"We knew it was very close.". "Papa," Housley called, as players laughed and tapped their sticks. Rodrigues played two seasons for the Georgetown Raiders of the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL). For the Rodrigues family, it was the other way around. As much as a second contract is a landmark achievement for Olofsson, he expressed the belief that he’s capable of more. Rodrigues joined the Sabres full-time during the 2018–19 season. Evan Rodrigues (born July 28, 1993), is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre/winger currently playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL). "It was just: Get home, spend time with my wife and go," Rodrigues said. They don’t play favorites, even if it involves a bit of a workout to pay attention. On July 25, 2019, the Sabres re-signed Rodrigues to a one-year, $2 million contract extension. A two time Hockey East Second-Team All-Star, Rodrigues tallied 121 points (42 goals, 79 assists) in 146 contests throughout his career as a BU Terrier. But when Norbert became a bus driver for Mississauga transit and married Christine, a Toronto Transit Commission employee, hockey soon consumed the family when their three boys came into the world. When the Sabres finished practice Monday in HarborCenter, coach Phil Housley chose which player was heading into the center circle to lead the final stretching sequence. “Even though Paul and I are busy with our careers we still find time to follow each other as much as we can and we lend support to each other,” Evan said of his brother, who is five years older. Evan attended Boston University and was a business administration and management graduate. Evan Rodrigues took instruction as his coach asked. It’s a time for the second-year Buffalo Sabres forward and his older brothers, Ryan and Paul, to thank their parents for all the time spent driving them from game-to-game as well as the financial and emotional support to enable them to chase their dreams. Former Buffalo Sabres winger Dominik Kahun has agreed to a one-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers, according to a report. Davidsson has routinely been Vaxjo’s extra forward since missing the start of the season while recovering from offseason surgery. Hockey might be hold, but that didn’t stop Jeff Skinner from stepping up and netting a natural hat trick. Wayne Simmonds, who recently took part in a webinar discussion on the lessons learned from "Willie, looks to help build an inclusive future as part of the Hockey Diversity Alliance. "Signs were pointing to him not coming that early," Rodrigues said. [5], On July 27, 2017, the Sabres re-signed Rodrigues to a two-year, $1.3 million contract worth $650,000 annually.[6]. [11], Evan and his wife Christina's first child, Grayson Michael, was born on October 28, 2018. McCabe played only a little more than three minutes of the second period before leaving, but he gutted out more than seven minutes of the third period against the Blue Jackets. Paul went to State University of New York at Oswego, winning the Sid Watson Award as the NCAA Division III player-of-the-year honours for 2012-13. At the trade deadline, Rodrigues was dealt by the Sabres, along with Conor Sheary to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Dominik Kahun on February 24, 2020. Christine, now retired, admits that when she listens to her sons talk hockey, they might as well be speaking in a foreign language. “We all played hockey and they grew to love the game. Calgary is on a brutal stretch of the schedule, with the game against the Sabres being its sixth in nine nights. “They gave me a chance to be a professional hockey player. A hand injury kept him out of the lineup for the first two months of the 2017-18 campaign. The Sabres are thus likely to see backup David Rittich, who is 2-1, 2.37/.933 in five games. They would drive us all over the place. He scored 105 points (41 goals, 64 assists) in 94 contests during the two seasons, and led his team to the playoffs in both seasons to advance to the 2010–2011 league semifinals. Christine and Norbert watch every game that Paul and Evan play, even if the times overlap. During his senior year, Rodrigues finished second in the nation in scoring with 61 points and was named Hockey East Player of the Month in both January and April 2015. Rodrigues was back at practice Monday after missing Saturday's game in Columbus for what the team had termed personal reasons. After coming East for the quick back to back, the Flames have to head immediately home to face Colorado on Thursday and Chicago on Saturday. The news was good: His wife, Christina, gave birth to their first child Sunday. Defenseman Jake McCabe missed practice Monday with an upper-body injury suffered Saturday. "Once I got back from that trip, everything went smoothly. “They mean so much,” 24-year-old Evan said. In addition to his 20 goals, Olofsson had 22 assists for 42 points and a minus-1 rating during his first full season in the NHL. The Flames played much better at home Saturday, suffering a 4-3 overtime loss to Stanley Cup champion Washington. A similar occasion occurred back on Easter Sunday. There are several reasons why the Kahun saga ended with him in Edmonton, most notably the Sabres’ unwillingness to risk an arbitration hearing. This is what Evan Rodrigues really looks like. TAMPA - Olivia Rodriguez, wife of former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Evan Rodriguez, is due to have the couple's first child together in December. Hockey was all we knew.”