When Leo Pan read his beloved Vancouver Canucks were coming to Shanghai, he couldn't contain his excitement. Pan was born in China but came to B.C. in 2000. Within a year, he'd fallen in love with hockey and the Canucks "West Coast Express" team that featured Markus Naslund, Brendan Morrison and Todd Bertuzzi.
The 2017 NHL regular season kicks off Wednesday, Oct. 4 with the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins hosting the St. Louis Blues. There will be four games on that first day of the season, including the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Winnipeg Jets, the Calgary Flames at the Edmonton Oilers and the Philadelphia Flyers at the San Jose Sharks. Opening week will also be highlighted by the NHL's newest franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights, visiting the Dallas Stars on Oct. 6. The Golden Knights will play their first home game Oct. 10.The NHL preseason started this Saturday with a Vancouver Canucks win over the Los Angeles Kings. Some of the big moves of the offseason included Karl Alzner signing with the Montreal Canadiens, Ben Bishop signing with the Dallas Stars and Kevin Shattenkirk signing with the New York Rangers. The Tampa Bay Lightening added Mikhail Sergachev and the Canadiens got Jonathan Drouin in one of the biggest deals of the offseason. ? This year's Winter Classic will feature the Buffalo Sabers and Rangers facing off at Citi Field, marking the 10th year of the tradition. The regular season will conclude April 7, 2018.
SHANGHAI, China — The first stick infraction in the NHL’s first-ever game in China went to the L.A. Kings’ Derek Forbert at the 48-second mark of the first period. The second came just over four minutes later, the third three minutes after that, the fourth … never mind, you get the picture. The first roar for no apparent reason from the sparse but enthusiastic crowd of 10,088 came at the two-minute mark when Vancouver Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom gloved an eye-high wrister from outside the blue-line. There would be almost as many of those this night as ticky tack stick penalties. The first goal you ask? That came from the Kings’ Adrian Kempe at 7:06 of the first period and hands up if you had