Wednesday, February 28, 2018

{allcanada} MacKinnon, Barrie help Avs beat Flames 5-2


DENVER (AP) - Nathan MacKinnon and Tyson Barrie each had a goal and an assist in the Colorado Avalanche's 5-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night.

Matt Nieto and Nikita Zadorov also scored, and Semyon Varlamov made 30 saves. The Avalanche have won 11 of 12 home games to tighten the Western Conference playoff race.

Colorado tied Calgary with 73 points and moved within a point of Anaheim and St. Louis for the second wild card.

Mikael Backlund and Michael Frolik scored, and David Rittich stopped 29 shots for Calgary, which couldn't rally with its leading scorer out for the last 11:55.

Johnny Gaudreau was tossed after drawing a high-sticking penalty on Colorado's Blake Comeau. Gaudreau was given an unsportsmanlike minor penalty on the play and then assessed a game misconduct after arguing with the officials from the penalty box.

Colorado took control with a four-goal flurry in the second period that turned a 2-0 deficit into a two-goal lead. MacKinnon's 29th midway through the period started it, Zadorov tied it 1:08 later, and Barrie gave Barrie gave the Avs a 3-2 lead with his seventh goal at 12:41.

Nieto made it 4-2 with 1:18 to go when Carl Soderberg threaded a pass through two defensemen to the front of the net for an easy tap-in.

Duncan Siemens sealed it when he scored into an empty net with 17 seconds left in the game for his first NHL goal.

The Flames capitalized on a pair of Colorado turnovers to take an early two-goal. Backlund scored a short-handed goal at 14:19 of the first, and Frolik made it 2-0 with his 10th goal 2:41 into the second.

NOTES: Colorado was 1 of 7 on the power play. ... Flames D Nick Shore, acquired from Ottawa on Monday, was scratched due to illness. ... The Avalanche recalled G Spencer Martin from the AHL to serve as Varlamov's backup. Jonathan Bernier and Andrew Hammond are in the concussion protocol. ... Calgary is 6-4-1 on the second night of back-to-back games. ... Comeau and Soderberg had two assists each for Colorado.


Flames: Host the New York Rangers on Friday night.

Avalanche: Host Minnesota on Friday night.

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{allcanada} Gilmour's goal in OT lifts Rangers to 6-5 win over Canucks


VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) John Gilmour scored from a sharp angle 1:22 into overtime and goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made a season-high 50 saves to help the New York Rangers beat the Vancouver Canucks 6-5 on Wednesday night.

Vancouver's Brock Boeser forced overtime when he scored his second goal of the night with 45.9 seconds left. The Canucks had pulled their goaltender for an extra attacker.

Mika Zibanejad had given New York a 5-4 lead less than five minutes earlier.

Kevin Hayes scored twice for the Rangers (28-30-6), who snapped a seven-game losing streak. Vladislav Namestnikov, obtained in a multi-player trade from Tampa Bay on Monday, had a goal and an assist. Jimmy Vesey had the other New York goal while Ryan Spooner had three assists.

Bo Horvat had a goal and two assists while Daniel Sedin had a goal and assist each for Vancouver (24-32-8). Nikolay Goldobin also scored for the Canucks, who are (3-8-2) in their last 13 games. Brendan Leipsic, obtained Monday in a trade from Las Vegas, had two assists.

The Rangers led 3-0 midway through the first period but the Canucks, who outshot New York 55-27 refused to quit. Vancouver tied the game three times.

Vancouver goaltender Jacob Markstrom was replaced early in the first period after allowing three goals on five shots. His replacement, Anders Nilsson, stopped 19 of 22 shots.

Namestnikov's first goal as a Ranger at 14:48 of the second made the score 4-3 heading into the third period. The smooth-skating Russian stripped the puck from Henrik Sedin at the Canuck blue line, then scored his 21st of the season on a breakaway.

Daniel Sedin had tied the game at 11:01 with his 20th of the season. He picked up a puck that was tipped in the high slot and let go a shot through traffic for his fifth goal in four games.

The Rangers scored goals 43 second apart with just 2:05 gone in the game. The Canucks battled back with two goals before the period ended.

Hayes scored on the Rangers' first shot. He took a loose puck from behind the Canucks net and jammed it past Markstrom. Vesey made it 2-0 when Neal Pionk's shot deflected off his leg and into the net.

