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#pounditTuesday, October 26, 2021

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Video: Marcus Foligno delivers superman punch in fight

Marcus Foligno Superman punch

Marcus Foligno looked like an MMA fighter during a fight on Tuesday night.

The Minnesota Wild winger got into a fight with Winnipeg Jets defenseman Brenden Dillon towards the end of the first period. As the two players were sizing each other up, Foligno leaped in the air towards Dillon and threw a superman punch.

Foligno brought the energy in the fight, throwing several punches and then skating off the ice with speed afterwards.

That fight seemed to be a predictor of how the game would go. The Wild ended up winning 6-5 in overtime.

However, Foligno also drew attention for a punch to the back of Pierre-Luc Dubois’ head.

Jimmy Hayes died due to cocaine and fentanyl drug mix

Jimmy Hayes on the Devils

The hockey world was heartbroken to learn on Aug. 23 that former NHL player Jimmy Hayes had died. Hayes was pronounced dead at his home in Milton, Mass., after first responders arrived at the scene. He was 31.

Hayes’ death reportedly was not considered to be suspicious at the time. However, the family received the autopsy report for Hayes on Friday. They were shocked at the results.

Hayes’ toxicology report showed the former winger died due to a mix of cocaine and fentanyl, according to what the family told The Boston Globe.

Hayes’ wife told The Globe she was shocked because her husband never showed signs at home of struggling with drugs.

Hayes apparently had an addiction to pain pills and sought treatment for the matter. But some people thought that was behind him.

Hayes’ family wants people to understand how problematic and lethal opioids can be. Hayes’ father believes his son made a “terrible mistake” and hopes others can learn.

Hayes won a national championship at Boston College and played seven seasons in the NHL. His story is becoming all too familiar for sports fans, who have seen beloved football and baseball players also die due to drugs, including fentanyl.

Photo: Nov 5, 2017; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New Jersey Devils right wing Jimmy Hayes (10) skates during the warmup period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Predators send hilarious tweet after loss to Kraken

Nashville Predators logo

The Seattle Kraken notched their first ever win as an NHL franchise on Thursday night, and the Nashville Predators were happy to help them accomplish the feat.

After Seattle defeated Nashville 4-3, the Predators raised a photoshopped banner for themselves as part of an awesome tweet. They called their loss to the Kraken “southern hospitality.”

The Kraken lost their first ever regular-season game when they fell to the Las Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday. That game featured an incredible pregame video.

Hopefully the Kraken can live up to their name, because they easily have one of the best nicknames and logos in all of sports.

Wayne Gretzky target of social media jokes for his hair

Wayne Gretzky hair dye

Wednesday night marked the first time TNT broadcasted NHL games since they and ESPN won the shared TV rights to the league in the U.S. TNT’s studio show featured a crossover appearance from Charles Barkley, who is the central personality on TNT’s highly successful “Inside the NBA” program, as well as analysis from the legendary Wayne Gretzky.

TNT’s NHL TV crew includes host Liam McHugh along with former players Gretzky, Anson Carter, Paul Bissonette and Rick Tocchet. “The Great One” is the biggest name on the crew by far.

Yes, TNT outbid ESPN for Gretzky’s on-air services. And Gretzky immediately drew attention online for his extremely dark hair, which seemed unnatural. Take a look at what people were saying about Gretzky’s hair on social media.

Here is his hair.

And a sampling of the jokes:

Wayne was only a couple steps away from the infamous Carlos Boozer hair.

It’s hard to believe Gretzky looked like this back in the day with Edmonton:

Cool pregame video from the Kraken-Golden Knights game is going viral

Ice show graphic featuring a kraken

A cool video from a show that took place prior to the start of Tuesday’s Las Vegas Golden Knights-Seattle Kraken game is going viral.

The Kraken on Tuesday night played their first NHL game in franchise history. The game also took place on Opening Night of the NHL’s 2021-2022 season.

The Golden Knights, who play at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., are known for having cool lights/graphics shows before games. The show prior to their game against the Kraken was pretty awesome. Take a look:

That was awesome.

The Kraken have one of the coolest nicknames and logos in sports. It’s no surprise that the graphic of the Kraken on the ice looked awesome, until the knight killed it.

The beginning of the game went for Seattle about as badly as the pregame fight shown in the graphic display. They fell behind 2-0 in the first seven minutes of the game.

Evander Kane accuses wife Anna of assaulting him, gets restraining order

Evander Kane

Evander Kane has been going through an ugly divorce, and the San Jose Sharks star has now obtained a restraining order against his wife Anna.

According to court documents obtained by TMZ, Kane was granted a temporary restraining order earlier this month after he claimed Anna assaulted him on multiple occasions. Kane says the physical altercations began in 2019, when he claims his estranged wife once hit him “7-8 times in the face with her fist.” That was roughly a year after the two got married.

Kane says Anna assaulted him again in October 2020 and April 2021. One time, Kane claims Anna struck him in the face while her mother was visiting the couple. In the other instance, Evander says Anna “started uncontrollably throwing things at me” after she went threw his phone. She then allegedly punched and slapped Kane in the head repeatedly.

The most recent incident occurred in July, according to the court filing. Kane says he had tried to get away from Anna during an argument when she pushed him and tugged a bag he had around his shoulder. Evander says Anna dangerously swung the couple’s baby around during the same altercation.

