Each year, two things signal Blues training camp will be starting soon: The last of the players are signed, and the roster/practice schedule are announced.
In a normal year, Peter Laviolette would’ve been at the rink a month before the season started. He wouldn’t be allowed to coach his players, but he’d bump into them in the hall, chat over breakfast or dinner, getting to know them beyond their roles on the ice.
Thinking back to Ralph Krueger’s first training camp in Buffalo, there’s no doubt what stands out. It was the way players gravitated to the new coach. Through individual chats and inspirational group speeches, Krueger was an instant hit.
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He’s home for Christmas for the first time in seven years, he’s spending quality time with his two young grandsons and he’s even taken a few strokes off his golf game.
Long before ever having his named etched onto the Stanley Cup as assistant coach of the 2019-20 Tampa Bay Lightning, Brasher Falls native Derek Lalonde had already earned his place in the St. Lawrence Central Sports Hall of Fame.
The interview usually takes place over lunch at John Tortorella’s favorite diner in the village of Galena, just a few miles from the family’s farm.
Will end May 8, with 16-team Stanley Cup Playoffs to follow; deal includes Canada division
Kevin Dineen entered his first year as the San Diego Gulls head coach looking to continue the success the club enjoyed in its first four seasons as a top team in the American Hockey League’s Pacific Division.
Under ordinary circumstances, the Ontario Reign’s John Wroblewski would be deep into the third month of the AHL schedule.
The Vegas Golden Knights are in the holiday giving spirit! Various players and Coach Peter DeBoer were busy on Tuesday making sure local families’ holidays are a bit brighter this year.