August 09 2016 11:46AM
Do you ever wonder what hockey executives do deep into the offseason?
You've made your signings from Europe and North America and missed out on a few others. You've made your draft selections. You may or may not be signing Jimmy Vesey, but that's still a few days away. The Ivan Hlinka Tournament is on, but you'll just catch the highlights and get your scouts to fill you in, honestly. So what do you do with your time?
Well, Brendan Shanahan might have an answer to that question, or many answers, really.
Shanahan recently went on The Players Tribune to respond to fan questions about a variety of topics. While the whole Q&A is worth a read, here's a few of Shanahan's best and most relevant quotes from the mailbag in context:
June 30 2016 07:00AM
Though the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft was must-see TV in the Toronto area and much of North America, Boris Dorozhenko didn’t see it live.
On Friday, June 24, at approximately 7:18 p.m. EST, Auston Matthews was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs with the first overall pick in the draft.
Dorozhenko, instructor at Next Generation Hockey schools, primarily based in Arizona, is the self-proclaimed creator of “Most unique & effective hockey player development system in the world”. He has been a coach of Matthews’ in one way or another since 2005.
But while Matthews was trying on his new sweater, taking photos and being interviewed by just about every reporter that could find their way to Buffalo, Dorozhenko spent his Friday afternoon in a Phoenix Arizona rink teaching a regularly scheduled clinic.
“Someone has to be working,” Dorozhenko said.
June 26 2016 02:18PM
The following is a fictional story based on realistic circumstances and loosely based on real events and experiences.
Monday morning, June 27, 2016.
March 22 2016 02:44PM
Why have a Goat Tracker if you don't track The Goat?
After just two games in his first NHL stint, Frederik Gauthier was returned to the Toronto Marlies.
#Leafs, who had day off, have returned Gauthier to Marlies. Bozak expected back in lineup vs. Anaheim on Thursday.— Terry Koshan (@koshtorontosun) March 22, 2016
March 19 2016 08:42AM
Freddy Gauthier will be the 11th #leafs player to make his NHL debut this season.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) March 19, 2016
Frederik Gauthier is the latest Marlie to be set to make his NHL debut, slotting into the lineup tonight after being called up on an emergency basis (along with Josh Leivo, who's been floating between the teams so often it's easy to lose track of him.)