December 18, 2012

Opening Faceoff: Tuesday, Dec. 18

By Jesse Connolly

Keith Aucoin continues to pad his impressive AHL point totals with the Toronto Marlies. (Getty Images)

Good reads

  • What’s worse than people being irate about the longevity of the lockout? People not caring anymore and hockey falling off the world’s collective radar, writes Greg Wyshynski.

  • Keith Aucoin (Chelmsford, Mass.) reached another historic AHL milestone.

  • The NHL's lawsuit against its players was assigned to a relatively new federal judge who is a longtime New York Yankees fan and a former federal prosecutor.

Quick hits

  • The Bridgeport Sound Tigers announced they will remember the Sandy Hook Elementary School victims with commemorative patches and stickers on their uniforms for the remainder of the 2012-13 American Hockey League season.

  • J.J. Solloway (Derry, N.H.) of the Northern Cyclones was named the AJHL’s Goaltender of the Week. Solloway is 11-4 on the year with a 2.17 goals-against average.

  • History lesson

  • On this day in 2008, a wide-eyed rookie by the name of Jesse Connolly made his press box debut at a building that was then known as TD Banknorth Garden. David Krejci had his first career hat trick, Vesa Toskala got pulled, then Curtis Joseph got pulled in favor of Vesa Toskala, at which point the Bruins pulled Tim Thomas and put in Manny Fernandez. When all was said and done, the B’s beat the Leafs by a score of 8-5.

Today on NEHJ

  • In this week’s Division 3 Journal, Mike Zhe examines the tight race going on in ECAC East right below unbeaten Norwich (10-0).

Entirely off-topic

  • Well, let this be a warning to all of you that considered taking up hacking celebrities’ emails as a hobby: The guy who illegally got a hold of some NSFW images of Scarlett Johansson and a slew of others is off to prison for the next 10 years. TEN. YEARS.

Jesse Connolly can be reached at Follow him on Twitter at @JesseNEHJ.