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Jaromir Jagr becomes 7th player in NHL history to score 700 goals (Video)

Prior to Saturday, only six players in NHL history had scored 700 or more career goals. During the New Jersey Devils’ 6-1 rout of the New York Islanders the club gained another member.

In the second period, Jaromir Jagr put the puck in the back of the net for the 19th time this season, taking his career tally to 700.

Goals against the Islanders are certainly nothing new for Jagr. Saturday’s milestone was No. 61, the most he’s scored against any team in his 20-year career.

Immediately ahead of Jaromir Jagr on the league’s all-time list is Mike Gartner, who has 708. The top five spots are occupied by Wayne Gretzky (894), Gordie Howe (801), Brett Hull (741), Marcel Dionne (731), and Phil Esposito (717).

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Sean Avery to appear on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Sean AverySean Avery will be the latest ex-athlete to join the cast of “Dancing With the Stars,” according to a report.

The New York Post’s Page Six says Avery, the former New York Rangers forward, has been working out in preparation for the show.

After retiring from hockey in 2012, Avery began working in the fashion industry, which was one of his interests during his playing career. The fashion agency for whom he had been working closed last year.

This spring will mark the 18th season of the show and that means Avery will be the latest in the long line of ex-athletes to join the program. I’m surprised he’s willing to participate in the show despite being like the 20th athlete to do it; I thought he wasn’t big on sloppy seconds … or thirds or fourths.

US hockey team using secret codes to relay injuries to NHL teams

Team-USA-hockeyNHL owners have always been reluctant to let their players participate in the Olympics. The reason is obvious — teams have millions of dollars invested in these players and they could easily suffer some sort of injury while competing in the international tournament. At the very least, NHL teams want to know if and when their players get hurt.

Doctors from Team USA’s staff could simply place a phone call to America or Canada to relay injury information, but they choose to be more careful than that. Why? Because the Russians could be spying. According to Frank Fitzpatrick of The Philadelphia Inquirer, injury reports are delivered using texts from “clean phones” that might say something like “3 … MCL … Grade I … 7-day hold.”

There are 149 NHL players here. Each of their teams has a list of numbers that, like the ’3′ in this example, correspond to their players.

Using numbers instead of names and specially issued cellphones wiped clear of all data, (physicians) representing the NHL in Sochi can communicate discreetly.”

This is not a joke. Russia badly wants to win a gold medal in front of its home fans in Sochi, and there has apparently been some concern that they could try to gain an advantage by hacking injury information.

“[The owners] said any kind of personal account or anything with a password could be hacked by the Russians in a minute,” Peter DeLuca, the Flyers’ orthopedic surgeon and one of the NHL’s two medical representatives in Sochi, told Fitzpatrick. “So we left everything home, and they issued us these ‘clean phones.’”

DeLuca’s job in Sochi is to protect the NHL’s investments and not allow a player to play through any type of injury that could be dangerous. As a result of Cold War-type suspicions, he has also had to learn a new language. These are the reasons we love Olympic hockey.

H/T Puck Daddy

Patrick Kane cries talking about late grandfather after big game (Video)

Patrick Kane scored twice and had an assist in the Chicago Blackhawks’ 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday in a very emotional night. Kane’s grandfather, Donald, died earlier in the day, and Kane scored as a tribute to him.

Following his first goal, Kane pointed to the sky for his grandfather:

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Patrick Kane cryingKane’s grandfather lived next door to him growing up and Kane called him a great friend.

“He’s a guy I grew up with and he lived next door to me my whole childhood. We’d play cards, hang out by the pool in the summer. He came to a lot of my hockey games, but he was more worried about grades and me being a good kid. It’s a tough day, for sure.”

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Tim Thomas slashes Bruin in the head in return to Boston (Video)

Tim-Thomas-Carl-SoderberhTim Thomas faced his former team for the first time on Tuesday night, and it could not have gone worse for the Florida Panthers goalie. The Boston Bruins defeated Thomas and company 6-2 on their home ice. Toward the end of the game, frustration appeared to boil over for the two-time Vezna Trophy winner.

With just seconds remaining in the game, Bruins forward Carl Soderberg was still playing hard and crashed the net following a shot. His stick wound up near the head and shoulder area of Thomas, and Thomas responded by cranking Soderberg in the head with his stick.

“No one was really running into me until the end there,” Thomas said after the game, via Puck Daddy. “Soderberg, the play before, [gave me] a pretty hard jab. It’s 6-2, so I took a little exception to that.”

Soderberg could have been more careful with his stick and more mindful of the score, but it didn’t appear that he was trying to hurt Thomas or hit him in the head. Thomas, on the other hand, clearly knew what he was doing.

“I was just going for the rebound,” Soderberg said. “We can’t stop playing.”

Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel believes that Thomas could face a suspension for the high stick. You can certainly understand why he was frustrated. All players want to perform will against their former teams, and Thomas couldn’t have been worse. Still, I’d classify that as a cheap shot.

RPI upsets No. 2 Union and a massive brawl breaks out (Video)

Union-RPI-brawlUnion College and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have one of the most underrated rivalries in college hockey. The two New York schools are separated by roughly 15 miles. Union, which is currently ranked 3rd in the country, is a national powerhouse that had won 10-straight games over RPI prior to Sunday. But RPI’s 2-1 upset win isn’t what has the nation buzzing.

An epic brawl broke out between the two teams after the final horn sounded. RPI’s players flooded the ice to celebrate the win after the final face-off, and someone must have said something that lit a fuse. Before the 7,000 fans in attendance realized what had happened, several fights were taking place. Union coach Rick Bennett even tried to square off with RPI coach Seth Appert, but he was held back by players and coaches.

Bennett offered no explanation after the game for why he went after Appert, but both coaches apologized and said they were embarrassed by what happened. Two players from each team were suspended one game for their involvement.

Nobody owes us an apology, that’s for sure. That’s one of the best hockey brawls you’ll ever see.

Videos via Barstool Sports and The Big Lead

Goalie lets in 200-foot game-losing goal while chatting with fans (Video)

Keegan-McHenryUtah State lost a hard-fought game against rival Denver University in club hockey on Friday night. The two teams played into overtime and Denver ended up scoring the game-winner with 15 seconds remaining in the extra period. The goal came from Robert Biedron, but Denver owes its victory to Utah State goalie Keegan McHenry.

For whatever reason, McHenry was not paying attention and did not realize that a face-off was about to happen at the other end of the ice. When Denver won said face-off, McHenry was out of his net and over near the glass chatting with fans. Biedron immediately noticed this and fired the puck 200 feet for a game-winning goal. McHenry took responsibility for his mistake by sending a tweet that he later deleted.

“I am ashamed and disgusted with myself,” the tweet read, according to Puck Daddy. “With what happened and how I acted. I let myself and more importantly, my team down.”

While it was one of the most incredible boneheaded mistakes you will ever see, it’s hard not to feel sorry for McHenry. He should have been paying attention with the game on the line, but that’s a play that will haunt him for the rest of his life.