Kukla's Korner Hockey
Today on their YouTube channel, Sportsnet posted three entertaining videos on our game.
Evanka Osmak and Ken Reid count down the top players in NHL history who had a canon of a shot, and then the top players who were hard to catch because of their lightning speed.
The second video...
Evanka Osmak and Ken Reid count down the top 25 players in NHL history who combine grit and game to produce a special breed of hockey player.
And the third video...
Evanka Osmak and Ken Reid count down the top 25 players in NHL history who delivered incredible value on their draft day price.
Note each video is around 24 minutes long so plan accordingly.
Arizona State Vice President of University Athletics Ray Anderson announced the elevation of the 2014 ACHA National Championship ASU Men’s Ice Hockey program to NCAA Division I status.
The announcement makes men’s ice hockey Sun Devil Athletics’ 23rd NCAA-sponsored sport. It was made possible by hockey supporters, including Don Mullett, the father of former Sun Devil hockey student-athlete Chris Mullett, who came together to donate $32 million to elevate the program.
“Head coach Greg Powers has built a powerhouse ice hockey program here in Tempe, and because of his work it was probably a matter not of ‘if’ but ‘when’ Sun Devil Hockey would be ready to compete at the highest level,” Anderson said. “I am grateful for the generosity shown by our hockey supporters to make this move possible, and I am hopeful that more members of the extended Sun Devils Athletics family will help us grow this program for the future.”
Arizona State is the first power-five conference school to add men’s ice hockey since the Big Ten’s Penn State added the sport in 2012....
Sun Devil hockey will phase into Division I competition over the next three years by playing a hybrid schedule in 2015 with a mixture of DI and ACHA completion, followed in 2016 by full DI schedule independent of conference alignment.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
You can't just dust off the old World Cup of Hockey logo and expect people will give a darn, especially when they were halfway out the door on the mistreated property a dozen years ago.
This new event must have pizzazz, it must have panache and it must resonate not just in Toronto, where the tournament will reportedly be held, but around the hockey world.
It has to be embraced by players and fans everywhere.
It has to mean something. It has to get the juices flowing and the imagination turning with thoughts of Wayne Gretzky to Mario Lemieux and the 1987 Canada Cup.
It has to promise hockey magic and then it has to deliver it.
Or else this will blow up like a dime-store gag cigar.
Although I would like to see the words 'is considering' replaced with 'will have'.
On the report that the pre-overtime dry scrape may be scrapped:
... Well, it’s a new rule, and the benches aren’t big enough for everybody to sit on, so there are guys out on the ice. I mean, when you look at the rules when everybody’s supposed to be on the bench and you come out for the period, there are some teeams that come out and there’s 20 guys skating around. I was thinking once in a while we should just tell the other team let’s all do figure eights. Every commercial timeout. It used to be it’d be a full scale line brawl if you did it. Now there’s guys skating all over, there’s guys doing calisthenics, there’s yoga. If you’re in the crowd you get lots more than a hockey game. Three time outs, there’s 18 guys rolling their yoga mats out there. Just watch. It used to be ‘Oh, only five guys on the ice,’ the officials would say. Now there’s 15....
-Darryl Sutter, head coach of the Los Angeles Kings, post-practice today. There is more to this quote and more Kings talk from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider.
from Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post,
Burke, now president of hockey operations with the Calgary Flames, spent parts of five years as general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs before he was fired last year. The Leafs dominate the headlines like no other team in Toronto, and their relationship with the media became a talking point after a blowout loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, when winger Phil Kessel told a reporter seeking comment: “Get away from me.”
“Look, it’s a different experience in Calgary than it was here in Toronto,” Burke said on Tuesday. “You have 100 outlets covering the Toronto Maple Leafs. So if they have a game like they had in Buffalo the other night, where they didn’t play particularly well, now those 100 people have to single out a target.
“So 20 of them go after the (general manager), 30 of them go after the coach, 30 of them go after the captain, and the rest go after Phil Kessel because he refused to talk to the media after.”
Burke was the executive who acquired Kessel’s rights for the Leafs, a highly scrutinized trade that sent two first-round draft picks (and a second-round pick) to the Boston Bruins in 2009. Kessel has been notoriously hesitant to speak with the media since he arrived.
“Why should Phil Kessel have to talk to these pukes every day?” Burke asked the room.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The Penguins are tops in the NHL with a .781 winning percentage, the Canadiens leads the league in wins and points, and both teams are doing a lot of good things as they prepare to hook up at the Bell Centre.
It's interesting that while discussing the 14-4-1 Habs with a number of media colleagues Monday night after the Hall of Fame festivities, most did not believe the Canadiens are for real and predicted them falling back to the pack. I believe they're for real as far as the mediocre Eastern Conference goes, and I'm sticking to the notion that it's a three-way battle for the Atlantic Division title between Tampa Bay, Montreal and Boston.
read on as the ESPN hockey folks either discuss Rangers/Lightning or HHOF...
CALLAHAN POWERS LIGHTNING IN RETURN TO MSG
Playing in his first game at Madison Square Garden since a March 5 trade, former Rangers captain Ryan Callahan scored twice – including what proved to be the game-winning goal – to help the Lightning improve to 8-1-1 in their last 10 outings.
* Callahan, who was selected by the Rangers in the fourth round (127th overall) of the 2004 NHL Draft, spent the first eight seasons of his NHL career in New York, totaling 132-122—254 in 450 GP. He served as the team’s captain from 2011-14.
* Callahan recorded his second consecutive multi-point performance, following 1-1—2 Saturday vs. NYI. He now has 4-5—9 in his past six games.
* The Lightning improved to 12-0-0 when Callahan scores (dating to his acquisition at the 2014 Trade Deadline).
via Darren Dreger tweets,
GM's mtng: Source suggests dry scrape could be abandoned as early as wknd. Full shovel crews would handle pre-OT clean in 2 mins or less....
...Toronto and Buffalo are among arenas that use full shovel crew during commercial breaks. GM discussing today. Not a done deal
Lately, I thought the dry scrape has been much quicker than at the start of the year and I don't mind it all.
Goal should be to get the ice in the best condition possible but if the shovel crew can do the same job in less time, fine with me.
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