Minor ice hockey
Minor hockey is an umbrella term for amateur ice hockey, played below the junior age level. Players are classified with each age group playing in its own league; the rules as it relates to body contact, vary from class to class. In North America, the rules are governed by the national bodies, Hockey Canada and USA Hockey, while local hockey associations administer players and leagues for their region. Many provinces and states organize regional and provincial championship tournaments, the highest age groups in Canada and USA participate in national championships. Minor hockey is not to be confused with minor league professional hockey. In Canada, the age categories are designated by each provincial hockey governing body based on Hockey Canada's guidelines, each category may have multiple tiers based on skill. To qualify in a category, the player must be under the age limit as of December 31 of the current season. Initiation: under 7 years of age In some larger areas with multiple associations in close proximity, Tyke is broken up by age into Hockey 1 for 5-year-old players and Hockey 2 for 6 years old players.
In the Province of Quebec, players start in Pre-MAHG to initiate skating technics. Over the next two following years they are in levels MAHG 1 and MAHG 2 to develop a sense of the game. Novice: under 9 years of age In some larger areas, Novice is broken up by age into Hockey 3 for 7-year-old players and Hockey 4 for 8-year-old players. Atom: under 11 years of age Peewee: under 13 years of age Bantam: under 15 years of age Midget: under 18 years of age Juvenile under 20 years of age, for players who want to remain in hockey at a minor hockey association level; those not playing Senior. Junior: under 21 years of age Junior: divided into Major Junior, Junior A, Junior B and Junior C. Senior: No age limit There are two broad grouping of skill levels: competitive and non-competitive. From house league/recreation hockey, progression is made to competitive travel hockey. A competitive team will hold tryouts and players will be selected for the roster depending upon skill level and fit. At this level, players chosen to compete experience a higher level of on-ice competition and coaching.
Players learn systems. HL teams are intra-city and players may be of any skill level. Rostered Select teams will consist of better House League players who in addition to HL play, will play in additional games and practices which are organized on an ad-hoc basis. League Select teams will consist of better House League Players but can play in a league for a full season in addition to the House League Season; this is known as Select in some area. Higher-skilled players will play on "representative" or "travel" teams that will travel to play representative teams from other areas; these teams are classified by skill. Not all cities will have teams at all skill levels, depending on size and the popularity of hockey, however small communities may field teams at multiple levels; the classifications are not certified by any external organization, so there is speculation about what levels are better or stronger than others. AAA, AA, A hockey are nationally recognized as competitive levels of organized hockey, with AAA being elite competition.'House Level' Inter Association hockey never leaving own association'C' Playing other associations in a region.'B"A"AA"AAA' is the highest caliber of minor hockey In British Columbia, BC Hockey has a different system as the province has no "B" level hockey.
All teams are either non-competitive "C" house or competitive Rep teams "A". Rep teams "A' compete association vs. association under the guidance of PCAHA, OMAHA, VIAHA, are labeled as A1, A2, A3, A4. No Atom level Provincial championship exists; the OMAHA and VIAHA have "Atom Development" rep teams, while the PCAHA follows "A1,A2,A3, etc" similar to older ages. Midget Rep has a BC run Midget AAA league, the highest level of midget rep, in addition to association run rep teams "A" level teams are designated by the following tiers: Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3 and Tier 4. For the purposes of affiliation regulations, each Tier designation will be considered a category. BC Hockey Registrations of male Midget and Pee Wee players from the previous three years with the Associations tiers are determined the according to the following schedule: The above chart shall be utilized to determine the tier of the "initial entry" team at each division. 1.03 a) Associations may register additional teams in any Division in accordance with the following chart: b) Any association registering more than two hundred and fifty players in any Age division of Peewee, Bantam and Juvenile shall be required to register teams in that division in accordance with the following chart: First Entry, Second Entry Team Must register two Tier 1 teams Third Entry Team Tier 2 Fourth Entry Team Tier 3 Fifth Entry Team Tier 4 1.04 All Winter Clubs are designated Tier 1.
