Hockey writer for USA TODAY since 1986.

Kevin Allen's Biography

Kevin Allen has been USA TODAY's hockey writer since 1986, and has spoken hockey fluently since he was a young man growing up in Wayne, Mich. He has covered roughly 570 NHL playoff games, 25 Stanley Cup finals. and seven Olympic tournaments. He wrote his first NHL story in the 1970, and covered his first playoff series in 1983-84. He believes Gordie Howe is the best all-around player in ...

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Is Senators' Erik Karlsson worthy of the Hart Trophy?

usatoday.com — Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson is a brilliant player, possessing lightning speed and exceptional offensive instincts. He has finished first in points among defensemen in three of the past four seasons, and is a lock (59 points) to do it again this year. But is this season enough to get him some Hart Trophy consideration?

Jaromir Jagr's unparalleled passion makes him Masterton Trophy favorite

usatoday.com — Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr deserves the Masterton Trophy even if the hockey community doesn't share a consensus of what this award should be about. The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association, has long been misunderstood.
Feb 06, 2016

RT @USATODAYsports: Jagr's unparalleled passion makes him most deserving of Masterton Trophy: usat.ly/1Rdavf7 (@ByKevinAllen) pic.twitter.com/HJsuB3vmnj

Feb 06, 2016

RT @USATODAYsports: Jagr's unparalleled passion makes him most deserving of Masterton Trophy: usat.ly/1Rdavf7 (@ByKevinAllen) pic.twitter.com/HJsuB3vmnj

Feb 07, 2016

Agree completely with @ByKevinAllen on what the Masterton should mean. Shane Doan another prime candidate. usatoday.com/story/sports/n…

Five reasons NHL trade deadline could be uneventful

usatoday.com — Trades are going to be completed before the Feb. 29 (3 p.m. ET) deadline because contending general managers can't resist the temptation to improve their teams before the playoffs. But here are five reasons why we may not see as many deals this trade season: Several teams that were supposed to out of contention, including the New Jersey Devils, Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers, are still in the playoff hunt.

The 10 American draft prospects that are destined for NHL success

usatoday.com — As scouts sort through prospect rankings for the 2016 NHL draft, it is clear that the American class is the best since 2007 when Patrick Kane and James van Riemsdyk were the first two picks. That was the year that Ryan McDonagh went 12th to the Montreal Canadiens, Kevin Shattenkirk landed 14th to Colorado Avalanche and Max Pacioretty was chosen 22nd by the Canadiens.

Total Quality Logistics to Open New Indiana Location

ttnews.com — Total Quality Logistics is planning to open a sales office next month at Blackthorn Corporate Park on the northwest side of South Bend, Indiana. Total Quality, which is based in Cincinnati, announced on Feb. 4 that it will open the office on March 7. A team of five current TQL employees will open the office.

20-Game Ban for Ref Cross Check Sends Right Message

athleticbusiness.com — Copyright 2016 Gannett Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved Often the hockey world is fuzzy about locating the line that shouldn't be crossed when it comes to what happens between players on the ice. Every time a player is suspended for an illegal hit, opinions vary dramatically about whether the punishment is fair.

NHL sends stern message with Dennis Wideman's 20-game suspension

usatoday.com — Often the hockey world is fuzzy about locating the line that shouldn't be crossed when it comes to what happens between players on the ice. Every time a player is suspended for an illegal hit against an opponent, opinions vary dramatically about whether the punishment is fair.
Feb 03, 2016

NHL sends stern message with Dennis Wideman's 20-game suspension: usat.ly/1P7jkol pic.twitter.com/ZxoZuTsXci

Dustin Byfuglien leads list of top 11 players who could be dealt before NHL trade deadline

usatoday.com — The NHL's fascination with 265-pound defenseman Dustin Byfuglien is like the U.S. military's respect for the Humvee. It's easy to be infatuated with rugged, mobile and well armored. Byfuglien, eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, is the league's most desirable rental property with less than four weeks left before the Feb.
Feb 03, 2016

Byfuglien, 10 others who could be dealt before NHL trade deadline: usat.ly/20GTkVR pic.twitter.com/NCUTsI7pUg

Feb 03, 2016

RT @USATODAYsports: Dustin Byfuglien leads list of top 11 players who could be dealt before NHL trade deadline: usat.ly/1o6G92D pic.twitter.com/1lAYl8N0ii

Ranking the top eight Stanley Cup favorites

usatoday.com — Now that NHL All-Star weekend is over, it's 29 days until the trade deadline and 73 days to the start of the playoffs. Here's a ranking of the Stanley Cup favorites going into the stretch run 1. Chicago Blackhawks: Even after making major offseason changes, the Blackhawks still look like they are capable of winning their fourth title in seven seasons.

John Scott goes from unwanted to unbelievable

usatoday.com — NASHVILLE - John Scott expected his NHL All-Star experience "to be in the background, enjoying it behind the scenes." He could not have imagined that he would be standing at center ice accepting the MVP honor after playing a significant role in helping the Pacific Division win the NHL's first 3-on-3 All-Star tournament.
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Feb 08, 2016

RT @jhascup22: Byfuglien's extension has widespread effect (Jets, Ladd, Yandle, contenders): usat.ly/1PhQG3S pic.twitter.com/Z98JRqwoa9

Feb 06, 2016

RT @USATODAYsports: Jagr's unparalleled passion makes him most deserving of Masterton Trophy: usat.ly/1Rdavf7 (@ByKevinAllen) pic.twitter.com/HJsuB3vmnj

Feb 06, 2016

Top Shelf podcast: @SportsnetSpec chats McDavid, Oilers; weighing in on Wideman, trade deadline: bit.ly/1L5KFTX

Feb 05, 2016

RT @byajperez: Expert weighs in on Dennis Wideman's hit, concussion. Does he have science on his side? usat.ly/1X8IXr

Feb 05, 2016

The 10 American draft prospects that are destined for NHL success: usat.ly/1QKlfzG pic.twitter.com/HVXRkPvK9j

Feb 03, 2016

NHL sends stern message with Dennis Wideman's 20-game suspension: usat.ly/1P7jkol pic.twitter.com/ZxoZuTsXci


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