- Ryan Strome wants to light the lamp more frequently next season. That's an admirable goal, young man. [Islanders]
- Joshua Ho-Sang brashly and egotistically set up two teammates for goals with flashy assists in Canada's 3-2 shootout loss to Russia at the World Junior showcase. So self-centered! [LHH]
- Mike Vaccaro weaves some poetry about the closing of Nassau Coliseum and the role the arena played in the lives of Long Islanders for forty years. Great stuff. [NY Post]
- The Shawinigan Cataracts have named Islanders 2015 first rounder Anthony Beauvillier as their new captain.
- Long Island native John Schiavo, who turned heads with some slick moves at Islanders rookie camp, has landed a contract with the Missouri Mavericks. Good for him. The Mavs also signed forward Liam Stewart, whom you may know better as the son of another famous sportsman, soccer star Rod Stewart. [Mavs release]
- The team has its first coach - former NHLer Chad Wiseman, who was still playing last year in Japan. Alas he is a former Ranger, and Blueshirt Banter has the skinny on him.
- Here's some miscellaneous info on various NWHL matters such as the league's players association, rules and ownership. [Ash On Ice]
- And at long last, NWHL t-shirts are finally on sale for men, women and kids and are available in a variety of colors.
- Don Cherry opens up on #Deflategate. His conclusion: Tom Brady is just too damn handsome and successful to be a cheater. Sure, Grapes. [Awful Announcing]
- Arctic Ice Hockey examines the Should the NHL Make The Nets Bigger? issue.
- Lou Lamoriello's gone and so are the kooky rules he imposed on the Devils. [In Lou We (still) Trust]
- The Chicago-Minnesota Stadium Series extravaganza will feature an alumni game between old Blackhawks and a North Stars/Wild Unified Team. [NHL.com]
- Not hockey but no doubt Dom approved: SB Nation's complete Premier League season preview. Includes handy pop culture guidelines for picking the right soccer team for you.
The Liam Stewart news is as good an excuse as any to post an old classic. Man, that hair...