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Monday Ice Cap - May 23rd, 2016

A quick recap of hockey news from around the Sound and beyond.

Hockey things happening.
Hockey things happening.
Billy Hurst-USA TODAY Sports

NHL to Seattle: "SoDo Arena is Dead."

The founder of the community group, NHL to Seattle, "declared" in his blog that the Seattle arena is indeed a dead issue. John Barr wrote in his latest blog that the Seattle City Council simply and purposefully overlooked data that was irrelevant to their consensus ‘No’ vote back on May 2nd when the councilmembers’ 5-4 decision squashed any hopes of shovels hitting the ground along Occidental Avenue South between South Holgate and South Massachusetts Streets. Barr says that the councilmembers will not even bother at looking anywhere else at building an arena in the foreseeable future as "there is a slim to none chance that they will approve any other site in the City limits."

New Coaches to Represent SJHA’s 2016-17 Season

The Seattle Junior Hockey Association announced new coaches for their upcoming 2016-17 youth season on Monday. According to their website and Facebook page, the SJHA named C.J. Fisher, Mike Butters, Jeff Murray, Brian Bruininks, Nick Fouts, Derek Johnson, Troy Martsolf, Keith Neece, Kory Berg, and Gil Allard as the youth association's rep coaches for their respective levels.

SKAHA 14U A1 Team Tryouts Set

The Sno-King Amateur Hockey Association announced dates for their 14U A1 tryouts. Ron Ortloff will head the team for the 2016-17 season and will lead the tryouts which is expected to take place in the morning hours of Friday June 10th and Saturday June 11th.

Sharks Defeat Blues, One Win Away from Cup Final Trip

After being down 3-2 late in the second period, the San Jose Sharks would score four unanswered – three in the final period – to defeat the St. Louis Blues, 6-3, to lead their Western Conference Final series 3-2. Game 6 returns to San Jose on Wednesday. Joe Pavelski’s second goal of the night just 16 seconds into the third period proved to be the game-winner, as the Sharks – as well as the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday – can secure a trip to the Stanley Cup Final. Not only could it be the Sharks first-ever trip to the Final, but also the NHL’s first-ever Stanley Cup Final between franchises of California versus Florida.

AHL Returns to Springfield, Mass…from Portland, Maine

After the Springfield Falcons relocated to Tucson, Arizona and became the new American Hockey League affiliate of the Coyotes, the AHL Board of Governors approved the sale of the now-defunct Portland (Maine) Pirates, who was previously the affiliate of the Florida Panthers, whom on Monday signed an affiliation agreement with the soon-to-be named Springfield, Massachusetts-based franchise. Earlier this month, KING 5’s TEGNA sister station, NBC-affiliate WCSH, first reported the rumor of the Pirates relocating to Springfield.

HOCKEY TV SCHEDULE (TUESDAY)

9 AM - Hockey Central at Noon [NHL Network (simulcast via Rogers Sportsnet 360)]

2 PM - NHL Live [NHL Network]

4 PM - NHL Tonight, Eastern Conference Final Pre-Game Show [NHL Network]

4 PM - NHL Live [NBCSN]

5 PM - NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE, STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS, EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL, GAME 6:

Pittsburgh Penguins at Tampa Bay Lightning [NBCSN, CBC Vancouver]