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Beliveau's timeline a testament to greatness

Tuesday, 12.02.2014 / 11:53 PM / NHL Insider

John Kreiser - Managing Editor

The Montreal Canadiens wanted Jean Beliveau so badly they bought an entire league. It was one of the smartest moves in franchise history.

Beliveau, who died Tuesday at age 83, made brief appearances with Montreal during the 1950-51 season and again in '52-53 as an amateur, but didn't have much interest in turning pro. The Canadiens ultimately bought the amateur Quebec Senior Hockey League and turned it into a professional minor league; Beliveau, who had signed a contract to play with Montreal if he turned pro, had no choice but to join the Canadiens, and he did in 1953-54.


Jean Beliveau, Canadiens great, dies at 83

Tuesday, 12.02.2014 / 11:52 PM / News

David Kalan - Staff Writer

Rare is the talent so great that a sports franchise would buy an entire league to secure his services. Jean Beliveau of the Montreal Canadiens was such a talent.

Beliveau died Tuesday at the age of 83.

Despite being born in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Beliveau did not have a burning desire to play for the legendary NHL team nearby. In fact, he spurned several offers from Montreal general manager Frank Selke to sign a contract, choosing instead to play with the Quebec Aces of the amateur Quebec Senior Hockey League. Eventually, Selke had the Canadiens buy the whole QSHL in 1953, turning it into a professional league and securing the rights to Beliveau in the process.

It was one of the great investments in hockey history. The Canadiens have had great players including Maurice Richard, Guy Lafleur and Patrick Roy; however, few cast a shadow like Beliveau, known affectionately as "Le Gros Bill."

Beliveau spent 18 full seasons with the Canadiens from 1953-71 after his two amateur tryouts. In 1,125 games, he scored 507 goals, set up 712 others and finished with 1,219 points. He played in 13 NHL All-Star Games, won the Hart Trophy as League MVP twice (1956 and 1964), the Art Ross Trophy as top scorer in 1956, and the inaugural Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 1965.


Penguins forward Kunitz out with fractured foot

Tuesday, 12.02.2014 / 10:44 PM / News

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Chris Kunitz has a fractured foot and will be out a couple of weeks, coach Mike Johnston said after a 1-0 win against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday.

Johnston also said defenseman Kris Letang has been placed on injured reserve with a groin injury.


Gordie Howe hospitalized, did not have stroke: report

Tuesday, 12.02.2014 / 9:17 PM / News

Hockey legend Gordie Howe was hospitalized Monday but did not have another stroke, CBC reported Tuesday.

Tests revealed Howe, 86, was dehydrated and fatigued, the report said.

“[It was] likely dehydration with superimposed fatigue,” his son Murray Howe wrote in an email, according to CBC Sports. “Plan to discharge him home tomorrow. He's alert and ate well tonight. I spoke with him briefly on the phone. He's still him. Just worn out.”


Devils lose forwards Elias, Jagr, Gionta to injury

Tuesday, 12.02.2014 / 9:08 PM / News

Wes Crosby - Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- New Jersey Devils forwards Jaromir Jagr and Patrik Elias sustained apparent injuries during the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday at Consol Energy Center.

Jagr was sent into the boards by Penguins defenseman Robert Bortuzzo with 2:03 remaining in the second period. Jagr remained on the ice for minutes as Devils trainers attended to him.


Lightning sign first-round pick Anthony DeAngelo

Tuesday, 12.02.2014 / 8:57 PM / News

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed defenseman Anthony DeAngelo to a three-year, entry level contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

DeAngelo, 19, has skated in 22 games this season with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League, recording seven goals and 27 points to go along with 52 penalty minutes. He ranks first for points and is second for assists (20) among all OHL defensemen. The Sewell, New Jersey native also led all OHL defensemen for points (71) and assists (56) last season.


Jets place Enstrom on IR, recall Chiarot

Tuesday, 12.02.2014 / 5:23 PM / News

The Winnipeg Jets announced they have recalled defenceman Ben Chiarot from the St. John’s IceCaps of the American Hockey League. The Winnipeg Jets also announced they have placed defenceman Toby Enstrom on IR retroactive to Nov. 23, 2014.

Chiarot, 23, has played in 24 games this season with the St. John’s IceCaps collecting nine points (4G, 5A) and 21 penalty minutes. The Hamilton, ON native was named by the IceCaps as their Defenceman of the Year for 2013-14 after compiling 20 points (6G, 14A) and a +29 rating, which was the fifth best in the AHL, over 65 regular season games. He also played in his only NHL game last season with the Jets on Nov. 2, 2013 versus the Chicago Blackhawks.


Votes from Latvia have Sabres' Girgensons in front

Tuesday, 12.02.2014 / 5:22 PM / 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend

Joe Yerdon - Correspondent

BUFFALO -- If you've noticed Buffalo Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons at the top of the voting for the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game, it's no mistake.

The Sabres forward is the leading vote-getter for the All-Star Game in Columbus. He's tied for the Sabres lead in goals with Tyler Ennis (7) and is second in points (13). But that's probably not why he's piled up so many votes (399,356 as of Tuesday). A lot of the support is coming from his home country.

"He's a very popular man over in Latvia," Sabres coach Ted Nolan said Monday. "I think from the Sochi Olympics he got his name out there a little bit more. Playing the way he's playing here in Buffalo the first couple years, he's getting his name out, so hopefully he's going to be a household name here in North America the way he is in Latvia. And good for him, he deserves everything he's getting."


Sabres' Girgensons top vote-getter after week two of 2015 NHL All-Star Fan Vote presented by SiriusXM

Chicago Blackhawks rule Top 10 with five spots

Tuesday, 12.02.2014 / 5:12 PM / 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend

NEW YORK -- Buffalo Sabres center Zemgus Girgensons is the top vote-getter after two weeks of voting in the 2015 NHL All-Star Fan Vote presented by SiriusXM with 399,356 total votes. Last week's leader, Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban, occupies the second spot in the overall leaderboard, with 240,362 votes, while Chicago Blackhawks teammates Patrick Kane (216,261), Jonathan Toews (212,994), Duncan Keith (208,086), Corey Crawford (174,466) and Brent Seabrook (154,865) continue to rule the top 10. Nearly 8.5 million votes from more than 170 countries have been cast to date.

The top vote-getters by position are forwards Girgenson, Sidney Crosby (218,672) of the Pittsburgh Penguins, and Kane; defensemen Subban and Keith; and goaltender Carey Price (204,923) of the Canadiens.


Kings fined $100,000 for violating terms of Voynov ban

Tuesday, 12.02.2014 / 3:14 PM / News

NEW YORK -- The Los Angeles Kings have been fined $100,000 for violating the terms of defenseman Slava Voynov's suspension, the National Hockey League announced Tuesday.

Voynov skated with teammates Tuesday during a Club practice. Such activity is in direct contravention of the terms of the suspension levied Oct. 20, which permit Mr. Voynov to use club facilities and work with team personnel but prohibit his participation in any team-related functions or activities.

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