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Title: Hockey
Post by: BigMattFromTexas on March 15, 2010, 08:30:55 PM
Even though I'm from Texas, im one of the few hockey fans here. My favorite teams are the Dallas Stars and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Any more fans? I'm sure there are...
 BigMatt
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Ian on March 15, 2010, 08:41:52 PM
(http://www.throwbackguy.com/images/flyers-logo.gif)

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_qdZhdcNZhVU/RyFq6HsxSVI/AAAAAAAAAXM/E0nQVhziDQg/s320/RPI+hockey+puckman.gif)

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_WX28QBAHa30/SvnK6PGSqVI/AAAAAAAAAXA/3OOg7DVNdy0/s320/boston-bruins.png)

That is all.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 74/171FAN on March 15, 2010, 08:58:43 PM
I just became a Capitals fan after the Olympics but Ovechkin should definitely not have been suspended or even ejected for the boarding Sunday
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: burgess87 on March 15, 2010, 09:16:17 PM
It didn't look like that bad of a hit, but Campbell's done for the year . . . . broke his clavicle.

Hope Soupy's gonna be OK.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on March 15, 2010, 09:18:07 PM
I just became a Capitals fan after the Olympics but Ovechkin should definitely not have been suspended or even ejected for the boarding Sunday

You obviously don't know Ovie's "history" then.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on March 15, 2010, 09:22:10 PM
Season ticket holder for the Carolina Hurricanes...have traveled to see games in Atlanta, Columbus, and Nashville.  Growing up in Pittsburgh, went to many games at the old barn there.

I've seen minor league games in Albany, Fayetteville, and Asheville.

Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: TheStranger on March 15, 2010, 09:27:33 PM
Sharks fan for the last 10 years...still waiting to see that first NorCal Cup.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on March 15, 2010, 09:31:45 PM
Even though I'm from Texas, im one of the few hockey fans here. My favorite teams are the Dallas Stars and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Any more fans? I'm sure there are...
 BigMatt

A Pens fan, eh? Then you'll like these photos (from last Thursday's game here in Raleigh):

http://www.flickr.com/photos/15530177@N05/sets/72157623608830444/
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on March 15, 2010, 09:32:48 PM
Sharks fan for the last 10 years...still waiting to see that first NorCal Cup.

Or just playing after May 15th.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Jim on March 15, 2010, 10:12:49 PM
Union College hockey fan here.  I've been to nearly every home game and a good number of road games over the last 22 seasons.  Union is heading to its first-ever ECACHL semifinal this weekend in Albany.

And do you think you've seen a long hockey game?  I bet you haven't.

http://www.collegehockeystats.net/0910/boxes/mquiuni1.m12

And yes, I stayed for the whole thing, and yes, Union came back to win the next two nights to take the best of three series.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: mightyace on March 15, 2010, 10:25:53 PM
Union College hockey fan here.  I've been to nearly every home game and a good number of road games over the last 22 seasons.  Union is heading to its first-ever ECACHL semifinal this weekend in Albany.

And do you think you've seen a long hockey game?  I bet you haven't.

http://www.collegehockeystats.net/0910/boxes/mquiuni1.m12

And yes, I stayed for the whole thing, and yes, Union came back to win the next two nights to take the best of three series.

Did I read it right that each overtime (prior to #5) was a full 20 minutes?

Don't they have a shootout rule in that league?

Anyway, I've followed the Philly Flyers based on where I grew up and sometime follow the Predators down here.

My interest in the Preds has waned ever since I realized that they trade away anybody once they get good!

I've also seen games in San Jose (Sharks vs Pens 97 or 98), Cleveland Lumberjacks (92-95) and some local minor league before the Preds came.  (Knights and Knighthawks)

Interesting trivia: The franchise that was the Nashville Knights moved to Macon, Ga. and had the nickname of Whoopie!  :sombrero:
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Jim on March 16, 2010, 06:48:23 AM
Union College hockey fan here.  I've been to nearly every home game and a good number of road games over the last 22 seasons.  Union is heading to its first-ever ECACHL semifinal this weekend in Albany.

And do you think you've seen a long hockey game?  I bet you haven't.

http://www.collegehockeystats.net/0910/boxes/mquiuni1.m12

And yes, I stayed for the whole thing, and yes, Union came back to win the next two nights to take the best of three series.

Did I read it right that each overtime (prior to #5) was a full 20 minutes?

Don't they have a shootout rule in that league?

Yes, they play 20 minute OTs in the playoffs.  It's similar to the NHL's OT rules in the playoffs, as far as I know.  You just keep playing more third periods until someone scores.  No shootouts.

Union broke its own record for the longest game in NCAA history.  They had played (and also lost) the only other 5 OT game in history just 4 years ago when they lost to Yale in a first-round game.  Throw in that I was also in Albany for the 4 OT NCAA tournament game between BU and St. Lawrence back in the late 90's, and I've seen 3 of the 4 longest NCAA hockey games ever played.

As for my NHL preferences, I followed the Bruins for a while since they were the team I'd see televised most often while living in western Mass, but as a Yankee fan I couldn't really bring myself to support a Boston team in any sport.  Since then, I don't follow any specific team, but like to see teams win from traditional hockey markets.  I was very happy to see the Penguins win it.  I'd like to see Buffalo win a cup.  I like to see the Canadian teams do well, especially the Alberta teams.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: rickmastfan67 on March 16, 2010, 09:44:06 PM
Penguins fan all my life. :)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v645/rickmastfan67/Pens.png)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v645/rickmastfan67/NR2003/Personal/67Pens_2007.jpg)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: cu2010 on March 17, 2010, 03:36:43 PM
Clarkson Golden Knights for me (in the same league as RPI and Union, already mentioned in this thread).  Unfortunately, we didn't have such a great year...we finished 12th in the ECAC standings for the first time in history.  Jim, you prolly remember that 11-2 disaster from earlier in the season over at Messa (though the game against Union at home wasn't much better...the Dutchmen scored twice within the first 40 seconds of the second period and our whole team lost it from there)...that was the lowpoint of our season (I was not there- the women's hockey team was at home losing to RPI that night...our PA announcer gave up announcing the score of the men's game after a while). Injuries plagued us all season, though we made a run at the end of the season, very nearly beating archrival St. Lawrence in the first round of the playoffs.

Good luck to the Dutchmen this weekend, especially Friday night against SLU.  I don't want SLU in the title game- I hate them so much.  Rooting for Brown in the other game- I also hate Cornell.

I'm also a Clarkson women's hockey fan...the team won my heart three years ago when I attended my first women's game.  They just finished their best season in school history...2nd place in the ECAC standings, made it to the ECAC title game (though lost), and made it to the NCAA tournament for the first time in history (though lost in OT).

Regarding the shootout rule, some conferences use them for regular season games only, but all playoff games use the multiple OT until someone wins rules.  The ECAC does not use the shootout- in the regular season, if the game remains tied after five minutes of OT, it is a tie.

Union broke its own record for the longest game in NCAA history.  They had played (and also lost) the only other 5 OT game in history just 4 years ago when they lost to Yale in a first-round game.  

There have been two other 5OT games in NCAA history, both women's games...the one that was the longest until last weekend was a 1996 game between Providence and UNH, with UNH defeating Providence 3-2 about 5 1/2 minutes into the fifth overtime, and the second occuring just 2 1/2 weeks ago between Quinny and RPI, with RPI winning 3-2 about 4 1/2 minutes into the fifth OT.

College hockey is great. :D

In the NHL, the Detroit Red Wings, fan from birth.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: BigMattFromTexas on March 17, 2010, 04:54:54 PM
Here's my laptop background image, of the penguin I put(in gothic font EM) the numbers of 87 Sidney Crosby and 29 Marc-Andre Fluery(the best goalie ever)...
(http://lh3.ggpht.com/_WYYeXvkUoUE/S6A08MDebBI/AAAAAAAAEZ0/8MvLby1z-xA/s800/Background.jpg)
 BigMatt

*EDIT* ^ Hey do you remember a game I think the call it the Stanley Cup finals, hmm I'm thinking a team called the Penguins beat a team called the Red Wings or something... haha...
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: njroadhorse on March 17, 2010, 05:40:23 PM
Even though I have seen countless Devils games from free tickets, I am a proud Pittsburgh
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: BigMattFromTexas on March 17, 2010, 08:52:59 PM
Even though I have seen countless Devils games from free tickets, I am a proud Pittsburgh
As you should be!  :-D
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: kurumi on March 18, 2010, 02:20:18 AM
http://www.brassbonanza.com/hcc/whalers-audio/brass-bonanza
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: WNYroadgeek on March 18, 2010, 09:51:03 PM
(http://www.oregonsportsonline.com/images/NewSabresLogo.gif)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on March 18, 2010, 10:11:49 PM
http://www.brassbonanza.com/hcc/whalers-audio/brass-bonanza

Have it as a ringtone!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on March 18, 2010, 10:12:18 PM
I'm Sorry

(http://www.oregonsportsonline.com/images/NewSabresLogo.gif)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: BigMattFromTexas on March 18, 2010, 11:14:17 PM
Here you go CanesFan
Penguins!!! (http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/RWpTnq-46gG/Stanley+Cup+Finals+Pittsburgh+Penguins+v+Detroit/-9ueMz920Ey/Sidney+Crosby)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: rickmastfan67 on March 19, 2010, 12:18:29 AM
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_WX28QBAHa30/SvnK6PGSqVI/AAAAAAAAAXA/3OOg7DVNdy0/s320/boston-bruins.png)

HAHAHA.  The Pens just Nuked them tonight. ;)

GO PENS!! :)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v645/rickmastfan67/Pens.png)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Hot Rod Hootenanny on March 19, 2010, 04:32:24 PM
Marc-Andre Fluery, the best goalie ever?!?!???!?  :ded:
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: BigMattFromTexas on March 19, 2010, 05:04:27 PM
Marc-Andre Fluery, the best goalie ever?!?!???!?  :ded:
Yuh buddy
 BigMatt
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: PAHighways on March 19, 2010, 09:48:27 PM
Born and raised a Pens fan.

One of these days I will get the 09 Cup parade page up.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: rickmastfan67 on March 19, 2010, 10:03:21 PM
One of these days I will get the 09 Cup parade page up.

I should get some of mine posted as well.  Where did you setup?  I setup myself at the start of the parade and then made my way to the end.  I wasn't able to see the stage myself once I got there, I was able to setup where they had all of the buses parked for the Pens to get on.  And I did get some good shots of Crosby with the Cup there.

EDIT: A quick resize and protection of this picture. :)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v645/rickmastfan67/NHL/09StanleyCupParade/P1050502ss.jpg)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: PAHighways on March 19, 2010, 10:31:04 PM
I was at the corner of the Boulevard of the Allies and Smithfield Street, the same place I stood four months earlier (and 50 degrees colder) for the Steelers' parade.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: BigMattFromTexas on March 20, 2010, 01:48:22 AM
Is it strange for a Texan to be a Pens fan?
 BigMatt
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: PAHighways on March 20, 2010, 02:03:21 AM
Is it strange for a Texan to be a Pens fan?

No, there are Pens fans all over the place.  I know a guy who lives in Hawaii whose never been to Pittsburgh, but began following the Steelers in the 70s and then became a fan of the Penguins and Pirates as well.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: algorerhythms on March 20, 2010, 10:28:59 AM
I have to admit feeling conflicted when seeing Sid the Kid defeat the U.S. team in the Olympics...
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: un1 on March 20, 2010, 10:33:13 AM
Everyone here is a Penguins fan because of this (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jordan_Staal) guy, our hometown boy.  :sombrero: I realize there's three ''hometown boys'' but he seems to take all the fame away from the other two. But really I'm not a huge hockey fan as crazy as it sounds.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: rickmastfan67 on March 20, 2010, 10:40:18 PM
Everyone here is a Penguins fan because of this (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jordan_Staal) guy, our hometown boy.  :sombrero: I realize there's three ''hometown boys'' but he seems to take all the fame away from the other two. But really I'm not a huge hockey fan as crazy as it sounds.

Hehe, I got Jordan's autograph after a Pens game once during his rookie season. :)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on March 21, 2010, 10:03:10 AM
hey, BigMatt did you watch yesterday's Pens game?
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: BigMattFromTexas on March 21, 2010, 04:24:13 PM
hey, BigMatt did you watch yesterday's Pens game?
I was actually in Mexico, but I texted Google SMS for the score, y'all got lucky...  :ded:

*EDIT*
It has to be somewhat akward Jordan and Eric Staal playing each other Pens vs Canes...
 BigMatt
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: PAHighways on March 21, 2010, 05:28:15 PM
It has to be somewhat akward Jordan and Eric Staal playing each other Pens vs Canes...

No more awkward than when the Pens play the Rangers with Marc Staal.  The awkwardness was probably more pronounced last year during the Eastern Conference Finals.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on March 21, 2010, 08:31:30 PM
It has to be somewhat akward Jordan and Eric Staal playing each other Pens vs Canes...

No more awkward than when the Pens play the Rangers with Marc Staal.  The awkwardness was probably more pronounced last year during the Eastern Conference Finals.

Or when the Ruutu brothers play each other...or in the 80s and 90s when the Sutter brothers played each other.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: BigMattFromTexas on March 21, 2010, 09:52:38 PM
Kinda like the Manning brothers... haha
 BigMatt
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on March 22, 2010, 12:59:44 PM
For those that may be interested, photos from yesterday's Carolina/Buffalo game:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/15530177@N05/sets/72157623546897657/
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: TheStranger on March 22, 2010, 05:00:00 PM
With all this brother talk, don't forget Wayne and Keith Primeau fighting each other once in a game...
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Scott5114 on March 23, 2010, 08:56:04 AM
Maybe to get C.C. Slater to join the forum we should retitle this thread to "the goddam hockies".
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Hot Rod Hootenanny on March 26, 2010, 02:26:28 PM
Marc-Andre Fluery, the best goalie ever?!?!???!?  :ded:
Yuh buddy
 BigMatt

Better than Brodeur or Roy or Sauchuck? 
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: BigMattFromTexas on April 02, 2010, 10:38:53 PM
Dang'it Pens shut out 2-0 by the Lightning at the Igloo... :ded:
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Dougtone on April 03, 2010, 07:52:16 AM
Clarkson Golden Knights for me (in the same league as RPI and Union, already mentioned in this thread).  Unfortunately, we didn't have such a great year...we finished 12th in the ECAC standings for the first time in history.  Jim, you prolly remember that 11-2 disaster from earlier in the season over at Messa (though the game against Union at home wasn't much better...the Dutchmen scored twice within the first 40 seconds of the second period and our whole team lost it from there)...that was the lowpoint of our season (I was not there- the women's hockey team was at home losing to RPI that night...our PA announcer gave up announcing the score of the men's game after a while). Injuries plagued us all season, though we made a run at the end of the season, very nearly beating archrival St. Lawrence in the first round of the playoffs.

Good luck to the Dutchmen this weekend, especially Friday night against SLU.  I don't want SLU in the title game- I hate them so much.  Rooting for Brown in the other game- I also hate Cornell.

I'm also a Clarkson women's hockey fan...the team won my heart three years ago when I attended my first women's game.  They just finished their best season in school history...2nd place in the ECAC standings, made it to the ECAC title game (though lost), and made it to the NCAA tournament for the first time in history (though lost in OT).

Regarding the shootout rule, some conferences use them for regular season games only, but all playoff games use the multiple OT until someone wins rules.  The ECAC does not use the shootout- in the regular season, if the game remains tied after five minutes of OT, it is a tie.

Union broke its own record for the longest game in NCAA history.  They had played (and also lost) the only other 5 OT game in history just 4 years ago when they lost to Yale in a first-round game. 

There have been two other 5OT games in NCAA history, both women's games...the one that was the longest until last weekend was a 1996 game between Providence and UNH, with UNH defeating Providence 3-2 about 5 1/2 minutes into the fifth overtime, and the second occuring just 2 1/2 weeks ago between Quinny and RPI, with RPI winning 3-2 about 4 1/2 minutes into the fifth OT.

College hockey is great. :D

In the NHL, the Detroit Red Wings, fan from birth.


Is George Roll still the head coach for Clarkson men's hockey?  He was the men's head coach for hockey at Oswego State when I was a student there.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Dougtone on April 03, 2010, 08:03:23 AM
For hockey, I'm a fan of the New York Islanders.  I grew up on Long Island, and do occasionally get back to the Island for Islanders games.  I've also attended NHL games in Boston, Montreal, Buffalo, Carolina, Atlanta, Nashville, Columbus, Chicago and Phoenix, and I will be attending a Devils-Islanders game in New Jersey next weekend.  Once, I checked out an NHL exhibition game between the Bruins and Devils in Providence.

I've also attended minor league games in Albany and Binghamton, and may check out a minor league game in Glens Falls next season.  I've also attended a bevy of college hockey games at Oswego State (my alma mater), Cortland State, Buffalo State, Plattsburgh State and an Union-RPI game in Schenectady.

I don't know what the status of the AHL is in Albany, since I just moved back and the current incarnation of the River Rats are moving to Charlotte.  I've heard that the Devils AHL team (currently in Lowell) may move back to Albany.  But I may just start following Union or RPI instead.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: cu2010 on April 03, 2010, 01:46:03 PM
Is George Roll still the head coach for Clarkson men's hockey?  He was the men's head coach for hockey at Oswego State when I was a student there.

Yes. Just finished his sixth season.
Title: NHL enforcers
Post by: Alps on October 01, 2010, 06:50:33 PM
Hockey's back.  Today brings news that Darcy Tucker is retiring.  So who are your favorite or least favorite enforcers in the sport?
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: mightyace on October 01, 2010, 06:59:40 PM
Simple, being a Flyers fan, the Broad Street Bullies.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broad_Street_Bullies#1972.E2.80.931978:_The_Broad_Street_Bullies
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on November 13, 2010, 06:18:03 PM
Photos from the Canes home opener vs. Washington:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/15530177@N05/sets/72157625251615925/with/5166167230/
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Hot Rod Hootenanny on November 13, 2010, 10:31:17 PM
Is Marc-Andre Fluery still the best goalie ever?  :hmmm:
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: PAHighways on November 22, 2010, 04:42:49 PM
Photos from the Canes home opener vs. Washington:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/15530177@N05/sets/72157625251615925/with/5166167230/

BOOOOOOOOO!  WE WANT ROADS!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on November 22, 2010, 07:11:29 PM
Photos from the Canes home opener vs. Washington:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/15530177@N05/sets/72157625251615925/with/5166167230/

BOOOOOOOOO!  WE WANT ROADS!
We have a forum for that.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Dougtone on November 22, 2010, 07:31:42 PM
Photos from the Canes home opener vs. Washington:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/15530177@N05/sets/72157625251615925/with/5166167230/

BOOOOOOOOO!  WE WANT ROADS!

ROADS?
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on November 22, 2010, 11:40:23 PM
Take a tour of the Carolina Hurricanes locker room!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/15530177@N05/sets/72157625450522444/
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Scott5114 on November 24, 2010, 04:01:05 PM
Photos from the Canes home opener vs. Washington:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/15530177@N05/sets/72157625251615925/with/5166167230/

BOOOOOOOOO!  WE WANT ROADS!

ROADS?

ROADS!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on November 24, 2010, 05:18:56 PM
Photos from the Canes home opener vs. Washington:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/15530177@N05/sets/72157625251615925/with/5166167230/

BOOOOOOOOO!  WE WANT ROADS!

ROADS?

ROADS!
Yes, yes, ROADS.  If you persist in being on topic I'll have to moderate you.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on November 26, 2010, 06:14:19 PM
If you are Caps or an Ovechkin fan, some photos from the Canes/Caps game here in Raleigh on Wednesday night.  Most of them are from the Caps warm-ups.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/15530177@N05/sets/72157625474542028/
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: PAHighways on November 27, 2010, 01:34:31 PM
If you are Caps or an Ovechkin fan, some photos from the Canes/Caps game here in Raleigh on Wednesday night.  Most of them are from the Caps warm-ups.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/15530177@N05/sets/72157625474542028/

BOOOOOOO, CAPS AND OVIE! and BOOOOOOO, STILL NOT ROADS!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on November 27, 2010, 10:07:32 PM
Some low-level minor league hockey.  Fayetteville FireAntz vs. Knoxville Ice Bears from Thanksgiving

http://www.flickr.com/photos/15530177@N05/sets/72157625352405331/
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on November 28, 2010, 12:30:06 PM
Doug Kerr combines SIGNS and Hockey in one blog post!

http://surewhynotnow.blogspot.com/2010/11/road-signs-and-hockey-players.html
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: PAHighways on November 28, 2010, 01:20:23 PM
Doug Kerr combines SIGNS and Hockey in one blog post!

http://surewhynotnow.blogspot.com/2010/11/road-signs-and-hockey-players.html

SIGNS?  SIGNS!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Dougtone on November 28, 2010, 03:11:51 PM
Doug Kerr combines SIGNS and Hockey in one blog post!

http://surewhynotnow.blogspot.com/2010/11/road-signs-and-hockey-players.html

All within 10 miles of each other too.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on December 06, 2010, 11:29:11 PM
This time a hockey roadtrip - went with Billy Riddle and Seth Dunn to watch the Canes take on the Predators.

Photos from Nashville's 5-2 win Saturday night over the Hurricanes:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/15530177@N05/sets/72157625419934855/
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: mightyace on December 07, 2010, 07:04:30 PM
^^^

I can believe we won.  I find it incredible that we actually scored 5 goals!  :-o  (I went a week earlier and watched them lose in a shootout to the rangers 2-1.)

High scoring has never been a trademark of the Predators under their only coach Barry Trotz.  We never made it past the first round of the playoffs on the years we made it.

It's time to give Mr. Trotz the boot!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: BigMattFromTexas on December 11, 2010, 10:56:26 PM
Anyone wanna talk mess about Fleury now? 12 in a row..
 BigMatt
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: golden eagle on December 12, 2010, 11:57:59 PM
I saw where Michigan and Michigan State played a hockey game at Michigan Stadium and set a record for the most people ever to attend a hockey game. NBC has been scoring big hits with outdoor hockey games on New Years Day. Do any of you think having outdoor hockey games will help grow the sport or should it just be an indoor sport with occasional outdoor games?
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on December 13, 2010, 08:20:48 AM
I saw where Michigan and Michigan State played a hockey game at Michigan Stadium and set a record for the most people ever to attend a hockey game. NBC has been scoring big hits with outdoor hockey games on New Years Day. Do any of you think having outdoor hockey games will help grow the sport or should it just be an indoor sport with occasional outdoor games?

Hard to say, having some outdoor hockey games might help at some occasions but it might a big challenge to try that in Phoenix or Los Angeles. Then maybe some variants like Rollerhockey might fit with outdoor games as well.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Mr_Northside on December 13, 2010, 01:02:07 PM
It should probably just be an indoor sport with occasional outdoor games... At least on the pro level.
The fact the Winter Classic is once a year (on New Years' Day no less) adds to the appeal.  A bunch of outdoor games, and the appeal for any given one of them would decline.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on December 13, 2010, 01:41:33 PM
BigMatt...do you know about the 1992-93 Pens?
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: BigMattFromTexas on December 16, 2010, 11:14:36 PM
Yeah, 17.. And they had Lemieux....
 BigMatt
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: PAHighways on December 16, 2010, 11:28:34 PM
Do any of you think having outdoor hockey games will help grow the sport or should it just be an indoor sport with occasional outdoor games?

