Teams and Fans Getting Excited for NHL Stadium Series

With Thanksgiving having come and gone, and the calendar inching closer to Christmas and the New Year, hockey fans and teams alike are counting down the days to the NHL’s new Stadium Series. There is a growing excitement as the events draw nearer, as more teams and fans get to enjoy the wonders of an outdoor game in a unique environment. The outdoor season begins as usual with a Winter Classic match-up that could be one for the ages,...

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The Curious Case of the Edmonton Oilers

It wasn’t supposed to be like this…. This season would be different… A new GM in Craig MacTavish, a new head coach in Dallas Eakins, and a new winning attitude were going to help bring this once proud franchise back to their glory days – or into playoff contention at the very least. Here we are though, 16 games into the 2013-14 season, and the Oilers find themselves last in the Western Conference once again and 29th overall in...

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Shark Attack, Koivu Returns and NHL Tweets

Shark Week All Season? Even though the last season NHL season was a shortened one, the Chicago Blackhawks were a notch above the rest of the league from start to finish. When the playoff marathon concluded, they were the last team standing and brought home the Cup. It would be difficult for a team to pull of the same feat in a full 82-game schedule, but if one team already looks primed for an incredible season, it’s the San Jose...

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Are the Best in the West?

Every season, the Eastern Conference teams must make the dreaded (and lengthy) West Coast trip. Usually in mid-season, they leave behind the winter blues and head for warmer weather and for many, a sub – .500 road trip is the end result. For whatever reason, as long as I can remember, the teams I cheer for have struggled out West. It could be the time change, the unfamiliarity of the Western teams, or any number of reasons, but...

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Is it October Yet?

NHL training camps are open and pre-season games are underway, which only means one thing – hockey is back!! After last year’s shortened season, hockey fans are celebrating the start of a full 82-game schedule. With a mid-season break for the Sochi Olympics, the new stadium series, realignment and new divisions thrown in the mix, it is going to be one heck of a ride. While everything can go right for a team, everything can...

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Familiar Faces in Unfamiliar NHL Uniforms

A friend called me on Sunday for our usual weekly hockey-talk and he brought up an interesting topic of conversation. Ed wondered if the Briere signing in Montreal would be a good one. At 36-years old, does Daniel have something left in the tank to be a star in Montreal, or at the very least, be a regular contributor? There are many factors that will determine how the season will play out in Montreal, so it is difficult to say how it...

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The “Olympic Name Game” Begins!

As we hit the mid-point of the Summer, there is not much NHL news floating around these days. The Entry Draft has taken place, the 2013-14 schedule has been released, the Coyotes have a new owner, most free agents have found a new team and so now, players and fans are looking ahead and anxiously asking, “Is it October yet?” While things have settled down in one regard, they are really heating up on another front – the Olympic...

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Alfredsson Leaves and Sens Fans Will Never Forget July 5th
Jul10

Alfredsson Leaves and Sens Fans Will Never Forget July 5th

Hockey fans throughout the NHL eagerly awaited the start of the annual “Free Agent Frenzy” on July 5th. While it has not always lived up to the hype in past years, this season’s spending started with a bang. Unless of course you live in Ottawa – the fireworks that erupted at noon on Friday in Ottawa made any Canada Day or July 4th displays seem like children’s sparklers by comparison! The day started innocently enough; hockey...

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Draft Day Dreams

It is one of the days every young hockey player dreams about – the NHL Draft. Except for dreaming about scoring the game-winning goal in the deciding game of the Stanley Cup (which we have all done!) or even scoring their first NHL goal, hearing your name called at the draft is at, or near the top of every players “wish” list. It is not only a tremendous honour to be drafted, but it brings you one step closer to realizing your...

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Blackhawks Bring Stanley Cup
Jun26

Blackhawks Bring Stanley Cup

Home to Chicago “It’s always the greatest feeling in the world. Once you do it, you can’t wait to do it again. The stories, the ups and downs and the process of trying to win a Cup, that’s what makes it so special.” – Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville If you blinked, you missed it… If you went online to brag and say, “Here comes Game 7”, then you missed it… If you went to the fridge to prepare for OT, you...

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