New York Islanders alternate captain Kyle Okposo is one of the team’s core young players. Along with captain John Tavares and Frans Nielsen, Okposo has helped the Islanders become a perennial postseason team and a legit threat in the Metropolitan Division.
Last week, Okposo stopped by the NHL Store to help unveil a new line of toy hockey rinks created by OYO Sports that work with the company’s line of NHL minifigures. Before the event, Okposo talked with SI Kids about the new OYO rink, what toys he played with as a kid, how he’s adjusted to playing in Brooklyn, and what the Islanders have to do to make another run at a Stanley Cup.
The San Jose Sharks fell to the Anaheim Ducks 1-0 on Saturday night at the SAP Center, ending their three-game home winning streak to start the season. San Jose had a laid-back start, and Ducks goalie Anton Khudobin settled in quickly to stop all 31 Sharks shots.
A season after reaching the Western Conference Finals, the Ducks have started slow – their shots have not going in the net. But they arrived in San Jose hungry.
“They came to play, and we knew it would be a physical, hard, checking game out there,” said Sharks defenseman Marc-Édouard Vlasic.
The Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto held its annual induction ceremony last night, and the lineup heading into the Hall was stacked with legends.
Niklas Lidstrom and Sergei Fedorov, two of the all-time greats, led the 2015 class. They were joined by Sabres great Phil Housely, Chris Pronger, and U.S. Women’s National Team star Angela Ruggiero. Bill Hay (the first NCAA graduate to be a regular NHL player) and Peter Karmanos Jr. (an executive) were inducted in the Builder category.
The book Hockey Hero, written by Zach Hyman and illustrated by Zachary Pullen, brilliant tale of a boy who finds his true self just when it matters the most. It’s also a very good hockey book. And for good reason: Hyman himself is a professional hockey player. He was drafted by the Florida Panthers in 2010, and he’s currently in the Toronto Maple Leafs system as a member of the Toronto Marlies. So you can be sure he’s got the hockey knowledge to write about the game.
But Hyman is also a skilled writer. Hockey Hero is his second book — his first was about Babe Ruth — and while he carves up the ice he’s carving out a career as a children’s book author. His third book will be out next year, with another following in 2017.
Hyman spoke with SI Kids about his careers on and off the ice, how he uses his experience in his writing, and what he hopes kids will take away from reading his books.
Pretend you skip a grade and are the youngest person in your class. (Maybe you already are.) Then imagine, after your freshman year of high school, being sent straight to college. After three years of college, at age 18 you graduate and immediately get a job. And during your first week at work, thousands of people show up just to watch you figure out the office coffee maker.
That is, in short, the story of Connor McDavid, the first pick in this year's NHL draft and the player tasked with resurrecting the Edmonton Oilers' franchise. McDavid represents the fourth top pick the Oilers have made in the past six years — a testament to both their pitiful play and tremendous luck. (That good fortune was especially apparent this year when the Oilers had just an 11.5% chance to win the lottery and get the first pick.)
For more than 40 years, the New York Islanders called Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum home. But this season, they move into Brooklyn’s Barclays Center — and they’ll have a new third jersey when they do.
Today, the Isles unveiled a black and white uniform to complement the team’s classic blue and orange sweaters. The new jersey is a mishmash of the Islanders’ 2013 Stadium Series look and the design scheme of the Brooklyn Nets, who also play at Barclays.
New York Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh, gymnast and Olympic gold medalist Nastia Liukin, and retired undefeated boxer Laila Ali visited the U.S. Open on Monday to be a part of an event encouraging kids to be multi-sport athletes.
The event was hosted by the United States Tennis Association, which aims to help kids begin playing sports at a young age so they can be healthy and try to find something they are passionate about. The three athletes spoke to a group of youth tennis players and then joined the kids for a demonstration.
Everyone used equipment by Wilson, which has tried to develop products that are easier for kids to use and handle. Some of this equipment includes lighter tennis racquets and tennis balls that are bigger and not quite as bouncy.
After the demonstration ended, I spoke with McDonagh, Liukin, and Ali. They all mentioned that when kids play multiple sports, they can find what they’re really passionate about and be active and healthy. Each one of them gave great recommendations on how to handle time management and how to stay healthy while having fun!