2014 Winter Olympics Rosters – United States

Here is the roster for the United States for the Winter Olympics in Sochi:

Teams play in the National Hockey League (NHL) unless otherwise stated.

KEY: Player Name, Team, History At Olympics


David Backes, St. Louis Blues (2nd appearance – 6GP 1G 2A 2PIM)
Dustin Brown, Los Angeles Kings (2nd appearance – 6GP 0G 0A 0PIM)
Ryan Callahan, New York Rangers (2nd appearance – 6GP 0G 1A 2PIM)
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks (2nd appearance – 6GP 3G 2A 2PIM)
Ryan Kesler, Vancouver Canucks (2nd appearance – 6GP 2G 0A 2PIM)
Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs (2nd appearance – 6GP 1G 1A 0PIM)
T.J. Oshie, St. Louis Blues (1st appearance)
Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens (1st appearance)
Zach Parisé, Minnesota Wild (2nd appearance – 6GP 4G 4A 0PIM)
Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks (2nd appearance – 6GP 0G 3A 4PIM)
Paul Stastny, Colorado Avalanche (2nd appearance – 6GP 1G 2A 0PIM)
Derek Stepan, New York Rangers (1st appearance)
James van Riemsdyk, Toronto Maple Leafs (1st appearance)
Blake Wheeler, Winnipeg Jets (1st appearance)


John Carlson, Washington Capitals (1st appearance)
Justin Faulk, Carolina Hurricanes (1st appearance)
Cam Fowler, Anaheim Ducks (1st appearance)
Paul Martin, Pittsburgh Penguins (1st appearance)
Ryan McDonagh, New York Rangers (1st appearance)
Brooks Orpik, Pittsburgh Penguins (2nd appearance – 6GP 0G 0A 0PIM)
Kevin Shattenkirk, St. Louis Blues (1st appearance)
Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild (2nd appearance – 6GP 0G 4A 2PIM)


Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings (2nd appearance – OGP 0.00SV% 0.00GAA)
Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres (2nd appearance – 6GP 94.56SV% 1.35GAA)
Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings (1st appearance)


New Division Names!!

Six divisions have now become four, as the NHL released the names of the new divisions, which will be in place starting from the 2013-14 season.

The Atlantic Division will consist of: Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Metropolitan Division will consist of: Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals.

The Central Division will consist of: Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues and Winnipeg Jets.

The Pacific Division will consist of: Anaheim Ducks, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, Phoenix Coyotes, San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks.

The Atlantic and Metropolitan divisions will make up the Eastern Conference, whilst the Central and Pacific will be the Western Conference. Detroit and Columbus are moving to the East, and Winnipeg is moving West. The schedule makes sure that all 30 teams will play in all 30 arenas at least once in the regular season.

The Stanley Cup Playoffs will still be made up of 16 teams, but qualifying for the dance has been modified. The top three from each division will automatically qualify, and the final four spots will be made up of ‘wild card’ teams from both conferences, regardless of division, meaning it is possible for one division to send five teams, and the other only send three to the playoffs.

The playoff seedings will still be based on points earned in the regular season. The winner of the conference, who will be the division winner with the highest points,  will face the wild-card team with the fewest points. Second in the conference, and the other division winner, will face the wild-card team with the second fewest points.

The four winners will advance on to play for a berth in the conference championship series, with the winner of the conference advancing to the Stanley Cup.


2013 NHL Entry Draft – By Team

Who did your team draft in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft? Find out by following the links below.


Anaheim Ducks
Calgary Flames
Chicago Blackhawks
Colorado Avalanche
Dallas Stars
Edmonton Oilers
Los Angeles Kings
Minnesota Wild
Nashville Predators
Phoenix Coyotes
San Jose Sharks
St. Louis Blues
Vancouver Canucks
Winnipeg Jets


Boston Bruins
Buffalo Sabres
Carolina Hurricanes
Columbus Blue Jackets
Detroit Red Wings
Florida Panthers
Montreal Canadiens
New Jersey Devils
New York Islanders
New York Rangers
Ottawa Senators
Philadelphia Flyers
Pittsburgh Penguins
Tampa Bay Lightning
Toronto Maple Leafs
Washington Capitals

Winnipeg Jets

2013 NHL Entry Draft – Winnipeg Jets

Here is a look at whom the Winnipeg Jets drafted in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, and also any trades they may have partaken in during the draft.

