January 9, 2013

Opening Faceoff: Wednesday, Jan. 9

By Jesse Connolly

Brian Burke (left) is out as GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs. (Getty Images)

Good reads

  • In what’s already clinched the award for douchiest move of the season, the Maple Leafs fired general manager Brian Burke (Providence, R.I.) today – just days before the start of training camp.

  • On a lighter note, one of the underrated benefits of the lockout ending? Ilya Bryzgalov will be back in front of microphones and television cameras soon. The Inquirer’s Sam Carchidi has the story.

  • Even beauty pageant stars weren’t above wreaking havoc on the streets of Vancouver after Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup finals.

Quick hits

  • The Portland Pirates scored five unanswered goals last night to defeat the Worcester Sharks by a score of 7-3, notching their eighth straight win on home ice.

  • In seemingly related (but not really) news, the Portland Junior Pirates of the EJHL will also be competing in the newly formed U.S. Premier Hockey League next season.

History lesson

  • Happy 43rd birthday to Bridgeport Sound Tigers head coach Scott Pellerin. A star at the University of Maine (1988-92), Pellerin played in 536 NHL games before retiring in 2004, finishing with 198 points. The New Brunswick native spent 35 games as a Bruin during the 2001-02 campaign.

Today on NEHJ

  • We’ll have Mike Zhe’s latest Prep Journal, Kat Hasenauer Cornetta’s Women’s Journal and unveil Nos. 75-51 from our list of the 100 Greatest Players from New England.

Entirely off-topic

  • In an attempt to freshen up its image, the makers of Monopoly will be holding a vote on their Facebook page that allows fans (players?) to vote on which game piece they’d like to see excommunicated. If you don’t vote for the iron, you’re an awfully lame human being and we can’t be friends anymore. Ironing sucks, so therefore the iron sucks.

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