A prominent defenceman in the National Hockey League has announced his official retirement for the end of 2020. It was revealed by Dustin Byfuglien that after fifteen years in the NHL. His career sustained several teams, with the most prominent being Winnipeg’s Jets. Prolonged disputes between Dustin Byfuglien & the Winnipeg Jets forced a ten-year tenure with the team to end. Aged 35, this defenceman has reached the age where most professional begin considering retirement. If Dustin Byfuglien had been designed by the Winnipeg Jets, it would’ve been for a single season. His retirement would have come before the 2022-23 NHL season.

Disputes between Dustin Byfuglien & the Winnipeg Jets began when the defenceman suggested that his desire to compete was eliminated. Byfuglien told the coaching staff that he didn’t have motivation for the training camp in September 2019, it prompted an immediate dispute regarding his contract. The Winnipeg Jets General Manager didn’t sugarcoat the issues surrounding Dustin Byfuglien, with Kevin Cheveldayoff stating that the defenceman is likely to return for the 2021 NHL Season. It should be noted that Dustin didn’t report to training camp after informing coaching staff he’d lost motivation to compete. This prompted his immediate suspension from the team.

October 2019 saw Dustin Byfuglien’s agent contact Kevin Cheveldayoff, informing the General Manager that his client would compete for the Winnipeg Jets after emergency surgery to his ankle was conducted. Kevin Cheveldayoff agreed to the surgery, which occurred later that month. It enabled Dustin Byfuglien to compete for the Winnipeg Jets during the 2020 NHL Season, which was beneficial for the defenceman, as COVID-19 drastically limited what games were viable.

The Resolution

The two parties have resolved their disputes, with the Winnipeg Jets & Dustin Byfuglien agreeing to a terminated contract. Kevin Cheveldayoff clarified that before the defenceman had left the Winnipeg Jets, the Minnesota Wild’s had spoken with WJs General Manager & requested if they could buy off Dustin Byfuglien contract. It’d led to speculation that Dustin could before defencemen for his hometown, which would be a perfect way to end his career before retiring. The Minnesota Wild’s selected another defenceman, meaning that Dustin Byfuglien is being forced into retirement.

It was announced today that famed NHL player Bob Nevin has passed away. Nevin, who played in the NHL for 18 seasons won two Stanley Cup Championships while playing with the Toronto Maple Leafs.  Nevin was instrumental in helping the Maple Leafs in their 1962 and 1963 championship seasons and will be missed by the organization, who is expected to honour Nevin during a future ceremony.

Nevin, who was 82 at the time of his death played 1,128 games in the NHL and scored 307 goals over the ourse of his professional career. Nevin also amassed 419 assists and during his playoff games, scored 16 goals and earned 18 assists.

Nevin a native of Northern Ontario

Growing up in South Porcupine, Ontario, Nevin excelled while playing junior hockey for the Toronto Marlboros. At 19, he was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs and played his first professional hockey game that December against the NY Rangers.

During his first season with Toronto, Nevin made four appearances and after his second year, began playing full-time with the team. In his opening season as a full-time member, Nevin scored 21 goals and earned 58 points and came second in voting behind Dave Keon as the top rookie for the Calder Trophy.

Dave Keon and Nevin, played on opposite teams in major-junior hockey before becoming teammates with the Leafs. Nevin was with the Toronto Marlboros and Keon with St. Michael’s, commenting on the loss of his friend, Keon said, “Nevin was a 200-foot player. When Frank Mahovlich scored 48 goals (in 1960-61), Nevy was the right winger on his line. He was very creative as a winger who made great plays to Frank and he was very responsible in his own end.”

Remembering Nevin, who is survived by his wife Linda and family, Keon recalled Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals in 1962 against Chicago. The Maple Leafs were one win shy of winning the Stanley Cup, one they eventually succeeding in winning. 

Recalling their time playing together during the finals, Keon said, “We were leading 2-1 when Tim Horton took a penalty with a minute or so to go and Punch Imlach sent out Nevin and me and Bobby Baun and Carl Brewer on defense, with Don Simmons in goal. That’s the way the game ended. And I think that now only two of those five are still alive.”

