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All of a sudden you hear the other moves and you’re like, 'Holy (Bleep)'

Sure, there were rumours. But no one predicted the full extent of the NHL shake-up that began at 2:34 p.m. ET on June 29: The 23 Minutes That Shook The Hockey World.
posted by everybody had matching towels on Sep 6, 2016 - 22 comments

Bill's Port Smaps

Hand-drawn maps of Negro League teams, defunct NFL teams, the first NHL league, Ukrainian FCs. More maps, hand-drawn and not.
posted by Krom Tatman on Jun 22, 2016 - 3 comments

Mr. Hockey (1928-2016)

Hockey legend Gordie Howe has died. In Gordie's 5 decade career he set records for most seasons and games played as well as #2 for all time career goals.
posted by cmfletcher on Jun 10, 2016 - 64 comments

Hilariously Giant Goalie Pads

Molly Brooks loves hockey - like in a romantic comedy kind of way. She's a big fan of the Stanley Cup! But it seems like she's found her home on the fresh ice of the National Women's Hockey League. (previously)
posted by ChuraChura on May 11, 2016 - 9 comments

NHL Playoffs, Round 1!

It's playoff time in the NHL, and for the first time since 1970, no Canadian teams will be represented. In the Eastern Conference, the wild card Philadelphia Flyers take on the President's Trophy-winning Washington Capitals. The Flyers just lost team founder, owner, and chairman Ed Snider to cancer and the team has dedicated their postseason to him. The Detroit Red Wings just barely squeaked in, extending their playoff streak to 25 years. In the Western Conference, the Minnesota Wild are matched up with the team that used to be the Minnesota North Stars before relocating to Dallas in 1993, while the Battle of California rages on with a San Jose Shark-LA Kings series.
posted by everybody had matching towels on Apr 11, 2016 - 97 comments

#historybegins

American hockey star Hilary Knight talks with The Hockey Writers about the state of women's hockey on the cusp of the first-ever National Women's Hockey League championship series. It all comes down to this: the Isobel Cup, which opens tonight as the heavily favored Boston Pride take on the scrappy underdog Buffalo Beauts. All games stream free at the league's Cross-Ice Pass.
posted by everybody had matching towels on Mar 11, 2016 - 23 comments

You betcha

2016 Minnesota State High School All Hockey Hair Team
posted by starman on Mar 6, 2016 - 29 comments

He is not an All-Star, but he is a folk hero.

[John]Scott is not a gifted offensive player. He's an enforcer. He's a 6-foot-8 fighter who can't skate all that fast, has only scored five goals in his career, and is averaging just over six minutes on the ice in the 11 games he's played this year. He is, by no means, an All-Star in any traditional sense of the term.
Yet, John Scott was selected as one of the four Captains in this year's NHL All-Star game. (Note: Sidney Crosby didn't even make the team!) What happened? The Internet! [more inside]
posted by CCBC on Jan 21, 2016 - 70 comments

The Blue Glow

There were times when we practically lived at the Shark Tank. We’d be there for two weeks, spending most of the time living in the catwalks above the ice. We’d have all of our computers, work area, and everything up there... The initial test of the RF system was frankly scary. We saw that this repeater was bigger than we had hoped it would be. So rather than a half dollar buried in the puck, we were starting to think this was going to be a puck-shaped piece of electronics painted black. And that was scary to us.
First-Hand Recollections of the development of the FoxTrax hockey puck tracking system
posted by mannequito on Dec 23, 2015 - 12 comments

"I thought it was normal."

[tw: descriptions of abuse] NHL player Patrick O'Sullivan writes about surviving his abusive childhood, how he came to be a professional hockey player, and what adults should and can do when they see a child who needs their help. [more inside]
posted by Charity Garfein on Dec 15, 2015 - 20 comments

Sports Turkeys 2015

In honor of Thanksgiving, Sports Illustrated presents their 2015 Turkeys of the Year slideshow.
posted by The Gooch on Nov 26, 2015 - 8 comments

'Swawesome!

Eric "Bitty" Bittles was the 2010 Southern Junior Figure Skating Champion and played on a co-ed community hockey team in high school. Now he's a freshman at Samwell University and is on the men's hockey team. There's checking in college hockey. And Bitty is terrified of getting checked. So begins the cult-favorite web comic called Check, Please! [more inside]
posted by That's Numberwang! on Sep 30, 2015 - 6 comments

animated data visualization, or ambient data art

"Goals representing all 2012 NHL Stanley Cup playoff teams are arranged in a circle, with Western Conference teams on the left, and Eastern Conference teams on the right. Higher-seeded teams are at the top of the circle. The goals tally cumulative scoring for each team (rather than goals against). When a puck crosses the goal line, a musical note plays." Stanley Cup Summed Up, by Bård Edlund.
posted by everybody had matching towels on Aug 17, 2015 - 13 comments

and only 113 days until next season!

