By MATTHEW WUEST Metro Halifax

Maritime community mourns

The news of Luc Bourdon’s death travelled quickly through a devastated Maritime hockey community yesterday.Bourdon, a Shippagan, N.B., native, played for the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in 2006-07.“When I got the call, I couldn’t believe it … Everything came to a stop around me,” said Hammonds...

Friday, May 30, 2008, 3:07 PM

Pens shuffle deck after Game 1 loss

The Pittsburgh Penguins aren’t wasting any time shaking up their lineup in the Stanley Cup final.Penguins head coach Michel Therrien has made changes to every line, including that of superstar captain Sidney Crosby, following Saturday’s ugly 4-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings in Game 1.Game 2 is...

Monday, May 26, 2008, 1:33 PM

Pridham picks Saint Mary’s

The Saint Mary’s Huskies won’t have many new faces in their hockey lineup next season, but Halifax Mooseheads graduate Colby Pridham will be one of them.Pridham, an assistant captain with the Mooseheads this season, is headed to Saint Mary’s in the fall, along with Tangier native Tyler Hawes of the...

Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 3:02 PM

Vincent headed to Verdun?

The Cape Breton Screaming Eagles will need a new head coach and general manager today, according to RDS.ca.The French sister station of TSN reported yesterday that Pascal Vincent is leaving his posts with the Screaming Eagles to take the same jobs with the new Verdun Junior in Montreal. The report...

Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 3:01 PM

Locals closing in on Games spots

Canada has qualified for all 12 sprint canoe-kayak events at the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, and a couple of Nova Scotians are closing in on earning spots.A successful weekend at the Pan American canoe-kayak championships helped Canada clinch the spots and top its previous best Olympic total...

Tuesday, May 20, 2008, 2:07 PM

Dartmouth takes aim at nationals

There will be a little bit of added incentive for Dartmouth Moosehead Dry’s competitors this season.Usually, there’s not much drama in the Nova Scotia Senior Baseball League, with the Dry having won five straight championships and 13 of the past 17 titles.But this year, if Dartmouth does the...

Tuesday, May 20, 2008, 2:06 PM

New champ crowned

Maybe Terry Melloy should start doing full marathons at the Blue Nose International Marathon more often.After three years of running the half, Melloy finally did a full at the Blue Nose and came away the winner on Sunday.The Bridgewater native dethroned defending champ and three-time winner David...

Tuesday, May 20, 2008, 2:03 PM

New venue, same goal

Canada’s pleasure cruise to the semifinals of the world hockey championships has landed in Quebec City.The dominant squad bid farewell to Halifax immediately following Wednesday’s 8-2 thumping of Norway at the Metro Centre, ending a stretch of more than two weeks in the city.Canada gets a fresh...

Friday, May 16, 2008, 12:28 PM

Hockey Canada will be back soon

Bob Nicholson says Hockey Canada will return soon.Hockey Canada’s president addressed the media on Wednesday night as the world hockey championship came to a close in Halifax after drawing 203,925 fans over 25 games“This city is the only city that has hosted the world juniors (2003), world women’s...

Friday, May 16, 2008, 12:24 PM

Kovalchuk suspended in Russia’s win

Russia won big, but also lost big.Buffalo Sabres right-winger Maxim Afinogenov scored twice as Russia blasted Switzerland 6-0 in the quarter-finals at the world hockey championship in Quebec City yesterday.But star forward Ilya Kovalchuk of the Atlanta Thrashers earned a one-game suspension for a...

Thursday, May 15, 2008, 12:38 PM

Canada thumps Norway

For 29 minutes 57 seconds, Norway bent but didn’t break. Then Canada snapped the pesky squad in two.Canada turned a 2-2 nail-biter into an 8-2 blowout with a dominating final 30 minutes in the quarter-finals at the world hockey championship yesterday at the Metro Centre as the tournament bid...

Thursday, May 15, 2008, 12:35 PM

Finland survives late U.S. charge

Teemu Selanne and his Finnish teammates looked on in disbelief as Team USA almost did the unthinkable.Finland, up 2-0 in the dying minutes of the quarter-finals at the world hockey championship, surrendered back-to-back goals in a 37-second span and allowed last night’s tournament finale at the...

Thursday, May 15, 2008, 12:31 PM

Canada coming out firing

Canada will get reacquainted with an old Pal today, but the team isn’t exactly rolling out the red carpet for him.No, the Canadians plan to make the life of Norwegian goaltender Pal Grotnes downright miserable after he nearly stole a game from them last week at the world hockey championship.This...

Wednesday, May 14, 2008, 2:22 PM

Expect intensity as U.S. takes on Finland

If the third period of Sunday’s game is any indication, tonight’s quarter-final at the world hockey championship between Finland and the United States will be worth watching.Finland is coming off a 3-2 win over the U.S, rallying from a 2-0 deficit in the third period. A video goal judge was...

Wednesday, May 14, 2008, 2:19 PM

Norway has own version of team building

Team Norway is not only skilled enough to be in the quarter-finals at the world hockey championship, but the players could also join together and build a house at a moment’s notice.Half of Norway’s players don’t earn enough as professional hockey players to survive, and many of them have full-time...

Wednesday, May 14, 2008, 2:18 PM

Gagner subs for absent Staal

Sam Gagner is going from Black Ace to the ace up the sleeve of Canadian head coach Ken Hitchcock.The 18-year-old Edmonton Oilers rookie will become the fifth-youngest player in Canadian history to skate at the world hockey championship today at 4:30 p.m. at the Metro Centre in the quarter-finals...

Wednesday, May 14, 2008, 2:15 PM

Latvia fails to deliver win

Latvia is headed home and Norway is headed to the quarter-finals at the world hockey championship.Latvia only needed a point out of yesterday’s final qualification-round game against Germany to edge out Norway for the final playoff spot, but blew a 3-2 third-period lead and lost 5-3 before a crowd...

Tuesday, May 13, 2008, 5:59 PM

Canada surges into playoffs

Team Canada’s demolition drive to the quarter-finals at the world hockey championship is complete.Everything the defending champions touched turned into a goal yesterday as Canada doubled Finland 6-3 at the Metro Centre, with Prime Minister Stephen Harper among the 9,178 in attendance clapping in...

Tuesday, May 13, 2008, 2:23 PM

Canada ready for test

Canada’s players have echoed a familiar refrain about “getting better every day” at the world hockey championship.As the defending champions head into a pivotal match-up with Finland today at 4:30 p.m. at the Metro Centre in a rematch of last year’s gold-medal game, they’ll have to improve upon...

Monday, May 12, 2008, 1:38 PM

Finns rally for win over U.S.

The trail of blood on the ice from Anssi Salmela’s broken nose after the final horn sounded told the story.Finland remained unbeaten with a hard-fought 3-2 victory over the United States last night at the Metro Centre in the nastiest game yet at the world hockey championship.The teams combined for...

Monday, May 12, 2008, 1:34 PM