Woodcroft Discusses Coaching Strategies

Jay Woodcroft is off to a great start as an NHL head coach. The Edmonton Oilers are 17-7-2 in Woodcroft’s 26 games as an NHL head coach. They are tied with Boston for the most points in the NHL since he took over and they have the fourth best points% at .692. In the summer…


Keith Gretzky Update on Lavoie, Holloway and More

The Edmonton Oilers have had a continuous path to the trainer’s room this season. Their top-five D-men have dressed in only 27 of their 55 games and Kris Russell, the #6, has only played in 20 of 55 games. The injuries have allowed William Lagesson (27 games) Markus Niemelainen (18) and Philip Broberg (17) to…


Where Are They Now: Zack Stortini

Zack Stortini was named captain of the Sudbury Wolves when he was only 17. He wasn’t the Wolves’ best player, but he was an extremely hard worker, who was physical, would protect his teammates and he was a great communicator. His work ethic led to a 14-year career playing pro hockey. He was drafted 79th…


No one wants to hear about the Red Wings

This morning, Ken Holland spent about 20 minutes talking to the media about what’s going on with the Oilers, and after it was over, I was left wondering what the point was even for the scribes that requested this availability. That is, of course, unless you enjoy hearing about how things worked in Detroit 30…


Duncan Keith on Chicago Blackhawks Fiasco

Earlier today Duncan Keith sat at the podium and answered questions for over 13 minutes in regards to the horrific actions of former Chicago Blackhawks coach Brad Aldrich in 2010. Yesterday, Reid Schar from Jenner & Block, released his report on the Blackhawks response to allegations of sexual misconduct by Aldrich.


Perlini is Happy to be Back in the NHL

Brendan Perlini was selected 12th overall pick at the 2014 NHL entry draft by the Arizona Coyotes. He turned pro two years later. He started in the AHL and promptly scored 14 goal and 19 points in 17 games with the Tucson Roadrunners. That earned him a callup to the Coyotes and he finished the…


Playfair Outlines Four Area of Defending

I love interviews where I learn something. I’ve been blessed to interview coaches and players in many sports over the past 20+ years, and usually you can glean some information from one or two or their responses. However, the best interviews are when the guest is willing to share their information and go in-depth with…


Brodziak Set to Play His Most Meaningful Game

Kyle Brodziak played 974 National Hockey League regular season and playoff games. He fulfilled his NHL dream, and exceeded his own expectations, but his father never saw him play. Dale Anthony Brodziak passed away on June 14th, 1998. He was 42 years young. He died after battling cancer for many years. Kyle was only 14…


Dave Tippett Excited for the Challenges of the 2021 NHL Season

Edmonton Oilers head coach Dave Tippett is as excited as fans, media and players to start the 2021 season. An abbreviated training camp, with no preseason games makes this coming 56-game season even more unique. Tippett is looking forward to the challenge of ensuring his team is ready on January 13th.


A Red Journal Salvaged Slater Koekkoek’s Career

Last December, Slater Koekkoek’s NHL career was heading in the wrong direction. He’d been a healthy scratch for 28 of Chicago’s first 44 games. Seven years earlier (2012) he was drafted 10th overall by Tampa Bay. There were high expectations and being a regular healthy scratch for the struggling Chicago Blackhawks wasn’t the story he,…


Phil Kemp: “I kind of have a sneaky offensive game.”

Phil Kemp’s partner on the US National U-18 team in 2016/2017 was Quinn Hughes. Hughes got all the press, and rightfully so, due to his outstanding skills and skating ability. Hughes is 5’10 and 170 pounds, while the right-shooting Kemp is 6’3′ and 205 pounds. Hughes was the flash, while Kemp was the defensive conscience….


Will a New Partner Help Mike Smith?

Adam Francilia is not a goalie coach by title — he is a trainer who has worked with different NHL skaters — but is likely more known for his work with many NHL goalies. He is a goalie consultant with the San Jose Sharks, but he is free to train and consult with individual goalies….