Pardon me for bringing the mood down, Wilderness, but bear with me. This past Friday, at roughly 5:00 PM, I received word that a dear friend had been taken to a hospital in Pennsylvania due to a "cardiac event." At 6:50, I got word that he had passed away. Gary was one of the kindest, most giving people I’ve known. He gave the final years of his life to an organization he owed nothing to, serving as head of merchandise and on the Board of Directors for the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps, where we met.
Because of that connection, I offer that group’s official song as a tribute to my friend. For any curious: "FCO" is the abbreviation of the corps motto: Finis Coronat Opus, or The End Crowns the Work.
In the meantime! There is hockey news! and we’re getting closer to real hockey! Yay!
Minnesota Wild: USA Junior Evaluation Camp Wrap-Up | Gone Puck Wild
USA Hockey’s National Junior Evaluation Camp came to an end this last weekend with the US defeating Canada in the final scrimmage 5-1 on Saturday night.
Off the Trail
Facing Off: Canadian Teams Returning to Playoffs? | The Hockey Writers
For the first time in what seems like a long time, we have actual hockey footage to show off.
NHL 17 Relocation Options | The Hockey Writers
Vegas front office continues to take shape with director of hockey ops hire | theScore.com
Las Vegas' unnamed NHL franchise has its first director of hockey operations.
3 worst signings of the offseason | theScore.com
The 32-year-old is coming off his worst statistical season since 2012-13. He managed just 21 goals and 45 points in 79 games, a 13-point decline from the year prior, but still managed to score a pay bump.
Crosby sent Dupuis scrapbook to remember the good times | theScore.com