Claude Lemieux On The Colorado Avalanche

from Katie Strang of ESPN, While most people were gob-smacked by their success, former Avalanche forward and four-time Stanley Cup champion Claude Lemieux was not. Having played with Roy in Colorado, Lemieux knew that Roy's passionate personality would take the team places no one expected. “I wasn’t surprised,” Lemieux told in a recent phone conversation...
Via Kukla's Korner
September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Why Did The Avs Pass On Brendan Lemieux?

Patrick Roy and Joe Sakic have known Claude Lemieux's son Brendan since he sat in the Stanley Cup as a three-month-old baby in 1996.  Brendan's dad remains good friends with Roy and Sakic to this day. Lemieux (left wing with 27 goals, 26 assists and 53 points for the OHL's Barrie Colts last season) had made it clear that Colorado was his first choice, and it seemed...
Via Kukla's Korner
July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Early reaction: Five teams with the best 2014 Draft classes

Now, you really, really, really cannot judge a draft until at least three, four, five years down the road. If a team is lucky, they’ve got one prospect who’s ready to play the year he’s drafted. Most draftees will continue to season in the junior leagues, or overseas, or in the minor leagues, until they’re ready for NHL action, which often times won’t be for three or four...
Via Around The Rink
June 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Sabres' Lemieux talks about getting snubbed in first round, joining Buffalo

The Sabres have a dressing room full of quiet guys who don't carry much swagger. That has changed. The Sabres selected Brendan Lemieux with the first pick of the second round this morning, and the son of longtime NHLer Claude Lemieux made it clear he was unhappy with the teams that passed him over in the first round. "They gave one of the more fiery guys in the draft a...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Sabres make Claude Lemieux’s son first pick of Round 2

Buffalo opened Day 2 of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft by going with the bloodlines. The Sabres took Brendan Lemieux — son of longtime NHLer Claude — with the first pick of the second round (31st overall) on Saturday morning. Lemieux, the 28th-ranked North American skater by NHL Central Scouting, was the second forward taken by Buffalo at the draft after the Sabres made WHL Kootenay’s...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Claude Lemieux Says Son Brendan “Crushed” He Did Not Go In The First Round

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,  Claude Lemieux thinks the Devils made a bad decision by failing to take his son, Brendan, with the 30th overall pick at the end of the first round of the NHL entry draft Friday night. The Buffalo Sabres made the younger Lemieux the first pick of the second round Saturday morning at No. 31. “You’ve got to respect their view and...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Claude Lemieux's son taken in second round by Sabres

via The second day of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft is underway.  With the first pick of the second round, the Buffalo Sabres selected Brendan Lemieux – who is the son of long time NHL player Claude.  Lemieux Jr was taken with the 31st overall pick Brendan Lemieux was the second forward taken by the Sabres in the draft after they selected Sam Reinhart with the second overall...
Via Around The Rink
June 28, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NHL Draft: Top 10 Players Available After First Round

The glitz and glamour of the first round is over, but there are still many quality players available for teams to select in the 2014 NHL draft. The second round has provided many teams with franchise players, including 2014 Selke Trophy winner Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins, 2003) and Norris Trophy finalist Shea Weber (Nashville Predators, 2003) One club to watch on Day 2 is the...
June 28, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NHL Draft: Five Potential Targets For Boston Bruins In First Round

The 2014 NHL draft is Friday night in Philadelphia, and the Boston Bruins will select 25th overall in the first round. The B’s didn’t have a first-round pick last season after sending it to the Dallas Stars as part of the Jaromir Jagr trade. This year’s first-rounder will give Boston an opportunity to add talent and depth to a prospect pool that has weakened over the last two...
June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Blackhawks 2014 NHL Draft Preview

The Chicago Blackhawks will be adding to the farm system this weekend when the 2014 NHL Draft takes place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This year’s crop of prospects is low on immediate impact, making it a draft worth taking chances. Chicago drafts 27th overall in the first round, and will have eight total picks. That could change with the usual influx of trades before/during...
Via The Sports Bank
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Brendan Lemieux, Claude's kid, a perfect pick for Avalanche

Brendan Lemieux's rise to the NHL began when he was 3 months old, when he sat inside the Stanley Cup after his father raised it. It was June 1996, and Claude Lemieux had helped the Avalanche capture the Cup in the franchise's first season in Denver. Eighteen years later, Brendan Lemieux — a nephew of sorts to Avs brass Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy, Claude's teammates...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Overlooked Names For The Hockey Hall Of Fame

The Hockey Hall of Fame will make the announcement of the 2014 Inductees on Monday, June 23rd at 3:00pm ET. from Mike Brophy of CBC, Only members of the Hockey Hall of Fame's selection committee may submit nominations for election. I am not a member, but I have a few suggestions for those who are. Here are four players and a coach who have been overlooked. Yes...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Awkward moment? Brendan Lemieux interviewed by Red Wings at the Combine

#480690719 / gettyimages.comThis might qualify as an awkward moment. Former UND hockey recruit Brendan Lemieux was interviewed by the Detroit Red Wings. Brendan's dad probably doesn't have a lot of fans in Detroit, especially after he destroyed Chris Draper with a dirty hit during the 1996 Western Conference Finals. Mike G. Morreale - --- One of the more intriguing...
Via Goon's World
June 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Brendan Lemieux Just Like Dad

from Mike G. Morreale of, Left wing Brendan Lemieux of the Barrie Colts considers himself the silent but deadly type. As the son of former NHL player and four-time Stanley Cup champion Claude Lemieux, that shouldn't come as a surprise. The family patriarch made a living out of making life miserable for the opposition whenever he stepped on the ice, and it usually...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Brendan Lemieux Scouting Report: 2014 NHL Draft Prospect Profile – Barrie Colts