I think it helps the sport, and it has a nostalgic appeal since hockey basically began outdoors.  Also it helps NBC since they don't have any bowl games to broadcast, they can counter program all of the [Your Name Here] Bowls which personally I don't care to watch.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on December 17, 2010, 09:37:31 AM
No...BigMatt...do you know what happened to the 1992-93 Pens?
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: BigMattFromTexas on December 17, 2010, 03:39:54 PM
A lot happened, so idk what you're referring to.. Btw, I haven't been a hockey fan for very long, so yeah..
 BigMatt
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on December 17, 2010, 09:51:16 PM
Two words...David Volek
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: rickmastfan67 on December 17, 2010, 10:08:24 PM
Got ticked off at Ticketmaster today.  Was trying to get 1 ticket to the Alumni Winter Classic game that they are holding on the 31st.  They didn't start selling them on their website till 5 mintues AFTER they were suppose to go on sale (10AM).  By then, they were all ******* sold out! :banghead: :verymad:  I litterly had NO CHANCE at getting just one (what I've read is that people in NYC had access right away and snapped up a lot of the tickets)!!  Then I see people on EBAY who got 4 or more tickets wanting $500 per ticket!!  And the freaking tickets only cost $25 originally.... :verymad:  Really ticked off.....  :banghead: :verymad: :banghead: :verymad: :banghead:

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Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: agentsteel53 on December 18, 2010, 02:23:52 AM
Two words...David Volek

whatever, they won the championship a couple years back.  after you win one, bygones must be let bygones.

seriously, does anyone talk about the '78 Red Sox anymore?  not since 2004...
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on December 18, 2010, 08:20:12 AM
Oh trust me Jake there are still folks back home that can't bare to hear his name....I still can vividly remember the OT goal in  Game 7 of the Patrick finals...my point is just because a team wins 12 in a row now...doesn't mean anything come playoff time. The 92-93 Pens won 17 straight and folks were talking dynasty after that they never really were close to winning another championship.   A lot of the newer Pens fans don't realize that just because you win one championship doesn't mean the next one is guaranteed.  Like last year and Michael Cammalleri, the 93 Islanders became a hard dose of reality.

Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: BigMattFromTexas on December 18, 2010, 06:20:00 PM
If we're gonna only talk about the past, CanesFan, I'm pretty sure 3 is a bigger number than 1....
 BigMatt
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on December 18, 2010, 10:37:03 PM
BigMatt,

Glad you can do math! (or are you talking three bankruptcies?)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: BigMattFromTexas on December 18, 2010, 11:43:03 PM
Yeah I can do math real good!

Nah, just takin bout Stanley Cups.. ;)
 BigMatt
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on December 25, 2010, 10:59:56 AM
My fiance and I went skating at the Winter Classic Community Rink yesterday:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/15530177@N05/sets/72157625667792578/

We were also interviewed by KDKA-TV and nhl.com.
http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=547294

http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2010/12/24/winter-classic-community-rink-opens-to-public/
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Mr_Northside on December 27, 2010, 02:04:24 PM
And it would figure, we've had quite a cold and snowy December here in Western PA (and probably even late November), and a nice little warm up / thaw would have been nice...  But Mother Nature sure could have timed this one better...

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/pittsburgh/s_715490.html (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/pittsburgh/s_715490.html)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: PAHighways on December 27, 2010, 10:06:15 PM
It seems almost appropriate that it would rain on the game which is being played in a football stadium.

Now the Steelers just need to clinch the #2 slot in the AFC so the field has a chance to recover before the next game that counts is played there.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Mr_Northside on December 28, 2010, 01:22:29 PM
Well.... if the don't clinch the #2 seed, they'll go in as a wildcard and almost certainly won't host any home playoff games anyway.

If that were the case, and they can't get the Winter Classic done this weekend.... if they have to reschedule it anyway, but there is no more football @ Heinz Field this season (which should be known by 4-5 on Sunday), I don't see why they couldn't just leave the rink up and still have it outdoors instead of at the new arena.

All that said, for the love of all that is holy, the Steelers better friggin' beat the Browns.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: PAHighways on December 28, 2010, 02:35:40 PM
Well.... if the don't clinch the #2 seed, they'll go in as a wildcard and almost certainly won't host any home playoff games anyway.

That second seed will not only help the field recover, but more importantly give the players time to recover.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on January 31, 2011, 09:53:21 PM
The NHL All-Star Game was here in Raleigh this weekend.  The tailgate party my fiance's parents put on for Canes games was featured in Yahoo Sports Puck Daddy Blog.  (cole's grassy knoll - 2/3rds of the way down).

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Photo-Expedition-Puck-Daddy-s-2011-NHL-All-Star?urn=nhl-314715

Photos from all three days, Fan Fair, Skills Competition and the Game itself are slowly forthcoming.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: rickmastfan67 on February 01, 2011, 12:28:00 AM
The NHL All-Star Game was here in Raleigh this weekend.  The tailgate party my fiance's parents put on for Canes games was featured in Yahoo Sports Puck Daddy Blog.  (cole's grassy knoll - 2/3rds of the way down).

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Photo-Expedition-Puck-Daddy-s-2011-NHL-All-Star?urn=nhl-314715

Photos from all three days, Fan Fair, Skills Competition and the Game itself are slowly forthcoming.

Do any of the redemption programs the hockey card makers were having?  I so would do some card trading if possible for any Pens cards. ;)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: burgess87 on February 01, 2011, 03:41:02 PM
Finally some good news for Buffalo Sabres fans:  An agreement was reached with Pennsylvania businessman Terry Pegula to purchase the team & related entities at 1 o'clock this afternoon.  There will be a press conference Thursday at noon to discuss the sale.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: PAHighways on February 01, 2011, 06:05:23 PM
http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Photo-Expedition-Puck-Daddy-s-2011-NHL-All-Star?urn=nhl-314715

I am very pleased to see this post includes SIGNS!, ROADS!, and SHUNTING TRAFFIC CONES!

I can attest first-hand to the quality of the tailgate, although I don't remember that much alcohol.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on February 01, 2011, 11:24:56 PM
All Star Fan Fair Set - http://www.flickr.com/photos/15530177@N05/sets/72157625958354826/
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on February 03, 2011, 04:58:53 PM
Saturday Skills Competition and Tailgate - http://www.flickr.com/photos/15530177@N05/sets/72157625965159616/
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on February 05, 2011, 12:35:15 PM
And finally photos from the ASG itself and tailgate - http://www.flickr.com/photos/15530177@N05/sets/72157625852265927/
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadsign199qc on February 05, 2011, 01:12:59 PM
You can edit your messages. So you must post only one post in a row, then edit.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: rickmastfan67 on February 05, 2011, 02:03:03 PM
You can edit your messages. So you must post only one post in a row, then edit.

Roadsign199qc, don't tell people what to do, that is an Admin's job...

His posts were two days apart and weren't "BUMP" type posts, so there is no problem here.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on February 05, 2011, 11:02:05 PM
Photos from Tuesday, February 1 Boston/Carolina matchup:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/15530177@N05/sets/72157625984026952/
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on February 19, 2011, 10:41:19 PM
On Friday night's game vs. the Philadelphia Flyers, the Hurricanes retired Rod Brind'Amour's #17.

Photos from the retirement ceremony and game (a 3-2 Canes win):
http://www.flickr.com/photos/15530177@N05/sets/72157625965942839/
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: mightyace on February 19, 2011, 11:12:29 PM
^^^

If the Flyers lost, I don't need to look.  :sombrero:
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: PAHighways on February 19, 2011, 11:58:18 PM
Thanks Canes!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: rickmastfan67 on March 04, 2011, 08:38:47 PM
It's rare to see a Hockey team posting about a highway project, but the Penguins are talking about the I-579 Veterans Bridge Preservation Construction Activities on their official site.

http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=555030
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: PAHighways on March 05, 2011, 03:21:02 PM
I see they just copied the District 11 press release (http://www.dot.state.pa.us/Penndot/Districts/district11.nsf/93a05958cad04c09852571e60056cfc3/8f47c5e9824063278525784900696e3f?OpenDocument) verbatim.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: rickmastfan67 on March 06, 2011, 07:09:26 AM
Still, my point stands, even if it's a copy and paste job. ;)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on March 08, 2011, 10:34:38 PM
More minor league hockey fun -

Fayetteville FireAntz vs. Columbus (GA) Cottonmouths
http://www.flickr.com/photos/15530177@N05/sets/72157626227509318/

It was Canada Night.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: mightyace on March 10, 2011, 02:50:07 AM
^^^

Naming a team after fire ant's, UGH!

I guess Fayetteville uses a swarming defense!  :sombrero:
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: MDOTFanFB on March 12, 2011, 12:10:31 PM
How about some high school action mixed in?

My hometown Wyandotte Roosevelt Bears have won their first MHSAA Division 2 championship by beating Birmingham Brother Rice 4-1.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: rickmastfan67 on April 14, 2011, 12:13:48 AM
Was @ the first ever playoff game in Consol history tonight.  Man, what a game!  It was rocking in there tonight.  Especially after the Pens went up 2-0 in the game. :)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: rickmastfan67 on April 23, 2011, 08:27:06 PM
Got to meet Mike Lang, the Penguins Radio announcer today after the game @ my local Arby's!  Too bad it was after the Pens lost today 8-2, but still, it was cool to meet him. :cool: :nod:
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: mightyace on April 29, 2011, 09:05:41 PM
Hooray!  The Predators finally made the second round!  :clap:

However, they lost game one against the league's top seed Vancouver Canucks.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on April 30, 2011, 09:33:22 PM
Hershey Bears @ Charlotte Checkers - Game 5 last Friday in Charlotte:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/15530177@N05/sets/72157626492715851/
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on May 25, 2011, 07:36:42 PM
The Vancouver Canucks won the Western Association finals, they'll go to the Stanley cup finals against the Boston Bruins or the Tampa Bay Lightning.  I hope the Canucks will break and get rid of the curse of Marty McSorley.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: mightyace on May 27, 2011, 01:53:21 AM
Thanks for the news.

I stopped paying attention after the Flyers and Predators were eliminated.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on May 27, 2011, 10:53:48 PM
Boston won game 7 against Tampa Bay, they'll go to the finals against Vancouver Canucks!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on May 28, 2011, 05:14:07 PM
Boston won game 7 against Tampa Bay, they'll go to the finals against Vancouver Canucks!

You don't say.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: PAHighways on May 30, 2011, 12:50:12 PM
The Vancouver Canucks won the Western Association finals, they'll go to the Stanley cup finals against the Boston Bruins or the Tampa Bay Lightning.

They are the Western Conference Champions.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Hot Rod Hootenanny on May 30, 2011, 06:06:04 PM
The Vancouver Canucks won the Western Association finals, they'll go to the Stanley cup finals against the Boston Bruins or the Tampa Bay Lightning.

They are the Western Conference Champions.

Yeah, Vancouver never made it to the Western Association.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Association
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on May 31, 2011, 08:04:55 AM
Oups my bad, sorry for the inconvience ^^;
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: PAHighways on May 31, 2011, 11:55:07 PM
The NHL is heading back to the capital of Manitoba:

True North Buys Thrashers, Set to Move Team to Winnipeg (http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=367433)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: mightyace on June 01, 2011, 04:54:39 AM
The NHL is heading back to the capital of Manitoba:

True North Buys Thrashers, Set to Move Team to Winnipeg (http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=367433)
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This is the second time that the city of Atlanta has lost an NHL franchise. The Flames played in Atlanta from 1972 until they moved to Calgary in 1980. The Thrashers began play as an expansion team in 1999.

Maybe Quebec City should help Atlanta get its next NHL team!  :sombrero:
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: kurumi on June 01, 2011, 11:49:28 AM
If the Bruins win, Boston will have had championships in all 4 major sports* within 8 seasons (2004-2011). Not sure if another city has already done this.

* some wise guys will say "all 3 major sports plus hockey". Off with their heads :-)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: mightyace on June 01, 2011, 11:58:36 AM
^^^^

Philly has come close.

Flyers - 1975
Phillies - 1980
76ers - 1983
but the Eagles couldn't win the Super Bowl in Jan. 1981

Philly even had a chance for all four franchises to within 12 months of each other, but only the Phillies came through.  Given Philly's luck, it's amazing that even the Phillies won!

76ers - spring 1980 (lost in finals)
Flyers - spring 1980 (lost in finals)
Phillies - 1980 (won world series)
Eagles - 1980 - 81 (lost Super Bowl in Jan 1981)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on June 08, 2011, 06:49:49 AM
The Binghamton Senators, Ottawa's AHL farm team, won the Calder Cup in the AHL Championship
http://www.torontosun.com/2011/06/07/bingo-baby-sens-win-calder-cup
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on June 15, 2011, 09:57:45 PM
Boston leads 3-0 in the final game currently. The curse of Marty McSorley won again. :banghead:
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: agentsteel53 on June 15, 2011, 10:58:17 PM
Boston leads 3-0 in the final game currently. The curse of Marty McSorley won again. :banghead:

you're using that word wrong.

you don't understand Boston sports.  if we win game 7, we'll worry that we'll lose the series in game 8.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on June 15, 2011, 11:13:04 PM
The only "we" when it comes to Boston is "we're going down to the rioting." Otherwise it's all about "me." Every Bostonian takes personal credit for winning the World Series.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: agentsteel53 on June 15, 2011, 11:24:54 PM
The only "we" when it comes to Boston is "we're going down to the rioting." Otherwise it's all about "me." Every Bostonian takes personal credit for winning the World Series.

I personally moved the heavens and earth to make 2004 happen.  remember that lunar eclipse?  yep, all me.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: agentsteel53 on June 15, 2011, 11:42:02 PM
The only "we" when it comes to Boston is "we're going down to the rioting."

oddly ...

Car fires in chaotic Vancouver after loss (http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=6666608)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: BigMattFromTexas on June 16, 2011, 02:31:20 AM
I hate seeing "fans" riot after a loss. Real sports fans know losing is part of a game, you ain't gotta be happy about it, but it happens.. These aren't real sports fans. They act like they have something to do with the game.. So stupid.
 BigMatt
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: mightyace on June 16, 2011, 12:18:08 PM
They act like they have something to do with the game.. So stupid.
 BigMatt

And, that winning or losing really means anything in the grand scheme of things.  This behavior is why "fans" was shortened from fanatic.

Also, I don't know if this applies in Vancouver, but many people in these sports riots are simply hooligans using the sporting event as a cover.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: PAHighways on June 16, 2011, 02:18:09 PM
Another Game 7 loss, another riot.  I can't believe after the problems in 1994, Vancouver PD didn't have a contingency plan.  From the footage I've seen, they were far outnumbered and ill-prepared.

Back in February and June 2009, Pittsburgh PD was ready to quell any problems by being stationed before the end of the games in the university area in Oakland and the South Side along East Carson Street.  The latter was mostly traffic control because people spilled out of the bars and onto 837.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ftballfan on June 16, 2011, 09:23:20 PM
Bruins - June 2011
Celtics - June 2008
Patriots - February 2005
Red Sox - October 2007

So all four major sports teams in Boston won their championships in approximately six years and four months.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Mr_Northside on June 17, 2011, 12:19:49 PM
I didn't even know that Canadians knew how to riot.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Hot Rod Hootenanny on June 20, 2011, 06:25:18 PM
I didn't even know that Canadians knew how to riot.
Most, outside of Montreal, don't.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on June 22, 2011, 07:55:31 AM
Bruins - June 2011
Celtics - June 2008
Patriots - February 2005
Red Sox - October 2007

So all four major sports teams in Boston won their championships in approximately six years and four months.

All it miss is the other sports teams like New England Revolution (MLS/soccer) and the Boston Blazers (NLL/indoor lacrosse) to win their championship leagues)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Desert Man on October 09, 2011, 03:40:34 PM
Bad news for Canada when the Canucks lost the Stanley Cup to the Bruins in one game, but good news for Winnipeg is the Jets 2.0 are back at town, the relocated Atlanta Thrashers found a new place and warmly welcomed by Winnipeg locals.  :clap:

I watched the NHL premiere game in Finland of the Anaheim Ducks, starring Captain Teemu Selanne plays in his homeland, plays against the Buffalo Sabres (beats Ducks 4-1). The L.A. Kings met the Sabres in another NHL premiere game in Berlin.

Ice Hockey is cool (make that HOT!), love the sport's speed, skill, stamina, strategy and skates on ice. Canada's national sport, has expanded over the decades (Anaheim Ducks are my fave team, but has the older Mighty Ducks logo) and the opponent team fights are contradictory to Canada's image as a "polite" people (yeah, right).  :pan:
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: OCGuy81 on October 12, 2011, 09:02:40 PM
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Even though I'm from Texas, im one of the few hockey fans here. My favorite teams are the Dallas Stars and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Any more fans? I'm sure there are...

I work with a guy from Minnesota who still views the North Stars moving to Dallas as the day he stopped enjoying hockey.  :-P

His loss! Great sport.  I'm a homer here.  Anaheim Ducks! Think I need to get on board and buy season tickets one of these years.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: PAHighways on October 20, 2011, 07:12:26 PM
Bruins - June 2011
Celtics - June 2008
Patriots - February 2005
Red Sox - October 2007

So all four major sports teams in Boston won their championships in approximately six years and four months.

Pennsylvania got three out of four (http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09188/982298-100.stm) just in the span of eight months.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on October 28, 2011, 07:50:25 PM
Photos from the Washington Capitals home opener vs. the Carolina Hurricanes on 10/8/11

http://www.flickr.com/photos/adamontheroad/sets/72157627994316752/

A 4-3 OT win for the Caps.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on December 06, 2011, 11:21:49 PM
The Canes had their annual season ticket holder pre-game skate last weekend.  Got to see the Pens practice and also meet and talk to Pens broadcaster Mike Lange.

Photos from the event:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/adamontheroad/sets/72157628314115081/
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: PAHighways on December 07, 2011, 12:02:27 AM
Well scratch my back with a hacksaw!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on January 03, 2012, 12:32:54 PM
The Montreal Canadiens got a bad season this year, they fired Jacques Martin as coach to replace him by interim by Randy Connyworth and it didn't fixed things.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on January 03, 2012, 12:56:07 PM
Because he doesn't know how to speak french.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on January 12, 2012, 06:15:18 PM
New York Islanders at Carolina Hurricanes 1/3/12:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/adamontheroad/sets/72157628722948565/
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on January 12, 2012, 10:44:55 PM
Philadelphia Flyers at Carolina Hurricanes 1/10/12:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/adamontheroad/sets/72157628830671601/
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on January 23, 2012, 09:45:37 PM
Some minor league hockey fun:

Fayetteville FireAntz host the Mississippi Surge.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/adamontheroad/sets/72157628990917457/

It was a borning game until the last two minute when a line brawl broke out and ended with a pretty hefty goalie battle.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on February 18, 2012, 06:31:35 PM
LA Kings at Carolina Hurricanes 2/4/11:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/adamontheroad/sets/72157629375673895/

Canes won 2-1.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadmaestro95 on February 26, 2012, 09:54:17 PM
I thought this was a great play and it was special for not only him but the whole team. It's great to be on top :) (then we will probably lose all of our playoffs games as usual...)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on April 06, 2012, 11:38:36 AM
Capitals at Carolina 2/20/12: Canes won 5-0.  I never saw a team mail it in as badly as the Caps did that night.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/adamontheroad/sets/72157629753647479/
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on April 06, 2012, 05:43:27 PM
Capitals at Carolina 2/20/12: Canes won 5-0.  I never saw a team mail it in as badly as the Caps did that night.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/adamontheroad/sets/72157629753647479/
Watch, they'll do it again in Round 1. ;)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: rickmastfan67 on April 06, 2012, 10:12:34 PM
Capitals at Carolina 2/20/12: Canes won 5-0.  I never saw a team mail it in as badly as the Caps did that night.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/adamontheroad/sets/72157629753647479/
Watch, they'll do it again in Round 1. ;)

Especially with only one healthy goalie left standing.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: signalman on April 07, 2012, 03:03:16 AM
All teams play today.  Last day of the 2011-12 season.  Every team plays another team in their conference except the New York Islanders and Columbus Blue Jackets.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Hot Rod Hootenanny on April 07, 2012, 09:04:31 PM
All teams play today.  Last day of the 2011-12 season.  Every team plays another team in their conference except the New York Islanders and Columbus Blue Jackets.
Loser of that game should be relegated to the AHL.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on April 08, 2012, 12:47:39 AM
All teams play today.  Last day of the 2011-12 season.  Every team plays another team in their conference except the New York Islanders and Columbus Blue Jackets.
Loser of that game should be relegated to the AHL.
Promote the Connecticut Whale?
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Hot Rod Hootenanny on April 08, 2012, 10:59:04 PM
All teams play today.  Last day of the 2011-12 season.  Every team plays another team in their conference except the New York Islanders and Columbus Blue Jackets.
Loser of that game should be relegated to the AHL.
Promote the Connecticut Whale?

Instead of the Island?  Sure.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on April 20, 2012, 10:16:05 AM
In-stands entertainment behind our seats at the Caps game last night (that's my shoulder in the foreground as I surreptitiously filmed them with my phone's front-facing camera).

Clicking the image should play the video. This was during intermission....later during a TV timeout he was fondling her titties.

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c378/1995hoo/th_81e89ec7.jpg) (http://s31.photobucket.com/albums/c378/1995hoo/?action=view&current=81e89ec7.mp4)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: signalman on April 20, 2012, 03:47:58 PM
Damn, they need to get a room.  Public displays like that are rude and uncalled for.  On a side note, it seems like she has a nice body   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Hot Rod Hootenanny on April 20, 2012, 10:49:16 PM
In-stands entertainment behind our seats at the Caps game last night (that's my shoulder in the foreground as I surreptitiously filmed them with my phone's front-facing camera).
This was during intermission....later during a TV timeout he was fondling her titties.

About 10 years ago or so, I was at a Phillies game with some friends (up in the 700 level of the old Veteran's Stadium) and one of them got a photo of some dude receiving a blowjob from his date.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on May 06, 2012, 01:51:35 PM
The LA Kings kicked out the Canucks out of the playoffs and now are against the St.Louis Blues, does the LA Kings might be the Cinderella team this year?
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadmaestro95 on May 06, 2012, 10:27:33 PM
Who knows!? Just like the Saint Louis Cards from the MLB Playoffs last year. I hope not for my team's sake...but if we can't get past the Caps or the Devils (we can beat the Flyers...undefeated during the season), then I'm rooting for LA
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on May 07, 2012, 08:17:34 PM
Who knows!? Just like the Saint Louis Cards from the MLB Playoffs last year. I hope not for my team's sake...but if we can't get past the Caps or the Devils (we can beat the Flyers...undefeated during the season), then I'm rooting for LA
Careful what you wish for. I'd rather have faced the Flyers in Round 2 only because the Eastern matchups are fun, but the way the teams have been playing so far, all of the remaining teams are dangerous. (We'd better beat the Loose Bowels Craps.) If we do make the Cup, I'm getting a ticket by hook or by crook...
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadmaestro95 on May 07, 2012, 08:26:17 PM
Who knows!? Just like the Saint Louis Cards from the MLB Playoffs last year. I hope not for my team's sake...but if we can't get past the Caps or the Devils (we can beat the Flyers...undefeated during the season), then I'm rooting for LA
Careful what you wish for. I'd rather have faced the Flyers in Round 2 only because the Eastern matchups are fun, but the way the teams have been playing so far, all of the remaining teams are dangerous. (We'd better beat the Loose Bowels Craps.) If we do make the Cup, I'm getting a ticket by hook or by crook...
I agree...but the ways looking right now, I'm a bit worried trying to get past NJ. Yet, it's possible...but anything is at this point.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on May 07, 2012, 08:28:34 PM
Who knows!? Just like the Saint Louis Cards from the MLB Playoffs last year. I hope not for my team's sake...but if we can't get past the Caps or the Devils (we can beat the Flyers...undefeated during the season), then I'm rooting for LA
Careful what you wish for. I'd rather have faced the Flyers in Round 2 only because the Eastern matchups are fun, but the way the teams have been playing so far, all of the remaining teams are dangerous. (We'd better beat the Loose Bowels Craps.) If we do make the Cup, I'm getting a ticket by hook or by crook...
I agree...but the ways looking right now, I'm a bit worried trying to get past NJ. Yet, it's possible...but anything is at this point.
If the Flyers come back from a 3-1 deficit against this NJ team, I'd be more worried about them.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadmaestro95 on May 07, 2012, 08:32:51 PM
Who knows!? Just like the Saint Louis Cards from the MLB Playoffs last year. I hope not for my team's sake...but if we can't get past the Caps or the Devils (we can beat the Flyers...undefeated during the season), then I'm rooting for LA
Careful what you wish for. I'd rather have faced the Flyers in Round 2 only because the Eastern matchups are fun, but the way the teams have been playing so far, all of the remaining teams are dangerous. (We'd better beat the Loose Bowels Craps.) If we do make the Cup, I'm getting a ticket by hook or by crook...
I agree...but the ways looking right now, I'm a bit worried trying to get past NJ. Yet, it's possible...but anything is at this point.
If the Flyers come back from a 3-1 deficit against this NJ team, I'd be more worried about them.
But they have not even beaten the Rangers once and their goalie sucks so...
But NJ only can score from their offensive line. Their defensive line doesn't really get the puck out well nor can score goals, unlike the Rangers. And Brodeur (however it's spelled) is not consistent either.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on May 07, 2012, 10:44:35 PM
But they have not even beaten the Rangers once and their goalie sucks so...
But NJ only can score from their offensive line. Their defensive line doesn't really get the puck out well nor can score goals, unlike the Rangers. And Brodeur (however it's spelled) is not consistent either.
You weren't even alive last time the Rangers won the Cup... and probably not when the Devils won it the year after :P (And I think that was Brodeur, just to show how enduring he's been.) The Rangers have not looked overwhelming so far, so I'm not going to discount any of their opponents.

