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Today in NHL History – June 2

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Art Ross Trophy; NHL Scoring Points Leader

Art Ross Trophy; NHL Scoring Leader (Photo credit: MattBritt00)

 

1948 – The NHL announced that the Art Ross Trophy would be awarded annually to the scoring leader. Elmer Lach (Montreal Canadiens) was the first winner with 61 points in 1947-48.

 

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Quick Hits – May 31

May 31, 2012 2 comments

 

In other news around the league…

 

  • Career Red Wing defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom retired today at the age of 42. Lidstrom played 20 seasons, helped the Wings win four Stanley Cups and was a seven time winner of the Norris Trophy. Lidstrom is the current record holder for consecutive games played on one team with 1564 games. A four time Olympian, Lidstrom, who hails from Sweden, scored the Gold Medal winning goal for his country’s team in the 2006 games. In his career, he had 264 goals, 1142 points and a plus/minus rating of +450.

 

  • The Phoenix Coyotes (read:cry-babies) will not be disciplined for their post-game shenanigans after they lost in OT to the Kings in the Western Conference Finals. NHL executive VP Colin Campbell made the announcement prior to last nights Game One of the Stanley Cup Finals. Campbell laid out to the press what he said to each of the offending parties on the Coyotes roster and essentially said that, beyond a stern talking to, no discipline would be levied.

So, let’s review as I’m sure this won’t be the first or last time this happens in a playoff series ending game: Shane Doan and Keith Yandle go off, positively bonkers in their postgame commentary invoking conspiracy theories, calling out league ownership of the Coyotes, comparing the referees color scheme to the Kings colors and relating this to why the Kings won and they lost…no discipline. Mike Smith throws his stick to the ice in the direction of a ref…no discipline. Martin Hanzal skating aggresively and threateningly to and getting in the face of a ref to yell and scream (I’m quite certain dinner plans weren’t being discussed)…no discipline.

When this happens again, be it this season or next, we’ll see how the league responds.

 

  • The Calgary Flames have hired Bob Hartley as their new head coach after not renewing the contract of Brent Sutter at the end of this season. The former Colorado and Atlanta coach is 329-226-61 in the regular season and 49-35 in the post season, winning one Stanley Cup while he was with the Avs in 2000-01 season. Harley has not coached in the NHL since being fired by the Thrashers six games into the 2007-08 season.

 

 

Today in NHL History – May 28

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2003 – Patrick Roy (Colorado Avalanche) announced his retirement from the NHL. He left his career as the NHL leader in victories (551) and games played (1,029). He was also the all-time leader in playoff victories, games played and shutouts.

 

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Today in NHL History – May 27

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1982 – Three New Jersey businessmen bought the NHL’s Colorado Rockies. They got approval to move the team to New Jersey and become the Devils.

Colorado Rockies

Colorado Rockies (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

2003 – It was reported that Patrick Roy (Colorado Avalanche) would announce his retirement from the NHL the following day.

Ice hockey player Patrick Roy Русский: Вратарь...

Patrick Roy  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

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Today in NHL History – May 26

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1988 – The Edmonton Oilers won their fourth NHL Stanley Cup in five seasons. They swept the series 4 games to 0 against the Boston Bruins.

Edmonton Oilers

Edmonton Oilers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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May 25, 2012 2 comments

As I’ve been telling my oldest daughter, all of 4 going on 14 years old, tantrums and talking back will get you absolutely nowhere in life. The NHL is looking to reinforce the same with the Phoenix Coyotes based on the following report from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com:

The NHL is further investigating the postgame actions and comments of some Phoenix Coyotes players after their season-ending, overtime loss in the Western Conference finals, league executive vice president Colin Campbell told ESPN.com on Thursday.

The league is not pleased with some of what happened after Dustin Penner‘s overtime winner Tuesday night for the Kings, including Coyotes center Martin Hanzal skating aggressively toward a referee and making a gesture, goalie Mike Smith throwing his stick and Keith Yandle‘s postgame comment in which he suggested it was no surprise the calls didn’t go his team’s way given the similar colors of the refs’ and Kings’ uniforms.

“Their actions were unprofessional and unacceptable,” Campbell told ESPN.com.

The Coyotes were upset and emotional after their season ended just moments after Kings winger Dustin Brown crushed Coyotes defenseman Michal Rozsival with a controversial, borderline hit. There was no penalty on the play.

The league may decide to do nothing, but also could fine some players $2,500 apiece, the maximum under the collective bargaining agreement.

I guess the Coyotes didn’t get the message about losing gracefully. Showing up your opponents and referee’s post game are similar to a petulant, say, 4 year old not getting their way. Of course, any actions that come from this will only fortify the Coyotes position near the top of the NHL’s most Whiningest teams for the year (See the back and forth between the NY Rangers and…well, just about any opponent they’ve faced in the playoffs this year).  As it is, the Coyotes get to deal with the embarassing report that came out the other day that “Dr. Doan” is a better hockey player than sports medicine physician and that his doomsday ‘prognosis’ about teammate Michal Rozsival’s’blown out knee’ was reclassified by Real Doctors as a bruise.

Grow up, learn to lose gracefully, and maybe you boys can do battle with the Kings next year in the playoffs. That is, if Rozsivals’ blown out knee is feeling better by then…

Today in NHL History – May 25

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1989 – The Calgary Flames won their first NHL Stanley Cup by defeating the Montreal Canadiens.

 

1995 – The NHL announced the sale of the Quebec Nordiques to COMSAT, who moved the team to Colorado

 

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