Greg Wyshynski

  • Like
  • Follow

Greg Wyshynski is the editor of Puck Daddy. A former managing sports editor for The Connection Newspapers, he's written for Deadspin, AOL Sports and is the author of "Glow Pucks & 10-Cent Beer: The 101 Worst Ideas in Sports History." Born and bred in New Jersey, living in Northern Virginia. Did we mention he likes booze?

  • Tortorella: Don’t lose your mind over Team USA World Cup failure

    Getty Images

    TORONTO – It’s nights like this when you miss the old John Tortorella, the fiery guy who wouldn’t have showered his winless World Cup of Hockey team with platitudes.

    Instead, the guy at the podium after Team USA’s 4-3 loss to the lowly Czech Republic on Thursday night praised many aspects of his team’s game and cautioned the hockey world not to put the plunger down and blow up the program after its flop in Toronto.

    “I thought we played hard. For most of that game, I thought we did the things we needed to do. We developed some scoring chances. Just couldn’t score enough,” he said.

    “I’ll take the hits. I like the team. I liked how they were before the game. I liked them on the bench tonight.”

    Some of the players who spoke after the game defended their coach and coaching staff as well.

    “There should be no blame for those guys. Those guys did a great job, it’s on the players,” said forward Justin Abdelkader, who scored a goal in the loss. :The players, we either make the coaches look good

    Read More »from Tortorella: Don’t lose your mind over Team USA World Cup failure
  • Team USA falls to Czechs, finishes winless in World Cup embarrassment

    Head coach of Team USA John Tortorella. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/World Cup of Hockey via Getty Images)

    TORONTO – Team USA leaves the World Cup of Hockey not with a whimper, but with a thunderous flop.

    As well as an own-goal, a bad goal and the gall to finish this tournament with a 4-3 defeat to the shorthanded Czech Republic on Thursday night.

    The Americans (average age 29.5, with 12,707 NHL games of experience) finished last in Group A with an 0-3-0 record, tied with Finland (average age 26.3, with 5,605 NHL games of experience) for last place in the tournament overall.

    Milan Michalek scored two goals and Petr Mrazek made 36 saves for the Czech Republic, who won their first game of the tournament despite missing star players like David Krejci and Tomas Hertl with injuries.

    Team USA start Ben Bishop was pulled after giving up four goals on 20 shots in the first two periods, replaced by Cory Schneider.

    Defenseman Zbynek Michalek got the Czechs on the board first with a long blast that beat a screened Bishop at 12:44 of the first period. The Americans struck back at 14:28 of the first on

    Read More »from Team USA falls to Czechs, finishes winless in World Cup embarrassment
  • Evander Kane says arrests just happen to famous athletes sometimes

    Getty Images

    Evander Kane met the media as Buffalo Sabres training camp opened on Thursday, two months after he was arrested and charged with four separate counts of non-criminal harassment and one count of criminal trespass, which is a misdemeanor.

    The arrest stemmed from an incident at a Buffalo bar during NHL Draft weekend. According to police sources via the Buffalo News, witness statements alleged that Kane “grabbed” a woman around the throat and “tried pushing her into his car” at around 3:11 a.m. At around 3:15 a.m., Kane allegedly “grabbed her by the arms and tried forcing her out of the bar.” Police said they also have surveillance camera footage as evidence.

    Kane’s next court appearance is due on Oct. 31.

    You might be wondering what his reaction to all of this is. From the Buffalo News:

    “These situations are what they are,” Kane said in KeyBank Center. “They happen to athletes or people in a position such as myself. Those are things you just have to deal with and kind of come with the

    Read More »from Evander Kane says arrests just happen to famous athletes sometimes
  • Russia dreams of ruining Canada’s World Cup party

    Alex Ovechkin of Team Russia celebrates a second period goal by Vladimir Tarasenko (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

    TORONTO – Evgeny Kuznetsov was 15 years old. On his television were his hockey heroes from the Russian national team, in the gold medal match of the 2008 IIHF world championships in Quebec City.

    He still replays the goal in his mind: Ilya Kovalchuk juggling the puck over the blue line, seeing two Canadian defenders slide to the ice and pumping a shot through goalie Cam Ward just 2:42 into overtime for a power-play goal – thanks, Rick Nash delay of game penalty.

    He remembers seeing Russian players like Alex Ovechkin and Andrei Markov mobbing Kovalchuk near the boards in celebration, Russia having accomplished something few teams can claim in recent memory: Beating Canada, in Canada, in an elimination game and with a championship on the line.

    And he remembers almost crying.

    Eight years later, Kuznetsov is a teammate of both Ovechkin and Markov. And Russia has, again, the opportunity to defeat Canada in Canada, earning the chance to face the hosts of the World Cup of Hockey in the

    Read More »from Russia dreams of ruining Canada’s World Cup party
  • ESPN, Bettman say Team USA failure doesn’t hurt World Cup


    TORONTO – The World Cup of Hockey appeared to be structured for one obvious outcome: To guarantee the Canadians and Americans would meet in a preliminary-round game and then put them on course to meet in the best-of-three tournament final.

    One small glitch in that plan: Team USA’s two losses, to Team Europe and Canada, eliminated them from contention for the semifinals. It was an epic, unexpected flameout that left the Americans and their fans utterly embarrassed.

    Furthering that humiliation: This was the first time since the 2005 lockout that NHL hockey had returned to ESPN, with the World Cup of Hockey airing on its family of networks rather than on NBC’s.

