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BERLIN / LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings will now oversee all operations of Berlin Eisbaren Hockey, it was announced today at a news conference at Mercedes-Benz Arena.
Eisbaren Berlin of the German Ice Hockey League and the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League are owned and operated by AEG Sports, a division of the Anschutz Entertainment Group. The LA Kings will now begin leading all hockey operations and administrative matters, directing the day-to-day leadership of Managing Director Peter John Lee. Lee will report directly to LA Kings President, Business Operations and Hockey Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille.
NEW YORK (Feb. 20, 2017) – Winnipeg Jets right wing Patrik Laine, Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri and Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Feb. 19.
from Hometown Hockey,
Scott and Rob Niedermayer did everything together growing up as kids in Cranbrook and since the brothers were just 16 months apart in age, they could also be teammates on several hockey teams. When Scott and Rob went their separate ways to pursue hockey careers at the age of 16, they never thought they’d have the opportunity to play on the same team again. Not only did they end up playing together again, but they won championships together, including the Stanley Cup.
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from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
There is a boy playing minor hockey in Toronto you haven’t heard about yet but probably will before too long. Then again, he could be out of hockey in three years or become a marginal player in junior or college hockey. We have chosen to not publish his name. But he’s very, very good. He’s attending an elite hockey academy in Toronto and is thriving a year above his age bracket for one of the top Triple-A organizations in the Greater Toronto Hockey League. He’s big and he’s skilled and he has lots of promise.
He’s also just 12 years old. And his family has been getting calls from player agents. The same agents who represent multimillionaires playing in the NHL have been contacting the parents of a 12-year-old kid. And he’s not the only one. Players, particularly in Canada’s biggest city, have become accustomed to being contacted by agents during their bantam years, (ages 13 and 14) and some of them already have representatives.
“He’s the one people think is ‘The Next One,’” said Anton Thun, a longtime player agent of M-Five Sports, of the player in question.
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from Adam Vingan of The Tennessean,
On Sunday afternoon, Johansen, drafted by the Blue Jackets at No. 4 in 2010, said that "it feels like everyone’s forgotten about (the trade)," remembering his four-plus seasons in Columbus fondly.
At no point during Sunday’s game, however, did the Blue Jackets recognize Johansen, which he noted afterwards.
"I was a little disappointed they didn't put anything on the (scoreboard) to say thank you or anything like that," Johansen told reporters. "I think we all know who made that call, but whatever."
It’s unclear as to whom Johansen is referring to, though his Blue Jackets career wasn’t always sunny.
from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,
Relax, people. The Canadiens are going to right the ship and win the Atlantic Division. How do I know this? Because Claude Julien is a good coach, this is still a good team and Saturday’s loss to the Winnipeg Jets was as meaningless as a press conference from that gas-bag Donald Trump.
There are losses that can’t be blamed on the coach, the GM or even the players. Schedules, acts of nature, events no one can control. And let’s face it — the bye week is an idea whose time has gone.
Going into Sunday’s games, teams coming off the bye were an abysmal 3-12-4, including five losses Saturday, a day when Washington and Tampa Bay were the only bye teams to salvage a point. Even the powerful Blackhawks lost 3-1 at home to an Edmonton Oilers team they had crushed 5-1 a week earlier.
And what do the players gain in terms of a mental and physical break? Coming out of the bye, the Canadiens play five games in eight days. Surely, it would be better to spread a couple of those games over an extra week? Anything would be better than having a team go into the stretch run looking rustier than a ’77 Ford Pinto?
from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,
It was a dazzling 47 seconds, with the puck on the Lightning wing's stick for most of it.
"I was gassed," Drouin said.
Drouin was also determined. With the Lightning blowing a two-goal lead for the second straight night — this time with 41 seconds left — it desperately needed the second point. Drouin made sure of it, his slick steal-and-deke display on the winner lifting Tampa Bay to a 3-2 victory over the Avalanche at the Pepsi Center.
"He wasn't going to be denied on that shift," goalie Ben Bishop said. "He was a man on a mission.''
Said Tyler Johnson: "A pretty heroic effort."
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from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
Inconclusive replays of the close in shot taken by Pageau and the scramble that followed in the last second of regulation time wiped out any hope the Senators had of at least getting into OT, and picking up one all important point.
“My blade was in the net, his glove was in the net, his pad was in the net,” said Pageau. “So there was a lot of stuff to cover the puck. There was no call on the ice.
“It’s probably the angle of camera they had. It’s not like was an early whistle or anything. Maybe the ref was on the wrong side of the net. He was just trying to do his best. But I’m pretty sure that puck crossed the line, so it’s unfortunate for us.”
Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck adamantly stated the right decision was made.
"That was guaranteed out,” he said. “My pad was there and he pushed my pad in, and I got my glove right behind it.
“I’m kind of confused as to why the crowd was getting into it.”
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Home Team in Caps
NY RANGERS 2, Washington 1
Detroit 5, PITTSBURGH 2
Winnipeg 3, OTTAWA 2
NY ISLANDERS 6, New Jersey 4
Chicago 5, BUFFALO 1
Nashville 4, COLUMBUS 3
Toronto 4, CAROLINA 0
Tampa Bay 3, COLORADO 2 (OT)
Boston 2, SAN JOSE 1 (OT)
ANAHEIM 1, Los Angeles 0
Philadelphia 3, VANCOUVER 2
KANE REACHES 20-GOAL MARK IN BLACKHAWKS’ WIN
Patrick Kane (1-1—2) scored his 20th goal of the season to help the Blackhawks pick up their sixth consecutive road win.
* Elias notes that Kane (Buffalo, N.Y.) became the first American-born player in NHL history to score 20 or more goals in each of his first 10 seasons. The only other American-born player to register 10 or more consecutive 20-goal campaigns at any time during his NHL career was Keith Tkachuk (Melrose, Mass.), who did so in 12 straight seasons from 1992-93 to 2003-04.
* Elias adds that Kane became the fifth player in Blackhawks history to reach the 20-goal mark in 10 or more seasons, joining Stan Mikita (14), Bobby Hull (13), Steve Larmer (11) and Denis Savard (10). Kane also joined Savard (1980-81 to 1989-90) as the only players in franchise history to score 20 or more goals in each of their first 10 NHL seasons.
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