Memorial Day Morning Links


May 27, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Korean War veteran Jim Duncan of Houston is honoured on Memorial Day before the game between the Houston Astros and the Colorado Rockies at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

What a weekend of playoff hockey in all 3 leagues! Heck, even the World Championship had some exciting hockey as Alex Ovechkin finally won a medal on the world stage. The Memorial Cup is officially over, the Stanley Cup and the Calder Cup are down to four and the World Championships are over. Where has all the hockey gone?

Happy Memorial day to all our American readers and friends. Thank you to the soldiers who have given all to their country, for our freedom and for their families. Today we’re taking a look at some NHL players who gave up the dream of playing hockey to fight in combat and paid the ultimate price with their lives. [Too Many Men]

When the season began, Ryan Miller believed he’d be a hot topic of discussion at the end of the season. While he is a hot topic, it’s certainly not the way he thought it would go. Instead of teams lining up to take a crack at Miller and hand him all the money he wants, we’re talking about where he is going to land. Who needs a goalie, how will his playoff performance hurt his offseason chances, who will sign him to the length and term he wants? Right now, Ryan Miller is homeless. Who will fix his problem? [Too Many Men]

The great Jaromir Jagr announced his retirement from international hockey on the weekend. His Czech Republic national team lost to Sweden in the bronze medal game and following he announced he will not suit up for the Czech again. We believe the New Jersey Devils forward will return to the Devils next season, however he will not return to the international stage for international glory. [NHL]

As previously mentioned, Ovechkin finally led his national team to a medal at an international event. The Russians, led by Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin were victorious over Finland in the World Championship gold medal game. Ovechkin had a solid tournament helping Russia win their 5th gold medal at the tournament. [The Hockey Writers]

The high firing power of the Guelph Storm offence was left speechless on Sunday night when the defencive first Edmonton Oil Kings smoked them in the Memorial Cup finals. The Storm were crushed after the game after being the most dominate team all tournament long. [Buzzing the Net]