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Nine years ago today it was official: The NHL was returning to Winnipeg

Quite a lot has changed in nine seasons since NHL hockey returned to Winnipeg.
Tags: Sport, Hockey, NHL, Columns, Latest, Winnipeg, Winnipeg Jets, Jets return


Fundraising Goal Met to Temporarily Save Alabama-Huntsville Program

A week after the university announced that they would be dropping their hockey program, a grassroots fundraising campaign by Alabama-Huntsville has reached a fundraising goal of $500,000 that could allow the hockey program to continue. The donations should cover a good chunk of the program’s operating expenses for this upcoming season, should there be one. and at least temporarily keep the program going. The group leading the fundraising is also committing to create a UAH Hockey advisory c...
Tags: Sport, Chargers, Hockey, Umass Lowell, Chris Dilks, NTDP, Alabama Huntsville, Temporarily Save Alabama Huntsville Program, Josh Latta, Liam Izyk, Boston College Trying


The Henderson Silver Knights – The AHL’s Newest Franchise

On Thursday night, Vegas Golden Knights chairman and CEO Bill Foley announced the name and logo of the newest franchise in the American Hockey League (AHL): The Henderson Silver Knights. Vegas Golden Knights President of Hockey Operations George McPhee, owner Bill Foley and General Manager Kelly McCrimmon (Photo by David Becker/NHLI via Getty Images) The announcement was made during a one-hour live show called “Reveal Knight,” in which the story of the name, logo, and overall brand ...
Tags: Sport, Getty Images, Chicago, AHL, Hockey, NHL, San Antonio, Vegas, Henderson, Foley, St Louis Blues, Southern Nevada, Knight, Henderson City Council, Bill Foley, George McPhee


Pittsburgh Penguins: Mock Draft Choices and Reasoning

The Hockey Writers recently held a full seven-round mock draft, and I had the pleasure of picking for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Sure, right now the focus is more on whether or not the Penguins will win their qualifying series against the Montreal Canadiens, but it doesn’t hurt to look ahead to what prospects the Penguins could add to their organization. We conducted this draft under the assumption that the Minnesota Wild would acquire the Penguins’ first-round pick from this year as part of th...
Tags: Sweden, Minnesota, Sport, Finland, Detroit Red Wings, Penguins, AHL, Hockey, NHL, Pittsburgh, Miller, Montreal Canadiens, Heineman, Pittsburgh Penguins, St Louis Blues, Fowler


Oilers’ Forgotten Greats: Bill Ranford

Almost every NHL franchise has a way of honouring their greatest players. The most popular is through jersey retirement. This honour, which raises a player’s number to the rafters, thus immortalizing them, is considered the highest praise bestowed on a player outside of being elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Yet, it is usually reserved for the best of the best, for the legends who are cemented into the very fabric of the organization, to the point that another player wearing that number would...
Tags: Washington, Boston, Sport, Jets, Penguins, AHL, Hockey, NHL, Alberta, Edmonton, Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins, Edmonton Oilers, Bruins, Oilers, LA Kings


NHL Rumors: Oilers, Rangers, Sabres, Phase 3, More

In today’s NHL rumor rundown, Edmonton’s Connor McDavid spoke about the process of the players voting for the 24-team play-in and how it specifically affected the Oilers. Why did the team vote for the format despite it not being in their favor? One of the teams out as a result of that vote was the Buffalo Sabres whose season ended. Rasmus Ristolainen of the Sabres told media that he assumes he’ll be traded now. And, as a member of one of the seven teams that didn’t make the play-ins or the pl...
Tags: New York Post, Sport, Rangers, Buffalo, Hockey, NHL, Edmonton, New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, Oilers, Buffalo Sabres, Athletic, Connor McDavid, Sabres, Davidson, Ristolainen


Bruins’ Rask Has Strong Vezina Case

With the NHL regular season officially complete, there are a number of things to look forward to as hockey fans eagerly prepare for the return of the game. Obviously, there are the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which will take on an unprecedented 24-team format this year that, for all of its backlash, is sure to be very exciting despite the lack of fans in seats. The end of the regular season also means the beginning of awards season, as the league crowned its statistical awards with the announcement...
Tags: Boston, Sport, Jets, Hockey, NHL, Bruins, Washington Capitals, Winnipeg, Tampa Bay, Alex Ovechkin, Jaroslav Halak, Hall of Famer, Tuukka Rask, Connor Hellebuyck, Hellebuyck, CBS Boston


