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Jean Beliveau funeral 'a great tribute to a great man'

Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 8:13 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

MONTREAL -- There have been so many words used to describe Montreal Canadiens icon Jean Beliveau over the past week.

Class, grace, dignity, respect; the list of accolades is long. But one of the words repeated most often is humility.

Beliveau was not a man who liked speaking of his greatness, in spite of how obvious it was.

One can only imagine what Beliveau would have thought Wednesday when he was laid to rest in a state funeral at Mary Queen of the World Cathedral eight days after he passed away at his home at age 83.

The tributes that came from former teammates, dignitaries and a who's who of the hockey world likely would have been difficult for a man as humble as Beliveau to hear.

"His presence didn't diminish others but made others better," former Canadiens goalie Ken Dryden said during his eulogy. "He had other skills and might have done other things, but he understood probably early in life that his greatest impact wouldn't be as a corporate or political leader, but as Jean Beliveau, in doing what he did and in being who he was.

"As a great star, he had a responsibility; he knew to live not as a star but as a good person."


Bruins' Gagne leaving team to be with sick father

Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 4:27 PM / News

Boston Bruins forward Simon Gagne has taken a leave of absence from the team, the Bruins announced Wednesday.

"I have taken a personal leave of absence from the Boston Bruins in order to return home to Quebec to be with my father, who was recently diagnosed with liver cancer," Gagne said in a statement released by the Bruins. "The doctors, who have been great throughout this whole process, unfortunately informed us that his cancer is not curable. I greatly appreciate the support and understanding that the Bruins organization and my teammates have given to me and my family since I let them know the news and I look forward to rejoining them when the time is appropriate. Until then, I would kindly ask everyone to respect my family and I's privacy during this difficult time."


Wild's Ballard released from hospital, out indefinitely

Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 3:54 PM / News

Minnesota Wild defenseman Keith Ballard was released from a hospital Wednesday after sustaining multiple facial fractures and a concussion on a hit by New York Islanders forward Matt Martin during a game Tuesday at Xcel Energy Center, the Wild announced. Ballard is out indefinitely.

Ballard was playing a puck in the Wild end in the second period when he was hit by Martin and fell awkwardly into the boards. Ballard remained down on the ice for several moments and a stretcher was brought onto the ice, but Ballard was able to skate off the ice with assistance.


Ducks to honor Selanne, retire jersey Jan. 11

Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 3:30 PM / News

The Ducks announced the schedule for the "FOR8VER TEEMU" events leading up to "Teemu Tribute Night" on Jan. 11, 2015 vs. Winnipeg at Honda Center. The Ducks will honor Selanne on his legendary career in a pregame ceremony starting at 4:30 p.m. that will include the raising of Selanne's #8 jersey to the rafters at Honda Center. Fans attending "Teemu Tribute Night" are encouraged to be in their seats by 4:15 p.m. All fans in attendance will receive a replica Selanne jersey retirement banner.

Fans who visit the Ducks Mobile App between 12:00 p.m. today (Dec. 10) and 11 p.m. on Dec. 18 will have the opportunity to be entered into a sweepstakes to receive a purchasing code for up to 2 tickets for "Teemu Tribute Night." Fans can enter the sweepstakes using the official Ducks Mobile App for iPhone, iPad and Android by tapping "Teemu Tribute Night" in the app menu and filling out the form. For more information on the Ducks Mobile App, visit


Canucks reassign Jensen, Corrado to AHL

Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 12:56 PM / News

Vancouver, B.C. Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the Canucks have reassigned forward Nicklas Jensen and defenceman Frank Corrado to the AHL Utica Comets.

Jensen, 21, has appeared in 5 games with the Canucks this season. In 15 games with the Comets this season, the Herning, Denmark native has collected 11 points (6-5-11). He currently ranks sixth on Utica in scoring. The 6'3", 202 pound forward was originally drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the first round, 29th overall at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.


Around the League notebook for Tuesday, Dec. 9

Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 12:30 PM / News

NHL Public Relations


Home Team in Caps

Chicago 3, NEW JERSEY 2 (SO)

COLUMBUS 3, Philadelphia 2 (OT)

BUFFALO 1, Los Angeles 0

TORONTO 4, Calgary 1

MONTREAL 3, Vancouver 1

Washington 5, TAMPA BAY 3

MINNESOTA 5, NY Islanders 4

Winnipeg 5, DALLAS 2


Blue Jackets' Goloubef off IR, Rychel sent to AHL

Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 9:33 AM / News

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated defenseman Cody Goloubef off Injured Reserve and loaned him to the American Hockey League's Springfield Falcons on a conditioning assignment, Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. The club also has assigned left wing Kerby Rychel to Springfield.

Goloubef, 24, collected two penalty minutes in three games this season with the Blue Jackets before suffering a knee injury on November 1 at New Jersey. The Oakville, Ontario native was Columbus' second pick, 37th overall, in the 2008 NHL Draft and played in five games with the Blue Jackets in 2013-14, while adding 7-21-28 with 98 penalty minutes with Springfield in 2013-14. He has 18-52-70 and 232 penalty minutes in 198 career AHL games with the Falcons.


Wild's Ballard injured; Islanders' Halak misses start

Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 12:24 AM / News

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild defenseman Keith Ballard left the game Tuesday against the New York Islanders midway through the second period after hit from left wing Matt Martin.

Ballard left with 11:56 left in the second after being driven hard into the boards by Martin. A stretcher was sent on to the ice, but Ballard was able to get up and headed to the dressing room with the help of the Wild training staff.

Ballard is conscious and was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul for further evaluation and observation, according to the Wild.

Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak was forced to miss his scheduled start because of an upper-body injury.


Lightning forward Stamkos scores 250th goal in loss

Wednesday, 12.10.2014 / 12:08 AM / News

Corey Long - Correspondent

TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos scored his 250th NHL goal 47 seconds into the second period against the Washington Capitals at Amalie Arena on Tuesday.

Stamkos took a centering pass from Ryan Callahan and sent a wrist shot around the defense of Brooks Orpik and past goalie Braden Holtby on the stick side to tie the game 2-2.

The Capitals won 5-3.

"People may not believe me, but all that stuff, whether it's 200 or 250 … it doesn't register to me," Stamkos said. "If you get to the big one of 500, maybe that's something different, but there's a lot of hockey to play and my focus right now is producing and scoring goals and helping our team win, and it wasn't good enough [Tuesday]."


Canadiens legend Beliveau honored at Bell Centre

Tuesday, 12.09.2014 / 8:28 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

MONTREAL -- They wouldn't have stopped of their own accord. No, they only stopped because she asked them to.

The capacity crowd at Bell Centre on Tuesday wanted more than anything to show their appreciation, especially after a moving video tribute to the late Jean Beliveau got them even more eager to do so.

From afar, the fans in this city watched Elise Beliveau show her strength this week in greeting every single person who visited Bell Centre on Sunday and Monday as her husband lay in state. She shook hands and accepted condolences from a public that was almost as much a part of her family as her own daughter and grandchildren.

Finally, given the opportunity to do so in the same venue, but one now meant for such an outpouring of gratitude, the fans at Bell Centre stood and cheered.

And cheered some more.

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