Category: Player Features

Causes to benefit from annual tournament hit close to home for Ladd

By: Chris Lomon

The Ladd Foundation supports numerous causes, specifically focused on youth and the environment.

4 days ago

Brendan Smith enjoying spring as a proud brother and new father

By: Tim Wharnsby

Brendan Smith had quite a topsy-turvy, but enjoyable spring.

5 days ago

Gallagher gets as much as he gives back

By: Chris Lomon

Even in between tee shots and putts with his buddies, Brendan Gallagher was only too happy to take a break and talk about the impact charity work has had on his life.

6 days ago

John Carlson thrives in playoff atmosphere

By: Chris Lomon

How would Mark Hunter describe Washington’s John Carlson’s one and only season with the London Knights? Untapped.

June 7, 2018

200 pucks a day pays off for Beagle

By: Chris Lomon

It was four years ago, just after the end of the 2013-14 NHL season, when Jay Beagle went to work almost daily to inject more offence into his game. Those efforts have certainly paid off.

June 5, 2018

Reilly Smith's leading attitude dates back to university days

By: Chris Lomon

As he watched Game One of the Stanley Cup Final, Enrico Blasi could have picked out any number of things that reminded him of Vegas forward Reilly Smith’s time at Miami University. It was a look that topped the list.

May 31, 2018

Former 60-goal scorer, Dennis Maruk, sees a bit of himself in current Caps

By: Chris Lomon

Dennis Maruk won’t be painting his face to feature the Washington Capitals logo, but the franchise’s first 60-goal scorer will be wearing his heart on his sleeve for the Stanley Cup Final.

May 29, 2018

Haula seizing chance in offensive role with Golden Knights

By: Chris Lomon

When Don Lucia spoke about the most underrated part of Erik Haula’s game, he handed out a series of gold stars for the Vegas Golden Knights forward.

May 24, 2018

An unforgettable worlds in hometown for Nielsen

By: Tim Wharnsby

Frans Nielsen felt like a proud papa during the recently concluded 18-day 2018 IIHF World Championship contested in Denmark.

May 23, 2018

Holtby a humble standout, even from a young age

By: Chris Lomon

He has 225 career NHL wins and 32 career shutouts. Not bad for the “quiet kid from Saskatchewan.”

May 22, 2018

First Kentucky Derby experience a winner for Bjugstad

By: Chris Lomon

What exactly was Nick Bjugstad doing horsing around in Kentucky with five of his Florida teammates?

May 17, 2018

Hockey a love passed up through Rodrigues household

By: Tim Wharnsby

Hockey is a love that is usually passed down from generation to generation. For the Rodrigues family, it was the other way around.

May 16, 2018

'Fast and fearless', Point making waves this postseason

By: Chris Lomon

Brayden Point was determined to make a point when he was added to the Team Orr squad. And did he ever.

May 15, 2018

'Saucer-eyed': Caps, others count on rookies in NHL playoffs

By: Canadian Press

The 50 rookie skaters in these playoffs are the most since teams used 54 in 2005-06. That could be a reflection of teams having greater trust in young players arriving from junior hockey or college, or the need to stock rosters with cheap talent as a greater percentage of the salary cap is devoted to the elite.

May 10, 2018

Coyle, Stepan, recall the teaches that impacted them

By: Chris Lomon

A pair of NHLPA members, Minnesota Wild’s Charlie Coyle and Arizona Coyotes Derek Stepan, were only too happy to hand out top grades during Teacher Appreciation Week.

May 10, 2018

O'Reilly can't say no to Hockey Canada

By: Tim Wharnsby

Buffalo Sabres alternate captain Ryan O’Reilly always RSVPs yes when he is invited to represent Canada.

May 9, 2018

Student of the game? Scheifele has graduated to stardom

By: Chris Lomon

The “student of the game” has graduated to NHL stardom. It was something one of Mark Scheifele’s former coaches saw coming a long time ago.

May 8, 2018

From WHL to NHL, Engelland has always backed teammates

By: Chris Lomon

While there wasn’t much flash to Deryk Engelland’s game, it was simplicity that made him a success during his Moose Jaw days.

May 3, 2018

Huberdeau impresses teammates with leadership in career year

By: Tim Wharnsby

Jonathan Huberdeau had something to prove to himself, his teammates and to those who believed in him when he arrived in training camp for the 2016-17 season.

May 2, 2018

Evander Kane credits teammates for easy transition

By: Chris Lomon

Evander Kane wanted to make his first Stanley Cup Playoff game a memorable one. And he certainly did.

May 1, 2018