Hockey Life: Today’s Goalie Pads

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Boy, we goalies have come a long way with our equipment, haven’t we? It seems like just a few seasons ago that everyone was still stopping pucks with thick leather pads of every team color that could have been incorporated, tastefully or not. A lot of pads were shaped relatively similar too, with all having the standard thigh rise, outer roll, knee rolls, and for the most part they all had boot breaks. Oddly enough, NHL regulations were a little lackadaisical compared to the way things are now. We’ve seen a number of revisions, specifically on pads. We even had a goalie pad change last season, reducing the pads thigh height.

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NHL Weekly Summary: Week 7

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Here is this week’s top NHL new. 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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The Away Game: Pick Your Best Hockey Stick

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It’s inevitable — your hockey stick, no matter what make or model, will eventually break. They can only take so much abuse and fire off so many shots before something eventually gives. But picking out a new hockey stick — no matter whether you play in an adult “beer” league or in a more advanced, competitive league — is a lot more than just heading to the store and selecting a new one.

Yes, the hockey stick has evolved rapidly since the early days of the game. It’s transformed from all wood makes to aluminum composites with detachable blades and now to one-piece composites that are lighter and offer more power than predecessor models. Hence, there’s a lot to consider when you’re selecting your next stick. Here’s a look at the anatomy of a hockey stick and all of the different features you need to keep in mind when making your next selection. Believe it or not, even a slight change or alteration in anything from the shaft to the blade can either increase performance or force you to adjust your game accordingly.

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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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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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