Montreal Canadiens 2014/2015 Campaign: Surprises of the Year

By:
Richard Wolowicz Getty Images

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).

Read More…

Hockey on the Big Screen

By:
goon-movie-image-seann-william-scott-slice-01

A breakdown of my top 3 favourite hockey themed movies

Hockey is no longer just a sport. In Canada at least, it seems as if an NHL logo is waiting around every corner. Fans wear their jerseys proud, they personalize their license plates, and some even go as far as painting their house the colours of their favourite team!

HabsHouse
There is only two options: 1) His significant other likes the Canadiens as much he does. 2) He doesn’t have a significant other.

As hockey slowly changed from a game to a culture, its prevalence in everyday life followed suit, so it is no surprise that hockey made its way to the big screen. There have been quite a few hockey movies filmed over the years; some are very good, but most are not…  The few good ones out there have become iconic to the hockey community. They have influenced countless beer league/fantasy hockey team names, they have roots to many popular locker room and on ice dialogues, and some even have apparel which is often seen worn by hockey fans (one of these fictitious jerseys even made it to the NHL!). Here is my selection of the top 3 best hockey themed movies. These are based on my life experiences, so do not panic if your favourite did not make the cut! Instead, tweet me your favourites by clicking here!

Read More…

The Good, the Bad, and the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 95/96 Alternate

By:
Detroit Red Wings v Buffalo Sabres

My picks for the top 5 best and worst NHL jerseys of all time

Throughout their NHL viewing career, the average hockey fan is exposed to a very diverse collection of jerseys worn by various clubs across the league. Some teams seem to wear a new jersey every year, while some have not changed in nearly 100 years. Many of these jerseys hold significant historical importance and are considered a privilege to wear, while others are just downright embarrassing. This is my take on the 5 best and worst NHL jerseys of all time.

Read More…

Hockey, The Ultimate Family Heirloom

By:
Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Like many people around the world, I am, always have been, and always will be a hockey fan. For many, this is not choice but rather a fate sealed long before they existed.  Their parents, and parents’ parents, and parents’ parents’ parents would ensure that the culture of being a hockey fan was instilled upon their child from the moment they entered the world. I know that this was the case for me, and will also be the case for my children one day. I cannot speak for cultures around the world, but right here in Canada there is something special about not only being a hockey fan, but passing down the love of the game from generation to generation.  As a fourth generation Montreal Canadiens fan myself, I had no other choice but to love the game, and for me, it has truly been recognized as our family’s ultimate heirloom.

hi-res-98882209_crop_north (1)
Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images

Every year in late December, the Lavallée family assembles through the snowy weather from throughout Southern Ontario for a Christmas party. At one of these gatherings there are three things guaranteed. One, at some point hockey will be on the television. Two, several Montreal Canadiens items will be placed under the tree to be opened after dinner. Three, beer. I’m sure that many of you reading this now can tell a very similar story; hockey is not just a sport, it is a culture shared among all of us fans.

There are many ideals of the game which are passed down from parents to their son or daughter; a favourite team, a memory of a great hockey moment, an experience of meeting a player, the list goes on. As an example, one of my favourite hockey stories to tell is the time I found out that I might have been a bruins fan…stay with me here:

My French-Canadian grandfather was a very passionate Habs fan, so it’s no surprise to hear that my father and his siblings in turn, are also Habs Fans. There was however a brief period of time where my father was negatively influenced by a neighbour to cheer for the hated Boston Bruins; a period of time which could have shaped my entire outlook on the game of hockey. I cannot really blame him for this though. Growing up in St. Catharines, Ontario in the 70’s was a lot different than it is now. Back then, many professional hockey players dwelled in the Garden city, and it just so happened that Gerry Cheevers was one of them. This two-time Stanley Cup winning, Hall of Fame goalie was the neighbour of my father.  I couldn’t imagine the influence a neighbourhood professional would have on my hockey ideals, so I cannot blame my father whatsoever for turning to the dark side for a short period of time. Luckily my grandfather was eventually able bring my dad back to reality, or I could very well be a Bruins fan today. Yikes.

40D0FF96E76219B323E731D05189EC
Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images

This story is just one of many stories which has made me realize the true importance of passing down hockey ideals from one generation to another. Hockey has an unmeasurable importance to my family. It is something we talk about together, it is something we get upset about together, and it is something that we love together. Hockey unites us as a family, but the best part is… it doesn’t stop there. Hockey unites countless other families watching their team from the living room. Hockey unites thousands of people cheering for their team at an NHL arena. Hockey unites an entire nation as their hearts simultaneously skip a beat when their countrymen step on the ice during the Olympics. Hockey unites every single one of us hockey fans, wherever we are in the world. That is something special. This passion, this culture, and these ideals were all passed down from generation to generation, and for that reason I truly believe that the love of the game is the ultimate family heirloom.

 

Boston Bruins @ Montreal Canadiens Preview

By:
Steve Babineau/Getty Images

Boston Bruins @ Montreal Canadiens Preview:

Storylines and Keys to Success of Hockey’s Best Rivalry

Gary Bettman and the NHL scheduling staff have decided that tomorrow will be the day the Montreal Canadiens (3-1-0) and the Boston Bruins (1-3-0) will meet for what will undoubtedly be a war on ice. After a full offseason plus since their last matchup (an emotional game seven which resulted in a couple of remorseless death threats…) the Canadiens and Bruins have had plenty of time to prepare for tomorrows match. This game will host several underlying story lines, and each team will have a specific game-plan set in place to ensure their respective success. This article aims to provide some insight on what fans can expect of this Thursdays matchup.

Read More…

Fantasy Hockey: Selecting a Goalie

By:
Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

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″.

Read More…

Montreal Canadiens: Time for a Change

By:
Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images

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.

Read More…

Fantasy Hockey: Drafting 101

By:
Credit: http://1.cdn.nhle.com/nhl/images/upload/2013/08/fantasy-top-300-dl.jpg (Photo by: www.nhl.com)

It is that time of year again! Leaves are falling from the trees, Tim Hortons is adding pumpkin spice to everything, and your favourite hockey-based websites have regained their position on the “most viewed sites” tab of your web browser; that’s right ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to prepare yourself for your NHL fantasy draft. Drafting the right team is a skillful art form which varies from league to league, however many tips can be used universally across all leagues. Whether you’re a veteran drafter, or completely new to the fantasy GM world, this article aims to provide you with some basic (but often over-looked) skills needed to ensure you draft the best team available. Enjoy!

Read More…