NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 1, 2016
Winnipeg Jets name Blake Wheeler captain, Scott Gomez retires, P.K. Subban returns to Montreal & more in this morning’s NHL headlines.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets yesterday formally announced winger Blake Wheeler is their new team captain. Defenseman Dustin Byfuglien and center Mark Scheifele are the alternate captains.
ALASKA DISPATCH NEWS: After 16 NHL seasons, forward and Anchorage native Scott Gomez announced his retirement. Gomez played for the New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens, San Jose Sharks, Florida Panthers, St. Louis Blues and Ottawa Senators.
His best seasons came during his first stint with the Devils (1999-2000 to 2006-07), winning two Stanley Cups and the 2000 Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year. In 1,079 regular season games, Gomez netted 181 goals and 756 points, as well as 101 points in 149 playoff games.
TSN.CA: Back in Montreal for the
first second time since being traded in June by the Canadiens to the Nashvile Predators, defenseman P.K. Subban admitted he was disappointed not to be selected for Team Canada in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, but said he has no control over that. Subban was in Montreal for the first anniversary of his $10 million pledge to the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation. In one year, his foundation raised over $1.4 million for his fund that helps families with sick children undergoing financial hardship.
OTTAWA SUN: It’s been a bittersweet summer for Senators winger Bobby Ryan, who welcomed the birth of his first child but also endured the loss of his mother to liver cancer.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: The ashes of hockey great Gordie Howe will be interred in the base of a statue that honors him outside a hockey arena in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
PHILLY.COM: The Philadelphia Flyers yesterday unveiled gold-trimmed jerseys to commemorate their 50th anniversary.
BOSTON HERALD: Individual home game tickets for Bruins games in 2016-17 go on sale Sept. 8.
USA TODAY: The NHL adds meldonium to its list of banned substances.
SI.COM: Colin Fleming considers the Team Canada roster of the 1976 Canada Cup tournament to be hockey’s ultimate “Dream Team”, Among the 18 Hall of Famers were Bobby Orr, Bobby Hull, Guy Lafleur, Larry Robinson, Denis Potvin, Bobby Clarke, Darryl Sittler, Lanny McDonald, Phil Esposito, Marcel Dionne, Gilbert Perreault and soon-to-be inducted Rogie Vachon.
TRIBLIVE.COM: The PIttsburgh Penguins will visit the White House with the Stanley Cup on Oct. 6.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Speaking of the Stanley Cup, Andy O’Brien, PEI native and the Penguins director of sport science and performance, brought the big mug to Atlantic Fitness Centre in Charlottetown yesterday. Here’s some photos of the occasion: