79) and Michigan State University (1979-2002).
Mason guided two of those teams to national championships – winning a NAIA national title with LSSU in 1972 and a NCAA national title with MSU in 1986.
One of the creators of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association in 1972, Mason captured 10 CCHA regular-season titles – three with Bowling Green and seven with the Spartans – and 13 postseason crowns.
He was named the American Hockey Coaches Association National Coach of the Year in 1992, and CCHA coach of the year on seven different occasions.
added 9:05am, from Tyler Haward of isportsweb,
Sources close to the Michigan State hockey program have confirmed former coach Ron Mason passed away at the age of 76.
Mason coached the MSU hockey program from 1979 to 2002 before becoming the athletic director at the university from then until 2008.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
One of the NHL's most polarizing figures of the past decade pinched his eyes to try to stop the tears, the hugs from his family members only making it harder to do so.
Phil Kessel, Stanley Cup champion, playoff warrior, and now forever more seen in a different light.
"I mean, it's an unbelievable feeling, obviously it's special," said the teary-eyed Kessel as his Pittsburgh Penguins teammates celebrated with friends and family Sunday night on the ice at SAP Center following a 3-1, Game 6 win over the San Jose Sharks.
"It's been a journey," Kessel later added, a lump in his throat.
Booed out of Boston and then out of Toronto, the much-maligned and perhaps misunderstood Kessel was clutch all spring long, leading the Penguins in scoring with 22 points (10-12) in 24 games.
Below, watch Kessel's on-ice interview with Jeremy Roenick...
from Ray Ratto of CSNBayArea,
It does no good to tell Joe Pavelski that the better team won the Stanley Cup. It also does no good to tell him that the San Jose Sharks had a deep and valiant run toward that end.
All there is right now is the bilious taste of going so far and getting nothing but a handshake line from joyous opponents and red-rimmed eyes. The Pittsburgh Penguins are the well-deserving winners, and the San Jose Sharks’ dream has been approached but not achieved.
“I think right now,” the Sharks’ captain said in a funeral dressing room when asked if he would remember the good times or the gut-wrenching ones, “you probably remember the bad stuff first.”
That is the way of the athlete. Condolences are empty, commiserations are weak, handshakes feel like punches and pats on the back like daggers in the spine.
Below, watch some of the San Jose Sharks post-game...
Go behind the scenes and watch the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrate their Stanley Cup victory.
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