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Jice Report: Jews of the NHL

Posted on: October 9th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan No Comments

(“Jews” + “ice” = Jice, in case you were wondering. Game info prior to games of October 9.)

How in heck did the NHL season begin already? Always thought basketball and hockey started at the same time. The NBA season doesn’t get under way for another week. So, let’s catch up.

By my count, there are six MOTs in the NHL.

Image result for michael cammalleri kingsMichael Cammalleri returns to the Los Angeles Kings — where he made his league debut in 2002 — signing a one-year deal worth a reported $1 million. “Cams” who missed a good chunk of last season with the NJ Devils due to injury, may seem like a little guy for a pro athlete, standing 5’9″ and weighing in at 180 pounds, but the 35-year-old left-winger (not a political description) is the all-time scorer among Jewish skaters with 287 goals and 326 assists for a total of 613 points in his 16 seasons (613: the same number of commandments/mitzvot; is that a coincidence or what?). So far this year he’s appeared in both games for the Kings, who are 2-0-0 in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference. He hasn’t scored or assisted yet but you know ESPN’s projections are wrong when they say he won’t have any this season based on those two games so far.

Jason Demers also traded jerseys, moving from the Florida Panthers to the Arizona Coyotes in a trade back in . Demers, 29, made his debut in 2009 with the San Jose Sharks. He’s appeared in 506 games, with 37 goals and 134 assists. This year, he’s “pointless” in two games for the Coyotes (0-1-1).

Jason Zucker, 25, begins his seventh season with the Minnesota Wild (250 games, 65 goals/45 assists). He has one goal and one assist in two games for the Wild (0-1-1).

Zach Hyman, also 25, begins season #3 with the improving Toronto Maple Leafs (again, why are they not “Leaves?”). The center already has two goals for Toronto (2-0-0) and so is projected for 82 for the season. But since he hasn’t contributed an assist yet, they have him down for zero. Of course, both scenarios are highly unlikely. Lifetime, Hyman has 16 goals and 20 assists in 100 games.

Josh Ho-Sang is a character the NHL needs, and the Islanders have him.Josh Ho-Sang, right, is the baby of the bunch at 21, having made his NHL debut with the NY Islanders last year. He has appeared in one of the team’s three games so far (1-1-1) with one point in their loss to the St. Louis Blues last night. As you can imagine, his is not your routine story.

Brendan Leipsic, 23, is playing for the expansion Las Vegas Golden Knights, who are tied for the Pacific lead with a record of 2-0-0. He made his NHL debut with the Leafs in 2015, appearing in six games with one goal and two assists. He’s been in two games for the Knights without a point.

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Jewish sports update, Weekend Edition

Posted on: April 10th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

NHL

The regular season came to an end yesterday (some call it the “first season” since the playoff seem to last just as long). Mazel tov to Jason Zucker and the Minnesota Wild and Zach Hyman and the Toronto Maple Leafs; they get to play on. Not so fortunate: Josh Ho-Sang, the rookie whose NY Islanders just missed the cut at the very end. Their record of 41-29-12 put them one point behind the Leafs. Ho-Sang, who made his debut on March 2nd, scoring four goals to go along with six assists in 21 games.

The Isles beat the woeful NJ Devils on Saturday, 4-2, The Devils also lost the next day to the Detroit Red Wings, 4-1. Michael Cammalleri had an assist in that one (#21) but closed out his season by not scoring over his last 28 games. He ended the season with 10 goals and 21 assists in 61 games. The Devils finished with the worst record in the Eastern Conference and second-worst overall: 28-40-14.

The Leafs clinched a playoff spot in their next-to-last game with a 5-3 win over the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins (they lost their finale to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday, 3-2). Hyman appeared in all 82 regular season games, scoring 10 goals with 18 assists. Their mark of 40-27-15 — eighth in the East — was their best showing in several seasons.

