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Posts Tagged ‘Hartford Whalers.’

“Mr. Hockey” Gordie Howe suffers stroke

Gordie Howe NHL (1966 photo by Arnie Lee via wikipedia commons)

Hall of Fame Hockey player Gordie Howe is resting after suffering a stroke on Sunday in Lubbock, Texas.

The news was reported by his daughter, Cathy, who he was visiting at the time.

The stroke has left the 86-year-old Howe with some lost function on the right side of his body, involving his arm and leg. His speech is slurred but can recognize and identify people he is familiar with.

Howe, who in a 26-year NHL career, was a 23-time All-Star playing in 1,767 games, scoring 801 goals, dishing out 1,049 assists and netting 1,850 points. He led the Detroit Red Wings to four Stanley Cups. Howe also played for the Hartford Whalers before retiring in 1980.

At the time of his retirement, Howe was the NHL leader in career goals and points before Wayne Gretzky broke those records during his career.

 

Pittsburgh Penguins stay busy, naming Jim Rutherford as new GM

Jim Rutherford as a player (photo by Detroit Red Wings via wikipedia commons)

The Pittsburgh Penguins fired head coach Dan Bylsma and hired a new GM, Jim Rutherford all in the same day.

The 65-year-old Rutherford resigned the same position back in April with the Carolina Hurricanes. He replaces Ray Shero, who was fired three weeks ago.

Rutherford is a former 5’8, 160-pound goalie in the NHL from 1969-1983 with Detroit, Toronto and the LA Kings.

This is a homecoming for him with Pittsburgh, as he played goaltender for the team in the 1970′s.

After his playing career, he spent 20 years with the Hartford Whalers franchise, who moved to North Carolina in 1997 and became the Carolina Hurricanes. Carolina won the Stanley Cup in 2006.

New Carolina Hurricanes GM Ron Francis wasting no time in cleaning house for a “fresh start”

Ron Francis (2006 photo by akulawolf via wikipedia commons)

Ron Francis was one of the NHL’s best centers during his career which lasted form 1981-2004. He was used to winning and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007 after playing for the Hartford Whalers, Pittsburgh, Carolina and Toronto.

It has come to no one’s surprise to Carolina Hurricanes fans and media in North Carolina that he has started cleaning house after taking over as the general manager last week from Jim Rutherford who resigned after two decades.

The Hurricanes former captain and assistant coach fired head coach Kirk Muller and most of his staff. Muller was 80-80-27 with the Hurricanes. Also shown the door were assistant coaches Dave Lewis and John MacLean. Goaltending coach Greg Stefan has been reassigned to the team’s pro scouting department.

Francis, who was an imposing center during his playing days at 6’3, 200 pounds, said that no one’s job is safe on the team not even the most-popular stars. He also stated that a fresh start is needed for a franchise who has made the Stanley Cup playoffs only once in the past eight years.

The Hurricanes have won a Stanley Cup, in 2005-2006. They’ve won two Eastern Conference championships in 2001-02 and 2005-06.

Flyers welcome back Pronger

 

Chris Pronger with Stanley Cup in June 2007 (photo by Davey darling, Fuzzy510 via wikipedia commons)

The Philadelphia Flyers captain and defenseman Chris Pronger returned the team’s lineup last night in a 2-1 shootout loss to Tampa Bay.

The 6’6, 220-pound star who missed the previous six games after being struck in the right eye by the stick of Mikhail Grabovski of the Toronto Maple Leafs on October 24.

The 37-year-old Pronger has played for the Hartford Whalers, St. Louis Blues, Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks.

In 1154 games, he has scored 156 goals, compiled 530 assists and 686 points.

 

Info compiled from staff, NHL & Philadelphia Flyers news

Former goalie Burke named Coyotes head of player development

 

Sean Burke (file photo)

The Phoenix Coyotes have promoted former goaltender Sean Burke to the role of director of player development.

The 6’4, 215-pound Burke spent five seasons with the Coyotes from 1999-2004 during his 18-year career.

The 44-year-old will continue as the team’s goaltending coach.

Burke’s playing career spanned 1987-2007 with New Jersey, Hartford Whalers, Carolina, Vancouver, Philadelphia, Florida, Tampa Bay and Los Angeles.

In 820 games in goal, Burke had 324 wins, 341 losses, 101 ties, 37 overtime losses and 38 shutouts.

 

Info compiled from Phoenix Coyotes news

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