Goalies: Moving forward…with style.

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Hockey as a whole has come a long way from what we all remember, hasn’t it? Rule changes, lockouts, technology and equipment have all served as catalysts to change the game into a faster, and more intense sport. Due to this, the players have also been forced to change how they play. Even for younger talents, it has forced them to learn differently, or at least learn something they never have been taught or seen before.

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Why are Canadians so crazy about hockey?

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To the non-Canadians reading this, you may wonder if the hockey stereotypes about Canadians are true. “Canadians can’t be THAT crazy about hockey.” I’m sorry (woo stereotypes), but shut your mouth. We are beyond ravenous for people smashing into other people, beating the stuffing out of each other, and shooting a vulcanized piece of rubber in the middle of three red posts. Canadians have developed a love for this game to the point where we have accepted it as a national icon. Obviously I can’t speak for a whole nation, but I guarantee the numbers showing our passion for our national pastime are ridiculous.

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Around the Arena: District Detroit – The Beginning (w/ an Ending)

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September 25, 2014 will be a day forgotten in time to most people. There are some though that will remember it as a day of beginnings and endings, none more than Detroit Red Wings and Tigers fans and the owners of both franchises Mike and Marian Ilitch. It was an interesting day in Detroit for sure, with many story lines. The Detroit Red Wings hosted their first home game of the pre-season, the Detroit Tigers were winding down there last couple games of the season at Comerica park and trying to preserve their lead in the division, and construction of District Detroit (the single largest development in Detroit’s history and home to the future arena of the Detroit Red Wings) officially got underway yesterday.

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LA Kings: The Numbers behind their Playoffs

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Over the past 3 years, the Los Angeles Kings have totalled an impressive record of 10-1 in playoff series, leading them to their first 2 Stanley Cup Championships. They return this year with the goal of being the first team to win back-to-back championships since Detroit (‘96-‘97/’97-‘98).

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Fantasy Hockey: Selecting a Goalie

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An In-depth Analysis of Selecting a Fantasy Hockey Goalie

As we near the beginning of the 2014/2015 NHL season, many of you are beginning to prepare for your fantasy hockey draft. If you are looking for some quick last minute tips on how to draft the best team available to you, click here to read my previous article “Fantasy Hockey: Drafting 101″.

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Is the NHL Responsible for Brain Damage?

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With as many as 10 000 litigants, the NHL is facing serious consequences for the concussions of their players and former players. The players are attempting to prosecute the league for not making them aware of the dangers of concussions. Did the NHL withhold information about the dangers of concussions in order to keep the league profitable? Or is this situation one where the league could not have possibly known about the affects of concussions because the research did not yet exist?

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Fantasy Hockey: The Cook Rating Hockey Pool Tool

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The Cook Rating is a hockey pool tool that is meant to assist in making player decisions. For example, if you are getting hammered in your pool every week in hits, blocks, and assists; this tool will help you in finding the best player that is the best in those three categories overall. It does this by running each players’ stats through an equation and outputs them as a single number, selfishly called the “Cook Rating”. You can check out the Cook Rating right here:

http://www.beerleagueblog.ca/cook-rating/

Play around with this tool and figure it out, but check out this article for an in depth explanation on how the Cook Rating is calculated!

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Homer’s Odyssey

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“Homer”

Someone who shows blind loyalty to a team or organization, typically ignoring any shortcomings or faults they have.
“That guy is a total Broncos homer, they haven’t done anything good all season!”
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As noted in my Bio, I am a rabid Philadelphia Flyers fan. I admit, it’s probably to a fault. I am a hockey fan, and I love the sport in general, but I do find myself foraging for anything Flyers in most of my free time on the internet. Well at least initially. I can’t quite explain it, but something about the Orange and Black has my complete attention. I never really thought too much of it until I met one of my friends who happens to be a Montreal Canadiens fan. Much of our friendship is built around a solid foundation of mutual interests, but more than anything hockey seems to be at the core of a lot of things. We often get together at a local pub, usually while there is a game on (NHL/NFL/MLB…doesn’t really matter). We talk a lot of sports, but the conversation almost invariably will end up talking hockey. Regardless of anything else, we usually settle into a discussion of the Habs and the Flyers. At some point during the conversations, we usually have some sort of disagreement about a player/issue. I’ll offer my point, and my friends reply has a number times been to the tune of, “That’s because you are an unbelievable homer.” Which always gets me thinking. I know my friend doesn’t mean that as an end to the discussion, because many of our discussions go far beyond this, but I have thought long and hard about what this means.

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Around the Arena: A Series on NHL Arenas

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Madison Square Garden, Maple Leaf Gardens, The Old Red Barn, The Madhouse on Madison, The Garden, The Forum. Bring up any of these storied arenas to any avid hockey fan and you can be sure to hear many stories. These stories rival those of fantasy novels, stories of hope, loss, and triumph. These NHL arenas are things of legend. What has made the arena an icon in our modern day cities, a permanent part of cultural lore, the place of myths, and the home of legends? This series will take a deeper look into the places our favourite teams call home, the arenas of the NHL (past, present, and future).

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Montreal Canadiens: Time for a Change

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A Review of the Montreal Canadiens Transitional Summer

Having made the playoffs again last year, the Montreal Canadiens have now reached the post season eight times in the last decade’s worth of seasons. That may seem impressive, but ask any one of the players who has donned the bleu, blanc, et rouge over the last ten years; they will tell you that there is only one reason that they play(ed) the game, and simply making the playoffs is not that reason. It has been 22 years since the City of Montreal has seen their old pal Stanley, and its inhabitants are growing restless.

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