Greg Wyshynski

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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?

  • NHL in Las Vegas season-ticket drive passes 8,000 mark, short of goal

    Bill Foley, the potential owner of a potential NHL franchise in Las Vegas, announced on Monday that his season-ticket deposit drive has crossed the 8,000 mark. 

    Please recall that they had 5,000 deposits within the first 36 hours of launching it on Feb. 10. The deposits are between $150-$900.

    From Hockey Vision Las Vegas:

    “This announcement is great news,” said Foley.  “The goal of the season ticket drive is to demonstrate the long-term viability of an NHL franchise in Las Vegas.  Securing more than 8,000 season ticket deposits – in less than one month – helps demonstrate that Las Vegas wants hockey.  There is significant momentum in this campaign and we are looking forward to the day we can announce that we have hit our goal of securing 10,000 season ticket deposits.”

    If a team is awarded, fans who place deposits for multiple years will have the opportunity to select their seats first, starting with 10-year season ticket holder.  Within these groups, priority for seat selection will

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  • Was girls hockey championship declared tie because boys needed ice?

    Two Connecticut girls hockey teams that saw their overtime championship end in a tie are wondering if their game was cut short because their male counterparts' game was scheduled to start. 

    Simsbury and East Catholic/Glastonbury/South Windsor battled in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference championship, and what a battle: Double overtime, tied 2-2, heading into triple overtime.

    But that’s where the game ended: The teams were declared “co-champions.”

    No one was really sure why.

    “It came over the loud speaker,” said Simsbury captain Maggie Grigely. “As we got to the bench we were expecting third overtime but it ended up being told that we needed to get on the blue line we were just going to give awards out now.”

    Why not have a third overtime period? It’s a puzzler. The rules that were sent out to team officials for the tournament clearly state that “if overtime is required, the teams will play eight-minute sudden death overtimes until the games are decided.”

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  • John MacLean on NJ Devils 1995 Stanley Cup, the trap and parking lot parades

    John MacLean played 934 games for the New Jersey Devils from 1983-1997. The winger was there for the worst of years, and the best of years, and he helped make them the best of years: Scoring the overtime goal against the Chicago Blackhawks to put the Devils in the playoffs for the first time in 1988, and scoring 18 points in 20 games during their 1995 Stanley Cup win. 

    As the Devils celebrate their 1995 championship this weekend, we spoke with MacLean about that run, coach Jacques Lemaire, some of his colorful teammates, the trap, the Neal Broten trade, Lou Lamoriello and having parade in the parking lot. Enjoy!

    Q. You had your share of coaches in New Jersey. What was it like when Jacques Lemaire came strolling in?

    MACLEAN: The timing was perfect. And he had the right guy in Larry Robinson as his assistant – legitimate respect right off the bat. Jacques had a tremendous understanding of the game, and we were hungry to learn the nuances. Make the commitment to try and win.

    You were a

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  • Minnesota All-Hockey Hair Team 2015 brings controversy, sick flows (Video)

    The Minnesota state high school hockey championship tournament was completed this weekend. Or as we like to call it, the side dish to the main course that is the Minnesota All-Hockey Hair Team 

    This surreal annual tradition is brilliant in so many ways, from honoring the sickest salad in the State of Hockey to the low-fi production values (filming off the television, the droll commentary).

    This season’s All-Hockey Hair Team featured cameo appearances by T.J. Oshie of the St. Louis Blues and Blake Wheeler of the Winnipeg Jets, but even they couldn’t overshadow some of the most spectacular mullets, Fabio locks and Minnesota head shrubbery we’ve ever seen.

    But oh, it was not without controversy! You may have seen the video of Luke From Lakeville during the tournament, skating up to the camera and revealing flowing hair to a horrified teammate. He seemed like the odds-on favorite to take the top spot … but there was a “Shakespeare in Love” to his “Saving Private Ryan.”

    Watch the video to

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  • Boston Blades win Clarkson Cup in OT on this Janine Weber goal (Video)

    The Boston Blades are your 2014-15 Clarkson Cup champions, winning in overtime against the Montreal Stars on Saturday to claim their second title in three Canadian Women’s Hockey League seasons.

    Because, really, it had been about 20 minutes since a Boston team won a championship …

    Janine Weber, a forward born in Austria who previously played at Providence College, had the game-winning snipe at 2:12 of overtime past goalie Charline Labonte, on assists from Tara Watchorn and Corinne Buie.

    The teams traded goals in the first and third periods, with Ann-Sophie Bettez and Hilary Knight scoring for the Stars and Blades in the opening frame, followed by Brianna Decker – the team’s leading scorer in the regular season – for the Blades at 6:17 of the third and then Emmanuelle Blais at 9:54.The championship game was held in Markham, Ontario.

    The CWHL was founded in 2007, and the Blades became the second U.S. team to win the Clarkson Cup in 2013. Their current roster is peppered with familiar

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  • Brad Marchand saves Bruins from bubble burst vs. Flyers

    The Boston Bruins were 15 seconds away having to look in the mirror and face the fact that they had given the teams chasing the Eastern Conference’s last playoff spot more life, having blown two points at home.

