Don Hay back behind the bench for Canadian juniors
If there’s one World Junior tournament that I had to peg as my all-time most memorable, it would have to be Red Deer in 1995. Thanks to a lockout shortened season in the NHL, the ’95 Canada squad was stacked with players that probably could have been playing in the NHL that season. The likes of Ed Jovanovski, Jason Allison, Ryan Smyth, Eric Daze and Jeff O’Neill all returned to junior that season and helped Canada go 7-0 on their way to the Gold Medal. Alexandre Daigle also played for Canada that year, and his underwhelming play in Red Deer was one of the first indications that he was little more than a bag of hype.
Don Hay was the head coach of Canada that year. Hay would bolt for the NHL by 1996 after winning the gold and back-to-back Memorial Cups with the Kamloops Blazers. On Thursday, Don Hay was named head coach of Team Canada for next year’s World Junior tournament. Go nostalgia!
Pronger on Richards as captain: “I think he’s made some strides”
Chris Pronger addressed a reporter’s question via conference call about whether or not Mike Richards should hand over his ‘C’. Via CSNPhilly:
“What good does that do?” Pronger asked, about the idea of Richards stepping down. “That is the most ridiculous thought I have heard yet.”
“This is on-the-job training for Mike,” he continued. “I was brought in to help him be a captain and do all the rest of that and kind of help with my experiences. I think I got here, he was 24. He’s now 26. I think he’s made some strides.”
Perron preparing for return
St. Louis’ David Perron hasn’t begun any training yet, but he has reportedly been feeling better to the point where he’s getting closer.
No replacement for Jeanneret yet
By now you’ve probably heard that Rick Jeanneret will be cutting back his broadcasting schedule with the Buffalo Sabres for next season, as John Vogl reports: there is no replacement imminent.
How the NHL has changed between Winnipeg franchises
Down Goes Brown with his Friday offering of hilariousness with ‘A Jets fan’s guide to how the NHL has changed since 1996′:
1996 – After you were done reading about the Jets, you could turn to other pages of your newspaper and find stories about the Hartford Whalers, Vancouver Grizzlies and Montreal Expos.
2011 – Young fans probably don’t even know they ever existed. Newspapers, I mean.
The @#!$ All-Star is out!
OttawaGh0st takes on Dany Heatley one more time… this is obviously NSFW: