April 5, 2014 |
VANCOUVER, Canada - All the years of near misses, tedious bus rides and one excruciating waiting game faded away on Saturday morning for Andrew Campbell. Kings Coach Darryl Sutter summoned the 26-year-old defenseman and told him that he would be making his NHL debut, against the Vancouver Canucks. Televised on "Hockey Night in Canada," no less. "I got like a shiver right down my body, 'Wow, This is going to be the night,'" Campbell said after the morning skate. Arguably, this was the most important conversation of Campbell's hockey life.
March 16, 2014 |
Canadian star goalkeeper Shannon Szabados made her debut in a men's professional hockey league when she made 27 saves for the Columbus Cottonmouths in a 4-3 loss to the visiting Knoxville Ice Bears in a Southern Professional Hockey League game Saturday night. Szabados had not played in a game since helping Canada win the gold medal in women's ice hockey at the Sochi Olympics last month, although she did participate in an Edmonton Oilers practice when the NHL team was in need of an extra goalie.
March 10, 2014 |
CALGARY, Canada - The Saddledome, along with its ever-changing corporate names, was almost like a second home for goalie Martin Jones in his formative hockey years. His junior team, the Calgary Hitmen, shared the building with the NHL's Calgary Flames, and back in those days, Darryl Sutter happened to be the Flames' general manager. On Monday, Jones and Sutter returned to beat the Flames as the Kings won their eighth straight game, surviving a late scare when Calgary scored twice in the last 4 minutes 31 seconds.
March 2, 2014 |
Not that he would let it show, but Kings Coach Darryl Sutter was quietly amused on the bench last week in Colorado. He was trying to carefully manage minutes in the Kings' first game after the Olympic break, particularly in the case of defenseman Drew Doughty and forward Jeff Carter . Doughty and Carter, both of Team Canada, had been on the winning side in the gold-medal game against Sweden on the final day of the Olympics. Who knows? Their body clocks were probably still somewhere over Nova Scotia by the time they took the ice against the Avalanche.
February 27, 2014 |
In Russia, Teemu Selanne was hockey's hero. In Anaheim, will he be more than just another player on the NHL team with the most points? Selanne returned to Honda Center ice for practice Thursday, showing more bounce in his skating than when the 43-year-old departed for the Winter Olympics with just seven goals in 47 NHL games. Selanne was the most valuable player of the Olympic hockey tournament in Russia after leading Finland to the bronze medal - and a victory over Team USA - with four goals and six points in six Sochi games.
February 23, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - Team Canada's journey to its second straight Olympic hockey title began six months ago not with intense strategizing, but with a game of ball hockey. Seeking a way to get players to bond when insurance costs prevented them from skating at an Olympic orientation camp, Coach Mike Babcock told them to wear sneakers and improvise a game on land. It seemed silly at the time but it was the memory Ryan Getzlaf invoked Sunday as Canada prepared for the third period of its gold-medal game against Sweden at the Bolshoy Ice Dome.