ICE HOCKEY - Peter Forsberg is 39 years old today. One of the greatest players ever to grace the game, Forsberg ranks ninth all-time in the NHL in points-per-game and fourth in assists-per-game. He is a member of the Triple Gold Club. In fact, he has won the Olympic Games, the World Championship and the Stanley Cup on more than one occasion.
Shares birthday with: Alexander The Great, Sir Edmund Hillary, Giselle Bündchen
The Kings are the NHL’s champions, but on an individual level Russians reign supreme. For the third time in five years, a Russian hockey star skates away with the Hart Memorial Trophy, the oldest and most prestigious individual award in hockey. After Alexander Ovechkin in 2008 and 2009, now Evgeni Malkin can call himself the Most Valuable Player over the regular season.
ICE HOCKEY - The Los Angeles Kings have won their first Stanley Cup in franchise history, giving the City of Angels its first professional ice hockey championship. This completes the set for LA, which becomes the seventh city to have won professional titles in all four major North American sports at least once.
ICE HOCKEY - Is it over before Game 4 even begins tonight? The right answer is probably yes. In NHL history only three teams have managed to come back from a 3-0 deficit. The Philadelphia Flyers were the most recent team to do it in 2010 against Boston in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. But there is more and there is also advice the Devils should take to heart.
ICE HOCKEY - Swedish ice hockey player Nicklas Lidström announced his retirement this week at the age of 42. The defenseman spent his whole NHL career at the Detroit Red Wings and put up quite remarkable numbers, almost certainly assuring his spot in the Hockey Hall of Fame as soon as he will be eligible. Lidström won his first career prize claiming gold at the 1991 World Championship, right before joining the Red Wings twenty seasons ago. All other awards – and he has received many – he achieved after moving to “Hockeytown”. Here’s a look at some of the feats he has achieved in his impressive career.
ICE HOCKEY – The New Jersey Devils and the Los Angeles Kings will play in the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals. We have put together a mixed bag of facts on the season finale in the NHL, the most powerful competition in ice hockey.
ICE HOCKEY - This Wednesday, the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Finals will face off and they will feature two teams that overcame the odds to book their place in the final showdown. Based on a regular season ranking involving all teams the New Jersey Devils finished ninth in total points and the Los Angeles Kings finished 13th.
ICE HOCKEY - The New Jersey Devils have reached the 2012 Stanley Cup Final, one year after failing to reach the NHL playoffs. They can make it the 10th time in history (93 seasons) that the trophy is won by a team that did not reach the postseason in their previous campaign. Since the playoffs field expanded to 16 teams in 1980, three teams have managed the feat in 31 seasons.
ICE HOCKEY - The NHL’s Los Angeles Kings keep causing royal upset after royal upset in the 2011/12 NHL playoffs, becoming the first team to reach the Stanley Cup finals. They are one series win away from giving the city of Los Angeles its first ever NHL championship. It is hoping to become the seventh city to win titles in all four major North American sports.
ICE HOCKEY - Only very few athletes manage to get a statistic named after them. Gordie Howe is such a person and the ‘Gordie Howe hat-trick’ would involve scoring at least once, providing at least one assist and winning one fight in a single match. Howe became a legend of the Detroit Red Wings and a six-time NHL MVP. He was the childhood hero of Wayne Gretzky, who, when he found Howe’s trademark No. 9 unavailable on his first pro team, decided to play with No. 99.
Shares birthday with: René Descartes, Christopher Walken, Angus Young
ICE HOCKEY - In 2011, Bobby Orr was all smiles as his beloved Boston Bruins finally won the Stanley Cup they had last conquered when Orr was still their superstar (1972). Considered by virtually all as the greatest NHL defenseman of all time, considered by some as the outright greatest player of all time. Click here to read his profile on the Infostrada Sports Wall Of Fame.
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ICE HOCKEY - In recent years, the NHL has introduced shootouts to eliminate draws and it is clear that some of the league’s players still need some practice at it. We have received this from our friends in the US and kept this on the shelf from last Thursday, just to get your new week in sports started out with a laugh. Click here for the clip.
ICE HOCKEY – How would it feel like to win 11 Stanley Cups (an individual record in North American professional sports) and still be referred to as ‘someone’s brother’? Meet Henri Richard, former star of the Montreal Canadiens and the younger brother of Maurice “The Rocket” Richard. Henri took the nickname “Pocket Rocket”, but his exploits on the ice were colossal. Click here for a tribute to him, born 76 years ago on this day.
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ICE HOCKEY - The NHL’s Detroit Red Wings have equalled an NHL record by winning their 20th successive home game. The achievement was posted twice before, but not in the last 36 years.