Hayes' second goal made it 3-0 at 12:29. He deflected Pionk's shot from the blue line into the net, ending Markstrom's night.

The Canucks scored their first goal at 14:12 when Horvat sent a seeing-eye-pass through traffic to Boeser at the side of the net.

Horvat made it 3-2 on a power play at 19:13, scoring his 17th of the season off the rebound of a Daniel Sedin shot. That goal came just after Nilsson stopped Hayes on a shorthanded breakaway.

NOTES: Forward Jussi Jokinen, who came to Vancouver from Columbus as part of the Motte deal, was a healthy scratch. ... The Canucks signed defenseman Alex Biega to a two-year contract extension worth an average annual value of $825,000. ... The NHL announced Wednesday that Vancouver will host the 2019 draft. ... Vancouver outshot New York 34-17 over two periods. ... Daniel Sedin has scored 20 or more goals 11 times in his career.


Rangers: At Calgary on Friday night.

Canucks: Hosts Predators on Friday night

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{allcanada} March 1: Gretzky sets NHL record for assists


1988: Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers officially becomes the greatest playmaker in NHL history.

Gretzky sets up a first-period goal by longtime linemate Jari Kurri for his 1,050th assist, passing Gordie Howe for No. 1 on the League's all-time list. The record-setting assist comes late in Gretzky's ninth NHL season, 17 fewer than Howe.

Gretzky also scores a goal 18 seconds before assist No. 1,050, helping the Oilers defeat the visiting Los Angeles Kings 5-3.


1919: Newsy Lalonde of the Montreal Canadiens sets a Stanley Cup Playoff record by scoring five goals in a 6-3 win against the visiting Ottawa Senators. Lalonde still shares the record, which has been matched four times.


1968: The first-year Philadelphia Flyers find themselves without a home when the roof of the Spectrum blows off. The Flyers are forced to play the final month of the season on the road, with their "home" games moved to Toronto, New York and Quebec City. Despite that, they finish first in the West Division.


1969: The three Plager brothers -- Bob, Barclay and Bill -- all play together for the first time for the St. Louis Blues against the Montreal Canadiens. The only brother to make the score sheet is Bob, whose penalty 3:42 into the game leads to Yvan Cournoyer's power-play goal. The Canadiens defeat the Blues 3-0 at St. Louis Arena.


1970: Charlie Burns becomes the final player/coach in NHL history when he dresses and plays for the Minnesota North Stars in an 8-0 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Met Center. The victory ends Minnesota's 20-game winless streak (0-15-5). Burns remains Minnesota's player/coach for the final month of the season.


1989: Steve Yzerman becomes the first player in Detroit Red Wings history with 60 goals in a season when he scores during a 6-5 win against the New York Islanders at Joe Louis Arena. He's the 11th player in NHL history to score 60 in one season.


1993: Pavel Bure scores twice to become the first player in the 23-year history of the Vancouver Canucks to have 50 goals in a season. The Canucks defeat the Buffalo Sabres 5-2 in a neutral-site game played in Hamilton, Ontario.


2003: Barry Trotz of the Nashville Predators sets an NHL record for the most games coached with an expansion team from its inception with a 5-4 overtime win against the visiting Chicago Blackhawks. It's Trotz's 392nd game with the Predators, breaking Terry Crisp's record of 391 with the Tampa Bay Lightning.


2014: Jaromir Jagr of the New Jersey Devils becomes the seventh player in NHL history to score 700 goals. Jagr reaches the milestone with his goal at 3:31 of the second period in a 6-1 win against the Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.

Jagr also ties Marcel Dionne for ninth all-time with his 1,040th NHL assist when he set up a power-play goal by Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky at 8:07 of the second.

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{allcanada} Canadiens beat Islanders 3-1 to extend points streak to 5


MONTREAL (AP) Jonathan Drouin and Nikita Scherbak scored in the second period and the Montreal Canadiens beat the New York Islanders 3-1 on Wednesday night to extend their points streak to five games.

Paul Byron also scored and Antti Niemi made 27 saves to help the Canadiens improve to 2-0-3 in their last five.

Mathew Barzal scored his 18th of the season for the Islanders. They are winless in last four games and 4-8-2 in their last 14.

