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One-year, two-way contract for forward Alex Belzile
May 28th, 2019

MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced today that the team has agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract (2019-20) with forward Alex Belzile. The deal will pay Belzile $700,000 at the NHL level and $175,000 in the AHL, with $200,000 in guaranteed salary. Belzile, 27, led the Rocket in 2018-19 in…

2019 Draft Diary: Dylan Cozens
May 17th, 2019 by Dylan Cozens / Special to

Dylan Cozens (6-foot-3, 180 pounds), No. 5 in NHL Central Scouting’s final ranking of North American skaters eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver on June 21-22, has been writing a monthly diary this season for leading up to the draft. The 18-year-old forward had 84 points (34 goals, 50 assists) in 68…

Heinen delivering for Bruins this postseason
April 29th, 2019 by Travis Yost

For years, the biggest limiting factor for the Boston Bruins was a critical lack of production beyond the line. It never mattered much in the regular season, but against stiffer competition in April and May, the Bruins’ lack of talent and depth throughout the lineup always felt noticeable. This year has been different. We saw…

Stars goaltender Ben Bishop named finalist for Vezina Trophy
April 23rd, 2019 by Press Release @DallasStars /

FRISCO, Texas — Dallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop was named one of the three finalists for the 2018-19 Vezina Trophy, awarded “to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position,” the National Hockey League announced today. The general managers of the NHL’s 31 clubs submitted ballots for the Vezina Trophy at the conclusion…

Cozens has five-point game as Canada routs Belarus at U18 worlds
April 21st, 2019 by The Canadian Press

UMEA, Sweden — Dylan Cozens had a five-point game to lead Canada to an 11-1 rout of Belarus on Sunday at the world under-18 hockey championship. Cozens scored two goals and added three assists. Nathan Legare and Alex Newhook also had two goals apiece while Connor Zary, Jordan Spence, Braden Schneider, Peyton Krebs and Samuel…

Deryk Engelland Nominee For 2018-19 King Clancy Memorial Trophy
April 17th, 2019 by Vegas Golden Knights @GoldenKnights /

NEW YORK (April 17, 2019) – The National Hockey League announced today the list of nominees for the 2018-19 King Clancy Memorial Trophy, which is awarded “to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.” The nominees were selected by their…

Ex-Spartan Taro Hirose just got to NHL – he’s not going to slow down now
April 13th, 2019 by Nathaniel Bott, Lansing State Journal

DETROIT – There were times this past season when the entire crowd at Munn Ice Arena would gasp at the marvel of former Michigan State forward Taro Hirose.  MSU hockey coach Danton Cole once described Hirose as “Datsyukian” – meaning comparable to that of former Detroit Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk, whose display of silky,…

Pit Bull in a China Shop – Entry 4
April 3rd, 2019 by BY JOE HICKETTS

The proverbial light at the end of the tunnel is emerging! With just under a quarter of the schedule to go, intensity has ramped up, the race for the playoffs is heating up and the reason we play is almost here. Hi again, everyone, and thanks for checking back for another edition of my blog….

Hirose blooming
March 26th, 2019 by Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press

The best story of the trip has been Taro Hirose. March 9 he played his last game at Michigan State. Ten days later he made his NHL debut at Madison Square Garden, earning an assist when he set up Frans Nielsen. Two nights later, Hirose showed off his smarts when he got his own rebound…

Grubauer Named NHL Third Star of the Week
March 25th, 2019 by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele /

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer was named the NHL’s Third Star for the week ending on March 24, the league announced on Monday. Grubauer was in net for each of Colorado’s four games this past week and led his squad to a 3-0-1 mark against Central Division rivals. He made a league-high 149 saves this…

Maple Leafs Sign Joseph Woll to Entry-Level Contract
March 25th, 2019 by Staff Writer MapleLeafs /

