NHL notes: Horton forced to wait for Cup
|Boston Bruins' Nathan Horton kisses the Stanley Cup after his team defeated the Vancouver Canucks in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup playoff in Vancouver on June 15, 2011. (REUTERS/Ben Nelms)
Nathan Horton was there but the guest of honour showed up fashionably late.
The Bruins forward had planned on spending a good chunk of his day with the Stanley Cup amongst well-wishers and fans at a downtown park in Dunnville, Ont., Sunday but, well, the big mug missed its flight from Boston.
With 6,000 people gathered in the park to get a glimpse of the Cup, a sheepish Horton arrived empty-handed about 90 minutes late. Ol' Stanley didn't show up in Dunnville until mid-afternoon, after the parade in its honour had already run its course.
Horton flew from Boston to Buffalo Sunday morning and expected to take the Cup on the final leg of the journey but baggage handlers couldn't find it. Turns out the Cup was checked in late at Logan International Airport and never made the 8 a.m. JetBlue flight, according to WEEI.com.
The situation was resolved when the Cup was put onto a later flight, making it to Dunnville nearly 3 1/2 hours after the party in the park was set to begin.
Better late than never, though.
$1 million ace for Joe
Former NHLer Joe Sakic earned a cool million bucks for a single golf shot.
Sakic, playing in the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship in Lake Tahoe, Nev., recorded his first ace Sunday on the par-3 17th hole at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. The hole-in-one, a two-hopper into the cup, earned former Colorado Avalanche star $1 million.
"I've never had a hole in one," Sakic said. "Never been close. And when I hit it, I thought it was a good shot, I'd just pick up my tee and go try to make a putt.
"Honestly, I didn't know what to think. And I was just so excited that I didn't have to make a putt because I wasn't putting very well today. No, it was just a great feeling. Like I said, I think anytime anybody gets a hole in one, it's just a thrill."
The million bucks comes from tournament sponsor American Century, a Kancas City-based inventment company that has offered the bonus for anyone acing Edgewood Tahoe's signature hole during the tournament. Half the money will go to Lance Armstrong's Livestrong Foundation.
Jets re-sign Maxwell
The Winnipeg Jets have crossed another restricted free agent off their list by re-signing Ben Maxwell.
Maxwell, originally drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the second round (49th overall) of the 2006 NHL draft, had one goal and two points in 12 games with the Atlanta Thrashers last season after he was acquired in a trade with the Habs on Feb. 24.
The centre signed a one-year, two-way deal which pays $715,000 in the NHL and $62,500 in the AHL, according to capgeek.com.
Maxwell said via his twitter account @benmaxwell61: "Signed on with the Jets yesterday, can't wait to get things going in Winnipeg!"
The Jets remaining restricted free agents are defencemen Zach Bogosian and Arturs Kulda and forwards Kendal McArdle, Spencer Machacek and Riley Holzapfel.
Money still owed
The company that owned the Atlanta Thrashers have been slow to refund season-ticket deposits, according to an online report.
Atlanta Spirit LLC, which sold the Thrashers to True North in a deal that has since been approved by the NHL board of governors, still has not returned all the money fans plopped down as a deposit for 2011-12 season tickets.
"It's just been one excuse after another. Where's my money at? Where's my refund? It's been well over a month from the time it was guaranteed to be sent back to me," Brad Lyons told wsbtv.com.
Atlanta Spirit's most recent statement regarding season-ticket sales is outdated, saying on the Philips Arena website (the Thrashers site no longer exists) that "(u)ntil the NHL Board of Governors votes, all new Thrashers season ticket sales have been suspended." The NHL's board approved the sale June 21.