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Jicemen and Jewps

Posted on: November 27th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Omri Casspi has started three of the last four games for the Golden State Warrior (all as a strong forward and all resulting in wins, it’s worth pointing out). Here’s the breakdown:

  • Nov. 19: 118-110 over the host Brooklyn Nets — 12 points in 23 minutes with eight rebounds, one assist, and two blocked shots.
  • Nov. 24: 143-94 blowout against the visiting Chicago Bulls — six points in 25 minutes with four rebounds, four assists, one blocked shot and two steals.
  • Nov. 25: 110-95 over visiting New Orleans — nine points in 25 minutes with four rebounds, two assist, and two blocked shots.

Playing in the NBA has it drawbacks, however. Casspi is unable to play for Israel in the qualifiers for the 2019 Basketball World Cup.

The Warriors are 15-5, second in the Western Conference.

Over on the ice…

  • Michael Cammalleri, Edmonton Oilers, has two assists in six games since coming over in a trade from the LA Kings. Edmonton is 9-14-2, seventh in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference to one in seventh
  • Jason Demers, Arizona Coyotes (6-17-3, 15th/last in the Western Conference with the worst record in the league): 26 games, two goals, eight assists.
  • Josh Ho-Sang, NY Islanders (14-7-2, fifth Eastern Conference): 13 games, two goals, six assists. Slowly making a name for himself.
  • Zach Hyman, Toronto Maple Leafs (15-9-1, fourth in Eastern Conference): 25 games, five goals, seven assists.
  • Brendan Leipsic, Vegas Golden Knights (15-6-1, second in the Western Conference): 14 games, no goals, seven assists.
  • Jason Zucker, Wild (11-9-3, 11th in Western Conference) 23 games, 12 goals, seven assists. Luke Kunin  was sent back to the minors on Nov. 21. He appeared in 14 games for the Wild with two goals and two assists.

Jice update, November 15, 2017

Posted on: November 15th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

An all-too-infrequent update about what the Chosen Frozen are up to:

  • Michael Cammalleri, So much for that homecoming. The LA Kings traded Cammalleri to the Edmonton Oilers yesterday for Jussi Jokinen. The deal was made on the same day this article came out.  He goes from a team in first place in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference to one in seventh (7-9-2). Cams had three goals and four assists in 15 games for the Kings, averaging 12:38 minutes of time on ice.
  • Jason Demers, Arizona Coyotes (2-15-3, eighth/last in the Pacific Division with the worst record in the league): 20 games, two goals, six assists.
  • Josh Ho-Sang, NY Islanders (9-6-2, fifth in Metropolitan Division of Eastern Conference) was recalled from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Veterans Day and provided immediate results, scoring a goal to help the team beat the visiting St. Louis Blues, 5-2. Unfortunately, he’s questionable for tomorrow night’s game after missing practice yesterday due to an illness (the NHL is so sketchy with its injury reports). Let’s hope he can stick around awhile this time. Ho-Sang has appeared in seven games with the lone goal and four assists.
  • Zach Hyman, Toronto Maple Leafs (12-7-0, second place in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference): 19 games, four goals, six assists.
  • Luke Kunin, Minnesota Wild (8-7-2, fifth in the Central Division of the Western Conference): 14 games, two goals, two assists.
  • Brendan Leipsic, Vegas Golden Knights (10-6-1, second in the Pacific Division): eight games, no goals, four assists.
  • Jason Zucker, Wild, is on a tear, having scored seven goals in his last four games including a hat trick to provide all the scoring in a 3-0 win over the host Montreal Canadiens last Thursday. He also scored the only goal in Saturday’s 1-0 win over the host Philadelphia Flyers. All that scoring netted him NHL First Star honors for the week. And as if all this wasn’t enough reason to celebrate, Zucker and his wife Carly just became first-time parents on Oct. 27. Mazel tov. Overall, Zucker has 10 goals and five assists in 17 games.

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Shalom, Luke Kunin

Posted on: October 20th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Image resultSince “shalom” means both hello and goodbye…

Welcome the newest MOT to the NHL: Luke Kunin, who briefly joined Jason Zucker on the Minnesota Wild.

Kunin, 19, was the Wild’s first-round pick in 2016. He was called up due to injuries to several of the team’s forwards. He made his debut on Oct. 14 in the Wild’s 5-4 home opener overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. He played 13:53 in that one. He was reassigned to the American Hockey League right after the game, but he’ll be back.

Some stories on Kunin:

  • Minnesota Wild Prospect Camp 2017: Green Offense — Luke Kunin leads the charge on a team that features current Gopher Leon Bristedt and High School phenom Sam Huff
  • What Luke Kunin brings to the Minnesota Wild
  • Luke Kunin’s versatility excites Wild: Forward prospect ‘can play 200-foot game,’ had 19 goals for Wisconsin last season
  • From the September/October issue of the Jewish Sports Review: “After two seasons at Wisconsin, Luke Kunin, 191, 1 wing from Chesterfield, MO, signed with the Minnesota Wild and was assigned to the Iowa Wild (AHL) where he rifled in 5 goals with three assists for 8 points, endured 16 PMs [penalty minutes] and was assigned a +2 rating in 12 games.”

HT to Korner chaver Ken Cutler for the news about Kunin.

And just a quick catch-up on the rest of the Jice-men…

Jason Demers, Arizona Coyotes (0-6-1, eighth/last in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference): seven games, one goal two assists

Jason Zucker, Minnesota Wild (1-1-2, last in the Central Division of the Western Conference): four games, two goals, two assists

Zach Hyman, Toronto Maple Leafs (6-0-1, second in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference): seven games, three goals, two assists

Michael Cammalleri, LA Kings (5-0-1, first in the Pacific Division): four games, two goals, two assists

Brendan Leipsic, Vegas Golden Knights (5-1-0, second in the Pacific Division): six games, no goals, four assists

Josh Ho-Sang, NY Islanders (3-3-1, seventh in Metropolitan Division of Eastern Conference): six games, no goals, four assists

 

Jice Report: Jews of the NHL

Posted on: October 9th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

(“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

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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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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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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