The Da Beauty League 2022 is underway in Edina, Minnesota. The New York Islanders have three players participating this summer in Brock Nelson, Zach Parise and Kieffer Bellows.
Fun fact, Edina, Minnesota is the hometown of New York Islanders captain Anders Lee as well as Kieffer Bellows. Also, a picture of Zach Parise at Da Beauty League last summer got fans thinking that the New York Islanders had signed Parise, given the color of his gloves.
However, Parise was wearing Team USA gloves, not Islanders gloves, but by that point, Parise had already agreed to a deal with the New York Islanders–but the signing was announced September 1.
For those that do not know, the Da Beauty League is a summer hockey league based at Braemar Arena that features games with top NHL and NCAA players. There are five teams that make up the league, with each team playing nine games.
Former NHL enforcer and NHL All-Star John Scott is the commissioner of the league.
The point of the league is not just for players to stay in game form, but it’s also an opportunity to raise money for a handful of charities.
A portion of the proceeds of the league goes to The United Heroes League, which helps give military children the financial ability to play sports, the Shine A Ligh7 Foundation, which helps the youth of Minnesota with mental health, the Hendrickson Foundation, which focuses on disabilities and the sport, and the Herb Brooks Foundation, which is dedicated to growing the game through the teachings of legendary coach and Minnesotan Herb Brooks.
Team Nor-Son has played in two games so far. The first was an 8-7 win over Bellows and the Element. The second game was an 11-10 loss at the hands of Walser.
Brock Nelson and Zach Parise have only played in one of their team’s contests.
Nelson, who is coming off a career year with the New York Islanders after lighting the lamp 37 times with 59 points, went pointless.
Zach Parise, the 2022 Bob Nystrom Award winner, has a goal and two assists in his one game. Parise netted 15 goals with 20 assists in 2021-22 and was arguably the New York Islanders most consistent forward.
Parise is also having some fun with the fans on hand.
Caught Zach Parise doing his 45/45 workout after his game: He signed 45 autographs with his right hand while holding one of his twins (approx. 45 lbs) in his left arm. Switched to 45/45 with the other twin in his other arm. pic.twitter.com/osWJ5oy1gS
— Da Beauty League (@DaBeautyLeague) July 21, 2022
Other standout names on Team Nor-Son are Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel and Philadelphia Flyers forward James Van Riemsdyk.
Team Nor-Son’s next game is on Wednesday, July 27 against Team Tradition.
Kieffer Bellows and Team Element have only played in one game, with Bellows having lit the lamp twice. Bellows represented Team USA at the IIHF World Championships earlier this summer, with three goals and an assist in seven round-robin games.
The 2021-22 NHL season for Bellows was one of growth, finishing his season with six goals and 13 assists in 45 games. Towards the end of the season, Bellows started to receive more playing time, and he gained more confidence each time he hit the ice.
Other notable names on Team Element are New York Rangers defenseman Ryan Lindgren and former New York Islanders defenseman and current St. Louis Blues defenseman Nick Leddy.
Team Element’s next game is on Monday, August 8 against Nor-Son.
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