P.S. Does anyone have a spare $250-$500 to drop? I'd love to see a Stanley Cup game but at those prices I need some coercion.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadmaestro95 on May 08, 2012, 04:47:00 AM
But they have not even beaten the Rangers once and their goalie sucks so...
But NJ only can score from their offensive line. Their defensive line doesn't really get the puck out well nor can score goals, unlike the Rangers. And Brodeur (however it's spelled) is not consistent either.
You weren't even alive last time the Rangers won the Cup... and probably not when the Devils won it the year after :P (And I think that was Brodeur, just to show how enduring he's been.) The Rangers have not looked overwhelming so far, so I'm not going to discount any of their opponents.

P.S. Does anyone have a spare $250-$500 to drop? I'd love to see a Stanley Cup game but at those prices I need some coercion.
Only about a month before I came into this world the Devils won :P but my dad was/is a HUGE rangers fan so I got it from him. And Brodeur was the goalie and been there since 91 (I did my homework).
But I think from last night, they got damn lucky winning that game.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on May 08, 2012, 08:19:05 PM
But they have not even beaten the Rangers once and their goalie sucks so...
But NJ only can score from their offensive line. Their defensive line doesn't really get the puck out well nor can score goals, unlike the Rangers. And Brodeur (however it's spelled) is not consistent either.
You weren't even alive last time the Rangers won the Cup... and probably not when the Devils won it the year after :P (And I think that was Brodeur, just to show how enduring he's been.) The Rangers have not looked overwhelming so far, so I'm not going to discount any of their opponents.

P.S. Does anyone have a spare $250-$500 to drop? I'd love to see a Stanley Cup game but at those prices I need some coercion.
Only about a month before I came into this world the Devils won :P but my dad was/is a HUGE rangers fan so I got it from him. And Brodeur was the goalie and been there since 91 (I did my homework).
But I think from last night, they got damn lucky winning that game.
They were damn unlucky to be down 2-1. They had the pressure on the whole night. Should never have had to come down to a last-second power play, but the win was very well deserved. Until that point it was stinking of 2001 when the Yankees were outplayed in Games 1-6 of the World Series but finally, making it to Game 7, were outplaying the Dbacks and managed to lose with the best pitcher in baseball on the mound. (I blame Torre.)

Again - anyone wanna catch a Cup game?
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on May 14, 2012, 01:50:22 PM
NY Rangers had beat the Capitals and will go against the NJ Devils while the LA Kings won the 1st game against the Phoenix Coyotes.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on May 14, 2012, 03:09:30 PM
NY Rangers had beat the Capitals and will go against the NJ Devils while the LA Kings won the 1st game against the Phoenix Coyotes.

You're kidding me...i didn't know that.  I thought the Montreal Maroons were facing the New York Americans.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on May 14, 2012, 06:41:22 PM
NY Rangers had beat the Capitals and will go against the NJ Devils while the LA Kings won the 1st game against the Phoenix Coyotes.

You're kidding me...i didn't know that.  I thought the Montreal Maroons were facing the New York Americans.
At least his news was accurate, even if most hockey fans knew it already. Snark unnecessary. Incidentally... I did not know the Kings/Coyotes series had started until I reread this. So there.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on May 23, 2012, 07:15:46 AM
The Kings eleminated the Coyotes in overtime at the 5th game. It's the 2nd time then the Kings will go to the Stanley cup finals.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadmaestro95 on May 23, 2012, 04:28:15 PM
The Kings eleminated the Coyotes in overtime at the 5th game. It's the 2nd time then the Kings will go to the Stanley cup finals.
Depends on who wins the Eastern series if the Kings will win the cup. I congrat them, however, the Rangers will go all the way with the leadership of King Henrik, the brave shotblockers and damn good defenders McDonaugh, Callahan (they don't give him enough credit) and Girardi (who can whack a wicked slapper), and the rest of the crew and the new shining star Chris Kreider (Marty gets beat every time!)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on May 25, 2012, 06:35:16 PM
The Kings eleminated the Coyotes in overtime at the 5th game. It's the 2nd time then the Kings will go to the Stanley cup finals.
Depends on who wins the Eastern series if the Kings will win the cup. I congrat them, however, the Rangers will go all the way with the leadership of King Henrik, the brave shotblockers and damn good defenders McDonaugh, Callahan (they don't give him enough credit) and Girardi (who can whack a wicked slapper), and the rest of the crew and the new shining star Chris Kreider (Marty gets beat every time!)
Homerism unnecessary. Although I share your affiliation, trust me, either East team is more than good enough to beat the Kings. In fact, I'd put the Flyers or Penguins over the Kings. The 2011-12 Northeast division is the toughest I've ever seen in hockey.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on May 27, 2012, 03:46:37 PM
There some articles who appeared about the "curse of Marty McSorley".  Some believed then there a curse who could explained why no Canadian teams won the cup since 1993.
http://www.grantland.com/blog/the-triangle/post/_/id/27336/the-l-a-kings-and-the-curse-of-marty-mcsorley
http://www.montrealgazette.com/sports/McSorley+tired+hearing+about+Curse/6668107/story.html
http://www.dailybreeze.com/sports/ci_20720311/will-anyone-stick-up-former-king-marty-mcsorley
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on June 05, 2012, 09:33:04 PM
Here a funny clip from Taiwanese people explaining the Stanley cup final.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on June 12, 2012, 07:36:19 AM
The Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup for the 1st time of their history. :clap: :bigass:
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: BigMattFromTexas on June 12, 2012, 02:44:19 PM
Kings won.. Yawn.. Maybe next year a real team will win.. Ha
 BigMatt
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: rawmustard on June 12, 2012, 03:17:07 PM
Kings won.. Yawn.. Maybe next year a real team will win.. Ha
 BigMatt

If beating the 1, 2, and 3 seeds in their conference in the same postseason (convincingly, I might add) doesn't make them a real team, I don't know what does.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on June 12, 2012, 07:16:35 PM
Kings won.. Yawn.. Maybe next year a real team will win.. Ha
 BigMatt

If beating the 1, 2, and 3 seeds in their conference in the same postseason (convincingly, I might add) doesn't make them a real team, I don't know what does.
They didn't get the chance to beat the 1 seed in the other conference. Duh.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Hot Rod Hootenanny on June 13, 2012, 01:10:15 AM
Kings won.. Yawn.. Maybe next year a real team will win.. Ha
 BigMatt
Go Blue Jackets then :bigass:
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: BigMattFromTexas on June 15, 2012, 01:27:53 PM
If beating the 1, 2, and 3 seeds in their conference in the same postseason (convincingly, I might add) doesn't make them a real team, I don't know what does.
Their good, I just don't consider Los Angeles to be a hockey city.. Unless it's the Stars (:D) I would prefer the Eastern Conference to keep the cup.. Preferably the Pens!
 BigMatt
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Brandon on June 16, 2012, 09:07:55 AM
If beating the 1, 2, and 3 seeds in their conference in the same postseason (convincingly, I might add) doesn't make them a real team, I don't know what does.
Their good, I just don't consider Los Angeles to be a hockey city.. Unless it's the Stars (:D) I would prefer the Eastern Conference to keep the cup.. Preferably the Pens!
 BigMatt

The Pens don't deserve another cup, and the EC can feck off.  :thumbdown:

BTW, Crosby sucks.  GO WINGS!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on June 16, 2012, 10:17:09 AM
The St. Louis Blues are still part of the "no cup win since '67 club" (we could also include the Leafs who didn't won since '67") http://www.pensionplanpuppets.com/2012/6/11/3079649/los-angeles-kings-win-2012-stanley-cup
Edit: There was also the former Golden Seals/Oakland Seals who moved to Cleveland briefly as the Barons and amalgated with the Minessota North Stars before spinned-off for the creation of the San Jose Sharks and the Stars moved to Dallas.

Let's also include the 1970s expansions teams Buffalo Sabres, Vancouver Canucks, Washington Capitals who still wait their 1st championship.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadmaestro95 on June 16, 2012, 11:33:22 PM
Congrats Kings...next year will be the Rangers year. Enough said.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Hot Rod Hootenanny on June 18, 2012, 10:02:31 PM

Edit: There was also the former Golden Seals/Oakland Seals who moved to Cleveland briefly as the Barons and amalgated with the Minessota North Stars before spinned-off for the creation of the San Jose Sharks and the Stars moved to Dallas.


Care to explain how San Jose was spun off from the North Stars?
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Brandon on June 18, 2012, 10:07:48 PM

Edit: There was also the former Golden Seals/Oakland Seals who moved to Cleveland briefly as the Barons and amalgated with the Minessota North Stars before spinned-off for the creation of the San Jose Sharks and the Stars moved to Dallas.


Care to explain how San Jose was spun off from the North Stars?

IIRC, the Sharks were an expansion team.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on June 19, 2012, 08:12:07 AM
The Gund Family had owned the Cleveland Barons - and prior to that the Seals.  When they merged with the North Stars in 78 - the Gunds took over majority ownership of the Stars.  In the late 80s, the Gunds wanted to move the North Stars to the Bay Area.  The league decided to offer the Gunds an 'expansion' team.  The Stars, fresh off a 4th place finish - I think they had 68 points that year - in the Norris Division and a lucky playoff run that took them to the Stanley Cup finals, were split up.  The Stars and the Sharks took part in the 1991 expansion draft.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: rickmastfan67 on June 19, 2012, 08:14:33 AM
So, anybody going to the Draft this year here in Pittsburgh?  I got lucky and scored a ticket for Day #2 myself.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on June 19, 2012, 08:19:18 AM
Worked the 1997 Draft in Pittsburgh - Met a lot of coaches and future stars.  Went to the draft here in Raleigh in 2004.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: PAHighways on June 19, 2012, 07:19:40 PM
I have to work, and will just go to NHL.com to see who the Pens pick or watch the news when I get home.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on August 29, 2012, 06:23:31 PM
Looks like the NHL might get another lock-out http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=403677

One blogger suggests to watch minor leagues like the AHL.
http://hockey-blog-in-canada.blogspot.ca/2012/08/if-theres-no-nhl-catch-ahl.html

grammar
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on September 14, 2012, 08:31:43 AM
The lockout is close...
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=405196
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: NYYPhil777 on September 15, 2012, 02:53:39 AM
First it was the NFL, then it was the NBA, and now another NHL lockout possibility. I don't blame the players and the fans, I blame the commissioner.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on September 15, 2012, 05:37:46 AM
First it was the NFL, then it was the NBA, and now another NHL lockout possibility. I don't blame the players and the fans, I blame the commissioner.
Blame the owners. They typically are a lot less willing to budge, not in the least because they have the money to weather the storm.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: NYYPhil777 on September 15, 2012, 09:12:51 AM
First it was the NFL, then it was the NBA, and now another NHL lockout possibility. I don't blame the players and the fans, I blame the commissioner.
Blame the owners. They typically are a lot less willing to budge, not in the least because they have the money to weather the storm.
I'll agree on that for the NBA and NHL, but not MLB and NFL. Selig and Goodell have two things in common and that is to try to make the game less competitive. And they're not commissioners for the fans. That's probably why college football is now getting more viewers than NFL, in addition to college football viewers' huge loyalties for their alma mater.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on September 16, 2012, 01:54:28 AM
First it was the NFL, then it was the NBA, and now another NHL lockout possibility. I don't blame the players and the fans, I blame the commissioner.
Blame the owners. They typically are a lot less willing to budge, not in the least because they have the money to weather the storm.
I'll agree on that for the NBA and NHL, but not MLB and NFL. Selig and Goodell have two things in common and that is to try to make the game less competitive. And they're not commissioners for the fans. That's probably why college football is now getting more viewers than NFL, in addition to college football viewers' huge loyalties for their alma mater.
Yeah, I was referring specifically to the NHL with my post.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on September 23, 2012, 10:10:09 AM
AEG put the LA Kings and the LA Galaxy (MLS) for sale. Rumors mentionned they could get a stake in a future NFL team in LA.
http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/story/_/id/8397131/anschutz-entertainment-group-owner-los-angeles-kings-staples-center-los-angeles-galaxy-sale
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: NYYPhil777 on September 23, 2012, 10:12:43 PM
AEG put the LA Kings and the LA Galaxy (MLS) for sale. Rumors mentionned they could get a stake in a future NFL team in LA.
http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/story/_/id/8397131/anschutz-entertainment-group-owner-los-angeles-kings-staples-center-los-angeles-galaxy-sale
And the Kings won the Stanley Cup this year... is it me, or are more and more corporations getting greedy and stupid every day of the year?
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Desert Man on October 22, 2012, 04:50:48 AM
Unfortunately, the NHL has a lockout (just when I changed my Ducks logo) to kept them off the ice. I hope the NHL lockout ends soon, because the longer the season is postponed, the more disinterested I become of ice hockey.

However, inline hockey is around and in Sou. Cal. the South (Orange) County Bulls and Anaheim Bullfrogs promote the sport regardless of what surface they use.

I remember the RHI of the 1990s to have inline hockey during the summer months.

RHI team logos:
The storied Anaheim Bullfrogs helped bring hockey-fever...on skates to the Sou Cal sports market.



Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: NYYPhil777 on October 22, 2012, 05:30:04 PM
The NHL season this year will be in real trouble if the NHL has to cancel the Winter Classic... :angry:
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on November 25, 2012, 10:57:32 AM
The way then these "clowns" (NHL's commisionner Gary Bettman and NHLPA's president Donald Fehr) act, sometimes I wish then some NHL teams decide to left the NHL to create their own league.

Here one editorial toon who said 1000 words. ;)  Picture from a French site http://ygreck.typepad.com/ygreck/2012/11/lock-out.html
(http://ygreck.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c5dd653ef017c33e69b1c970b-800wi)
Title: Time to stick a fork in the NHL?
Post by: ftballfan on December 21, 2012, 12:19:38 PM
Gary Bettman has cancelled all NHL games through January 14 and there is a good chance the next cancellation will be the rest of the season. Is it time to give up on the NHL, not just for this year, but for good? There is a decent chance this lockout lasts longer than the last one which didn't end until a couple of months before the 2005-06 season started.
Title: Re: Time to stick a fork in the NHL?
Post by: texaskdog on December 21, 2012, 01:01:25 PM
It's not a strong enough league to get away with it.  I imagine it'll be a 16 team league before long.
Title: Re: Time to stick a fork in the NHL?
Post by: Alps on December 21, 2012, 04:43:05 PM
My ideal NHL would be:
St. John's, Halifax, Fredericton, Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Hamilton [Canada East]
Boston, New York, New Jersey, Buffalo, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit [U.S. East]
Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Regina, Seattle, Minneapolis, Chicago [West]

Now of course, this doesn't account for the little matter of attendance, especially in the Canadian cities. But call it Fictional NHLways.
Title: Re: Time to stick a fork in the NHL?
Post by: Brandon on December 21, 2012, 04:49:49 PM
My ideal NHL would be:
St. John's, Halifax, Fredericton, Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Hamilton [Canada East]
Boston, New York, New Jersey, Buffalo, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit [U.S. East]
Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Regina, Seattle, Minneapolis, Chicago [West]

Now of course, this doesn't account for the little matter of attendance, especially in the Canadian cities. But call it Fictional NHLways.

The Canadians tend to fill their arenas far more often than the southern and western US cities do.  Nashville, Columbus, Tampa, LA, Phoenix (and others0 could probably all lose their teams and it wouldn't matter much.  However, I would add Denver to your West.  Colorado is as hockey crazy as Minnesota or Michigan.
Title: Re: Time to stick a fork in the NHL?
Post by: DTComposer on December 21, 2012, 05:31:30 PM
However, I would add Denver to your West.  Colorado is as hockey crazy as Minnesota or Michigan.

The numbers don't bear that out. Colorado's attendance the last six seasons has averaged 87.2%, only getting above 90% once.

If you kept just the top 16 teams in average home attendance since 2005-2006, you get something like this:

EAST: Boston, NY Rangers, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh
NORTH: Buffalo, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto
CENTRAL: Chicago, Detroit, Edmonton, Minnesota
WEST: Calgary, Los Angeles, San Jose, Vancouver

(cutoff attendance for this ended up around 93%)

Back on topic, I can't figure out how either side thinks dragging this out is a good idea. Are they not aware that, while they may be considered one of the "big four" leagues, it's a sizable gap between them and the NBA, and they're already struggling for continued relevance?
Title: Re: Time to stick a fork in the NHL?
Post by: elsmere241 on December 21, 2012, 07:13:18 PM
Donald Fehr, who led the baseball players' union a while back, now leads the NHL players' union.  I don't see that as a good sign.
Title: Re: Time to stick a fork in the NHL?
Post by: Big John on December 21, 2012, 08:03:37 PM
I may add Winnipeg for one of the other cities as they regained the Jets last year and sold out.
Title: Re: Time to stick a fork in the NHL?
Post by: Alps on December 21, 2012, 09:48:04 PM
I may add Winnipeg for one of the other cities as they regained the Jets last year and sold out.
Oh, I put Regina but I meant Winnipeg. It's so easy to forget, all tucked away down there.
Title: Re: Time to stick a fork in the NHL?
Post by: ftballfan on December 21, 2012, 09:53:52 PM
Donald Fehr, who led the baseball players' union a while back, now leads the NHL players' union.  I don't see that as a good sign.
The 1994-95 MLB strike, led by Don Fehr, was the only labor dispute (so far) to wipe out parts of two seasons. If the lockout wipes out this season, I think the MLS may have a better case for consideration in the "Big Four".

NHL realignment (provided no teams fold)
Northeast (8): Boston, Halifax (relocated Islanders), Hamilton (relocated Coyotes), Montreal, New Jersey, New York (Rangers), Ottawa, Toronto
Southeast (8): Buffalo, Carolina, Detroit, Nashville, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Washington
Northwest (7): Calgary, Edmonton, Minnesota, Saskatoon (relocated Panthers), Seattle (relocated Stars), Vancouver, Winnipeg
Southwest (7): Chicago, Colorado, Kansas City (relocated Blue Jackets), Los Angeles, Portland (OR) (relocated Ducks), San Jose, St. Louis

Carolina, Nashville, and Tampa Bay seem to do well and have success on the ice as well (TB won the Cup in 2004 while Carolina won the Cup in 2006)
Title: Re: Time to stick a fork in the NHL?
Post by: mgk920 on December 21, 2012, 10:47:46 PM
Donald Fehr, who led the baseball players' union a while back, now leads the NHL players' union.  I don't see that as a good sign.
The 1994-95 MLB strike, led by Don Fehr, was the only labor dispute (so far) to wipe out parts of two seasons. If the lockout wipes out this season, I think the MLS may have a better case for consideration in the "Big Four".

NHL realignment (provided no teams fold)
Northeast (8): Boston, Halifax (relocated Islanders), Hamilton (relocated Coyotes), Montreal, New Jersey, New York (Rangers), Ottawa, Toronto
Southeast (8): Buffalo, Carolina, Detroit, Nashville, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Washington
Northwest (7): Calgary, Edmonton, Minnesota, Saskatoon (relocated Panthers), Seattle (relocated Stars), Vancouver, Winnipeg
Southwest (7): Chicago, Colorado, Kansas City (relocated Blue Jackets), Los Angeles, Portland (OR) (relocated Ducks), San Jose, St. Louis

Carolina, Nashville, and Tampa Bay seem to do well and have success on the ice as well (TB won the Cup in 2004 while Carolina won the Cup in 2006)

I agree that MLS is steadily and noticeably expanding their fan base - such that IMHO, even the Baseball™ Gods should be keeping their eyes on them.

I'm kind of wondering that should the NHL go *POOF!*, if it wouldn't be a bad idea to reorganize Hockey™ on the lines of those European ftbol federations with the minor league affiliations being cancelled and every surviving ex-NHL team then going into a new federation with promotion-relegation between the competition levels.  The top level would play for the Stanley Cup (which long predates the NHL, BTW) and the lower level teams would play for promotion into the top level.  The Milwaukee Admirals (now a farm team of the Nashville Predators), for example, would then be playing for a chance to compete for the Stanley Cup rather than for some obscure minor league trophy that nobody has heard of.

An added bonus is that there would be no need for a players' union and it would end the endless parade of weak teams moving from city to city.  Weak teams would just be relegated to more appropriate levels and good teams from other cities would be promoted to replace them, based solely on their 'on the ice' performance.

Any thoughts?

 :hmmm:

Mike
Title: Re: Time to stick a fork in the NHL?
Post by: Brandon on December 22, 2012, 12:27:38 AM
I agree that MLS is steadily and noticeably expanding their fan base - such that IMHO, even the Baseball Gods should be keeping their eyes on them.

MLS - puke.  :ded:  Is there anything more boring than watching soccer?  :banghead:

It's high time that Bettman was given his walking papers to go back to the NBA.  :verymad:
I WANT MY HOCKEY DAMMIT!
Title: Re: Time to stick a fork in the NHL?
Post by: Duke87 on December 22, 2012, 01:07:31 AM
I agree that MLS is steadily and noticeably expanding their fan base - such that IMHO, even the Baseball Gods should be keeping their eyes on them.

MLS - puke.  :ded:  Is there anything more boring than watching soccer?  :banghead:

This is the typical traditional American position on soccer, yes. But that is already changing as more and more immigrants from Latin America (where soccer is a huge thing) come in. In the future I imagine there will only be more fans of "Futbol" in the US.
Title: Re: Time to stick a fork in the NHL?
Post by: vtk on December 22, 2012, 03:50:08 AM
If CBJ folds or moves to another city, that'll cause a lot of pain and anger locally.  I think the taxpayers recently bought Nationwide Arena, which has been something of an anchor for redevelopment in that part of downtown.



Soccer can be interesting if you know all the ins and outs of what's going on, I suppose.  The same can be said for baseball, NASCAR, and day-to-day politics.
Title: Re: Time to stick a fork in the NHL?
Post by: DandyDan on December 22, 2012, 03:55:17 AM
I agree that MLS is steadily and noticeably expanding their fan base - such that IMHO, even the Baseball Gods should be keeping their eyes on them.

MLS - puke.  :ded:  Is there anything more boring than watching soccer?  :banghead:

This is the typical traditional American position on soccer, yes. But that is already changing as more and more immigrants from Latin America (where soccer is a huge thing) come in. In the future I imagine there will only be more fans of "Futbol" in the US.

Don't forget about the fact soccer is the most popular youth sport in America today.  It has to follow that at some point, the USA will produce a player as good as Lionel Messi.  And everyone will want to be like him.

As for hockey, I don't know if the current lockout is the beginning of the end for the NHL.  It might be for places with a lack of hockey tradition (aka the southern teams), but you can rest assured that once the NHL opens for business again in its stronger markets that they will have sellouts the first games.
Title: Re: Time to stick a fork in the NHL?
Post by: Stephane Dumas on December 22, 2012, 08:16:05 AM

I'm kind of wondering that should the NHL go *POOF!*, if it wouldn't be a bad idea to reorganize Hockey on the lines of those European ftbol federations with the minor league affiliations being cancelled and every surviving ex-NHL team then going into a new federation with promotion-relegation between the competition levels.  The top level would play for the Stanley Cup (which long predates the NHL, BTW) and the lower level teams would play for promotion into the top level.  The Milwaukee Admirals (now a farm team of the Nashville Predators), for example, would then be playing for a chance to compete for the Stanley Cup rather than for some obscure minor league trophy that nobody has heard of.

An added bonus is that there would be no need for a players' union and it would end the endless parade of weak teams moving from city to city.  Weak teams would just be relegated to more appropriate levels and good teams from other cities would be promoted to replace them, based solely on their 'on the ice' performance.

Any thoughts?

 :hmmm:

Mike

It was more or less worked the way you described before the NHL decided to take the Stanley Cup for good. The 1st incarnation of the Cleveland Barons in the AHL wanted to challenge the Stanley Cup champions in 1953 but the NHL refused. http://www.greatesthockeylegends.com/2008/05/1953-unexpected-challenge-from.html

I suggested in another thread, then some current NHL teams should quit the NHL to create their own league, they could get the name rights on the WHA. ;)

And Gary Bettman, he should had used replacement players just like the NFL did and I still have a grudge against Donald Fehr, thanks to him if the Montreal Expos are killed.

