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October 2019

Player Spotlight

Mike Richards, NHL Alumni

This month’s player spotlight is on NHL Alumni, Mike Richards. Prior to Mike’s NHL career, the Kenora native was the captain for the Kitchener Rangers team that won the 2003 Memorial Cup. A short time later, Mike captained Canada’s national junior team to the gold medal in Grand Forks, North Dakota. After capping off the 2005 season with a Calder Cup Championship,...

This month’s player spotlight is on NHL Alumni, Mike Richards. Prior to Mike’s NHL career, the Kenora native was the captain for the Kitchener Rangers team that won the 2003 Memorial Cup. A short time later, Mike captained Canada’s national junior team to the gold medal in Grand Forks, North Dakota. After capping off the 2005 season with a Calder Cup Championship, Mike began his NHL career in Philadelphia. Mike spent six seasons with the Flyers, including three seasons as the captain. A block buster trade in 2011 sent Mike to LA, where he went on to win Stanley Cup Championships in 2012 and 2014, which nicely complements the Olympic Gold Medal he won in 2010. Last month, popular hockey podcast Spittin’ Chiclets released a great interview in which Mike provided some in depth answers about his remarkable career. Click the link below for the 70-minute interview starting at the 24-minute mark.

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“We’ll Win Tonight”

With their backs against the wall, New York Rangers captain, Mark Messier, made a bold prediction ahead of their game six contest. “We’ll win tonight” he told media members. This offering of “bulletin board material” for the Devils, was followed up by one of the all-time greatest playoff performances by a captain. Click below to relive the moment.

NHL Memories: Captain Messier Guarantees Victory

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Jordan Staal the Right Choice for Canes

Ahead of the 2019-20 NHL season, the Carolina Hurricanes announced that their newest captain would be Thunder Bay native, Jordan Staal. The team has now come full circle after brother, Eric, served as the team captain for seven seasons. Click the link below to read why Jordan was an easily choice for the Hurricanes.

Staal the Right Choice for Canes

September 2019

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Three More Years of Labour Peace

Last month, the NHL & NHLPA announced that it would not be exercising their option to terminate the league’s current CBA. The mutual agreement shows promise that a new agreement will be reached, avoiding a potential lockout. Click the link below to read more about the labour peace.  

NHL Players Choose Not To Terminate CBA

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GAVIN’s Predictions for the 2019-20 NHL Season

With the 2019-20 NHL season starting tonight, the discussion of playoff positioning is still several months away. However, it is always interesting to “bring out the crystal ball” with some bold Stanley Cup predications. Check out the link below to view some of GAVIN’s postseason predictions!

GAVIN Staffs' Picks

Player Spotlight

Mitch Marner, Toronto Maple Leafs

This month’s player spotlight is on Toronto Maple Leafs’ forward, Mitch Marner. The Thornhill native was selected fourth overall in the 2015 NHL draft by his hometown Maple Leafs. Over the last three seasons, Mitch has amassed over 220 regular season points, leading his team in scoring in the last two seasons. Most recently, Mitch and the Maple Leafs’ agreed to a ...

This month’s player spotlight is on Toronto Maple Leafs’ forward, Mitch Marner. The Thornhill native was selected fourth overall in the 2015 NHL draft by his hometown Maple Leafs. Over the last three seasons, Mitch has amassed over 220 regular season points, leading his team in scoring in the last two seasons. Most recently, Mitch and the Maple Leafs’ agreed to a new six-year contract, making him the highest paid player in the NHL this season. In addition to his on-ice accomplishments, Mitch has been one of the most charitable athletes in the city of Toronto. Founding the Marner Assist Foundation, Mitch has raised funds to support the social and educational needs of young children. Click this link to learn more about the Marner Assist Foundation and how to get involved.

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August 2019

Player Spotlight

Jiri Tlusty, NHL Alumni

This month’s player spotlight is on Czech native, Jiri Tlusty. In 2006, Jiri was drafted thirteenth overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs. The following season, Jiri made the move to North America where he would join the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League. In 2007, Jiri made his NHL debut with the Leafs. After 450 NHL games, and only at the age of 28,...

This month’s player spotlight is on Czech native, Jiri Tlusty. In 2006, Jiri was drafted thirteenth overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs. The following season, Jiri made the move to North America where he would join the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League. In 2007, Jiri made his NHL debut with the Leafs. After 450 NHL games, and only at the age of 28, Jiri was forced to retire due to a career-ending hand injury.  Three years have since passed and Jiri has completed a very successful post-hockey transition.  Click the link below to learn about the activities that are keeping Jiri occupied in “retirement”.

Show More + Catching Up with Jiri Tlusty

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New Rules for the 2019-20 NHL Season

Over the summer, the National Hockey League announced a list of rule changes for the upcoming season. The series of changes can be summarized in three simple words, expanded video review. Click the link below for a short video highlighting the rule adjustments for the 2019-20 NHL season. 

New NHL Rules Video

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30 Year History of the NHL’s Highest Paid Players

No one can deny that the salary for the NHL’s top paid player has experienced remarkable growth over the past 30 years.  However, Joe Sakic’s income in 1997-98 still stands as the highest one-season salary.  Further, when adjusting for inflation, it is interesting to learn that several other players earned more than John Tavares’s $15,900,000 compensation in 2018-19.

NHL Salaries - 30 Year History
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