Expect the unexpected.
That was the advice William Nylander received from his father as the Toronto Maple Leafs prospect heads into his first rookie camp this weekend in London, Ont. When Michael Nylander went to his first NHL training camp in 1992-93, the Hartford Whalers knew the Swedish forward was skilled. But they made a point of finding out if he was strong enough — both physically and mentally — to handle the adversity that comes with playing in North America.
“They set a guy on him to try and get him irritated and try to see if he will retaliate,” William Nylander said. “That’s a pretty funny story.”
So, did his father retaliate?
“I don’t remember what he said,” said Nylander. “I’ll try to get back to you on that.”
Nylander might not have to fight at the four-team tournament, which includes the Ottawa Senators, Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins. But he will have to pass his own set of tests if he is going to make the jump to the NHL level this season.
(Photos by Tyler Anderson/National Post; Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
Remember that miserable Canadian winter we all suffered through, not so long ago? When watching the Winter Olympics was just about the only way to stay warm or, rather, feel warm and fuzzy about something, specifically — our athletes — and their medal haul, on the slopes, around the speed skating oval and in the hockey arena in Sochi?
Canada did what Canada does in winter sports, elbowing its way to the podium, waving the maple leaf with glee and giving us Hosers at home some new national heroes to celebrate. First among them, arguably, was Marie-Philip Poulin, a shy, polite, perfectly friendly French-Canadian, when not dressed in her hockey gear. On the ice Poulin was Clutch. She is an American Killer, and a scorer of two gold-medal sealing goals in Sochi — this after she scored the winning goal to beat the States in Vancouver four years before.
“Sidney Crosby is the best player in the world, in my opinion,” Louise Warren, Poulin’s college roommate at Boston University said after watching her pal dispatch of the U.S. “But I 100 per cent believe that [Poulin] is the best women’s hockey player in the world.”
A Canadian woman, and she is the best in the world. Poulin’s success in February stirred the patriotic spirit. But there are other rustlings out there. Canadian women are on the move. It is their time and, in England, at Wimbledon, it is Eugenie Bouchard’s time. (Photos: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images, Clive Brunskill/Getty Images, Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
'It hurts more when you're close': Max Pacioretty was sitting with his hands on his thighs in a quiet corner of a quiet dressing room. Discarded balls of hockey tape were on both sides of where he sat, a used white towel was crumpled on a seat nearby, speckled with someone’s blood.
Max Pacioretty was sitting with his hands on his thighs in a quiet corner of a quiet dressing room. Discarded balls of hockey tape were on both sides of where he sat, a used white towel was crumpled on a seat nearby, speckled with someone’s blood.
“It hurts,” said Canadiens coach Michel Therrien. “And it hurts more when you’re close.” (Photos: Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press, Frank Franklin II/The Associated Press)