The Arizona Coyotes wore throw back jerseys in Thursday night’s shootout win over the Vancouver Canucks. Additionally, goaltender Mike Smith wore a mask designed specifically for the night. Smith had rock icon Alice Cooper painted on its back plate. (NHL.com)
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Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith helped toddler Cammy, who was born unable to walk or speak, reach her dream. Her goal was to score a goal with the help of her favorite player, Keith. The 31-year-old recently made Cammy’s dream come true. Have a look:
One of the highlights of Monday’s trade deadline was the Minnesota Wild’s acquisition of defenseman Jordan Leopold. Leopold’s daughter, Jordyn Leopold, wrote a letter to the Wild asking them bring her dad home to Minnesota. Jordyn discussed her letter with the Wild’s website recently:
The Hockey News ranks the Top 10 falling prospects. These players were ranked among the top 75 prospects in the game last season, but have since dropped off. (THN)
Peterborough Petes’ rookie Jonathan Ang scored a highlight-reel goal Thursday night during an Ontario Hockey League game against Max Domi and the London Knights. Have a look:
Video: Coyotes’ prospect Max Domi with a highlight-reel goal
Buffalo Sabres 2013 first rounder Nikita Zadorov has only practiced with the big club as the team’s brass tries to figure out where the hulking defenseman plays this season.
Ideally, Zadorov would play in the American Hockey League, with the Rochester Americans, but because of his junior eligibility, it’s not an option.
The Sabres could loan him to a team in Russia, but as The Buffalo News’ John Vogl points out, they would have little control over the 19-year-old’s development.
Buffalo feels at 6-foot-5, 238 pounds Zadorov is too big for the junior game and are reluctant to send him back to the London Knights.
“The player just wants to play,” Zadorov’s agent, Rolland Hedges, said. “It’s up to Buffalo how they’re going to deal with that.”
One option could be to have the Russian stick with the big club. Zadorov appeared in seven games for the Sabres last season scoring a goal to go along with a minus-4 rating.
“I can’t answer that question straight up, but we’re trying to do our best with the situation,” coach Ted Nolan said. “We’re going to keep working at him, get his conditioning a little better. He’s another promising young prospect that we have to make sure we do the best for him.”
Zadorov is expected to be a healthy scratch once again tonight when the Sabres host the Florida Panthers.
Florida Panthers’ center Dave Bolland will have his jersey retired by the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League.
According to The London Free Press, Bolland, who spent 254 regular season games with the Knights will have his No. 91 raised to the rafters of the Budweiser Gardens on Oct. 15.
“It does mean a lot, being up there with (Rick) Nash, (Corey) Perry, Darryl Sittler and all those guys who have come through this organization,” Bolland said. “I thank the Hunters for doing that and for putting me up there. It’s a big honour and it’ll be a fun night.
“I don’t know if I’ll shed a tear, but the way my speeches go, it might be a quick one.”
In addition to Nash, Perry and Sittler, London has retired the numbers of Rob Ramage (5), Dino Ciccarelli (8), Brendan Shanahan (19) and Brad Marsh (22).
In four seasons with the Knights, Bolland scored 135 goals and 299 points. He won the team’s most improved player award for his 37 goals and 67 points during the 2003-04 season in London.
The 2004 second-round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks helped the Knights capture the 2005 Memorial Cup.
One of Vancouver’s two first-round picks from the 2013 draft will be sticking with the team, but it may not be the one you’re expecting.
The London Knights announced that ninth overall section Bo Horvat was re-assigned to their team by the Canucks. Horvat was not at today’s practice in Vancouver leading to speculation he was headed back. 26th overall pick Hunter Shinkaruk will be sticking around.
According to Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun, Canucks GM Mike Gillis views Dalpe as a guy who can play at center, the same position Horvat plays. Shinkaruk, meanwhile, will at least get a nine-game peek to see what he can do. As a winger, there’s more flexibility to fit him into the lineup.