Sean Leahy

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Sean Leahy is the associate editor of Puck Daddy since the blog started in April 2008. Having covered Stanley Cup Finals, NHL All-Star Games and NHL Drafts, his highlight might have been getting blown out playing Ryan Kesler in NHL2K11 on Nintendo Wii. That, or coercing an All-Star Game goal judge to let him control the goal light for a period. He currently resides on Long Island.

  • Video: Wayne Gretzky shows you how trick shots are done

    We've all seen the crazy trick shot videos that go viral on the Internet like Michael Vick throwing a football out of a stadium or Kobe Bryant leaping over an on-coming car or Evan Longoria saving a reporter's life with a last-grasp snag of a line drive.

    Now it's Wayne Gretzky's turn to get in on the fun and represent hockey. Via College Humor, here's The Great One showing us unworthy folk how the trick shot is really done:

    We can see "spring has sprong" catching on, can't you?

    Forget everything we've seen in the NHL All-Star Skills Trick Shot competition. No. 99 has just set the bar way too high for any current player to hit.

    We're now waiting for Mario Lemieux to come out with a trick shot video of his own which is sure to be significantly shorter, but just as accomplished.

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  • Puck Daddy Season Preview 2011-12: Florida Panthers

    PANTHTHTHHT

    It's going to be another year of blockbusters and huge flops in the NHL. Which teams blew out their budgets for big name stars and gigantic special effects to score Michael Bay-levels of box office gold? Which teams are bloated action retreads and terrible sequels? Find out in Puck Daddy's 2011-12 NHL Season Previews, running throughout the month.

    Puck Daddy Season Preview 2011-12: Columbus Blue JacketsOCOCOOOC

    By now, Florida Panthers fans are used to it. They're used to a bit of expectations heading into the season and they're used to watching their hockey season end in early April. That's the culture surrounding the franchise that GM Dale Tallon set out to change.

    Missing the playoffs for a 10th straight season (and 12 out of the last 13), Tallon gutted the Panthers' roster after a 30-40-12 (72 pts.) finish that saw them finish 28th in the NHL. The roster overhaul last season began when players like Chris Higgins, captain Bryan McCabe, Michael Frolik, Cory Stillman, Radek Dvorak, Dennis Wideman and Bryan Allen, among others, were all dealt in

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  • Watch the EA Sports ‘NHL 12′ launch party livestream

    jaquette-nhl-12-playstation-3-ps3-cover-avant-g-1315313661Tuesday's release of EA Sports' NHL 12 has been anticipated for quite some time among gamers. The excitement typically begins in late spring with the release of the first screenshots and builds throughout the summer with the cover athlete announcement and the unveiling of the game's new features.

    Beginning at 4:30 p.m. EST/1:30 p.m. PST today, EA will be hosting an NHL 12 launch party featuring producers of the game breaking down each of the modes for this year and going into detail about the different aspects of the game. (The action really picks up at 5 p.m. EST/2 p.m. PST, but it goes live at 4:30/1:30.)

    This launch party will also involve you, the reader, as you'll be able to ask questions to the NHL 12 panel through your Twitter, Facebook or UStream accounts.

    Stopping by the event will be Alex Burrows of the Vancouver Canucks and he'll be playing NHL 12 and answering some questions as well. (Read our NHL 12 review here.)

    The live stream will run to 8 p.m. and each hour, a copy of 

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  • PARISEMAIN

    (Ed. Note: This interview took place before the New York Post's report on the Devils' financial status on Monday.)

    Zach Parise didn't need to take a vacation this summer. The New Jersey Devils forward has had an eye on the 2011-12 season since last November after he tore the meniscus in his right knee in a game against the Los Angeles Kings .

    "I just stayed in the local area," said Parise. "The way I was kind of looking at it, I already had about seven months of vacation prior to that, so I wasn't overly concerned about going somewhere exotic right when the season ended, so I just hung around Minnesota."

    Parise was absent from the Devils' lineup from Oct. 30 until April 2 when he made his return -- and final appearance of the season -- against the Montreal Canadiens. In the final year of his deal, Parise scoffed at the idea that his one-game return had anything to do with the upcoming negotiations of restricted free agent contract, instead saying that he needed to get back on the ice

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  • Remembering two from the hockey family lost on 9/11

    ACEBAVIS"A great tragedy has befallen my nation today"
    -(Ret.) Gen. Colin Powell, 9/11/01

    (Ed. note: This was originally published September 11, 2009.)

    September 11, 2001 was day that affected not just Americans, but the entire world. It changed our way of life and for many, their view on the world. Among those lost on that fateful Tuesday morning eight years ago were two members of the hockey world, Mark Bavis and Garnet "Ace" Bailey. Both were part of the Los Angeles Kings scouting team and were aboard Flight 175 from Boston, which crashed into the South Tower that day.

    (Washington Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau wrote in his book that he was supposed to be on that flight as well, but he was asked to be a pre-training camp meeting for the Kings a day earlier.)

