This past Sunday, Dallas Stars defenseman Stephen Johns announced his retirement from ice hockey. Along with it, he told the world what he planned to do next: skate across the country to raise awareness for mental illness.
It all started when he watched a music video, featuring the singer walking across the country. That inspired him to do the same thing, only on roller skates:
“It was crazy,” Johns said. “But it’s what I wanted to do. I had something I wanted to do.”
Former Stars employee Jeff Toates is accompanying Johns on his journey, shooting footage to make a documentary of the journey. But the story has already begun to pick up attention on social media — Johns has already been recognized by one person due to his initial post:
“Maybe I was always meant to be more than a hockey player,” Johns said. “Maybe this is how I can have an impact.”
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Around the League
Speaking of Vegas, this sure seems familiar:
When Peter DeBoer became coach of the @GoldenKnights, he put a focus on getting defensemen more involved in the offense.— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) June 17, 2021
Now, the #GoldenKnights have more goals, assists and points from their blue line than any other team in the playoffs: https://t.co/ruv3MjHoTb
Jason Spezza is sticking with the Toronto Maple Leafs for another year:
Spezza’s staying home!— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) June 16, 2021
Jason Spezza has signed a one-year contract extension. #LeafsForever
Speaking of extensions, Rod Brind’Amour is also staying put with the Carolina Hurricanes:
The annual NHLPA Player’s Poll is out, with some interesting results:
The players have spoken!— NHLPA (@NHLPA) June 17, 2021
490 NHL players were surveyed during a unique season, covering the most complete player to best goalie, player personality and more. See the full 2020-21 #NHLPAPlayerPoll results: https://t.co/mEC9o7sMUa pic.twitter.com/TUkgKnqn9u
Jack Eichel is expected to be traded this offseason, but to whom? And for what?
Based on what we know, the Kings, Wild, Ducks, Blue Jackets, Flyers and Rangers are logical suitors for Jack Eichel.@BuffaloVogl breaks down the players, picks and prospects each team could part with to acquire the Sabres captain ⤵️https://t.co/JfwZlsW2qm— The Athletic NHL (@TheAthleticNHL) June 16, 2021
It what is surely a monumental occasion, the annual GM of the Year finalists are not all GM’s of current semi-finalist teams:
Marc Bergevin (@CanadiensMTL), Lou Lamoriello (@NYIslanders) and Bill Zito (@FlaPanthers) are the three finalists for the 2020-21 Jim Gregory General Manager of the Year Award. #NHLAwards#NHLStats: https://t.co/f6mkzv0xX1 pic.twitter.com/Jr4IEz1P1n— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) June 17, 2021
Here’s a sneak peak at the upcoming UFA class:
Plenty of marquee names remain in limbo as the NHL off-season approaches.@lukefoxjukebox takes a look at the latest comments and rumours surrounding the top 12 impending UFAs of the Class of 2021 ⬇️https://t.co/VP72qNzio8— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) June 17, 2021
Speaking of UFA’s, I’m just gonna leave this here...