Kane is seeking a permanent restraining order against Anna, who filed for divorce from him on July 16. She accused Evander of being an absentee father and gambling on NHL games, including his own. That led to an investigation from the league.

Kane has had financial issues in recent years. In 2019, he was accused of failing to pay back one Las Vegas bookmaker after receiving $500,000 in gambling markers. In February, he was the subject of a brutal lawsuit from one of his creditors that accused him of having a “serious gambling problem.”

The 29-year-old Kane scored 22 goals and tallied 27 assists for the Sharks in 56 games last season. He signed a seven-year, $49 million contract extension with the team in 2018.

Photo: Fanny Schertzer/GNU Free License

Hockey world pays tribute after death of 31-year-old Jimmy Hayes

Jimmy Hayes

Former NHL player Jimmy Hayes died unexpectedly on Monday, and the hockey community was left in a collective state of devastation.

Hayes was pronounced dead at his home in Milton, Mass., after first responders arrived at the scene on Monday morning. He was 31. The cause of death has not been released, but a law enforcement official told the Boston Globe that it was not considered suspicious.

Hayes had deep ties to the Boston area. He was a native of Dorchester, Mass., who played college hockey at Boston College and won a national title with the Eagles. He then spent two of his seven NHL seasons with the Boston Bruins, who expressed their condolences with several statements:

Longtime Boston College hockey coach Jerry York also had extremely high praise for Hayes.

“Of all the kids I’ve coached, certainly in my top 5 as far as being enjoyable to coach, to hang in the locker room with,” Hayes told Matt Porter of the Boston Globe. “His off-ice contributions to our team, I marveled at so many different times.

“Really good player. Won championships. Played in the National Hockey League. But as a young guy, just an enjoyable person. A lot of it comes from his family. Unbelievable family.

“Great city kid, you know? Always had that city grind to him, that city tenacity.”

Hayes leaves behind a wife, Kristen, and two sons, Beau and Mac. The tributes from across the hockey world showed how well-liked he was.

In addition to the Bruins, Hayes also played for the Chicago Blackhawks, Florida Panthers and New Jersey Devils. He finished his career with 54 goals and 55 assists.

Video: David Pastrnak leads fans in chant at Czech soccer game

David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak is living it up in his native Czech Republic.

Pastrnak, a standout winger for the Boston Bruins, traveled to support his favorite soccer team on Sunday. Here he was standing up with his shirt off, leading chants supporting Banik Ostrava.

Banik may have lost 4-0 to SK Slavia Prague, but you wouldn’t have known it based on Pastrnak.

The 25-year-old recently was awarded the Golden Hockey Stick for the fifth straight time. The honor is given to the top Czech player in the NHL. He won the Rocket Richard Trophy in 2020 after tying Alex Ovechkin for the league lead with 48 goals.

It’s a nice thing to see Pastrnak enjoying himself just months after enduring a terrible tragedy.

Here is why Steven Stamkos sold his massive Tampa house

Steven Stamkos

Steven Stamkos sold his massive Tampa, Fla. home, but Lightning fans should not be worried. There is actually a good reason for the sale.

According to Lightning reporter Joe Smith, Stamkos sold the Davis Islands home because he was offered such a ridiculous price. The Lightning captain plans to buy another house in the same area.

The Tampa Bay Times provides more information about the sale.

Stamkos bought the plot of land on Davis Islands in 2017 for $3.85 million. He and his wife then built a 6-bedroom, 7.5-bathroom mansion that was completed in 2018.

The home sale occurred off market as the real estate agent represented both parties. The agent who completed the sale was representing buyers who were moving from the Boston area and looking for a newer home with water views, just like Stamkos’. The agent asked Stamkos what price it would take for him to sell, and the buyers met it. The price was $16 million. For that money, the Stamkoses can go buy another home in the Davis Islands. They similarly reached out to existing home owners to see who was willing to sell and reportedly have a house lined up.

The plans for the Stamkoses to sell the house were arranged in March. However, the transaction was delayed so that Stamkos would not have any distractions during the NHL season.

Stamkos’ Lightning have won back-to-back Stanley Cups.

Real estate sales on Davis Islands have been escalating. You may recall that Derek Jeter recently set a record with the sale of his home.

Dusty Imoo loses job in Maple Leafs’ organization over right-wing Twitter activity

Toronto Maple Leafs

Dusty Imoo was hired by the Toronto Marlies, the franchise announced on Sunday. Two days later, the team’s parent organization, the Maple Leafs, announced that they were going back on the hire.

Here was the original Twitter announcement Sunday about Imoo being hired to serve as the Marlies’ goaltending coach.

On Tuesday, the Leafs said they had made a “mistake” in hiring Imoo and that they didn’t thoroughly vet him.

So what happened? Imoo had some tweets he “liked” on Twitter that were typical of right-wing support. He expressed support of tweets questioning Mike Pence’s behavior on January 6; a tweet questioning the Olympics’ stance on trans women; a tweet supporting police; a tweet showing a fabricated quote about eugenics; and a tweet calling out LeBron James for a past anti-police tweet.

Imoo has since deleted his Twitter account. The 51-year-old Japanese-Canadian served as a minor league goalie during his playing career. He became well known for helping goalie Jack Campbell revive his career.