Monday, 13 June 2016

Eric Fehr and Matt Cullen win Stanley Cup

Congrats to Eric Fehr and Matt Cullen on winning the Stanley Cup! The Penguins won their 4th cup in franchise history last night, defeating the San Jose Sharks in 6 games.

Eric Fehr
Eric Fehr scored once in the finals; an insurance goal giving the Penguins a 3-1 lead with minutes to go in game 4. He played in 23 games through the entire playoffs, scoring 3 goals.

Fehr's daughter didn't show the same enthusiasm as her father after his Stanley Cup win, as she cried while she sat in the Stanley Cup.

Matt Cullen
Matt Cullen didn't pickup any points in the finals, but played a key role killing off penalties and taking face-offs. Cullen scored 4 goals in 24 games for the Penguins these playoffs.

Fehr and Cullen played on the 4th line together for a large chunk of the playoffs, and killed off penalties together. Cullen, in particular, played a significant role in the Penguins victory.

James Reimer
James Reimer, backup goalie for the Sharks, got in one game throughout these playoffs in relief of Martin Jones. Despite only the 1 appearance, Reimer enjoyed his time with the Sharks. He is a free agent this summer.

Congrats to these guys on their great seasons. God bless.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Playoff Check In # 1

It’s been a while, but let’s jump right back in. The second round of the 2016 NHL playoffs is nearly over. We’ll take a quick look at how professing Christians are doing.

Fisher has had a good playoff for the Predators so far, scoring 5 goals in 13 games; including the overtime winner in game 4 of round 2 against the San Jose Sharks.
He has scored 4 goals in 6 games vs the Sharks this series.

Eric Fehr      
Fehr has scored 2 goals for the Penguins so far this playoff year; both being game winning goals.
Fehr missed one game with injury in the Penguins second round series against the Capitals, but was back last game and looks to be healthy.

Matt Cullen     
Cullen has played in each game for the Penguins so far these playoffs, and has scored 3 goals. 2 of his goals have been game winners.

James Reimer       
James Reimer hasn’t seen any game action for the San Jose Sharks through the playoffs yet this year, but still provides depth for the Sharks should starting goalie Martin Jones be injured.
The Sharks play game 7 at home against the Predators on Thursday.

That was a quick look at the outlook on the playoffs for professing Christians. Have a great day. God bless.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Free Agency Frenzy Check-In Number 2

Time sure has passed fast, and preseason hockey will be underway in just 10 days!
Due to this information that no doubt shocks you beyond belief,  let’s take a look at 4 men of faith that have found work in the NHL since mid-July.

Eric Fehr
Eric Fehr signed a 3 year contract to join the Pittsburgh Penguins back on July 28th.            
Fehr scored 19 goals last season, and performed well as the Washington Capitals third center.            
He underwent surgery in the off-season before signing with the Penguins, and it looks like he should be ready for the start of the season.               

Matt Cullen
Nine days after Fehr signed with the Penguins, Matt Cullen joined him, signing a 1 year contract on August 6th.               
Cullen is still a productive NHL player, and should be a good fit with the Penguins as a depth forward.    
Cullen was a leader on the Nashville Predators last season, and tallied 25 points in 62 games.
    
Peter Budaj                    
Peter Budaj was invited to the Los Angeles Kings’ training camp on a professional tryout contract (PTO). 
Though Budaj has had success in the NHL in past years, winning at least 10 games in 6 seasons, last year he did not record a win in 19 appearances in the AHL. 
Budaj will have to pass Jonas Enroth on the Kings depth chart to be their back-up goalie, but let’s not count the veteran out.   

David Booth    
David Booth signed a PTO with the Florida Panthers yesterday, and will attend their training camp.   
David is a Panther alumnus, having played parts of 6 seasons with them. His most successful years in the NHL were in Florida. 
In each of his 3 full seasons with the Panthers, he scored over 20 goals.
He scored 7 goals and 13 points with the Toronto Maples Leafs last year.   
Let’s hope he can make the team.


Let's keep these men in our prayers as they seek to bring Christ glory on and off the ice. I’ll try to keep you updated on how their seasons are going. There are a lot more Christians out there in the NHL representing the faith too. God bless!

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Free Agency Frenzy Check-In Number 1

Hello again everybody! It’s been just over a month since the Chicago Blackhawks won their third Stanley Cup in 6 years. The NHL draft has passed, and free agency is well underway.
Today we’ll look at 3 Christians that have recently been signed as free agents.

Mike Fisher
Mike Fisher re-signed with the Nashville Predators to a 2 year deal late last month. Fisher and Predators GM David Poile each had kind words for each other following the signing. Mike is happy to be sticking around Nashville for another 2 years. It will be a challenge for the Predators to win their division again next season, but re-signing Fisher was the right decision.
    
