Hockey History

What can be said about a man that everyone knows so much about? If you’re a fan of the NHL you likely know the Pat Burns story: A police officer for 17 years, three-time Jack Adams award winner (as coach of three different Original Six teams: Montreal, Toronto, Boston), a Stanley Cup champion with the
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Have you ever wondered why referees wear striped shirts, or teams have to wear contrasting colours? Then  this is for you. Contrasting Colours in NHL Uniforms Hockey uniforms were very simple in the early days. Since most players also played football in the summertime, they simply borrowed these pants for hockey games, then added a
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The Quebec Nordiques almost didn’t exist. And depending on who you ask, maybe they shouldn’t have existed at all. In fact, their story begins on the other side of the continent, under the considerably warmer skies of San Francisco, California. The Nordiques (roughly translated as the “Northerners” or “Northmen”) were originally called the San Francisco Sea
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Unless you played for the New York Islanders or were a fan of the team, you despised Billy Smith. He was mean and ornery to say the least, and wielded his goalie stick like some sort of wild hatchet man. No opposing player was safe around Smith’s goal crease. Whether it was a butt end
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Table of Contents: Jamie and Jordie Benn Marcus and Nick Foligno Markus and Mikael Granlund Dougie and Freddie Hamilton Jimmy and Kevin Hayes Adrian and Mario Kempe Brock and Jamie McGinn Brett and Nick Ritchie Brayden and Luke Schenn Jordan and Nick Schmaltz Daniel and Henrik Sedin Brendan and Reilly Smith Eric, Jordan, and Marc
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This article was originally published in January, 2010. Don Cherry is a Canadian icon. His “Coach’s Corner” segments on Hockey Night in Canada broadcasts get great ratings due to his straightforward commentary. His Rock ‘Em, Sock ‘Em Hockey videos are best sellers, he makes celebrity endorsements and his name is on bars and restaurants across
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Mike Bossy Joins the NHL 50 in 50 Club On January 24, 1981, New York Islanders’ winger Mike Bossy became the second player in NHL history to score 50 goals in the first 50 games of a season. The original feat was accomplished by Maurice “the Rocket” Richard, thirty-six years earlier, in the 1944-1945 season. Heading
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The NHL lied. There weren’t six original teams when the league began operations for the 1917-18 season. There were technically only four. And, of those, only one—the Montreal Canadiens—has essentially survived up to the present day. The “Original Six” as fans know it, only came to be a few decades later, with the relatively late-joining
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“Silly sider” is a term we hear ascribed to right-shooting, right-catching, and often left-handed goalies. Though full right goalies are rarities, there are a surprising number in the NHL. Jonas Hiller, Steve Mason, and Josh Harding all play full right. Like left-handed baseball pitchers, full right goalies supposedly play at an advantage over left-shooting skaters.
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Colorful hockey nicknames are an integral part of the game’s history. They’re as much a part of hockey as the blue line. You’re given one early by your mite’s coach only later to be called something else by your teammates. Your mom may not want to know what your teammates call you, so you let
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Like a fine wine most NHL jerseys get better with age. Whether they were loved or despised, most sports jerseys end up finding a soft place in our heart as we yearn for the past and get lost in nostalgia. Currently, in pop culture as well as sports, trends of 90’s are coming back in
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As naturally as many families become associated with specific industries that they work within, it’s become commonplace for families to become associated with specific sports in specific parts of the world. Within the hockey world, arguably the most influential family in history – with apologies to Maurice and Henri Richard – is the Sutter family.
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We’re two-and-a-half months into the 2017-18 NHL season and things really couldn’t have gone much better for John Stevens’ Los Angeles Kings so far. They’re enjoying a nice bounce-back campaign after missing the playoffs under Darryl Sutter a season ago and are once again getting solid contributions from veterans like Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown,
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The team uniform represents more than what some fans may think. Jerseys are often historic symbols that represent the cities that they belong to, and some are even deeply rooted in the lengthy, rich history of the NHL. This list will examine the top-10 nicest current NHL jerseys, and will include only home and away jerseys (so no
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There’s more to goaltending than stopping the puck. Like any other player on the ice, NHL goalies read the play in order to contribute to puck movement and defensive zone breakouts. Pioneering netminders like Jacques Plante added puck movement to the goaltending repertoire, while later goalies like Ron Hextall ventured out of the crease to
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In this ongoing series we’re debating the merits of players who may have been overlooked for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Using the Hall’s criteria of judging a player based on their “playing ability, sportsmanship, character and contributions to his or her team or teams and to the game of hockey in general”
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He is among the best American-born goalies ever. The award for the most outstanding goaltender in NCAA men’s hockey is named after him. The old school (Ed Giacomin) and new school (Henrik Lundqvist) fans may disagree, but he’s arguably the best netminder in the history of the New York Rangers. Mike Richter is Hall of
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My first memory of Chris Osgood is when he played for the old AHL Adirondack Red Wings. Between the Albany fans and Adirondack fans who made the trip down the Northway from Glens Falls in bunches, it was hard not to hear chants raining down his name. One didn’t need a program with stats either
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Originally published in July 2015 the list is holding strong though look out for the Penguins this season. They could knock one of the items off the list. The saying is that records are meant to be broken, but in certain cases, they simply won’t be broken. Barring radical changes to the playing style and
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