It was wide open in the first period, with the teams trading chances and each coming up with a goal. The highlight was the Islanders getting three breakaways while killing a penalty, although they failed to score on them.

Barzal took a pass at the Montreal blue line, blew past rookie defenseman Noah Juulsen and beat Niemi with a deke to the backhand at 3:50. Bryan tied it with 8:58 left in the period, beating Jaroslav Halak to the top corner off an assist from Drouin.

Drouin gave the Canadiens the lead on a power play at 8:29 of the second. He moved into the left circle to take a feed from Jeff Petry and put a shot inside the far post. Scherbak scored with 6:23 to go in the period.

NOTES: Canadiens coach Claude Julien said goalie Carey Price, who is recovering from a concussion, will not accompany the team for the rematch in New York on Friday night. Newly acquired defenseman Mike Reilly made his Canadiens debut. ... The Islanders used their two trade deadline acquisitions - defenceman Brandon Davidson and forward Chris Wagner.


The teams meet again Friday night in Brooklyn.

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{allcanada} Raptors pull away late in road win over Magic


ORLANDO, Fla. — The Toronto Raptors have been on a tear offensively the past month. They paused for a few minutes of defence and it made the difference against Orlando.

DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points and Kyle Lowry added 17 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds to lead the Raptors to a 117-104 victory over the Magic on Wednesday night for their 11th win in the last 13 games.

Pascal Siakam had 14 points, Jakob Poeltl added 13 and Fred VanVleet scored 12.

The Raptors have averaged 116.4 points during the 13-game stretch and were blistering at that end of the floor, but it was a short window of defence in the fourth quarter, with mostly reserves on the floor, that turned Wednesday's game.

Leading 97-96 with 7:12 left, the Raptors limited the Magic to a pair of free throws over the next five minutes, outscoring them 13-2. Siakam, VanVleet, CJ Miles and Deion Wright, all reserves, scored all the points in that stretch.

"We didn't match Orlando's intensity until the fourth quarter," Lowry said. "We found the next level at the end of the game, but it took us a long time to get there."

Siakam's fast-break layup finished off the run and gave Toronto a 110-98 cushion for the final two minutes of the game. The second-year reserve had 10 of his 14 points in the final five minutes of the game.

"The most important thing was being out there at the end of the game and knowing the coaches trust us," Siakam said. "When the second unit comes in, we have to come in with energy make the game go a little faster."

Down the hall, the Magic were lamenting their seventh straight loss and how familiar it felt.

"We kind of lose the same way every night," Fournier said.

"Defence is where the game was lost," Magic coach Frank Vogel said, finishing off the thought.

Fournier and reserve forward Mario Hezonja led Orlando with 17 points apiece. Nikola Vucevic added 14 points and Aaron Gordon had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Magic, who had seven players score in double figures, but still came up short.

"We're doing some really positive things at the offensive end, but we just don't show enough resistance defending the paint, keeping our man in front of us and it's been costly," Vogel said. "Neither the starting group nor the bench group defended at a high enough level for us to win tonight."


RAPTORS: F OG Anunoby sprained his ankle in the second quarter and didn't return. . The Raptors made their first five 3-pointers and had two four-point opportunities in the first 13 minutes of the game. . PF Serge Ibaka played his first game in Orlando since being traded to Toronto just before the trade deadline last season. . Poeltl has blocked a shot in 10 straight games. . Lowry, an 86.3 per cent free throw shooter, missed his first four free throw attempts.

MAGIC: Orlando shot 76.2 per cent (16 of 21) in the first quarter, including five of seven on 3-pointers and still trailed 42-37. . The Magic have given up an average of 113.2 during the seven-game losing streak. . Marreese Speights returned after missing two games for personal reasons. He did not play.


Raptors: Visit Washington on Friday.

Magic: Host former coach Stan Van Gundy and the Detroit Pistons on Friday.

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{allcanada} Hedley going on 'indefinite hiatus' amid sexual misconduct allegations


TORONTO — Embattled Canadian pop-rock band Hedley, which is facing mounting allegations of sexual misconduct, says it will take an "indefinitely hiatus" after its cross-country tour at the end of March.

The Vancouver pop rockers have been under fire since sexual misconduct allegations began surfacing online two weeks ago, suggesting inappropriate encounters with young fans.