This designation is to be reviewed annually by the BC Hockey Executive Committee following consultation with the District Association. Quebec house leagues are labeled C, B, A. Competitive teams are urbanly known as the "double letters" an
Ice hockey is a contact team sport played on ice in a rink, in which two teams of skaters use their sticks to shoot a vulcanized rubber puck into their opponent's net to score points. The sport is known to be fast-paced and physical, with teams consisting of six players each: one goaltender, five players who skate up and down the ice trying to take the puck and score a goal against the opposing team. Ice hockey is most popular in Canada and eastern Europe, the Nordic countries and the United States. Ice hockey is the official national winter sport of Canada. In addition, ice hockey is the most popular winter sport in Belarus, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Slovakia and Switzerland. North America's National Hockey League is the highest level for men's ice hockey and the strongest professional ice hockey league in the world; the Kontinental Hockey League is much of Eastern Europe. The International Ice Hockey Federation is the formal governing body for international ice hockey, with the IIHF managing international tournaments and maintaining the IIHF World Ranking.
Worldwide, there are ice hockey federations in 76 countries. In Canada, the United States, Nordic countries, some other European countries the sport is known as hockey. Ice hockey is believed to have evolved from simple stick and ball games played in the 18th and 19th century United Kingdom and elsewhere; these games were brought to North America and several similar winter games using informal rules as they were developed, such as "shinny" and "ice polo". The contemporary sport of ice hockey was developed in Canada, most notably in Montreal, where the first indoor hockey game was played on March 3, 1875; some characteristics of that game, such as the length of the ice rink and the use of a puck, have been retained to this day. Amateur ice hockey leagues began in the 1880s, professional ice hockey originated around 1900; the Stanley Cup, emblematic of ice hockey club supremacy, was first awarded in 1893 to recognize the Canadian amateur champion and became the championship trophy of the NHL. In the early 1900s, the Canadian rules were adopted by the Ligue Internationale de Hockey sur Glace, the precursor of the IIHF and the sport was played for the first time at the Olympics during the 1920 Summer Olympics.
In international competitions, the national teams of six countries predominate: Canada, Czech Republic, Russia and the United States. Of the 69 medals awarded all-time in men's competition at the Olympics, only seven medals were not awarded to one of those countries. In the annual Ice Hockey World Championships, 177 of 201 medals have been awarded to the six nations. Teams outside the "Big Six" have won only five medals in either competition since 1953; the World Cup of Hockey is organized by the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association, unlike the annual World Championships and quadrennial Olympic tournament, both run by the International Ice Hockey Federation. World Cup games are played under NHL rules and not those of the IIHF, the tournament occurs prior to the NHL pre-season, allowing for all NHL players to be available, unlike the World Championships, which overlaps with the NHL's Stanley Cup playoffs. Furthermore, all 12 Women's Olympic and 36 IIHF World Women's Championships medals were awarded to one of these six countries.
The Canadian national team or the United States national team have between them won every gold medal of either series. In England, field hockey has been called "hockey" and what was referenced by first appearances in print; the first known mention spelled as "hockey" occurred in the 1773 book Juvenile Sports and Pastimes, to Which Are Prefixed, Memoirs of the Author: Including a New Mode of Infant Education, by Richard Johnson, whose chapter XI was titled "New Improvements on the Game of Hockey". The 1573 Statute of Galway banned a sport called "'hokie'—the hurling of a little ball with sticks or staves". A form of this word was thus being used in the 16th century, though much removed from its current usage; the belief that hockey was mentioned in a 1363 proclamation by King Edward III of England is based on modern translations of the proclamation, in Latin and explicitly forbade the games "Pilam Manualem, Pedivam, & Bacularem: & ad Canibucam & Gallorum Pugnam". The English historian and biographer John Strype did not use the word "hockey" when he translated the proclamation in 1720, instead translating "Canibucam" as "Cambuck".
