Thanks to insurance costs, both Team Canada and Team USA can’t participate on ice during their respective Olympic orientation camps. That’s not stopping Team Canada from trying to get some work in, however.
As Dan Rosen of NHL.com shares, coach Mike Babcock coached two groups through drills via ball hockey. They covered up the ice at MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park and treated it like a day on the rink. Sort of.
The point to breaking out the ball hockey game was to help illustrate what Babcock wants to do on the larger ice surface they’ll deal with in Sochi. With international rinks sized at 200×100 there are methods to be addressed.
If they wanted to make this truly authentic ball hockey, however, they’d occasionally drive a car through to keep it lively.
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.