February 19, 2010 |
Their record in the Olympic hockey tournament is perfect, but their performance has yet to be more than adequate, and members of Team USA knew it. They foundered through a sloppy second period Thursday and distanced themselves from persistent Norway only by scoring three times in the last six minutes of a 6-1 victory in a preliminary round game at Canada Hockey Place. Yes, they're 2-0 after defeating Switzerland and Norway, but their power play didn't click until its fifth try and they were victimized by Norway for a short-handed goal that cut their lead to 3-1 at 8:37 of the second period.
June 26, 2012 |
Mats Sundin's immediate reaction told the story. "Are you serious?" he said. "You made my whole year. " Sundin, who played 13 of his 18 NHL seasons with Toronto, couldn't quite believe the call from the Hall of Fame. Sundin, Joe Sakic, Pavel Bure and Adam Oates were elected to the Hall on Tuesday. Sundin is the second Swedish player in the Hall, joining Borje Salming, another Maple Leafs icon. The induction ceremony is Nov. 12 in Toronto. Among those eligible this year for the first time but not elected was Brendan Shanahan, who is the league's chief disciplinarian.
January 2, 2010 |
The names of the 23 members of the U.S. men's Olympic hockey team were announced almost too fast to grasp what was happening. But when the list went from Chris Drury to Patrick Kane without stopping at Scott Gomez or Bill Guerin, and when Ryan Malone's name was followed by Zach Parise's without mention of Mike Modano, it became clear the U.S. team in Vancouver will represent a changing of the guard and of strategy. Modano, Gomez, Guerin, Doug Weight and Keith Tkachuk, mainstays of countless U.S. teams, were passed over in favor of youngsters with lesser credentials but more specialized assets such as faceoff dexterity, penalty killing and toughness.
February 7, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - Noora Raty has heard the many predictions that the women's Sochi Olympic hockey tournament will be a two-team contest between the U.S. and Canada because no other teams have the skill and depth to challenge them. Raty politely disagrees. And Finland's stellar goaltender has proved she has the ability to tilt the balance of power away from the two teams that have monopolized the gold medals at all four previous women's Olympic tournaments. Raty, who won two NCAA championships at the University of Minnesota and played alongside several current members of Team USA, made 58 saves in a 3-1 upset of the Americans in the Four Nations Cup at Lake Placid, N.Y., in November.
December 15, 2009 |
When most hockey fans watch the Vancouver Canucks play at GM Place, they focus on goaltender Roberto Luongo's acrobatics or who's skating alongside Daniel and Henrik Sedin. When Denis Hainault is in the arena, he's scouting places to put people and equipment during the Winter Olympics. Hainault, a former Hockey Canada administrator and coach who guided a young Luc Robitaille, is the director of ice sports for the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee. He's also general manager of GM Place, which will be called Canada Hockey Place during the Games.
February 18, 1998
The reporter whose disclosure that Samuelsson carried an American passport led to the Swedish defenseman being kicked out of the Olympics has received threats from angry readers. Svenska Dagbladet, a Stockholm newspaper, reported a steady stream of e-mail, faxes and telephoned threats directed at reporter Janne Bengtsson.
January 14, 2011 |
The cinder-block locker room is little bigger than a gas-station restroom. Squeeze in 15 high school hockey players and their sweat-soaked equipment, and it smells about the same too. Yet Megan Browning, the team's freshman goalie, can't think of any place she'd rather be. "Just because you play hockey doesn't mean you have to act like a boy," Browning explains as she checks her makeup and adjusts the twin braids in her hair. "I wear pink. I'm still girly. But when I come to the rink, I get intense.
March 15, 2003 |
Ian Laperriere is the King nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, as voted upon by the Los Angeles chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Assn. The trophy is awarded to the NHL player who "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey."
February 28, 1987
The NHL would do well to keep their mid-season All-Star game against the Russians. As an avid hockey fan, I feel compelled each season to watch the NHL All-Star game. The overpaid pros' showcase is a bore, as is their excuse-me-did-I-bump-you-with-my-bodycheck attitude. Come on, NHL. Prove you are the best. If your All-Star team won't play the Russians, then how about a world championship against those great Russian players? LARRY JOE ALYEA Los Angeles