    Instead, they looked at Brad Marchand scoring on a deflected Dougie Hamilton shot for a power-play goal, seconds before the end of regulation; and then they looked at him again in overtime, scoring the game-winner at 3:52 to beat the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-2. 

    It was a game equal parts ripping and head-on-desk mistake-riddled. The Wayne Simmonds penalty that led to Marchand’s game-tying goal was weaker than mild sauce. Gregory Campbell’s failure to gain the red line earlier in the period, giving the Flyers an offensive zone draw that led to their go-ahead goal? Stupefying.

    Then, in overtime, Michael Del Zotto – praised earlier for his shot-blocking prowess in the game – drops down to deflect a shot on goalie Steve Mason’s doorstep, and Marchand’s backhander goes off both of his

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  • A boy, his Red Wings voodoo doll and 1995 Devils Stanley Cup sweep

    (Ed. Note: The New Jersey Devils are honoring the 1995 Stanley Cup Champions this weekend, the first Cup in the franchise’s history. I make no secret I’m a Devils fan, having grown up one in Central New Jersey. My father and I attended Game 4 of the Cup Final at Brendan Byrne Arena, sitting in the nosebleeds to see them sweep the Detroit Red Wings. The following was from a long-gestating book project about the Devils, and captures our experience that night. Enjoy!)

    In the three-plus decades my parents have lived in a classic colonial house overlooking Lake Lefferts in the suburban New Jersey town of Matawan – infamous for a Great White Shark attack over a century ago, diminished when neighboring Aberdeen usurped its name on the local train station signage – Bob Wyshynski has had three mainstays of makeshift décor in their kitchen: 

    - An annual calendar, with yellow highlighter filling each day as it passes and meticulous notes detailing births, deaths, anniversaries, vacations, bowel

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  • Blackhawks fan cut by glass stays in her seat to watch game (Video)

    Chicago Blackhawks fan Alexis Bovard was attending her first NHL game on Friday night, and had pretty sweet seats – right by the glass.

    But here’s the thing about the glass: Sometimes it’ll get dislodged on a big hit. Like the one Benoit Pouliot of the Edmonton Oilers laid on Niklas Hjalmarsson of the Hawks early in the first period. The glass fell out onto a cameraman, and then changed direction and toppled onto Bovard’s head.

    She grabbed her noggin in pain, and she was bleeding.

    “If I even remember correctly, I was watching the game and you know the big hits come to the glass and the next thing I know the glass is on my head and blood is everywhere and people are all around me and I make it up the stairs and hear all these applause, um, which was nice to hear,” Bovard told Sportsnet’s Gene Principe during the game. “I’ll be making my way to get some stitches shortly. I was bummed it happened so early.” 

    But for th time being, she stayed and

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  • Can we give Devan Dubnyk an award or something for saving Wild?

    Mar 5, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk (40) celebrates with Wild defenseman Ryan Suter (20) after their game against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center. The Wild won 2-1. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)Mar 5, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk (40) celebrates with Wild defenseman Ryan Suter (20) after their game against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center. The Wild won 2-1. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

    With the Minnesota Wild’s win over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night, goalie Devan Dubnyk is now 26-8-3 in his stints with the Wild and the Arizona Coyotes, playing a total of 41 games this season. 

    He has a 2.11 goals-against average, which is second to Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens (1.92) for goalies with at least 20 starts. He has a .927 save percentage, which ties him for third in the NHL behind Price (.935) and Cory Schneider (.928). His even-strength save percentage (.933) ranks him seventh in the NHL for goalies with at least 20 games played. 

    He's also starting his 23rd straight game for the Wild against the Hurricanes tonight.

    And this is where we remind you that he’s DEVAN DUBNYK.

    That he’s a goalie that’s had a save percentage better than .920 once in his career, in 38 starts with the 2012-13 Edmonton Oilers. That he was a spare part reclamation project for Sean Burke and the Coyotes after a disastrous 2013-14 season that saw him bounce from Edmonton to

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  • How Duncan Keith made young girl’s hockey dream come true (Video)

    Cammy Babiarz is a Chicago Blackhawks fan. She’s five years old. She doesn’t have the ability to communicate verbally or walk, as she was born with Rett syndrome. 

    But thanks to Duncan Keith, she’s now a goal-scorer.

    Her mother, Jackie Corrado Babiarz, planned on submitting a photo of Cammy and a pink leg brace with a Blackhawks logo to the team’s #WhatsYourGoal social media campaign. She asked her daughter which Blackhawk she’d like to meet if her entry was chosen.

    Jackie and Bill Babiarz watched her eyes as they read off the Blackhawks roster. Cammy communicates with her eyes. She looks at them for a “yes,” and away for a “no.”

    Jonathan Toews? No look. Patrick Kane or Patrick Sharp? No look.

    Duncan Keith? “She gave us a resounding smile, her eyes locked on us,” said Bill Babiarz.

    So Jackie submitted the request: Her daughter wanted to meet Duncan Keith and score a goal.

    The Blackhawks reached out and invited them to the team’s practice facility.

    Only Cammy’s parents knew what was

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