Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading after watching the spectacle that was Toucher and Rich's 10th Anniversary Special last night at the Wilbur Theater.
(Speaking of the anniversary: They packed the place, and it was a great show for the hardcore fans. Scott Zolak, Dan Roche, Brian Scalabrine, Mike Gorman, Shawn Thornton and others took part along with Fred, Rich and Jon Wallach. It speaks to the amazing following Toucher and Rich have built in Boston over the last decade, and to how many people truly enjoy being a part of the raucous rock & roll-style show they put on. We should all expect the next 10 years will be just as great for Fred, Rich, Wallach, Dan O’Brien, Mike Lockhart and the cast of thousands that make that show possible. Some great work by guys like VP of Sports for CBS Radio Mike Thomas getting it done behind-the-scenes to make sure the show went off without a hitch last night, which it did.)
-- Some tweets from the 10th Anniversary Party give you an idea of the craziness.
-- Many New York Islanders are finding inspiration for their upcoming NHL season in their owner’s niece, Olympian Katie Ledecky. -- Congrats to FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jimmy Murphy, who has joined Pete Shepherd for a new shot Monday-Friday on the airwaves in New Hampshire. Yesterday they talked to Harvard coach Ted Donato about Jimmy Vesey. -- Good luck to one of our own in the PHWA world as one New York Rangers writer moves over to the New Jersey Devils beat. -- Brendan Shanahan was pulling out all the stops to land Jimmy Vesey during their Tuesday meeting with him in Boston. My question: What exactly can Auston Matthews do to sell Vesey on the Leafs, or playing in Toronto? -- A Swedish referee loses a finger after getting his hand caught in the boards during a preseason game in Europe. That is just nasty. -- The Pride of Chelmsford, Keith Aucoin, is still going strong over in Europe at age 37 after a solid NHL career. -- A wide-ranging Q&A with John Tavares in anticipation of the World Cup of Hockey, and a number of topics involving the Islanders. -- For something completely different: Sit down-and-eat movie theatres like the Alamo Draft House are becoming all the rage across the USA.