Last week, former basketball star Earl Lloyd died at the age of 86. Nicknamed the Big Cat, he scored 4,682 points over his nine-year pro career and is ranked 43rd all-time on the NBA scoring list.
But his importance to basketball — and sports — is bigger than what he did on the court.
Earl Lloyd was the first African-American to play in the NBA. He was one of thee African-Americans to enter the league during the 1950-51 season. But because he signed his contract and played his first game before the others, he’s credited for breaking the league’s color barrier.
All season long, the East Coast Hockey League’s (ECHL) Toledo Walleye have contended for a playoff berth, often engaging in fierce, rough-and-tumble battles with their opponents.
But recently, the Walleye took to the ice at the Huntington Center to fight a different kind of battle.
Last weekend, the Detroit Red Wings’ affiliate hosted Pink in the Rink for the fifth consecutive year. The two-day event was dedicated to raising awareness and funds to fight breast cancer and featured a pair of games against the Kalamazoo Wings, which took place on pink ice
A day or two ago, a video started making the rounds of Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby doing some cool stuff on the ice. Nothing new, right? What made this clip special was the angle we got on Crosby’s skills: his.
Crosby had a GoPro camera strapped to his helmet. First, one was attached to the top and angled down, near the visor, that let’s us see what he sees on the ice. Then, the angle of the camera was adjusted, giving viewers an up-close-and-personal vantage point.
The resulting footage is pretty great:
Picture 70,205 eager fans, a nail-biting outdoor hockey game, and… ice made in 70-degree weather?
That was the scene last Saturday at Levi’s Stadium, the home of the San Francisco 49ers and site of the 2015 NHL Stadium Series outdoor game between the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings. After last year’s inaugural Stadium Series featured four contests, this year’s game in Santa Clara stood alone. The event coincided with Hockey Weekend in America, a three-day celebration of ice hockey’s popularity in the United States.
If you're a hockey fan, you know the Toronto Maple Leafs are having a less-than-awesome season. But that didn't stop the Leafs' AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies, from having some fun before their Family Fun Day Game on Monday.
With some help from the Legoland Discovery Centre in Toronto, the Marlies entertained fans with a rad rink projection that turned the ice to Lego bricks and players into mini figures. All to the tune of the song "Everything is Awesome" from The Lego Movie!
It was Throwback Tuesday at the Nassau Coliseum yesterday — but for some New York Islanders fans it might as well have been Nightmare Night.
During warmups before their game with the Florida Panthers, the Islanders dusted off an old logo from the 1990s. Some fans call it the Gorton’s Fisherman, others Fishsticks. But most die-hard Isles fans consider it a disaster. The crest was used by the team from 1995-1997, some of the worst years in franchise history, and when it was retired most thought they’d never have to see it again. But last night, the team brought it out of storage to commemorate Long Island’s Coliseum, which the Isles are abandoning at the end of the season for Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Whenever an American sports team wins a major championship, its victory tour usually runs through the White House. But yesterday was a rare twofer celebration at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. President Barack Obama welcomed both 2014 MLS champs the Los Angeles Galaxy and 2014 Stanley Cup winners the LA Kings to congratulate them on their titles.
As a Chicago fan, I’m a little resentful,” Obama said to laughter. “You guys have an embarrassment of riches.”