Pricing Out Protection: The Best Hockey Equipment On A Budget

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In 1979, the NHL laid down the law: All players signing new contracts had to wear helmets on the ice. This rule didn’t affect older players like Craig MacTavish, who was the last NHLer to play without protective headgear. Oilers fans used to joke that this explained some of his more … unique coaching decisions. The introduction of composite sticks to the league in 1994 made stepping on the ice even more of a risk; heavy hitters like Zdeno Chara were now able to send pucks screaming toward the net at over 105 miles per hour. Bottom line? Even if you play beer league or casual pick-up games, you need protection.

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The 2015 NHL All-Star Game

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Boy, now wasn’t that a bit of fun? With the all-star game and its showcase passing this weekend, it might be a good idea to highlight the showcase and shed some light on the spectacle of hockey skills we get treated to each year at the mid-season point.

The All-star game, as it’s known has been around since the beginning of the NHL, and in a manner of speaking actually predates the NHL itself. There are multiple cases of respected Canadian hockey clubs hosting benefit games, notably for deceased, injured, or retiring players. For example in 1908 an “all-star” game was held in Montreal featuring the Montreal Wanderers and all-star players from the Eastern Canadian Amateur Hockey Association. This game was held for Hod Stuart, a Montreal player who drowned only months after winning the Stanley Cup in 1907. There are three more instances of “benefit” games being played for players or their families, and one of the last benefits was actually played to the same cause as the first, as Babe Siebert, a player for the Canadiens at the time, would drown in Lake Huron in 1939.

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NHL Weekly Summary: Week 16

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Sunday January 18th 2015 – Sunday January 25th 2015

Here is this week’s top NHL news. This post is just meant to be a convenient way for some people out there who are busy during the week and need a nice condensed list of what has happened in the NHL each week. All headlines are linked to articles with further detail. Please let me know if there is any errors/anything that you think I should add to this list and I will fix it/deem if it is worthy.

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At the NHL Halfway Mark: If the season ended today…

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Writer’s Note:  This article is going to focus on the League at the completion of 41 games.  Technically, that was achieved about a week and a half ago, but I figured the All-Star Break was a good a time as any to focus on and make these predictions.  Enjoy!

Well here we are, the All-Star Break.  A good a time as any to look back and reflect upon the season we have had thus far.  About a month and a half ago, I wrote an article focusing on what teams would be in the NHL playoffs at that point in the season (after each team had completed 20 games).  Well here we are, 21 games later, the NHL halfway mark. Within the first article, I discussed how much the hockey media seemed to set the American Thanksgiving as an unofficial D-Day for the teams inside and out of the playoff picture.  Although there seems to be quite a bit of truth to that assertion (75% of the teams have returned), the fact that there is now 4 new teams included in the dance makes for an interesting race down the stretch.  Well, here are the standings at the Halfway Mark:

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Four Fantasy Hockey Footnotes: NHL All-Star Break

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The NHL All-Star Break is a spectacle to watch. The best-of-the-best (except Crosby, who always has an excuse, and then all the players that got snubbed of course… I mean really, sometimes it seems as political as the academy awards) play each other for what tends to be an action packed game with tons of scoring and some more humorous parts as well. Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately for those of us with goalies playing in the NHL All-Star Game, stats from this game don’t count for most fantasy hockey leagues. So think of the NHL All-Star Break as a Fantasy Hockey Break. So what should you do with your fantasy hockey team during the week of the NHL All-Star Break? Below are some things to keep in mind during this anomaly in your fantasy hockey schedule.

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Stats: PDO

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Over the past few weeks I’ve taken a look at some of the advanced statistics (Corsi, Fenwick) that have been getting a lot of attention lately and an example of what they can be used for. Another statistic that has been gaining momentum recently is PDO, and like Corsi and Fenwick, this ‘advanced’ statistic is relatively simple to calculate.

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The Gary Bergman Blues, and Why Kenora Ontario Is Bigger Than Hockey

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How exactly would a young Southern Ontario blogger begin to write a column about legendary (and I use that word loosely) hockey player, Gary Bergman?

I really had no idea who Gary Bergman was. A quick study found that the fact that I did not know who he was really didn’t make me unique: A lot of people don’t know who he is.

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Goalie Skates: It’s in the cut

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Recently, I’ve done articles on some important goalie equipment, specifically on pads and masks for us goaltenders. These pieces of equipment are extremely important, as was previously mentioned, but they are also some of the more visually pleasing or iconic parts of a goalie’s set up. But what about the equipment that’s barely seen? Is it arguably less important than the rest of a goalies gear? Some pieces, perhaps, but under those pads are likely one of the most important, and personal pieces of equipment for a goalie. His skates!

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What it takes to be an NHL Captain

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An NHL captain’s importance to a hockey team is a commonly disputed subject; there are many tangibles and intangibles to consider when giving an evaluation. Fans will often question why a certain player is captain, when another player is more suited for the job; the response is always “they are good in the change room”. Obviously, it is hard for us as fans to get a view into that aspect of it to give a proper evaluation, however in this article, I am going to review what I think it takes to be a good NHL captain.

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Montreal Canadiens 2014/2015 Campaign: Surprises of the Year

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Top 5 Biggest Surprises of the Year (so far…)

While referring to the NHL standings, it appears that the Montreal Canadiens are having a very successful season thus far. In fact, they have consistently been at the top end of the Eastern Conference along with teams such as the Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning, and the New York Islanders (Yes…the Islanders…I’m just as confused).

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