According to the Austin Hockey Association, the word "puck" derives from the Scottish Gaelic puc or the Irish poc. "... The blow given by a hurler to the ball with his camán or hurley is always called a puck." Stick-and-ball games date back to pre-Christian times. In Europe, these games included the Irish game of hurling, the related Scottish game of shinty and versions of field hockey. IJscolf, a game resembling colf on an ice-covered surface, was popular in the Low Countries between the Middle Ages and the Dutch Golden Age, it was played with a wooden curved bat, a wooden or leather ball and two poles, with t
France the French Republic, is a country whose territory consists of metropolitan France in Western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The metropolitan area of France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean, it is bordered by Belgium and Germany to the northeast and Italy to the east, Andorra and Spain to the south. The overseas territories include French Guiana in South America and several islands in the Atlantic and Indian oceans; the country's 18 integral regions span a combined area of 643,801 square kilometres and a total population of 67.3 million. France, a sovereign state, is a unitary semi-presidential republic with its capital in Paris, the country's largest city and main cultural and commercial centre. Other major urban areas include Lyon, Toulouse, Bordeaux and Nice. During the Iron Age, what is now metropolitan France was inhabited by a Celtic people. Rome annexed the area in 51 BC, holding it until the arrival of Germanic Franks in 476, who formed the Kingdom of Francia.
The Treaty of Verdun of 843 partitioned Francia into Middle Francia and West Francia. West Francia which became the Kingdom of France in 987 emerged as a major European power in the Late Middle Ages following its victory in the Hundred Years' War. During the Renaissance, French culture flourished and a global colonial empire was established, which by the 20th century would become the second largest in the world; the 16th century was dominated by religious civil wars between Protestants. France became Europe's dominant cultural and military power in the 17th century under Louis XIV. In the late 18th century, the French Revolution overthrew the absolute monarchy, established one of modern history's earliest republics, saw the drafting of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, which expresses the nation's ideals to this day. In the 19th century, Napoleon established the First French Empire, his subsequent Napoleonic Wars shaped the course of continental Europe. Following the collapse of the Empire, France endured a tumultuous succession of governments culminating with the establishment of the French Third Republic in 1870.
France was a major participant in World War I, from which it emerged victorious, was one of the Allies in World War II, but came under occupation by the Axis powers in 1940. Following liberation in 1944, a Fourth Republic was established and dissolved in the course of the Algerian War; the Fifth Republic, led by Charles de Gaulle, remains today. Algeria and nearly all the other colonies became independent in the 1960s and retained close economic and military connections with France. France has long been a global centre of art and philosophy, it hosts the world's fourth-largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is the leading tourist destination, receiving around 83 million foreign visitors annually. France is a developed country with the world's sixth-largest economy by nominal GDP, tenth-largest by purchasing power parity. In terms of aggregate household wealth, it ranks fourth in the world. France performs well in international rankings of education, health care, life expectancy, human development.
France is considered a great power in global affairs, being one of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council with the power to veto and an official nuclear-weapon state. It is a leading member state of the European Union and the Eurozone, a member of the Group of 7, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the World Trade Organization, La Francophonie. Applied to the whole Frankish Empire, the name "France" comes from the Latin "Francia", or "country of the Franks". Modern France is still named today "Francia" in Italian and Spanish, "Frankreich" in German and "Frankrijk" in Dutch, all of which have more or less the same historical meaning. There are various theories as to the origin of the name Frank. Following the precedents of Edward Gibbon and Jacob Grimm, the name of the Franks has been linked with the word frank in English, it has been suggested that the meaning of "free" was adopted because, after the conquest of Gaul, only Franks were free of taxation.
Another theory is that it is derived from the Proto-Germanic word frankon, which translates as javelin or lance as the throwing axe of the Franks was known as a francisca. However, it has been determined that these weapons were named because of their use by the Franks, not the other way around; the oldest traces of human life in what is now France date from 1.8 million years ago. Over the ensuing millennia, Humans were confronted by a harsh and variable climate, marked by several glacial eras. Early hominids led a nomadic hunter-gatherer life. France has a large number of decorated caves from the upper Palaeolithic era, including one of the most famous and best preserved, Lascaux. At the end of the last glacial period, the climate became milder. After strong demographic and agricultural development between the 4th and 3rd millennia, metallurgy appeared at the end of the 3rd millennium working gold and bronze, iron. France has numerous megalithic sites from the Neolithic period, including the exceptiona
New York (state)
New York is a state in the Northeastern United States. New York was one of the original thirteen colonies. With an estimated 19.54 million residents in 2018, it is the fourth most populous state. To distinguish the state from the city with the same name, it is sometimes called New York State; the state's most populous city, New York City, makes up over 40% of the state's population. Two-thirds of the state's population lives in the New York metropolitan area, nearly 40% lives on Long Island; the state and city were both named for the 17th century Duke of York, the future King James II of England. With an estimated population of 8.62 million in 2017, New York City is the most populous city in the United States and the premier gateway for legal immigration to the United States. The New York metropolitan area is one of the most populous in the world. New York City is a global city, home to the United Nations Headquarters and has been described as the cultural and media capital of the world, as well as the world's most economically powerful city.
