The embarrassment of an empty Canadian spring in the NHL has been wiped away. Canadian teams have made huge strides from last season, when all seven squads missed out on the playoffs for the first time since 1970. In fact, five of the seven biggest leaps in points from last season to this season are projected to come from Canadian clubs, with the second-biggest coming out of Edmonton.
A nine-year-old boy from Eastern Passage got more than a signed hockey puck at his first NHL game. He met an entire team – on its bus no less. Caiden Chambers watched the warmup for the game between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre March 23. Chambers was wearing his Atom team’s sweater that had a Hurricane logo on the front on it, while holding a sign saying: “It’s my first NHL game. Can I please have a puck?” Lee Stempniak, a forward for the Hurricanes, would flip a puck to Chambers, and instantly became his favourite player, bypassing teammate Jeff Skinner. “That was his first NHL game and there is no way anything can top that,” said Curtis Chambers, Caiden’s
Jordie and Jamie Benn are about to live something neither has experienced before — playing against each other in an organized hockey game. The brothers clashed plenty of times in road hockey games while growing up in Victoria, but they have only ever been teammates in games on skates and in official gear. That will change Tuesday night when Jamie Benn’s Dallas Stars face Jordie Benn’s Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre. Jordie was traded to Montreal on Feb. 27 for defenceman Greg Pateryn and a fourth round draft pick after nearly seven seasons as Jamie’s teammate in Dallas. “We’re pretty close,” Jamie said Monday. “We’re best friends. “It was tough to see him go, but it was fun to experience