With the New York Rangers off until Saturday afternoon, it’s time to find some of those off-beat stories to occupy our thirst for hockey.
⛳️ @BradySkjei does his best to keep his golf game in fine form since playing varsity in high school. Who he'd most like to tee off with and where in this week's #MyTop5: https://t.co/AOhpUP8sqR pic.twitter.com/RED5nYKwno
— NHLPA (@NHLPA) January 9, 2018
Skjei spoke with the NHLPA’s Chris Lomon about his golf addiction and laid out his top five list of celebrities he would like to play a round of golf with. Who made the cut?
Jordan Spieth, Derek Jeter, Tom Brady, Justin Timberlake and Steph Curry. He also said he would like a shot at playing at Augusta National Golf Club. With a “two-or-three handicap” he might have a career to fall back on should the hockey thing not work out.
New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider had successful rib resection surgery yesterday and remains sidelined indefinitely.
OFFICIAL: #NYR Chris Kreider underwent successful rib resection surgery on Sunday. He will be reevaluated in six weeks and remains out indefinitely.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) January 9, 2018
We wish him a speedy recovery.
Grabs Hits the Beach
Michael Grabner, the team’s leading scorer, wasted no time enjoying his time off as he hit the Bahamas for a little rest and relaxation. Let’s face it, with the year he has had so far he absolutely deserves it.
Congratulations to former New York Rangers goalie Marty Biron as he will be inducted into the Rochester Americans’ Hall of Fame on Friday, Feb.16. Biron played for the New York Rangers for four years from 2010-14. He appeared in 46 games with a record of 22-15-3 and a .908 save percentage.
— Rochester Americans (@AmerksHockey) January 9, 2018
Kovalev’s Not Watching
Former New York Ranger and Stanley Cup Champion Alexi Kovalev was interviewed recently by JF Tremblay of La Presse. In the interview, Kovalev states that he doesn’t watch much NHL hockey these days because he doesn’t like how the game has evolved. He also mentioned that he is concerned about seeing the Montreal Canadiens organization struggle like it has in recent years.
Kovalev spent 19 seasons in the NHL, split between the Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Canadiens, Ottawa Senators and Florida Panthers. He scored 699 goals in his NHL career.