Our daily trip around the world of hockey . . . and beyond.
-- FOH (Friend of Haggs) Tracey Myers tells us of the blue-collar upbringing that helped shape the style of sandpaper Andrew Shaw.
-- Interesting piece from Justin Bourne on the most unique hockey sticks in the league: I can confirm that Phil Kessel and Claude Julien used to routinely battle about the unusual stick that Phil the Thrill preferred.
-- SI gives us the top 10 biggest homer announcers in sports, and there might be a certain Bruins play-by-play man among them. Got to say that Johnny Most was a big influence on a lot of sports fans who grew up in Boston, and it’s a style that I’ve always enjoyed in both Jack Edwards and Tommy Heinsohn.
-- Andrew Ference brings the budding November Project to Vancouver after helping it to grow in both Boston and Edmonton.
-- NBC Sports will lighten the schedule of Monday night NHL games in a clear admission that doing battle with Monday Night Football doesn’t make a lot of sense. That’s called smart programming, as is the Rivalry Night idea originally conceived by Sam Flood. Heroes, villains and hate are some of the big sellers in the hockey world, and the rivalries engender all of that.
-- B’s first round pick David Pastrnak will be attending the Czech Republic World Junior camp at the beginning of August.
-- Peter Mueller signs a one year, two-way deal with the St. Louis Blues after spending last season in Switzerland. There was some thought that the Bruins might be interested in him at a reduced rate, but a source told me that the skilled forward wasn’t a good fit for the Black and Gold.
-- For something completely different: an eye-opening account of the kind of caveman behavior that exists in minor league baseball, and all of pro sports for that matter.