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.

  • NHL announces 2016 All-Star rosters; who got snubbed?

    The NHL announced its All Star captains on Saturday with Jaromir Jagr, Alex Ovechkin, Patrick Kane and John Scott getting on the honors.

    On Wednesday, the remaining 40 All Stars were revealed as the league presents its new 3-on-3 tournament format later this month in Nashville.

    Here are your rosters representing the Metropolitan, Atlantic, Central and Pacific Divisions.

    METRO

    Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals
    Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers
    Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins
    Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
    Brandon Saad, Columbus Blue Jackets
    John Tavares, New York Islanders
    Justin Faulk, Carolina Hurricanes
    Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins
    Ryan McDonagh, New York Rangers
    Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals
    Cory Schneider, New Jersey Devils

    Malkin, Ovechkin, Letang would make for a fine top line.

    ATLANTIC

    Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins
    Jaromir Jagr, Florida Panthers
    Leo Komarov, Toronto Maple Leafs
    Dylan Larkin, Detroit Red Wings
    Ryan O’Reilly, Buffalo Sabres
    Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay

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  • Finnish WJC celebration included bare butts, Burger King (Photos)

    Finland celebrated a hockey championship like only Finland could: in freezing temperatures with a lot of alcohol and some bare butts.

    Kasperi Kapanen’s overtime goal against Russia on Tuesday secured Finland’s fourth gold medal at the World Junior Championship, which was based in Helsinki this year. As soon as the Toronto Maple Leafs prospect finished off what was a beautiful goal, the celebrations began.

    As the U-20 players celebrated inside Hartwall Arena, some fans went to the Havis Amanda statue, which resides in a fountain. Two brave souls decided to get a little wild and stripped down and show off their Kari Takkos.

    SAMI KERO / HSSAMI KERO / HS

    The word “brave” gets thrown around a lot, but going nude when it’s below zero out to celebrate your country winning a hockey tournament is certainly that. And also, awesome. As we wrote after the Finns won the 2011 World Championships, "Ain’t no party like a Finland fan party because they’re naked."

    The young Finns celebrated through the night and apparently took a

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  • Ron Wilson ready for golf but would 'entertain' idea of NHL return

    The U.S. earned their fourth medal in seven years at the World Junior Championship by claiming bronze following an 8-3 win over Sweden on Tuesday. Ryan Donato and Matthew Tkachuk scored twice, while Auston Matthews finished as the tournament’s leading scorer with seven goals.

    The head coach of the Americans, long-time NHL bench boss Ron Wilson, was a surprise choice when USA Hockey announced his hiring in June, having last coached internationally at the 2010 Olympics. After guiding the U.S. to a bronze, does he have eyes on an NHL return? 

    Not really.

    Via Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star:

    So what’s next for him?
    “Golf. I’m serious,” he said. “I’m not expecting anything from anybody else. I didn’t come here with that in mind. I came here to take three weeks off from golf and try to accomplish as much as we did.”
    But if an NHL team called?
    “I would entertain that, for sure,” said Wilson. “But as far as I’m thinking, but I’m not hoping for anything. I just wanted to get something done in
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  • Jonathan Drouin quiet about trade demand, ready to focus on hockey

    Two days after his agent went public about a November trade request, Jonathan Drouin met with the media in Syracuse and did not want to publicly discuss the situation.

    "I'm not going to answer any questions about the trade request,'' Drouin said via Lindsay Kramer of Syracuse.com. "It's between my agent and Steve. The only thing I can do is play hockey here.’'

    The Tampa Bay Lightning demoted Drouin on Saturday to the AHL’s Crunch after posting two goals and eight points in 19 games this season. It’s been a rough start to the career of the no. 3 overall pick in 2013. During his rookie season in 2014-15 he finished with 13:41 time on-ice after many were pinning him as a Calder Trophy favorite with dreams of seeing the QMHJL product alongside Steven Stamkos. 

    Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said he is confident Drouin will get his game in place in Syracuse and be ready to contribute if and when the time calls for an NHL return.

    One Lightning teammate who can relate to a rocky start to his

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  • Russia will face Finland for gold in the 2016 World Junior Championship after defeating the U.S. 2-1 on Monday.

    This is the third straight tournament that the Russians have knocked out the U.S.

    The Americans opened the scoring in the first period after forcing a turnover in their defensive zone and letting Sonny Milano blaze up ice to set up Christian Dvorak.

    Russia had a golden opportunity to get on the board late in the first, but the U.S. managed to kill off a 5-on-3 power play.

    The second period, however, was the turning point in the game. The U.S. had several issues clearing the puck out of their zone and it cost them dearly. 