The Chicago Blackhawks have won the Stanley Cup, and 24 years after it all began Kimmo Timonen can finally call himself a champion. But before he got to hoist it, the Cup had to get there - it was delayed due to weather. But that's okay - it wasn't in the building when the Blackhawks won in 1938, either.
posted by everybody had matching towels on Jun 16, 2015 - 45 comments

The Struggle Between Pain and Not

The Butterfly Child is a short documentary about Jonathan Pitre, a fourteen year old with Epidermolysis Bullosa, a rare skin disorder (NSFW).
posted by Lutoslawski on Apr 14, 2015 - 23 comments

1. Promise you'll give it back

Meet the Stanley Cup
posted by almostmanda on Apr 14, 2015 - 62 comments

Nobody Likes Us - We Don't Care

Violent Gentlemen is a clothing line co-founded by former NHL enforcer George Parros and hockey fans Brian Talbert and Mike Hammer.
posted by xowie on Feb 18, 2015 - 38 comments

Jean Béliveau, 1931-2014

Last night, Jean Béliveau ("le Gros Bill"), former Montreal Canadiens captain and winner of 10 Stanley Cups, passed away at age 83. Noted for both his skill on the ice and his gentlemanly conduct off it, he had 507 goals and 712 assists over a 20 year career, all with Montreal. Rare is the talent so great that a sports franchise would buy an entire league to secure his services. Jean Béliveau of the Montreal Canadiens was such a talent. [more inside]
posted by nubs on Dec 3, 2014 - 19 comments

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Ex-Maple Leaf coach Pat Quinn dead at 71 [Toronto Star]
"Former Toronto Maple Leaf coach and general manager Pat Quinn has died at the age of 71. Quinn died Sunday night in Vancouver after a lengthy illness, the Hockey Hall of Fame and Vancouver Giants said Monday. Quinn, who was co-owner of the WHL’s Giants, was 71.
posted by Fizz on Nov 24, 2014 - 25 comments

Glove Save, And A Beauty

At a Gander Flyers game against the Corner Brook Royals, a fan suffered a heart attack in the stands. The first two people there were the Mayor of Gander and the starting goaltender, Patty O'Brien, who moonlights as a paramedic. The victim is fine, Patty's a hero, and this story couldn't be more Canadian if the Trailer Park Boys were in the ambulance, feeding everyone poutine & Eric's Red beer and singing "I's The By".
posted by chicobangs on Nov 24, 2014 - 15 comments

That's us, boys, that's us

Representing New England in the Little League World Series, the Cumberland, RI American team lost to Jackie Robinson West of Chicago in a 8 - 7 game Monday night. Coach Dave Belisle's consolation speech to his team has been making the rounds as an example of the best of youth coaching. [more inside]
posted by Ruki on Aug 19, 2014 - 22 comments

“I played with them, I fought with them, I shared their locker rooms”

Holt, Reinhart, and Winston published Amazons: An Intimate Memoir by the First Woman Ever to Play in the National Hockey League in the fall of 1980 ... In over-the-top comically implausible prose, [Cleo] Birdwell, a twenty-three-year-old from Badger, Ohio, narrates her inaugural season with the New York Rangers. She has a Midwestern practicality and straight-forwardness, a sly humor, and an unusually subversive sexual candor and agency, chronicling—sans any standard female shame or hesitancy—her plentiful sexual liaisons with a gamut of neurotic men. The dialogue is masterful and playful and the humor unremitting. Yet beneath Birdwell’s narration, a foreboding lurks—a tinge of sadness and an existential-like searching-ness. That’s because Cleo Birdwell is a pseudonym for Don Delillo.
posted by chavenet on Jun 17, 2014 - 17 comments

Sølar-pøwered flashlights? But wait, there's møre!

The Nordic Society for Invention & Discovery has brought never-before-seen and totally exclusive technologies into the world, such as the Aaltopuck (an ice hockey puck modeled after Alvar Aalto's Savoy Vase), the Flower Shell (a shotgun shell that shoots seeds into the ground), the Wall of Sound (an 8000-watt iPod dock) and No More Woof (a device that wraps around your dog's head and translates his or her brain waves to computerized speech).
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Apr 15, 2014 - 11 comments

These goggles, they do nothing!

The Worst NHL Hockey Jerseys Dave Delisle, designer of Geeky Jerseys, excoriates the NHL designers for such monstrosities as the Buffaslug and the Islanders Fishsticks (it really is an uncanny resemblance).
posted by plinth on Apr 3, 2014 - 36 comments

It's all the same...

