Tag: Gary Roberts

Phil Kessel

Happy now? Kessel dropped 13 lbs. this summer


It remains to be seen if Phil Kessel can silence his critics with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but he’s doing his part to put work ethic murmurs to bed.

Despite making scores of defensemen look foolish (and sometimes winded) with his immensely underrated foot-speed, people have railed on the sniper for “not looking like an athlete.” Maybe that will remain the case, but he’s dropped 13 lbs. this summer, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

Dreger notes that Kessel lost the weight after going through Gary Roberts’ vaunted off-season plan, which drew rave reviews from players such as Steven Stamkos over the years.

So, with that, where are we at on the list of Kessel beefs? (Sifts through “doesn’t play defense” and “is bad with the media.”)

Then again, there’s always the Kyle Wellwood corollary: what if he’s better off with a little extra beef?

PHT Morning Skate: A second Kessel in Toronto?

Phil Kessel

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Blake Kessel, the younger brother of Maple Leafs sniper Phil, has been invited to the Toronto Marlies’ training camp, which begins Friday. Blake, 25, spent much of last season with the Leafs’ ECHL affiliate in Orlando where he had 33 points in 43 games. The defenseman also appeared in 11 American Hockey League games with the Rockford IceHogs and Rochester Americans. (Toronto Marlies site)

Gary Roberts may have played over 1,200 NHL games, but these days he’s better known as a fitness guru training some of the game’s top players including Tampa Bay Lightning captain, Steven Stamkos. Roberts talks about how fitness and nutrition has evolved from his playing days. (Sportsnet)

The New York Rangers have yet to name a captain, but defenseman Ryan McDonagh is ready to assume a leadership role with the blue shirts. (NHL.com)

Several NHL veterans are currently participating in preseason action looking, for one reason or another, to put their 2013-14 campaigns behind them. (Sportsnet)

New Jersey Devils coach Pete DeBoer didn’t hold back following his team’s 4-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers Wednesday night saying, “That was an ugly game. There wasn’t a lot to like on our end tonight”. (Fire and Ice)

The Calgary Flames may have lost 3-1 to the Vancouver Canucks in preseason action on Thursday night, but rookie Sam Bennett made his debut in Flames colors assisting on a goal and showing signs of why he was selected fourth overall in June. (Calgary Herald)

PHT Morning Skate: Gary Roberts wants to pump your favorite player up

Gary Roberts - Getty

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Gary Roberts was a fierce player in the NHL and now that he’s done on the ice, he’s even tougher off of it with his BioSteel fitness camp. That got underway in Ontario this week with 50-plus players there. Maybe this year there won’t be stories about Nazem Kadri being out of shape! (Toronto Star)

Erik Karlsson is back in Ottawa and feeling chatty. (Senators)

Give it up for the smaller countries making progress in getting better at hockey. (Flames)

Remember Alexei Morozov? Martin Brodeur sure should, but he’s talking about his time playing in the NHL and Ilya Kovalchuk, too. (The Score)

The Sharks’ slow-reveal of their new jerseys continues even though it’s not going to be anything drastic. (Sharks Instagram)

Kari Lehtonen talks about how he has to get new pants because of the Stars’ uniform overhaul. Goalies, I tell ya. (Dallas Morning News)

Finally, for you video game fans out there EA Sports released the demo for NHL 14 today. Who needs sunshine and summer fun when there’s games to be played? (EA Sports)