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the hockey club has signed goaltender Joseph Woll to a three-year entry-level contract. Woll, 20, appeared in 37 games with Boston College this season posting a 13-21-3 record and .919 save percentage. In 101 games with Boston College, the Dardenne Prairie, MO native holds a 2.51 goals-against average…

Getting to Know: Ryan Graves
March 22nd, 2019 by Dan Vatch /

Ryan Graves was acquired by the Colorado Avalanche from the New York Rangers via a trade on Feb. 26, 2018 and played for the Avs’ American Hockey League affiliates, the San Antonio Rampage and Colorado Eagles, before making his NHL debut this season on Dec. 27 at the Vegas Golden Knights. The Yarmouth, Nova Scotia,…

More ‘Great Goaltending’ From Philipp Grubauer Helps Avalanche Defeat Stars
March 22nd, 2019 by Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) — Philipp Grubauer was spectacularly stubborn in goal on a night when Colorado’s defense got in on the offense. Grubauer made a career-high 44 saves, including 23 in the third period, and defensemen Erik Johnson and Tyson Barrie scored to help the Avalanche beat the Dallas Stars 3-1 on Thursday night. The Colorado…

Flyers’ Carter Hart matches an NHL accolade not seen in 32 years
March 22nd, 2019 by John Boruk

CHICAGO — Carter Hart continues to turn back the clock. Just last month, the Flyers’ rookie netminder matched Jocelyn Thibault’s rookie record with eight straight victories before the age of 21, a record established back in 1995. Thursday against the Blackhawks, Hart may have done himself one better. Hart’s 40-save performance in a 3-1 win…

Islanders Agree To Terms With Hutton
March 21st, 2019 by New York Islanders PR NYIslanders /

The New York Islanders announced today that defenseman Grant Hutton has agreed to terms on a one-year, entry-level contract beginning in 2019-20. Hutton, 23, played four years of college hockey at Miami University of Ohio. The 6’3, 209-pound defenseman served as team captain this past season, his senior year, and led all RedHawks defensemen with…

Flames sign U Sports forward Luke Philp to entry-level contract
March 20th, 2019 by Sportsnet

The Calgary Flames have signed forward Luke Philp to a two-year entry-level contract, the team announced Tuesday. The Flames added that the deal will begin during the 2019-2020 season. In 24 games this season with the University of Alberta Golden Bears, Philp tallied 21 goals and 24 assists. He also won the Senator Joseph A….

Michigan State’s Hirose ready to start NHL career with Wings
March 19th, 2019 by Julie Robenhymer @JulieRobenhymer / Special to

Throughout his career, Taro Hirose was told he was too small and not fast enough to be successful. Fortunately for him — and the Detroit Red Wings — he didn’t listen to those people. After leading the NCAA in scoring in his junior season at Michigan State, Hirose was one of the most sought-after college…

Canucks Sign Defenceman Josh Teves
March 12th, 2019 by Canucks Media Relations @Canucks / Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has signed defenceman Josh Teves to a one-year entry-level contract. “Josh had an outstanding collegiate career at Princeton,” said Benning. “He has good vision and playmaking ability and can contribute in all three zones. We’re excited to see him play at…

Red Wings agree to terms with MSU forward Taro Hirose on entry-level deal
March 12th, 2019 by Alex DiFilippo /

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today agreed to terms with left wing Taro Hirose on a two-year entry-level contract. Hirose, 22, has spent the last three seasons at Michigan State and has totaled 116 points (33-83-116) in 106 games. This season, Hirose led the nation in points (50), points-per-game (1.47), assists (35), multi-point games…

Red Wings sign Princeton forward Ryan Kuffner to entry-level deal
March 12th, 2019 by Alex DiFilippo /

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today signed forward Ryan Kuffner to a two-year entry-level contract. Kuffner, 22, has spent the last four seasons at Princeton University, where he totaled 75 goals in 132 games to become the university’s all-time leading goal scorer. During his senior campaign in 2018-19, Kuffner’s 22 goals led the ECAC…


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