Photo credit: Terry Wilson | OHL Images By Todd Cordell (@ToddCordell) Brendan Lemieux Age – 18 Position – Left Wing Height – 6′1″ Weight – 210 Draft Projection: 20-30th overall OHL Team: Barrie Colts 2013-14 Regular Season Stats: 27 goals, 26 assists, 53 points, -7, 145PIM, 65 games played 2013-14 Playoff Stats: 7 goals, 3 assists, 10 points, 11 games played NHL Comparable...
Via The Hockey Guys
June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Wings overnight report: on the draft combine, free agents and prospects

I know that some of you needed to have a good bout of sports-related arguing (I've learned that some sports fans, for better or worse, have more fun debating their opinions as to what a team ought to do than they have watching the team perform; there's absolutely nothing wrong with having a good sports-related argument, but my brain doesn't thrive upon it), and TSN'...
Via Kukla's Korner
May 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Claude Lemieux’s son Brendan hopes to extend family’s NHL bloodline at draft combine

The NHL's invited 119 likely draft picks to their annual pre-draft Scouting Combine in Toronto this week, and the National Post's Michael Traikos reports that one player whose game bears a striking similarity to his father's... [W]hen teams at this week’s NHL Draft Combine ask what type of player Brendan Lemieux hopes to be, the 18-year-old prospect does not shy...
Via Kukla's Korner
May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Denver Post finally responds to Patrick Bordeleau's dirty leg check on Jared Spurgeon

Nice to see that the Denver Post "finally" decided to pick up this story. Our buddy Adrian Dater from the Denver Post is Johnny on the spot for this story. But, yeah, it looks a lot like the Cooke hit on Barrie, and let’s not be naive here: we all knew the Avs would maybe try something in retaliation for losing one of their best players to a dirty hit. As I said before...
Via Goon's World
April 26, 2014  |  Discuss

It's Not the Same NHL

With all of my posts you would think that baseball is the only sport I watch. That's not exactly true. I was raised on the Red Wings, and hockey in general, by my dad. He grew up playing hockey and I remember being 5 years old (my earliest memories) and sitting on the couch next to my dad watching the Red Wings. I love the sport of hockey but I haven't watched the NHL much...
Via Route4Sports
December 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Free Press posts a second excerpt from Darren McCarty’s memoir, addressing the Brawl in Hockeytown

The Detroit Free Press apparently wants to get in on the post-football and pre-Alfredsson-overload rush, because they posited their first excerpt from Darren McCarty's memoir (My Last Fight: The True Story of a Hockey Rock Star) this morning, and this afternoon, they're literally going for a knockout punch, allowing the former Red Wings forward to address his fight with Claude...
Via Kukla's Korner
December 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Wings-Avalanche early set-up and early overnight report: Roy or no Roy, Avs present stiff test

While I made up for five hours of sleep at night with a wee afternoon nap, Paul noted that one Patrick Roy is preparing to welcome the Red Wings to town for what may be the team's biggest "barometer" game of the young season tomorrow. It turns out that the Wings did not practice on Wednesday afternoon (thus the non-practice practice post), choosing instead to fly...
Via Kukla's Korner
October 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Hey, hey, bracket-town

The Detroit Free Press's "best nickname in Michigan sports" bracket is down to Mr. Hockey vs. The Captain... Which follows fans having named Fox Sports Detroit's Ken Daniels the best Michigan sports broadcaster, Claude Lemieux the most hated opposing team's athlete and the 1997 Wings' Cup win as the best Michigan sports championship. Not bad, the so-called...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 28, 2013  |  Discuss

No surprise here: Free Press readers name Claude Lemieux the most-hated athlete in Detroit sports

Somehow, this doesn't surprise me, per the Detroit Free Press: When it comes to holding a grudge, the Turtle is at the top of the Detroit sports fans’ list. Former NHL forward Claude Lemieux, who played with, among others, the New Jersey Devils and the Colorado Avalanche, beat out his former teammate, Patrick Roy, in our online voting tournament to “crown” the...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Red Wings afternoon news: villainy, Grand Marshal Kronwall and an epic article from Roose

Amongst this afternoon's Red Wings-related stories:   While Pavel Datsyuk battles Magnus Paajarvi in TSN's Play of the Year semifinals, the Free Press's bracketed list of Michigan's most-despised opposing teams' athletes has boiled down to Claude Lemieux vs. Patrick Roy. That's such a nexus of arrogance, hubris, temper-tantrum-throwing self-important...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Free Press’s poll of most-hated opposing teams’ athletes down to 4: Lemieux, Roy, Pronger, Artest

The Detroit Free Press has been running a bracketed poll asking fans to weigh in as to which opposing-team athlete is the most hated by Detroit sports teams and fans, and with 2 hours left in Final Four voting--and 6 hockey players having been named out of the 24 initial candidates--Claude Lemieux, Patrick Roy and Chris Pronger are slugging it out with Ron Artest. As I said in...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 07, 2013  |  Discuss
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