And some fans might plan to sue as well  http://www.thestar.com/sports/leafs/article/1303081--nhl-lockout-yankees-fan-to-rule-on-league-lawsuit
and here a good editorial from the Toronto Globe & Mail
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/making-the-case-for-a-class-action-fans-lawsuit-against-the-nhl/article6185890/
Quote
The five stages of hockey death are merely the five stages of grief arranged in slightly different order.

Griefs five: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance.

NHL hockeys five: bargaining, denial, depression, acceptance, anger.

The anger, following Mondays announcement that games are cancelled through the end of 2012, is now full blown. Increasingly, fans are saying: I hope they dont go back this year.

There is something wonderfully Canadian in such a response. This is a country that prefers to throw governments out over putting governments in. There has always been a peculiar and particular joy perhaps a colonial vestige in putting the boots to large institutions that disappoint. We may not have capital punishment, but that doesnt mean we dont believe in punishing.

One of the countrys key legal minds was musing privately last weekend over the possibility of season-ticket holders launching a class-action suit against the NHL and its 30 teams.

His notion lies in the possibility that season-ticket holders were deliberately misled when they either purchased or renewed their seats.

One of his law partners like him, a season-ticket holder in one of Canadas seven NHL cities was so angry with the incomprehensible absurdity that the NHL lockout has become that he wrote to his once beloved local team demanding his money back. It proved rather impossible.

Teams have a variety of systems to deal with cancelled games. Subscribers can leave their money with the team and, in some instances, even collect interest, usually in the range of 2 to 5 per cent, 5 per cent actually looking rather attractive to investors in the current economic climate.

In the case of the lawyer who demanded a full refund, he was informed he can be refunded only on a game-by-game basis, as previously scheduled games are lost to the labour dispute.

The strategy is obvious, the legal mind says. You offer season-ticket holders a small incentive to stay; you make it a bother to leave. This works to the advantage of teams as there is, daily, an increasing possibility that if a season-ticket holder leaves for the whole season, he is potentially gone for the next season as well, perhaps gone forever.

Fan loyalty is proving not quite as deep as the ocean, as proved to be the case in 2004-05. There is this time a growing sense that, given the chance, fans might turn on the league and its players if 2012-13 is lost entirely.

And since we are discussing strategy, he adds, you have to presume that the league and its teams had a strategy in place that presumed perhaps even planned that there would be a lockout on Sept. 15.

That, he says, raises the possibility that teams sold season tickets fully aware there would be, at best, a shortened season, and, at worst, no season at all. He would call this false pretenses. Even if those tickets have caveats in small print regarding the possibility of lost games, he still believes a legal argument could be made.

Season-ticket holders are a powerful force in hockey. Well more than half the available seats are dedicated to their loyalty.

The legal mind thinks there would be judges also hockey fans out there who would entertain such a legal question, even if it went nowhere.

Just imagine the squirming, he says, if a court were discussing a forensic examination of league and team e-mails to determine whether the lockout was a certainty even as season tickets were being sold to games that were never going to be played.

Examiners would, he predicts, find a gold mine.

At the least, fans should have been forewarned. And if they went ahead and purchased their tickets, there should have been an Eatons guarantee Goods satisfactory or money refunded that would be immediately honoured if a fan so requested.

The legal mind doesnt actually believe there would be any court resolution to such a case. Courts, after all, move even more slowly than Donald Fehr or Gary Bettman.

The idea would be to make matters uncomfortable for the league and teams, to annoy them as much as they have annoyed their best fans, and to give fans some leverage when, in fact, they currently have none.

After all, he points out, the NHL and the players are fighting over the fans money.
Title: Re: Time to stick a fork in the NHL?
Post by: bugo on December 22, 2012, 12:32:23 PM
Soccer and golf are good to watch if you're having problems falling asleep.  Other than that, they're completely worthless.
Title: Re: Time to stick a fork in the NHL?
Post by: Henry on December 22, 2012, 01:04:55 PM
As a teed-off Blackhawks fan, I could care less about what happens now. But at least I can now say that I got to see them win the Stanley Cup two seasons ago.

As for ideas of an alternate NHL, I can see the following:

EAST: Boston, Buffalo, Carolina, Florida, Montreal, Nashville, New Jersey, NY Islanders, NY Rangers, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Toronto, Washington

WEST: Anaheim, Calgary, Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Detroit, Edmonton, Kansas City (formerly Columbus), Los Angeles, Minnesota, San Jose, St. Louis, Seattle (formerly Phoenix), Vancouver, Winnipeg
Title: Re: Time to stick a fork in the NHL?
Post by: Hot Rod Hootenanny on December 23, 2012, 01:32:30 AM
And Gary Bettman, he should had used replacement players just like the NFL did and I still have a grudge against Donald Fehr, thanks to him if the Montreal Expos are killed.

NHL can't use replacement players, because management is keeping the players (union) out (thus it being a lockout and not a strike).
Title: Re: Time to stick a fork in the NHL?
Post by: Hot Rod Hootenanny on December 23, 2012, 01:57:26 AM
If CBJ folds or moves to another city, that'll cause a lot of pain and anger locally.  I think the taxpayers recently bought Nationwide Arena, which has been something of an anchor for redevelopment in that part of downtown.



Soccer can be interesting if you know all the ins and outs of what's going on, I suppose.  The same can be said for baseball, NASCAR, and day-to-day politics.

The sad part is, that Columbus was supporting the Blue Jackets up through the last work stopage. The attendence cliff that the Blue Jackets have gone over, in the last 3 years, was because the team sucks and management has no clue as to how to stop it.
As for the Arena, Columbus & Franklin County has voted down tax issues numerous times concerning building arenas since the mid 80s (makes you wonder how Vets Memorial and Convention Center were funded). With some gentle persuasion from the city and state, Nationwide Insurance (which bought up the land in the NW quadrant of DT Columbus when it was dirt cheap [as slum clearance]) with some assistance from the Dispatch group (Who owns the local paper, a couple of radio stations, and TV station), went and built the arena on their own dime. 
The arena was "sold" to the city not because Nationwide was losing money, but because the hockey team was losing money because they had to pay rent, unlike most of the other "major league" sport franchises in North America, or so we were told (over the last couple of years).
Title: Re: Time to stick a fork in the NHL?
Post by: Brandon on December 23, 2012, 09:19:46 AM
And Gary Bettman, he should had used replacement players just like the NFL did and I still have a grudge against Donald Fehr, thanks to him if the Montreal Expos are killed.

NHL can't use replacement players, because management is keeping the players (union) out (thus it being a lockout and not a strike).

Well, that can't last for much longer.  The players voted to dissolve the union.  Hence, there's now no union to bargain with.
Title: Re: Time to stick a fork in the NHL?
Post by: hbelkins on December 23, 2012, 02:03:12 PM
Soccer and golf are good to watch if you're having problems falling asleep.  Other than that, they're completely worthless.

And, in my book, add hockey to that list.
Title: Re: Time to stick a fork in the NHL?
Post by: english si on December 23, 2012, 03:04:45 PM
golf [is] good to watch if you're having problems falling asleep.  Other than that, they're completely worthless.
"Golf is a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into a even smaller hole, with weapons singularly ill-designed for the purpose." Not only worthless for other purposes, but actually costly...
Title: Re: Time to stick a fork in the NHL?
Post by: Hot Rod Hootenanny on December 23, 2012, 04:45:12 PM
And Gary Bettman, he should had used replacement players just like the NFL did and I still have a grudge against Donald Fehr, thanks to him if the Montreal Expos are killed.

NHL can't use replacement players, because management is keeping the players (union) out (thus it being a lockout and not a strike).

Well, that can't last for much longer.  The players voted to dissolve the union.  Hence, there's now no union to bargain with.

NHL sued in federal court (in NYC) to prevent the players union from desolving, claiming that the players are not bargining in good faith.
Even if the players union is allow to desolve (which would allow individual players to sue the owners for Anti-trust violations), the owners can't bring in "new players," they would have to honor the existing contracts, that both sides (players and management) agreed to.
Title: Re: Time to stick a fork in the NHL?
Post by: broadhurst04 on December 23, 2012, 07:38:15 PM
The league took a big hit after the 04-05 lockout as far as being able to get their games consistently on national TV. It can't be good for the overall health of the league when its season championship series - the Stanley Cup Final - is split in the US between an unpopular over-the-air network (NBC) and an obscure sports channel many people can't see (NBC Sports Network, formerly OLN/VS.). There's also the movement or establishment of teams in cities where it doesn't snow, none of the natives grew up with the game, they don't understand the game and they don't care. What might end up happening is, every existing team south of a line from Washington DC to Portland OR will either move north of that line or fold altogether. I just don't think the league can generate enough revenue to both give the owners the profits they want and give the players the salaries they want.
Title: Re: Time to stick a fork in the NHL?
Post by: bugo on December 23, 2012, 07:53:09 PM
Soccer and golf are good to watch if you're having problems falling asleep.  Other than that, they're completely worthless.

And, in my book, add hockey to that list.

I don't watch hockey, but I've seen it a couple of times and it's not too bad.  I wouldn't go out of my way to watch it, however.  Give me a good college football or a college bball game any day.
Title: Re: Time to stick a fork in the NHL?
Post by: cpzilliacus on December 23, 2012, 08:52:14 PM
I like the Swedish system of hockey leagues (I also like the bigger (wider) rink used there, which places greater emphasis on speed and puck handling, and less emphasis on  crashes and "enforcers" and the like). 

There is the "major" league, the Swedish Elite League (Elitserien), which is 12 teams (a lot for a sparsely-populated nation), and there is the "second" league, the All Sweden Hockey League (HockeyAllsvenskan), 14 teams.

And at the end of the season, the two worst Elite League clubs must play in a play-out/play-in tournament, in which the two best teams of the tournament go to the Elite League and the others are relegated to the All Sweden League.


Title: Re: Time to stick a fork in the NHL?
Post by: 1995hoo on December 28, 2012, 05:35:42 PM
You'll never see the European-sized (international) rink used in the NHL, simply because it would be too expensive to rebuild the arenas to accommodate it. Recall how the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver were played on NHL-sized ice for the first timeall previous Olympics were played on international-sized ice, but the IOC and the IIHF agreed to use the NHL rink to save money.

The lockout is saving ME a fair amount of money since my wife and I share our Capitals season tickets with a couple of other people. I haven't sat down and crunched the numbers yet, but I believe we are soon approaching the point where they'll start refunding season-ticket installments already paid (we make 12 payments with no interest for the regular season; playoffs are billed after each round concludes). We went to an AHL game in DC a few weeks ago when the Hershey Bears played the Norfolk Admirals at Verizon Center. I've been a huge hockey fan since 1984, but I found myself thinking that I didn't miss being at the games all that much. That's the sort of thing that will really kill the NHLif long-time fans move on and find they don't miss it.

The hardest thing for me is having no sports to watch on TV this winter! Yeah, the Redskins are experiencing a revival, but that's one day a week. Nothing to watch on weeknights. Maybe I might have to get back into college basketball. (As an alumnus of two ACC schoolsVirginia and DukeI used to watch a lot of college basketball, but I lost interest when I was no longer able to attend games.) I've never watched the NBA, but then I grew up in an area (Washington DC metro area) that does not have a pro basketball team.
Title: Re: Time to stick a fork in the NHL?
Post by: cpzilliacus on December 30, 2012, 09:18:32 PM
You'll never see the European-sized (international) rink used in the NHL, simply because it would be too expensive to rebuild the arenas to accommodate it. Recall how the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver were played on NHL-sized ice for the first timeall previous Olympics were played on international-sized ice, but the IOC and the IIHF agreed to use the NHL rink to save money.

I also don't think that most NHL fans do not want the larger international-sized rink.

The lockout is saving ME a fair amount of money since my wife and I share our Capitals season tickets with a couple of other people. I haven't sat down and crunched the numbers yet, but I believe we are soon approaching the point where they'll start refunding season-ticket installments already paid (we make 12 payments with no interest for the regular season; playoffs are billed after each round concludes). We went to an AHL game in DC a few weeks ago when the Hershey Bears played the Norfolk Admirals at Verizon Center. I've been a huge hockey fan since 1984, but I found myself thinking that I didn't miss being at the games all that much. That's the sort of thing that will really kill the NHLif long-time fans move on and find they don't miss it.

That ought to be a word of warning to the NHL players and team owners.

The hardest thing for me is having no sports to watch on TV this winter! Yeah, the Redskins are experiencing a revival, but that's one day a week. Nothing to watch on weeknights. Maybe I might have to get back into college basketball. (As an alumnus of two ACC schoolsVirginia and DukeI used to watch a lot of college basketball, but I lost interest when I was no longer able to attend games.) I've never watched the NBA, but then I grew up in an area (Washington DC metro area) that does not have a pro basketball team.

I'm more of a Ravens fan from the other end of the B-W Parkway, though I don't dislike the Redskins either. 

I have always been an ACC fan, but with my alma mater apparently taking the greed route to the Big 10 (and the Rupert Murdoch/FoX-majority-owned Big 10 Network), I won't be supporting anything associated with the University of Maryland ever again, I am not sure what will happen.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on December 30, 2012, 10:20:03 PM
Hockey starved photos from the Augusta Riverhawks vs. Fayetteville FireAntz game last night.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/adamontheroad/sets/72157632390822998/
Title: Re: Time to stick a fork in the NHL?
Post by: Dougtone on January 06, 2013, 07:08:01 AM
It looks like there has been a agreement reached on the CBA between the NHL and NHLPA.
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=412844 (http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=412844)

That being said, I will be back to watching hockey at the NHL level.  I'm a diehard Islanders fan, and I'm looking forward to making the trip to catch an Islanders game or two this season, as well as a few more games before they move to Brooklyn in 2015.
Title: Re: Time to stick a fork in the NHL?
Post by: Stephane Dumas on January 06, 2013, 09:46:53 AM
It looks like there has been a agreement reached on the CBA between the NHL and NHLPA.
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=412844 (http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=412844)

That being said, I will be back to watching hockey at the NHL level.  I'm a diehard Islanders fan, and I'm looking forward to making the trip to catch an Islanders game or two this season, as well as a few more games before they move to Brooklyn in 2015.

I wondered if they still be called NY Islanders or renamed the Brooklyn Islanders? ;)
Title: Re: Time to stick a fork in the NHL?
Post by: Alps on January 06, 2013, 10:21:14 AM
It looks like there has been a agreement reached on the CBA between the NHL and NHLPA.
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=412844 (http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=412844)

That being said, I will be back to watching hockey at the NHL level.  I'm a diehard Islanders fan, and I'm looking forward to making the trip to catch an Islanders game or two this season, as well as a few more games before they move to Brooklyn in 2015.
I still anticipate that if I see another game this season, it will be a minor league game.
Title: Hockey's Back!
Post by: Roadmaestro95 on January 06, 2013, 11:41:03 AM
Welp, the NHL and the players finally made an agreement on the collective bargaining issue.  :clap:
And HOCKEY'S FINALLY HERE!
I know this lockout kind of killed our hopes for a season, but is anyone excited about it nonetheless?
Title: Re: Hockey's Back!
Post by: Mr_Northside on January 06, 2013, 12:59:49 PM
Hell yeah.  With the Steelers season over, it would be a much longer winter here without the Pens playing.
Title: Re: Hockey's Back!
Post by: Alps on January 06, 2013, 02:41:05 PM
It bridges the gap between the return of Amar'e Stoudamire (meaning end of Knicks season) and the return of Mariano Rivera.
Title: Re: Hockey's Back!
Post by: mgk920 on January 06, 2013, 03:43:18 PM
(Listening to the deafening yawn from the masses....)

 :hmmm:

Anyways, with the Packers advancing in the NFL playoffs and the Premiere League starting to get interesting again, as well as the Bucks having an OK season for once, I don't know if I can fit any of this other curious league in before summer.

 :meh:

Mike
Title: Re: Hockey's Back!
Post by: Brandon on January 06, 2013, 05:37:34 PM
HALLE-FUCKING-LUJAH!  IT'S ABOUT DAMN TIME.
 :cheers:  :jumping:  :thumbsup:  :hyper:  :nod:  :sombrero:  :cool:  :D  :)  :love:  :biggrin:  :spin:  :clap:  :happy:  :bigass:

Go Wings!
Title: Re: Time to stick a fork in the NHL?
Post by: Dougtone on January 06, 2013, 09:01:33 PM
It looks like there has been a agreement reached on the CBA between the NHL and NHLPA.
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=412844 (http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=412844)

That being said, I will be back to watching hockey at the NHL level.  I'm a diehard Islanders fan, and I'm looking forward to making the trip to catch an Islanders game or two this season, as well as a few more games before they move to Brooklyn in 2015.

I wondered if they still be called NY Islanders or renamed the Brooklyn Islanders? ;)


New York Islanders.  The team's owner has stated that the name will remain the same.
Title: Re: Hockey's Back!
Post by: hbelkins on January 06, 2013, 09:20:55 PM
Hockey's back? I would say "yawn" but that might earn me more points toward double-secret probation. :-D  :bigass:
Title: Re: Hockey's Back!
Post by: 1995hoo on January 06, 2013, 09:50:15 PM
I'm curious to see how much more we owe on our season tickets. The Caps let you make 12 monthly payments with no interest. We paid five installments before the lockout. Can't owe too much more, maybe one or one and a half more payments.
Title: Re: Hockey's Back!
Post by: kurumi on January 07, 2013, 12:59:14 AM
Go Whalers (er, Sharks)!
Title: Re: Hockey's Back!
Post by: TheHighwayMan394 on January 07, 2013, 01:11:20 AM
I'm curiously excited to see what the Wild can do with their offseason haul. I'm glad we get to see it this season instead of next...  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on January 08, 2013, 08:19:18 AM
I'm curious to see how much more we owe on our season tickets. The Caps let you make 12 monthly payments with no interest. We paid five installments before the lockout. Can't owe too much more, maybe one or one and a half more payments.

The Dear Old Hockey Club has a very similar payment plan down here. We did receive 5% interest on our existing paid balance during the lockout.  So it will be interesting to see if what we paid plus interest earned covers the season and parking.

We also will receive 10% of 2013-14 and 5% off 2014-15 season tickets.

What will be interesting is that the Canes do a full, 26, and 12 game plan.  It'll be interesting if they offer all 24 home games to 26 game holders - so the building can be more reliably full.  If that's the case, as a full season ticket holder it will be interesting in what they will offer us (free parking has been rumored) in return.

I'm just hoping they keep the five consecutive home game weekends in late feb - mid march.  Gotta catch up on our tailgating!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on January 08, 2013, 10:34:39 AM
They gave us a piddly 1% simple interest, which I understand to be an annual rate. Since the lockout lasted for a tick under four months, that would be one-quarter of one percent. I think I worked out the interest on our account to be less than $15. Parking not an issue because our arena is downtown and does not offer parking. We usually pay $15 at a garage located about four blocks away.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on January 08, 2013, 11:29:42 AM
$10/game for parking here.  STH's can purchase general parking passes ahead of time for $7/game.  That's the benefits of having the arena away from downtown.

Having something to do or go out to after a game.  That's a drawback.

You don't want to know how much our tickets costs.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: texaskdog on January 08, 2013, 01:44:51 PM
$10 for parking here for Texas Stars AAA.  We really like the games but it's $27 just to sit in the corners unless you can snag a Groupon.  Just too expensive to go to hockey games.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on March 30, 2013, 10:13:17 PM
Mathieu Perreault celebrates Ovechkin's shootout winner tonight:

(http://25.media.tumblr.com/af0334aa9d58ae39aa15f072835b31a8/tumblr_mki5aoPmJs1re5a0ro1_400.gif)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on April 22, 2013, 02:32:39 PM
The Toronto Maple Leafs will go in the playoffs, a first since 2004. http://www.thestar.com/sports/2013/04/19/toronto_maple_leafs_return_to_playoffs_would_be_firsttime_experience_for_these_kids.html
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: amroad17 on April 30, 2013, 04:43:42 AM
Did anyone see that behind the back save from the Toronto Marlies goalie against the Rochester Americans in the AHL playoffs the other night?  That is probably the best save I have ever seen in my life!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: texaskdog on May 01, 2013, 01:19:29 PM
It looks like there has been a agreement reached on the CBA between the NHL and NHLPA.
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=412844 (http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=412844)

That being said, I will be back to watching hockey at the NHL level.  I'm a diehard Islanders fan, and I'm looking forward to making the trip to catch an Islanders game or two this season, as well as a few more games before they move to Brooklyn in 2015.

I wondered if they still be called NY Islanders or renamed the Brooklyn Islanders? ;)


New York Islanders.  The team's owner has stated that the name will remain the same.

How about the Long Island Islanders?
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadmaestro95 on May 01, 2013, 09:01:22 PM
It looks like there has been a agreement reached on the CBA between the NHL and NHLPA.
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=412844 (http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=412844)

That being said, I will be back to watching hockey at the NHL level.  I'm a diehard Islanders fan, and I'm looking forward to making the trip to catch an Islanders game or two this season, as well as a few more games before they move to Brooklyn in 2015.

I wondered if they still be called NY Islanders or renamed the Brooklyn Islanders? ;)


New York Islanders.  The team's owner has stated that the name will remain the same.

How about the Long Island Islanders?

It's a shame that they're relocating off into NYC when they really belong out here on the Island.
Should've moved them to Suffolk instead! :P
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Henry on May 02, 2013, 08:51:21 PM
I'm proud to say that my hometown Blackhawks are the #1 seed in the West (and BTW, Pittsburgh is #1 in the East), and hopefully will have their second Stanley Cup in four years...but then again, it felt wonderful and strange at the same time when they won in '10. Anyway, GO HAWKS!!!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on May 03, 2013, 05:38:06 PM
Great picture from last night's game:

(http://l2.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/QA47.4llnvXLtP5eQ8.nTQ--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7cT04NTt3PTYzMA--/http://media.zenfs.com/en/blogs/sptusnhlexperts/A167939806AFFSAFSFSFSA.jpg)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on May 09, 2013, 08:42:04 AM
Quote of the night last night from a friend with whom we used to share our season tickets:

Quote
I can't watch this. I gotta go do something else with my evening, like slam my
knockers in the refrigerator door and pretend I'm practicing for a mammogram. Can't
be more painful than this game.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Dougtone on May 20, 2013, 09:03:14 PM
It looks like there has been a agreement reached on the CBA between the NHL and NHLPA.
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=412844 (http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=412844)

That being said, I will be back to watching hockey at the NHL level.  I'm a diehard Islanders fan, and I'm looking forward to making the trip to catch an Islanders game or two this season, as well as a few more games before they move to Brooklyn in 2015.

I wondered if they still be called NY Islanders or renamed the Brooklyn Islanders? ;)


New York Islanders.  The team's owner has stated that the name will remain the same.

How about the Long Island Islanders?

It's a shame that they're relocating off into NYC when they really belong out here on the Island.
Should've moved them to Suffolk instead! :P

Of course, this is all a result of issues in Nassau County politics.  Since the county couldn't get anything done with respect to the Isles, they had to move.  Being a native of Suffolk County (I grew up in Nesconset, although I'll commonly say I grew up in Smithtown), I would've loved the Isles to move to Suffolk.  I'll accept their move to Brooklyn, since it's miles better as a fan than the team moving out of the NYC area.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on May 27, 2013, 06:28:54 PM
Pittsburgh eleminated the Ottawa Senators, no Canadian teams are in the cup run this year. Looks like I was wrong about the curse of Marty McSorley. I guess I could blame it on the curse of Gary Bettman, lol. :D

Meanwhile, the Bruins eleminated the NY Rangers. The Sharks and the Kings will have a 7th game and the Blackhawks might be kicked out of the playoff by the Red Wings.

I don't know if some of you check the minor leagues (AHL, ECHL, CHL, SPHL). But I spotted some threads about rumors of merger of the CHL with ECHL or the collapse of the CHL elsewhere on the www.
http://www.intotheboards.net/forums/showthread.php?tid=2966&page=5
http://hockeymayhem.com/index.php?showtopic=36784
http://blogs.thescore.com/nhl/2012/07/10/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-echl/
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on June 04, 2013, 02:49:42 PM
So Pittsburgh....  :wow: Oh dear lol
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Mr_Northside on June 04, 2013, 04:47:49 PM
Yeah, really.  Talk about falling off a cliff.