A sports arena in Boise is being sued after it was revealed that their $4 "Regular" beer and $7 "Large" beer were the same size, though different shapes. Two fans produced a Youtube that proved it and it went viral.
posted by Chocolate Pickle on Mar 13, 2014 - 86 comments

Go-Go-Hockey-Gopro

This hockey ref's helmet cam is the future of televised sports
posted by nevercalm on Dec 31, 2013 - 24 comments

Canadian As F**k

...sure gas is cheap but fuck if they don't even have all-dressed chips in that shithole. [more inside]
posted by jimmythefish on Dec 8, 2013 - 82 comments

Anyone Who Wouldn't Buy "Frolik Navidad" Should Leave Immediately

How much do hockey players love Christmas? A lot. They love trying and failing to name Santa's reindeer. They love trying to define what is and is not a carol versus a song. They love reading 'Twas the Night Before Christmas to small children. They even love singing original Christmas songs that rhyme "take for granted" with "less-advantaged" (or at least holding signs while Igor Larionov's daughters sing).

However, what they love more than anything is singing a whole album's worth of hockey-themed Christmas carols like the 2011 Chicago Blackhawks.
posted by Copronymus on Dec 2, 2013 - 26 comments

I Just Hope Grapes Comes Through This Okay

In a deal worth $5.2-billion, Canadian media conglomerate Rogers has obtained broadcasting rights to NHL games across Canada for the next 12 years. While the NHL and its players appear to come out winners, the deal is a blow to Canada's other media conglomerate Bell, whose sports network TSN has lost all national NHL programming just five years after winning the rights to the iconic Hockey Night in Canada theme song from public broadcaster CBC, home to HNIC for over 60 years. As for the CBC, they will retain rights to broadcast games for four years in what president Hubert Lacroix described as a "partnership" where they will pay nothing, make nothing, and have no control over content. Considering HNIC is the only CBC English-language programming that consistently places in Canada's top 25 English TV shows and allegedly brings in up to 50% of its ad revenue and 30% of its audience, speculation regarding the future of a hockey-free CBC, last brought up during last year's NHL lock-up, abounds, with many characterizing it as a crisitunity for a clueless and complacent corporation.
posted by Alvy Ampersand on Dec 1, 2013 - 56 comments

When Logos Go Wrong

Mike Tanier of Sports on Earth discusses poorly designed sports team logos throughout history.
posted by reenum on Nov 6, 2013 - 55 comments

Wide World of Sports Beards

"This is Brett Keisel, a defensive end for the Pittsburgh Steelers who makes the usually frustrating identifying process of having to look for pictures of NFL players sans helmet an unexpected pleasure. Consider two things: i) Why in the name of all that's holy would anyone want to imprison this cascading, oddly backwoodsesque yet pleasingly groomed beauty behind visor, mask or grille? And: ii) Given that he has nonetheless to do so, how the hell does he cram it all in? I'm picturing, in a pleasing sort of reverie, some sort of monstrous snood." The Guardian presents the Greatest Beards in World Sports, parts one and two.
posted by oneirodynia on Oct 16, 2013 - 36 comments

Fifty Shades of Orange

"But Bryzgalov still has one more fan-fiction story than Cliff Lee, Allen Iverson, Evan Mathis and most other Philadelphia professional athletes that do not play hockey. Because this phenomenon doesn’t happen for baseball, basketball or football." The Philadelphia City Paper on Flyers Fan Fiction.
posted by troika on Oct 10, 2013 - 87 comments

1985-86: The Genesis Of Truculence

This is one example of a phenomenon I noticed throughout this chart: natural rival franchises tend to have similar numbers of goon seasons. This would suggest that goon employment may be (in some instances) localized arms races between rivals, whose cyclical number of goons tends to reflect the other’s in some perverted game of Mutually Assured Terrible Hockey (MATH)... We also have a team like Detroit near the bottom of the list, with only 8.5 goon seasons in their history. Since 1985-86, the Wings have only had 4.5 goon seasons. They’ve only had 2 goon seasons since 1988-89. Coincidentally, they’ve been pretty damned swell at winning hockey games since that time. The Evolution of Goon Culture in the NHL
posted by mannequito on Sep 28, 2013 - 23 comments

Our Mother Chaos Rules All

Fiction and Real Life are Different, You Moron. A cartoon about sports.
posted by no regrets, coyote on Aug 7, 2013 - 24 comments

Hockey is violent grace, or sometimes just silly.

Kings and Sharks Dance Offs started when both teams first met in the playoffs. It took over the series talk thread and Game Day Threads until it got it's own thread. Since then, it has become a tradition.
posted by blob on May 14, 2013 - 18 comments

Do you wear headphones? Do you like skeletons?