Since then, a radio host in Calgary and a woman in Ottawa have also come forward alleging sexual misconduct and assault by the band's frontman Jacob Hoggard.

In a statement posted on Twitter, Hoggard says he has never engaged in non-consensual sexual behaviour, but acknowledges his treatment of women has been "reckless" and "dismissive."

The group has also been dropped by its management team, blacklisted by scores of radio stations and abandoned by bands booked as tour openers.

Hedley also withdrew itself from consideration for the Juno Awards.

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{allcanada} Calgary radio host accuses Hedley frontman Jacob Hoggard of sexual misconduct


CALGARY — A radio host in Calgary has come forward with a new sexual misconduct allegation against the frontman of the Canadian pop-rock group Hedley.

Katie Summers, who co-hosts the morning show on 90.3 AMP, says she encountered the band about seven years ago while she was working evenings at the music station.

During a post-interview meet-and-greet, Summers, who was 23 at the time, told lead singer Jacob Hoggard she was a fan and that she'd seen the group perform recently.

"He just made this comment to me about performing oral sex on him out in the alley if I was lucky and it kind of took me off guard," Summers recalled in an interview Wednesday.

"I didn't react because I didn't really know what to say in that moment."

They then posed for a photo.

"And as the photo op was sort of over and he was getting ready to leave, he sort of just touched my rear end. It was very fast. It all kind of happened in a flurry and I chalked it up to rock star behaviour."

There were four or five other people there at the time, including representatives of the band and its record label, Summers said.

"It's not like he said it to me in a dark hallway or in secret or anything," said Summers. "He said it out loud like it was a joke, but it still made me feel uncomfortable."

A witness who was in the room at the time told Global News that he saw Hoggard grab Summers' buttocks, but does not remember the specific comment the musician made.

Anonymous sexual misconduct allegations against the Vancouver band began emerging online earlier this month.

The group has since been dropped by its management team, blacklisted by scores of radio stations and abandoned by bands booked as tour openers. Hedley also withdrew itself from consideration for the Juno Awards.

The band's members have called the allegations involving young fans "unsubstantiated," but acknowledged that in the past they "engaged in a lifestyle that incorporated certain rock 'n' roll cliches."

A CBC story on Sunday recounted a 24-year-old woman's allegation that Hoggard sexually assaulted her in a hotel two years ago. A lawyer for Hoggard has denied any wrongdoing by the musician.

Hoggard did not respond directly to Summers' allegations, but Wednesday night he issued a statement apologizing for how he has treated women over the past 13 years.

"The way I've treated women was reckless and dismissive of their feelings," Hoggard said on Twitter.

"I understand the significant harm that is caused not only to the women I interacted with, but to all women who are degraded by this type of behaviour. I have been careless and indifferent and I have no excuse. For this I am truly sorry."

Hoggard was adamant that he has never engaged in what he calls non-consensual sexual behaviour.

Summers said she wasn't traumatized by the encounter and didn't lose any sleep over it. If anything, it made her lose respect for a band she admired.

But she said the #metoo movement inspired her to share her story.

Since accusations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein began surfacing last fall, there has been a barrage of allegations against some of the most powerful men in entertainment, media and politics.

"I'm OK, but it's important to know that there are a lot of people who experienced something like this, whether it's with this same person in this same band, or a boss at work or a teacher at school or who knows?" Summers said.

"It's OK to tell your story if you're ready to tell it, because somebody out there will listen to you."

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{allcanada} Canucks to host 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena


VANCOUVER -- The Vancouver Canucks will host the 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena, the National Hockey League, Canucks and City of Vancouver announced today. The 2019 NHL Draft will help the Canucks launch their 50th season in the NHL in 2019-20, which will include other special events to commemorate their historic milestone. Vancouver also will play host to the 2019 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship, where some of the top draft-eligible prospects will get a chance to play in Rogers Arena, where they hope to hear their name called on stage in June of 2019. 

The 2019 NHL Draft will be held over two days: Friday, June 21 (Round 1) and Saturday, June 22 (Rounds 2-7). NHL club executives, scouts and coaches will be present on the NHL Draft floor while thousands of fans and hundreds of media are expected to attend.

The 2019 event will mark the third time the Canucks and the City of Vancouver will host the NHL Draft, having previously hosted in 1990 at BC Place Stadium and 2006 at General Motors Place, now Rogers Arena.