The next four most populous cities in the state are Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse, while the state capital is Albany. The 27th largest U. S. state in land area, New York has a diverse geography. The state is bordered by New Jersey and Pennsylvania to the south and Connecticut and Vermont to the east; the state has a maritime border with Rhode Island, east of Long Island, as well as an international border with the Canadian provinces of Quebec to the north and Ontario to the northwest. The southern part of the state is in the Atlantic coastal plain and includes Long Island and several smaller associated islands, as well as New York City and the lower Hudson River Valley; the large Upstate New York region comprises several ranges of the wider Appalachian Mountains, the Adirondack Mountains in the Northeastern lobe of the state. Two major river valleys – the north-south Hudson River Valley and the east-west Mohawk River Valley – bisect these more mountainous regions. Western New York is considered part of the Great Lakes region and borders Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Niagara Falls.
The central part of the state is dominated by the Finger Lakes, a popular vacation and tourist destination. New York had been inhabited by tribes of Algonquian and Iroquoian-speaking Native Americans for several hundred years by the time the earliest Europeans came to New York. French colonists and Jesuit missionaries arrived southward from Montreal for trade and proselytizing. In 1609, the region was visited by Henry Hudson sailing for the Dutch East India Company; the Dutch built Fort Nassau in 1614 at the confluence of the Hudson and Mohawk rivers, where the present-day capital of Albany developed. The Dutch soon settled New Amsterdam and parts of the Hudson Valley, establishing the multicultural colony of New Netherland, a center of trade and immigration. England seized the colony from the Dutch in 1664. During the American Revolutionary War, a group of colonists of the Province of New York attempted to take control of the British colony and succeeded in establishing independence. In the 19th century, New York's development of access to the interior beginning with the Erie Canal, gave it incomparable advantages over other regions of the U.
S. built its political and cultural ascendancy. Many landmarks in New York are well known, including four of the world's ten most-visited tourist attractions in 2013: Times Square, Central Park, Niagara Falls, Grand Central Terminal. New York is home to the Statue of Liberty, a symbol of the United States and its ideals of freedom and opportunity. In the 21st century, New York has emerged as a global node of creativity and entrepreneurship, social tolerance, environmental sustainability. New York's higher education network comprises 200 colleges and universities, including Columbia University, Cornell University, New York University, the United States Military Academy, the United States Merchant Marine Academy, University of Rochester, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rockefeller University, which have been ranked among the top 40 in the nation and world; the tribes in what is now New York were predominantly Algonquian. Long Island was divided in half between the Wampanoag and Lenape; the Lenape controlled most of the region surrounding New York Harbor.
North of the Lenape was the Mohicans. Starting north of them, from east to west, were three Iroquoian nations: the Mohawk, the original Iroquois and the Petun. South of them, divided along Appalachia, were the Susquehannock and the Erie. Many of the Wampanoag and Mohican peoples were caught up in King Philip's War, a joint effort of many New England tribes to push Europeans off their land. After the death of their leader, Chief Philip Metacomet, most of those peoples fled inland, splitting into the Abenaki and the Schaghticoke. Many of the Mohicans remained in the region until the 1800s, however, a small group known as the Ouabano migrated southwest into West Virginia at an earlier time, they may have merged with the Shawnee. The Mohawk and Susquehannock were the most militaristic. Trying to corner trade with the Europeans, they targeted other tribes; the Mohawk were known for refusing white settlement on their land and banishing any of their people who converted to Christianity. They posed a major threat to the Abenaki and Mohicans, while the Susquehannock conquered the Lenape in the 1600s.
