Today in Hockey History: June 17

Today in Hockey History: June 17

June 17th, 2020 There was a trio of Stanley Cup Final games played on this date with one providing and huge upset and another extending the season for one last game. Also, an Entry Draft took place on June 17 that brought some big names and future Hall of Famers into the National Hockey League. Devils...
NHL Rumors: Oilers News, Plus Stars Potentially Lose Polak

NHL Rumors: Oilers News, Plus Stars Potentially Lose Polak

June 15th, 2020 In today's NHL rumors, there is more news as it pertains to a possible return of Jesse Puljujarvi to the Edmonton Oilers. Plus, will the team sign Mike Green for another season? And, in Dallas, it appears Roman Polak just publicly removed himself from the NHL and competing with the Stars going...

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June 3rd, 2020
Stars History

One of the most memorable penalties in Stanley Cup Final history was called on this date. Also, June 3 was a very busy day for the front office in Motown and provided plenty of postseason drama too.   The “Illegal Stick” Game The Los Angeles Kings were sitting pretty on June 3, 1993. They won the first game of the Stanley Cup Final over the Montreal Canadiens and held a 2-1 lead with two minutes to go in Game 2. Then, Canadiens head coach Jacques Demers asked the officials to check the curve on Kings’ defenseman Marty McSorley’s stick blade and the series seemed to change. After McSorley’s stick is deemed illegal, referee Kerry Fraser gives him a minor penalty. Moments later, Eric Desjardins scores his second goal of the night to force overtime. He struck for a third goal just 51 seconds into overtime to even the series at 1-1 while becoming the first defenseman to score a hat trick in the Stanley Cup...
June 1st, 2020
NHL Entry Draft

The Dallas Stars have a solid core with Tyler Seguin, Alexander Radulov, Rope Hintz, John Klingberg, and Miro Heiskanen. Even though the team is one of the top 4 seeds in the Western Conference with the new playoff format, their success was mostly due to their excellent defensive play. They allowed the second-fewest goals in the league at 2.52 goals-against per game, while their offense ranked 26th with 2.58 goals for per game. Related: Stars' Pattern of Frustrating 1st-Round Picks The draft order is not set yet, but the Stars will likely be picking in the low to mid-20s. After the top 10 “elite” talents in the draft, there is a wide discrepancy between prospect rankings in the 11-30 range. The Stars may see a player like Hendrix Lapierre, whose draft stock has fallen due to injuries, be available to them. There is also a bevy of players who could go as high as 11th or fall to the late first round as this is one of the deepest drafts in recent memory and the Stars should...
May 23rd, 2020
NHL Entry Draft

The Dallas Stars are once again considered a contender thanks in large part to superstars Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and Ben Bishop. However, it will be organizational depth that will determine how far the club goes in coming seasons. Second and third-round picks such as Roope Hintz and Esa Lindell have filled important roles, but looking at who the Stars have passed on with their first-round picks in the past 10 years leaves much to be desired. Before going any further, it’s important to note that the 2017 and 2018 drafts are being excluded; Miro Heiskanen was a no-brainer at the No. 3 overall pick, and it's far too early to judge the kind of impacts Jake Oettinger and Ty Dellandrea will have. Further, this list isn’t to judge what the individual could be in five years, but how they are helping the Stars win a Stanley Cup right now. 2016: Riley Tufte (No. 25) This 6-foot-6 American power forward also fits into the ‘too early to tell' category but is included solely...
May 17th, 2020
Stars History

May 17 is a very good date for hockey fans on both Long Island and in the Steel City. However, the fans in the Twin Cities did not enjoy this date quite as much as their counterparts out east. An Islanders Kind of Day The New York Islanders ruled the NHL during the first half of the 1980s with four-straight Stanley Cup championships and a fifth appearance in the Final. With that being said, mid-May is a very good time for Islanders' memories. On May 17, 1980, Hall of Fame defenseman Denis Potvin scored twice and added two assists as the Islanders beat the visiting Philadelphia Flyers 6-2, in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The win gave them a 2-1 lead in a series they eventually won in six games. Potvin did a lot of damage during the month of May. (Photo by Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images) A year later, Butch Goring scored three times to lead a 7-5 comeback victory over the Minnesota North Stars, in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. Goring becomes the first player...

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  Hockey fans know that North Stars owner Norm Green earned his infamy by moving the franchise from puck-loving Minnesota to Texas, where high school football draws more interest than the NHL. Fewer know that Green had already flipped the team’s cherished “N” logo over the glass... August 9th, 2017