Round – Pick – Player Chosen (position in brackets) – Nationality – Junior/Club/College Team

1 – 13 – Josh Morrissey (D) – Canada – Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)
2 – 43 – Nicolas Petan (C) – Canada – Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
2 – 59 – Eric Comrie (G) – Canada – Tri-City Americans (WHL)
3 – 84 – James Lodge (C) – United States – Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
3 – 91 – J.C. Lipon (RW) – Canada – Kamloops Blazers (WHL)
4 – 104 – Andrew Copp (C) – United States – University of Michigan (NCAA I)
4 – 114 – Jan Kostalek (D) – Czech Republic – Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)
5 – 127 – Tucker Poolman (D) – United States – Omaha Lancers (USHL)
7 – 190 – Brenden Kichton (D) – Canada – Spokane Chiefs (WHL)
7 – 194 – Marcus Karlstrom (D) – Sweden – AIK J18 (J18 Elit)


Winnipeg Jets acquire Michael Frolik (RW) from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for 2013 3rd Rd pick and 2013 5th Rd pick

Chicago Blackhawks

2013 NHL Entry Draft – Chicago Blackhawks

Here is a look at whom the Chicago Blackhawks drafted in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, and also any trades they may have partaken in during the draft.

Round – Pick – Player Chosen (position in brackets) – Nationality – Junior/Club/College Team

1 – 30 – Ryan Hartman (RW) – United States – Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
2 – 51 – Carl Dahlstrom (D) – Sweden – Linkoping J20 (SuperElit)
3 – 74 – John Hayden (C) – United States – USA U-18 (USHL)
4 – 111 – Robin Norell (D) – Sweden – Djurgarden J20 (SuperElit)
1 – 121 – Tyler Motte (C) – United States – USA U-18 (USHL)
5 – 134 – Luke Johnson (C) – United States – Lincoln Stars (USHL)
6 – 181 – Anthony Louis (C) – United States – USA U-18 (USHL)
7 – 211 – Robin Press (D) – Sweden – Sodertalje (HockeyAllvenskan)


Chicago Blackhawks acquire 2013 2nd Rd pick, 2013 4th Rd pick and 2014 4th Rd pick from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Dave Bolland (C)

Chicago Blackhawks acquire 2013 3Rd pick and 2013 5th Rd pick from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for Michael Frolik (RW)

The UHF Tournament

The Ultimate Hockey Fighter Tournament – Semi Finals

Four Fighters. Three Matches. Two Finalists. One Ultimate Hockey Fighter.

Last week saw Rob Ray be the first finalist after defeating Stu Grimson.

This week, his opponent in the final will be decided!

Bob Probert
Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks
6’3″ 225 lbs
3×20 NHL Fights in a season
11×15 NHL Fights in a season
240 NHL Fights 15 FPY

Tie Domi
Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, Winnipeg Jets, Toronto Maple Leafs
5’10″ 207 lbs
6×20 NHL Fights in a season
11×15 NHL Fights in a season
278 NHL Fights 17.4 FPY

What happened when these two squared off:


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The UHF Tournament

The Ultimate Hockey Fighter Tournament – Quarter Final

8 fights remain in the UHF Tournament. Who will survive to the final 4? Only you can decide!

Last week saw Bob Probert defeat Matthew Barnaby to advance to the Final Four!

This week sees our last Quarter Final and the final spot in the Semis up for grabs with two men that never fought, finally going head to head.

(WC) Joey Kocur
Detroit Red Wings, New York Rangers, Vancouver Canucks
6′ 220 lbs
4×20 NHL Fights in a season
5×15 NHL Fights in a season
217 NHL Fights 14.5 FPY

Tie Domi
Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, Winnipeg Jets, Toronto Maple Leafs
5’10″ 207 lbs
6×20 NHL Fights in a season
11×15 NHL Fights in a season
278 NHL Fights 17.4 FPY

Why you should vote for Joey Kocur:


Why you should vote for Tie Domi:


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Hockey Media

Bad Hockey Media presents..

You know NBA Jam don’t you? Of course you do. Everyone loves NBA Jam. With it’s BOOM SHAKALAKA and it’s ‘You’re on fire!’. But what if, you want to play NBA Jam, but don’t like basketball? Maybe you’re a hockey fan? Imagine, NBA Jam, but on the ice.. Sounds awesome right? Well..