It ain't over till it's over, but they've dug themselves quite a hole.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: broadhurst04 on June 06, 2013, 12:08:32 AM
Anyone here besides me seen the Hurricanes new uniforms? I hate them. Way too plain for an NHL team.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: rickmastfan67 on June 06, 2013, 12:57:44 AM
Anyone here besides me seen the Hurricanes new uniforms? I hate them. Way too plain for an NHL team.

They are horrible.  Should have stayed with what they had.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on June 07, 2013, 10:54:21 PM
So Pittsburgh....  :wow: Oh dear lol
Rask has been :wow:.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on June 08, 2013, 10:15:15 AM
Anyone here besides me seen the Hurricanes new uniforms? I hate them. Way too plain for an NHL team.

I agree, there some guys who created their own interesting "what if?" hockey jerseys http://boards.sportslogos.net/topic/85931-bleuets-what-if-series/
http://boards.sportslogos.net/topic/73389-cleveland-barons-nhl-logo-and-uniform-history-concepts/

Even the jerseys of the original Cleveland Barons (1937-73) of the AHL are more nice then the new Carolina Hurricanes jerseys. http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/showpost.php?p=62438729&postcount=14
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on June 08, 2013, 07:16:01 PM
Anyone here besides me seen the Hurricanes new uniforms? I hate them. Way too plain for an NHL team.

They aren't - THAT - bad.  Many teams are moving back to a more traditional style.  Dallas just did - Tampa a few years back also.  I'm fine with them - not a fan of the numeral font but oh well.  I'll wait to see how they look on ice before deciding to retire my Matt Cullen #8.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: broadhurst04 on June 08, 2013, 10:01:17 PM
I sent an email to the The News and Observer complaining about the Hurricanes' new uniforms; they said the players had grown tired of the old ones and they like the new ones. That means they're going to stay. Even though many fans on the team's Facebook page registered negative comments like mine. Seems like average people can complain all they want but if the media decides not to cover it the team feels no pressure to change course. In the end, the game attendance and TV ratings will stay about the same. Merchandise sales will spike for a while, but will settle back down after the newness wears off. Guess I will wait and see if the old jerseys will be put on a clearance rack and I'll buy one if the discount is deep enough. But I'm not spending a dime on the new ones. Perhaps this is what teams do now when they've played so-so for several years and they feel they need to generate some buzz to keep people interested.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: KEVIN_224 on June 09, 2013, 01:15:47 PM
Hurricanes? How does this Connecticut native move away from that team?  :hmmm:

Oh yeah! The Stanley Cup! :D

GO CHICAGO!

(http://i.imgur.com/n8oLDx5.jpg)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Henry on June 10, 2013, 12:03:01 PM
Hurricanes? How does this Connecticut native move away from that team?  :hmmm:

Oh yeah! The Stanley Cup! :D

GO CHICAGO!

(http://i.imgur.com/n8oLDx5.jpg)
As the Hawks will face the Boston Bruins for the championship, this would be the first all-Original Six series since 1979. That said, GO HAWKS!!!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on June 10, 2013, 08:56:27 PM
Can anyone guess what our very own Steve Alpert (AlpsRoads) is doing in this photo?

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3805/9010707185_263b695856.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/adamontheroad/9010707185/)
IMG_7342 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/adamontheroad/9010707185/) by Adam's Journey (http://www.flickr.com/people/adamontheroad/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: agentsteel53 on June 10, 2013, 09:16:04 PM
preparing to poo?
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on June 10, 2013, 09:19:28 PM
preparing to poo?

Close
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: agentsteel53 on June 10, 2013, 09:22:17 PM
having just pooed, he has climbed to a vantage point sufficiently lofty to allow him to take in the vastness and beauty of his new creation?
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on June 10, 2013, 09:40:37 PM
having just pooed, he has climbed to a vantage point sufficiently lofty to allow him to take in the vastness and beauty of his new creation?

colder
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on June 10, 2013, 10:42:41 PM
Canes vs. Rangers Photo Set from 4/25/13 - a 4-3 Rangers win

http://www.flickr.com/photos/adamontheroad/sets/72157634057125197/
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: NE2 on June 10, 2013, 10:54:00 PM
More pooing is colder.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on June 11, 2013, 05:33:35 PM
More pooing is colder.
And a great Armenian pastime.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on June 12, 2013, 04:40:33 PM
A bit off-topic but I spotted this pretty funny parody clip from the German movie Downfall about the Leafs losing the last game against the Bruins in this year playoffs (those Downfall parody clips are a guilty pleasure to watch. ^^; )

We could wonder what if the Leafs had won game 7?
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Henry on June 13, 2013, 10:45:12 AM
A triple-OT win goes to the Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Three more wins and they'll be champions :D
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on June 13, 2013, 10:53:32 AM
Great picture from last night's game:

(http://l2.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/QA47.4llnvXLtP5eQ8.nTQ--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7cT04NTt3PTYzMA--/http://media.zenfs.com/en/blogs/sptusnhlexperts/A167939806AFFSAFSFSFSA.jpg)

The reaction of the two kids is just amazing.  I can't wait until my son can cheer at a game like that.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on June 18, 2013, 10:24:38 PM
The Grand Rapids Griffins, Detroit Red Wings farm team in the AHL had won their 1st Calder cup championship.
http://www.mlive.com/griffins/index.ssf/2013/06/grand_rapids_griffins_win_the.html#incart_m-rpt-2
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Henry on June 19, 2013, 11:46:14 AM
The Boston Bruins now lead the series 2-1 over the Blackhawks, but as they say, it isn't over til the fat lady sings. So now I'm hoping for a Hawks win tonight in Game 4.

EDIT: The Hawks have tied the series at 2-2 with a 6-5 win at Boston. It is the first time since 2004 that the first four games of the Stanley Cup Finals have been split.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Henry on June 25, 2013, 10:50:37 AM
It's over! The Chicago Blackhawks are your new Stanley Cup champions...and it's the second straight year that a team from a previous home city won it (2012 Los Angeles Kings)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on June 28, 2013, 01:05:18 AM
It's over! The Chicago Blackhawks are your new Stanley Cup champions...and it's the second straight year that a team from a previous home city won it (2012 Los Angeles Kings)

 :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Desert Man on June 30, 2013, 01:18:59 PM
Congrats on the Blackhawks' 2nd Stanley Cup in 3 years! I know the Bruins won the 2011 cup... yet the Bruins aren't the same team they were. This season was shortened by the lockout, which meant a less strenuous move for the NHL's top teams to enter the postseason.

The NHL should bounce back to its' former glory after the lockout...whenever the commissioner Gary Bettman refocuses on traditional ice hockey fan bases again. He announced not long ago the Coyotes should relocate for another place next season. http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/blog/eye-on-hockey/22550073/gary-bettman-says-coyotes-could-move-before-next-season Bettman was partly responsible for expansion of the sport in the sunbelt in the 1990s, while the league neglected small yet die-hard sports markets of Hartford, CT and Quebec city.

And back to my earlier discussion on the Roller Hockey International of 20 years ago, the Bullfrogs-L.A. Blades regional rivalry. I wanna see the Kings-Ducks rivalry to become more of a classic one in the NHL.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on June 30, 2013, 08:03:56 PM
It's ironic that an Anaheim Ducks fan says that the league needs to refocus on traditional hockey markets.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadmaestro95 on July 02, 2013, 04:31:58 PM
Congrats on the Blackhawks' 2nd Stanley Cup in 3 years! I know the Bruins won the 2011 cup... yet the Bruins aren't the same team they were. This season was shortened by the lockout, which meant a less strenuous move for the NHL's top teams to enter the postseason.

The NHL should bounce back to its' former glory after the lockout...whenever the commissioner Gary Bettman refocuses on traditional ice hockey fan bases again. He announced not long ago the Coyotes should relocate for another place next season. http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/blog/eye-on-hockey/22550073/gary-bettman-says-coyotes-could-move-before-next-season Bettman was partly responsible for expansion of the sport in the sunbelt in the 1990s, while the league neglected small yet die-hard sports markets of Hartford, CT and Quebec city.

And back to my earlier discussion on the Roller Hockey International of 20 years ago, the Bullfrogs-L.A. Blades regional rivalry. I wanna see the Kings-Ducks rivalry to become more of a classic one in the NHL.

Since he's making room for western teams because of (f***ing) realignment, maybe there should be a home for hockey in Seattle? Or put a team in Saskatoon?
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Brandon on July 02, 2013, 05:08:29 PM
Congrats on the Blackhawks' 2nd Stanley Cup in 3 years! I know the Bruins won the 2011 cup... yet the Bruins aren't the same team they were. This season was shortened by the lockout, which meant a less strenuous move for the NHL's top teams to enter the postseason.

The NHL should bounce back to its' former glory after the lockout...whenever the commissioner Gary Bettman refocuses on traditional ice hockey fan bases again. He announced not long ago the Coyotes should relocate for another place next season. http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/blog/eye-on-hockey/22550073/gary-bettman-says-coyotes-could-move-before-next-season Bettman was partly responsible for expansion of the sport in the sunbelt in the 1990s, while the league neglected small yet die-hard sports markets of Hartford, CT and Quebec city.

And back to my earlier discussion on the Roller Hockey International of 20 years ago, the Bullfrogs-L.A. Blades regional rivalry. I wanna see the Kings-Ducks rivalry to become more of a classic one in the NHL.

Since he's making room for western teams because of (f***ing) realignment, maybe there should be a home for hockey in Seattle? Or put a team in Saskatoon?

Personally, I'd suggest both.  Move the Coyotes to Saskatoon.  Move the Ducks to Seattle.  Why do we need to have two LA teams?  Ditto for moving the Islanders to Quebec and the Devils to Halifax.  Why do we need three NYC teams?  One team per market is enough.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: agentsteel53 on July 02, 2013, 05:17:17 PM
Congrats on the Blackhawks' 2nd Stanley Cup in 3 years! I know the Bruins won the 2011 cup... yet the Bruins aren't the same team they were.

I don't think that's how it works.

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Heraclitus
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on July 02, 2013, 05:55:03 PM
Congrats on the Blackhawks' 2nd Stanley Cup in 3 years! I know the Bruins won the 2011 cup... yet the Bruins aren't the same team they were. This season was shortened by the lockout, which meant a less strenuous move for the NHL's top teams to enter the postseason.

The NHL should bounce back to its' former glory after the lockout...whenever the commissioner Gary Bettman refocuses on traditional ice hockey fan bases again. He announced not long ago the Coyotes should relocate for another place next season. http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/blog/eye-on-hockey/22550073/gary-bettman-says-coyotes-could-move-before-next-season Bettman was partly responsible for expansion of the sport in the sunbelt in the 1990s, while the league neglected small yet die-hard sports markets of Hartford, CT and Quebec city.

And back to my earlier discussion on the Roller Hockey International of 20 years ago, the Bullfrogs-L.A. Blades regional rivalry. I wanna see the Kings-Ducks rivalry to become more of a classic one in the NHL.

Since he's making room for western teams because of (f***ing) realignment, maybe there should be a home for hockey in Seattle? Or put a team in Saskatoon?

Personally, I'd suggest both.  Move the Coyotes to Saskatoon.  Move the Ducks to Seattle.  Why do we need to have two LA teams?  Ditto for moving the Islanders to Quebec and the Devils to Halifax.  Why do we need three NYC teams?  One team per market is enough.
Y'all ain't from around here. NJ has more than enough fans to support the Devils, and that lets the NY market be on its own.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on July 02, 2013, 10:20:58 PM
Congrats on the Blackhawks' 2nd Stanley Cup in 3 years! I know the Bruins won the 2011 cup... yet the Bruins aren't the same team they were. This season was shortened by the lockout, which meant a less strenuous move for the NHL's top teams to enter the postseason.

The NHL should bounce back to its' former glory after the lockout...whenever the commissioner Gary Bettman refocuses on traditional ice hockey fan bases again. He announced not long ago the Coyotes should relocate for another place next season. http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/blog/eye-on-hockey/22550073/gary-bettman-says-coyotes-could-move-before-next-season Bettman was partly responsible for expansion of the sport in the sunbelt in the 1990s, while the league neglected small yet die-hard sports markets of Hartford, CT and Quebec city.

And back to my earlier discussion on the Roller Hockey International of 20 years ago, the Bullfrogs-L.A. Blades regional rivalry. I wanna see the Kings-Ducks rivalry to become more of a classic one in the NHL.

Since he's making room for western teams because of (f***ing) realignment, maybe there should be a home for hockey in Seattle? Or put a team in Saskatoon?

Personally, I'd suggest both.  Move the Coyotes to Saskatoon.  Move the Ducks to Seattle.  Why do we need to have two LA teams?  Ditto for moving the Islanders to Quebec and the Devils to Halifax.  Why do we need three NYC teams?  One team per market is enough.

Do yourself a favor and look up Saskatoon Blues.  It's been tried
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1 on August 13, 2013, 07:33:46 PM
Two questions about hockey:

1. Why do people love watching the fighting in hockey if it's not the point of the game, and there's even a penalty for it?

2. Why Toronto Maple Leafs and not Leaves?
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: NE2 on August 13, 2013, 07:48:07 PM
3. Why Georgia?
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Big John on August 13, 2013, 08:00:49 PM
3. Why Georgia?
The NHL had 2 failed attempts there.  No need for a 3rd.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on August 13, 2013, 09:03:45 PM
Two questions about hockey:

1. Why do people love watching the fighting in hockey if it's not the point of the game
It's not?
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: signalman on August 14, 2013, 03:43:58 AM
1. Why do people love watching the fighting in hockey if it's not the point of the game, and there's even a penalty for it?
It may not be the point, but it's definitely a huge aspect.  Hockey is an aggressive sport, just by its nature.  Many feuds are formed both on and off the ice.  Then tempers flare, and fighting ensues.  I don't think the penalty is much of a deterent for the player.  It also excites the crowd.  It's like a NASCAR race.  Crashing isn't the point, but they sure do happen.  Fans go to races hoping to see a crash, although most hope the driver doesn't get hurt.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on August 15, 2013, 07:58:37 AM
....

2. Why Toronto Maple Leafs and not Leaves?

There are two stories. One says the team is named after the Maple Leaf regiment that served in World War I and that because than name was a proper noun, they made the plural by adding an "s." The other says they shared the name with a minor league baseball team that was active, and quite successful, in the 1910s/1920s.

The team was originally named the Toronto Arenas and then the Toronto St. Patricks; they became the Maple Leafs in 1927 when Conn Smythe bought the franchise.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on September 27, 2013, 08:25:03 AM
EA Sports made the prediction for the 2014 NHL simulation champions in their game: St. Louis Blues
http://sports.nationalpost.com/2013/09/26/nhl-14-simulation-has-st-louis-blues-winning-stanley-cup-four-of-seven-canadian-teams-in-post-season/

Yeah right..... they was right on 2010 (Chicago), missed by that much (Vancouver in 2011, Boston won), completelely off the track for 2012 (LA Kings, EA predicted Pittsburgh) and 2013(Chicago, EA predicted NY Rangers).
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on September 27, 2013, 11:38:43 AM
4 days!!!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on September 27, 2013, 07:53:19 PM
EA Sports made the prediction for the 2014 NHL simulation champions in their game: St. Louis Blues
http://sports.nationalpost.com/2013/09/26/nhl-14-simulation-has-st-louis-blues-winning-stanley-cup-four-of-seven-canadian-teams-in-post-season/

Yeah right..... they was right on 2010 (Chicago), missed by that much (Vancouver in 2011, Boston won), completelely off the track for 2012 (LA Kings, EA predicted Pittsburgh) and 2013(Chicago, EA predicted NY Rangers).
I wouldn't call 2012 off track. Pittsburgh was in perhaps the best division I've ever seen hit the playoffs, and no one was able to come out alive. In 2013, the Rangers were really hurt by the strike, which I don't think EA took into account.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: amroad17 on September 29, 2013, 02:51:01 AM
1. Why do people love watching the fighting in hockey if it's not the point of the game, and there's even a penalty for it?
It may not be the point, but it's definitely a huge aspect.  Hockey is an aggressive sport, just by its nature.  Many feuds are formed both on and off the ice.  Then tempers flare, and fighting ensues.  I don't think the penalty is much of a deterent for the player.  It also excites the crowd.  It's like a NASCAR race.  Crashing isn't the point, but they sure do happen.  Fans go to races hoping to see a crash, although most hope the driver doesn't get hurt.
Quoting George Carlin, "Hockey is not a sport.  It's three activities going on at the same time.  You have skating, skaters hitting a puck with a stick, and fighting."  Rodney Dangerfield once said, "I went to the fights the other night and a hockey game broke out."

To me, hockey is an excellent sport.  One has to be very skilled to play this.  Sometimes fighting is necessary, after all, this is a very tough sport.  Compared to the 1970's and early 1980's, fighting during games today is a fraction of what used to go on.  In fact, in 1990 or 1991, there was an East Coast Hockey League game between the Greensboro Monarchs and the Hampton Roads Admirals in Greensboro, I believe.  The Admirals beat them 7-1 in a prior game, so when they met the next time, Greensboro had a goon at center for the opening face-off against one of the better players for the Admirals.  When the puck was dropped, the goon dropped his stick and gloves and slugged the Admiral center.  Needless to say, an incredible multi-player brawl ensued.  20 minutes later, order was restored with both teams combining for around 400 minutes in penalties one second into the match!  You sure would not see this today.  Now when two guys square off, the other players act like spectators at ringside.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on October 01, 2013, 03:36:55 PM
Opening night!!!!!!  :bigass:
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on October 01, 2013, 04:00:13 PM
Opening night!!!!!!  :bigass:

Even the US government is shutting down to watch the NHL tonight!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on October 02, 2013, 10:02:00 AM
For those that have tailgated with us before (Jeff, Brian P, Froggie, Doug, Steve) there's a new bigger tent this year, a few additions to the liquor table, and some new food items.

I think Steve's cornhole trickshot that he created last year will become something of a regular game.

Taking all day Friday off...and we're setting up at the arena at 1.  Heck, they aren't going to make the playoffs this year - Debbie Yow killed nearly all the Saturday home games - so gotta get any tailgate you can in right?
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Henry on October 02, 2013, 10:53:11 AM
The Blackhawks open their title defense with a win over the Capitals. One down, 81 to go...
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadmaestro95 on October 04, 2013, 11:47:23 AM
And Marc Staal is looking pretty sharp for his first reg season game since getting a shot to the eye...it's great to see him back on the ice.
Too bad the Rangers couldn't beat the Coyotes...expected though because 9 games on the road to start the season will damage them pretty good.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Desert Man on October 19, 2013, 10:22:42 PM
The 20th anniversary of the (Mighty) Ducks and last week, the Ducks played in their original 1993 uniforms (teal, grey and purple) with the duck goalie mask logo. Those are cute but bold colors, made me remember the 10th season (2002-03) when the Ducks played in the first Stanley cup. Although the 2007 Ducks won the cup in the current orange, beige and black; I admit it doesn't matter what uniforms or colors they played in...but the retro-uniforms of the Disney ownership era brings back great memories for the Ducks franchise.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadmaestro95 on October 21, 2013, 12:03:45 PM
The 20th anniversary of the (Mighty) Ducks and last week, the Ducks played in their original 1993 uniforms (teal, grey and purple) with the duck goalie mask logo. Those are cute but bold colors, made me remember the 10th season (2002-03) when the Ducks played in the first Stanley cup. Although the 2007 Ducks won the cup in the current orange, beige and black; I admit it doesn't matter what uniforms or colors they played in...but the retro-uniforms of the Disney ownership era brings back great memories for the Ducks franchise.
Imagine they decide to wear the green, purple, and yellow unis from the first movie?! I'd think that would be kinda nice to see (although I thought they were awkwardly colored).
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Dougtone on October 24, 2013, 07:11:27 AM
I like roads, I like hockey.  What happens when you try to combine the two interests onto a hockey jersey.  Someone on Icethetics did just that recently.

http://www.icethetics.info/concepts/2013/9/20/0580-this-way-to-brooklyn.html (http://www.icethetics.info/concepts/2013/9/20/0580-this-way-to-brooklyn.html)

Note, this is just a concept.  I don't see any team willing to actually pull something like this off.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: mgk920 on October 24, 2013, 01:29:05 PM
I wonder of the Sabres might usurp that idea....

 :hmmm:

Mike
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadmaestro95 on October 25, 2013, 03:06:37 PM
I like roads, I like hockey.  What happens when you try to combine the two interests onto a hockey jersey.  Someone on Icethetics did just that recently.

http://www.icethetics.info/concepts/2013/9/20/0580-this-way-to-brooklyn.html (http://www.icethetics.info/concepts/2013/9/20/0580-this-way-to-brooklyn.html)

Note, this is just a concept.  I don't see any team willing to actually pull something like this off.
If Buffalo were to push this idea, they would have to find their own Parkway sign...which is Green instead of white & black (and besides they cannot use the Thruway emblem as their logo...they are not "New York's team", and neither are the other two teams that share the state with the Sloppy Sabres).
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on January 07, 2014, 04:35:47 PM
I wonder of the Sabres might usurp that idea....

 :hmmm:

Mike

Maybe the Sabres could use the QEW sign as an idea even if it ends technically at Fort Erie. ;)

Now if the Sabres and the Bills could find a way to end the Buffalo sports curse who affect only the major sports teams.... the minor leagues team (baseball) or sports not as popular as hockey and football (lacrosse) are not hit by some curse or jinx.

From http://fans.sabres.nhl.com/community/topic/45122-curse-of-buffalo-why-do-we-continue-to-suffer/
Quote
Why must we continue to suffer?

Are we really cursed?

We have pondered this perplexing subject and have found a possible answer to the WHY. It can be linked to a major event that took place in the city of Buffalo over one hundred years ago.

 http://www.buffalocurse.com/

ALSO:
The Buffalo NY Sports Curse. Fact or Fiction?...

I was recently told by a co-worker of mine that there was a curse placed on all Buffalo NY based Major League (currently NHL & NFL) Sports teams. This is why the Buffalo Bills have never won a Super Bowl and this is also why the Buffalo Sabres have never won a Stanley Cup. Consider the championship history our 2 teams have had and this curse legend seems to make sense, at least it does to me. I think the fact that Buffalo once had a NBA team here and lost it applies to this curse as well. I dont consider indoor lacrosse, football, soccer or triple A baseball to be major league sports teams.
Supposedly this curse was initiated by a lone Indian runner who was participating in a sanctioned foot race in the Buffalo area. This race was held in the early part of the 20th century,
somewhere around the 20's and 30's.

