Global Series, Women's Worlds, and More!
It's the Thursday edition of Links, News and Notes!
- The NHL announced on Tuesday that its Global Series will be continuing in 2023, with the Kings and Coyotes set to face off in Melbourne, Australia for two preseason games in September - the first NHL games played in the Southern hemisphere.
- G wasn't the only player to hit a bit milestone on Monday, as Joe Pavelski also scored his 1000th point - it was the first time in NHL history that two players hit that milestone on the same night - and our old pal Erik Karlsson scored his 100th point of the season. He is only the sixth defenseman in NHL history to score 100 points in a season, and the first since 1992.
- The round robin for the 2023 IIHF Women's World Championship is over, and the quarterfinal matchups are set. Canada will take on Sweden, while the US plays Germany. We'll also get a repeat of last year's Czechia vs Finland quarterfinal matchup, which in 2022 ended in a thrilling OT victory for Czechia en route to a bronze medal. Japan will also look for redemption against Switzerland in a rematch of their own. All four games will take place today. Canada plays at 5. Fun stuff!
- A wholesome story out of Seattle: fans of the WHL's Seattle Thunderbirds decided to plan their own pride night when the team didn't do one, despite having Luke Prokop on their roster. In 2021, Prokop became the first player under NHL contract to come out as gay.
- Yesterday saw the launch of a new digital media platform all about hockey culture, called Hockey of Tomorrow. It looks very cool, so make sure to check it out!
- In Sens news, Pierre Dorion spoke to tsn1200 ahead of the team's last home game on Monday, confirming notably that the team will qualify Alex DeBrincat regardless of whether they can reach a long-term detail beforehand, and that the team plans to keep Erik Brännström around.
- Brady Tkachuk was the star of the first round of last year's playoffs, when he showed up in Calgary to exuberantly cheer on his brother. The Captain went on the Got Yer Back podcast earlier this week, and was asked whether he will grace us all with his presence at Panthers games this year. Unfortunately, his answer was a resounding "no." If we want playoff Brady, we have to wait for the Sens to make it.