Vancouver Sun apologizes for calling Jordan Subban ‘dark guy in the middle’


The Vancouver Sun issued an apology on Wednesday morning after publishing a photo on Tuesday night that referred to Canucks defenseman Jordan Subban as the “dark guy in the middle.” The caption, which was written by a photo service, also appeared on the Province website for a brief time.

The photo showed Subban — the younger brother of Montreal Canadiens start PK Subban — celebrating with his teammates. Typically his position would have been described as something like “third from the right,” but the person who wrote the caption chose to use the color of his skin instead. Vancouver Sun editor Gillian Burnett apologized for overlooking the caption.

The Sun changed the caption and also issued an apology through their official Twitter account.

H/T SB Nation
Photo via @GregBallochST

Kings give vial of ice from Stanley Cup Final to season ticket holders

la-kings-rings-smallThe Los Angeles Kings were the last ones standing when the 2013-2014 NHL season ended, as they captured their second Stanley Cup in three years.

With training camps underway, 29 other teams are setting their sights on ending the upcoming season the way Los Angeles did this past June.

Understandably, Kings fans are excited for the new season and The Royal Half is among them. As he began unpacking the box that contained his season tickets, The Royal Half noticed an unexpected surprise.

The Kings included a vial of ice from June 13, 2014, the day the team defeated the New York Rangers 3-2 in double overtime of game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals to clinch the championship.

In his blog post, The Royal Half said he would hold on to the vial for the rest of his life. I can’t say I blame him, that’s pretty sweet.

The Kings play their first preseason game on September 22 and begin their title defense October 8 when the San Jose Sharks visit Staples Center.

Jordan Subban knocked out his front tooth on a hotel door


Vancouver Canucks defenseman Jordan Subban, the younger brother of Montreal Canadiens star PK Subban, had one of his front teeth knocked out on Monday night. Typical hockey injury, right? Not quite.

Subban did not take a puck or a punch to the face. The 19-year-old lost a fight with his hotel room door. He described what happened in detail through the Canucks official website, even tossing in a great “Dumb & Dumber” reference.

After we got back to the hotel last night, I was in my room just hanging out when I heard some of the boys in the hallway. I poked my head out the door to see where they were headed, they said to eat and I had already had a bite, so I turned to go back into my room.


I don’t know what the heck happened, but next thing I knew half my front tooth was on the floor and there was a hole in the door. So now I look like Lloyd Christmas from Dumb & Dumber. Great.

Hockey players lose teeth all the time. Sometimes they even end up having to pull out their own teeth. But knocking out your own tooth by walking into a door is a bit more rare. Thankfully, Subban’s new look is nothing out of the ordinary for his line of work.

H/T Pete Blackburn

Sidney Crosby was not arrested in Ottawa

sidney-crosbySidney Crosby has not been arrested, despite what a report that was published early Wednesday morning may have made you believe. The report from QMI Agency, which was featured in the Ottawa Sun but has since been deleted, read as follows:

Pittsburgh Penguins centre Sidney Crosby was arrested by Ottawa Police late Tuesday while driving a rented Porsche, sources have told QMI Agency.

Reasons of his arrest were unknown, but appear to be driving related.

Sources say Crosby was taken to the Ottawa police headquarters on Elgin street for fingerprinting and a mugshot. It is unknown at this time why the NHL star was in Ottawa.

Ottawa Police have been unable to be reached for comment.

Crosby is the captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins and one of the faces of the NHL. To our knowledge, he has never gotten into any type of serious trouble off the ice. And, wouldn’t you know it, his record remains clean.

“It never happened,” the Ottawa police duty desk told The Canadian Press when contacted about the arrest report.

Ottawa police chief Charles Bordeleau confirmed on Twitter that Crosby was not arrested:

Not only was Crosby not arrested, but the Penguins say he is not even in Canada this week.

“The Pittsburgh Penguins have spoken to Sidney Crosby,” the team said in a statement on Wednesday. “He is not in Canada, and was not in Canada yesterday. He is continuing his training in preparation for training camp.”

QMI later released a statement saying there was “no basis” for the original story and that the agency regrets the reporting. Penguins fans can breathe a sigh of relief.

H/T Puck Daddy

Ryan Malone told police he was ‘baffled’ there was cocaine in his pocket

Ryan-MaloneFree agent NHL forward Ryan Malone was arrested and charged with driving while under the influence and possession of cocaine back in April. He apparently auditioned for the TV show “Cops” during his run-in with police.

According to a police report obtained by the Tampa Bay Times, Malone immediately went to the “that’s not mine” excuse when an officer found a bag of cocaine in his pocket.

Malone told (officer) Visser he didn’t believe the officer planted the drugs on him, according to the documents, but he was “baffled” because he was wearing the same jeans for three days.

“I asked where it came from,” Visser wrote in his report. “And he said he was just shocked.”

If you’re going to pretend the coke isn’t yours, that’s fine. It never works, but to each his own. The part I don’t get is why he told the officer that he had been wearing the same jeans for three days. Did Malone think that would help his case? At least say they’re somebody else’s pants. Amateurs…

Malone was bought out by the Tampa Bay Lightning a few weeks after his arrest.

H/T Deadspin

Teemu Selanne reportedly offered $10 million a season by KHL team Jokerit

Teemu Selanne DucksThe top hockey team in Finland is joining the KHL next season and doing everything possible to sign Finnish hockey legend Teemu Selanne.

According to hockey reporter Juha Hiitela, Finnish club Jokerit has offered Selanne $10 million a season. They want him so badly they are even offering him the Vin Scully deal; for $5 million, he would only have to play in home games.

Selanne confirmed the offer from Jokerit but says only playing half the team’s games might not be a good thing. It would probably be difficult to stay in peak shape and develop chemistry with his teammates if he were only playing in half of the team’s games.

Selanne, 44, has pondered retirement on and off for years. He even briefly retired after the Anaheim Ducks won the Stanley Cup in 2007.

Teemu says his NHL days are over. He is 11th all time in goals and 15th in career points.

Jarret Stoll used the Stanley Cup as a ball marker


Jarret Stoll is enjoying his time with the Stanley Cup. The Los Angeles Kings center seems to be taking the massive piece of hardware with him wherever he goes, including the putting green.

Most people would probably secure the Stanley Cup to their golf cart if they felt the need to bring it out on the links, but Stoll found a different use for it. Hopefully he didn’t have to mark his ball in anyone’s line, because Stoll used the trophy as a ball marker.

Meanwhile, Erin Andrews is still waiting for her proposal while Stoll is unleashing these shenanigans.

H/T Eye on Golf