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Derek Van Diest

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Recent:
  • SudburyStar
  • Edmonton Sun
Past:
  • Edmonton Journal
  • Toronto Sun
  • The Vancouver Sun
  • TheStarPhoenix.com

Recent articles by Derek:

Standout performance from Anton Khudobin has Dallas a win from Stanley Cup Final

Anton Khudobin may have been the best kept secret in hockey this season, unless you were a member of the Dallas Stars. Khudobin, 34, is turning heads with his performance this post-season, and the veteran from Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan has Dallas a win away from the Stanley Cup Final. Khudobin made 32 saves for Dallas in […] → Read More

HUB CITY NOTES: Mathew Barzal developing into elite NHL forward

Mathew Barzal is blossoming in the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs and part of the reason the New York Islanders made it to the NHL Eastern Conference Final for the first time in 27 years. Barzal, 23, was a star centre in junior with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL, but passed over by 13 teams […] → Read More

Golden Knights retake control of series against Canucks

The Vegas Golden Knights wrestled back control of their second-round series against the Vancouver Canucks with a workmanlike performance Saturday night. Alex Tuch, Zach Whitecloud and Mark Stone scored for Vegas in a 3-0 victory in Game 3 against Vancouver at Rogers Place. Goaltender Robin Lehner made 32 saves for his second shutout of the […] → Read More

Canucks respond in second game against Golden Knights

Vancouver Canucks head coach Travis Green challenged his team to be better in Game 2 of their second-round playoff series against the Vegas Golden Knights and they were Tuesday night at Rogers Place. Elias Pettersson and Tyler Toffoli each had a goal and two assists to lead the Canucks to a 5-2 win against the […] → Read More

JONES: Sherwood Park product Carter Hart aims to play in Edmonton Hub

So far, it has been a sensational year for debuts. In all of Stanley Cup history there haven’t been many years to compare with the performances produced by first-timers. → Read More

Arizona Coyotes have little bite bowing out to Colorado Avalanche

There wasn’t much fight left in the Arizona Coyotes as they bowed out of the Stanley Cup playoffs. → Read More

HUB CITY NOTES: Coyotes need better effort in Game 4 against Avalanche

Judging by their play in the first-round playoff series against the Colorado Avalanche, it’s fitting the Arizona Coyotes are only down 2-1 heading into Game 4 on Monday (3:30 p.m.) at Rogers Place. → Read More

Patience pays off for Avalanche in Game 1 win against Coyotes

It’s the hockey equivalent of ‘parking the bus,’ in soccer.The Arizona Coyotes were content to keep as many players behind the puck as possible against the Colorado Avalanche in Game 1 of their Stanley Cup Playoffs first-round series at Rogers Place on Wednesday, suck the life out ... → Read More

Edmonton Stingers win Canadian Elite Basketball League Summer Series championship

The Edmonton Stingers are bringing another championship to town after winning the Canadian Elite Basketball League Summer Series title on Sunday.The Stingers defeated the Fraser Valley Bandits 90-73 in the championship game at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines, Ont. → Read More

Edmonton Stingers book spot in CEBL Summer Series final

The Ottawa BlackJacks made an impressive run in their inaugural Canadian Elite Basketball League tournament but came up short against a team with unfinished business from its first season a year ago. → Read More

Experience pulls Chicago Blackhawks through qualifying series against Edmonton Oilers

The Chicago Blackhawks are proof it is dangerous to give champions a second chance.Sitting last in the Central Division standings in March, six points out of playoff spot with 12 games to play, the Blackhawks were given a lifeline following the COVID-19 pause by way of the NHL Stanley Cup Qualifiers... → Read More

Chicago Blackhawks burst Edmonton Oilers' bubble

The season is over for the Edmonton Oilers, their bubble has been burst. After showing so much promise during the regular season, the Oilers lasted less than a week into the NHL’s Return to Play format, losing 3-2 to the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday and falling to 3-1 in the best-of-five qualifying series. The Stanley […] → Read More

Chicago Blackhawks burst Edmonton Oilers bubble

The season is over for the Edmonton Oilers, their bubble has been burst. → Read More

HUB CITY NOTES: Coyotes earn playoff spot with win over Predators

The Arizona Coyotes are heading to the NHL Playoffs for the first time in eight years, dating back to when current Edmonton Oilers coach Dave Tippett was behind their bench. → Read More

FC Edmonton players feel safe heading into Canadian Premier League bubble

FC Edmonton have been on the field for over two months awaiting a Canadian Premier League return to play plan after the COVID-19 pandemic shut down training camp.On Thursday, the local professional soccer club held its final practice at Clarke Park before embarking on a journey to Charlottetown, P. → Read More

Blackhawks on brink of eliminating Oilers from qualifiers

The Chicago Blackhawks were always figured to be a tough out for the Edmonton Oilers, but now have a real opportunity to spoil the Hub City experience. → Read More

Oilers blow third-period lead to Blackhawks are one loss away from elimination

The Edmonton Oilers are a loss away from crashing out of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers in their own city. Connor Murphy scored with 1:16 left in the third period to give the Blackhawks a 4-3 come-from-behind win, giving them a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series. → Read More

Coyotes withstand first-period storm to take series lead on Predators

Goaltender Darcy Kuemper was one of the few members of the Arizona Coyotes to show up on time against the Nashville Predators on Wednesday afternoon.Fortunately for the Coyotes, Kemper kept things from getting out of hand early and ended up making 39 saves in a 4-1 win in Game 3 of the best-of-five ... → Read More

HUB CITY NOTES: Saro gets first career postseason win for Predators

Goaltender Juuse Saros stepped into big skates taking over as the Nashville Predators starter from veteran Pekka Rinne.Saros had a rough start in the Stanley Cup Qualifying best-of-five series against the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday, but bounced back with an excellent performance in Game 2 on Tuesday ... → Read More

Edmonton Stingers earn another trip to CEBL semifinal

The Edmonton Stingers didn’t start Canadian Elite Basketball League Summer Series tournament well, but they’ve been lights out ever since.Edmonton completed their round-robin play Monday at the tournament in St. Catharines, Ont. → Read More