The new iceman cometh
(Statistics through Feb. 29)
Top of the week: There was a flurry of activity as the NHL reached its trading deadline on Feb. 29. David Warsofsky was claimed off waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins by the NJ Devils, while the Montreal Canadiens picked up Mike Brown off waivers from the San Jose Sharks. Warsofsky (12 games, one goal, no assists) missed almost a month with an injury while Brown (45 games, one goal, two assists, 63 penalty minutes) has been mostly a “healthy scratch” of late. And wouldn’t you know, Brown’s first game with his new team came against his old team back in San Jose. He played 11:30 — his longest outing of the season —in a 6-2 Montreal loss.
The newest NHL MOT is center Zach Hyman, a 23-year-old hometown product who was debuted for the Toronto Maple Leafs on Feb. 29 in a 2-1 loss to the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning. Hyman — who took two shots on goal in 15:50 time on ice — becomes the third Jew to make his NHL debut this year, joining Warsofsky and Brendan Leipsic, who scored a goal in his first game and was sent back to the minors.
Best of the rest: The Sacramento Kings’ Omri Casspi was included in Israel Forbes’ list of “30 Under 30”…. The Cincinnati Reds have given the honor of pitching the opening game of sprint training to Jon Moscot. The rookie righty suffered a separated shoulder in just his third game last June and was out for the rest of the season…. Ian Kinsler singled in his first spring training at bat and scored the Detroit Tigers’ first run, en route to a 7-2 win over Florida Southern College on Feb. 29.
Born this week: Tennis star Dick Savitt turns 88 on March 4. Savitt won the men’s Championship in both Wimbledon and the Australian Open in 1951. He also won gold medals in men’s single and doubles at the 1961 Maccabiah Games. Former NFL quarterback Sage Rosenfels turns 38 on March 6.
Sources: JTA, ESPN.com, Day by Day in Jewish Sports History, Cleveland Jewish News.
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