Entries with the tag: Kevin Weekes
When you’re a hockey player growing up in Canada, your dream is to make it into the National Hockey League and win a Stanley Cup.
While this person did not win a Stanley Cup, he was an NHL netminder for the better part of 12 seasons and has now established himself as one of the top analysts in the game.
The man I am talking about is Kevin Weekes. Weekes, who played for the Vancouver Canucks, New York Islanders, Carolina Hurricanes, New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils, knew from a very early age that he wanted to be a professional hockey player.
“I knew right from when I was 6 years old that I wanted to be an NHL goalie,” Weekes said. “That was my goal. When you work hard enough and are fortunate enough to aspire to it, it can be very fulfilling.”
It was certainly fulfilling for Weekes, who had to overcome a few challenges to make his dream come true.
The New Jersey Devils seem to do this every single season and now, it may not be hard to think about the reasons why they exit the playoffs in the early rounds.
Last night’s 6-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins was their sixth in a row. The team didn’t play with any urgency, they had poor defensive zone coverage, they did not generate enough scoring chances and even their future hall of fame netminder Martin Brodeur was less than stellar last night.
So, to my Devil fan readers out there, I have a few questions for you:
- Why does the team seem to go on losing streaks prior to going into the playoffs?
- Should the team consider starting backup goaltender Kevin Weekes? Brodeur has not looked like himself in the past few games.
- Does the team not care anymore about the regular season because they already clinched a playoff spot?
- Lastly, will head coach Brent Sutter still be behind the Devils bench when next season begins?
When Martin Broduer went down with an injury in early November, many hockey pundits and fans thought that the New Jersey Devils were done. They weren’t scoring a lot of goals, they weren’t really winning and lastly, they would have to rely on Kevin Weekes and Scott Clemmensen.
Well, just over four months later, the team is near the top of both the Eastern Conference and the Atlantic Division thanks to timely goal scoring from the likes of Patrik Elias, Zach Parise, Jamie Langenbrunner, solid defense from Colin White, Bryce Salvador and Paul Martin and solid special teams.
However, one area that everyone is overlooking is the solid goaltending from Clemmensen. The 31-year-old netminder from Des Moines, IA, is proving to folks around the club and the league that he can play with the big boys and that ultimately, he can play well. Through last night’s game against the Boston Bruins, Clemmensen has compiled 24 wins in 37 games while posting a 2.23 goals against average and a .922 save percentage with two shutouts (both happened this week against the New York Rangers and Bruins).
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I’m getting ready to watch the New Jersey Devils take on the Philadelphia Flyers in a Sunday afternoon matinee at the Prudential Center and figured that this would be a good time to reflect on what the Devils have done this season.
When Martin Broduer went down with an injury in early November, many hockey pundits and fans thought that the Devils were done. They weren’t scoring a lot of goals, they weren’t really winning and lastly, they would have to rely on Kevin Weekes and Scott Clemmensen.
Well, a month and 17 days later, the Devils are 18-9-3, good for third in the Atlantic Division and sicth in the Eastern Conference. They’ve also won 11 of their last 14 games. Not bad, huh?
It took a period (the first period of the game) of undisciplined play, stupid penalties, being outshot 13-5 and outscored 1-0 to awaken the New York Rangers.
The second period began and it was as if a new team was on the ice and this team dominated the New Jersey Devils by scoring four goals on 20 shots, cashing in on the power play and getting back to playing defense the way they know how, all en route to a 5-2 victory.
As a goaltender and someone who respects all National Hockey League netminders, I feel for what New Jersey Devils’ masked man Martin Brodeur is going through.
There he was, just eight wins away from becoming the league’s all-time winningest goaltender and just like that, he will be out for three to four months with a torn biceps tendon. For a guy that averages close to 75 games a season, I imagine that the next couple of months without playing will feel like a lifetime for Marty.
While there are those that think that this spells doom and gloom for the NHL, I actually think that it could end up being a positive thing for the game.