- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy50 mins ago
Boston Bruins legend Bobby Orr is considered one of the greatest players in NHL history. But he concedes that Milt Schmidt, who played 776 games for Boston from 1936-55, is in fact that greatest Bruin ever.
“I would go with that, yes. I would go with you Milty that you’re the greatest Bruin ever,”said Orr before the team’s 2016-17 home opener on Thursday night against the New Jersey Devils.
Schmidt, 98 years old and seated in his wheelchair, responded thusly: “You’ve got to say that, because you’re right beside me.”
And there was much laughter.
Orr then had the honor of pushing ‘the greatest Bruin ever’ out to center ice for the ceremonial puck drop, and it was quite a moment: Orr wearing a yellow Bruins sweater with No. 4 on it, and Schmidt waving to the crowd in his No. 15 jersey.
Orr guided Schmidt’s hands down towards the ice, and the Bruins’ great dropped the puck down as the crowd roared.
Captains Andy Greene of the Devils and Zdeno Chara of the Bruins shook his hand, and with that Orr pushed his friend and fellow Hall of Famer back off the ice.LiveNew Jersey0 - 0BostonFollow Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
NEW YORK – The line wrapped around the NHL Store in Manhattan, and then around the block outside on 47th Street. Each hockey fan had their books in hand. Each hockey fan hoped for a few seconds with, and an autograph from, The Great One.
Wayne Gretzky has made the rounds recently: Appearing at the World Cup of Hockey as the NHL’s official ambassador for its centennial celebration; appearing at the opening of the Edmonton Oilers’ new arena, where he took a spin around the ice with Mark Messier and announced he was joining the team as an executive; and then appearing at the 50th anniversary season kickoff for the Los Angeles Kings.
On Thursday, he was in New York, promoting “99: Stories of the Game,” the new book written with Kirstie McLellan Day. Less a chronicle of his career than a capsule look at the history of the game he adores, Gretzky took some time to speak with Puck Daddy about his own hockey legend.
The full interview can he heard on , which is embedded here. The interview begins around the 34-minute mark.
And here … we … go.
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
Spoonerisms have seen an odd uptick in popularity in recent years, mainly on Twitter.
The idea is basically that if someone tweets something with which you disagree, you just say their name back to them with the letters reversed. If I make a dumb tweet (impossible), you reply, “Lyan Rambert,” to show that you are not taking what I say seriously. It’s dumb itself, but it’s effective.
And once you start doing it, it is very difficult to stop. Tronald Dump and Clillary Hinton are both very strong. And college football’s Dark Mantonio is even stronger. Kave Dingman? Also up there. Or NFL washout/possible burnout Gosh Jordon. People love spoonerisms, is what I am saying to you.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
By Chris Morgan
He’s great! No wait, he’s terrible! If you invest too much in the early season results, you can end up thinking both of those thoughts about the same player in short order. This is especially true with goalies, and the fact that more and more teams are shying away from workhorse starters won’t help that. All we can do is try to maximize the information we have, which is what we will do on a busy Thursday.
Tuukka Rask , BOS vs. NJD ($34): Rask has started two games. One went well, one did not. However, Rask is a netminder who has been great for much of his career. The Devils really struggled offensively last season. Rask is on the pricier side, but he’s far from the priciest. He should end up being well worth the money spent.
Goalie to Avoid:
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
Matt Hewitt carefully navigated his 2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac into his parking space at Rogers Arena on Tuesday.
This was arguably the most stressful moment of the University of British Columbia goaltender’s evening that included an emergency call-up to the Vancouver Canucks in their 2-1 overtime win over the St. Louis Blues. Hewitt had to make sure he didn’t accidentally hit his car into the gorgeous high-end vehicles surrounding him owned by the Canucks players pulling NHL salaries.
“I didn’t want to have to run into one of those and explain myself,” Hewitt joked. “But these guys are professional, they get paid a lot of money for a reason. I guess they’re able to buy those toys so good for them.”
Hewitt is the latest in a line of UBC goaltenders to be called into action in Vancouver as emergency NHL netminders.Thu, 20 Oct10:00 PM EDTBuffalo at VancouverPreview Game
- Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
The coach of a Pee wee team in Quebec has been suspended for the rest of the season after forcing his players to do hundreds of pushups following a loss on Sept. 18.
According to a Montreal Gazette story from early October, Louis Isabella, who coaches the Lac St-Louis AAA pee-wee team, reportedly made players age 11 and 12 do in between 100 and 350 pushups after the 7-2 loss.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
(WARNING: STRONG ADULT LANGUAGE AND HUMOR. LISTENER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.)
PUCK SOUP is the new hockey podcast on the Nerdist network for Puck Daddy editor Greg Wyshynski and Dave Lozo of Vice Sports, Uproxx and The Comeback. This is a hockey podcast, in the sense that the talk about hockey, both on the ice and about fan culture. That’s the “puck.” This is also a podcast about movies, TV, fast food, life lessons and general idiocy. That’s the “soup.”
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Things are coming along nicely for this weekend’s Heritage Classic.
• Patrice Bergeron will make his season debut tonight during the Boston Bruins’ home opener. [NESN]
• Patrik Laine is settling in nicely in Winnipeg thanks to his mom. [Winnipeg Sun]
• That tough-angle late goal by Steven Stamkos the other night wasn’t a product of luck, just hard work. [Tampa Bay Times]
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
When the Montreal Canadiens host the Arizona Coyotes Thursday night, there will be a familiar face back in their net.
Carey Price will make his first start for the Habs since Nov. 25, 2015. He missed the final five months of last season due to a lower-body injury and has been sidelined for the start of the 2016-17 NHL campaign with the flu.
After skating and taking shots on his own for the last several days, Price took part in a full practice on Wednesday with his teammates and said he felt good. He told reporters that he lost 7-8 pounds while being quarantined in his basement battling the flu. Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien said it was the netminder’s “best day” on the ice and was optimistic for his return Thursday night.
This won’t be Price’s first action of the year. He played five games for Canada while helping them to the World Cup of Hockey title last month and also made one preseason start for the Canadiens.LiveArizona0 - 1MontrealFollow Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
Bobby Hull chose not to attend his induction into the Winnipeg Jets Hall of Fame this week, in which he and his “Hot Line” linemates Anders Hedberg and Ulf Nilsson were its first honored members. He made this decision because he knew – like we knew, like the Winnipeg Jets knew – that there’s no longer any separating the personal from the professional with Bobby Hull.
He’s a 77-year-old Hockey Hall of Famer with 913 combined goals in the NHL and WHA, and was hugely influential in the establishment of that latter league and the Jets franchise. He’s a wife-beating, Hitler-praising ghoul who openly called for “genetic breeding” to make a better human race and complained that the black population of the world was “growing too fast.” He was 59 years old at the time of those comments.