Legend has it that this lone Indian runner, who was racing against a field of white/caucasian competitors, was purposely tripped and couldnt finish the race. Upon being tripped the Indian immediately placed a curse upon on all the major league sports teams in the Buffalo area stating that they would never win a championship unless they were Indian owned and operated.
http://voices.yahoo.com/buffalo-ny-sports-curse-8660845.html?cat=14
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: amroad17 on January 07, 2014, 07:20:34 PM
Didn't the Bills win consecutive AFL Championships in 1964 and 1965? :hmmm:
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on January 07, 2014, 08:24:02 PM
Didn't the Bills win consecutive AFL Championships in 1964 and 1965? :hmmm:

Yes, but according to the webmaster of that website http://www.buffalocurse.com/bills.htm

Quote
....The Bills, to their credit did win two AFL titles in 1964 and 1965 but little attention was given to the new fledgling league.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on February 23, 2014, 09:23:52 AM
Canada won the hockey gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics.  :sombrero: :bigass:
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Brandon on February 23, 2014, 10:00:55 AM
Canada won the hockey gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics.  :sombrero: :bigass:

Congrats.  They (under Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock) played better as a team than the lackluster US team.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: US71 on February 23, 2014, 10:08:02 AM
Canada won the hockey gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics.  :sombrero: :bigass:

Does that mean we're stuck with Justin Beiber here in the US?
(http://www.sherv.net/cm/emoticons/sick/being-sick.gif) (http://www.sherv.net/)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on February 24, 2014, 02:40:14 PM
Canada won the hockey gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics.  :sombrero: :bigass:

Does that mean we're stuck with Justin Beiber here in the US?
(http://www.sherv.net/cm/emoticons/sick/being-sick.gif) (http://www.sherv.net/)

I think every American should get a chance to punch him in the face. 318 million face punches  :)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Pete from Boston on February 24, 2014, 04:22:56 PM

Canada won the hockey gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics.  :sombrero: :bigass:

Does that mean we're stuck with Justin Beiber here in the US?
(http://www.sherv.net/cm/emoticons/sick/being-sick.gif) (http://www.sherv.net/)

I think every American should get a chance to punch him in the face. 318 million face punches  :)

Deportation works just fine.  Can't we just exchange him and get Loverboy back?
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on March 01, 2014, 08:58:02 AM
The St.Louis Blues and the Buffalo Sabres did a big trade.
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=444922
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Desert Man on March 01, 2014, 06:54:41 PM
As a Ducks fan, I congratulate Teemu Selanne for helping Finland win bronze in the Winter Olympics. The US got a rock...but the US team played with class. The Ducks beat the Blues the other day, then comes the big trade: will the Blues be affected? Stay tuned.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: mjb2002 on March 07, 2014, 03:02:53 PM
The Olympics ending = lots of chippy plays. There have been a lot of ejections in the NHL since the Olympics ended. I don't know if you can embed tweets on here, but the twitter account SportEjections has about a half dozen ejections since that time from the league from things like boarding to fight instigator within the last five minutes of the game.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: rickmastfan67 on March 07, 2014, 10:14:32 PM
I don't know if you can embed tweets on here

Sorry, but that isn't possible.  You can only post a link to the tweet.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on April 10, 2014, 09:32:29 AM
"The team will make the playoffs, as I promised, 10 to 15 years in a row. There is a 10 to 15 year horizon."
Ted Leonsis, July 2011

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Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on April 21, 2014, 11:47:06 PM
Minnesota's playoff plan: injure everyone on the opposing team  :-D
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on April 22, 2014, 03:22:03 PM
I saw that video of a goaltender for the Columbus Cottonmouths of the SPHL acting as a cheerleader.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: cpzilliacus on April 26, 2014, 05:54:23 PM
Is this going to make the Capitals a better team in the playoffs?  If they ever get back there, that is.

General Manager George McPhee, Coach Adam Oates will not return to Capitals (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capitals-insider/wp/2014/04/26/general-manager-george-mcphee-coach-adam-oates-will-not-return-to-capitals/)

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Neither George McPhee nor Adam Oates will return to the Washington Capitals next season, owner Ted Leonsis announced Saturday two weeks after the team failed to reach the postseason for the first time in seven years.

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After 17 years at the helm in Washington, McPhee, 55, was the third longest-tenured general manager in the NHL behind New Jerseys Lou Lamoriello (27 years) and Carolinas Jim Rutherford (20 years) but unlike those two his teams have never won a Stanley Cup.

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The Capitals reached the playoffs 10 of the 16 seasons with McPhee calling the shots but advanced beyond the second round only once, in his first year as general manager. He had also hired five different first-time NHL head coaches during his tenure, including a carousel of three from November 2011-June 2012, with none able to produce a successful postseason team.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Desert Man on May 16, 2014, 10:59:14 PM
The 2014 NHL Playoffs are on! The Kings-Ducks series in the second round is the first postseason matchup of two southern CA teams. The Kings got past the Sharks (also in CA) and Ducks defeated Dallas in the first round. I have game 7 on at 3rd period: Kings 5, Ducks 1 (not good for the Ducks). The Ducks would have to pull off an impossible strategy to win the series to advance to the western conference (looks like the Kings can do it).   
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on May 29, 2014, 11:17:00 PM
For the first time in 20 years, the NY Rangers are in the Cup finals!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Pete from Boston on May 29, 2014, 11:27:00 PM

For the first time in 20 years, the NY Rangers are in the Cup finals!

Which makes it at least 21 and counting for the $&@%# Knicks.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on May 30, 2014, 12:05:43 AM

For the first time in 20 years, the NY Rangers are in the Cup finals!

Which makes it at least 21 and counting for the $&@%# Knicks.
Nice touch on the pound and euro signs. I don't know whether you're frustrated or expressing hate - if the latter, why? Anyway, I stopped caring much about basketball after Ewing retired. Hasn't been a good team since, even the year they made the Eastern finals they weren't that good (Stoudamire drags them down). Football was my favorite for several years, now hockey has been on top for the last few.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Pete from Boston on May 31, 2014, 09:40:24 AM


For the first time in 20 years, the NY Rangers are in the Cup finals!

Which makes it at least 21 and counting for the $&@%# Knicks.
Nice touch on the pound and euro signs. I don't know whether you're frustrated or expressing hate - if the latter, why? Anyway, I stopped caring much about basketball after Ewing retired. Hasn't been a good team since, even the year they made the Eastern finals they weren't that good (Stoudamire drags them down). Football was my favorite for several years, now hockey has been on top for the last few.

Oh, just frustration, and not enough to get very upset anymore.  94 was difficult to swallow with the Starks choke.  Would have been nice to pair a Knicks and a Rangers title that year.  The collective resignation over the Dolan Knicks reminds me of how folks had gotten to feel about Steinbrenner's Yankees before his suspension in the early 90s it just became too hard to care very much.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Henry on June 02, 2014, 04:04:36 PM
Well, looks like a classic NY-LA championship match, and I believe the first such matchup in any sport since the Dodgers beat the Yankees in the 1981 World Series and started a 15-year pennant drought for the franchise in pinstripes (as well as its darkest era ever).

I'm so sad that the Blackhawks will not get to defend their title, but it was fun while it lasted. Good luck to both the Kings and Rangers! I hope LA wins.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on June 03, 2014, 02:25:25 PM
Well, looks like a classic NY-LA championship match, and I believe the first such matchup in any sport since the Dodgers beat the Yankees in the 1981 World Series and started a 15-year pennant drought for the franchise in pinstripes (as well as its darkest era ever).

I'm so sad that the Blackhawks will not get to defend their title, but it was fun while it lasted. Good luck to both the Kings and Rangers! I hope LA wins.

I'm a West bias after Chicago gets eliminated, but I think it's time for King Lundqvist to finally get a Cup
Rangers in 7
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Henry on June 09, 2014, 04:41:53 PM
Good start for the Kings so far, as they come back from a two-goal deficit against the Rangers to win in double-overtime in back-to-back games! When was the last time that happened?

(LA up 2-0)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: amroad17 on June 10, 2014, 03:14:33 AM
Now the LA Kings are up 3 games to none over the NY Rangers with Monday night's victory.  Quick seems to be outplaying Lundqvist.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Henry on June 12, 2014, 04:36:08 PM
Looks like it's back to LA for Game 5, as the Rangers avoid the broom. Despite this, they still trail the Kings 3-1.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on August 12, 2014, 02:21:43 PM
Time for a little bump.

There some rumors about a merge of 2 minors leagues ECHL and CHL
http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/showthread.php?t=1719157
http://frozenfutures.com/2014/08/05/rumour-echl-chl-set-merge/
http://minorleaguehockeyreport.com/2014/08/allen-americans-chl-weekly-update-rosters-merger-schedule-jerseys/

Edit: One more article on the subject
http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/western-expansion-driving-proposed-overhaul-to-ahl--echl--and-chl-in-2015-16-091626868.html
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on September 30, 2014, 06:10:48 PM
Time to do another bump with the new upcoming 2014-15 NHL season. The Kings will try to keep the Stanley cup title but the compeition will be still intense like the Blackhawks, Bruins, Ducks. Will a Canadian team bring back the cup in Canada? Some said then the Red Wings could miss the playoffs this year.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on October 03, 2014, 03:20:32 PM
West Dominance will continue
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on October 07, 2014, 08:03:09 PM
Looks like the merger between ECHL and CHL is a done deal http://echl.com/echl-accepts-seven-new-members-p194005
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on November 29, 2014, 03:03:55 PM
Martin St. Louis reached 1000 points in his career. http://www.tsn.ca/st-louis-gets-1-000th-career-point-as-rangers-blank-flyers-1.146718

Martin Brodeur at 42 years old, head to the St. Louis Blues.
http://www.tsn.ca/video/th-brodeur-headed-to-st-louis-1.145418
http://www.tsn.ca/video/brodeur-practices-with-blues-1.146886
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on January 01, 2015, 06:49:58 PM
Happy New Year from Nationals Park!

(http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c378/1995hoo/68E4CE73-D68C-4D84-B7D6-A66FAE38658A_zpsml45irqx.jpg)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: broadhurst04 on January 03, 2015, 08:34:45 PM
Happy New Year from Nationals Park!


Happy New Year! Exciting finish, wasn't it? Hope you enjoyed the game.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on January 04, 2015, 09:00:45 AM
Happy New Year from Nationals Park!


Happy New Year! Exciting finish, wasn't it? Hope you enjoyed the game.

Insane finish. Loads of fun. It's the second Winter Classic I've attended and both were great experiences. There's something special about it outside. The colors are brighter, the colder air is refreshing, everyone's amped up.....yes, in the scheme of things statistically it's just another game, but in every sport there are some games (rivalry games in college football, etc.) that stand out on the schedule and this is certainly one of them.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on February 17, 2015, 09:47:22 AM
The Gwinnet Gladiators of the ECHL did a tribute to the Atlanta Flames (1972-1980 then the Flames moved to Calgary)
http://www.thehockeynews.com/blog/echl-team-honors-atlanta-flames-with-new-alternate-jerseys/
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: rickmastfan67 on February 17, 2015, 10:58:32 PM
Ovie sucks!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: cpzilliacus on February 18, 2015, 01:47:33 PM
Ovie sucks!

Maybe in the NHL post-season.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on February 18, 2015, 01:53:37 PM
Ovie sucks!

Those clowns in Pittsburgh couldn't seem to stop him from getting a goal and an assist last night. No penalties, either, despite the trolls' efforts to start crap.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on February 18, 2015, 06:16:47 PM
Ovie sucks!
I'd say he swallows too, but this is a family-friendly forum, so I won't.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: rickmastfan67 on February 19, 2015, 12:05:56 AM
Ovie sucks!

Those clowns in Pittsburgh couldn't seem to stop him from getting a goal and an assist last night. No penalties, either, despite the trolls' efforts to start crap.

He should have, at minimum, a double minor for that lumberjack slash on Letang.  That was completely uncalled for.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on February 19, 2015, 07:49:17 AM
I don't know about that. Here's the text of Rule 61.1. It's clear the puck was in the area. As the rule is written, the refs had discretion to conclude he was trying to play the puck.

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SlashingSlashing is the act of a player swinging his stick at an opponent, whether contact is made or not. Non-aggressive stick contact to the pant or front of the shin pads, should not be penalized as slashing. Any forceful or powerful chop with the stick on an opponents body, the opponents stick, or on or near the opponents hands that, in the judgment of the Referee, is not an attempt to play the puck, shall be penalized as slashing.

Just because NBC's people want to cry and bleat about their chosen team not being given special treatment doesn't make it a penalty.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on February 20, 2015, 12:52:57 AM
I don't know about that. Here's the text of Rule 61.1. It's clear the puck was in the area. As the rule is written, the refs had discretion to conclude he was trying to play the puck.

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SlashingSlashing is the act of a player swinging his stick at an opponent, whether contact is made or not. Non-aggressive stick contact to the pant or front of the shin pads, should not be penalized as slashing. Any forceful or powerful chop with the stick on an opponents body, the opponents stick, or on or near the opponents hands that, in the judgment of the Referee, is not an attempt to play the puck, shall be penalized as slashing.

Just because NBC's people want to cry and bleat about their chosen team not being given special treatment doesn't make it a penalty.
Merely given the fact that you're from VA, I'm assuming you're a Craps fan and therefore wrong.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on February 20, 2015, 09:57:40 AM
I don't know about that. Here's the text of Rule 61.1. It's clear the puck was in the area. As the rule is written, the refs had discretion to conclude he was trying to play the puck.

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SlashingSlashing is the act of a player swinging his stick at an opponent, whether contact is made or not. Non-aggressive stick contact to the pant or front of the shin pads, should not be penalized as slashing. Any forceful or powerful chop with the stick on an opponents body, the opponents stick, or on or near the opponents hands that, in the judgment of the Referee, is not an attempt to play the puck, shall be penalized as slashing.

Just because NBC's people want to cry and bleat about their chosen team not being given special treatment doesn't make it a penalty.
Merely given the fact that you're from VA, I'm assuming you're a Craps fan and therefore wrong.

Don't know what gambling has to do with this discussion.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Desert Man on March 30, 2015, 09:43:58 PM
The Ducks clinched the postseason! (YES!) First place in the Pacific. Just today, the Ducks began to sell the 2014-15 postseason tickets...expect them to sell out FAST. Meanwhile, the Stanley cup champs L.A. Kings are trying to reach the postseason. They have 2 weeks left...and look for another Cal ice hockey rivalry to heat up.

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Anaheim-Ducks-NHL-Stanley-Cup-Playoffs-Tickets-297997851.html
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadmaestro95 on April 03, 2015, 04:49:40 PM
But there's something about those Rangers in the east...I don't think the west is going to have the same gusto against the east in the Final like they have in the previous few seasons. Going to be interesting to see if Detroit or Boston survives their playoff spots.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: kurumi on April 03, 2015, 05:08:47 PM
...look for another Cal ice hockey rivalry to heat up.

SoCal, at least. Sharks playoff action looks to be mostly watching Warriors games :-/
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on April 04, 2015, 11:27:53 PM
Chicago will see you in the playoffs  ;-)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadmaestro95 on April 07, 2015, 11:15:23 PM
Rangers = best in NHL from the Regular Season = will have no expectations to win the Stanley Cup because President's Trophy
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on April 08, 2015, 10:37:44 PM
Rangers = best in NHL from the Regular Season = will have no expectations to win the Stanley Cup because President's Trophy
someone's not a true fan
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on April 09, 2015, 01:00:15 AM
Rangers = best in NHL from the Regular Season = will have no expectations to win the Stanley Cup because President's Trophy

Just look at what the Hawks did in 13. President and Stanley Cup  :nod:
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: kurumi on April 09, 2015, 10:43:28 AM
Rangers = best in NHL from the Regular Season = will have no expectations to win the Stanley Cup because President's Trophy

So in other words, the New York Sharks.

(but the Sharks won't even make the playoff this year)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Brandon on April 09, 2015, 11:17:02 AM
Rangers = best in NHL from the Regular Season = will have no expectations to win the Stanley Cup because President's Trophy

Just look at what the Hawks did in 13. President and Stanley Cup  :nod:

Usually it's a curse though.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on April 09, 2015, 11:38:43 AM
Rangers = best in NHL from the Regular Season = will have no expectations to win the Stanley Cup because President's Trophy

Just look at what the Hawks did in 13. President and Stanley Cup  :nod:

Usually it's a curse though.

Guess we were lucky
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadmaestro95 on April 09, 2015, 08:37:08 PM
Rangers = best in NHL from the Regular Season = will have no expectations to win the Stanley Cup because President's Trophy

Just look at what the Hawks did in 13. President and Stanley Cup  :nod:

Usually it's a curse though.

Guess we were lucky

Not that I'm not a true fan, and I want the Blueshirts to win it all from the bottom of my heart, but the President's Trophy hasn't been a lucky thing to win. But I'd like to be proven wrong on that front.
And back to the Hawks getting the Trophy back 2013, it was off of the 48-game lock-out season, isn't as much to me as getting it in a 82-game season.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on April 09, 2015, 10:42:51 PM
Rangers = best in NHL from the Regular Season = will have no expectations to win the Stanley Cup because President's Trophy

Just look at what the Hawks did in 13. President and Stanley Cup  :nod:

Usually it's a curse though.

Guess we were lucky

Not that I'm not a true fan, and I want the Blueshirts to win it all from the bottom of my heart, but the President's Trophy hasn't been a lucky thing to win. But I'd like to be proven wrong on that front.
And back to the Hawks getting the Trophy back 2013, it was off of the 48-game lock-out season, isn't as much to me as getting it in a 82-game season.
Oh no worries, I was kidding about that. The thing is, the hottest team at the end of the year has the best chance. President's Trophy is about consistency all season long. The Rangers got hot for much of the latter half of the season, but they're looking average right now. I just hope they can turn it on again.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Desert Man on June 01, 2015, 04:02:58 AM
To leave an update on the 2014-15 postseason, my Anaheim Ducks failed to advance to the Stanley cup after Sat's loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, as they meet the Tampa Bay Lightning after their victory over the N.Y. Rangers. To be honest, the Blackhawks will not give up and manage to prevent a Ducks gain after they lead the series 3-2, but in a 7-game series, both teams had equal strengths in an ability to get to the cup.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: texaskdog on June 01, 2015, 09:17:05 AM
On an unrelated note I run a fantasy hockey league.  I was only able to find 8 last year (living in Texas that was an accomplishment) if anyone would like to try next year, looking to bump to 12.  Need some competition I ran away with first place last year (20-4 ending with a 15 game win streak).
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on June 02, 2015, 03:01:13 PM
To leave an update on the 2014-15 postseason, my Anaheim Ducks failed to advance to the Stanley cup after Sat's loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, as they meet the Tampa Bay Lightning after their victory over the N.Y. Rangers. To be honest, the Blackhawks will not give up and manage to prevent a Ducks gain after they lead the series 3-2, but in a 7-game series, both teams had equal strengths in an ability to get to the cup.

Emilio Estevez also had a miraculous mighty ducks comeback on social media for games 1, 3, and 5 and did a disappearing act for games 2, 4, 6 and 7
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: MVHighways on June 07, 2015, 07:01:06 PM
(First, I'm back after a really long time.)

So far it's been a fun Stanley Cup Final. Looks like Tampa's Triplets have reignited in Game 2 after a mini-slump later in the Rangers series and Game 1 of the SCF... Game 2 was an exciting back and forth game, hoping this one goes 7 games.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Henry on June 11, 2015, 12:43:52 PM
The latest on the Stanley Cup Finals:

The Blackhawks have come back to tie it with the Lightning 2-2. Looks like we have another potential seven-game series on our hands...
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: MVHighways on June 11, 2015, 02:14:04 PM
The latest on the Stanley Cup Finals:

The Blackhawks have come back to tie it with the Lightning 2-2. Looks like we have another potential seven-game series on our hands...
First, it's the Stanley Cup Final, non plural (sorry - I had to!0

But I agree, very possible this goes 7.. would love it to go 7 actually. One heck of a Final.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: SignGeek101 on June 11, 2015, 09:54:13 PM
Another season, another year a Canadian team hasn't won. I personally am a Canadiens fan.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Henry on June 12, 2015, 01:26:04 PM
The latest on the Stanley Cup Finals:

The Blackhawks have come back to tie it with the Lightning 2-2. Looks like we have another potential seven-game series on our hands...
First, it's the Stanley Cup Final, non plural (sorry - I had to!0

But I agree, very possible this goes 7.. would love it to go 7 actually. One heck of a Final.
Finals, Final...to-may-to, to-mah-to.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on June 13, 2015, 10:53:38 PM
Meanwhile in the AHL, the Manchester Monarchs, Los Angeles Kings farm-team in the AHL, had won their 1st and...last Calder cup championship. They'll move west to replace the Ontario Reign of the ECHL who'll move.....east to Manchester to replace the AHL Monarchs.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: MVHighways on June 14, 2015, 01:58:31 PM
In the NHL, the Blackhawks lead the Final 3 games to 2... heading to Chicago. For the first time since the best-of-7 was instituted in 1939, the Blackhawks can win on home ice (they last won at home in 1938, the final year of the best-of-5, and 1934 as well). In their three Cup wins in the best-of-7 era, 1961/2010/2013 have all seen the series be tied at 2 and then the Hawks took game 5 at home and game 6 on the road to win the Stanley Cup. Should be interesting to see if they can win the Cup at home for the first time in 77 years, or if the Hawks go the way of the 2004 Calgary Flames. Drawing comparisons, in 2004 and 2015, Tampa had/has home ice in both cases; in '04 it was 2-2 after 4 games, same here; and the road team won Game 5 able to win the Cup on home ice. Watch there be some crazy Martin Gelinas-type no goal happen to the Hawks tomorrow, lol
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Henry on June 15, 2015, 01:07:37 PM
Meanwhile in the AHL, the Manchester Monarchs, Los Angeles Kings farm-team in the AHL, had won their 1st and...last Calder cup championship. They'll move west to replace the Ontario Reign of the ECHL who'll move.....east to Manchester to replace the AHL Monarchs.
Crazy scenario there, but congrats to the Monarchs!

In the NHL, the Blackhawks lead the Final 3 games to 2... heading to Chicago. For the first time since the best-of-7 was instituted in 1939, the Blackhawks can win on home ice (they last won at home in 1938, the final year of the best-of-5, and 1934 as well). In their three Cup wins in the best-of-7 era, 1961/2010/2013 have all seen the series be tied at 2 and then the Hawks took game 5 at home and game 6 on the road to win the Stanley Cup. Should be interesting to see if they can win the Cup at home for the first time in 77 years, or if the Hawks go the way of the 2004 Calgary Flames. Drawing comparisons, in 2004 and 2015, Tampa had/has home ice in both cases; in '04 it was 2-2 after 4 games, same here; and the road team won Game 5 able to win the Cup on home ice. Watch there be some crazy Martin Gelinas-type no goal happen to the Hawks tomorrow, lol
Here's another interesting tidbit: If the Hawks win the Cup, they'll have the same number of championships as their arena-mates, the NBA Bulls, with six. Of course, all six of the Bulls' titles were in a much shorter timeframe, the 1990s (or more specifically, 1991-98).
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on June 15, 2015, 01:28:29 PM

The latest on the Stanley Cup Finals:

The Blackhawks have come back to tie it with the Lightning 2-2. Looks like we have another potential seven-game series on our hands...
First, it's the Stanley Cup Final, non plural (sorry - I had to!0

But I agree, very possible this goes 7.. would love it to go 7 actually. One heck of a Final.

The league has it wrong. It's "Finals," regardless of what certain people in the league office think (and there is serious disagreement within said office about this issue). It's a best-of-seven series (minimum four games), not a single game like the UEFA Champions' League Final or the FA Cup Final. Compare to the NBA Finals, for example.

I think the league's annoying insistence on omitting the "s" is why many media sources print "Stanley Cup finals" with a lowercase "f."
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: MVHighways on June 15, 2015, 04:27:06 PM

The latest on the Stanley Cup Finals:

The Blackhawks have come back to tie it with the Lightning 2-2. Looks like we have another potential seven-game series on our hands...
First, it's the Stanley Cup Final, non plural (sorry - I had to!0

But I agree, very possible this goes 7.. would love it to go 7 actually. One heck of a Final.

The league has it wrong. It's "Finals," regardless of what certain people in the league office think (and there is serious disagreement within said office about this issue). It's a best-of-seven series (minimum four games), not a single game like the UEFA Champions' League Final or the FA Cup Final. Compare to the NBA Finals, for example.

I think the league's annoying insistence on omitting the "s" is why many media sources print "Stanley Cup finals" with a lowercase "f."
Actually, the NBA is wrong. "Finals" would refer to multiple final series, and there is only one series. Game 1 and Game 2 aren't separate finals. Meanwhile, "Conference Semifinals" is correct since there are multiple series. In this case, it is "Stanley Cup final series", taking away the word Series.
However, I am in no mood to debate this, too excited for THE ACTUAL GAME.

It's a flame war, and interpretation can be debated at a future time.

Enjoy Game 6 of the final series that has the Stanley Cup at stake. :P
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on June 15, 2015, 08:44:18 PM
Under that argument, the whole postseason should be called the "Stanley Cup Playoff" because all 15 series constitute one tournament. But that sounds even stupider than "Stanley Cup Final" does.

The NHL bylaws call it the "Stanley Cup Championship Series," I believe. The question is how you abbreviate "Championship Series" or "Final Series." In North America, "Finals" has been customary for decades (including in the NHL, which only started using the weird "Final" in 2007). 

But yeah, I hope it's a good game and that the Lightning force a Game 7. I have no rooting interest at this point, but I always like to see a Game 7.

