NHL Hockey News
Some NHL fans might consider it to be a bit disrespectful to the other teams they faced in this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs, but the Chicago Blackhawks have come out and said the Anaheim Ducks were their toughest opposition in the 2014/15 postseason. The Stanley Cup winners also faced the Nashville Predators and Minnesota Wild in the playoffs before beating the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games to clinch the Cup at home at the United Center. They beat Nashville in six games and swept Minnesota in four straight.
The Blackhawks faced the Ducks in the Western Conference Final and needed to score 24 goals to eliminate them as the series went all seven games with three of them going into overtime. Chicago finally put the Ducks away in the deciding game on the road in Anaheim. So, perhaps it’s not that surprising at all that the Hawks named Anaheim as their toughest test. Blackhawks forward Andre Desjardins recently told the media that the series against the Ducks was the hardest hockey he’s ever been involved in.
Most hockey fans and experts figured the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings were going to buy out the contract of forward Mike Richards or trade him and still pay part of his salary. He’s still under contract with the team for five more years and the club owes him $22 million. Loa Angeles’ general manager Dean Lombardi placed Richards on waivers last season and then sent him down to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League (AHL) when nobody claimed the 30-year-old Canadian. This was partly due to the length and cost of his contract, his lack of production and his off-ice reputation for being a bit of a partier.
Andong ‘Misha’ Song of Oakville, Ontario made NHL history on June 27 when he became the first-ever Chinese born player drafted into the league. The New York Islanders chose the 18-year-old defenceman in the sixth round with the 172nd overall pick. The 6-foot, 161-pounder was drafted out of Lawrenceville School in the state of New Jersey, USA, where he scored 10 points on three goals and seven assists last season in 26 games.
The school’s head coach Etienne Bilodeau told the media said Song has been a key player since arriving at the school a couple of years ago and was named the squad’s captain this year. Song was born in Beijing and learned English there while starting his hockey career in China. However, at the time there weren’t many teams in the nation and Song’s parents had to buy equipment for him from Russia. They also had to take two and three hour road trips just to take him to practice.
Hockey fans must have known something was amiss when television station WCBS in New York listed the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs as winners on June 18 as I don’t think the Leafs have played in June in the club’s history. The Leafs were pathetic again this season and were on the golf course after it ended while 16 of the other 29 squads battled it out in the playoffs. The Leafs managed a grand total of 68 points out of a possible 164 to finish 27th in the 30-team league. The only teams that posted a worse record were the Buffalo Sabres, Arizona Coyotes, and Edmonton Oilers.
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- July 21st, 2015
Stanley Cup champs Chicago Blackhawks name Anaheim as stiffest test
- July 7th, 2015
LA Kings terminate Mike Richards’ contract over prescription drugs
- June 29th, 2015
Misha Song makes history as first Chinese-born player drafted into NHL
- June 23rd, 2015
Chicago Bears win Stanley Cup and Maple Leafs beat the Mets
- June 15th, 2015
NHL team’s introduce seven new coaches for 2015/16
- May 25th, 2015
Mike Babcock becomes highest-paid coach in NHL history
- May 19th, 2015
New York Rangers making NHL playoff history
- May 11th, 2015
Former NHL player Deveaux attacks opponent in warm-up and calls it “Self Defence”
- April 22nd, 2015
NHL teams clean house after missing playoffs
- April 22nd, 2015
Edmonton Oilers win Connor McDavid Sweepstakes