NHL & Hockey News, 5/20/13

Messier Leadership Award: Today, the three finalists for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award were announced. Mark Messier has chosen three Captains to nominate: Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews, Senators’ Daniel Alfredsson, and LA Kings’ Dustin Brown. All three are strong leaders, and I don’t have a strong opinion on who should win. I do have a strong opinion about the fact that Mark Messier has his own award. The award has his name and he gets to pick the winner. Is there any other player who gets their own award like this? Where is the Bobby Orr or Wayne Gretzky award?

(Photo credit: Greg Wyshynski, @YahooPuckDaddy)

Fun hockey fact: So as of right now, the Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins, and LA Kings are ahead in their second round match-ups. Chicago and Detroit are currently tied (although it looks as though Detroit is going to pull off a win tonight). These five teams, the Pens, Bruins, Kings, Blackhawks, and Red Wings were the last five teams to win the Stanley Cup. Is it possible to have a five-team dynasty?

Uber-fail: NHL fans may or may not care about the results of the Memorial Cup, but they will no doubt want to see this video. Saskatchewan native, Alexis Normand attempted to sing the American National Anthem before the Portland Winterhawks vs. Halifax Mooseheads game and majorly failed. On the other hand, what reason does someone from Saskatoon have to learn the Star-Spangled Banner? Try not to cringe. It’s nearly impossible.

Hagelin stinks: Or at least he stinks according to Rangers Head Coach John Tortorella. Coach Torts discussed with reporters how he did not feel comfortable making Carl Hagelin a part of the Rangers power play unit. Tortorella was quoted as saying, “He stinks on the power play. I don’t know why. I wish I could play him more on the power play but every time I put him on, he stinks. He’s a jitterbug and he screws it up.” Yeah, I’m sure that inspires confidence.

Let’s not talk about double OT: Some things are better left unsaid.