I'd kind of like to see them set the record for longest game ever just to hear the media howling about it. The longest game ever was between the Red Wings and the Maroons in 1936. Mud Bruneteau won the game 10 for the Wings at 16:30 of the sixth overtime. I guess I wouldn't "see" them set that record because I'd fall asleep long before they got that far. I've watched two four-overtime games involving the Capitals, but it's a lot easier to stay up for those when it's your team.....and when you're younger and don't have to go to work the next morning.....
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: MVHighways on June 16, 2015, 07:36:54 AM
Well, Chicago has won their third Stanley Cup in six seasons. Amazing management, particularly in the salary cap era (new Bruins GM, take some notes). Duncan Keith had the Cup winning goal late in the second period, and he would end up taking  the Conn Smythe Trophy. Patrick Kane would add an insurance goal with 5:14 left in the third in the 2-0 Blackhawks victory.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: texaskdog on June 16, 2015, 09:10:57 AM
Well, Chicago has won their third Stanley Cup in six seasons. Amazing management, particularly in the salary cap era (new Bruins GM, take some notes). Duncan Keith had the Cup winning goal late in the second period, and he would end up taking  the Conn Smythe Trophy. Patrick Kane would add an insurance goal with 5:14 left in the third in the 2-0 Blackhawks victory.

Great game, too   The only other game I watched in full was 4 and that wasn't good until the end.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Henry on June 16, 2015, 11:01:29 AM
For the first time in 77 years, the Hawks won the Stanley Cup in their own arena. It was also the first title-clinching game in the United Center since 1997, when the Bulls won the second of their three consecutive NBA championships and fifth overall.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Desert Man on June 18, 2015, 04:24:03 PM
Meanwhile in the AHL, the Manchester Monarchs, Los Angeles Kings farm-team in the AHL, had won their 1st and...last Calder cup championship. They'll move west to replace the Ontario Reign of the ECHL who'll move.....east to Manchester to replace the AHL Monarchs.

Strange arrangement for the LA Kings' affiliates, instead of only switching leagues (the AHL is a higher level of minor league hockey than the ECHL). The Ontario Reign is the closest ice hockey team to me, as well San Diego (the 5th version of the Gulls) and the junior level Lake Arrowhead Big Bears (their regional opponents are the Irvine Wolves, Long Beach Ice Dogs and Valencia Falcons in Santa Clarita).

If I was a billionaire, I would purchase the now-homeless Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes and relocate them to a new larger arena in Riverside/San Bernardino, the largest US metro area without a major league sports team (note they're often included in the LA-OC sports market). San Bernardino would be ideal for a NBA team, or Riverside, wherever and whatever it takes to help the US' 2nd poorest city, but incentives to bring jobs and prosperity to upcoming places is difficult. Temecula attempted to bring the Chargers NFL team before with a rejected stadium proposal, how about they check into a sports arena? Temecula is on the San Diego-Riverside county line.

The Coyotes might not want to relocate to Las Vegas, due to concerns of sports gambling interfere with the game. And what about the NHL plans to expand to 34 teams, and Las Vegas is the least likely to get a team? Good luck, Quebec City...Kansas City...Houston...Seattle...Portland...even Hartford, Hamilton and Saskatoon.

Another NHL team likely to move is the Florida Panthers, despite their regional rival Tampa Bay Lightning went to two Stanley cups (the last one), the team may see if Atlanta, where it had two NHL teams before, is better for them. Currently, the Panthers play in a sports arena in Sunrise, a suburb in Broward County north of Miami. 
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on June 20, 2015, 06:39:42 PM
Meanwhile in the AHL, the Manchester Monarchs, Los Angeles Kings farm-team in the AHL, had won their 1st and...last Calder cup championship. They'll move west to replace the Ontario Reign of the ECHL who'll move.....east to Manchester to replace the AHL Monarchs.

Strange arrangement for the LA Kings' affiliates, instead of only switching leagues (the AHL is a higher level of minor league hockey than the ECHL). The Ontario Reign is the closest ice hockey team to me, as well San Diego (the 5th version of the Gulls) and the junior level Lake Arrowhead Big Bears (their regional opponents are the Irvine Wolves, Long Beach Ice Dogs and Valencia Falcons in Santa Clarita).


Not only for the LA Kings affiliates, some affiliates of others clubs will switch places from the AHL to ECHL and vice-versa as well. http://icehockey.wikia.com/wiki/American_Hockey_League#Major_Realignment_of_franchises_2015-

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The teams on the move are the Norfolk Admirals (affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks), Manchester Monarchs (affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings), Worcester Sharks (affiliate of the San Jose Sharks),  Adirondack Flames (affiliate of the Calgary Flames) plus the previously mentioned Oklahoma City Barons (Edmonton Oilers).  Norfolk, Manchester, and Adirondack are scheduled to being the ECHL affiliates of their NHL organization. Oklahoma City and Worcester may end up as either AHL or ECHL affiliates to some other organization.  Oklahoma City had also been mentioned as a candidate for an NHL team (either by relocation or expansion).  Worcester best possibility for a team could end up with them being the ECHL affiliate of the Boston Bruins as the Bruins have been part of a split affiliation (along with the Washington Capitals) with the South Carolina Stingrays.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on August 01, 2015, 03:02:14 PM
Here some vintage Houston Aeros moments from the WHA posted on Youtube
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Desert Man on August 10, 2015, 02:16:46 AM
Imagine the NHL expansion happened and 2 teams came into existence. Video game simulated two teams play in this YT version of NHL '13 by EA sports. The Kansas City Blizzards vs. Seattle Bullfrogs!

Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Desert Man on August 13, 2015, 09:43:58 AM
And a potential team in Las Vegas, two nicknames to choose from, if the team came into existence.

The Aces

The Black Knights

IMO, the Arizona Coyotes could move to Las Vegas, except the team recently renewed their contract with the city of Glendale west of Phoenix and will continue to play in the Gila River Arena. What gets me is the Maloof family who owns resort hotels (one in Las Vegas) owns the Los Angeles Kings and they're staying put in L.A. 
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on August 29, 2015, 12:11:45 AM
And a potential team in Las Vegas, two nicknames to choose from, if the team came into existence.

The Aces

The Black Knights

IMO, the Arizona Coyotes could move to Las Vegas, except the team recently renewed their contract with the city of Glendale west of Phoenix and will continue to play in the Gila River Arena. What gets me is the Maloof family who owns resort hotels (one in Las Vegas) owns the Los Angeles Kings and they're staying put in L.A. 
The Aces are an Alaskan team name. Besides, the Black Knights always triumph!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on October 06, 2015, 05:10:57 PM
NHL returns tomorrow!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on January 12, 2016, 04:58:04 PM
Gary Bettman urges Calgary to get a new arena for the Flames.
http://www.tsn.ca/bettman-urges-new-arena-in-calgary-1.421368
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/gary-bettman-calgarynext-chamber-commerce-1.3398581
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Pete from Boston on January 12, 2016, 05:06:56 PM
What a brilliant racket sports leagues are.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: woodpusher on January 19, 2016, 09:54:08 PM
I like "Las Vegas Aces" - you get the gambling aspect with the cards, then the experimental plane aspect of Area 51.

Now when the NHL redid their divisions a few years ago, they wanted teams within a division to be in the same time zone
where practical.

A team in Las Vegas would put 5 teams in the Pacific, 3 in the Mountain, with one in between (Arizona), along with 6 in the Central.

Two divisions of 8 teams would still require Colorado playing in the Central.
A 6-5-5 alignment would require finding another team in the Mountain - the only candidate I see is Salt Lake City.

Now Quebec City is lobbying for a team as well.  So maybe they could do divisions of 9 and 8.
This would require finding two teams in the Central Time Zone - maybe Kansas City and Houston.
Other possibilities:  Indianapolis, Milwaukee, New Orleans (??), Regina/Saskatoon (?).

Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on February 07, 2016, 10:06:10 AM
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Other possibilities:  Indianapolis, Milwaukee, New Orleans (??), Regina/Saskatoon (?).


Ironically in 1983, the Blues almost moved to Saskatoon if it wasn't for John Ziegler.
http://www.stlouisgametime.com/2009/4/5/823172/the-saskatoon-blues-the-story

Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on February 07, 2016, 12:33:55 PM
There had been talk of the Capitals moving to Saskatoon at one point in the 1980 time frame until the trade for Rod Langway et al turned things around.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on March 21, 2016, 08:40:39 PM
The upcoming 2016 Stanley cup playoffs might be the 1st time since 1970 with no Canadian clubs in the playoffs.  Will the Capitals get their 1st Stanley cup championship?
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on March 21, 2016, 10:24:42 PM
More like "Can the capitals actually win a series?"
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on March 22, 2016, 07:35:12 AM
More like "Can the capitals actually win a series?"

Ask Islander fans the answer to that. This dumbass at my office kept talking about how the Caps always lose in the first round. I suggested he look at last season's playoffs.

The way they're playing right now they won't go far, though. I suppose it's a bit natural that when you're so far ahead in the standings you might be inclined to let up a bit on the effort, but it's damn hard to get back in the groove when the games suddenly matter again.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadmaestro95 on March 24, 2016, 09:35:46 PM
More like "Can the capitals actually win a series?"

Ask Islander fans the answer to that. This dumbass at my office kept talking about how the Caps always lose in the first round. I suggested he look at last season's playoffs.

The way they're playing right now they won't go far, though. I suppose it's a bit natural that when you're so far ahead in the standings you might be inclined to let up a bit on the effort, but it's damn hard to get back in the groove when the games suddenly matter again.

As much as Holtby has done this season, it seems like he's regressing a bit down the stretch. Wonder if the Rangers and Caps will play again and then do the same thing like last year! But in reality, I think the Bolts are the darkhorse in the East, they'll be fun to watch in the playoffs.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on April 01, 2016, 08:33:52 PM
For nostalgia, here the former Hartford Whalers theme "Brass Bonanza".

And the "Big Time Barons" for the former AHL team, Cleveland Barons.
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Old Cleveland Barons fight song played during the original team's 1937-1973 AHL run, as well as following some wins after the Barons name was resurrected for the AHL franchise that played in Cleveland from 2001-2006.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: texaskdog on April 05, 2016, 03:46:16 PM
won fantasy hockey again woohoo!!  23-1 this year, 20-4 last year, won 38 of my last 39.  Makes it more fun to watch hockey.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on April 05, 2016, 09:41:45 PM
Eastern conference wild card is very intense. 3 teams within a point
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on April 18, 2016, 10:08:34 PM
My brother summed up tonight's game quite nicely:

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On a night honoring their departed owner, they really showed what Philly fans are all about.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Desert Man on April 18, 2016, 11:08:53 PM
The NHL 16 playoffs: nice to see the Florida Panthers in the postseason, while the Ducks are down 2-0 vs. the Predators, and there's the Kings-Sharks series. My stanley cup predictions: the Chicago Blackhawks win again vs. the Washington Capitals.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: jp the roadgeek on April 22, 2016, 09:58:16 PM
In keeping with the theme of the board, I love how the first round playoff series are between cities that can (or almost can) be connected by one highway.

TB/DET: I-75
NYR/PIT: Lincoln Highway
NYI/FL and PHI/WAS: I-95
CHI/STL: I-55
MIN/DAL: I-35
SJ/LA: I-5
NSH/ANA: I-40
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Desert Man on April 22, 2016, 11:21:04 PM
Things turned around for the better for the Ducks (now tied 2-2) vs. the Predators. The Lightning eliminated the Red Wings to advance to the second round. And the Sharks lead game 5 vs. the Kings (edit: Sharks advance, hopes for the Ducks to get better).
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on April 22, 2016, 11:40:21 PM
So we get home from the game tonight and my wife's car is missing. Then I realize we forgot it was parked at the Springfield Metro. We commuted separately this morning and both forgot we had to retrieve the car. D'oh. Kind of symbolizes how this night went.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on April 26, 2016, 09:13:30 AM
The St. Louis Blues kicked out the Chicago Blackhawks in game 7. http://www.tsn.ca/talent/blues-finally-figure-out-hawks-in-game-7-thriller-1.478553

LA Kings had been eleminated by the San Jose Sharks.  We'll see a new champion for the 2016 Stanley cup championship.
St. Louis Blues is the last team of the 1967 expansion who didn't win a Stanley cup championship and Washington Capitals and the San Jose Sharks are the 2 other teams who also want a 1st Stanley cup championship as well.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Henry on April 27, 2016, 11:30:17 AM
When was the last time that teams from New York, Chicago and Los Angeles were eliminated in the same round? (I know the Islanders are still in it, but...)

I guess I'll have to root for the Stars to beat the Blues in the second round, since they eliminated my Hawks and made my hatred for St. Louis run even deeper.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: rawmustard on April 27, 2016, 01:17:17 PM
When was the last time that teams from New York, Chicago and Los Angeles were eliminated in the same round? (I know the Islanders are still in it, but...)

Just from my quick glance, 2011 saw the Blackhawks, Rangers, and Kings all bow out in the conference quarterfinals. (They were all low seeds that year.)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Desert Man on May 02, 2016, 11:11:48 AM
The St. Louis Blues kicked out the Chicago Blackhawks in game 7. http://www.tsn.ca/talent/blues-finally-figure-out-hawks-in-game-7-thriller-1.478553

LA Kings had been eleminated by the San Jose Sharks.  We'll see a new champion for the 2016 Stanley cup championship.
St. Louis Blues is the last team of the 1967 expansion who didn't win a Stanley cup championship and Washington Capitals and the San Jose Sharks are the 2 other teams who also want a 1st Stanley cup championship as well.

The Ducks were eliminated as well, and keep an eye on the Dallas Stars because they're likely to end up in a conference final, if not the stanley cup final. I don't believe the Lightning will return, and yes, the Sharks vs Capitals stanley cup prediction is on the table (hit me on the Caps).
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on May 12, 2016, 04:49:17 PM
I  hope you're not too disseapointed Desert Man, the Blues eleminated the Dallas Stars and will go against the winner of the Nashville Predators/San Jose Sharks duel.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Desert Man on May 21, 2016, 04:58:57 PM
I  hope you're not too disseapointed Desert Man, the Blues eleminated the Dallas Stars and will go against the winner of the Nashville Predators/San Jose Sharks duel.

Nope, I don't follow the Stars, and I came to believe the Sharks are doing great in the WC finals. The Caps were eliminated by the Pens who advanced to the EC finals. Currently, the Caps tied with the Bolts 2-2, and WC game 4 tonight, the Sharks try to tie it against the Blues. 
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on May 27, 2016, 07:23:40 PM
The Sharks eleminated the Blues and the Lightning had been eleminated by the Penguins. We'll got a final between Pittsburgh and San Jose.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on May 27, 2016, 10:53:43 PM
Go Sharks
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Desert Man on May 28, 2016, 06:36:27 AM
Go Sharks

The SF Bay area looks forward to at least one champion, the Golden State Warriors in the NBA won last year and had a record winning (73!) season, but they're about to lose the WC finals to the OKC Thunder. The SF Giants nearly tie with the Cubs' lead in the NL and Major League Baseball. And the Oakland Raiders of the NFL is most likely staying in a strongly loyal fan base. Anyways, keep an eye on Joel Ward who might impress (and defeat) Sidney Crosby and the Pens.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on May 28, 2016, 10:02:41 AM
Anyways, keep an eye on Joel Ward who might impress (and defeat) Sidney Crosby and the Pens.

I keep an eye more on the 2 Sharks veterans Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton, who's at the finals for their first time and never engraved their names on the Stanley Cup and they might have a chance to do it. And Marleau played with the Sharks since the beginning of his career in the NHL. http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=23724

Meanwhile in the AHL, the Lake Erie Monsters (currently Columbus BlueJackets AHL farm team) had reach the Calder cup final for their 1st time.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: kurumi on May 28, 2016, 12:28:09 PM
So this book really exists. One review, 5 stars. Sounds legit: http://www.amazon.com/Shark-vs-Penguin-Predator-Prey/dp/1410939464
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Desert Man on June 09, 2016, 09:01:18 PM
Game 5 1st Qtr: Sharks made 2 goals in the first 3 minutes of the game, then the Pens made 2 in the next 3 minutes and now Sharks lead the game 3-2, trying to postpone the Pens' winning the Stanley Cup. Let's see what else happens in 2 more quarters, because this is a really cool game.

Edit: Period, not quarter...how did that happened? Must been tired and confused.  :meh: :spin: :hmmm:
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: kurumi on June 10, 2016, 02:08:09 AM
Pittsburgh police are searching for the whereabouts of a large metal cup with lots of names engraved on it. The putative owners would really like to get it back.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Henry on June 10, 2016, 12:27:51 PM
This is getting exciting! I'd be happy with either team winning, although I'm hoping that the Sharks pull it off, seeing that it's their first time ever in the final round.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: broadhurst04 on June 10, 2016, 11:16:04 PM
Game 5 1st Qtr: Sharks made 2 goals in the first 3 minutes of the game, then the Pens made 2 in the next 3 minutes and now Sharks lead the game 3-2, trying to postpone the Pens' winning the Stanley Cup. Let's see what else happens in 2 more quarters, because this is a really cool game.

Periods, not quarters. :)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Max Rockatansky on June 10, 2016, 11:18:21 PM
I'm surprised nobody has mentioned the death of Gordie How in this thread today...  :-/
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: broadhurst04 on June 10, 2016, 11:21:50 PM
I'm surprised nobody has mentioned the death of Gordie How in this thread today...  :-/

Perhaps it was overshadowed by the coverage of Muhammad Ali's memorial service.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Max Rockatansky on June 10, 2016, 11:33:26 PM
I'm surprised nobody has mentioned the death of Gordie How in this thread today...  :-/

Perhaps it was overshadowed by the coverage of Muhammad Ali's memorial service.

Yeah true, outside of where I'm from Hockey doesn't make much of an impact on the national sports scene.  I actually got to see the guy play a couple times when I was a kid and my Grand Father was a huge fan since the company he worked for worked on the Olympia.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: kurumi on June 11, 2016, 12:02:25 PM
I'm surprised nobody has mentioned the death of Gordie How in this thread today...  :-/

Wayne Gretzky's number (99) is an homage to Gordie Howe (9). There's a tenuous, fallacious (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hasty_generalization) road connection in that Connecticut did the same thing to a stretch of former Route 9 (now Route 99).
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Max Rockatansky on June 11, 2016, 12:50:05 PM
I'm surprised nobody has mentioned the death of Gordie How in this thread today...  :-/

Wayne Gretzky's number (99) is an homage to Gordie Howe (9). There's a tenuous, fallacious (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hasty_generalization) road connection in that Connecticut did the same thing to a stretch of former Route 9 (now Route 99).
Yeah that's highly unlikely given that Connecticut had no connection to the guy at all.  You'd think they would remember something after one of the Whalers....especially Gordie Howe of all people you'd think be high on the list considering he played for them after the Redwings. 
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: jp the roadgeek on June 11, 2016, 02:07:02 PM
I'm surprised nobody has mentioned the death of Gordie How in this thread today...  :-/

Wayne Gretzky's number (99) is an homage to Gordie Howe (9). There's a tenuous, fallacious (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hasty_generalization) road connection in that Connecticut did the same thing to a stretch of former Route 9 (now Route 99).
Yeah that's highly unlikely given that Connecticut had no connection to the guy at all.  You'd think they would remember something after one of the Whalers....especially Gordie Howe of all people you'd think be high on the list considering he played for them after the Redwings.

Naming the former Route 9 Route 99 had nothing to do with Gordie Howe, seeing as it happened in the 1960's when the Route 9 expressway was (mostly) built. But it was a number change a la Gretzky for Howe and lest we forget Ray Bourque doing the same by going from 7 to 77 to honor Phil Esposito when the Bruins retired Espo's number.  In a similar vein, the former CT 72 from Plainville to Cromwell became CT 372.    And no, no Francis St  in Greater Hartford is named after Ronnie Franchise.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on June 12, 2016, 07:42:27 AM
Congratulations to the Lake Erie Monsters, currently the Columbus Blue Jackets AHL farm team (they was until 2015, the Colorado Avalanche AHL farm team) who bring the Calder Cup to Cleveland when the former AHL team, the Barons won its last Calder cup championship in 1964.

http://theahl.com/monsters-bring-calder-cup-back-to-cleveland-p202772
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: rickmastfan67 on June 13, 2016, 12:16:54 AM
The Stanley Cup is coming back to Pittsburgh baby!!!! #LetsGoPens!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  :bigass: :bigass: :bigass: :bigass: :bigass: :bigass: :bigass: :bigass: :bigass: :bigass:
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: cl94 on June 14, 2016, 02:40:51 PM
NHL plans to put an expansion team in Las Vegas: source (http://www.tsn.ca/ap-nhl-settles-on-las-vegas-for-expansion-1.507414). I'm trying to figure out how this will work with an odd number of teams, especially if they don't end up putting one in Quebec City.

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A person with direct knowledge of the NHL's decision says the league has settled on Las Vegas as its choice for expansion, provided organizers can come up with a $500 million fee.

The person spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity because details have not been released by the league ahead of its Board of Governors meeting on June 22 in Las Vegas. Quebec City was also considered for expansion.

A second person who had been briefed on the decision said Las Vegas was a "done deal" following the recommendation of the NHL's executive committee.

The 2017-18 season would be the earliest the league would expand.

The franchise would be the NHL's 31st team and the first major professional sports franchise in Las Vegas, the rapidly growing gambling centre of the American West.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on June 18, 2016, 04:05:06 PM
NHL plans to put an expansion team in Las Vegas: source (http://www.tsn.ca/ap-nhl-settles-on-las-vegas-for-expansion-1.507414). I'm trying to figure out how this will work with an odd number of teams, especially if they don't end up putting one in Quebec City.

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A person with direct knowledge of the NHL's decision says the league has settled on Las Vegas as its choice for expansion, provided organizers can come up with a $500 million fee.

The person spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity because details have not been released by the league ahead of its Board of Governors meeting on June 22 in Las Vegas. Quebec City was also considered for expansion.

A second person who had been briefed on the decision said Las Vegas was a "done deal" following the recommendation of the NHL's executive committee.

The 2017-18 season would be the earliest the league would expand.

The franchise would be the NHL's 31st team and the first major professional sports franchise in Las Vegas, the rapidly growing gambling centre of the American West.

I take it from your age that you weren't around for the "Original 21" era from 1979-1991 then.  Easy, the league doesn't have to have every team play on every day.  They'll be tweaks in the balance of the schedule but it won't have any major impact.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on June 18, 2016, 07:49:44 PM
Draft begins Friday
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Desert Man on June 26, 2016, 10:17:38 AM
Minor ice hockey leagues are doing fine (for the most part), I can name ten of them near me in Southern CA (with affiliations in AHL teams): Long Beach Ice Dogs, Ontario Reign (AHL-LA Kings), San Diego Gulls (AHL-Ducks), Bakersfield Condors (AHL-Oilers), Stockton Heat (AHL-Flames) related to the Abbottsford, BC Heat, Fresno Falcons, San Jose Barracuda (NHL-Sharks), San Francisco Bulls in Daly City's Cow Palace, Reno Wranglers and Tucson Roadrunners (NHL-coyotes). There are teams in the Pacific NW and Alaska (the Aces) sometimes play AHL teams, while Seattle, Tacoma and Portland OR attempted to bring the NHL to this part of the country.

Then I remember the Inline Hockey League in the 1990s held a team in Temecula known as the Desert Rats. And the Roller Hockey Int'l in the same decade: the Anaheim Bullfrogs, Los Angeles Blades and San Diego Barracuda, with the later Ontario (the suburb)/Palm Desert Silver-Cats. Youtube airs free games of the Women's National Hockey League made up of 6 teams: Boston (pride), Buffalo (Beauts), New York (Riveters) and Connecticut (Whale). The non-assigned Minn., Mich., Montreal and Hamilton, Ont. teams (this city tried to get a NHL team, but the Maple Leafs and Sabres blocked the vote) can join the NWHL if they wanted.   

 
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: epzik8 on July 30, 2016, 10:34:59 AM
Lifelong Capitals fan here, but I want to get along with the Penguins fans, Flyers fans, et cetera here. I mean, we're all roadfans even if we hate each other's hockey teams.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: DTComposer on August 08, 2016, 02:37:23 AM
Minor ice hockey leagues are doing fine (for the most part), I can name ten of them near me in Southern CA (with affiliations in AHL teams): Long Beach Ice Dogs, Ontario Reign (AHL-LA Kings)

Long Beach Ice Dogs went out of business in 2007 (I used to go to games as I could walk to the arena) - I believe the owners of that team are the ones who own the Reign now.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on August 08, 2016, 08:52:24 AM
Lifelong Capitals fan here, but I want to get along with the Penguins fans, Flyers fans, et cetera here. I mean, we're all roadfans even if we hate each other's hockey teams.