    Players on Team USA expressed excitement over being on the network, easily found in hotel rooms and bars around the country. Canadian players who play in the U.S. agreed, with Brent Burns telling the AP: “Obviously, they reach a huge amount of households, and a lot of people watch it if you’re a hockey fan or not.”

    So how much does

    Read More »from ESPN, Bettman say Team USA failure doesn’t hurt World Cup
  • Team USA GM defends coach John Tortorella, we think


    The following is a verbatim quote from Wednesday’s press conference featuring Team USA general manager Dean Lombardi at the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto. It was not edited for time or for clarity. Enjoy.

    Q. One of the biggest decisions you had was hiring John Tortorella as coach, how do you evaluate his job and his staff’s job preparing this team?

    DEAN LOMBARDI: It’s kind of funny, I went over that too.

    Obviously you start with yourself and you work down. The first thing I think, again I think we hit the nail on the head, one of my biggest concerns going in, we talked about this when we talked to every coach before they were hired – one of the problems you have is you look at the talent behind that bench.

    You’ve got six head coaches, and one of the problems, just like the players, accepting roles they might not be used to, right. You have six defensemen all on the back end that all play the power play, well here you’re not going to, so it’s the same thing with the coaches. We have

    Read More »from Team USA GM defends coach John Tortorella, we think
  • NHL player tracking tech faces cost obstacles, NHLPA suspicion


    TORONTO – Not all NHL arenas are built the same, and that’s a lesson Hank Adams and his player-tracking technology learned at the World Cup of Hockey in Air Canada Centre.

    “We had an issue early on with shift times,” said Adams, CEO of Sportvision. “When players were going off to the penalty box, [the cameras] weren’t seeing their infrared tags. It was still counting their ice time as they sat there.”

    The solution: Adjusting the infrared cameras and compensating, as they would in any other NHL arena. It’s trial and error for the technology, and it’s all about proving to the NHL’s suspicious minds that the player tracking revolution is worth their money and effort to implement soon.

    “The tech is ready. It’s working, it’s enhancing the game,” said Adams, who said the technology could be in every arena by “next season” if the NHL gave the green light,

    Player tracking technology was introduced at the 2015 NHL All-Star Game in Columbus, and showed enormous promise. A series of cameras

    Read More »from NHL player tracking tech faces cost obstacles, NHLPA suspicion
  • Did North America coaches fail their players?

    Todd McLellan at the World Cup of Hockey. (Getty Images)

    TORONTO – The sad coda to Team North America’s overtime win over Sweden on Wednesday night was that the players thought that had clinched a spot in the semifinals.

    “When I scored, I thought we were in,” said Nathan MacKinnon, who scored the game-winner to bring the ACC house down with the 4-3 victory. “Maybe we shouldn’t have celly’d that hard.”

    Or maybe their coaches should have been more candid with them.

    That’s the bone that Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star picks with Todd McLellan and his staff: That they didn’t share the details of Team North America’s clinching scenarios, and therefore did them wrong by not having them put the pedal down in regulation. “The coaches knew what they needed to advance. They just didn’t tell the players,” he wrote.

    From Arthur:

    North America played a risk-reward scenario: They would rather try to win playing straight hockey against a Sweden team playing for overtime rather than tell the players, we need this. Go for it.

    The problem with that is

    Read More »from Did North America coaches fail their players?
  • Team Europe, World Cup underdogs, ready for Sweden semifinal

    Anze Kopitar #11 of Team Europe attempts to get around Drew Doughty #8 of Team Canada (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    TORONTO – They were thrilled to have a spot at the World Cup of Hockey party, these European players from random countries that otherwise would never have received an invitation to play.

    Little did we know they’d relish the role of party-poopers, and look to continue playing it in the semifinals against Sweden this weekend.

    Team Europe – invented for this tournament so players from countries outside of Sweden, Finland, Russia and the Czech Republic could participate – will face the Swedes after closing out Group A play with a 4-1 loss to Canada. Their record stands at 2-1-0, and their shocking win over the United States in the tournament opener ended up propelling them to the next round.

    “We sensed an opportunity in the first game and the players really showed up for that one,” said Team Europe coach Ralph Krueger. “To come back two days later and match that performance, or even come stronger, against the Czechs showed a real special spirit in the group. This Canada game will dampen

    Read More »from Team Europe, World Cup underdogs, ready for Sweden semifinal
  • Canada’s World Cup goal song is ‘We Dem Boyz’ (Video)

    Wiz Khalifa

    TORONTO – The World Cup of Hockey preliminary round ended for Canada on Wednesday night with a 4-1 win over Team Europe. In total, the Canadians scored 14 times in winning three games.

    That’s a whole lot of Wiz Khalifa right there.

    Allow us to explain: The Pittsburgh rapper’s “We Dem Boyz,” from his 2014 album Blacc Hollywood, is the official goal song of Team Canada. (Please, if you have any sense of decency, don’t tell Drake. It’ll crush him.)

    Listen to it here, as Joe Thornton scores against the Czech Republic:

    And here in the ACC when Matt Duchene scored:

    Fourteen times, a Canadian player scored, a loud air horn went off and the laconic hip-hop beat of “We Dem Boyz” filled the Air Canada Centre.

    Sample prose:

    Hol’ up, hol’ up, hol’ up, pop a bottle/
    Hol’ up, hol’ up, hol’ up, if you suck and swallow/
    Smell that marijuana, they gon’

    Read More »from Canada’s World Cup goal song is ‘We Dem Boyz’ (Video)


(15,778 Stories)