    After U.S netminder Alex Nedeljkovic, who made 31 saves, stopped a Russian shot following a poor zone clearance and Pavel Kraskovski pounced on a loose puck in front to even the score. They would take the lead for good 2:48 later after Yegor

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  • NHL Three Stars: Panthers win again; Crawford blanks Senators

    No. 1 Stars: Al Montoya / Jaromir Jagr, Florida Panthers

    The Panthers won their ninth straight game and seventh consecutive at home with a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild. In his first start since Dec. 17, Montoya stopped 39 shots for his fourth straight win. Jagr scored 27 seconds into the game and again in the third period to snap a 1-1 tie. He now has 735 goals, six behind Brett Hull for third all-time.

    No. 2 Star: Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks 

    Making his 300th NHL appearance, Crawford recorded his fourth shutout in 10 games, sixth of the season and 18th of his career as Chicago blanked the Ottawa Senators 3-0. Duncan Keith, Artem Anisimov and Andrew Desjardins scored for the Blackhawks. Crawford now leads all goaltenders in shutouts. 

    No. 3 Star: Kyle Okposo, New York Islanders

    After building up a 5-2 lead in the second period, the Islanders held on for a 6-5 win over the Dallas Stars. Okposo scored twice and assisted on another as New York won for the fourth time in six

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  • NWHL's Whale, Riveters brawl following goalie collision (Video)

    Shiann Darkangelo’s hat trick helped the Connecticut Whale improve to 9-1-0 after a 6-1 win over the New York Riveters in NWHL action Sunday night.

    With the game 5-0 in the third period, things got quite heated after Whale forward Danielle Ward collided with Riveters netminder Jenny Scrivens. New York captain Ashley Johnston took exception to the contact and let Ward know about it, but then Michaela Long came in and sent Johnston to the ice with a cross check.

    That’s when the emotions picked up.

    "We have a bit of a melee here..." Indeed, we do.

    The end result saw Long ejected after receiving five minutes for charging, a minor for roughing and a game misconduct. Johnston, for her part, was handed a minor for roughing.

    At one point, from what we can tell, there were seven Riveters on the ice during the brawl. The extra skaters weren't caught by the officials and avoided penalties, as per Rule XXIX Sec. H of the NWHL rulebook.

    Will the Department of Player Safety dole out any

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  • Jaromir Jagr's two goals help Panthers to 9th straight win (Video)

    The Jaromir Jagrs, also known as the Florida Panthers, continued their red-hot run on Sunday with a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild, extending their win streak to nine games.

    The 43-year old soon-to-be mulleted wonder opened the scoring 27 seconds into the game with a gorgeous backhand that beat Wild netminder Devan Dubnyk five-hole. 

    Let’s hear the Spanish call via 1210 ESPN Deportes:

    Midway through the third period, with the score even at one, we got to see vintage Jagr as he took the puck and cut across the Minnesota zone before firing a wrist shot past Dubnyk.

    Via The Saucer Pass:

    According to the NHL, Florida extended franchise records with the ninth straight victory and seventh straight win at BB&T Center. 

    The two goals give Jagr, who will turn 44 next month, 735 for his career, six behind Brett Hull for third on the NHL’s all-time scoring list. He’s also 20 points behind Gordie Howe for third all-time on that list. The Atlantic Division All-Star captain now leads the

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  • Stars' Jason Demers ejected after boarding Cal Clutterbuck (Video)

    The Dallas Stars lost to the New York Islanders 6-5 on Sunday and also lost Jason Demers early in the second period after the defenseman was ejected for a hit on Cal Clutterbuck.

    With the score tied at two, a puck scramble ended up along the boards in the Islanders’ zone. After Clutterbuck shuffled the puck away, he was down on one knee up against the boards. That’s when Demers came from the face-off circle and hit the forward.

    Demers was given five minutes for boarding and a game misconduct. After a brief time away, Clutterbuck returned to the game and his second goal of the night -- a shorthanded tally -- ended up as the game winner. The Islanders would score once during the five-minute power play.

    Should there be any supplemental discipline from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety? Clutterbuck wasn’t injured on the play, but Demers has already been suspended two games this season after an elbow on Nick Bonino of the Pittsburgh Penguins in October. 

    Said Stars head coach Lindy

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  • North Dakota downed Alabama-Huntsville 4-1 on Saturday night, and afterward all anyone could talk about was senior Drake Caggiula’s highlight-reel shorthanded goal in the second period. 

    How great was the goal? Even the campus police Tweeted about it:

    “It’s a once in a blue moon kind of thing,” Caggiula said, via Tom Miller of the Grand Forks Herald. “Sometimes they go in off your face and sometimes they’re like that, and you don’t complain either way.”

    Highlight-reel goals are a pretty common occurrence for Caggiula, who went undrafted and will be a free agent after his season. A YouTube search will bring you a handful of goals that will make you say “wow,” including one from November where he was part of a pretty tic-tac-toe passing play aganist Miami.

    Caggiula leads the Fighting Hawks in scoring

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