The dream was tugging at him. So many of those in his draft class -- the Florida Panthers' Aaron Ekblad, the Boston Bruins' David Pastrnak, the Edmonton Oilers' Leon Draisaitl -- were stars in the making in the NHL by 2016-17, starting to fulfill their promise. And here he was, the No. 6 pick of the 2014 NHL Draft, sitting in then-Utica Comets coach Travis Green's office.
The 2018 Hockey Hall of Fame induction is Monday. This class includes NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, and Willie O'Ree, the first black player in the NHL, in the Builders category as well as former players Martin Brodeur, Martin St. Louis, Alexander Yakushev and Jayna Hefford. Here NHL.com staff writer Amalie Benjamin profiles O'Ree.
Boston Red Sox owner John Henry, president Sam Kennedy and pitcher Joe Kelly drop the first puck at TD Garden with the Commissioner's Trophy
BOSTON - As the highlights played on the video screen above the ice at TD Garden, the cheers swelled.
It got so loud, in fact, that the announcement of the Boston Red Sox was nearly obscured, as Red Sox owner John Henry, president and CEO Sam Kennedy and pitcher Joe Kelly walked out onto the ice, brandishing the Commissioner's Trophy.
NEWARK, N.J. -- There was no torch. There was no physical passing of anything. But as Nicholle Anderson and Lauren Boyle chatted, as they talked through bits of their stories, their journeys, the years of medications and tests and scans and scares, it was evident that they shared something.