Top Stories in NHL Hockey 2016 Year In Review



A nice recap with video and some article pieces along with the 2016 review in NHL hockey via Sports Net Canada:

 

It was a wild year in the NHL and as much excitement as there is for the future of the game with plenty of young and exciting talent coming in, 2016 also gave us a few moments to ponder the past.

Through the year, the hockey world lost a legend, celebrated another and witnessed one of the craziest 23 minutes in the history of the NHL, if not all sports.

Undoubtedly when coming up with a year-end top 10, a few noteworthy stories had to be left out that should get a mention:

Recently, the firing of Gerard Gallant as head coach in Florida was probably the most controversial coach dismissal ever and left Don Cherry labeling it the “worst” in NHL history.


Gary Bettman: Concessions needed for NHL to go to Olympics

The International Olympic Committee and hockey’s governing body will have to make concessions before the NHL sends the world’s best players to the Winter Games in South Korea next year, commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday.

EDITOR’S PICKS

Big Question: Want to play in the Olympics?
We asked the players if they wanted to take part in the Winter Games, and nothing rings hollow about their answers.

Fehr: NHL players won’t concede on Olympics
Locked in a stalemate over NHL participation in the next Winter Olympics, NHLPA chief Donald Fehr told ESPN that the league’s players won’t concede.
“As things stand today, you should assume we’re not going,” he said.

Bettman made it clear at a breakfast with Chicago business leaders that league owners don’t want to stop their season for three weeks again and put their stars at risk of injury without what they consider a tangible return.

The reluctance is not new, but the NHL has participated in every Winter Olympics since 1998….

Rob Ford and his legacy with hockey

FILE - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, center, smiles as he officially opens the refurbished Sunnydale rink with Toronto Maple Leafs' coach Ron Wilson, right, and other dignitaries who were on hand as well as the Toronto Maple Leafs NHL hockey team, who practiced on the outdoor rink in Toronto in this Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012 file photo. Ford, who became a global sensation in 2013 after admitting he'd smoked crack cocaine, has been appointed to the Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum's board of directors, the hall announced Saturday April 4, 2015. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Pawel Dwulit, File)

FILE – Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, center, smiles as he officially opens the refurbished Sunnydale rink with Toronto Maple Leafs’ coach Ron Wilson, right, and other dignitaries who were on hand as well as the Toronto Maple Leafs NHL hockey team, who practiced on the outdoor rink in Toronto in this Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012 file photo. Ford, who became a global sensation in 2013 after admitting he’d smoked crack cocaine, has been appointed to the Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum’s board of directors, the hall announced Saturday April 4, 2015. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Pawel Dwulit, File)

Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford died at 46 on Tuesday, after an 18-month battle against an aggressive form of cancer.

Any attempt to eulogize Ford is ultimately futile. An honest recollection of his scandal-riddled time as a public servant, and international punchline, comes off as too caustic. Lionizing or humanizing him would ignore the reasons why neither was attempted during his all-too-short life.

When the same sites that ran “40 of the funniest cracks about Toronto mayor Rob Ford” roughly two years ago are now collecting “the most heartfelt condolences about Rob Ford,” it’s enough to make your head spin. We imagine most of Toronto is coming to terms with this contradiction today as well.

Ford had a long-standing relationship with hockey, as any Toronto politician would. A few of those connections, as we remember a memorable mayor. SEE MORE

 

 

NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks left reeling after ‘revenge porn’ scandal

The Chicago Blackhawks’ minor league prospect Garret Ross has been suspended over accusations that he engaged in revenge porn.

The 23-year-old forward, who currently plays for Blackhawks’ affiliate AHL team the Rockford IceHogs, has been accused of sharing an image of a woman engaged in a sexual act without her consent.

 

NHL Power Rankings: 2015-16 Consensus Week 24

Not a surprise that the Washington Capitals remain at the top of our consensus NHL power rankings. The Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks moved ahead of the St. Louis Blues, who fell back two spots to No. 4.

The Dallas Stars move back into the top five at No. 5.

There were changes this week to the bottom portion of our power rankings. The Winnipeg Jets dethroned the Toronto Maple Leafs for the No. 30 position. The Maple Leafs moved up two slots to No. 28.

The Vancouver continue their slide and fall to No. 29.

The Columbus Blue Jackets and Edmonton Oilers remain at No. 26 and No. 27.    – SEE MORE

NHL Trades

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Boston Bruins trade Milan Lucic and Dougie Hamilton.

The season has barely been over since June 15th when the Chicago Blackhawks stopped the Tampa Bay Lightning in a Game 6 WIN at home in Chicago but all the while the rest of the NHL has been planning their own next moves to get their respective teams to a Stanley Cup as well. Just over 2 Weeks later & we have the Kings getting a powerful Milan Lucic to an already strong lineup. Let’s not forget Phil Kessel got dumped by the Leafs to his delight. Kessel is now a Pittsburgh Penguin which is a shot in the arm to the fan base. Young talent T.J. Oshie is going to the Washington Capitals who made strides in their own quest for the Cup this past season. Looks like these 3 teams are gearing up for another incredible year of NHL hockey.

 

 

 

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T.J. Oshie traded to Capitals; Blues get Brouwer

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TORONTO, ON – APRIL 11: Phil Kessel #81of the Toronto Maple Leafs throws a stick into the crowd after losing to the Montreal Canadiens in their last game of the year during NHL action at the Air Canada Centre April 11, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)