Good morning. Couple things to start your day. First, Patrick Kane is a disgusting human being and I don’t want him anywhere near my Maple Leafs, and the fact Barstool is pandering this makes it extra gross. Ignore them. Second, always read the username before sharing fake trade tweets. Pension Plan Puppets is the only source of Leafs news you can trust; if we didn’t say it, it didn’t happen (TM).
Okay, now that we got the stupid out of the way, let’s get into the news.
First up, Sarah Nurse was named to the cover of EA Sports NHL 23 alongside Trevor Zegras. Nurse broke the Olympic record for points in a single tournament last winter, scoring 18 points in only seven games as she helped lead Canada to another gold medal. She is one of the faces of hockey in Canada and her hometown of Toronto. EA introduced women players in the game for the first time last year (NHL 22) and Nurse is the first woman on the cover this year.
Trevor Zegras is a rising star in the NHL and is emblematic of the spirit and energy hockey fans love. Despite being only a rookie last season, Zegras quickly became appointment viewing because he kept producing something special every night.
I do hope women’s hockey gets that platform where they can show off everything awesome about themselves every night from October to April.
I’m posting Nurse’s tweet of the cover because young men were loudly being insecure about their feelings on the EA Sports NHL tweet replies.
Until then, the IIHF Women’s World Championships are kicking off TODAY, with Canada playing Finland at 1pm on TSN. We have a preview of the tournament on our site and I’ll be providing you with recaps for all of Canada’s games. Can’t wait for Sarah Fillier to score two goals early every night and then struggle for the rest of the game to get the hat trick.
The NHL is planning to re-restart the World Cup of Hockey in 2024. See if you can figure out how they plan to work out the whole “Russia” thing.
The NHL and NHLPA are expecting the World Cup of Hockey to return in 2024.https://t.co/6H1rnuptRL— NHL.com (@NHLdotcom) August 24, 2022
Halifax Police now have the names of two players who allegedly participated as members of Hockey Canada’s World Junior team in a 2003 gang sexual assault. The source who told this to CBC said both had NHL careers. Only two players on that HC team didn’t play in the NHL.
Halifax Police now have the names of two players who allegedly participated as members of Hockey Canada’s World Junior team in a 2003 gang sexual assault https://t.co/W9FnlryHWZ— Ian Kennedy (@IanKennedyCK) August 24, 2022
Brand new Leafs prospect Nikita Grebyonkin is having a time in the KHL preseason.
#LeafsForever prospect Nikita Grebyonkin having an eventful pre-season for his KHL team. Gotten into a few games, one on the third line. Has a goal, and this fight in a testy game that saw his team's goalie get knocked around and run a few times. pic.twitter.com/PaztzlHci3— Ale-STAN-dro Kirk (@brigstew86) August 25, 2022
PHIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLL is off the board.
And lastly, some tough news out of France as Alexandre Texier is taking a leave of absence from the Blue Jackets to be close to his family. Texier is expected to play in th Swiss league. Geneva is about a 90 minute drive from his hometown of Grenoble on the border between France and Switzerland. Texier was admitted into the Substance Abuse and Behavioural Health (SADH) program, or as it’s being called internally, the Players’ Assistance Program. Here’s an article from ESPN talking about the program. It sounds like exactly what is needed.
#CBJ announce F Alexandre Texier won’t play the 2022-23 season in Columbus, continuing his leave of absence from last season.— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) August 24, 2022
Texier, 22, will remain in Europe and play closer to his home and family near Grenoble, France, the club says.
Texier was granted a leave of absence last spring following two deaths in his family.— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) August 24, 2022
He played for France last spring in the IIHF World Championships.
He has declined interview requests this summer through his agent.
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