2010 NHL Draft - Round One

Luc Robitaille’s 16-year-old son Jessarae launches attempt at music career


“Lucky” Luc Robitaille enjoyed a fantastic NHL career, but it looks like his son might want to pack arenas based on a different skill set. His 16-year-old son Jesse Robitaille (who recently changed his stage name to “Jessarae”) hopes to generate a solid music career with the next step being a tour of the mid-west.

The young aspiring musician seems like he has a way to go before he reached a Justin Bieber-like pitch, although recent publicity pushed at least one of his videos to nearly 40,000 hits. Then again, being scrappy and unwilling to accept setbacks is what helped his father get this far, so shouldn’t Jessarae struggle a bit, too?

The Toronto Sun article points out that Jessarae’s leans more toward acoustic rock than … whatever it is that Bieber does exactly (Jessarae might describe it best as “sugary pop”). Some might wonder if Luc Robitaille would rather see his son pursue a hockey career, but Luc appears supportive as long as Jesse is putting out the right amount of effort.

“It’s totally fine by me,” Robitaille said. “As long as I see him working hard, which he is doing, I’m a happy man and I’ll do everything to support him.”

On stage, Jessarae is a natural entertainer. His choice of acoustic guitar, mellow, ethereal lyrics and high notes sound more Jesse McCartney than Justin Bieber, and there’s a market for this type of singer. Plus, he’s still very young and trying various styles.


“I don’t play sugary pop,” Jessarae has said about the comparison to other teen singers. “I play rock, soul and groove.”

Indeed, at the Canada Day performance, Jessarae sang Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, an extremely mature choice. (Both dad and Cohen are from Montreal so that may have had something to do with it).

Curious about what his “rock, soul and groove” ends up sounding like? Here’s a YouTube video of that performance of “Hallelujah.”

Interestingly enough, this might not be the only time Luc Robitaille will help a family member strive for showbiz fame. Linda Massarella points out that Robitaille advised his stepson Steven R. McQueen to use his famous grandfather’s name (you guessed it, Steve McQueen) rather than Robitaille as he pursued a career in acting. That seemed like a good idea, as Steven R. McQueen landed a role in the TV show “The Vampire Diaries.”

Who knows if Jessarae will achieve that level of success, but if nothing else, he doesn’t sound like Justin Bieber.

Tyler Johnson’s injury: One of several ominous signs for Tampa Bay

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The gloom only seems to lift from the Tampa Bay Lightning’s cloudy season in small drizzles.

Sure, they’re on a three-game winning streak, but the Washington Capitals seem to be on the verge of ending that with a thud (they’re currently up 3-0 going into the third period).

Update: Washington managed a 4-2 win, giving the Capitals a four-game winning streak.

That’s the least of the Bolts’ concerns right now, really, as Tyler Johnson left Friday’s game seemingly injured.

The word seemingly comes into play because details are scarce, as reporters note.

/ominous music plays

If you look at Tampa Bay’s upcoming schedule, things could get downright stormy.

They face the Islanders at home, but they do so tomorrow so they won’t be well-rested. It gets worse from there.

Dec. 2 – 6: Three-game road trip against the California teams

Dec. 10 – 12: Two home games (one vs. Ottawa, one vs. Washington)

Dec. 14-18: Another three-game road trip

Long story short, they close up a back-to-back set at home tomorrow and then play six of eight on the road.

/even more ominous music

The end of 2015 looks friendlier, but for a team that seems to be cratering here and there … things look a bit morbid.

We’ll see if they can keep fighting, perhaps with a comeback tonight?

The ghost is here: Another OT-winner from Flyers’ Gostisbehere

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Here’s an easy way to remember how to spell Shayne Gostisbehere’s maddening last name (and even his first name can trip you up).

Ghost-is-be-here, without the h.

Not too bad, right?

If you’re more of the slogan type, it’s getting to be the point where “Tough to spell, tougher to stop” may be a pretty good one-liner.

The Philadelphia Flyers phenom has made a habit of scoring overtime game-winning goals on the power play lately. Friday’s version was the decisive tally in a 3-2 OT win against the Nashville Predators, which you can watch up top.

As you can see in comparing that goal with the one below (which made the difference against the Carolina Hurricanes), opposing coaches may want to make it a point to emphasize stopping this setup, even if it means writing “Don’t let that Ghost kid free.”

All three of his goals are on the power play so far.

Will he breathe life back into the Flyers’ man advantage at this rate?

Julien says Lundqvist’s acting ‘doesn’t need to be on the ice’


The goalie interference penalty called on Brad Marchand late in Friday’s Thanksgiving Showdown didn’t sit well with the Bruins.

Marchand, whistled after making contact with New York’s Henrik Lundqvist midway through the third, said he thought “it was a bit of a weak call,” adding “[Lundvqist’s] out of the crease, and he lightly gets touched.”

While Marchand took issue with the call, his head coach took issue with King Henrik.

(In Julien’s defense, Lundqvist does have a pretty lengthy IMDB page.)

The interference penalty was nearly disastrous for the Bruins, as J.T. Miller scored on the ensuing power play to given the Blueshirts a 3-2 edge.

However, Boston replied with a power-play goal of its own — Ryan Spooner, at the 16:14 mark — which set the stage for David Krejci‘s dramatic game-winner with just under two minutes to go.

So, to recap: Today’s game had the Beleskey hit on Stepan, the Marchand-Lundqvist theatrics and a dramatic come-from-behind victory for Boston.

And so, to answer your next question:

These two teams next meet on Monday, Jan. 11, at MSG.

Related: Yep, Alain Vigneault went there — ‘I remember Aaron Rome in this building’

Video: Peluso, Gabriel throw down in spirited heavyweight tilt


The big boys got after it early in Minnesota today.

Wild forward Kurtis Gabriel — all 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds of him — picked one of the toughest opponents in hockey on Friday, throwing down with Jets enforcer Anthony Peluso early in the first period.

And it was a pretty good tilt.

Peluso, one of the league’s most feared fighters, was coming off two pretty heavy scraps — one against Columbus tough guy Jared Boll, and another in which he landed some serious shots on overmatched Canucks d-man Luca Sbisa:

Of course, Gabriel’s no slouch.

He had one previous fight in the NHL this year (against Peluso’s teammate, Chris Thorburn) and five in the American League, where he’s spent the majority of this season.

Given the fisticuffs that occurred earlier in the Bruins-Rangers game, it seem the NHL has really gotten into the spirit of Black Friday.

(All videos courtesy HockeyFights.com)