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Wild goalie contest ends in tie, to be continued

Wednesday, 11.21.2012 / 8:21 PM / NHL Insider

Believe it or not, the shootout needs overtime.

The contest to determine the Minnesota Wild's new emergency goaltender ended in a tie Sunday, requiring finalists Treye Kettwick and Joshua Swartout to try it again another time.

Each goalie was expected to face eight shooters during the second intermission of an American Hockey League game between the Houston Aeros and Rockford IceHogs at Xcel Energy Center.

But after the first two rounds of four ended even (each goalie was scored on twice), three sudden-death shots were saved by each goalie before the intermission time ran out and the AHL game had to resume.

With no other tiebreaker in place, the Wild will resume the contest at a later date.

Night at The Joe bonded cast of new 'Red Dawn'

Wednesday, 11.21.2012 / 12:30 PM / NHL Insider

Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer

In the new movie "Red Dawn," an update of the 1984 Cold War version, a militia of teenagers is tasked with saving their small town from a North Korean invasion. The result is the kind of non-stop action that made the original so popular. But before shooting their first scene, the film's actors came together for an intense training regimen producers hoped would get them in shape.

"We did six weeks with Navy SEALs and two weeks with Marines," said actor Josh Peck, who in his role as local high school football star Matt Eckert also had a week of gridiron training. "It was hard. I don't know if I'd ever done a pull-up before. Now I can do a lot of pull-ups."

Following their combat training, the "Red Dawn" cast had to find other ways to develop on-screen chemistry. When filming started in Michigan, they did this by making numerous trips to a nearby mall and the local gym. Then, a month into shooting, Peck came up with the perfect way to cultivate camaraderie.

The cast of the new version of 'Red Dawn' found time to bond at a Detroit Red Wings game while filming their action scenes in Michigan. (Photo Credit: Film District)

A longtime hockey fan and Los Angeles Kings diehard, it was only a matter of time before Peck gathered some of his co-stars for a trip to see the Detroit Red Wings play at Joe Louis Arena. Peck enlisted two of his best friends on the set, neither of whom had been to a hockey game before.

"We randomly got to go to a Red Wings game," Peck told "I went with Julian Alcaraz and Chris Hemsworth. I took them both to their first-ever hockey game. It was kind of cool to watch it through their eyes."

The first-timers enjoyed the experience, particularly Hemsworth, an Australian-born actor best known for playing Thor in "The Avengers." Enjoying an exciting game at The Joe was a fun break that offered an exciting outlet for a group that spent its days filming physically demanding action scenes.

"Chris was stunned -- especially at a game that is so fast-paced and takes so much athletic ability. We had a real good time and Joe Louis Arena is awesome," Peck said. "What better way to spend a Saturday night after filming than to go see the Red Wings?"

Wild ride has Brust on cusp of AHL shutout record

Sunday, 11.18.2012 / 3:52 PM / NHL Insider

Dave Lozo - Staff Writer

Barry Brust is less than one period from ousting a Hall of Fame goaltender from the record books one season after his North American career stood at a crossroads.

The 29-year-old goaltender for the Abbotsford Heat has a shutout streak of 231 minutes, 41 seconds. If he can extend it another 18:11 -- the opportunity to do so could come Friday at Texas -- he will break the American Hockey League mark of Johnny Bower, who established the record with the Cleveland Barons in 1957.

"Everything has just kind of fallen into place," Brust told during a lengthy layover in Chicago on Thursday night with his team flying to Rochester.

Wild goalie contest a draw, will need round two

Saturday, 11.17.2012 / 5:01 PM / NHL Insider

Joshua Swartout was there to see how close 51-year-old Paul Duetsch got to suiting up for the Minnesota Wild last season.

Swartout was one shootout away from having the same chance Sunday, but it is going take at least two.

Swartout, a 24-year-old from St. Louis Park, Minn., and Treye Kettwick, a 29-year-old from Minneapolis, were named the finalists in the Wild's contest searching for its new emergency goaltender.

They took part in a celebrity shootout during the second intermission of the game Sunday between the Houston Aeros and Rockford IceHogs at Xcel Energy Center. After 12 rounds, the goalie duel was called a draw, and both agreed to return for a second engagement at a date to be determined.

Last season, Duetsch almost served in that role due to a unique series of events surrounding Minnesota's game against the Nashville Predators on Nov. 23.

'Breakaway' details NHL's influx of Eastern Europeans

Saturday, 11.17.2012 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

The stories revealed by Tal Pinchevsky in his debut book "Breakaway" recount the emotions -- both high and low -- and bravery of so many athletes who put themselves and the livelihoods of their own family members on the line to change the course of history and hockey all at once.

In "Breakaway," Pinchevsky, a staff writer for, details the clandestine movements by a few Eastern European players who opened the door to North America and the National Hockey League that so many have walked through since.

The book recounts how players from Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union literally broke away from the Cold War and found freedom in North America -- and a hockey community that welcomed them, their families and their unique talents with open arms and checkbooks.

