The Hatred and the Misery: Why People Loathe the Vancouver Canucks

Oh beautiful British Columbia, how you are Canada’s paradox. You are the land of the Super Natural. I’ve seen your majestic mountains, stunning ocean and beautiful urban parks. You have it all West Coasters; Gentle winters, liberal politicians, booming film industry, affluent citizens and a commendable appreciation for CFL. You even had the Olympics. You […]

Remembrance Day and the Language of Hockey and War

Today you will be given a history lesson on the handful of National Hockey League players who volunteered their time and their lives to fight in one of the great wars. You’ll read about Allan Davidson, Red Garrett, Joe Turner and Conn Smythe. This blog entry will not be one of those places. Those were […]

Puck Potpourri: Ray Whitney:Hall of Pretty Good

In 1991 the newly formed San Jose Sharks used their first two selections in the NHL Entry Draft to draft a pair of Memorial Cup winning teammates.  The Sharks took the opportunity to grab Spokane Chiefs forwards Pat Falloon and Ray Whitney. In their draft years Falloon and Whitney were offensive dynamos. Falloon scored a […]

Right and Wrong: Good Stats, Bad Stats

Here we have a short survey of ailments currently plaguing every NHL team as well as a redeeming quality. These are by no means definitive reasons as to why a team is succeeding or failing. They’re accessory statistics that might give you a bit of extra insight into the play of teams across the league. […]

In Swedish Losing is Boring?

I was browsing Swedish Elite League team Djurgarden’s website earlier today, when I came across this bold headline. Apparently Djurgarden player Mario Kempe was none to happy with a recent loss. He didn’t mince words. I initially though it was just a bad translation since I was using Google Translate, so I took it to […]

Friday Survival: eBay Puck Finds and a Vintage Hockey Fight

Happy Friday everyone. I know Friday’s can drag on and by the end of the day your brain wants nothing but a cold beverage and some mindless visual stimulation. This being the internet and all, I can only help with the visual stimulation. Here are some eBay puck finds and at the bottom of the […]

Puck Potpourri-Nathan Horton: Did He Give a Hoot in Florida?

During the 2010 off-season, Nathan Horton was traded from the Florida Panthers to the Boston Bruins with Gregory Campbell in exchange for Dennis Wideman and two draft picks. The Panthers were coming off a terrible season. They finished second last in the Eastern Conference and third to last in the NHL. The Bruins had finished […]

Around the League in 33 Bands

This is around the league in 33 bands. I tried to use mostly mainstream bands with universal appeal to avoid alienating readers who didn’t know what a Guadalcanal Diary or a Minor Threat was. However, for some teams, the lure to use a lesser known band was too strong. Maybe in the future I can […]