And, for those who might ask, no the holiday is not named after Gladys Mayo.
Borrowing this from my friend, Philly columnist Rich Hoffman’s story on Chris Pronger on Sunday.
It is the list of all-time playoff scoring defensemen, in terms of points per playoff game:
(minimum of 90 points)
Bobby Orr. . . 1.24
Brian Leetch. . . 1.02
Paul Coffey. . . 1.01
Al MacInnis. . . 0.90
Denis Potvin. . . 0.87
Ray Bourque. . . 0.84
Brad Park. . . 0.78
Chris Pronger. . . 0.71
Sergei Zubov. . . 0.71
Larry Murphy. . . 0.71
Nicklas Lidstrom. . . 0.70
Kind of tells you all you need to know about No. 2.
AFTERNOON UPDATE, 3:31 P.M.: Just got this update from USA Hockey:
Jack Johnson Named Captain of U.S. Men’s National Team
Nick Foligno, Matt Greene, Eric Nystrom, Kyle Okposo Named Alternate Captains
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Jack Johnson (Ann Arbor, Mich./Los Angeles Kings/Univ. of Michigan) was today named captain of the 2010 U.S. Men’s National Team that will play in the upcoming International Ice Hockey Federation World Men’s Championship, May 7-23, in Cologne, Gelsenkirchen and Mannheim, Germany.
Johnson has represented the United States seven previous times, most recently at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. He was also a member of Team USA at two IIHF World Men’s Championships (2007, 2009), two IIHF World Junior Championships (2006, 2007) and two IIHF World Men’s U18 Championships (2004, 2005).
In addition, four alternate captains were named, including Nick Foligno (Buffalo, N.Y./Ottawa Senators), Matt Greene (Grand Ledge, Mich./Los Angeles Kings/Univ. of North Dakota), Eric Nystrom (Syosset, N.Y./Calgary Flames/Univ. of Michigan) and Kyle Okposo (St. Paul, Minn./New York Islanders/Univ. of Minnesota).
Team USA begins play in the 2010 IIHF World Men’s Championship Friday (May 7) against host Germany at VELTINS-Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The game is a sellout and, at 76,152 fans, will set the world hockey attendance record.