NHL Hockey News
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.
The Arizona Coyotes of the NHL made league history on May 5th by naming John Chayka as the club’s new general manager. The 26-year-old Chayka is the youngest ever GM in the NHL as well as the youngest in any of North America’s major professional sports leagues. The previous youngest manager in the NHL was 30-year-old Gord Stellick of the Toronto Maple Leafs back in the 1980s. Chayka is also a several weeks younger than Stan Kasten, who was 27 when hired by the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA in 1979. Kasten is currently the CEO and president of Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Toronto Maple Leafs will have the first overall selection in the NHL Draft this summer for the first time since taking Wendel Clark back in 1985. The Leafs won the draft lottery on April 30th after finishing in 30th and last place in the league in the 2015/16 season. The Leafs entered the lottery with the best overall chance of winning it at 20 per cent. The Edmonton Oilers, who have picked first overall four times in the past six years, had the second-best odds of 13.5 per cent and dropped two spots to fourth. The Maple Leafs could sure use the help of a first-overall pick as they haven’t won the Stanley Cup since the 1966/67 campaign and have been one of the dregs of the league for the past few decades. The Leafs now have 12 selections in this year’s draft.
Head coach Bruce Boudreau was fired by the Anaheim Ducks on April 29th after the NHL team blew a 3-2 series lead against the Nashville Predators. The Ducks lost their opening playoff series at home in seven games two nights earlier after finishing as the top team in the Pacific Division this season. Bob Murray, the general manager of the Ducks, released a statement which thanked Boudreau for his services and dedication to the organization. He added that it was an extremely tough decision to make and the franchise wishes Boudreau the best of luck in his future endeavours.
The 61-yeaqr-old Boudreau joined the Ducks after he was let go by the Washington Capitals and spent four and a half years in Anaheim. During that time he led the team to a record of 208-104-40 in the regular season and they captured four consecutive Pacific Division championships. However, Boudreau’s squads only made it past the second round of the playoffs on one occasion. This was last season when they blew a 3-2 series lead against the eventual Stanley Cup winners the Chicago Blackhawks.
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- 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
- March 21st, 2016
NHL schedules another four outdoor games for 2017
- March 14th, 2016
Arizona Coyotes’ Jarred Tinordi suspended 20 games
- March 14th, 2016
Dennis Wideman’s 20-game NHL ban reduced to 10 after he serves 19 of them