Released into arcades by Midway in November 1995, and ported to Playstation (1996) and Windows (1997), 2 on 2 Open Ice Challenge brings all the fast paced action that NBA Jam provided, onto the ice, allowing for big checks, ridiculous shots and goal nets that catch fire.

26 teams consisting of 3 or 4 players to select from make up the rosters. However, with the Playstation and Windows versions, the Winnipeg Jets are replaced with the Phoenix Coyotes, as well as various roster moves that happened in between the arcade and console/PC versions, with commentary on all versions, albeit not the greatest commentary, from then Chicago Blackhawks announcer, Pat Foley. (who by the way is a secret character in the game, but more on that shortly)

This game is very fun to play. It’s not the best graphically, but this is more about the fun than the look, even though from the Playstation version I was using, I am positive I could see the likenesses of Mike Modano and Jaromir Jagr, just to name a few. Even in a single player experience, it’s extremely enjoyable, and even though the periods are only three minutes long, this is more than enough time, due to the sheer fast-paced nature. Defensive skills can be left at the door, as this is all about scoring more goals than your opponent.

The abundance of secret characters has continued from NBA Jam, however with a different mix. Gone are Bill Clinton and Al Gore, enter the creator of Mortal Kombat Ed Boon, and ‘Mr. Hockey’ Gordie Howe. These, as well as many more secret players, can be accessed using the initial system used to keep records of previous matches.

Overall, 2 on 2 Open Ice Challenge may not be the best and greatest hockey game in the marketplace, but it could very well be the most fun you and up to 3 of your friends will have with a hockey game. Now if only they made a 2013 version..

The UHF Tournament

The Ultimate Hockey Fighter Tournament – Second Round

16 eliminated. 16 remain. Who advances on? That’s entirely up to you!

Last week, Joey Kocur advanced to the Quarter Finals, defeating Peter Worrell.

This week, a co-favourite to take out the whole shooting match, takes on a fighter with a wealth of experience.

Mike Peluso
Chicago Blackhawks, Ottawa Senators, New Jersey Devils, St. Louis Blues, Calgary Flames
6’4″ 210 lbs
5×20 NHL Fights in a season
7×15 NHL Fights in a season
179 NHL Fights 19.9 FPY

Tie Domi
Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, Winnipeg Jets, Toronto Maple Leafs
5’10″ 207 lbs
6×20 NHL Fights in a season
11×15 NHL Fights in a season
278 NHL Fights 17.4 FPY

What happened when these two squared off:


Why you should vote for Mike Peluso:


Why you should vote for Tie Domi:


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2013 NHL Draft Lottery Results

April 29 saw the 2013 NHL Draft Lottery take place, which would decide the draft order from 1 to 14 in the upcoming draft, decided by the 14 teams that did not make the Stanley Cup playoffs.

This was the order of placing, and their odds going into the lottery.

Rank Team % of Winning Points
1 Florida Panthers 25.0 36
2 Colorado Avalanche 18.8 39
3 Tampa Bay Lightning 14.2 40
4 Nashville Predators 10.7 41
5 Carolina Hurricanes 8.1 42
6 Calgary Flames 6.2 42
7 Edmonton Oilers 4.7 45
8 Buffalo Sabres 3.6 48
9 New Jersey Devils 2.7 48
10 Dallas Stars 2.1 48
11 Philadelphia Flyers 1.5 49
12 Phoenix Coyotes 1.1 51
13 Winnipeg Jets 0.8 51
14 Columbus Blue Jackets 0.5 55

The lottery results however, showed a slightly different story. They showed that being the worst team in the NHL, doesn’t necessarily grant you the First Overall Pick, as the Colorado Avalanche move up from 2 to 1, at the expense of the Florida Panthers, who take the 2 spot. Otherwise, there was a status quo with all other positions, meaning the draft order for the first 14 picks in the draft at the moment, are as follows:

Rank Team
1 Colorado Avalanche
2 Florida Panthers
3 Tampa Bay Lightning
4 Nashville Predators
5 Carolina Hurricanes
6 Calgary Flames
7 Edmonton Oilers
8 Buffalo Sabres
9 New Jersey Devils
10 Dallas Stars
11 Philadelphia Flyers
12 Phoenix Coyotes
13 Winnipeg Jets
14 Columbus Blue Jackets

The 2013 NHL Draft will be held Sunday June 30.