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Shawn Thornton, Foundation Donate $50,000 To Jimmy Fund (Video)

Former Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton might not be suiting up with the Black and Gold this season, but Beantown is still near and dear to his heart. The veteran joined WEEI radio at the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon on Wednesday, and unsurprisingly, he found another way to endear himself to the city. Thornton and his foundation gave a wonderful parting gift to Boston...
Via NESN.com
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Former B's D-man Mottau announces his retirement

After living out his boyhood NHL dream in parts of nine seasons at hockey’s highest level, former Boston College and Boston Bruins defenseman Mike Mottau has decided to retire from playing professional hockey. Mottau told CSNNE.com that he made the decision last weekend after holding some discussions with the Providence Bruins about potentially playing one more season in the B’s...
Via Pro Sports Daily
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

FOX Sports Florida to broadcast all 82 Florida Panthers games in 2014-15

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- FOX Sports Florida and Sunrise Sports & Entertainment jointly announced today the Florida Panthers' 2014-15 NHL regular season television broadcast schedule, featuring all 82 games broadcast on the network. FOX Sports Florida will start the season on the road as the Panthers travel to Tampa Bay to take on the in-state rival Lightning. Coverage will...
Via Fox Sports Florida
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Video: Peter Forsberg Hat-Trick vs Florida Panthers (1999)

Watch how dominant Peter Forsberg used to be from this game between the Colorado Avalanche and Florida Panthers. Hooked, slashed, checked: nothing would stop him.
Via Talk Hockey
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Jokinen, Barkov looking forward to reunion in Florida

Jussi Jokinen and Aleksander Barkov got to know one another while helping Finland capture bronze at the 2014 Olympics. Now the duo hope to bring their chemistry formed in Russia to Florida. Jokinen signed a four-year, $16 million contract with the Panthers on July 1 after spending last season with the Pittsburgh Penguins. “He will really help Barkov,” general manager Dale...
Via Pro Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Who is Kevin Hayes?

Kevin Hayes (born May 8, 1992) is an American amateur ice hockey right winger currently playing for Boston College. Hayes was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks 24th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. His older brother Jimmy Hayes plays for the Florida Panthers. He is cousins with former National Hockey League players Tom Fitzgerald and Keith Tkachuk.The Chicago Blackhawks have...
Via Hockey Fan Land
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Florida Panthers hope to be more than ‘paper tigers’

The Florida Panthers nearly stole the spotlight away from the Wings and Leafs during HBO's 24/7 series, and of the Atlantic Division's non-playoff teams I'd argue that the franchise may be a Phoenix Coyotes East off the ice (their financial situation is quite the mess), but on the ice, the Panthers have the greatest chance of serving as not only a playoff spoiler for...
Via Kukla's Korner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Denis Potvin Is Once Again The Color Analyst For The Florida Panthers

via the Florida Panthers, FOX Sports Florida, the regional television home of the Florida Panthers, today announced Denis Potvin has joined its roster of Panthers on-air talent as it expands their broadcast team for the 2014-15 season. In his new role, Potvin will return to the broadcast booth as color analyst, a position he previously held with the Florida Panthers for the...
Via Kukla's Korner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Boston Bruins Teammates Reflect On Shawn Thornton’s Departure (Video)

Shawn Thornton was a great teammate on the Boston Bruins, but with enforcers in hockey becoming less necessary, the Bruins ultimately decided not to re-sign him after the 2013-14 season. Thornton didn’t have trouble finding a new home with the Florida Panthers, but he has plenty of now former teammates who will miss his presence after he spent seven seasons on the TD Garden ice...
Via NESN.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Former B's teammates lament Thornton's exit

It could be easy for some with agendas to discount what Bruins right wing Shawn Thornton contributed on the ice over the last seven years. After all he was a fourth line enforcer that only scored double digit goals once in his career in Boston, and wasn’t expected to play much more than six minutes a game, if that, once the Stanley Cup playoffs rolled around. The anti-fighting...
Via Pro Sports Daily
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Florida Panthers the most tortured franchise in hockey

One of the constants when discussing sports is trying to figure out which franchise has it the worst. “Well my team hasn’t won in 30 years! My team has been awful for 10 years! My team can’t draft!” So on and so forth. After all, there’s got to be something for the clods of the league to be at the top of besides the draft boards. In the NHL, there really are only a few...
Via Sports-Glory
8 days ago  |  Discuss

TQBR Radio 8/12: Shawn Porter Vs. Kell Brook Preview With Brian Campbell

The above representation (via) of how an average 13-year-old girl feels about school every day is exactly how we all feel about cards featuring mismatches, actually. As admirable as matching Danny Garcia against Rod Salka would have been — had it actually been made for admirable, “let’s give this guy a chance” reasons — it simply wasn’t a good idea, ever. There was only...
Via Bloguin Best
8 days ago  |  Discuss