"Returning the Draft to Vancouver allows the entire NHL family to meaningfully participate in a highlight of the Canucks' 50-year anniversary celebration," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "The 2019 NHL Draft will provide another memorable moment for the Canucks and their fans while shining the spotlight on one of the world's most scenic cities and serving as the starting point for so many NHL careers."

"Vancouver will be centre stage in 2019 for hockey's brightest future stars," said Francesco Aquilini, Vancouver Canucks Chairman and Governor. "With the World Junior Hockey Championships, the NHL Entry Draft and the launch of Vancouver's 50th season in the NHL, it will be a very exciting time for hockey fans in British Columbia. It is our honor to welcome the hockey world back to the West Coast in 2019."

"Congratulations to our home team, the Vancouver Canucks, on being selected to host the 2019 NHL Draft, one of the most highly anticipated events in hockey", said Mayor Gregor Robertson. "The City of Vancouver looks forward to welcoming athletes and their families, international media and representatives from nearly every league worldwide to our city for this exciting event and to cheer on many young players as they start their careers."

The NHL Draft offers the opportunity for hockey fans to witness the beginning of the careers of the latest NHL stars. Recent No. 1 overall picks include Alex Ovechkin (Washington, 2004), Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh, 2005), Erik Johnson (St. Louis, 2006), Patrick Kane (Chicago, 2007), Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay, 2008), John Tavares (NY Islanders, 2009), Taylor Hall (Edmonton, 2010), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Edmonton, 2011), Nail Yakupov (Edmonton, 2012), Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado, 2013), Aaron Ekblad (Florida, 2014), Connor McDavid (Edmonton, 2015), Auston Matthews (Toronto, 2016) and Nico Hischier (New Jersey, 2017).

Additional details about the 2019 NHL Draft will be announced at a later date. For historical information and past draft selections, visit NHL Network and will provide extensive coverage live from the event leading up to and after the 2019 NHL Draft. NHL Social will have exclusive coverage on all social platforms, and those looking to join the conversation can use the official hashtag #NHLDraft

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[SurroundSound] Re: Native DSD streaming via HDMI (passthrough) on Android set-top boxes

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{allcanada} Impact sign draft pick Krolicki to one-year contract


MONTREAL — Midfielder Ken Krolicki has signed a one year deal with three option years with the Montreal Impact.

Krolicki, 21, who holds Japanese and American citizenship, was the only player the club selected in the MLS SuperDraft in January, taken in the third round, 53rd overall.

The Michigan State University product impressed coach Remi Garde in camp.

"He is a player we had noticed from the very first game at the MLS combine," Garde said in a statement. "His commitment and his performances at our training camp prompted me to offer him a contract.

"He has a high work rate, a good capacity to win balls in duels and the ability to bring the play forward. His daily participation in the first team's training sessions should allow him to continue his progression."

The Impact traded their two first round picks for $350,000 in allocation money.

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{allcanada} TFC signs Morrow to multi-year extension


Toronto FC has signed defender Justin Morrow to a multi-year extension, the club announced on Wednesday.

Morrow is in his fifth season with Toronto FC and was named to the MLS Best XI last year, helping lead the club to its first ever MLS Cup championship.

"Justin is one of the players who has led our turnaround as a club over the last few seasons," said Toronto FC GM Tim Bezbatchenko in a release.  " He has established himself as one of the best left backs in Major League Soccer."

"He has played such an important part in what we have accomplished as a club and will continue to as we compete for more championships."

The 30-year-old has made 147 appearances across all competitions for TFC.

He has 17 goals and 18 assists across his entire 207 game MLS career, which has been spent with Toronto as well as the San Jose Earthquakes.

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{allcanada} Whitecaps acquire TAM from Fire for Tchani


The Vancouver Whitecaps have acquired $150,000 in Targeted Allocation Money from the Chicago Fire in exchange for midfielder Tony Tchani.

"We are thankful to Tony for his time in Vancouver and wish him all the best with Chicago," head coach Carl Robinson said. "This move will give us additional roster flexibility."

Tchani made 30 appearance for the Whitecaps after joining the club in March of 2017, he scored four goals and added one assist.

The 28-year-old has also played for Columbus Crew, New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC since making his MLS debut in 2010.

