NHL Hockey News
Forward Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals scored the 484th goal of his NHL career at the Verizon Center in Dallas, Texas on Thursday, November 19th to become the all-time, top-scoring Russian born player in NHL history. He had been tied with tie with former Detroit Red Wing great Sergei Fedorov for about a week before scoring the historic goal. Ironically, Ovechkin assisted on Fedorov’s record-setting goal six years earlier. In addition, both of the markers came against the Dallas Stars. Ovechkin and Fedorov also played together with the Capitals as Fedorov played 70 games with Washington before hanging up his skates.
Ovechkin scored goal number 484 in his 777th NHL game while Fedorov took 1,248 contests to reach 483. Next on the list of Russian goalscorers is Alexander Mogilny in third place with 473 in 990 games while Pavel Bure tallied 437 in 702 outings and Alexander Kovalev had 430 in 1,316 games. Up to now, no Russian player has ever scored 500 regular-season goals. However, the 30-year-old Ovechkin should easily reach that milestone this season.
Washington Capitals’ captain and top scorer Alexander Ovechkin was recently benched for a game for failing to show up for his team’s pregame skate on October 13th. Ovechkin was absent when the team took to the ice at Arlington, Virginia’s Kettler Iceplex and head coach Barry Trotz told the press he wasn’t there because of personal reasons. However, the star Russian winger, who led the team with 53 goals and 28 assists for 81 points last season, missed the skate because he slept in. Ovechkin confirmed the next day that he set his alarm clock for p.m. instead of a.m. and that’s why he was a no-show.
ESPN began ranking professional sports franchises in North America’s top leagues back in 2008 and for the third time in the past four years the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs placed dead last. When it comes to the continent’s top football, baseball, basketball and hockey clubs, there’s nobody worse than the Leafs and event their most passionate fans would have a hard time arguing that fact. In fact, most of the hockey team’s fans weren’t even born the last time it won a Stanley Cup or even reached the cup final since way back in the 1966/67 season. The Last time the Leafs hoisted the silverware the NHL was just a six-team league. There are now 30 clubs.
American sports history was written on October 11th when the nation’s first women’s professional hockey league faced off. The league, known as the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL), consists of just four clubs, which are the Connecticut Whale, New York Riveters, The Boston Pride and the Buffalo Beauts. There have been other pro and semi-pro leagues before in Canada, but this is the first venture to give it a go in the U.S.
Dani Rylan, the commissioner of the NWHL, said the league is starting off quite small, but it hopes to expand in the future. Rylan added that the players are paid a wage and their equipment is supplied for them. The league is hoping to attract the best women hockey players in the world and could easily achieve that due to the fact they’re compensated for their time and have access to top-brand equipment.
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- November 23rd, 2015
Alexander Ovechkin becomes NHL’s all-time top-scoring Russian
- October 19th, 2015
Alexander Ovechkin benched for alarm clock snafu
- October 19th, 2015
ESPN names Toronto Maple Leafs as worst North American sports franchise once again
- October 13th, 2015
NWHL makes history as America’s first pro women’s hockey league
- October 9th, 2015
Raffi Torres nailed with longest suspension in NHL history
- September 22nd, 2015
NHL announces 2016 World Cup of Hockey
- 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