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Statement from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman

PEBBLE BEACH, CALIF. (December 9, 2019) – National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman made the following statement after today’s Board of Governors meeting:   As one of the preeminent professional sports leagues in the world and the preeminent hockey league in the world, we recognize and embrace our role in setting an example.   We

Askarov Makes His KHL Debut

Yaroslav Askarov is hotly tipped as the next great Russian goaltending talent – and the 17-year-old lived up to his potential with a game-winning performance on his KHL debut for SKA. Only Ilya Sorokin has started a KHL game between the piping at a younger age, and that by just

Bigras is Hopeful as Flyers Camp Opens

On July 1st the Flyers signed defenseman, Chris Bigras to a two-year, two-way contract. The Rangers had this RFA, but they never made him an offer. Now 24, he’s coming off an ankle injury that saw him shut down his season last February. Getting the first practice under his belt

Cole Caufield, Still Smiling, Still Scoring

Some players are just natural goal scorers. Alex DeBrincat was someone who I thought was one of them. He did it at every level, but he had his detractors because of his size and low and behold he has 69 goals in his first two seasons for the Blackhawks. I

Some Thoughts on Two Leafs Prospect Defenseman

Here’s something I’ve thought about doing for a while. It’s taking the temperature of prospects as they’re developing. Right now, the first two I’d like to look at are Timothy Liljegren and Rasmus Sandin. So, who’s better at this moment in time. Liljegren just turned 20 in April. I don’t care

My Long Overdue Take on Jason Spezza

If Bob McKenzie is correct, and he usually is, and Jason Spezza is going to play for his hometown Leafs, my mind instantly goes back to the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. It was my first. Somewhere I have pictures of Spezza at the clinic with kids. I shot that on

Trades Dominated Day Two of the 2019 NHL Draft

Vancouver - - It was a whirlwind day two at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft that was headlined by a couple of big trades. Before the first pick was made, it was rumored that PK Subban was on the move but the destination was unknown. It was later revealed that a

NTDP is still Dominating

Vancouver - - The 2019 NHL Entry Draft was full of surprises on the draft board but the one thing that many people expected was the players from the US National Team Development Program dominating the first round. It started with the expected first overall, Jack Hughes, going to the New

Blues Reaction To Winning Their First Stanley Cup

Boston - - The 52-year Stanley Cup drought is over. The Blues beat the Bruins 4-1 in Game Seven. Brayden Schenn talked about finally winning the Stanley Cup: https://soundcloud.com/russ-cohen/brayden-schenn-talks-about-the-blues-stanley-cup-win Andy Cohen of Bravo Television fame talked about being a Blues fan and more: (Tyler Bozak and his dad to the left

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