Well before he became the first U.S.-born captain of the Montreal Canadiens in 1989, the leadership qualities of Chris Chelios were evident. On Wednesday, USA Hockey named the Chicago-born defenseman captain of its 2006 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team. Chelios, the second-oldest member of the United States delegation at the Winter Games, will be playing in his fourth Olympic tournament, having been named in 1984, 1998 and 2002.
A visit to an orthopedist in North Carolina yesterday answered a few questions about the state of Peter Forsberg’s strained left groin. The prognosis is good.
Ray Emery dares to be different. Most goalies do. But the Ottawa Senators backup wasn’t expecting a hullabaloo over his latest goalie mask.
Emery stirred up some bad press when he wore a Mike Tyson goalie mask in a 5-0 home loss to Boston on Monday night, so much so that he won’t be wearing the protective artwork again.
“We didn’t ask him not to wear the mask,” Senators general manager John Muckler said Tuesday. “We just had a discussion about what was right and what was wrong. He said he would take it off.”
Dallas Stars rookie Jussi Jokinen is the talk of the NHL for using a dazzling shootout move that might have earned him a tongue-lashing had he shown it in the pre-shootout world.
He’s 8-for-8 in the tiebreaking shootout, usually firing into the left side of the net. But on two goals — both on NBC broadcasts — he wowed fans by cutting right to left, leaving the puck behind and reaching back to tap it past the goalie’s leg pad into the open right side of the net.