Devils Need to Target Gallant, Gronborg in Coaching Search

With the NHL’s 24-team, return-to-play format beginning to move forward, the New Jersey Devils’ 2019-20 season is over, meaning it’s time to begin focusing on next season. Ownership has two significant tasks at-hand: hiring a new general manager and head coach. And the latter seems it’s beginning to shape. In his latest edition of 31 Thoughts, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported the Devils are considering four candidates for their head coaching gig — Peter Laviolette, Gerard Gallant, John ...
Tags: Los Angeles, Sport, Kings, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, NHL, Los Angeles Kings, New Jersey Devils, Dallas Stars, Florida Panthers, Gallant, Don, Philadelphia Flyers, Flyers, Devils, Red Wings


Lightning Actually Benefit from 2020 Playoff Format

Ultimately, if the Tampa Bay Lightning are the legitimate contenders everyone believes them to be, they have nothing to worry about regarding the NHL’s proposed playoff format, coming out of the pandemic. They just need to believe in themselves. Killorn, Lightning Vote “No” Representing the Lightning, forward Alex Killorn actually voted “No” to the proposal, which would see four more teams in each conference technically qualify for the playoffs (instead of the usual eight). The bottom ei...
Tags: Washington, Sport, Lightning, Hockey, NHL, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, Bruins, Columbus Blue Jackets, Steven Stamkos, Alex Killorn, Killorn, Top Story, Steven Stamkos Amy Irvin


College Hockey Report: LIU Hires Riley, but Alabama-Huntsville Hockey is No More

In the past week, folks who follow college hockey have been exposed to both a substantial high and a devastating low. For Long Island University, they are now able to begin recruiting players as they have finally hired the program’s first head coach. For Alabama-Huntsville, their 35-year journey as a varsity program came to a screeching halt. The Chargers’ hockey team was cut, becoming the first casualty in college hockey as a result of the economic impact caused by the pandemic. Long Isl...
Tags: Twitter, New York, Sport, Alaska, Army, Chargers, Universities, Ncaa, Rob, Hockey, NHL, Jack, Sharks, Long Island, Riley, Squaw Valley


THW 2020 Mock NHL Draft Rounds 3-7: Our Armchair GMs Make Their Picks

This all started with The Hockey Writers’ writers coming together to mock draft Round 1 of the 2020 NHL Draft. For writers and readers, it wasn’t enough. We decided to do a Round 2 as well. Once again, it wasn’t enough. Related: 2020 NHL Draft Guide So, we decided to do a full-blown, seven-round mock draft. Rounds 1 and 2 include comments from the writers that drafted that player and my take on their selections. For Rounds 3-7, we just have them in a list as you’ll see below, fol...
Tags: NHL Entry Draft, Prospects, 2020 NHL Draft, 2020 NHL Mock Draft, Eemil Viro, Sean Farrell, Top Story


Today in Hockey History: May 29

May 29 has proven to be a very eventful date in the history of the National Hockey League. The greatest player to ever play shattering the dreams of one the Original Six franchises was just one of many Stanley Cup playoff moments to occur on this date. The Great One Breaks Hearts in Toronto The 1993 Campbell Conference Final between the Los Angeles Kings and Toronto Maple Leafs was one of the most memorable playoff series of the decade. The seven-game series had a little bit of everythin...
Tags: Toronto, Los Angeles, Sport, Canada, Kings, Rangers, Lightning, Nashville, Ohio, Roy, Detroit Red Wings, Penguins, Hockey, NHL, Montreal, Detroit


Maxim Groshev – 2020 NHL Draft Prospect Profile

Maxim Groshev 2019-20 Team: Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk – KHLDate of Birth: Dec. 14, 2001Place of Birth: Agryz, RussiaHt: 6-foot-2 Wt: 194 poundsShoots: LeftPosition: RW/LWNHL Draft Eligibility: 2020 first-year eligible Rankings NHL Central Scouting: 25th (among EU Skaters)Future Considerations: 78thJosh Bell’s February Rankings: 102ndLarry Fisher’s Top 400 for May: 134thAndrew Forbes Top 217 for March: 87thDobberProspects 2020 European Draft Rankings: 30th As a true power forw...
Tags: Sweden, Russia, Sport, Hockey, NHL, Fisher, KHL, NHL Entry Draft, Prospects, Dennis Schellenberg, 2020 NHL Draft, Maxim Groshev, Masim Groshev, Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk Groshev, Groshev, Quotables Groshev


