On Saturday, New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello and ex-NHLer Mark Recchi were inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Rosemont, Ill.
This year’s entry class held special significance as it was the NIASHF’s 35th anniversary induction. Other noteworthy entrants included Dodgers GM Ned Colletti, Olympic gymnast Alicia Sacramone and former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz, who must’ve married in or something.
The induction capped off what’s been a prestigious year for Lamoriello. On Oct. 15, he was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame alongside Ed Olczyk and Mike Modano and in June, the Devils made it to the Stanley Cup finals for the fifth time in his career.
As for Recchi, he now joins a select list of NHL players that have made the Italian American Sports Hall of Fame: Tom Barrasso, Dino Ciccarelli, Alex Delvecchio, Phil Esposito, Tony Esposito and John Mariucci.
This hasn’t been the best night for St. Louis sports fans.
Obviously, the MLB’s Cardinals getting bounced from the playoffs is a bigger deal, but the Blues face bad news, too.
While they’re currently leading the Calgary Flames by a score of 4-3, they’ll need to hang on without Kevin Shattenkirk, whose night is over thanks to a lower-body injury.
There’s no word yet on how severe the issue might be.
Naturally, the Blues must hope that it’s minor, as Shattenkirk is one of the NHL’s truly underrated assets on the blueline.
Stephanie (@MyRegularFace) tracked down a moment when the injury may have happened:
It’s not all rosy for the Flames, either, as Lance Bouma suffered an injury as well.
In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.
For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.
Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.
Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.
They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.
Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.