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{allcanada} Canucks sign defenceman Alex Biega to two-year extension


VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Canucks have signed defenceman Alex Biega to a two-year contract extension worth an average annual value of US$825,000.

The 29-year-old from Montreal has six assists in 31 games this season.

He leads the Canucks with 3.1 hits per game and ranks sixth in blocks per game with 1.4.

The five-foot-10, 200-pound defenceman has one goal and 16 assists in 125 career NHL games, all with Vancouver.

Biega has also played 348 American Hockey League games with Utica, Rochester and Portland. The defenceman captained the Comets during the 2015-16 season and served as alternate captain the year prior.

"Alex has an incredible work ethic and is always prepared," general manager Jim Benning said in a release. "He sets an example for our younger players to follow. We're pleased to have Alex as part of our team moving forward."

Biega was originally drafted by Buffalo in the fifth round, 147th overall, at the 2006 NHL draft.

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{allcanada} Condell expected to be named Argos' OC


Toronto Argonauts receivers coach Tommy Condell is expected to be named Marcus Brady's replacement at offensive coordinator for the team.

The Indianapolis Colts named Brady their assistant quarterbacks coach Wednesday. Condell is expected to be promoted from his position overseeing the Argos' receivers to fill the vacancy.

Condell has previous experience running a CFL offence, he served as offensive coordinator for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats under Kent Austin from 2013-15. He helped lead the team to back-to-back Grey Cup appearances in his first two seasons on the job.

Condell took a year off from coaching in 2016 before joining Marc Trestman's staff last year as receivers coach.

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{allcanada} Eskimos sign veteran DB Jackson


The Edmonton Eskimos announced Wednesday they have signed international defensive back Buddy Jackson.

Jackson is a four-year CFL veteran that played last season with the BC Lions, finishing with 17 tackles and an interception in eight games.

Prior to his time in BC, the 28-year-old Jackson played one season for the Saskatchewan Roughriders and two for the Calgary Stampeders.

Jackson has played in 32 career regular season games in the CFL, registering 105 tackles and an interception.

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{allcanada} Playing Outdoors Never Gets Old For Dominic Moore


When you've been around pro hockey as long as the 37-year-old Dominic Moore little excites the veteran any more.

Skating outdoors, however, is an occasion that still thrills the Toronto Maple Leafs centre. He played in two games at Yankee Stadium for the New York Rangers four years ago and his Maple Leafs will meet the Washington Capitals at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland on Saturday.

"When I look back on my career highlights, those two games were so memorable," said Moore, whose 14-year pro career has him eight games shy of 1,000 combined regular season and playoff games.

"I have such profound respect for Yankee Stadium and the Yankees. It was such a unique experience. It was a thrill to walk out and on to the field, look up and see that distinctive white fencing [façade] in the upper deck."

The Rangers won both of their late January dates four years ago. In the first game against the rival New Jersey Devils, in front of a bipartisan crowd of 50,105, Moore scored a goal and set up another in a 7-3 win.

In the second game against the New York Islanders, the Rangers escaped with a 2-1 victory in front of 50,027 fans who filed through the turnstiles in the Bronx.

The two victories were the start of a four-game victory string and amidst a stretch that saw the Rangers win six of seven games. They advanced all the way to the Stanley Cup championship final that spring, only to lose to the Los Angeles Kings in five games.

While hopeful the soaring Maple Leafs will have the same kind of success in the playoffs this season, Moore is looking forward to his trip to Annapolis this weekend.

There has been criticism about the outdoor games, that big-stadium spectacles produce poor displays of hockey because of the natural elements. But the players and fans sure don't mind. They have a passion for playing outdoors.

"If you ask any player they will tell you they love it," Moore said. "Maybe the training staff doesn't like it because it makes for extra work for them.

"You ask the fans I think they enjoy it, too. They like the novelty of it. It's easy to criticize when there have been so many of these games, but each one is unique and the players and fans always have a good time."

For Moore, a Harvard graduate with a sociology degree, playing outdoors reminds him of his days growing up in Thornhill, Ontario, just north of Toronto.

Dominic and his older brothers Steve and Mark would spend hours down the street from their family home skating and playing hockey with their friends at Oakbank Park Pond.

"That's a big part of the thrill of playing outdoors in these games," said Moore, who also played alongside his brothers at Harvard. They were the first trio of siblings to play varsity hockey together in the school's history.

