Around the Arena: NHL Expansion

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For years NHL expansion has been a hot topic. I personally think that the largest factor behind this is the general rise in interest for hockey, especially in the United States. This rise in interest has created very vocal communities iterate that they heavily desire an NHL expansion team. The strong public interest in these communities had led investors to flock to these cities proposing plans and constructing arenas in the hopes of landing a NHL team and tapping into the financial prospects of a budding hockey market. As an architect, NHL expansion is intriguing. The coming of the “smart” arena is only a matter of time. “Smart” technology has almost become a necessity and has already made it into some sports stadiums and I can only guess this will hold true to any not currently under-construction NHL arena and will create a new idea of the design of an arena. This combined with myself being a huge hockey fan has made NHL expansion especially intriguing to me. So when reports started to surface of an ownership group being chosen for a Las Vegas NHL expansion team I just had to express my opinions on the subject. I will warn you upfront, nothing I will say is concrete as nothing is concrete until the NHL says as such. My opinions are completely my own and completely biased as I feel strongly about this subject. If you feel differently about this subject, I would love to hear your view as well, especially if you are coming from a potential NHL expansion market. I have only lived in original six markets (Toronto, Detroit) so this may skew my opinions on expansion. You have been warned.

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

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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.

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Josh Harding’s Career of Adversity

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I have always been a huge fan of Josh Harding, not because of who he is or his hockey performance, but more so for what he has accomplished in the face of adversity. For those of you who don’t know, Josh Harding is a goaltender for the Minnesota Wild who has been with the organization since he was drafted by the team in the 2nd round in 2002. Along the way, he has dealt with many adversities: attempting to crack an NHL lineup, competing with other goaltenders for the Wild’s starting goaltender job, and dealing with season-ending injuries as he is approaching his prime. However, none of that compares to his battle with multiple sclerosis since his diagnosis in the infancy of the 2012-13 NHL season.

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A Closer Look At: Fan Favourites

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This past weekend saw the return of Scott Hartnell to the Wells Fargo Center for the first time.  During his time as a Flyer, he endeared himself to Flyers fans for his ability to score, hit, fight, and …fall.  (Hartnell sponsors a fan created charity that tracks the incidents in which Hartnell falls every game.)  In 7 years he had 326 regular season points for the Flyers, along with 908 penalty minutes.  Looking at those two statistics alone will likely give you some insight as to what made Hartnell so popular in Philly.  Well that and…

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NHL Weekly Summary: Week 6 (Sunday November 9th 2014 – Saturday November 15th 2014)

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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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Four Fantasy Hockey Footnotes: Weeks 4-5

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5 weeks have gone by of the NHL and Fantasy Hockey season. By now in most fantasy hockey leagues it should be clear who has a solid team and who needs a little bit of work. The inconsistent chaos of the first couple weeks has passed and both NHL and Fantasy Hockey teams have come to show their true nature (for the most part). So whether you are at the top of your fantasy hockey league or near the bottom, here are some things to think about going forward in your quest for the ultimate bragging rights among your friends.

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Leafs Player Analysis: Leo ‘The Lion’ Komarov

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Leo Komarov is off to a great start in his second stint with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 27 year old Finnish forward was born in Estonia and speaks 5 languages, he can also play classical piano despite having no formal training. While all that is interesting food for thought, the most fascinating thing about Leo Komarov is how he plays the game of hockey. It would not be an easy task to compile a list of players who possess more grit than Komarov. Komarov  has put up 9 assists and 1 goal in 15 games so far this season. Although eclipsing his point total from his first  NHL season (42 games) after just 15 games is impressive, what this Finnish missile brings to the team extends far beyond offense. He finishes virtually all of his checks, is great defensively and seems to have the character of a great leader.

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A Closer Look At: Sidney Crosby

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OK, I need to get something out of the way.  I’m a Sidney Crosby hater.  Well not really, but he is the Captain of the Philadelphia Flyers inter-state rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins.  I respect everything that he has done and am impressed by it, but I can’t help it, every time I look at Sidney Crosby I see this:

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NHL Goalies: Arizona Coyotes

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Hello everyone, back again for another week of Goalie Talk! We’re quite a bit into the regular season now in the NHL, and goaltending positions are starting to sort out now. Around this time teams should have figured out who their number one is (for the time being of course), as well as their number two. This year seems to be pretty steady and pretty predictable for goaltending, as most probable starters have their position locked up, with not many surprises. Last week I talked about the Anaheim Ducks and how their goaltending situation is, concluding that Frederik Andersen seems pretty secure for the starting position. As we reach the early-mid season of play, things should be getting very steady in terms of starting goalies, without accounting for any unfortunate injuries. The next team to be discussed is a team that has always had trouble with goaltending, but lately it hasn’t really been a question who has the number one spot.

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2014-15 NHL Weekly Summary: Week 5

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NHL Weekly Summary: Week 5 (Sunday November 2nd 2014 – Saturday November 8th 2014)

Here is this week’s top NHL news as chosen by me. 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!

Connor McDavid watch: 49 points in 17 games played.

Injury Report

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