Mike Modano told Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News that he was concerned that the 2012 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony would turn into a “cry fest.”
Here’s a collection of interesting photos, videos and other assorted bits from the ceremony – minus the sobbing and blubbering.
USA Hockey’s Twitter page is brimming with photos, including this one of the 2012 inductees Lou Lamoriello, Ed Olczyk and Modano:
The Dallas Stars pointed out a hockey-friendly alteration to a sculpture at Dallas’ Plaza of the Americas:
Here is video of Modano addressing the media:
Olczyk did the same:
The Hall of Fame inductees weren’t the only ones on hand; they were joined by Lester Patrick Award winners Dick Patrick and Bob Chase-Wallenstein as well as Wayne Gretzky Award winner Murray Costello.
For more on Patrick, check out this post and watch his presser below:
If that’s not enough 2012 U.S. HHOF action for you, NHL.com has a running blog and plenty of stories from the event.
(Main image via USA Hockey.)
Didn’t take long for Alex Burmistrov to make his presence felt — though not in a good way.
Burmistrov, playing in his first game for the Jets after a two-year stint in Russia, delivered a questionable elbow to the head of Boston’s Patrice Bergeron late in the first period of Thursday’s season-opener:
Burmistrov received a two-minute minor for an illegal check to the head, while Bergeron received a matching minor for roughing (retaliating for the elbow, specifically).
The Bruins went into the intermission leading 1-0, and have yet to update Bergeron’s status.
Update: Bergeron stayed in the game, but B’s head coach Claude Julien was none too pleased with the hit. Following the game, he called for the NHL’s Department of Player Safety to look at it…
Coaches are quickly getting the hang of this challenge thing.
Following Mike Babcock’s successful challenge in Toronto’s opening-night loss to Montreal on Wednesday, Babcock’s provincial rival — Sens head coach Dave Cameron — got it right as well, successfully reversing Evander Kane‘s would-be equalizer in the third period.
From the league:
At 10:34 of the third period in the Senators/Sabres game, Ottawa requested a Coach’s Challenge to review whether Buffalo was off-side prior to Evander Kane’s goal.
After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Linesman determined that Buffalo’s Zemgus Girgensons was off-side prior to the goal. According to Rule 78.7, “The standard for overturning the call in the event of a ‘GOAL’ call on the ice is that the Linesman, after reviewing any and all available replays and consulting with the Toronto Video Room, determines that one or more Players on the attacking team preceded the puck into the attacking zone prior to the goal being scored and that, as a result, the play should have been stopped for an “Off-side” infraction; where this standard is met, the goal will be disallowed.”
Therefore the original call is overturned – no goal Buffalo Sabres.
The clock is re-set to show 9:32 (10:28 elapsed time), when the off-side infraction occurred.
As the league later noted, this was the first coach’s challenge under the offside scenario.