Brad E. Schlossman / Forum News Service , Published May 02 2013
Former UND star has top-selling NHL jersey
Yes, the former University of North Dakota star Toews had the top-selling jersey in the NHL this season, while fellow former UND standout Zach Parise checked in at No. 10, according to the league.
Toews, who is the captain of the Chicago Blackhawks, beat out other NHL stars such as Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby and New York Rangers forward Rick Nash.
During the lockout-shortened, 48-game season, Toews was outstanding, leading the Blackhawks to the best record in the NHL and the President’s Trophy.
Toews had 23 goals and 48 points in 47 games, finishing first on the team in goals and second in points. The forward from Winnipeg also led his team with a plus-28 rating, eight higher than anyone else on the squad.
Toews has been touted as the league MVP by several members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association, which votes on the award.
Parise also sold plenty of jerseys for the Minnesota Wild.
He was one of the team’s big free-agent pickups over the summer, signing a 13-year, $98 million deal. Parise led the Wild to their first playoff berth in five years by leading the team in goals and points this season.
Interestingly enough, Toews and Parise are going head-to-head in the first round of the NHL playoffs. Toews and the Blackhawks won Game 1 in overtime Tuesday night. Game 2 will be Friday night in Chicago.
Toews and Parise both topped their teams’ forwards in ice time in Game 1.
Greene out, Oshie back
Matt Greene, a key defenseman who helped the Los Angeles Kings to the Stanley Cup championship last year, missed the start of the playoffs this year.
Greene was out with an undisclosed injury that’s reportedly unrelated to the back ailment that kept him out for nearly the entire regular season. There’s no word on when Greene may return to the lineup for the Kings, who beat the St. Louis Blues in overtime of Game 1.
The Blues did have the services of former UND standout T.J. Oshie.
Oshie missed a couple of weeks at the end of the regular season due to an injury, but played 18:01 in his first game back. His former UND teammate, Chris Porter, played 11:41 for the Blues.
Matt Frattin played in Game 1 on Wednesday night for the Toronto Maple Leafs. . . Evan Trupp, Corey Fienhage and Mario Lamoureux’s seasons all came to an end Tuesday night in the East Coast Hockey League playoffs. . . Former UND forward Michael Forney of Thief River Falls has signed to play hockey in Australia over the summer.