Seattle Kraken 2022 1st-round pick Shane Wright was back at it again with the AHL’s Coachella Valley Firebirds on Saturday night and he scored yet again. His fourth goal in three games was a laser, top shelf from the top of the right wing circle, the Firebird’s third goal in a 4-1 win over the San Diego Gulls.
The goal was the insurance marker Coachella Valley needed. They’d add an empty netter.
Wright’s final two American Hockey League games of his “conditioning stint” will take place next weekend in Henderson, Nevada against the Silver Knights, the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights.
A lot of Kraken work to do until then …
Let’s Skate !
Coach Lindy Ruff likely didn’t expect the milestone to come about so quickly, but then again, who would have predicted his New Jersey Devils would start the season 18-and-4. Ruff became the fifth NHL head coach in history to reach 800 wins when his demons defeated defeated the Washington Capitals 5-1 on Saturday night.
The 62-year-old Ruff joins Scotty Bowman, Joel Quenneville, Barry Trotz and Ken Hitchcock on the list of men who have reached the mark. None of the other four are presently active, although there’s a strong feeling we’ll eventually see “Coach Q” and Trotz back behind a bench as some point.
Of his 22 seasons as a head coach, fifteen were spent with the Buffalo Sabres and four with the Dallas Stars. He won the Jack Adams Award as NHL coach of the year in 2006 with Buffalo.
Hockey Fights Cancer
As Hockey Fights Cancer month winds down, we circle back one last time to NHL.com’s HFC Digest. A very worthy stop.
The Detroit Red Wings honored local high school senior Sean DeWitt:
The 18-year-old is finishing treatments for Leukemia. He was welcomed into the Red Wings dressing room to read the starting lineup to the team before walking to center ice at Little Caesars Arena to ring the bell signifying the end to his treatments and drop the ceremonial first puck.
The Philadelphia Flyers did something similar, giving their special recipient a media credential.
The Philadelphia Flyers gave 11-year-old Cameron Wakeley a special kind of press pass for their game against the Calgary Flames on Monday, when the Flyers held their Hockey Fights Cancer night at Wells Fargo Center. Cameron was 6 years old when he was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma.
The month may end and the attention from the hockey world may wane a bit, but the battle goes on.
The Kraken HFC night is coming.
Enjoy the Hockey Action !!