The most devastating event of the century, was the Beaver Wars. From 1640–1680, Iroquoian peoples waged campaigns which extended from modern-day Michigan to Virginia against Algonquian and Siouan tribes, as well as each other; the ai
Antigonish, Nova Scotia
Antigonish is a town in Antigonish County, Nova Scotia, Canada. The town is home to St. Francis Xavier University and the oldest continuous Highland games outside Scotland, it is 160 kilometres northeast of Halifax, the provincial capital. Antigonish had been the location of an annual Mi'kmaq summer coastal community prior to European settlement; the original definition of the name has been lost as the Mi'kmaq language has undergone many revisions over the last two centuries. The first European settlement took place in 1784 when Lt. Colonel Timothy Hierlihy of the Royal Nova Scotia Volunteer Regiment received a large land grant surrounding Antigonish Harbour. Hierlihy and his party founded the Dorchester settlement, named for Sir Guy Carleton, Governor General of Canada and subsequently Lord Dorchester. In 1796 another settler, with the assistance of a First Nations guide, blazed a trail from Antigonish Harbour to Brown's Mountain, using the shortest route; this trail became a guide for travellers and evolved into a winding Main Street.
By the late 1820s, Dorchester was referred to as Antigonish. In 1852, a newspaper, The Casket, began publication, it was purchased by Bounty Print in 2015. St. Francis Xavier University was established in Antigonish in 1855, having been founded in 1853 in Arichat, Cape Breton and called the College of East Bay after East Bay, Nova Scotia where an earlier institution had once existed. St. F. X. was a Catholic seminary and was granted full university powers in 1866 by an act of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly. The town is the episcopal seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Antigonish; the first hospital in Antigonish opened on June 10, 1906. Antigonish is notable for having a social movement named for it, the Antigonish Movement, launched from St. Francis Xavier University in the 1920s by local priests and educators including Rev. Dr. Moses Coady and Father Jimmy Tompkins. In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Antigonish recorded a population of 4,364 living in 1,997 of its 2,596 total private dwellings, a change of −3.5% from its 2011 population of 4,524.
With a land area of 5.01 km2, it had a population density of 871.1/km2 in 2016. Antigonish is a service centre for the surrounding region that includes Antigonish and Guysborough Counties and many local businesses are based in the service sector. There are no major industrial operations located in the county; the workforce is white collar with the largest employers being St. Martha's Regional Hospital and St. Francis Xavier University; until 2011, Antigonish accommodated Canada Post's National Philatelic Centre, which provided mail-order services for worldwide collectors of Canadian stamps. In 2005, the provincial government approved the twinning of Highway 104 from Addington Forks Road easterly 15 kilometres to Taylor Road. In 2017, the provincial government announced that a further 38 kilometres from Sutherlands River to Antigonish would be twinned, thus creating an uninterrupted four-lane highway network from Halifax to Antigonish; the project is expected to be completed by the early without the creation of tolls.
The Antigonish area experienced great deal of economic growth and retail development between 2004 and 2006 when the retail landscape of the town and county changed significantly. Much of the growth took place in the Post Road area, just outside town. Atlantic Superstore and Central constructed new stores while the former Atlantic SuperValue located in this area, was redeveloped as a Staples Business Depot. Other areas saw growth. In June 2005, Shoppers Drug Mart opened a new store downtown while the NSLC opened a new store attached to the existing Sobeys store, located next to mall. A multi-unit retail annex was constructed at the local shopping mall in the spring of 2006; this complex houses a new Cleve's sporting goods store, other businesses and services. The mall area saw the construction of a Boston Pizza restaurant which opened in late 2006; the new A&W restaurant that opened in February 2007, could be considered part of the building boom as construction began in late 2006. St. Francis Xavier University is located in Antigonish.