    Bavis played his college puck at Boston University under legendary head coach Jack Parker before being drafted by the New York Rangers in 1989 and playing several years of minor league hockey. After giving up playing, Bavis turned

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  • Lokomotiv officials decide to not play 2011-12 KHL season

    LOKOMOTIVOn Saturday, tens of thousands of mourners paid their respects to those lost in the tragic plane crash in Russia on Wednesday that took the lives of 43 people, including members of the Yaroslavl Lokomotiv hockey team. The overflow of people meant that the ceremony was extended until 2 p.m. local time.  The ceremony was held inside Arena-2000, Lokomotiv's home.

    After the memorial service, team executives announced that despite various ideas on trying to salvage the club for the season, they will not play in the KHL this year.

    From Russia Today:

    "The main priority now is to take care of the relatives and to pay last tribute to the late players and staff. The other aim is to re-build a competitive team," [Club President Yury] Yakovlev stressed, adding, "This will take some time as well as requiring human resources. But we are determined to resume participation in the KHL in 2012."

    The President of Russian Railroads, Lokomotiv's main sponsor, confirmed the position:

    "All words of grief can

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  • Review: Tweaks to NHL 12 polish already solid game experience

    STAMMERMAINIn past years, EA Sports' only competition in the hockey videogame department was the NHL 2K series. With 2K going on hiatus this year, NHL 12 runs unopposed this year, ensuring that they will once again dominate the marketplace.

    Coming off a highly-praised NHL 11, EA has tried to further create a realistic hockey experience with NHL 12. Tweaks to the physics engine such as the puck sliding away from you if you don't get your slap shot off quick enough; the ability to shake off checks; and adding signature traits for players, EA has attempted to add to the realism of the user experience.

    Considering the gameplay additions to the NHL series in the past few years and the replay value with the various game modes, EA has continued to set the bar high for themselves in the hockey market.

    NHL 12 is no different and EA is hoping the new features this year will keep gamers enticed and keep the series from getting stale.

    Gameplay

    EA's big hook for NHL 12 is their touting of over 300 gameplay

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  • Puck Daddy NHL Season Preview 2011-12: Colorado Avalanche

    AVAVAVAVAVA

    It's going to be another year of blockbusters and huge flops in the NHL. Which teams blew out their budgets for big name stars and gigantic special effects to score Michael Bay-levels of box office gold? Which teams are bloated action retreads and terrible sequels? Find out in Puck Daddy's 2011-12 NHL Season Previews, running throughout the month.

    OCOCOOOC

    In the first 10 seasons after the Colorado Avalanche moved from Quebec, hockey fans in Denver didn't know what not making the postseason was like. Ten years of watching playoff hockey that included two Stanley Cups and six trips to the Western Conference Final covered the franchise in a winning aura.

    But the stars that brought the Avs their success got old and moved on, and the roster turnover has resulted in Colorado missing the playoffs three of the last five seasons.

    The Avs finished 14th in the West last year with a 30-44-8 record (68 points) and a fourth place finish in the Northwest Division. A year after their surprising trip to the

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  • Pass or Fail: The home and away jerseys for the Winnipeg Jets

    As soon as True North Sports and Entertainment purchased the Atlanta Thrashers in May, the two most anticipated aspects of the new "Winnipeg" team were whether or not they would again be called the "Jets" and, if they were to be the "Jets", would the old logo make a return.

    After handing out a generic NHL jersey to their draft picks in June -- and a straight up blank one if you're Carl Klingberg at the NHL Rookie Showcase last month -- and releasing the team logos in July, the Winnipeg Jets finally unveiled their new home and away jerseys today at a military base from a scene straight out of "Top Gun":

    NEWJETSJSYThey do look somewhat similar to the counterfeit jerseys that were floating around in the past month, don't they?

    From the Jets:

    The jerseys consist largely of two shades of blue. The primary navy blue base of the home dark jerseys is referred to as "Polar Night Blue" which is found on many of today's Royal Canadian Air Force planes, including the Dash 8. The lighter, secondary blue is

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  • Video: Witness Andrew Ference’s Stanley Cup flash mob

    Andrew Ference is no stranger to creativity. He was, of course, the brains behind the legendary Boston Bruins jacket that was given to the team's best player after each win during their Stanley Cup title run in June.

    Last month, Ference told Jimmy Murphy of ESPN Boston that his day with the Stanley Cup would be unique and would "one-up everyone else."

    Monday was Ference's turn with the Cup; and after a few visits around Boston's North End to a local firehouse and hospital, a small parade was held in his honor. The celebration on Hanover Street would be interrupted by one of the most unusual sights ever witnessed during a player's day with the Stanley Cup: a flash mob formed and began a synchronized performance ending with the crowd surrounding Ference as he held the Cup above his head.

    The gathering was set up by The Boston Flash Mob, who've planned similar scenes around Beantown in the past, including one in May celebrating the fact that The Rapture passed us all by.

    It's not the

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