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Nesterov, 5 foot 11 and 200 pounds, played 132 career NHL games with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens from 2014 to 2017. He amounted to 9 goals and 24 assists
, as well as a goal and 6 assists in 28 playoff video games. Nesterov was captain of the Russian group that won an Olympic gold medal in 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Date: League began play on Oct. 2, however Quebec-based groups stopped briefly about two weeks later after positive tests on 2 groups. Set up: The 18-team league is divided into two Quebec departments of 6 groups each plus 6 teams in a Maritimes department. 5 B.C. teams play in the B.C. Division. 4 United States teams will play in U.S. Division. Teams will only play within their division.
Knowing the Western Hockey League plans to start play once again on Jan. 8 has actually brought a sigh of relief from Zack Ostapchuk and some of the other gamers he’s training with in St. Albert, Alta.
“I believe everybody is quite delighted,” stated Ostapchuk, a 17-year-old forward with the Vancouver Giants. “We were all a little anxious that we weren’t ever going to start. Now that we’ve got a date, the energy on the ice and in the dressing space is entirely altered. Everybody’s positive now, however I simply want to get going.”
Ostapchuk’s interest might still be tempered by the truths dealt with by the people running Canada’s 3 significant junior hockey leagues as they deal with the concerns developed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We never ever know from day to day what the scenario is going to be,” stated Gilles Courteau, commissioner of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. “Every day there’s something brand-new.”
The Ontario Hockey League hopes its 20 groups can start play in December however “there’s no particular date at this point,” commissioner David Branch stated.
The Canadian Hockey League announced March 12 it was cancelling the staying video games in the 2020 regular season due to COVID-19. A few weeks later the Memorial Cup, set up for Kelowna, B.C., was cancelled.
Players, group officials and executives across Canada were left wondering when junior hockey would return.
“My whole summer has actually been getting concerns I can’t address,” said Barclay Parneta, basic supervisor of the Vancouver Giants.
“It’s been an insane year and definitely one I’ll never forget,” Horvat stated.”You come off such a high, you’re one win away from going to the conference finals,” he stated. You understand, have Gunnar’s very first Christmas here at house with all our family, which may be good to do,” Horvat stated. Horvat understands he isn’t alone in discovering the unforeseeable nature of the existing circumstance challenging.”I believe it’s helping out a lot of gamers and assisting other people come out and share what they have to state.
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Uncertainty is something Horvat, like numerous others, has needed to get utilized to as the world copes with COVID-19.
It’s made being a brand-new parent a little tougher, he stated. Horvat and his spouse want to share all of the special firsts with family and friends, however have to put the health and safety of their boy above all else.
“You wish to be so careful. Whatever you do you think about your kid. He precedes,” Horvat said.
One potential upside of the uncertain hockey season is that the household might get to be around loved ones come completion of December.
“We may be home around the holidays which may be nice for a change. You understand, have Gunnar’s first Christmas here at home with all our family, which may be good to do,” Horvat said. “But again, all the unpredictability of it is challenging. The not understanding is the important things that bothers us the many. So ideally we get things figured out.”
Emphasis on mental health
Horvat understands he isn’t alone in discovering the unforeseeable nature of the existing circumstance challenging. To help others having a hard time throughout the pandemic, he’s partnered with Imperial Oil for the “Fuel What Matters” campaign.
The oil company is contributing $5 for every single download of its Speedpass+ app to mental-health groups throughout the country, approximately $140,000.
“Mental health is simply as important as physical health,” Horvat said, including that talking has actually been getting him and his household through the pandemic.
“I think speaking about it and sharing it and informing people that’You’re not alone through this’ is the biggest thing.”
Slowly, increasingly more professional athletes have actually started to speak out about their own psychological health, including Horvat’s Canucks colleague Tyler Motte, who has publicly talked about living with anxiety and depression.
Horvat said it’s great to see more individuals in the hockey world speaking about their experiences.
“Opening up is not a bad thing at all. If anything, it shows a great deal of guts,” he stated.
“I think it’s assisting out a great deal of players and assisting other people come out and share what they have to state. And I believe that’s huge, not just for the video game, but for other people in general who see that they’re not alone. People are going through the very same things all around the world and all around the hockey neighborhood.”
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The 60-year-old Julien, who was rushed to healthcare facility in Toronto following Game 1 against the Flyers and consequently had a stent placed into among his coronary arteries, is feeling good and eagerly anticipating finding out where all the puzzle pieces fit on a lineup that all of unexpected has plenty depth.
“It’s going to be hard honestly, even for us as a coaching personnel, to state this is line No. 1, this is line No. 2, this is line No. 3,” he said. “At the end of the day, it will be whoever’s producing. Whoever’s playing the very best will be your best line on that particular night.”
One forward no longer in the mix is Max Domi, who was dealt to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Anderson. After the offer, Domi recommended there was a breakdown in interaction as he was benched to Montreal’s 4th line in the post-season.
Julien stated Thursday his door is constantly open, however it’s also difficult to please every player all the time. The coach added the introduction of Suzuki and Kotkaniemi indicated that Domi– the team’s leading scorer with 72 points in 2018-19 before slipping to 44 last season– became a trade prospect to deal with other needs.
“It’s not so much that it didn’t work out,” Julien said. “Max ended up being, I think, a bit expendable because we had those guys do so well. At the exact same time we’re able to get a big player that we actually needed on the wing in Josh Anderson in exchange for him, so Max was such an excellent player we had the ability to get a great gamer in return. That’s just hockey.
“Nothing to do with personal [concerns] or anything else more than trying to improve our group.”
Julien, who coached the hard, physical Boston Bruins to a Stanley Cup triumph in 2011 before making the last once again in 2013, said Montreal’s general enhancements give him choices he didn’t have previously.
“That’s the appeal of it,” Julien stated. “I like the reality that I can move people around. And it’s not like one line is going to get much better and the other one’s going to get weaker. If I make a change, probably all lines will have a chance to improve.”
By getting better as a team and setting a minimum requirement for success, the temperature level in a hockey-mad market where he’s on his 2nd trip behind the bench is particular to rise dramatically.
“Pressure is what you make of it,” Julien stated. “I do not take a look at it as pressure, but as a chance. We need to suffice to make the playoffs.
“And we ought to flourish on the opportunity.”
“It’s quite interesting,” Julien said.”I expect us to make the playoffs, no doubt about it,” Julien stated. Julien said Thursday his door is always open, however it’s also difficult to please every gamer all the time.”It’s not so much that it didn’t work out,” Julien said.”Pressure is what you make of it,” Julien said.