The NHL community rallied together to support the team. Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, a former student at the school, hosted the team at a game against the Florida Panthers. One day later, the team practiced at BB&T Arena, which was decorated in Stoneman Douglas’ honor, including a championship banner. It was at that practice when a special guest made an appearance: the Stanley Cup, which the players mobbed.
Staal’s second goal of the night for Minnesota capped a franchise-record flurry to start the second period, and the Wild cruised to a 6-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.
“Everything he touches,” coach Bruce Boudreau said, invoking the Greek mythological king Midas, “it turns into gold.”
Staal, the second overall pick in the 2003 draft by the Hurricanes who spent 13 years with the club until a late-season trade, has 64 goals in 149 games with the Wild. That’s tied for ninth in the NHL over the last two years. He’s also tied for 17th with 132 points, and he’s older than every player ahead of him in that span.
McDavid won two categories, as the NHL’s fastest skater and the player with whom you’d most want to start a franchise. He finished second to Crosby in three categories (most difficult player to play against, player you’d want on your team if you needed to win one game and most difficult forward to play against).
Connor McDavid won two categories in the NHLPA player poll but finished second to Cheap Atlanta Braves Jerseys Sidney Crosby in three categories, including most difficult player to Cheap Authentic Soccer Jerseys play against. Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports
NHL players were surveyed on more than 20 hockey-related questions during their annual NHLPA team meetings, between the preseason and early January 2018. More than 500 players took part in the poll.