The COVID-19 Pandemic has drastically altered how hockey teams throughout North America can compete against one another. This became evident with the National Hockey League having to select three hub cities in Canada and avoid contention in the United States because of its prominent coronavirus outbreak. Edmonton, Toronto, and Vancouver have hosted the entire National Hockey league for weeks now & will continue to do so until the Stanley Cup Playoffs are over.

Few hockey leagues have maintained the infrastructure needed to continue during 2020, as their financial aid isn’t nearly to the NHLs valuation. This became evident for the “NCAA Division One Men’s & Women’s Hockey League”. It was announced on September 12th that eleven preplanned conferences under NCAA Hockey had been postponed, with their new dates not having been announced. College athletes working towards the NHL won’t have an opportunity to show their skillsets in October 2020 with this recent announcement.

The Hockey Commissioner’s Association issued an official statement. It’s been promised that commitment towards providing student-athletes with a memorable season hasn’t faltered and that organizers from all eleven conferences are regularly delegating to determine how the competition can resume. The HCA emphasized that the health & safety of student-athletes is their top priority, which aids in campus communities not having outbreaks throughout the United States. Statements from the HCA ended by noting higher educational institutions in America won’t follow the High School & Elementary format and will continue to remain shut down where permitted.

Competition Start Date

The Hockey Commissioner’s Association couldn’t provide an official date when the NCAA Division One Conferences will resume. That’s because each of the eleven states hosting these events is permitted to select their start date. It means that countries like North Dakota & Minnesota are likely to resume conferences immediately. However, states like New York & Denver will likely postpone having their athletes compete for the most prolonged duration possible. It’ll create numerous scheduling errors, which prompted NCAA’s formal warning to college student-athletes.

It should be mentioned that whenever NCAA Division One Hockey returns, it won’t maintain the former strength of competition it’s known for. That’s because the Ivy League Conference has been outright cancelled for the 2020 Season, leaving one of the NCAA’s most notable venues out of their schedule.

For two years it’s been anticipated that Austin Lemieux would enter the National Hockey League. Being the son of Mario Lemieux created ample opportunity for the young athlete. However, he won’t follow the footsteps of his father, an All-Star NHL legend. Mario Lemieux also owners the Pittsburgh Penguins & means that Austin Lemieux didn’t have the talent needed to land a position on his father’s team.

Austin Lemieux announced his professional retirement from hockey after Arizona State University released their 2020-21 roster. The Arizona Sun Devils haven’t employed the efforts of Austin Lemieux; inside sources evoked that Austin Lemieux is leaving professional hockey to engage with another sport, with that likely being golf. This announcement is a minorly upsetting for fans of Mario Lemieux & possibly heartbreaking for the All-Star NHL Team Owner.

Sports analysts anticipated that the National Hockey League would allow for Austin Lemieux to compete on a 2nd or 3rd lineup, with his knowledge of professional hockey being extensive. This education for hockey enabled Austin Lemieux to obtain a scholarship with Arizona State University in 2017. He’d compete for 2017, 2018, and 2019 seasons. Shockingly, the Pittsburgh Penguins & other NHL teams didn’t draft Austin Lemieux. His talents aren’t bad, gaining 13 Points in 31 Games during the 2018-19 season. He’d follow up the 2019-20 college-state season with 14 Points in 35 Games.

ASU Coaches evoked that Austin’s presence was a notable piece behind their victory over the last two seasons. What’s even more shocking is that the Pittsburgh Penguins allowed Austin Lemieux into their development camp, appearing at several training sessions. He’d be considered a standout participating & was almost guaranteed a position. Inside sources said the decision to retire is Austin Lemieux’s decision alone, that other professional sports excite the young man over hockey.

Austin’s Future in Sports

Austin Lemieux hasn’t abandoned aspirations to become a professional athlete. When confirming that he’d indeed be retiring from professional hockey, the son of Mario Lemieux would announce his pursuing goals of making a career in the Professional Golf Association. It should be mentioned that Lemieux has maintained notable success as an amateur golfer.