The Colorado Avalanche, Quebec Nordiques, the NHL and anyone that was lucky enough to know Pierre Lacroix lost a giant in the game on Sunday when the two-time Stanley Cup winner passed away at the age of 72.
More on that and a heartfelt goodbye from former Boston Bruins and Colorado Avalanche defenseman Ray Bourque below.
Also, could we see the return of the FoxTrax puck for the 2021-22 NHL season?
That and more in the Boston Hockey Now Puck Links!
Our own Adrian Dater was one of the first to break the news that one of the greatest team builders and agents in NHL history had passed away after a short bout with COVID and a heart attack. Pierre Lacroix was the man that brought Patrick Roy to the Colorado Avalanche 25 years ago this month and led them to their first Stanley Cup in 1996. Pierre Lacroix also acquired former Boston Bruins and hall of fame defenseman Ray Bourque to the Rockies and helped him win his first and only Stanley Cup.
Our hearts are heavy today as we say goodbye to a great friend, mentor and leader. Pierre Lacroix gave me the opportunity to live my ultimate dream of winning a Stanley Cup. I will be forever grateful for his confidence in me, his friendship, guidance and influence. pic.twitter.com/rWxQaEmluJ
— Ray Bourque (@RayBourque77) December 14, 2020
Dater was lucky enough to rise through the hockey media ranks covering those Pierre Lacroix teams and getting to know the man, many have called a ‘hockey giant’ since his passing on Sunday. Dater reached out to some other giants in the biz to get their take on Pierre Lacroix the GM and the man. (Colorado Hockey Now)
How would you feel about the FoxTrax puck coming back to the NHL for the 2021-22 NHL season? The NHL is in the process of renegotiating its TV deal with NBC but it appears they could also be reuniting with Fox and creating a split deal with them and NBC. (Sports Business Journal)
Do you remember how you became a Boston Bruins fan? For me, it was through my grandfather who had season tickets for almost 30 years by the time he gave them up after the Last Hurrah and the move to the then FleetCenter. For others, they’re literally born right into Black and Gold and indoctrinated even earlier. (BostonBruins.com)
Should Pittsburgh Penguins winger Jake Guentzel be listed amongst the NHL’s elite players? (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Our colleague Sheng Peng in San Jose has been all over the Google/SAP/San Jose/Sharks dispute over a new Google downtown development next to SAP Center At San Jose. Sheng has more insight into what is actually going on in San Jose and if the Sharks will look for a new home. (San Jose Hockey Now)
Colleague Christian Arnold looks at the new challenges the New York Islanders will face in the proposed realignment divisions. One of those challenges will be playing the Boston Bruins more. (NYI Hockey Now)
We’re now eleven days out from Christmas and while this is surely a holiday season we never would have imagined, we need to find a way to embrace what now seems like rare chances to celebrate. I tend to do that with music and here’s a Run DMC holiday classic to get you in the mood!