St. Francis Xavier has 500 part-time students, it was named as the best undergraduate university in Canada by Maclean's magazine for five consecutive years. St. Francis Xavier is well known for the X-Ring and the Coady International Institute; the elementary and secondary schools in Antigonish fall under the jurisdiction of the Strait Regional School Board. Antigonish is home to three public schools: Dr. John Hugh Gillis Regional High School, St. Andrew Junior School and the Antigonish Education Centre; the annual Antigonish Highland Games have been held since 1863. The first games were held to raise funds for the construction of St. Ninian's Cathedral. August Ames, pornographic actress Donald Chisholm, stockcar driver Mary-Colin Chisholm, film and TV actor Moses Coady, Catholic priest, adult educator, leader of the Antigonish Movement Eric Gillis, 2008, 2012, 2016 Olympian Captain Nichola Goddard, MSM, fallen Canadian soldier Max Haines, crime writer, columnist for the Toronto Sun Craig MacDonald, former professional hockey player Garfield MacDonald, Olympic Athlete Shauna MacDonald, actress known as "Promo Girl" on CBC Radio One Allan MacEachen, Liberal MP, cabinet minister, Senator Ryan MacGrath and painter Al MacIsaac, Vice President Chicago Blackhawks Paul MacLean, former head coach of the Ottawa Senators Carole MacNeil, television jo
2013 Stanley Cup playoffs
The 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs of the National Hockey League began on April 30, 2013, following the conclusion of the 2012–13 NHL regular season. The regular season was shortened to 48 games, the playoffs pushed to a date, due to a lockout; the playoffs ended on June 24, 2013, with the Chicago Blackhawks defeating the Boston Bruins in six games to win the Stanley Cup. Patrick Kane won the Conn Smythe trophy with 19 points; the Toronto Maple Leafs made the playoffs for the first time since 2004, breaking one of the NHL's longest playoff droughts. Since the 1967 expansion, only the Colorado Rockies/New Jersey Devils, the Florida Panthers, Edmonton Oilers have had longer playoff droughts; the New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers missed the playoffs this year, marking the first time this happened since the Devils' move to the East Coast in 1982. The 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs marked the first time since 1996 that every Original Six team has advanced to the playoffs in the same year; this year marks the first time since 2004 that two Canadian teams have played each other in the playoffs.
In all, four Canadian teams qualified for the playoffs, the most since 2006. For the second time in three years, all three teams from California made the playoffs. For the first time since 2007, for only the third time in history, all four former WHA teams. For the first time the final five teams remaining in the playoffs were the previous five Stanley Cup champions: Detroit, Chicago and Los Angeles. - for the first time since 1945. The 2013 Stanley Cup Finals was contested between Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins, the first meeting in the Final between the two teams, the first time that two Original Six teams competed in the Final since Montreal defeated the New York Rangers in the 1979 Stanley Cup Finals; the Blackhawks became the first Presidents' Trophy winners to win the Stanley Cup since the Red Wings in 2008. They are the most recent NHL team to accomplish this feat; these playoffs featured the most since 1993 and the second-most in NHL history. After the regular season, the standard 16 teams qualified for the playoffs.
The Chicago Blackhawks were the Western Conference regular season champions and the Presidents' Trophy winners with the best record in the NHL at 77 points. The Pittsburgh Penguins earned the top seed in the Eastern Conference with 72 points. Pittsburgh Penguins, Atlantic Division champions, Eastern Conference regular season champions – 72 points Montreal Canadiens, Northeast Division champions – 63 points Washington Capitals, Southeast Division champions – 57 points Boston Bruins – 62 points Toronto Maple Leafs – 57 points New York Rangers – 56 points Ottawa Senators – 56 points New York Islanders – 55 points Chicago Blackhawks, Central Division champions, Western Conference regular season champions, Presidents' Trophy winners – 77 points Anaheim Ducks, Pacific Division champions – 66 points Vancouver Canucks, Northwest Division champions – 59 points St. Louis Blues – 60 points Los Angeles Kings – 59 points San Jose Sharks – 57 points Detroit Red Wings – 56 points Minnesota Wild – 55 points In each round, the highest remaining seed in each conference is matched against the lowest remaining seed.