Paul Postma
Paul Postma re-signed with the Winnipeg Jets just over a week ago to a 2 year deal. Last year was a challenging one for Paul, but the contract extension will no doubt be a relief. You can expect him to be ready to compete for a top 6 defense position on the Jets when training camp comes around.

Dan Ellis
Dan Ellis has battled through a lot in his life, but he has earned himself another contract, as he was signed by the Washington Capitals to a 1 year deal about 2 weeks ago. He played in 8 games with the Florida Panthers last year, and it was enough to earn him a deal with the Capitals. He will be in a battle with Justin Peters for the Capitals backup goalie position.

There are still more Christians out there looking for contracts, most notably Eric Fehr, Matt Cullen, and David Booth. I'll keep you updated as the deals come in.

God bless you! Bye for now.


Saturday, 6 June 2015

Staal Has Successful Surgery

A week after Marc Staal and the New York Rangers were bounced from the Conference Finals by the Tampa Bay Lightning, Staal underwent successful surgery to remove a bone chip from his ankle. He is expected to be ready for training camp.

Staal tallied 20 points this past season with a plus 18 rating. He signed long-term contract extension with the Rangers during the season and should be back next season.

Please feel free to comment with any recommendation for future stories, or if you would like to be interviewed to share your experiences with Christianity in hockey.

God bless!

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Third Round Well Underway

The third round of the 2015 NHL playoffs is well underway. Let’s see how Marc Staal is doing in his series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. We’ll also see where Dan Hamhuis and Team Canada finished at the World Championships.

Marc Staal
Staal and the Rangers are deadlocked with the Lighning at 2 games apiece in their Eastern Conference match-up. It’s been a wild past 3 games in particular, with 25 goals being scored. It was predicted to be a low scoring series, but that has not turned out to be the case. Lots of goals is never what a defensemen wants, but Staal has been battling with his Ranger teammates, and they came up with a 5-1 win last night.              

Dan Hamhuis
Dan Hamhuis and Team Canada have won the World Championship Gold Medal! Canada went undefeated on their way to winning the World Championship . Hamhuis picked up an assist in the goald medal game, as Canada routed Russia 6-1 for the victory. This is Canada’s first gold medal at the World Championships since 2007. Hamhuis was a member of both teams. Dan tallied 6 assists over the 10 games he played in the tournament, and did all he could to get Canada their gold medal!
Dan has one year remaining on his contract with the Vancouver Canucks, and will look to lead the Canucks back to the playoffs next season.
   
What great news seeing Hamhuis and Canada get gold. We’ve only got 1 last player to profile in the coming weeks, as Marc Staal and the Rangers hope to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals for the second straight year. 

Have a great day! God bless!


Thursday, 14 May 2015

Second Round Complete!

The second round of the 2015 NHL playoffs came to a conclusion last night! Let's take another look at how Marc Staal and Eric Fehr fehred(haha) in their series. We'll also check in on how Dan Hamhuis is doing at the World Championships.
             
Marc Staal
Marc Staal is moving on to the Conference Finals! He's played well for the Rangers in these playoffs, and played steady defense in their game 7 overtime win over the Washington Capitals. He had over 24 minutes of ice time, 2 takeaways and blocked shots, and a shot on goal. To advance to the third round of the playoffs, you need solid defense, and Staal has provided that for the Rangers.

Eric Fehr
Eric Fehr was able to return from injury for Washington's game 7 match up against the Rangers. Talk about getting thrown into the fire! Fehr had not played since game 3 of round 1 against the Islanders, but was back for the big game. Fehr blocked a shot and did well on the penalty kill, but was unfortunately on the ice for the Rangers overtime winner.
It’s an obvious disappointment for Fehr and the Capitals, but you have to move on and learn from it. It was a good season for Fehr who scored 19 goals in 75 games. As a pending free agent, you’d think Fehr would be signed to another contract this offseason.

The Rangers will advance to play the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks faceoff in the Western Conference Finals. The third round will begin on Saturday.
         
Dan Hamhuis
In the World Championships, Dan Hamhuis has helped Canada advance to the semi-finals! Canada trounced Belarus in their quarter-final match up 9-0 earlier today. They will play the winner of Sweden and the Czech Republic's game, which will take place later today. Hamhuis has played well in the tournament, and was even given the honor to be the team’s captain for their last preliminary game against Austria. Canada's next game will be Saturday.
               
Fehr has seen his season come to an end, but we will still track Marc Staal and Dan Hamhuis as their seasons continue.

Have a great day! God bless you!