February 13, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - Twenty years ago, in Slovakia's first Winter Olympics appearance as an independent nation, Peter Stastny was given the honor of carrying the country's flag into the opening ceremony of the Lillehammer Games. In an odd twist of hockey fate, Stastny's American-raised son, Paul, played against his father's homeland Thursday and confirmed the quality of his own international hockey credentials. Paul Stastny contributed two of six goals scored by Team USA during a frantic second period as the Americans went on to a 7-1 rout of Slovakia at Shayba Arena in both teams' Olympic tournament opener.
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
February 17, 2010 |
While its closest rival is dismantling opponents by a combined 27 goals in two games over on the other side of the bracket, the United States women's hockey team is wreaking havoc in its own group. The U.S. hammered hapless Russia, 13-0, on Tuesday in preliminary-round action at UBC Thunderbird Arena. The bigger, faster and more experienced U.S. squashed Russia to improve to 2-0 in the tournament and has now outscored foes, 25-1, in the process. Team Canada, the other favorite to bring home gold in the Olympic Games, was off Tuesday but won its first two games by a combined score of 28-1.
December 29, 2009 |
Four Canadian television networks will provide live coverage of the announcement of Canada's Olympic hockey team Wednesday, and they'll be joined by the FAN radio network and live streaming on websites. The nationally circulated Globe and Mail newspaper plans to publish a 16-page supplement analyzing the roster Thursday. You think Canada is excited about the Vancouver Games? It is, and with good reason. Not only does the host country want to win at the game it claims to have invented, this could be the last Olympics to include NHL players.
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.
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.
December 23, 2006
Re "The high-flying Ducks just aren't on our radar," Dec. 18 L.A. fans not embracing the Orange County team is front- page news? Most of us in L.A. have little or no reason to ever go to Orange County, let alone to be fans of a hockey team playing in a league that is itself not very popular anymore. If location were the issue, then why are there still so many Raiders and Rams fans in L.A.? BECKY MOCCIARO Los Angeles This story discussed how the Ducks aren't popular despite their recent success.
November 22, 2001
Vancouver 4, Pittsburgh 1--Former Penguin Markus Naslund scored twice and Trevor Linden had three assists as the Canucks won for the first time in Pittsburgh in nearly 13 years. The Canucks were 0-10-1 with nine consecutive losses in Pittsburgh since winning 7-5 on Jan. 5, 1989. Naslund has six goals and eight points in nine games against the Penguins. Detroit 1, Columbus 0--Luc Robitaille's blast from the right wing with 42.4 seconds left in overtime lifted the Red Wings at Columbus, Ohio.
September 2, 1998 |
The names of four players jump out of the NHL record book, and one--Wayne Gretzky--continues to break his own standards. Gretzky, winding down his career with the New York Rangers after Stanley Cup runs at Edmonton and an NHL mission in Los Angeles, with a side trip to St. Louis, has 885 goals and 1,910 assists for 2,795 points, all records, none threatened or likely to be, given the NHL's proclivity for low-scoring, defensive games.