The Wild had time to relax, sewing up their playoff spot relatively early. They finished second in the Western Conference to the Chicago Blackhawks with a record of 49-25-8. Zucker had the best season of all the Jice-men with 22 goals and 25 assists in 79 games.

Last, but not least, the other Jason, Jason Demers, who had nine goals and 19 assists in 81 games for the Florida Panthers. The Panthers finished 35-36-11, 13th in the East.

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From left: Jason Zucker, Zach Hyman, Josh Ho-Sang, Michael Cammalleri, Jason Demers

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Omri CasspiOmri Casspi season was … interesting. He began with the Sacramento Kings and seemed, at least to me, to have issues with his coach, who kept the Israeli import on the bench a lot more than one would think a player with that talent would warrant. Casspi was frequently the subject of trade rumors to better teams who could use someone with his skills as a valuable bench player. Instead he ended up on teams just as bad as the Kings, who, with two games remaining in their schedule, are 31-49. He went to the New Orleans Pelicans (33-47) in a major trade, played one game for them in which he performed quite well, except for breaking his thumb in said game, and was released. The Minnesota Timberwolves (31-49) picked him up at the tail end of the season and he hasn’t done much for them. In his most recent game — a 110-109 loss to the host LA Lakers — he scored two points with one assist and two steals in 17 minutes off the bench. To be fair, though, it has to be difficult to learn three different systems and mesh with three sets of teammates in a short amount of time. Wait ’til next year.

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David Berger improved in each round of the 2017 Masters Tournament with a 77 on Thursday, 73 on Friday, 72 on Saturday, and 69 yesterday.

 

 

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Jewish sports scoreboard for April 6, 2017

Posted on: April 7th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

NBA

  • Omri Casspi scored four points with two rebounds, an assist, a turnover, and four personal fouls in 16 minutes off the bench for the Minnesota Timberwolves in their 105-98 loss to the host Portland Trailblazers.

NHL

  • Michael Cammalleri took three shots on goal in 18:30 of playing time as the NJ Devils lost to the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins, 7-4. Cammalleri — who holds the record for most goals by a Jewish player with 287 — has now gone 26 games without putting one in the net, his last coming on January 3rd.
  • Jason Demers‘ assist in the third period tied the game between his Florida Panthers and the visiting St. Louis Blues at 3-3, but the Blues reeled off three more goals for the 6-3 final score. Demers has 19 assists for the season.
  • Jason Zucker‘s 22nd goal gave the Minnesota Wild a 1-0 lead over the host Colorado Avalanche. It was one of three shots he attempted in 13:04 as the Wild went on to win the game, 4-3.
  • Zach Hyman missed on his two attempts in 17:34 in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 4-1 loss to the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning.
  • Josh Ho-Sang and the NY Islanders had the night off.
  • The Leafs and Islanders are vying for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Each team has two games left. The Leafs hold the advantage, 93 points to the Islanders’ 90.

PGA

  • Daniel BergerDaniel Berger, who turns 24 today, ended the first round the The Masters with a five-over par 77. He won the Fed Ex St. Jude Classic last June for his first PGA tournament victory.

 

Jewps/Jice update, Weekend-plus

Posted on: April 4th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

NBA

If Omri Casspi was hoping to exact a measure of revenge against the Sacramento Kings, he came away disappointed. He score just four points and made two rebounds in 12 minutes off the bench on Saturday in a 123-117 loss to the visiting Kings. In his next game — a 110-109 nail-biter against the visiting Portland Trailblazers, Casspi played another 12 minutes but scored just one point to go along with one rebound and two assists. According to some reports, he’s getting used to playing with a new bunch of guys. Must be difficult, learning new systems. Remember, this is his third team this season. But he has hope.

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Josh Ho-Sang Michael Cammalleri returned to action for the NJ Devils in Friday’s 2-1 loss to the host NY Islanders. he took one shot on goal in 13:38 of ice time. Josh Ho-Sang (right) picked up his sixth assist in the second period on what proved to be the game-winner. he took three SOG in 16:35. Two days later he notched his fourth goal in a 4-2 win over the host Buffalo Sabres in 14:59 TOI. Cammalleri took another three tires in Saturday’s 3-0 loss to the hist Philadelphia Flyers. He played 14:25 in that one.

