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
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
, with many characterizing
it as a crisitunity
for a clueless
Mike Tanier of Sports on Earth discusses poorly designed sports team logos
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.
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]
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.
Now that the NHL Lockout is fully upon us, some have wondered what NHL fans should do with their unmoored fandom
. They have missed a greater conundrum: what are the listless captains of the NHL going to do with their pent-up energies? The Classical's Chris Collision has delved into the lockout activities of every NHL captain, from Jonathan Toews's train nightmares to Shane Doan's fedora delivery service and Joetho Rnton's abdication of his rule of the Gatlatian Smatet: Part 1
, Part 2
I've been dreading this day since I became manager in 1997,
" Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. This day, today, Detroit Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom retired from the game of professional hockey
after 20 NHL seasons. Lidstrom is considered to be one of the best defenseman ever to play the game. [more inside]
The NYT has published a three-part series on the life of late hockey enforcer Derek Boogaard
, who died earlier this year at age 28 of a drug and alcohol overdose. [more inside]
A charter plane carrying the entirety of the KHL Lokomotiv hockey team crashed upon takeoff, killing 43.
Several of the players were former NHLers, including the coach, Canadian-born Brad McCrimmon (formerly a Red Wings player and assistant coach), Pavol Demitra, Ruslan Salei, Karls Skrastins, and Olympic Gold-winning goalie Stephan Liv of Sweden. This tragedy further mars an offseason where 3 current or retired NHL players died suddenly. [more inside]
In 1995, the NHL's Winnipeg Jets
were officially sold to an investment group in Pheonix, Arizona, despite community outrage
and a last minute fan rally
. [more inside]
The NHL, the way it was meant to be seen: "Relive the Pittsburgh Penguins 1991 Stanley Cup Finals clinching game 6 victory in a dramatic reenactment
through a pixelated prism. All the goals, the calls by Mike Lange, and the Stanley Cup celebration are replicated in this 18 minute video of game play action. The broadcast audio is of the actual game, synchronized to the heroics of sprite based hall of famers like Mario Lemieux, Joe Mullen, Paul Coffey, Bryan Trottier, and the rest of the full team rosters." (Takes a minute or so for the action to really get started.)
after carotid artery severed
in Panthers-Sabres game. (NSF Hemophobes) [more inside]
When Sports Fans Go Mad.
Just in time for your NCAA Final Four weekend: a celebration of sports fans' best and worst pranks
, and hijinks
. This ain't no Brady Bunch
episode. Some require the skills of a tattoo artist
. Some are confusing
. Some are about public humiliation
. This one, however, really takes the cake
One of the worst and best hockey plays you will ever see - all within fourteen seconds. Former first overall pick
, Patrik Stefan of the NHL's Dallas Stars, gets an open shot at an empty net with fourteen seconds left in the game...and misses. The Edmonton Oilers regain control of the puck, make a long pass down the length of the ice and score to tie the game with two seconds left!
Welcome back NHL.
Today marks the first day since June 7th, 2004
that an NHL
hockey game has been played. Much has changed since then: team lineups, goalie equipment, even the painted lines on the ice. There is plenty of hype this year with phenom Sydney Crosby
on the ice, The Great One
behind the bench, and SHOOTOUTS!
Will the fans come back, and can the NHL live up to the hype?
Lightning begin their Stanley Cup Defense
During the lockout and cancelled season, a Tampa Tribune sports writer has been using a popular hockey simulation game to play out the 2004-2005 season, and has been covering each game as if it were real. Yesterday the SimBolts took a 2-0 lead in their first round match, on the strength of Ruslan Fedotenko's hat trick. Final standings
and league leaders
. ¶ The Virtual Ottawa Senators have a 2-0 lead over the SimLeafs. I'll be checking back to see faux Ottawa choke.
Louis John Sutter
dead at age 73. He fathered six sons
, all of whom, played in the NHL.
immortalized by The Hip
in the song Fifty Mission Cap
won the cup for the leafs in 1951. Later that summer, he disappeared in a plane crash north of Cochrane, Ontario. In an ironic twist of fate, the Maple Leafs did not win another Stanley Cup until 1962, the same year that his remains were finally found.
, The body of a former NHL first-round draft pick who disappeared in Austria almost 14 years ago has been found frozen in the Alps. Someone tell Gord
, maybe he can get a new song out of this.
The Stanley Cup finals
-- a perfect time to reflect on what we know
about the extortion of former Eastern bloc players
in the NHL by Russian organized crime groups
. A 1999 Frontline/Fifth Estate joint investigation
lays it out nicely, including an eye-opening interview
with a U.S. sports marketer who was run out of the Russian hockey world by mob greed. Also check the story of investigative reporter Robert I. Friedman
, author of the alarming (some say alarmist) book Red Mafiya: How the Russian Mob Has Invaded America
, the subject of a detailed eXile review here
13-year-old girl dies after being hit by puck
at Blue Jackets' game: A 13-year-old girl died after being hit in the head by a puck that was shot over the glass and caromed off another fan at an NHL game. Brittanie Cecil died Monday night, two days after she was hurt at the game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Calgary Flames, Children's Hospital said. It was believed to be the first death of a fan hit by a puck at an NHL game.