Author: Mike Halford


Isles still irate with Wilson for Visnovsky hit


Safe to say Tom Wilson is now the Islanders’ public enemy No. 1.

The day after wiping out d-man Lubomir Visnovsky with a fierce hit — which netted a two-minute charging minor — Wilson, who Kyle Okposo called “an idiot” during postgame media availability, was a hot topic of discussion again on Wednesday:

The hit happened midway Washington’s eventual 2-1 OT win. Here’s the video:

Visnovsky left the game following the blast and didn’t return, finishing with just 7:50 TOI. Isles head coach Jack Capuano, who originally suggested Wilson left his feet to deliver the blow, had no comment on the hit today and no status update for Visnovsky, who didn’t practice and isn’t expected to play Game 5 on Thursday.

It is worth noting that, prior to Tuesday’s game, Wilson alluded to upping the physicality:

“I know Latts is fired up to get in tonight, hopefully, and it’ll be good to get back together and give them some of their own medicine,” Wilson said, referring to the Islanders’ fourth line of Matt Martin [22 hits], Clutterbuck [17 hits] and Casey Cizikas [7 hits].

Per ESPN, Wilson won’t face any supplemental discipline for the hit.

Related: Caps’ Fehr to miss Games 4 and 5 after Okposo hit

Kraft Hockeyville final four voting closes today


Just a friendly reminder that today is your last chance to cast a ballot for who’ll emerge from the East and West for this year’s Kraft Hockeyville contest.

Out East, it’s down to Pullar Stadium in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and War Memorial Arena in Johnstown, Pennsylvania; in the West, the two finalists are St. Michael-Albertville arena in Albertville, Minnesota and the Decatur Civic Center in Decatur, Illinois.

Constructed in 1939, Pullar is one of the oldest artificial rinks in the U.S. still in operation. It is home to a number of a teams, including the NAHL’s Soo Eagles and the NCAA’s Lake Superior State University.

War Memorial is perhaps best known as the home of the Johnstown Jets, the former minor-league team that inspired the iconic hockey movie “Slap Shot.” Over 70 players that’ve called War Memorial home have gone on to play in the NHL.

The lone finalist from the “State of Hockey,” St. Michael-Albertville Arena is unique in that it houses two communities in the same arena.

The Decatur Civic Center hosts both the “Tournament of Friends” — an annual event now in its 25th year — and the Decatur Flames youth hockey team; this year, the pee wee Flames won the Illinois state championship.

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Report: Stoll arrest came during Kings’ ‘unofficial’ season-ending party

Jarret Stoll

Drew Doughty and Martin Jones were two of “more than a dozen” L.A. Kings in Las Vegas at the time of Jarret Stoll’s arrest for cocaine and MDMA possession, per TMZ.

According to TMZ sources, the incident Wet Republic at the MGM Grand occurred during an unofficial team party to wind down the season, though the 32-year-old center was the only player accused of any wrongdoing. The same sources also report that many Kings “continued to party in Vegas throughout the weekend even after Stoll was arrested.”

Stoll was arrested late Friday after going through a security pat-down, and later released on $5,000 bond from the Clark County Detention Center. He reportedly admitted the powdered substance in his possession was cocaine.

The Kings are familiar with Wet Republic, having celebrated their first Stanley Cup championship there in 2012. L.A. then brought the Cup back to Vegas last year after defeating the New York Rangers in the final.