On Saturday Jason Demers took two SOG in 17:30 as the Florida Panthers lost to the host Boston Bruins, 5-2. Zach Hyman took one SOG in 17:19 as the Toronto Maple Leafs held off the host Detroit Red Wings, 5-4. Jason Zucker was a scratch with a lower body injury in the Minnesota Wild’s 3-0 loss to the host Nashville Predators. he would also miss the Sunday game against the visiting Colorado Avalanche that resulted in a 5-2 win for the Wild.

Hyman took two SOG in 15:10 for the Leafs last night in their 4-2 win over the host Buffalo Sabres.

Jice update, March 31: Some in, some out, some undecided

Posted on: March 31st, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Josh Hu-Sang played 16:06 in the NY Islanders 6-3 loss to the host Philadelphia Flyers.

Jason Demers took one shot on goal in 20:09 in the Florida Panther’s 6-2 loss to the host Montreal Canadiens.

Zach Hyman played 19:24 in the Toronto Maple Leaf’s 3-1 win over the host Nashville Predators.

Jason Zucker took two SOG in 15:10 in the Minnesota Wilds’ 5-1 win over the visiting Ottawa Senators.

With a little more than a week to go

  • Definitely continuing to the post season: Minnesota
  • Still in contention: Toronto, Islanders
  • Out of the Running: Michael Cammalleri and the NJ Devils, Florida

Jice update, March 29, 2017: Zach Hyman

Posted on: March 29th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Zach HymanZach Hyman, right, assisted on the first goal for the Toronto Maple Leafs and provided what provided to be the winning goal in a 3-2 decision last night  over Jason Demers and the visiting Florida Panthers. That gives Hyman 10 goals and 18 assists on the year. Demers contributed an assist on the Panthers’ first goal; he has 18 assists to go along with nine goals. The Leafs are in the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference with a record of 36-24-15, their best showing since the 2013-14 season when they were 38-36-8. The Panthers (33-32-11) are on the precipice of elimination.

Jason Zucker took two shots on goal in 18:21 of playing time as the Minnesota Wild lost to the visiting Washington Capitals, 5-4. The Wild are in the playoffs with a 44-24-8 mark.

Finally, from CBS Sports:

Michael Cammalleri (shoulder) could return [for the NJ Devils] for a road match either Friday against the Islanders or Saturday’s game opposing the Flyers, Andrew Gross of The Record reports.

The point-packing winger is progressing well based on his newly acquired injury status of “day-to-day.” Cammalleri has missed the past 13 games with his injury, but the Devils have been eliminated from playoff contention and therefore have no reason to rush him back.

The Devils lost to the visiting Winnipeg Jets last night, 4-3, in a shootout. They are last in the East at 27-35-14.

On Monday, Josh Ho-Sang, the newest Jice-man, took one SOG in 18:56 for the NY Islanders in their 3-1 loss to the visiting Nashville Predators. he has three goals and five assists in 14 games. At 35-28-12, the Isles have a slim chance of making up enough ground to sneak into the postseason.

Jice update: Welcome to the NHL, Josh Ho-Sang

Posted on: March 16th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Josh Ho-Sang was brought up by the NY Islanders on March 2. Although he’s played just eight games, the 21-year-old right-winger from Toronto already has three goals and three assists, including one of each in his last two appearances; his assist in Tuesday’s contest came on the game-winning goal in a 3-2 overtime decision against the host Carolina Hurricanes. The Isles are 33-25-11, fifth in Metropolitan Division and currently in the eighth spot in the East. According to a March 13 story in The New York Times, “Ho-Sang, who grew up in suburban Toronto, also brings an unusual family lineage to Brooklyn. His father, Wayne, is from Jamaica, and his great-grandfather was from Hong Kong. Ho-Sang’s mother, Ericka, was born in Chile, and her parents were Russian and Swedish. Ho-Sang was raised Jewish.”

