Nedved plays on
This week’s Where Are They Now is courtesy of NHL.com correspondent Bill Meltzer, who reconnected readers with former Vancouver Canucks draft darling Petr Nedved. A few weeks away from turning 40, Nedved continues to ply his trade with the Liberec White Tigers of the Czech Republic’s Extraliga, where he has 16 points through the first 11 games. Last seen on this side of the world in 2008, when he tried to make a comeback with New York Rangers, Nedved scored 310 goals in 982 NHL games with the Canucks, St. Louis Blues, Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Edmonton Oilers, Phoenix Coyotes and Philadelphia Flyers. Vancouver hockey fans will likely remember him best for his lengthy holdout during the 1993-94 season, which led to him suiting up for Canada at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer.
Chucko’s career over
Add former Calgary Flames first-round pick Kris Chucko to the list of hockey players to have their careers end far too early because of concussion problems. Chucko, 25, hasn’t played since suffering a concussion in an October of 2010 AHL game in Milwaukee. Chucko told The Canadian Press that hit aggravated a neck injury sustained when he got his first concussion during the 2009-10 season. “On the second hit, my neck just deteriorated,” he said. “I can’t lift a heavy bag of groceries yet, so I’m not working out or lifting weights because I get these shooting pains down the back of my neck and it’s pretty uncomfortable.” Chucko, selected 24th overall by the Flames in 2004, played in two career NHL games – both with the Flames – during the 2008-09 season.
Sports Guy returns to hockey
The NHL picked up a high-profile fan this week, when ESPN and Grantland.com writer Bill Simmons revealed in a column he had purchased Los Angeles Kings season tickets. Simmons, a Boston native and noted NBA junkie, already owns L.A. Clippers ducats and says he will drop one of the teams next June. Simmons freely admits he would have never picked up the Kings tickets if the NBA wasn’t lurching through a lockout with no end in sight. “As the clock counted down their 5-0 victory last night, I looked around and noticed that, incredibly, just about every fan had stuck around for the final minute,” Simmons wrote after attending the home opener. “They chanted “LET’S GO KINGS! LET’S GO KINGS!” until the final horn, then skipped out of Staples Center happily, hoping this would finally be their year. And it might. Me? I drove home thinking, ‘Maybe I’m not gonna miss basketball as much as I thought.’ ” Wonder how the Sports Guy will feel if the NHL goes through a labour war this off-season. …
Tweet of the week
Just did an interview for a lifestyle magazine and it made me realize I know nothing about fashion.
Hallsy04 – Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall
“I’ve always had a good sense of humour, haven’t I?”
The former New York Rangers forward’s response when asked if New York head coach John Tortorella’s comments about him were upsetting.
“A thousand games, and he still hasn’t made a good pass … that one’s not mine, it’s one of the other guys.”
The Montreal Canadiens forward steals a teammate’s line to poke fun at Hal Gill, who played in his 1,000 career NHL game last Thursday.
Years between Toronto Maple Leafs–Winnipeg Jets games. Last Wednesday’s match was the first time the two had played since March 13, 1996 – a game that ended in a 3-3 tie.
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Edmonton Oilers winger Darcy Hordichuk’s official time on the ice during an Oct. 15 game against the Vancouver Canucks.