Friday marks the start of the eighth annual Hockey Weekend Across America. With a number of events planned, and a country that continues to grow the sport, USA Hockey executive director Dave Ogrean appeared on NHL Live Wednesday to give his version of the State of the Union.
"This whole promotion of Hockey Weekend Across America is something we started eight years ago, simply to give us the opportunity to shine a light on the sport and certain aspects of the sport," Ogrean said.
All season long, we're asking fans to vote for the top play of the year. This best of the best campaign will be a battle of No. 1 plays from NHL Live's Top 10 Plays of the Week segments. Below are the choices for the two finest plays of 2014-15. Make your pick in the poll and share your comments as you'll help determine the ultimate winner of this NHL.com Top Play Faceoff.
February 7th:Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly blocks a shot and then dekes around the entire Oilers defense before burying a shot into the top corner.
December 27th: Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist circles around with the puck on his stick for about 28 seconds before flicking the OT winner by Senators goalie Craig Anderson.
Bogosian will get to play near his hometown of Massena, N.Y.
"It's an emotional time," Bogosian said. "You don't wake up and go to the rink thinking you're going to be traded that day. But when it happens the emotions kind of calm down. When everything kind of calmed down I was pretty excited about it."
NHL Live, with Steve Mears, E.J. Hradek and Mike Rupp, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will talk to Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff in light of the blockbuster trade Wednesday that saw the Jets acquire defenseman Tyler Myers and forward Drew Stafford in addition to two prospects and a draft pick. Cheveldayoff will call into the show at 6:15 p.m.
NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, previews the Wednesday Night Rivalry game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks as NBCSN analyst Pierre McGuire joins us from the Arena Cam at Consol Energy Center at 6 p.m.
The Washington Capitals visit the San Jose Sharks later Wednesday, and we'll go out to SAP Center via Arena Cam and welcome in Capitals radio voice John Walton at 6:40 p.m. for his thoughts on the matchup.
This week in our prospect report, we'll talk to wing Timo Meier of the Halifax Mooseheads in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League at 5:30 p.m.
Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley joined NHL Live to discuss the surprising success the Flames have enjoyed this season.
The Flames are 29-20-3 and began Thursday in second place in the Pacific Division. To Hartley, the hard work, effort and results start in the dressing room.
"It starts with our great captain Mark Giordano and all our great leaders to all our young players," Hartley said. "I rarely saw in my coaching career a group of individuals so committed to playing the right way, working out the right way, practicing the right way, and obviously having fun winning games. This is a great group of guys and it's lots of fun."
Martin Brodeur will likely be at the Prudential Center the weekend of March 7 when the New Jersey Devils celebrate the 20th anniversary of their 1995 Stanley Cup championship, Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello told NHL Live on Thursday.
"I did talk to him, he will be part of that," Lamoriello said. "He will be coming back, that's what he told me. I believe he will and I respect that. Yes he did tell me."
Martin Brodeur, the NHL's all-time winningest goaltender who announces his retirement Thursday, will join NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, which airs at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network.
Ken Daneyko, who won three Stanley Cups with Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils, will be in studio along with John MacLean, a member of the 1995 Cup team, to break down Brodeur's retirement.
The St. Louis Blues, where Brodeur finished his career with seven games, three wins and one shutout this season, are one of 22 teams in action Thursday. They host the Nashville Predators and we'll go out to Scottrade Center and welcome in Blues analyst Darren Pang via Arena Cam to get his thoughts on the matchup, Brodeur and more.
Boston College freshman defenseman Noah Hanifin joined NHL Live to discuss playing for the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship and to look ahead to the 63rd annual Beanpot Tournament.
Hanifin scored two points in five games at the WJC for the United States, which did not reach the medal round.
"It was a great experience," Hanifin said. "Obviously we didn't get the outcome we wanted, but just being able to play with great players every day … being able to measure myself against players around the world at such a high level was awesome. Coming back to BC I think it really helped me a lot. I think I got better over the course of that tournament. I think I gained confidence from it."
Ranked third in NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of the top North American skaters for the 2015 NHL Draft, Hanifin has three goals and 14 points in 24 games for the Eagles.