Here are the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while at the halfway mark of the NHL season.
*Brock Lesnar breaks the cardinal rule in the Winnipeg Jets dressing room and steps on the team’s logo. So who is going to make him pay for that transgression?
*Henrik Lundqvist writes a letter to his younger self on the Players Tribune. No truth to the rumor the first sentence was “Prepare to more dreamy than you could possibly imagine.”
*The NHL All-Star Game rosters are announced, and it’s the usual list of stars, surprises and snubs that will get you talking.
*PHT writer James O’Brien says that John Tavares is committed to the New York Islanders and now the team simply needs to commit to him with better players.
*Luke Fox from Sportsnet makes the argument that the Maple Leafs need to scoop up Curtis McElhinney now that he’s available after being cut by Columbus.
*College hockey has something to crow about as they continue to produce quality players for the World Junior tournament and then for the NHL.
*For something completely different: I’m guessing that Casey Affleck now wishes he thanked his big brother in his Golden Globes speech.
New England has been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame, pretty much.
The Bruins’ owner, two former Bruins players and one Hockey East legend are among those announced to be enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2017. The full list: Dave Andreychuk, Danielle Goyette, Paul Kariya, Mark Recchi, Teemu Selanne, Clare Drake and Jeremy Jacobs.
Acquired from the Lightning at the 2009 trade deadline, Recchi played parts of three seasons with the Bruins, notably winning the Stanley Cup in his final season in 2011. Over 189 regular-season games for Boston, Recchi scored 42 of his 577 career goals.
Andreychuk spent part of one season with in Boston, joining the B’s in 1999 but being moved to the Avalanche at the trade deadline of that season in the Ray Bourque trade.
Kariya became the first freshman to ever win the Hobey Baker award, a feat he accomplished by putting up 100 points in his first of two years at the University of Maine. He got to triple digits again soon in the NHL, posting 50 goals and 58 assists in his second of nine seasons with the Ducks. He followed his Mighty Ducks tenure with stops with the Avalanche, Predators and Blues before retiring due to concussion issues in 2010. He finished with a point a game on the nose, putting up 989 points in 989 games.