The higher-seeded team is awarded home ice advantage. In the Stanley Cup Finals, home ice is determined based on regular season points; as the Presidents' Trophy winners, the Blackhawks had home ice advantage in the 2013 Finals. Each best-of-seven series follows a 2–2–1–1–1 format: the higher-seeded team plays at home for games one and two, the lower-seeded team is at home for games three and four. During the first three rounds home ice is determined by seeding number, not position on the bracket. In the Finals the team with the better regular season record has home ice; the Pittsburgh Penguins entered the playoffs as the Eastern Conference regular season champions, earning 72 points. The New York Islanders earned 55 points during the regular season to finish eighth overall in the Eastern Conference; this was the fourth playoff meeting for these two teams, with the Islanders having won all three of the previous playoff series. Their most recent meeting was in the 1993 Patrick Division Finals, where New York upset the first place Pittsburgh in seven games.
The Penguins won four of the five games in the regular season series. The Penguins defeated the Islanders in six games. Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 26 New York shots in a 5–0 shutout in game one; the Islanders took game two, 4–3, as New York's Colin McDonald, Matt Martin, Kyle Okposo scored three unanswered goals in the second and third periods. In game three, Chris Kunitz scored the winning goal on a power play at 08:44 of overtime to give Pittsburgh a 5–4 victory. New York evened the series with a 6–4 win in game four, with Mark Streit, John Tavares, Casey Cizikas scoring three unanswered goals in the third period. Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma replaced Fleury with Tomas Vokoun as starting goalie for game five, who stopped all 31 shots to lead Pittsburgh to a 4–0 win. In the sixth game, the Islanders put up three leads only to have the Penguins tie it up three consecutive times. Brooks Orpik scored at 07:49 of overtime to give Pittsburgh
Antoine Roussel is a French professional ice hockey left winger for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League. Born in France, Roussel first played hockey there before moving to Quebec at the age of 16. After four years in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, he turned professional and played in the American Hockey League and ECHL, minor leagues in North America. Signed by the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League in 2012, he made his NHL debut in 2013 for the club. Regarded as a physical player, Roussel has been one of the NHL's leaders in penalty minutes throughout his career, though he has scored at least 10 goals and 20 points in every season he has played in the NHL, excluding his rookie and final seasons with the Stars in 2012–13 and 2017–18. Internationally Roussel has represented the French national team both at the junior and senior level, including multiple World Championships. Roussel was born in France, he first played rugby as a child, but was released from his team after running off the field during the heated summer practices.
As a result, his mother enrolled him in hockey. As a youth, he played in the 2002 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with a team from Nantes. At the age of 16, Roussel and his family moved to Canada, he holds Canadian citizenship. After arriving in Canada in 2006, Roussel played midget hockey for the Collège Charles-Lemoyne Riverains in Longueuil; that season, Roussel joined the Chicoutimi Saguenéens of the QMJHL, where he played for four years. Undrafted in the NHL Entry Draft, Roussel signed an AHL contract on 9 August 2010 with the Providence Bruins, where he played the 2010–11 season. After being a healthy scratch for several Providence games, he was temporarily reassigned to the Reading Royals of the ECHL, where he played in five games. Roussel was not offered another contract by the Bruins, but was invited to attend the Vancouver Canucks' prospect camp, his performance there led to him signing a contract with the Chicago Wolves, which at the time were the Canucks' minor league affiliate in the AHL.
He played for the Wolves for the 2011–12 season. On 2 July 2012, Roussel signed a contract with the Dallas Stars. During the 2012–13 season, Roussel split his time between Dallas and their AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars. For the 2013–14 season, Roussel played with the Dallas Stars for the entire season, playing 81 games. On 22 July 2014, the Stars announced that Roussel had signed a four-year, $8 million contract extension with the team. During the 2016–17 season on 18 February 2017, Roussel scored his first NHL hat trick against the Tampa Bay Lightning, he was the second French-born NHL player to do so, joining Paul MacLean. A hand injury would end his season in early March. After six seasons with the Stars, Roussel left as a free agent and on 1 July 2018, he signed a four-year, $12 million contract with the Vancouver Canucks. Roussel set a career-high in points in 2018–19 with the Canucks, with 31, before suffering a season-ending knee injury on 13 March 2019, during a game against the New York Rangers.
Roussel was a member of the French national team at the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017 IIHF World Championships. At the end of the 2014 tournament, he was selected as a Media All-Star after a successful tournament, scoring 11 points in eight games. Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Eurohockey.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database Antoine Roussel profile and statistics at TheAHL.com