From the middle of the bench – Conference Finals
May15

From the middle of the bench – Conference Finals

There is something to be said for consistency, and unfortunately I remain consistent at a 50% success ratio in selecting series winners.  So if you are using my prognosticating skills be advised that if you take my advice on the right series you will be 100% right, but if you guess wrong then you will be 100% wrong. So with that I have put this all on you to guess which one of these series I get right, and taken all the pressure off...

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From the middle of the bench – Second Round Edition
Apr30

From the middle of the bench – Second Round Edition

Well things didn’t go exactly as I forecasted in the first round, not even close really. I successfully predicted the winner in just four of the opening eight rounds. But I won’t let that deter me from giving it another try this round. The Eastern Conference #1 New York Rangers vs. #7 Washington Capitals New York escaped a seven-game series with the surprising Ottawa Senators by staying true to their defensive style of play, blocking...

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From the Middle of the Bench – First Round Playoff Edition
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From the Middle of the Bench – First Round Playoff Edition

Sorry for the long lapse between posts, this season has proven to be more crazy than anticipated. But it only seems fitting to jump back in just when everybody is about to go Cup Crazy! The first round matchups have finally been set and I am here to guide you through the opening round with my fearless prognostications. Let’s start in Eastern Conference. #1 – New York Rangers vs. #8 – Ottawa Senators This boils down to the...

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Sharks Tales – Jan 16, 2012
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Sharks Tales – Jan 16, 2012

Sharks Tales – Jan 16, 2012 As we turn the calendar over into 2012, and the Riverside Minor Hockey League Novice Sharks return to the ice we have an XHockeyProducts success story to share from the holidays. Tristan received “THE” call he’s been working toward all season.  On December 30th the manager of the Riverside Rangers Novice travel team formally requested permission from our manager to call Tristan up as an associate...

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From the middle of the bench, December 19, 2011
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From the middle of the bench, December 19, 2011

From the middle of the bench, December 19, 2011 Should language matter at the NHL level? The Montreal Canadiens fired bilingual head coach Jacques Martin and replaced him on an interim basis with English speaking Randy Cunneyworth, and it has predictably started a fire storm in the province of Quebec centered on the language issue. Why? Isn’t the NHL about winning, which is accomplished in the same manner no matter what language you...

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Sharks Tales – December 19, 2011
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Sharks Tales – December 19, 2011

Sharks Tales – December 19, 2011 Hockey can sometimes be a cruel game, and for the past three weeks it has tormented the Riverside Minor Hockey Novice Sharks with a contradictory message.  Several Sharks have greatly improved over that time however the results in the games seem to indicate just the opposite.  The Sharks have had a bad run of puck luck around the other teams’ net and have been held off the score sheet for the last...

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From the Middle of the Bench – December 6, 2011
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From the Middle of the Bench – December 6, 2011

The NHL realignment plan of four conferences based on geographical proximity approved by the NHL Board of Governors fixes a scheduling problem that has existed far too long and also spells E-X-P-A-N-S-I-O-N. First lets address the scheduling faux-pas that was corrected.  Under the four conference format every team will play every other team outside its conference once at home, and once away.  That is great for the fans.  Unfortunately...

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Sharks Tales – December 6, 2011
Dec06

Sharks Tales – December 6, 2011

Sharks Tales – December 6, 2011 One week ago we shared our X-Passer with the coaching staff of the Green Team, and they repaid us this week by beating our Riverside Minor Hockey Novice Sharks 4-0. Note to self: keep sharing the gear. It was great to hear how much the coaches and players liked the equipment and to see them improve.  This week we held on to our x-products and worked exclusively with the X-Passer.  We broke the kids up...

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From the middle of the bench – November 29, 2011
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From the middle of the bench – November 29, 2011

From the middle of the bench – November 29, 2011 Will firing Bruce Boudreau and Paul Maurice really make a difference?  History suggests it will.  Every single in-season coaching change over the past three seasons has led to improvement. This season Ken Hitchcock replaced Davis Payne in St. Louis and has led the Blues to an 8-2-1 record, a stark contrast to the 6-7-0 mark under Payne.  Payne himself was an in-season replacement for...

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Sharks Tales – November 28, 2011
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Sharks Tales – November 28, 2011

Sharks Tales – November 28, 2011 This weekend the Riverside Minor Hockey Novice Sharks staged a furious rally in their game against the Canadiens to earn a 7-7 tie.  Trailing 5-0 early, Seth and Tristan both playing right defense went on a tear offensively displaying the skills they have been working on all season with our x-hockey products. Already a strong skater with nice hands Seth has really improved his finishing this season...

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