Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Why women's hockey is full of WIN right now

With the winter Olympics happening right now, we get to actually see women's hockey games being broadcast on network television at a reasonable time. And, with the NHL sitting out of this one (and the men's team USA off to a rough start), the real competition to watch is going to be the women's team vs. Canada. They already defeated Finland, and crushed the OAR (Olympic Athletes from Russia), so their only true rival is Canada. It should be a thrilling game.

One of the most exciting moments so far is when team USA player, Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, made Olympic history by scoring two goals in six seconds against OAR.
Seriously, check out that second goal - with a misdirection/fake, and a backhand - that was SICK. I am reminded of Sydney Crosby, who happens to be the best hockey player in the world right now.

...but I always knew this about women's hockey. It's every bit as technical, and full of finesse compared to the male counterpart. Female players are demonstrating an extraordinary level of skill these days. For example, remember that one time, at the NHL All-Star Skills Competition, where Hilary Knight showed us how she could hit five targets in <14 seconds? That would have placed her third among the men. Brian Boyle was even intimidated to follow her.

I'm not saying women's hockey is better than men's - I LOVE watching men's hockey! But women's hockey is super-fun to watch, too, and I can't get enough of it.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Fun fact: No NHL head coaches have been fired, yet

No one sits in a hotter seat than an NHL coach. Typically, by this point in the season, one or more coaches are fired. Last season (2016-2017) was particularly brutal; five coaches were fired between November and February:

Nov. 27 - Florida Panthers fired Gerard Gallant
Jan. 17 - New York Islanders fired Jack Capuano
Feb. 1 - St. Louis Blues fired Ken Hitchcock
Feb. 7 - Boston Bruins fired Claude Julien
Feb. 14 - Montreal Canadiens fired Michel Therrien

Not every season is so turbulent, but the NHL has fired more coaches (38) in the last 10 years than the NBA, NFL, or MLB.*

So, it's unusual to see everyone who started the 2017-2018 season to still be employed with their respective teams. However, that doesn't mean that everyone is safe from the ax this year. There are a lot of reasons that a coach can get sacked, from not making the playoffs, to more unusual circumstances. You can even get fired after having a good season.**

Who do you think, if anyone, will get their walking papers this season?


081128 Claude Julien
Claude Julien, 2008
By Dan4th (via flickr) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Monday, December 4, 2017

Last-minute gift ideas for the hockey fan in your life

Just a friendly reminder that we have a couple of t-shirt designs that might be just the thing you are looking for, for the hockey fan who has everything. You can also get these designs printed on other things like home decor, bags, device cases, etc. Please check out my store on Redbubble.

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Fun Fact of the Day

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

It's a great night for hockey!

15 games on tonight! Chances are, your team is playing on this eve before Thanksgiving (USA), unless your are a Blues fan, in which case, St. Louis is the only NHL team not on tonight.

So, why is that significant (besides the fact that it's a lot of games in one day)?

NHL history shows if you're not in position by Thanksgiving, you may go hungry at playoff time

It might seem early in the season to make playoff predictions, but at this point, division leaders have established themselves, and the wildcard contenders continue to battle it out. For the bottom teams, it is unlikely, if not mathematically impossible, for them to make the playoffs. However, there is a chance that we might see some movement in the standings after today, and the question is, "Which game to watch?"

I am personally attending the Canucks vs Penguins game tonight, which is worth watching just to see the reigning champs in action, but if there was another pivotal game happening tonight, it might be Blackhawks vs. Lightning. The Blackhawks have the most at stake as they need the win if they want a chance at a wildcard position. The Sharks are close on their heels, but they might not be that much of threat if they can't keep it together and get their win tonight, too. If the Penguins beat the Canucks tonight, that will also help the Blackhawks. The Lightning have a solid lead in their division, so if they lose tonight, it's not as much of a big deal. So, today is very important for the Blackhawks. Otherwise, don't expect much of a change in standings.

There aren't any NHL games scheduled for Thursday this week (Thanksgiving Day), but Black Friday is another full day with 14 games on the schedule, starting at 1 pm ET with Pittsburgh vs Boston (2017 Discover NHL Thanksgiving Showdown). It will be interesting to see what the standings look like after this week!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Who's not playing tomorrow?

There are 15 NHL games scheduled for tomorrow. With 31 teams in the NHL now, which one isn't playing?
Answer: St. Louis Blues.

They are actually playing the Oilers tonight. Also playing tonight: Vancouver vs Philadelphia, and Montreal vs Dallas, which means that they are all playing back-to-back games. Except for St. Louis, that is.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Hockey Fights Cancer: An update on Blues fan Arianna

I'm sorry in advance that this post is sad...

You may remember seeing stories last season about a little girl with cancer from St. Louis named Arianna. She is a HUGE fan of Vladimir Tarasenko and the Blues, and had the opportunity not only to meet her hero Vladi and his teammates... she and her mom traveled with the team on a 2 game road trip (through an auction item purchased by Tarasenko and his wife) and she was given the royal treatment by the entire team. She seemed to win over the heart of every person around her.

Well, I was looking around for updates about her tonight and I'm heartbroken to say that Ari is not doing well and her fight with cancer is nearing the end. I found the Facebook page kept by her family ("Fight Like Arianna") and they shared that her lungs are failing and all that can be done now is to keep her comfortable. And if that didn't make me cry enough, there are pictures taken within the last couple of days of Ari and her visitors, and two of the people who have spent time with her this week are her hero Vladi Tarasenko and his wife. I know this little girl made an impact on them and I'm so glad they were able to spend time with her.

If you have a chance, please send a positive thought or prayer up for her and her family and for all of the people who love her... Thank you -

#FightLikeArianna #HockeyFightsCancer #CancerSucks