I contacted the team’s PR staff to see about an interview and was told , “Right now, we are trying to make sure Josh can settle in with the team and not overburden him….  If there is an opportunity moving forward that works, we will keep you in mind.”

Stay tuned.

Josh Ho-Sang

As for the rest of the crew, in their most recent games…

Michael Cammalleri and the NJ Devils saw their Tuesday game against the visiting Winnipeg Jets postponed because of the snow in the area (I even had my weekly tennis game cancelled!).  He missed the previous contest  — a 5-4 loss to the host Arizona Coyotes — because of an upper body injury. (Can someone tell me why the NHL deals in such vague terms? Every other sport is pretty specific as to the injury that prevents someone from playing.) In fact, Cammalleri last appeared in a game on March 2, a 1-0 loss to the Washington Capitals in which he crashed awkwardly into the boards. He had not scored a goal since Jan. 3, a streak of 22 games without putting one between the pipes. For the season, Cammalleri has 10 goals and 20 assists and rumor has it he might be gone after the season. The Devils are 25-31-12, eighth in Metropolitan Division and last in the Eastern Conference.

Jason Demers played 17:07, taking two shots on goal for the Florida Panthers in their 7-2 win over Zach Hyman and the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday. Demers has nine goal and 13 assists for the 30-27-11 Panthers who are sixth in the Atlantic Division and 12th in the East. Hyman, meanwhile, took three SOG in 13:47 in that one and is 9/16. The Leafs are enjoying their best season in a long time: 31-23-14, fifth in the Atlantic and 10th in the East. Both teams have 14 games left, so there’s still a time — with a little luck — to grab a playoff spot.

On he other hand, Jason Zucker and the Minnesota Wild are sitting pretty: second in the Western Conference by one point with a record of 43-18-6. He took one SOG in Tuesday’s 4-2 loss to the host Washington Capitals and has 21 goals and 24 assists for the season.

 

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Jewish sports scoreboard, Feb. 27, 2017

Posted on: February 28th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

The only MOT action came on the ice last night as Michael Cammalleri‘s goal-less streak reached 21 in a 4-3 NJ Devils loss to the visiting Montreal Canadiens. Cammalleri missed on his two shots in 15:59.

Meanwhile, Jason Zucker give the Minnesota Wild a game-tying goal in the third period to put them into overtime where the beat the visiting LA Kings a 5-4 win. It was Zucker’s 19th of the season and first since he scored a pair on Feb. 18. He took five SOG last night in 17:13.

Jason Zucker

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Jewish sports scoreboard, Feb. 24-26, 2017

Posted on: February 27th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

NBA

  • Omri Casspi broke his thumb in his first game with the New Orleans Pelicans after scoring 12 points. Now the team has waived him? How can that be fair?

NCAAM

  • Spencer Weisz had the most minutes and the fewest points for Princeton (33 and four, respectively) in Friday’s  64-45 win over host Columbia. He also had six rebounds, four assists, and two steals as a starting forward, the latter two categories led or tied for the team high. He led the Tigers with eight assists and four steals (tied, plus three rebounds) in Saturday’s 75-60 win over host Cornell, but scored just four points in 39 minutes as a starter (team-high again), missing on nine of ten field goal attempts, including oh-for-five from three-point land.
  • Jack Gordon played 11 minutes off the bench, scoring two points with five rebounds in Cornells’ 69-65 loss to visiting Penn on Friday. Teammate Jojo Fallis played 13 sub minutes. He was a starting guard the next day against Princeton, playing 26 minutes and scoring five points with two rebounds and two assists (and four turnovers and personal fouls). Gordon played 11 minutes as a sub, with three turnovers and a foul, in the 75-60 loss.
  • Sam Singer scored 14 points in 13 minutes as a sub, connecting on all seven of his field goal attempts, to help California beat visiting Oregon State on Friday, 76-46.
  • Hunter Sabety had three rebounds and two points in seven bench minutes. He also turned the ball over twice and committed four fouls in Hofstra’s 71-66 win over host James Madison on Saturday.
  • Daniel Levitt scored a pair in 12 bench minutes for Cleveland State in their 69-55 win over visiting Youngstown State on Saturday.
  • Jeremy Lieberman was a starting guard for Wyoming on Saturday in their 82-71 win over visiting New Mexico. He played 32 minutes, scoring six points with five rebounds, three assists, and a team-high five steals.
  • Egor Koulechov led Rice starters with 39 minutes in an 88-81 win over visiting Louisiana Tech on Saturday. He ended up with 12 points, three rebounds, three assists, and two steals.
  • Ido Flaisher had two rebounds in eight minutes off the bench for Hawaii, who beat visiting CS Fullerton on Saturday 64-58.