. The baby was born on time, but Rodrigues said it was a little nerve-wracking being out West for 10 days on the team's recent road trip. If Quinn does not make the Sabres’ roster, the 19-year-old right wing will have the option to rejoin the Ottawa 67’s of the Ontario Hockey League. He had to spend a couple weeks with the AHL Rochester Americans to get himself into game shape in mid-November, but after scoring five goals and 10 points in eight games the Sabres knew he was ready for a full-time gig in Buffalo. Norbert Rodrigues and his family moved to Canada from Portugal when he was 12. Evan's older brother, Paul, most recently played for the Adirondack Thunder of the ECHL. [9] However, on October 9, 2020, unable to come to terms with Maple Leafs and having not received a qualifying offer, Rodrigues returned to Pittsburgh as a free agent on a one-year, $700,000 contract. There was a big roar in the Rodrigues family home when the Thunder defeated the Florida Everblades 3-2 in overtime to tie the East final at 1-1. “With two older brothers who also played we grew up a hockey-heavy family,” Evan said. One of hockey’s most creative players is putting a creative (and classic) spin on an iconic sports event. Struggling starter Mike Smith got the call in goal for the Flames Monday, and he entered the matchup the Leafs sporting a 3.91 goals-against average and .869 save percentage. Calgary suffered the worst loss in its history Thursday night in the Saddledome with a 9-1 drubbing at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Rodrigues flew to Columbus with the team Friday night but returned Saturday morning as his wife went into labor. Reinhart acknowledged that his new one-year, $5.2 million contract is the byproduct of these uncertain times in the National Hockey League. She also still gets nervous watching them play after all these years. Sam Reinhart stopped by NHLPA.com to talk family road trips, Super Bowl food, the Buffalo sports scene, and who has better lederhosen game, himself or Jack Eichel. Early returns from new Sabres general manager Kevyn Adams have been good, writes Mike Harrington. I come home to hockey,” Christine says during the intermission of a … [4] He scored his first NHL goal and first NHL assist the following night in a game against the New York Islanders. Tage Thompson took his place Saturday and posted his first Buffalo point, an assist on Okposo's goal that opened the scoring in the 5-4 overtime loss to the Blue Jackets. Their son's name is Grayson Michael, and he weighed in at 7 pounds, 10 ounces. The Flames come here Tuesday on the second half of a back-to-back after playing Monday night in Toronto. [8], On August 25, 2020, Rodrigues was traded by the Penguins to the Toronto Maple Leafs along with David Warsofsky, Filip Hållander and the 15th overall pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Kasperi Kapanen, Jesper Lindgren and Pontus Åberg. Evan found himself at home in Etobicoke, just east of Toronto, because his Sabres were playing against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday, April 2. [7] In the following 2019–20 season, Rodrigues struggled to replicate his previous offensive totals with the Sabres, posting just 5 goals and 9 points through 38 games. Jack Eichel is always willing to play DJ. Housley said his status will be determined around Tuesday's morning skate. Rodrigues attended Boston University, where he played four seasons (2011–2015) with the Boston University Terriers men's ice hockey team, which competes in the NCAA Men's Division I Hockey East conference. There was a big roar in the Rodrigues family home when the Thunder defeated the Florida Everblades 3-2 in overtime to tie the East final at 1-1. [3] He played most of the season with the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League before receiving his first NHL call-up and playing his first game on April 8, 2016. Jack Eichel scored seven points in four games (2-5–7), including a pair of multi-point performances this past week, to extend his point streak to a career-high 13 games. A similar occasion occurred back on Easter Sunday. He loved soccer as a kid and he is looking forward to seeing how the Portuguese will progress at the World Cup in Russia this summer. “God, show me what it is that you want to do through all of this. [2] Rodrigues was second only to teammate Jack Eichel, who would also be his teammate for the Buffalo Sabres. “Just think about how much time a hockey parent has to sacrifice. Copyright © 2020. 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