Canucks Look Good for Playoff Series Against the Wild

Now that the NHL has officially announced the 24-team playoff format, we know that the Vancouver Canucks will be playing the Minnesota Wild in the first round of the modified postseason. Too bad we will have to potentially wait until the end of July to watch the boys in blue and green take to the ice again. Nevertheless, hockey is back and we couldn’t be happier. So without further ado, let’s take a closer look at the first opponent the Canucks will have to face in their first journey to the Sta...
Tags: Minnesota, Wild, Washington, Sport, Green, Vancouver, Hockey, NHL, West Coast, Calgary, Chicago Blackhawks, Minnesota Wild, Calder, Miller, Montreal Canadiens, Don


Anaheim Ducks’ 3 Stars for 2019-20

The NHL has provided more details on their planned return to play, including a draft lottery format, a date and a playoff format. Unfortunately, although 24 teams will qualify for a play-in round, the Anaheim Ducks are just below the No. 12 seed in the Western Conference, the final spot to qualify. That means the Ducks’ 2019-20 season is over. Related: The 5 Best Trades in Anaheim Ducks History Despite the premature end and their poor overall performance, there were some bright spots. It’...
Tags: Sport, Hockey, NHL, San Jose Sharks, Ducks, Grant, Anaheim Ducks, New Jersey Devils, Murray, Anaheim, Ryan Getzlaf, Nicolas Deslauriers, Rakell, Bob Murray, Erik Karlsson, Jakob Silfverberg


Top Prospect Rutger McGroarty Discusses Future With USA NTDP

Rutger McGroarty is heading to the USA Hockey National Team Development Program (NTDP) next year as one of the most hyped hockey prospects in the world in the 2022 draft class. The Lincoln, Nebraska-native tallied 160 points this past season in 63 games for the Oakland Grizzlies in the HPHL, turning heads around the scouting world. Representing the USA When he spoke on the BTS Hockey Podcast recently, McGroarty reminisced on watching the Team USA program when he was a kid, and when he...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Switzerland, Michigan, Hockey, NHL, Jackson, Plymouth, Team USA, Grizzlies, Pooley, Lincoln Nebraska, Jack Hughes, Prospects, NTDP, USNTDP


Avalanche 2020 Mock NHL Draft Picks

The 2020 NHL Draft will have multiple rounds of 1st-round caliber players. That’s what made the THW Writers’ Mock Draft such a challenge; there’s no one “correct” fit for any draft slot. I should have chosen a center for the Colorado Avalanche’s 1st-round selection instead of a blueliner, but I compensated by drafting three middle-six forwards in the 3rd through 5th rounds. Related: 2015 NHL Draft Top 10 – Where Are They Now? The final two picks have upside, and at least one should earn h...
Tags: Sport, Tigers, AHL, Hockey, NHL, North America, Baker, Minnesota Wild, Washington Capitals, Justin, Andre Burakovsky, Colorado Avalanche, Avs, Nazem Kadri, Coe, Maatta


Maple Leafs News & Rumors: Robertson, Draft Lottery & Barrie

Just this morning (May 28), Toronto Maple Leafs captain  by TSN’s Gino Reda and talked about his excitement for what might unfold in the near future. Related: A Return to Play: How the Maple Leafs Stack Up Against the Blue Jackets Tavares noted, “I think guys are excited about getting back on the ice and getting back together. There’s still a few more hurdles with the quarantine, travel restrictions and some of those rules. Guys are still trying to figure out their plans and get a better ...
Tags: Toronto, Sport, Canada, Hockey, NHL, North America, New York Islanders, Maple Leafs, TSN, Toronto Maple Leafs, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Athletic, Robertson, Patrick Marleau, Cody Ceci