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  • Jen BerkowitzStarters Jen Berkowitz (forward) and Lena Munzer (guard) were co-leaders in minutes played (35) for Yale in their 57-52 win over visiting Harvard on Friday. Berkowitz (right) topped all players with 26 points and 10 rebounds while Munzer contributed another eight points and seven boards. On Saturday they combined for 23 points and 12 rebounds in a 58-58-44 win over visiting Dartmouth.
  • Emily Surloff played 11 minutes off the bench for Columbia in their 78-54 loss to host Princeton on Friday. The next day she scored six points with one rebound and two assists in a 68-59 loss to host Penn.
  • Sarah Hattis scored two for Arizona State with one rebound in six minutes off the bench in a 69-62 win over visiting USC on Friday. She missed on her only shot in three minutes off the bench in Sunday’s 55-52 loss to visiting #15 UCLA.
  • Drew Edelman led Santa Barbara with 17 points and 10 rebounds as a starting forward in a 70-61 loss to host UC Davis on Saturday.
  • Kim Jacobs scored two points in one minute off the bench for Pepperdine in their 84-79 loss to San Francisco on Saturday.
  • Sydney Zambrotta scored 10 points to lead #14 Louisville’s bench in their 75-46 win on Sunday over host Wake Forrest. She also had two assists in her 12 minutes on the court.

NHL

  • On Friday, Jason Demers took three shots on goal in 17:41 as the Florida Panthers fell to the visiting Calgary Flames, 4-2. Yesterday, he took one SOG in 16:26 in another loss, this one a 2-1 decision to the visiting Ottawa Senators.
  • On Saturday, Michael Cammalleri missed on all five of his SOGs (tied for team high) in the NJ Devils’ 4-3 overtime loss to the visiting NY Rangers. That makes an even 20 straight games without a goal for Cams.
  • Zach Hyman had one assist (#16) for the Toronto Maple Leafs in their 4-3 loss to the visiting Montreal Canadiens n Saturday. That broke his streak of nine games without a goal or assist. (Cammalleri has contributed some assists during his recent slide).

 

Jewish sports scoreboard, games of Feb. 21, 2017

Posted on: February 22nd, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

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NCAAM

  • Daniel LevittDaniel Levitt was on fire, hitting on six of seven shots from long distance, scoring 18 points in just 12 minutes off the bench. But his personal best wasn’t enough to prevent Cleveland State from dropping the game to host Detroit Mercy, 91-83, for their fourth straight loss.

NCAAW

  • No MOT games.

NHL

  • Michael Cammalleri extended his goalless streak to 19 games, taking two shots in 15:12 in the NJ Devils’ 2-1 loss to the visiting Ottawa Senators. Will he still be with the team before the expansion draft?
  • Zach Hyman took one shot on goal in 17:10 in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 6-5 overtime win over the visiting Winnipeg Jets. He served a two-minute penalty for high-sticking.
  • Jason Zucker took two SOG in 17:53 as the Minnesota Wild fell to the visiting Chicago Blackhawks, 5-3. He served a two-minute penalty for holding.

 

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