NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – September 1, 2016

by | Sep 1, 2016 | News, NHL | 12 comments

Blake Wheeler is the new captain of the Winnipeg Jets.

Blake Wheeler is the new captain of the Winnipeg Jets.

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:


Andy O’Brien and the Stanley Cup.


Andy O'Brien and the Cup.

Andy O’Brien and the Cup.


L-R: Stacey Lund (manager, AFC), Andy O'Brien and Chris MacPhee (co-owner, AFC).

L-R: Stacey Lund (manager, AFC), Andy O’Brien and Chris MacPhee (co-owner, AFC).




Scratch one big item off my bucket list.

Scratch one big item off my bucket list.


  1. 1976 Team Canada is the best Canadian team ever assembled. 18 Hall of Famers that was missing back to back Vezina and Conn Smythe winning goalie Bernie Parent due to injury. That team was loaded, will never forget Sittler coming down the side and drawing Vladimir Druzilla out before sniping a huge huge goal. That tournament was really my introduction to international hockey (I was in kindergarten for the 72 Summit Series and dont have clear recall on it). Best team ever, second best was 87 and third would be 72 based solely on talent.

  2. Thats odd, I thought Gomez retired years ago.

  3. No trophy in the world like the Stanley Cup!

  4. I wish they let you raise it over your head and yell, woooooo! But putting your arm around it, is still awesome. Nice pic.

  5. I hate you, you lucky bastard.

    • LOL, I hate you too, Pino…;)

  6. Actually this PKs second visit since the trade, I believe. The first was for his Just for Laughs Gala…

    • Fixed, thanks for the reminder.

  7. It’s funny, when I read about Gomez on the bus this morning, I was surprised to see that he played for the Sens because I don’t remember it.
    And I live in Ottawa too which is particularly disturbing!

    All kidding aside, I am guessing that Kelly’s signing was likely the end of the line for him. From what i do recall he was solid as a back line centre but nothing more for the Sens and they likely are getting a better replacement with Kelly.

  8. I took my son to the HOF when he was 3 months old. No security around so I got a great shot of him sitting in the Stanley Cup.

  9. Every PK sighting in Montreal will be celebrated emphatically from here on!

  10. Like your partner pix. Or is it your silver friend?