Pride Re-Sign Sullivan, Whale Sign Draft Pick Conway

On May 27 the Boston Pride re-signed a key piece of the team that finished last season 23-0-1, Tori Sullivan, and the following day the Connecticut Whale came to terms with one of their six selections from the 2020 NWHL Draft, Amanda Conway. Both players, forwards, will be looking to impact their respective rosters in the coming season. Both teams now have 12 players signed for Season 6, one behind the total of the league’s newest franchise – the Toronto Six. While Boston has a host of return...
Tags: Boston, Sport, Connecticut, Ncaa, Buffalo, Hockey, Norwich, Conway, Amanda, NWHL, Sullivan, Boston Pride, Tori, Connecticut Whale, Buffalo Beauts, Sammy Davis


NHL Rumors: Canadiens, Maple Leafs, Red Wings, Sharks, Awards, More

In today’s NHL rumor rundown, the NHL has officially honored a few stars with awards, putting any debate to rest about where the play-in points might go. In Montreal, the Montreal Canadiens got good news and potentially bad news. The Toronto Maple Leafs are adding a prospect to their playoff roster, and the San Jose Sharks have questions they aren’t quite ready to answer. Montreal Gets One Player Back, Another Questionable Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin revealed on Twitter today t...
Tags: Sport, Wings, Detroit Red Wings, Bob, Hockey, NHL, Montreal, San Jose Sharks, Wilson, Montreal Canadiens, Canadiens, Drouin, Renaud Lavoie, Steve Yzerman, Maple Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs


Canadiens vs. Penguins Playoff Series: How Do They Match Up?

With the proposed 24-team NHL play-in format, the Montreal Canadiens have a chance to make the 16-team playoffs. In the play-in round, the Habs will face the Pittsburg Penguins, who had 15 more points in the standings during the regular season. Montreal Canadiens’ Karl Alzner and Pittsburgh Penguins’ Bryan Rust (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Gene J. Puskar) Both teams had issues with injuries through the season, and both will be relatively healthy for their series. Let’s take a look at how...
Tags: Sport, Penguins, Hockey, NHL, Montreal, Sc, Pittsburgh, Pp, Murray, Montreal Canadiens, Canadiens, Crosby, Mike Cammalleri, Brian Gionta, Pittsburgh Penguins, Habs


2015 NHL Draft Top 10: Where Are They Now?

Heading into the 2015 NHL Draft, there was a feeling that this would be the draft class that defined the decade. Much like how Sidney Crosby was one of the seminal faces for hockey throughout the 2000s, the 2015 Draft had players that could define the sport throughout the 2010s and beyond. Now with these players having a few seasons under their belts to establish themselves in the league, have the top 10 picks of the 2015 NHL Draft managed to live up to the hype? Note: The 2015 NHL Draft w...
Tags: London, Colorado, Massachusetts, Toronto, Sport, Chicago, New Jersey, Arizona, Finland, Ncaa, San Jose, Philadelphia, Michigan, Buffalo, Hockey, NHL


Blue Jackets: Jarmo Kekalainen’s 3rd-Round Picks Ranked

Ever since Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen was named Scott Howson’s successor on Feb. 13, 2013, the franchise’s fortunes have dramatically changed and they have slowly earned respect around the NHL. Kekalainen’s focal point, among his many duties as GM, and what was missing from the early Blue Jackets’ history, was strong drafting. Related: Blue Jackets’ Top Prospect Foudy Ready for Prime Time The Blue Jackets GM’s resume of strong drafting speaks for itself. With...
Tags: Sweden, Sport, Chicago, Denmark, Latvia, Penguins, Lake Erie, AHL, Hockey, NHL, North America, Columbus, Ottawa, Ottawa Senators, Columbus Blue Jackets, Sergei Bobrovsky


Flames vs Jets: How the Two Teams Stack Up

As it has been rumoured for days now, the NHL officially announced on Tuesday, Mar. 26, that the regular season is finished, and the league will begin playoffs sometime in July. The format will be different than normal, as there will be 24 teams in this year’s postseason rather than the standard 16. Winnipeg Jets and Calgary Flames will face-off in the 2020 Playoffs (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh) The 24-team format means that the Calgary Flames will face the Winnipeg Jets in the ...
Tags: Sport, Jets, Hockey, NHL, Calgary Flames, Pacific, Calgary, New Jersey Devils, Flames, Patrik Laine, Winnipeg, Cam Talbot, Winnipeg Jets, Johnny Gaudreau, Erik Gustafsson, Jacob Trouba


