NHL Hockey News
The Pittsburgh Penguins won the 2015/16 Stanley Cup in six games with their 3-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks at the SAP Arena in San Jose, California on Sunday, June 12th. This is the fourth Stanley Cup triumph in the team’s 48-year history and it comes exactly seven years to the day after their last championship. It’s also the fourth time they’ve won it on the road. They also won the title in 1990/91 and 1991/92. In addition, Penguins’ captain Sidney Crosby won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs and finished the postseason with six goals and 13 assists. The Sharks were attempting to become the first club since the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs to win a Final series after falling behind three games to one. In fact, the Leafs won their series in seven games after losing the first three.
The world lost arguably the greatest ever boxer in history last week when Muhammad Ali passed away and this week arguably the best ice hockey player in history has joined him. Eighty-eight-year old Gordie Howe of Floral, Saskatchewan passed away at his son’s home in Ohio early Friday morning after being diagnosed with dementia back in 2012. He also suffered a major stroke two years ago. Howe, who was known as Mr Hockey, set most of the NHL’s scoring records during his career until Wayne Gretzky came along and eclipsed most of them. The Hall of Fame right-winger broke into the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings as an 18-year-old in 1946 and didn’t hang up his skates for good until 1980 when he was 52.
The next Winter Olympics will be taking place in PyeongChang, South Korea, but there’s a good chance professional NHL players won’t be taking part in the ice hockey tournament. One of the major reasons for this is the recent announcement by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) which stated that the organization won’t be offering to pay for the travel costs for the players or cover the costs for their insurance. Fans who believe the Olympics should be just for amateur athletes are pleased with this decision and feel if millionaire professional athletes are allowed to participate in the games they can surely pay their own way.
Rene Fasel, the president of the IIHF (International Ice Hockey Federation), said it doesn’t look like NHL players will participate in South Korea because, “The IOC took the decision not to pay transportation and insurance costs for the NHL and NHL players to come to the next Olympic Games. We had a meeting with the NHL last week and the prognosis is not really good.”
Canada beat Finland 2-0 at the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Hockey Championships in Moscow, Russia on May 22nd to take the gold medal. It was the nation’s second straight triumph at the tournament and their 26th overall. Goaltender Cam Talbot made 16 saves for his fourth shutout of the event. The game was revenge of sorts for the Canadians as Finland downed them 4-0 in the group stage of the event. Conor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers, who was the first pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, scored the game winner with his first goal of the tournament at the 11:24 mark of the first period. Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche then added an insurance marker into an empty net with just a second to play after Finland had pulled their goalie in a last ditch effort to tie the game.
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- June 14th, 2016
Pittsburgh Penguins capture their fourth Stanley Cup
- June 14th, 2016
Sports world mourns the passing of ‘Mr Hockey’ Gordie Howe
- June 6th, 2016
International Olympic Committee won’t cover costs for NHL players
- May 23rd, 2016
Canada wins second straight Men’s World Ice Hockey Championship
- May 10th, 2016
NHL’s Arizona Coyotes make John Chayka youngest GM in North American pro sports history
- May 2nd, 2016
Toronto Maple Leafs win NHL Draft Lottery
- May 2nd, 2016
Anaheim Ducks send head coach Bruce Boudreau packing
- April 26th, 2016
American Hockey League sets new attendance record
- April 12th, 2016
Washington Capitals end NHL regular season as the league’s best
- April 4th, 2016
All seven Canadian NHL clubs fail to make the playoffs