December 13 — More Masks, Long Shifts & HBD Sergei Fedorov

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BACK AT IT: Canada has announced its final roster ahead of the 2023 World Junior Championships in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Moncton, New Brunswick, as it looks to defend its title from the rescheduled 2022 event this past summer. Connor Bedard, Adam Fantilli, and Seattle Kraken rookie Shane Wright headline a loaded Canadian team.

TOLVANEN TO SEATTLE: The Seattle Kraken claimed forward Eeli Tolvanen off of waivers from the Nashville Predators. Tolvanen is a former first-round pick with four points in 13 games this season. However, the 23-year-old is considered to have a high upside and will look to fit in with Seattle’s up-and-coming team. 

MINUTES FROM HISTORY: Filip Chytil ended the New Jersey Devils’ bid to tie the NHL record for longest road winning streak at 2:15 of overtime as the New York Rangers defeated the Devils 4-3 on Monday. New Jersey hadn’t lost away from the Prudential Center since Oct. 13 and fell one victory short of tying the Detroit Red Wings (2005-06) and Minnesota Wild (2014-15) records of 12 straight.

MARIO KART CHALLENGE: Seattle Kraken forward Morgan Geekie took to Twitter yesterday to answer fan questions about the Nintendo Switch video game “Mario Kart.” Geekie claimed he and rookie teammate Matty Berniers were the two best racers on the team and received requests from numerous challengers. 

BETTMAN CELEBRATES 30 YEARS: Love him or hate him, Gary Bettman has changed hockey since being elected the NHL’s first commissioner 30 years ago Sunday. Having just admitted its 25th and 26th team into the league the day before hiring Bettman, annual revenues have increased from about $400 million to $6 billion today under his tenure as six more teams have joined. 

Trivia Tuesday

How Well Do You Know Sergei Fedorov?

Sergei Fedorov, Detroit Red Wings. (Tom Pigeon/Allsport)
  1. How many Stanley Cups did Sergei Fedorov win?
    • 3
    • 4
    • 2
    • 5
  2. Which season did Fedorov win the Lester B. Pearson Award, Hart Memorial, and Selke Trophies?
    • 1994-95
    • 1993-94
    • 1996-97
    • 1995-96

  3. Which team tendered an offer sheet for Fedorov in 1998?
    • Florida Panthers
    • Washington Capitals
    • Carolina Hurricanes
    • Anaheim Ducks

Answers can be found at the bottom of the email.

More Masks!

Yesterday, we looked at goalies whose masks have paid tribute to other athletes before them. However, the goaltender’s design choice for their masks goes far beyond that. As a tool of some rare creative freedom on the part of NHL netminders, players can use their helmets as a canvas for pretty much anything they want, whether it be scary, fun, or meaningful.

After neglecting to mention Marc-André Fleury putting his teammates’ names on his mask yesterday, we decided to look at a few more goalies who have made unique design choices. And yes, we know we missed some good ones—there are so many!

Jason LaBarbera

It was never too hard to identify Jason LaBarbera’s hobbies during his playing career. Every mask he owned revealed a part of his personality, expressing his love for rock & roll and wrestling. Metallica, AC/DC, and Pearl Jam were just some of the rock bands featured, while LaBarbera conveyed his passion for the squared circle through masks that included the likes of the Rock and the Ultimate Warrior.

Tristan Jarry

“Tom & Jerry” have been a fixture on Tristan Jarry’s goalie masks since his teammates on the Edmonton Oil Kings teased him for the name similarities. Jarry features the cartoon cat and mouse duo in different situations and themes, most recently donning facemasks to honor frontline workers in 2020.

Cam Talbot

Kudos to Cam Talbot for taking an instantly recognizable, iconic character—the ghost from the “Ghostbusters” logo—and providing a personal touch. Talbot featured not one but two ghosts on his mask armed with pacifiers in their mouths, a strange choice until you realize that the Ottawa Senators puck-stopper was honoring his twins.

Mike Smith

Step aside, Talbot. Mike Smith saw your “kids as fictional pop culture characters” idea and raised an actual image of his children appearing in superhero form. Smith’s design saw his son and daughter dressed as Dash and Violet Parr from “The Incredibles,” a nice nod to his family with the added perk of seeing his kids’ faces every time he pops off the mask.

The Longest Shift

On average, an NHL shift is 47 seconds, yet many players like to test that limit. In Jan. 2022, John Klingberg broke the record for the lengthiest shift when he recorded a time of 5:52 for the Dallas Stars. Fast forward to this season and New Jersey Devils forward Jack Hughes shattered Klingberg’s time when he registered a 6:02 shift against the New York Islanders on Dec. 9. He is not the only one who logged some crazy minutes this season. Here are a few other NHL players who may have overworked their legs, with two occurring on the same day!

Alex Ovechkin

Who is more dangerous on the power play than Alex Ovechkin? Of course, Washington Capitals fans want to see him on the ice for their entire man-advantage opportunity, even though that doesn’t always come true. However, it did when facing the Seattle Kraken on Dec. 9. Kraken defenseman Jamie Oleksiak took a five-minute major penalty against Alexander Alexeyev for a check to the head in the second period, allowing Ovechkin to play 4:57 of the power play. He got an assist on Marcus Johansson’s goal during the sequence and ultimately won the game 4-1.

Seth Jones

Seth Jones is known for logging a lot of minutes. He is consistently in the top five in the league in ice time, as his career-average time on ice (TOI) is 23:27, so it’s no surprise he already has a very long shift this season. During the Chicago Blackhawks season opener against the Colorado Avalanche on Oct. 12, Jones had a shift time of 3:05 and logged 25:05 in total. He started the season with a bang, even though the Blackhawks lost 5-2.

Artemi Panarin

Some may be surprised to learn that Artemi Panarin currently leads the league in TOI per shift, with an average of 1:04 for the New York Rangers. While facing the Avalanche on Dec. 9, Panarin, Mika Zibanejad, and Adam Fox were out for close to two minutes in overtime and could not change. Ultimately, they avoided trouble and forced the Avs to a shootout, winning 2-1.

Trivia Answers

  1. 3 Cups
  2. 1993-94
  3. Carolina Hurricanes

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