Alexander Nikishin – 2020 NHL Draft Prospect Profile

Alexander Nikishin 2019-20 Team: Spartak Moskva – KHL Date of Birth: Oct. 02, 2001Place of Birth: Orel, RussiaHt: 6-foot-3 Wt: 196 poundsShoots: LeftPosition: DNHL Draft Eligibility: 2020 first-year eligible Rankings NHL Central Scouting: 24th (among EU Skaters)Future Considerations: 100thJosh Bell’s February Rankings: 65thLarry Fisher’s Top 350 for April: 82ndAndrew Forbes Top 217 for March: 67thDobberProspects 2020 European Draft Rankings: 28th Whenever you have a big-bod...
Tags: Sport, Hockey, NHL, Edmonton, Fisher, Larry Fisher, Romanov, NHL Draft, NHL Entry Draft, NHL Draft Prospect Profile, Prospects, Dmitri Samorukov, 2020 NHL Draft, Alexander Nikishin, Nikishin, Spartak Moskva KHL


Blue Jackets Happy With Return to Play Progress

We have progress. Not only that, the Columbus Blue Jackets are happy with the current progress of the NHL’s Return to Play plan. GM Jarmo Kekalainen and captain Nick Foligno took time on Wednesday to speak on a conference call to discuss their thoughts on the plan. While they are excited for things that could happen in the future, many questions remain. For now though, the Blue Jackets are happy with where things stand. Happy But Cautious “It’s a good job by the league,” Kekalainen sa...
Tags: Sport, Ohio, Hockey, NHL, Columbus, Anderson, Maple Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Columbus Blue Jackets, Blue Jackets, Nick Foligno, Foligno, Hub City, Brandon Dubinsky, GM Jarmo Kekalainen, Josh Anderson


Today in Hockey History: May 28

May 28 has given us a lot of National Hockey League memories through the decades. Among them are two Hall of Famers calling it a career, numerous Stanley Cup Final victories and a huge swing and miss in the draft. Roy Hangs Them Up Whether you loved or hated Patrick Roy during his playing days, you have to respect what he accomplished in the NHL. Many argue that he is the greatest goaltender to ever put on a pair of skates and it is hard to disagree with that line of thinking. Roy off...
Tags: Sport, Stars, Williams, New Jersey, Roy, Detroit Red Wings, Penguins, Hockey, NHL, Montreal, San Jose Sharks, Long Island, Hall of Fame, National Hockey League, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Rangers


The N.H.L. Is Coming Back, Pending a Few (Dozen) Questions

Hockey’s tentative plan to resume this summer with a 24-team playoff hinges on resolving outstanding logistical, health, competitive and economic issues.
Tags: News, Ice, Hockey, National Hockey League, Gary, Bettman, Playoff Games, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV, Coronavirus Reopenings


Beauts Re-Sign Two Key Pieces in Čurmová & MacPherson

The Buffalo Beauts announced that they have re-signed two key players that played an important role on the team last season as rookies. On May 21 they announced that center Cassidy MacPherson would be returning for a second season in Beauts’ blue and five days later it was revealed that they also re-signed All-Star defender Lenka Čurmová. From Slovakia With Love Back in October Čurmová scored the first goal in Buffalo’s fifth season, and in doing so became the first Slovakian to record a...
Tags: Toronto, Sport, Connecticut, Slovakia, Buffalo, Hockey, Oliver, All Star, NWHL, MacPherson, Western New York, IIHF, Cassidy, Connecticut Whale, Buffalo Beauts, Dan Rice


Canucks’ 2004 Draft: One of the Best in Team History

In 2004, the Vancouver Canucks had one of the best drafts in team history. It was Dave Nonis’ first draft as an NHL general manager (GM) and he did not disappoint. Fans in Vancouver are hoping recent drafts and the upcoming one lead to similar results. The 2004 draft had nine rounds in total, two more than the current draft. Although not all rounds led to future NHLers, the quality of picks is impressive. First Round: Cory Schnieder With the 26th pick in the 2004 draft, the Canucks selec...
Tags: Sport, Gm, Moscow, Vancouver, Mike Brown, Penguins, AHL, Hockey, NHL, San Jose Sharks, Sharks, Anaheim Ducks, Pittsburgh, New Jersey Devils, Dallas Stars, Manitoba