"The outdoor games brings you back to the purity of the game and the origins of the game."

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{allcanada} Stastny ready to help Jets soar


WINNIPEG -- Center Paul Stastny wasn't only traded to the Winnipeg Jets on Monday; he waived his no-trade clause with the St. Louis Blues to make it happen.

That's a big deal to the Jets.

"It's huge for the team, for the city, for the organization," Jets center Mark Scheifele said. "I think it just shows by us playing well, it's going to attract players.

"That's something that speaks for the organization, for the guys that have been playing this year. It shows we have a good team, a tight-knit team, a good organization behind us. To pull in someone to waive his no-trade clause is big for us as a group."

Stastny, 32, came to the Jets for a first-round draft pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, prospect forward Erik Foley and a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2020 draft.

Winnipeg, which has made the playoffs once since relocating from Atlanta before the 2010-11 season, has not been considered an attractive destination for players with no-trade clauses.

"It's not an easy decision," said Stastny, who had a goal, an assist and won 14 of 19 faceoffs in 14:23 of ice time in his first game with the Jets, a 6-5 loss against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday. "As you get older, you realize you want to win and you have to make tough decisions in life.

"I honestly believe something good is going to come out of this. I won't have any regrets. When you have a chance to compete for the Stanley Cup and win, you've got to take that opportunity."

The Jets are second in the Central Division (37-17-9, 83 points), four points behind the first-place Predators and four ahead of the third-place Minnesota Wild.

"The sales pitch was good, but I didn't need that," Stastny said. "I know what I'm getting into. I've played against teams and talked to different players, talked to [Jets forward Blake Wheeler]. They all have the mindset that they want to win and they want me here. If I can be a piece to that puzzle, I'll be happy."

When Stastny was trying to decide to waive his no-trade clause, he spoke with Wheeler, his United States teammate at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

He also had others he could talk to; Stastny played with Jets forward Matt Hendricks with the Colorado Avalanche during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons. His best friend on the Blues, forward Alexander Steen, is the son of former Jets center Thomas Steen, and was born in Winnipeg. Another former Blues teammate, forward Chris Thorburn, played for the Jets from 2011 until last sesaon, when he signed as a free agent with the Blues on July 1.

Stastny's older brother, Yan Stastny, 35, played part of the 2009-10 season in Winnipeg with Manitoba of the American Hockey League. His father is Hall of Fame center Peter Stastny, and his uncles, Anton Stastny and Marian Stastny, are former NHL forwards; the three were linemates for four seasons with the Quebec Nordiques from 1981-85.

"I think it was good to have family that I could sit back and talk to about different things, whether it was my dad or my brother or [Alexander Steen], or talking to Thorburn," Stastny said. "It's a small hockey community, right? Word travels fast and I know a lot of different people in this League that reached out to tell me things."

He said the first game should clear the way for a better comfort zone with his new team in the final five weeks of the regular season.

"I didn't sleep that much last night," he said. "This afternoon I didn't sleep a wink.

"I was more anxious, nerves and excitement. I was just happy once I got that first shift out of the way. Then to me, it just felt like home."

On a second-period power play, Stastny made a perfect pass to set up Scheifele, who scored his 21st goal of the season.

In the third period, Stastny took linemate Nikolaj Ehlers' pass low near the goal line and beat Predators goalie Pekka Rinne on the short side for his 13th goal of the season.

Stastny took his even-strength shifts with Ehlers and Patrik Laine.

"The big question was how Paul Stastny fit with the two young guys," Jets coach Paul Maurice said. "It was quite a bit better than I would have hoped for in the first game. And it's not the goals, it's that they were really good at both ends of the rink.

"Face-offs obviously really help and real smart centermen can make some plays, but as they got a little more comfortable with each other, I think they also got a little excited. [Nashville is] a tough team defensively. They don't give you a whole heck of a lot, but they were able to generate some pretty good looks and some pretty good chances."

Wheeler said he thought Stastny played great.

"They moved the puck well, seemed to read off each other well," Wheeler said. "To come in, after what he's been through in the last 48 hours, and play the way he did, unreal on draws, goal and an assist. What more can you ask for?"

Stastny said results will be his focus in Winnipeg.

