Author: Jason Brough

New York Rangers v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game Six

Chicago mayor rips Lightning for being ‘afraid’ to sell tickets to Blackhawks fans


Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel may have a friendly Stanley Cup Final wager with his counterpart in Tampa, but he’s not impressed with the Lightning’s policy that requires a Florida address to purchase playoff tickets.

“Chicago Blackhawks supporters are known to be among the best in the NHL, and certainly we wish the Tampa Bay Lightning management would welcome Chicago fans to their city and not be afraid to let them into their arena for the Stanley Cup finals,” Emanuel said in a release, per the Tampa Bay Times.

“As mayor of Chicago, I welcome Tampa fans — and hockey fans from around the country — to fly to Chicago and enjoy our world-class hotels, restaurants, cultural attractions, and then go watch Stanley Cup hockey in Chicago.”

The policy has also drawn harsh criticism from those in the Chicago media.

The Lightning have defended the policy by saying they “don’t feel the need to apologize for doing our best to create a home atmosphere for our season ticket members and our team.”

Melnyk released from hospital after successful liver transplant

Eugene Melnyk

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk has been released from the hospital following a successful liver transplant on May 19, the club announced today.

“Mr. Melnyk’s recovery has been proceeding very well since undergoing his transplant,” said Dr. Atul Humar in a release. “As with all of our transplant patients, Mr. Melnyk has been monitored closely by his transplant team and his general health has improved to the point where he can begin the next phase of his recovery. In addition, we are pleased to report that the anonymous donor has also been discharged and is doing extremely well.”

Melnyk went public with his search for a live liver donor in mid-May. Within days, more than 500 donor applications were received.

It’s Manchester (Kings) versus Utica (Canucks) in the Calder Cup Finals

Columbus Blue Jackets v Vancouver Canucks

The Calder Cup Finals are all set. It’ll be the Manchester Monarchs, the AHL affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, versus the Utica Comets (Vancouver Canucks) in a seven-game series starting Saturday in Manchester.

The Monarchs have been led in the playoffs by 23-year-old forward Jordan Weal, who leads all scorers with 19 points in 14 games.

The Comets, meanwhile, have been bolstered by the goaltending of Jacob Markstrom, who earned his second shutout of the playoffs in Tuesday’s series-clinching victory over Grand Rapids.

Game 1 – Sat., June 6 – Utica at Manchester, 6:00
Game 2 – Sun., June 7 – Utica at Manchester, 5:00
Game 3 – Wed., June 10 – Manchester at Utica, 7:00
Game 4 – Fri., June 12 – Manchester at Utica, 7:00
*Game 5 – Sat., June 13 – Manchester at Utica, 7:00
*Game 6 – Tue., June 16 – Utica at Manchester, 7:00
*Game 7 – Wed., June 17 – Utica at Manchester, 7:00

 Related: Benning trying to figure where Markstrom ‘fits in’