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The Edmonton Oilers struggles at the draft table have been well documented over the years. Poor drafting and developing has been a critical factor in why the Oilers have made the playoffs just four times since the 2000-01 season. Edmonton even went through a recent string where they had four first overall picks in six
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Throughout the history of the Detroit Red Wings franchise, countless legends and hockey icons have donned the winged wheel. Those stars have gone on to set some impressive franchise records while playing for the Detroit Cougars, Falcons, and Red Wings. Which team records are truly unbreakable in today’s—and tomorrow’s—NHL? Let’s take a look at some
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Many rules and regulations in sports differ depending on which gender is on the playing field. In volleyball, the net is lower for women (7 feet, 4 inches) than it is for men (8 feet). The same goes for basketball. This is justified because on average women tend to be several inches shorter than men.
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The Los Angeles Kings built a legacy that did not start until professional ice hockey had been around for over six decades.  Many people who follow their respective hockey teams may be able to cite starting rosters, prospects, team history, and recent play; however, how many people can cite when and where the birth of
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Beginning in 1981, Dale Hawerchuk became one of the most dominant centers in the National Hockey League and was the face of the Winnipeg Jets. After a junior career in the QMJHL in which he scored 81 goals and 102 assists in all of 72 games for the 1980-81 Cornwall Royals , he was at
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The State of Hockey… What does it mean? Where does it come from? It’s hardly a secret that Minnesota has long been a hockey Mecca. The first hockey teams in Minnesota were formed a couple of decades before Henry Ford’s Model-T changed the world. The University of Minnesota first organized a hockey team in 1895 and
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For generations, the Habs have been dogged by accusations that their historic Stanley Cup success was because they had territorial rights to the best players French Canada had to offer. In this great article, originally published May 12, 2010, former THW contributor Mike Moore lays out why all those claims of an unfair advantage are wrong.
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* originally published in Feb. 2018 Gary Bettman gets booed when he speaks. A lot. He is the public face behind the decision not to allow NHL players to participate in the 2018 Olympics. When an owner wants public funds used to finance a new arena, Bettman makes the case in the media. He has led
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In today’s NHL, speed dominates. No longer can teams roster slow, hulking defensemen capable of obstructing opponents into submission. But, if a player has speed and size, they can be lethal. According to Hockey-Graphs, the average NHLer stands six-foot-one and weighs 201 pounds (as of the 2014-15 season). When compared to the average NHL player
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For most hockey players, winning the Stanley Cup is the ultimate goal. From being drafted to helping a team through the regular season, playoffs and eventually Stanley Cup Finals, hoisting the cup is always the end-goal. Along the way, however, players all seek to play the best they can for a variety of purposes. While
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There are 45 members of the NHL’s exclusive 500-goal club. As you might expect, not only have this select few attained the ultimate, lofty benchmark of twine-bulging glory, they’ve also done some pretty extraordinary other things. Scoring 500 regular-season goals in the best hockey league in the world is a highly significant achievement in itself.
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  August 8, 2018 marked the 30th anniversary of the trade that sent icon Wayne Gretzky to Los Angeles and sent shockwaves around the hockey world. Gretzky, along with Marty McSorley and Mike Krushelnyski, was shipped to the Los Angeles Kings for Jimmy Carson, Martin Gelinas, three first-round picks, and $15 million. Even more shocking
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A decade of futility for the New York Rangers that started in the late 1990’s began with one event in July of 1997. It wasn’t a game the Rangers lost, a trade they made, or a free agent they signed (although there would be many to follow). No, the day that led to seven straight
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It’s easy enough to identify the great team dynasties of NHL history. Simply take any list of Stanley Cup victories since 1917 and highlight the teams that have won three or more Cups in succession. Also include teams that have won more than three Stanley Cups over a relatively short period of several years in
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Until Jordan Greenway took to the ice for the US men’s ice hockey team in Pyeongchang, the program had never had an African-American player on its Olympic roster. It’s shocking it took so long, even with players such as Mike Grier, Seth Jones, Dustin Byfuglien and Kyle Okposo. But, what’s even more shocking is that
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Hockey may be the fastest game on earth, but Brett Harvey offers a measured meditation on the role of the slowest guys on the ice. His documentary “Ice Guardians” had a successful opening and received positive reviews. It is now on Netflix and will reach an even broader audience. It is worth watching. Probably without
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In March of 1965, a formal process began headed by then NHL President Clarence Campbell so that the league would expand its operation to include a second division of six teams. Gone would be the days of the so-called “Original Six” franchises. Joining them would be a half-dozen new teams that would see the NHL reach further
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An electric atmosphere. Great sight lines. Lively glass panels and boards that would rattle and reverberate from solid body checks. There was so much to love about Buffalo’s Memorial Auditorium. Before jumping back in to another Sabres season that’s filled with new front office personnel and an overhauled roster, let’s pause and turn back the
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The Boston Bruins have had a weird few years. Come to think of it, they’ve had a pretty strange history. Every time they have a run of success and seemed poised to become a bona fide dynasty, circumstances conspire to ensure that dream falls just a little bit short. You Win Some, You Lose Some…More
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Originally written in November of 2013 by Shawn Reznick. Pelle Lindbergh was regarded as one of the greatest Flyers goalies. Here now are some memories of the star netminder. Pelle Lindbergh Next to Bernie Parent, Pelle Lindbergh was the best goalie to play in a Philadelphia Flyers sweater.  He had the skill; he had the
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From the moment he made his NHL debut against the Winnipeg Jets on October 14, 1981, to the Edmonton Oilers elimination in the first round of the 1989 playoffs at the hands of Wayne Gretzky and the Los Angeles Kings, no goaltender had accomplished more during said period of time than Grant Fuhr. In fact,
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Professional athletes train hard. They often endure brutal conditions and workout routines in an attempt to fine tune their bodies for physically demanding sports. They’ll put everything on the line to succeed and be their best. But which sport is the most physically demanding? Some rely heavily on an optimized cardiovascular system. Others rely on
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  If you are explaining, you are losing— J.C. Watts If true, the L.A. Kings have done one hell of a lot of ‘splainin’ over their 45-year history. (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports) However, thanks to the heroics of Jonathan Quick, Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown and company, they now finally have a Cup. Therefore, the
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* originally published in Sept. of 2017 In a coincidence of epic proportions, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) announced they’ve signed a 20-year, $800 million agreement to re-name their Bay St. venue ‘Scotiabank Arena’ on the same day that Scotiabank hiked its ATM fees to nearly $4,000 per transaction. It’s enough to make customers
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Arguably the most important position in sports, a goalie can steal a game or playoff series. A goalie can also break the hearts of loyal fans and cost a coach their job. An NHL goalie is the ultimate last line of defense.  There has been a lot of talk about the Dallas Stars goaltending over
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The Colorado Avalanche used to be known for a lot of things. Championship caliber hockey, fierce competition and, of course, a front office that could pull off some of the best and most unlikely trades possible. Acquiring the likes of Patrick Roy, Claude Lemieux, Rob Blake, Ray Bourque and others to help the Avalanche win
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