December 26 2014 11:44AM
Hope all of you folks have gotten over your Christmas Day hangovers (turkey related, or otherwise), because it's just about time for World Junior Hockey. Facing off tonight at 8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT, Team Canada will kick off their tournament against Team Slovakia at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
December 26 2014 10:10AM
When Jay Feaster announced the hiring of Bob Hartley a scant three years ago, I don't think anybody could've anticipated the success he would have fostering the Calgary Flames through their long-awaited rebuild.
But more importantly for sports writers, nobody really anticipated the treasure trove of quotable quotes that coach Hartley would provide the world with over his tenure. To both celebrate his contract extension and ring in the holiday season, we present to you a selected collection of Hartley's best zingers.
We're hoping to continue adding to this, so add any we might have missed in the comments!
December 25 2014 10:00AM
1. Here's Johnny
Even before his hat trick on Monday night, I had been thinking a lot about Johnny Gaudreau.
That's because I had been doing a bit of work to determine era adjustments for goals and assists numbers in college hockey over the years (vis a vis Jack Eichel vs. Paul Kariya, the two best draft-eligible freshmen in a runaway since 1992-93). In his draft year, Kariya went 25-75-100 in 39 games for the University of Maine, and I wanted to see how Jack Eichel stacked up with his 8-19-27 in 16 games for Boston University so far this season.
I also compared them to the draft-year totals of Brian Gionta, Dany Heatley, and Zach Parise, who round out the top-five in terms of points per game among 18-year-old NCAA rookies. The results can be found here. I thought they were extremely interesting.
But given how far ahead of the pack Kariya was even after adjusting for the high-scoring era of the early 1990s (2.27 adjusted points per game, compared to Eichel's second-best 1.94 when accounting for today's far stingier defending), there was really only one other modern season to which he could hope to be compared:
December 24 2014 06:39PM
This is meant to be read to the tune of Christmas in Hollis by Run DMC and believed to be told from the perspective of Deryk Engelland, so right away...
Merry Christmas citizens, we promise to do better in the new year (and like most New Year's resolutions...uh, nope)
December 24 2014 01:30PM
When the Calgary Flames relocated their American Hockey League affiliate to Glens Falls, New York, the club also went out and recruited a brand-new coach to lead the team.
Formerly a bench boss with the Kelowna Rockets - where Mikael Backlund was one of his charges for a season - Ryan Huska is in his first season as a professional-league coach. The Baby Flames started off slowly, but have really hit the ground running over the past eight weeks, and they enter the Christmas break with an 18-11-2 record (second in their division behind the Utica Comets).
Thanks to our friends at the Adirondack Flames PR office, we had a quick chat over the phone with Huska late last week.