"I'm happy with my play, but there's obviously parts where it could have been better," he said. "I'm always going to critique myself like that, but in the end, I judge our play by getting wins or losses, or at least forcing that point."

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{allcanada} Snow working to make numbers easier to understand with Flames


BOSTON -- It was July 1, 2006, and it was the first day of work for Chris Snow as director of hockey operations with the Minnesota Wild. By the end of the day, the Wild would hand out tens of millions of dollars to free agents.

Snow, who went from writing about the Wild for the Star Tribune in Minneapolis and the Boston Red Sox for the Boston Globe to the Wild front office, watched, marveling at what he saw.

"They spent, I think, like $70 million collectively on those player contracts and there wasn't a single number, aside from what the player was going to be paid, that was discussed," Snow, director of hockey analysis for the Calgary Flames, said during the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston on Friday. "Not even basic numbers."

Twelve years later, things are different. Numbers abound in hockey as the game attempts to catch up to baseball and basketball, the leaders in analytics in the sports world. Still, it's a delicate balance for those tasked with bringing data into a sport that always has seemed not quite built for it, a balance to find that data, to analyze that data and to disseminate that data.

That last one might be the most important part.

Because once that data is uncovered, it's the job of Snow, 36, to deliver it to the general manager and assistant general managers, the coaching staff and the players, in words they can understand and process. It's a task that relies on building relationships and on being able to read people.

And it relies on the right linguistic touch.

"I don't even use the word analytics that often at work because it sounds too fancy," Snow said.

Instead, his job is convincing hockey executives that his data, his concepts, will improve the team, whether that's in decision-making on the ice, in player acquisition or drafting. To do that, Snow determines the best language to get his concepts across, frames those concepts in a way that makes the data accessible, and gets others to understand what analytics are, and what they aren't.

"A lot of this information can be really confusing, and I very rarely talk in numbers," Snow said. "I almost never talk in formulas or byproducts of numbers. I talk in the language of the scouts. I talk in the language of the coaches. I try and take the numbers and turn them into hockey-playing attributes that we're talking about anyhow."

That's something former Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said he appreciated, while participating with Snow on the "Hockey Analytics on the Fly" panel at Sloan, along with Arizona Coyotes general manager John Chayka, and Chris Boucher, the director of hockey analytics for SPORTLOGIQ.

"That's the challenge for me, in my position, is what is appropriate information and how can I disseminate what that is, and then how can I use it toward evaluation of the team and/or players and individuals," Bylsma said during the panel. "Certainly been involved with a lot of data, and have a hard time disseminating what's the important piece of information and how can I use that to evaluate the team and the players."

Snow works to eliminate that confusion, to make sure that a coach, a general manager or a scout will be able to understand necessary information and use it. In doing that, he works to blur the line between analytics and scouting, between the data and the conventional ways that teams are run.

To do that, Snow approaches other people in hockey operations and makes the numbers actionable.

"I think there's still this perception, and I deal with this perception with people I work with, including the players, that analytics is Corsi," Snow said. "I don't know if I've used the word Corsi in my seven years working in Calgary because that's not what it is. Analytics is all the ways in which a player can interact with the game."

It's separating opponents from the puck with a stick or a body. It's sustaining play. It's possession.

It's the sets of events that create possession and sustain possession, and determining which players thrive at those events, whether it's some or all or none.

It's still a battle in hockey, a sport where the discrete events are so much more limited than they are in, say, baseball, and where the best data has been available for maybe three or four years. It remains a battle inside organizations, even ones that are taking the lead on this topic, and outside, with a public that's privy to a fraction of the data that Snow and the Flames are.

"We're not really there as a sport, but just sitting there today and kind of looking around and thinking back on my very first day, it's like we're traveling that path," Snow said.

They're getting closer. They're seeing progress.

It's there in this panel at Sloan, in Snow's daily work for the Flames. It's something they can see happening on other teams, in other sports, from the Boston Red Sox of 2004 to the Houston Astros of 2017.

And it's in those Astros that Snow sees a model to emulate.

"The Astros won the World Series and a month later they posted a job for yet another analyst," he said. "The second or third component of the job description [was] what are you going to do in this job to enhance the organization's understanding of the game of baseball?

"How great is that? They just won the World Series and they're basically saying, 'We need to understand the game better than we do right now.' So that's what we're after."

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