As a young player with the Buffalo Sabres, he was sent to the American Hockey League two days before the 2008 Winter Classic against the Pittsburgh Penguins, a landmark event that set the precedent for the numerous stadium games that would follow. So when MacArthur took the ice for Ottawa at the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic at BC Place on Sunday, he made sure not to squander another opportunity to play on one of hockey's grandest stages.
Pirri, 22, was selected by Chicago in the second round (No. 59) at the 2009 NHL Draft. He has split this season between the Blackhawks and Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League. Pirri was playing with Rockford, where he had 11 goals and 15 assists in 26 games, at the time of the trade. He had six goals and five assists in 28 games for Chicago this season.
VANCOUVER -- The Vancouver Canucks didn't have an update on the status of forward Daniel Sedin after he left the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic on Sunday with an apparent leg injury.
Sedin will be re-evaluated Monday after being hit into the boards by Ottawa Senators' defenseman Marc Methot at 14:20 of the second period. Sedin's legs splayed apart awkwardly as he went down behind the Ottawa net, and he clutched his left leg as he lay on the ice. He skated to the bench slowly under his own power, but went to the locker room moments later with assistance from team officials.
"He was done," coach John Tortorella said after the Canucks lost to the Senators 4-2.
He seemed to thrive on his own and didn't really need any push from me. I certainly don't want to get in the way of the coaches. You see how that goes sometimes. I never really worried about it and just enjoyed the ride.
— David Ekblad on his son's [Aaron Ekblad] journey to the NHL, signing with the Florida Panthers