How about dancing Canadian skeletons? Avec les sous-titres et sonnaille. Introducing mounties, a new Canadian supergroup formed by Hawksley Workman with Hot Hot Heat frontman Steve Bays and Limblifter/Age of Electric member Ryan Dahle. [more inside]
posted by arcticseal on May 10, 2013 - 8 comments

Sundoggin' it

In a rather daring (or foolhardy) effort to sell 300 season's tickets the owner, General Manager, captain and marketing director for the Central Hockey League's Arizona Sundogs hoisted themselves into the Arizona sky in a scissor lift and announced they weren't going to come down until they met their goal. It has taken rather longer than they expected. The Twitter feed for the event has taken on a rather urgent tone. Oh, and the GM is afraid of heights.
posted by dry white toast on Apr 25, 2013 - 61 comments

Hockey Is For Everyone

The National Hockey League Players' Association and the National Hockey League recently advanced their commitment to make the NHL the most inclusive professional sports league in the world by teaming up with the You Can Play Project (previously), an advocacy organization fighting homophobia in sports. The organization was created by Philadelphia Flyers scout Patrick Burke in memory of his brother, Brendan Burke. Less than a year after it was created, You Can Play has addressed some recent instances of homophobic comments from professional athletes in the US. They also have put together a number of videos, presented on their YouTube channel, or on the You Can Play website.
posted by filthy light thief on Apr 12, 2013 - 27 comments

Unions, Migrations and the Spread of Hockey to the American South

Hard times and hockey on the Nashville Highway
posted by Groundhog Week on Mar 2, 2013 - 7 comments

starring Puck Fronger

Twenty-three of hockey’s weirdest and most inappropriate fan signs
posted by mannequito on Feb 12, 2013 - 46 comments

Russian Hockey

What happens when you hit a ref Russia... [more inside]
posted by MechEng on Feb 9, 2013 - 22 comments

And not like in Batman Forever.

To celebrate the end of the NHL lockout, Toronto recently hosted a game of shinny: superheroes vs. supervillains, with Commissioner Gordon as referee. [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit on Jan 25, 2013 - 11 comments

Whips, whiskey, women, work, weapons, cars and cadence. But no hockey.

Jump steady, Black Betty! Bam-A-Lam!
Yeah, Black Betty! Bam-A-Lam!
Looky yonder Black Betty! Bam-A-Lam!
Whoa Black Betty! Bam-A-Lam!
Yeah, Black Betty! Bam-A-Lam!
She's so rock steady! Bam-A-Lam!
She's always ready! Bam-A-Lam!
Whoa, Black Betty! Bam-A-Lam! [more inside]
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey on Jan 16, 2013 - 52 comments

"If you can skate, you can play"

The You Can Play project was created by GForce sports, former Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke, and his son Patrick Burke to ensure that LGBT athletes have equal opportunity in professional hockey. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn on Jan 16, 2013 - 11 comments

Hockey Heroes for Equality

Torontoist has named their 2012 Advocacy heroes, including Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke for his work supporting GLBT rights in memory of his son Brendan (Previously) and the AHL's Toronto Marlies, the first professional sports team to pledge their support for teammates, coaches, and fans of all orientations.
posted by BZArcher on Dec 18, 2012 - 6 comments

At home, there's no line for the bathroom, either

Some sports are better seen in person. Some are better seen on TV.
posted by Chrysostom on Dec 17, 2012 - 47 comments

Let's Eliminate Sports Welfare

Let's Eliminate Sports Welfare
posted by no regrets, coyote on Dec 12, 2012 - 85 comments

The Season That Isn't

With the NHL locked out for the foreseeable future, the Montreal Gazette has decided to cover Canadiens games simulated on EA Sports NHL '13 as if they were real games.
posted by reenum on Nov 22, 2012 - 49 comments

Skill-Luck Continuum

"We have little trouble recognizing that a chess grandmaster’s victory over a novice is skill, as well as assuming that Paul the octopus’s ability to predict World Cup games is due to chance. But what about everything else?" [Luck and Skill Untangled: The Science of Success]
posted by vidur on Nov 20, 2012 - 16 comments

Henderson has scored for Canada!

"All of their lives they had been taught and told--hypnotized, really--that no one played better hockey than Canadians. And in a span of the first few weeks, when they lost two games and tied another on Canadian soil, they had to confront the fact that this was just plain wrong. And then they had to immediately adapt and overcome and figure out a way to win anyway."
Andrew Cohen of The Atlantic makes the case that 40 years ago today, the final game of the "Summit Series", between Canada and the Soviet Union, was the greatest day in Canadian history. [more inside]
posted by dry white toast on Sep 28, 2012 - 53 comments

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