Wild choose finalists in emergency goalie contest

Thursday, 11.15.2012 / 10:00 PM / NHL Insider

The Minnesota Wild are closer to having a new emergency goaltender after holding a contest for the spot on Thursday.

After almost using 51-year-old Paul Deutsch in the role for one game last season, the Wild had 11 goaltenders from around the state compete for the chance to become the team's emergency goalie. Per NHL rules, none had professional experience.

The goaltenders, who ranged in age from 23 to 44, auditioned before a panel of judges that included Deutsch, Wild goalie coach Bob Mason, and Wild TV analyst and former NHL goalie Mike Greenlay.

Treye Kettwick, a 29-year-old from Minneapolis, and Joshua Swartout, a 24-year-old from St. Louis Park, Minn., were chosen as the finalists.

Hockey background helps White dominate ice dancing

Thursday, 11.15.2012 / 10:00 AM / NHL Insider

Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer

Ensconced in a suite at Vancouver's Rogers Arena, longtime hockey player Charlie White had a great seat for the gold-medal game at the 2010 Winter Olympics. So did a group of neighboring Canadians, who shot some icy stares at the Michigan-born White when the United States tied the game with 25 seconds remaining in regulation time. But after Canada won 3-2 in overtime to take the gold medal, White knew he was in the line of fire.

"As soon as they scored, I just jetted out of there. I knew I had it coming," White said. "It was a great game. Being able to see them go at it like that was really cool."

Once the agony of losing in overtime passed, Americans hailed their runner-up hockey team for helping to grow the game in the United States. They did the same for White, whose silver medal with partner Meryl Davis in the 2010 Olympic ice dancing competition has made him among his sport's most prominent ambassadors. It was a huge moment for the University of Michigan student and defending world champion -- one that might not have happened had he not grown up playing hockey.

Flyers' Snider cuts ribbon on fourth refurbished rink

Friday, 11.09.2012 / 10:08 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- Ed Snider has owned the Philadelphia Flyers since they came into the NHL in 1967, and built them over the last 45 years into one of the League's marquee franchises, including a pair of Stanley Cup titles.

But what the 79-year-old Snider is doing now is even more rewarding.

The Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation (ESYHF) cut the ribbon Friday on the fourth ice rink it has refurbished in a unique partnership with the city of Philadelphia.

Tarken Ice Rink, in the Oxford Circle part of the city, joined the Laura Sims Skatehouse in West Philadelphia, the Scanlon Ice Rink in Kensington and the Simons Rink in West Oak Lane as new areas of opportunity for kids in the city to have places to learn hockey as well as further themselves academically.

"When you talk about the Philadelphia Flyers, that's my business, my profession," Snider said. "It's something that I'm proud of, and I want to see us get another Cup. I look at this as something entirely different. This is nothing to do with my profession. This has to do with my desire to help inner-city kids. This is what it's all about. It means a tremendous amount to me."'s all-presidential team

Tuesday, 11.06.2012 / 10:11 AM / NHL Insider

David Kalan - Staff Writer

In the 95-year history of the NHL, the League has yet to see an Obama -- or a Romney for that matter -- crack an NHL roster. Several U.S. presidents, however, have shared surnames with former NHL players, with 26 players sharing the last name of the 28th President, Woodrow Wilson. Plenty of Taylors, Harrisons and Johnsons abound in NHL history, and as millions of people line up at the polls Tuesday in the United States and decide whether Barack Obama will receive another four years or if Mitt Romney will become the 44th man to sit in the Oval Office, it seems appropriate to see which presidentially named players could make up an all-time competitive starting lineup.

Much like the standard pool of players at the annual NHL Draft, some positions and names are deeper than others. The goaltenders with presidential names are not a particularly large group, for example, and some presidents only get so many matches. William Howard Taft for instance shares a surname with just one NHL player -- defenseman John Taft, who played 15 games for the Detroit Red Wings during the 1978-79 season. Of course that still makes Taft one better than Abraham Lincoln, who, despite being considered by many historians as the greatest president in U.S. history, has never shared a last name with an NHL player. Neither has the first U.S. president, George Washington.

Mullen brothers followed unlikely road to NHL

Saturday, 11.03.2012 / 10:00 AM / NHL Insider

Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer

Hockey's greatest folk tales generally involve a frozen pond or suburban rink. They don't usually take place in the mean streets of New York City.

But a remarkable family work ethic and a chance meeting in 1965 with a coaching legend helped Joe and Brian Mullen write one of sport's great and least likely success stories.

"We were playing the Montreal Canadiens on a Sunday. It was about 4 o'clock. We were rebuilding and Montreal had a real powerhouse. I was going for a walk," said Emile Francis, who then served as the general manager and coach of the New York Rangers. "All of a sudden I saw these heads going by. I looked and here were these guys on roller skates. I had never seen anybody play hockey on roller skates in my life."

Among the kids playing roller hockey under the shadow of the old Madison Square Garden were the Mullens, a family of four brothers and a sister who grew up in a nearby apartment in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan.

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