TQBR Radio 8/12: Shawn Porter Vs. Kell Brook Preview With Brian Campbell

The above representation (via) of how an average 13-year-old girl feels about school every day is exactly how we all feel about cards featuring mismatches, actually. As admirable as matching Danny Garcia against Rod Salka would have been — had it actually been made for admirable, “let’s give this guy a chance” reasons — it simply wasn’t a good idea, ever. There was only...
Via The Queensbury Rules
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Shawn Thornton Holds Annual Charity Event With Former Bruins Teammates (Video)

Shawn Thornton has a new address and will be playing with the Florida Panthers this fall, but Boston still remains close to him. The enforcer held his annual Putts and Punches for Parkinson’s charity golf event in his old town and former teammates came to support his cause. In what was a sendoff for the former Bruin, who will head south to start his new life as a Panther next week...
Via NESN.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Don Cherry upset after 1st Overall Pick Aaron Ekblad gets concussed in Under-20 exhibition game

Photo Source: 5of7 (Flickr)Defenseman Aaron Ekblad - who was selected 1st overall by the Florida Panthers in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft - was diagnosed with a concussion after getting hit in an exhibition game between Team Canada and the Czech Republic. Don Cherry was upset about the incident, wondering why the highly-touted prospect was even playing. Over a series of tweets, Grapes...
Via Talk Hockey
10 days ago  |  Discuss

No. 1 NHL Draft Pick Aaron Ekblad Sidelined With Concussion

BROSSARD, Quebec — Top NHL draft pick Aaron Ekblad suffered a concussion in Canada’s world junior exhibition game against the Czech Republic and will miss the rest of summer development camp. The 18-year-old defenseman was hit hard during Monday night’s 6-2 win over the Czech Republic and left the game. Hockey Canada says Ekblad is expected to be ready for Florida Panthers...
Via NESN.com
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Doug Cifu Q&A: Young talent has Panthers on right track

Owning a professional sports team is something most of us can only dream about. But, as Ferris Bueller would say, "if you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up." For Doug Cifu, this dream became a reality last September when he and longtime business partner Vinnie Viola purchased the Florida Panthers for a cool $230 million. Since then, the organization has...
Via Fox Sports Florida
11 days ago  |  Discuss

James Lofton’s Wife Nearly Gave John Madden A Heart Attack At HOF Festivities

  I don’t think James Lofton’s wife was wearing a bra at this HOF party. Just look at that old dog John Madden....
Via Busted Coverage
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Panthers top pick Aaron Ekblad suffers concussion

It's been a rough week for two of the Florida Panthers top defensive prospects. First, Boston College defenseman Ian McCoshen, Florida's second draft pick in 2013 (31st overall), was sent home by Team USA earlier this week for "precautionary reasons'' after receiving a hard check, and on Tuesday night, their 2014 No. 1 pick, Aaron Ekblad, suffered a concussion...
Via Pro Sports Daily
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Top Pick Aaron Ekblad Injured In Camp

Florida Panthers’ number one pick Aaron Ekblud sustained an upper-body injury while participating in Hockey Canada’s summer evaluation camp, according to multiple sources. The injury occurred during an exhibition game against the Czech Republic Tuesday night. Ekblad will be shut down for the remainder of camp due to both the Panthers and Hockey Canada wanting […]
Via Full Scale Sports
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Panthers No. 1 overall pick Aaron Ekblad injured in exhibition game

The Florida Panthers are left holding their breath after an injury to top-prospect Aaron Ekblad on Tuesday night. Ekblad, the Panthers' first overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, suffered what is currently being described as an upper-body injury during Canada's 6-2 victory over the Czech Republic. The game was part of Canada's under-20 summer development camp for World...
Via Fox Sports Florida
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Was Aaron Ekblad Playing In A WJC Exhibition Game?

from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News, So I’m not surprised that Florida Panthers prospect Aaron Ekblad wanted to play at Canada’s world junior exhibition camp in Quebec. But why would the Panthers allow the No. 1 overall pick to play in the mini-tournament against the Czechs and Russians? In speaking with execs from other teams (attempts to reach the Panthers were unsuccessful...
Via Kukla's Korner
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Madden thinks kids start playing football with helmets too young

The NFL Network may have gotten more than it bargained for when it included John Madden in a panel discussion about safety in youth football.
Via Fox Sports
14 days ago  |  Discuss

John Madden thinks kids start playing football with helmets too young

The NFL Network may have gotten more than it bargained for when it included John Madden in a panel discussion about safety in youth football. Melissa Stark has been hosting a five-part series touting the Heads Up Football program, which has been given a five-year, $45 million grant by the NFL to help promote safety within the game by educating coaches, players and parents. The final...
Via Fox Sports West
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Shawn Thornton Excited To Be Playing For The Florida Panthers

from Alain Poupart at NHL.com,  Shawn Thornton first got to know Dale Tallon more than a decade ago. Now that the two have been reunited with the Florida Panthers, the veteran forward knows exactly what his new general manager expects from him. "At this point, I know my role and the job fairly well," Thornton told South Florida media members Thursday. "...
Via Kukla's Korner
20 days ago  |  Discuss
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