Ottawa Senators goaltender and North Andover native Joey Daccord is truly the kind of story you root for in professional sports.
The 24-year-old wasn’t selected until the seventh round by the Ottawa Senators in the stacked 2015 NHL Draft class that he was a part of and didn’t wind up at either the US National Team Development Program or a big time Hockey East school while choosing the college hockey route. Instead Daccord headed out to Arizona State after playing at Cushing Academy followed by one season for Muskegon in the USHL, and in doing so became the first Arizona State player to sign an NHL contract following a junior season where he was a Hobey Baker and Mike Richter Award finalist.
Daccord literally forged the path for himself when things weren’t handed to him in his hockey career.
The Massachusetts native has worked hard and done the right thing at every level of his career and has earned everything he’s received while clearly coming along with strong goaltending pedigree as the son of goalie instructor/Arizona Coyotes special assistant to the GM Brian Daccord. So, it was pretty awesome to see the 24-year-old Daccord earn his first NHL win on Sunday night over the Toronto Maple Leafs in stopping 33-of-36 shots and get so emotional postgame with appreciation for the people that helped him make it happen along the way in his hockey career.
This is the good stuff.
Great interview with Joey Daccord after his first NHL win. He’s a kid that’s had to work for everything he has & comes from a great goaltending family. Good stuff. https://t.co/bLeCoZxBNG
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) March 15, 2021
So, congrats to Daccord on his first NHL win, and we sense there’s going to be many more for a young goalie with talent, hard work and perseverance on his resume that usually portends excellent things for a lengthy pro hockey career.
Now on to the rest of the BHN Puck Links:
*Speaking of the Ottawa Senators, this pass from Tim Stuetzle setting up a Sens goal is everything you need to know about his offensive skill. Wow.
This pass by Tim Stützle 👀 pic.twitter.com/S2o216LKUf
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) March 15, 2021
*Jack Ahcan, Karson Kuhlman and Oskar Steen have all been summoned to the Bruins taxi squad for the NHL roster, courtesy of Mark Divver, as Bruce Cassidy and Co. continue to “shake it up” with a team that looks stuck in the mud right now.
Jack Ahcan, Karson Kuhlman & Oskar Steen recalled from Providence to Boston taxi squad, per AHL transactions
— Mark Divver (@MarkDivver) March 15, 2021
*The Philadelphia Flyers continue to be linked with Nashville Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm, as do the Boston Bruins. Both clubs are badly in need of a top-4 defenseman like Ekholm, as are about a half-dozen other clubs as we sit about a month from the trade deadline. (Philly Hockey Now)
*FOH Bruce Garrioch revisits a story with Ottawa Senators play-by-play man Gord Wilson getting hit with the COVID-19 virus a year later as he’s happily made a full recovery. (Ottawa Sun)
*Credit Steve Simmons with absolutely understanding what is so important about the TV deal between ESPN and the NHL. It’s not about the actual games, which hockey fans are going to find no matter where they end up being broadcasted. It’s about the NHL being mentioned again with regularity amongst everybody that works at that network. That’s a big deal when they’ve basically been ignored in large part over the last 15 years. (Toronto Sun)
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Adrian Dater has his grades for the Colorado Avalanche following their 4-1 win over the LA Kings this weekend. (Colorado Hockey Now)
*Interesting situation with the New York Rangers and Pavel Buchnevich as they have to decide whether or not they want to pay the big-bodied Rangers forward given his contract situation. If not, then they may end up trading him. (New York Post)
*For something completely different: File this under ‘What the Hell is wrong with people these days?’ (Boston.com)