Welcome again to a different version of Display Photographs, THN.com’s common function during which this author tackles just a few completely different hockey matters and breaks them down over just a few paragraphs apiece. As regular, we’re going to maintain the introductory paragraph much more transient and get all the way down to brass tacks.
Hockey Canada announced Tuesday that any participant taking part in a non-sanctioned league – together with the British Columbia Hockey League, which left Hockey Canada after a vote in Might – after Sept. 30 can be thought-about ineligible to affix, affiliate with or apply for reinstatement to any Hockey Canada-sanctioned staff competing for a nationwide championship for the remainder of the season. That features the CHL, the Jr. A Canadian Junior Hockey League and Canada’s U-18 Nationwide Membership Championship. The transfer is the newest in an ongoing political battle, and Hockey Canada just isn’t taking child steps to deal with the problem.
However the transfer has not triggered the BCHL to backpedal in its path. It started a 54-game season on Sept. 22, and it plans to push its gamers to American collegiate groups wherever attainable.
“Our objective is to offer a world-class expertise to athletes pursuing schooling and hockey via school,” the BCHL said on its website.
That’s an admirable objective, however the fracturing of the grassroots and minor novice programs might not be excellent. Having two rival governing entities can damage the general competitiveness of each league. Solely time will inform whether or not the BCHL and/or Hockey Canada will rue the day they went their separate methods, however right here’s hoping the athletes don’t endure for this territorial showdown.
Cheers to longtime NHL goalie Cory Schneider, who retired Tuesday after 13 NHL seasons cut up between the Vancouver Canucks, New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders.
At his peak, the 37-year-old was a terrific second possibility between the pipes for the Canucks, posting a 20-8-1 document, .937 save proportion and 1.96 goals-against common in 2011-12. Two seasons later, the Canucks traded him to the Devils, however New Jersey was not an incredible staff for the grand majority of the time he spent with the group, making the playoffs simply as soon as in his seven seasons with the franchise.
Schneider by no means discovered his excellent type after the 2015-16 marketing campaign, and he battled damage points and stints within the AHL throughout his time underneath contract by the Islanders, for whom he appeared in only one NHL sport in 2021-22. However he was a devoted competitor who made 410 profession NHL appearances, with a 2.43 GAA and .918 save proportion in that span.
Most goalies would kill to have these profession totals. Right here’s hoping the Massachusetts native has a contented and wholesome post-playing existence.
There have been a slew of latest NHL jersey unveilings prior to now week and a bit. Whereas we just like the reimagined Boston Bruins jerseys, together with the Minnesota Wild’s alternate, the Winnipeg Jets’ alternate and the Calgary Flames’ Heritage Traditional uniform, we are able to’t say the identical for Edmonton’s Heritage Traditional jerseys.
An on the spot Traditional.
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) September 26, 2023
The Oilers’ option to go along with brown pants and gloves just isn’t aesthetically pleasing, however they’re caught with them now, and we doubt their followers will look again fondly on this determination.
A staff just like the Wild hit a house run by dipping again into their previous, and their alternative of alternate jerseys is so good that we’d argue it ought to be their common jersey. However you possibly can’t please everybody on a regular basis, and Edmonton definitely hasn’t happy everybody with this shade scheme. At the least it would solely be used within the Heritage Traditional and a few different video games, so we are able to rapidly assign it to the dustbin of historical past.
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