We all have our crosses to bare.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: jp the roadgeek on August 16, 2016, 03:31:44 PM
Lifelong Capitals fan here, but I want to get along with the Penguins fans, Flyers fans, et cetera here. I mean, we're all roadfans even if we hate each other's hockey teams.

We all have our crosses to bare.

I bore my cross until 1997 rooting for the team for which you now root.  It took me almost 15 years and an admission that the NHL would likely never return to warm up to the advances of our former New England rival.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on August 16, 2016, 04:02:26 PM
Speaking of which - has anyone ever seen the Flyers win the Stanley Cup?
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: jp the roadgeek on August 18, 2016, 12:04:18 AM
Speaking of which - has anyone ever seen the Flyers win the Stanley Cup?

Last time they won, I was in my mom's stomach.  Leafs, Blues, Sabres, and Canucks fans have been waiting longer than the Caps.  If you want to include former teams in current cities: Wild (North Stars), Sharks (Seals), and Senators (original pre-1934 franchise) fans have also waited longer.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on August 18, 2016, 08:15:28 AM
Speaking of which - has anyone ever seen the Flyers win the Stanley Cup?

Last time they won, I was in my mom's stomach.  Leafs, Blues, Sabres, and Canucks fans have been waiting longer than the Caps.  If you want to include former teams in current cities: Wild (North Stars), Sharks (Seals), and Senators (original pre-1934 franchise) fans have also waited longer.

So if no one has ever seen the flyers win the Stanley cup - did it really happen?
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: amroad17 on August 19, 2016, 03:34:47 AM
Yes, it has happened.  In the 1973-74 season, the Flyers defeated the Boston Bruins, who had Phil Esposito and Bobby Orr.  In the 1974-75 season, they defeated the Buffalo Sabres, who had Gilbert Perrault and Rick Martin.  The Flyers had the best goaltender in hockey at the time, Bernie Parent, and the best passing center in Bobby Clarke.  They also had the best fighter in hockey in Dave Schultz, who racked up an incredible 472 penalty minutes in the '74-'75 season.  They were a great team to watch.

So, yes I have seen the Flyers win not just one, but two Stanley Cups.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on August 19, 2016, 10:28:39 AM
Yes, it has happened.  In the 1973-74 season, the Flyers defeated the Boston Bruins, who had Phil Esposito and Bobby Orr.  In the 1974-75 season, they defeated the Buffalo Sabres, who had Gilbert Perrault and Rick Martin.  The Flyers had the best goaltender in hockey at the time, Bernie Parent, and the best passing center in Bobby Clarke.  They also had the best fighter in hockey in Dave Schultz, who racked up an incredible 472 penalty minutes in the '74-'75 season.  They were a great team to watch.

So, yes I have seen the Flyers win not just one, but two Stanley Cups.

Wow you must be old if you have seen the Flyers win the Stanley Cup!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: amroad17 on August 20, 2016, 05:05:35 AM
Wellllll....

I have also seen the Knicks, Bullets (now Wizards), and Sonics (now Thunder) win an NBA Championship; the Dolphins win two Super Bowls in a row; the Pirates win two World Series in the 1970's; Marquette and NC State win NCAA Championships; and the NY Islanders win four Stanley Cups in a row.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Max Rockatansky on August 20, 2016, 08:06:03 AM
Wellllll....

I have also seen the Knicks, Bullets (now Wizards), and Sonics (now Thunder) win an NBA Championship; the Dolphins win two Super Bowls in a row; the Pirates win two World Series in the 1970's; Marquette and NC State win NCAA Championships; and the NY Islanders win four Stanley Cups in a row.

If it makes you feel better people tell me that I'm old because I remember the Tigers winning the World Series in 1984 so well.  I mean god...I was almost 10, I never understood why I "wouldn't" remember at that age.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: jp the roadgeek on August 20, 2016, 10:23:01 AM
Wellllll....

I have also seen the Knicks, Bullets (now Wizards), and Sonics (now Thunder) win an NBA Championship; the Dolphins win two Super Bowls in a row; the Pirates win two World Series in the 1970's; Marquette and NC State win NCAA Championships; and the NY Islanders win four Stanley Cups in a row.

If it makes you feel better people tell me that I'm old because I remember the Tigers winning the World Series in 1984 so well.  I mean god...I was almost 10, I never understood why I "wouldn't" remember at that age.


That was the first World Series I ever remember watching.  I tell my friends I remember the night that the ball went through Buckner's legs (week before my 11th birthday), and they think I'm old.  A side note pertaining to hockey about that night: The night all started when my dad and I went to the Whalers game, and he brought the tickets for the wrong game with us (of course there was no such thing as online tickets back then, so we couldn't get in).  Ended up being a precursor of worse things to come.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1 on August 20, 2016, 10:51:27 AM
Wellllll....

I have also seen the Knicks, Bullets (now Wizards), and Sonics (now Thunder) win an NBA Championship; the Dolphins win two Super Bowls in a row; the Pirates win two World Series in the 1970's; Marquette and NC State win NCAA Championships; and the NY Islanders win four Stanley Cups in a row.

If it makes you feel better people tell me that I'm old because I remember the Tigers winning the World Series in 1984 so well.  I mean god...I was almost 10, I never understood why I "wouldn't" remember at that age.


That was the first World Series I ever remember watching.  I tell my friends I remember the night that the ball went through Buckner's legs (week before my 11th birthday), and they think I'm old.

That happened in 1986, not 1984.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: amroad17 on August 21, 2016, 02:51:29 AM
Sticking with hockey, the first Stanley Cup final I saw was the Chicago-Montreal final in 1971.  I was 9.  I remember the Blackhawks had Bobby Hull, his brother Dennis, Stan Mikita, Pit Martin, Pat Stapleton, and, in goal, Tony Esposito.  The Canadiens had Frank Mahavolich, Henri Richard, Yvan Cournyner, and, in goal, Ken Dryden.  That one went seven games with Montreal winning the Cup.

Other firsts: Super Bowl VI (Miami-Dallas), 1971 World Series (Baltimore-Pittsburgh), 1974 NBA Finals (Milwaukee-Boston).  I didn't really get into basketball until I was 12.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: jp the roadgeek on August 22, 2016, 02:32:23 AM
Wellllll....

I have also seen the Knicks, Bullets (now Wizards), and Sonics (now Thunder) win an NBA Championship; the Dolphins win two Super Bowls in a row; the Pirates win two World Series in the 1970's; Marquette and NC State win NCAA Championships; and the NY Islanders win four Stanley Cups in a row.

If it makes you feel better people tell me that I'm old because I remember the Tigers winning the World Series in 1984 so well.  I mean god...I was almost 10, I never understood why I "wouldn't" remember at that age.


That was the first World Series I ever remember watching.  I tell my friends I remember the night that the ball went through Buckner's legs (week before my 11th birthday), and they think I'm old.

That happened in 1986, not 1984.

I mixed together 2 thoughts.  To clarify, the first series I remember watching was the 1984 Series.  The 1986 Series story was a personal anecdote.

The other firsts I remember watching: Super Bowl XVI for football, and the 1983-84 NBA and Stanley Cup Finals (started it all off right in the NBA with the Celtics beating the Lakers).  1984 really shaped my sports upbringing; it was the first year I was really old enough to appreciate sports, and it was the first full year my house had cable, so I could get TV-38 for the Red Sox and Bruins, (but I was a Whalers fan back then, so the Bruins were the enemy), WOR for all NY teams but the Yankees, and WPIX for the Yankees.  1984-85 was also the first season I went to more than half of the Whalers home games.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: amroad17 on August 22, 2016, 04:04:54 AM
I enjoy watching hockey myself.  In the last 20 years, it has become a more defensive game--like those before 1967.  We will probably never see teams like the Boston Bruins of the early 1970's--a team that scored 399 goals in 1970-71 or the Edmonton Oilers of the 1980's--a team that scored over 400 goals five straight seasons with a high of 446 in 1983-84.  Now the leading scoring teams score between 260-280 goals/season.

I have, however, been to only two hockey matches in my life.  The first was in 1971, when I went to see the old Syracuse Blazers play the Binghamton Dusters in an Eastern Hockey League match at the War Memorial.  The other was in 2000, when I saw the Cincinnati Cyclones play at the (now) US Bank Arena when they were in the old International Hockey League.

The hockey matches I would have loved to see involved the Hampton Roads Admirals of the 1990's.  They won three ECHL Championships and had to have been exciting to watch.  I followed them in the newspapers.  I just did not have the extra money to attend any matches.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on October 12, 2016, 10:24:57 PM
The NHL is back! :bigass:
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Desert Man on October 13, 2016, 11:52:02 AM
The NHL is back! :bigass:

The Kings and Ducks will rule the NHL standings as division/conference/region rivals, but don't underestimate the NY Rangers and Islanders, FL Panthers vs TB Lightning rivalries and Nashville Predators vs. Chicago BlackHawks. Too soon to tell: the Washington Capitols will be the league leader, while the Pens could go to the conference finals at least...and looks like the Sharks have another winning season.

Yes, the L.A. area advances in a sport not associated with its warm climate: When L.A. welcomes back the Rams (NFL football), roots for the Dodgers' post-season run (MLB baseball), the Clippers expect another winning season and the Lakers are coming back (NBA basketball), and even MLS soccer teams Galaxy and a new one set to play next year, L.A. is a great sports town.

Edit: Auston Matthews of the Maple Leafs scored 4 goals in his first game appearance! This could help the Maple Leafs, keep it going and they're a competing force.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Desert Man on October 24, 2016, 12:27:19 PM
Season update: Four Canadian teams have the most wins (10 something) in only the first 2 weeks of the 2016-17 season: In Eastern: the Canadiens and Leafs, and western: the Canucks (the most overall) and Oilers. The Canucks' last trip to the stanley cup was 2011 (they lost to the Bruins) and the Leafs was in 1967 (alf a century ago). The Canadiens' last time in 1993 - their 24th overall...and the 1980s Oilers dynasty with Wayne Gretzky, their last trip in 2006 (lost to the Hurricanes). The saga is in its first chapter, so it's too soon to tell how far a Canadian stanley cup will be...and a Canadian champion too.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: epzik8 on November 02, 2016, 10:18:06 AM
I'm loving the season so far. How about that rookie Auston Matthews from Toronto. And I've been enjoying my Capitals' Canadian road trip. I watched them play the Oilers, Flames and Canucks.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on November 15, 2016, 03:45:01 PM
Former goaltender Rogatien Vachon had been inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
http://montrealgazette.com/sports/hockey/nhl/montreal-canadiens/canadiens-honour-new-hall-of-famer-rogatien-vachon
https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/rogie-vachons-hall-of-fame-induction-long-overdue-171357120.html
http://www.latimes.com/sports/kings/la-sp-vachon-hall-elliott-20161113-story.html
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadmaestro95 on November 18, 2016, 11:35:05 AM
I'm loving the season so far. How about that rookie Auston Matthews from Toronto. And I've been enjoying my Capitals' Canadian road trip. I watched them play the Oilers, Flames and Canucks.
Was a shame the Caps didn't sweep it ;)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on November 20, 2016, 03:47:39 PM
Some rumors talks of the Carolina Hurricanes relocating. http://montrealgazette.com/sports/hockey/nhl/montreal-canadiens/hickey-on-hockey-relocation-winds-swirl-around-carolina-hurricanes
http://fansided.com/2016/11/18/nhl-rumors-carolina-hurricanes-relocate/
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: jp the roadgeek on December 07, 2016, 01:00:19 AM
Some rumors talks of the Carolina Hurricanes relocating. http://montrealgazette.com/sports/hockey/nhl/montreal-canadiens/hickey-on-hockey-relocation-winds-swirl-around-carolina-hurricanes
http://fansided.com/2016/11/18/nhl-rumors-carolina-hurricanes-relocate/

Guess those greener pastures of North Carolina weren't so green, were they Pete?

(https://turtleboysports.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/nelson-muntz-ha-ha.jpeg)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on December 11, 2016, 01:03:11 PM
I was living in the Triangle (attending law school) when the Whalers moved to North Carolina. It was the second local stab at an NHL teama year or so earlier, there had been an effort to enlist Felix Sabates to help get an expansion team, but he felt like the city wasn't particularly interested and were stringing him along solely to get a second tenant to help justify the expense of building a new arena for NC State men's basketball. He backed out, and a while later the Whalers moved south. Many of us felt the same thing was true of their situationthey were being used. I remember one of the local newspaper columnists referring to the new arena as Raleigh's "Penis Envy Arena"Chapel Hill had built the Dean Dome, which was far bigger, newer, and nicer than Raleigh's Reynolds Coliseum, so his theory was that NC State wanted something similar out of jealousy (to be fair, Reynolds was ancient, but then so is Cameron Indoor Stadium). The Triangle isn't really a pro sports market and likely never will be.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Buck87 on January 06, 2017, 09:02:24 PM
The Blue Jackets just had quite a run....a 16 game winning streak that is now the 2nd longest in NHL history.

They had a chance to tie the record (17 games by the 92-93 Penguins) but were shutout last night by the Caps.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on January 07, 2017, 02:18:51 PM
I spotted that clip showing the history of Seattle Hockey in 10 minutes.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on January 08, 2017, 12:41:03 AM
Since the Hawks and Lightning have been stinking a bit of late, I've been tuning to Maple Leaf games the past week since the Centennial. That young core is really fun to watch
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: epzik8 on January 10, 2017, 11:21:17 PM
The Caps fell victim to the Jackets' streak last week, right? Right??????
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on January 10, 2017, 11:52:02 PM
The Caps fell victim to the Jackets' streak last week, right? Right??????
Not sure. I know the Rangers didn't.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CanesFan27 on January 16, 2017, 12:35:36 PM
Hey 1995Hoo:

Did the Caps raise a banner for ending the Jackets streak?
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on January 16, 2017, 04:38:04 PM
Hey 1995Hoo:

Did the Caps raise a banner for ending the Jackets streak?

Just like when the Blues raised a banner for finally beating the Hawks in a playoff series?  :bigass:
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Desert Man on January 28, 2017, 10:10:48 PM
I spotted that clip showing the history of Seattle Hockey in 10 minutes.

Seattle should been awarded a NHL team, but the decision for Las Vegas to get it is a good question. I thought Topeka, KS is a candidate...or Kansas City (Sprint Center on the KS side of the metro area). And how about Halifax, Nova Scotia in the Canadian maritimes? A NHL team in the Atlantic time zone then.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: coatimundi on January 28, 2017, 10:24:06 PM
I thought Topeka, KS is a candidate...or Kansas City

No city's future shines so bright as that of Topeka, Kansas...

I have been to Topeka, and it's cute enough and there are some nice people. But you may as well send them to Wichita. That region is all about KU and, to a lesser extent, KSU (with KC being split between KU and Mizzou), and any sport in which they have a team (including ice hockey) is going to be too tough for any team - pro or otherwise - to compete with.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Pete from Boston on January 31, 2017, 01:05:12 PM
http://www.si.com/nhl/2017/01/30/new-york-islanders-barclays-center-host-home

Anyone want the Islanders?  In an unusual twist, the Barclays Center wants them out.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Buck87 on January 31, 2017, 01:13:05 PM
http://www.si.com/nhl/2017/01/30/new-york-islanders-barclays-center-host-home

Anyone want the Islanders?  In an unusual twist, the Barclays Center wants them out.

Can they go back to the Nassau Coliseum?
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: jp the roadgeek on February 03, 2017, 03:09:03 PM
The optimistic side of me loves this.  The realistic side of me is reminded of the Patriots to Hartford saga:

http://www.wfsb.com/story/34421877/connecticut-making-a-play-for-the-ny-islanders
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Pete from Boston on February 08, 2017, 04:31:56 PM
The optimistic side of me loves this.  The realistic side of me is reminded of the Patriots to Hartford saga:

http://www.wfsb.com/story/34421877/connecticut-making-a-play-for-the-ny-islanders

"Please!  Fleece us!  We're begging you!"
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: dvferyance on February 09, 2017, 11:08:50 AM
I never understood why KC can't get either an NHL team or NBA team. I would think the Sprint Center would attract somebody and it;s almost 10 years old now it's not that new anymore.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: broadhurst04 on February 09, 2017, 11:49:30 PM
I never understood why KC can't get either an NHL team or NBA team. I would think the Sprint Center would attract somebody and it;s almost 10 years old now it's not that new anymore.

If memory serves, the Sacramento Kings (NBA) started in KC before they moved to CA. And there's already an NHL team in St. Louis. Perhaps the fan base for either sport just isn't there.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: jp the roadgeek on February 10, 2017, 01:49:16 AM
I never understood why KC can't get either an NHL team or NBA team. I would think the Sprint Center would attract somebody and it;s almost 10 years old now it's not that new anymore.

If memory serves, the Sacramento Kings (NBA) started in KC before they moved to CA. And there's already an NHL team in St. Louis. Perhaps the fan base for either sport just isn't there.

And Kansas City had the Scouts for 2 years.  They became the Colorado Rockies, and are today's New Jersey Devils.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Buck87 on February 10, 2017, 09:41:04 AM
If memory serves, the Sacramento Kings (NBA) started in KC before they moved to CA.

That franchise has played in 4 cities

Rochester Royals -> Cincinnati Royals -> Kansas City Kings -> Sacramento Kings
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: dvferyance on February 10, 2017, 01:25:47 PM
I never understood why KC can't get either an NHL team or NBA team. I would think the Sprint Center would attract somebody and it;s almost 10 years old now it's not that new anymore.

If memory serves, the Sacramento Kings (NBA) started in KC before they moved to CA. And there's already an NHL team in St. Louis. Perhaps the fan base for either sport just isn't there.

And Kansas City had the Scouts for 2 years.  They became the Colorado Rockies, and are today's New Jersey Devils.
Ok well Colorado got another hockey team so why couldn't KC? Like the Kings that was another move that made absolutely no sense. Why put another team in the NYC area when they already had 2 teams as it is? The Sprint Center is a nice facility that was built to attract an NBA/NHL team. Yet they keep talking about putting teams in cities that would have to build new arenas like Seattle.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: broadhurst04 on February 11, 2017, 08:57:53 PM
If memory serves, the Sacramento Kings (NBA) started in KC before they moved to CA.

That franchise has played in 4 cities

Rochester Royals -> Cincinnati Royals -> Kansas City Kings -> Sacramento Kings

Thanks for filling in the blanks for me. :)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: broadhurst04 on February 11, 2017, 09:32:50 PM
I never understood why KC can't get either an NHL team or NBA team. I would think the Sprint Center would attract somebody and it;s almost 10 years old now it's not that new anymore.

Just because the building is there, doesn't mean the fan base and the revenue stream is. Otherwise, the NHL could have placed its recent expansion team in KC instead of Vegas, and the Sonics could have moved to KC instead of OKC. As to your question of why put another team in an area where there are already two like it: again, revenue. NYC is the largest metro area in the country, and also the largest TV market.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Desert Man on February 14, 2017, 08:26:02 AM
In Wikipedia's front page today:
... that the 1994 New Jersey Rockin' Rollers, led by Manon Rhaume, defeated Erin Whitten and the Pittsburgh Phantoms, in the first professional roller hockey game with two women as goaltenders?
I thought this would work for March 1st, the first day of Women's History Month, but let's honor women in pro ice hockey (and roller hockey) any day (and every day).
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on February 27, 2017, 11:04:01 AM
There's an upcoming documentary coming on ITunes about the late California Golden Seals.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on March 22, 2017, 09:40:08 AM
3 team race for the President's trophy: Hawks, Jackets, and Capitals. Division and wild card races are really heating up with 10-12 games left
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Buck87 on March 22, 2017, 11:37:45 AM
Would love to see the Jacket's get the president's trophy....though I'm just happy to see that they have already clinched a playoff spot. Only the 3rd time they've done that. 
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: tribar on March 22, 2017, 05:28:34 PM
3 team race for the President's trophy: Hawks, Jackets, and Capitals. Division and wild card races are really heating up with 10-12 games left

Penguins are in it too.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: dvferyance on March 22, 2017, 06:19:39 PM
I never understood why KC can't get either an NHL team or NBA team. I would think the Sprint Center would attract somebody and it;s almost 10 years old now it's not that new anymore.

Just because the building is there, doesn't mean the fan base and the revenue stream is. Otherwise, the NHL could have placed its recent expansion team in KC instead of Vegas, and the Sonics could have moved to KC instead of OKC. As to your question of why put another team in an area where there are already two like it: again, revenue. NYC is the largest metro area in the country, and also the largest TV market.
No city should ever have 3 teams even the largest. I am fine with the really big ones like NY and LA having 2 but 3 is too much for any city.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on March 24, 2017, 05:04:11 PM
Would love to see the Jacket's get the president's trophy....though I'm just happy to see that they have already clinched a playoff spot. Only the 3rd time they've done that. 

It would be cool too but it's more cool to win the Stanley Cup. 
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on April 06, 2017, 11:50:21 PM
With three games left in the season and up by five points, the Maple Leafs suddenly remembered who they are and managed to lose against one of the teams that could still beat them for the last spot. Their last two games are against two of the best teams in the East. The Islanders actually have the clearest path to the playoffs. Oh, Toronto!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on April 07, 2017, 12:24:07 AM
GO BOLTS!  :bigass:
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: epzik8 on April 07, 2017, 09:46:57 PM
My Caps locked up the Presidents Trophy, I think.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on April 07, 2017, 10:35:19 PM
My Caps locked up the Presidents Trophy, I think.
Shouldn't you be a Baltimore Blades fan?
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on April 09, 2017, 07:49:52 AM
The Toronto Maple Leafs won against Pittsburgh and got the last ticket for the 8th rank in the Eastern Association. They'll go in playoffs. http://globalnews.ca/news/3365855/toronto-maple-leafs-look-to-reach-playoffs-for-the-second-time-in-12-seasons-saturday-night/
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: epzik8 on April 10, 2017, 10:48:32 AM
Capitals-Maple Leafs in the first round. Also, seven other matchups that I haven't gotten word of.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: texaskdog on April 10, 2017, 10:52:26 AM
3 for 3 in fantasy hockey championships now, yay!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on April 12, 2017, 09:53:40 PM
The playoffs begin!!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 7/8 on April 15, 2017, 11:42:21 PM
The Leafs scored, winning game 2 against the Capitals! (now the series is tied 1-1). Only 5 more games to go :spin:

Talk about a long game, but it was certainly exciting with lots of good saves from both goalies.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on April 16, 2017, 10:45:05 PM
I wonder who'll be the Cinderella team this year? If the Blues kick out the Wild and if the Chicago Blackhawks got eleminated by Nashville, then the Blues might have an easier playoff run than last year. Then on the East, the Toronto Maple Leafs wants to end their 50 year drought.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Hot Rod Hootenanny on April 20, 2017, 10:13:30 PM
We thank the Columbus Blue Jackets for participating in this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs.  :pan:
Maybe you'll get the Vezina (Best goalie) or Jack Adams (Coach of the year) Awards as parting gifts.
Also, more post season victories (3) than the *new* Cleveland Browns.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Buck87 on April 20, 2017, 10:40:14 PM
We thank the Columbus Blue Jackets for participating in this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs.  :pan:
Maybe you'll get the Vezina (Best goalie) or Jack Adams (Coach of the year) Awards as parting gifts.
Also, more post season victories (3) than the *new* Cleveland Browns.

16 out of 30 teams make the playoffs....and yet the team with the 4th best overall record in the entire league gets rewarded by facing the 2nd best team in the first fucking round. Hell of a playoff system you got there Bettman.

Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: jp the roadgeek on April 20, 2017, 11:23:59 PM
I wonder who'll be the Cinderella team this year? If the Blues kick out the Wild and if with the Chicago Blackhawks got getting eliminated by Nashville, then the Blues might have an easier playoff run than last year. Then on the East, the Toronto Maple Leafs wants to end their 50 year drought.

FTFY
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on April 21, 2017, 12:06:54 AM
We thank the Columbus Blue Jackets for participating in this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs.  :pan:
Maybe you'll get the Vezina (Best goalie) or Jack Adams (Coach of the year) Awards as parting gifts.
Also, more post season victories (3) than the *new* Cleveland Browns.

16 out of 30 teams make the playoffs....and yet the team with the 4th best overall record in the entire league gets rewarded by facing the 2nd best team in the first fucking round. Hell of a playoff system you got there Bettman.

It screwed up the entire fromat, should have just left it with the 1-8 seeding system
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on April 21, 2017, 06:51:32 AM
We thank the Columbus Blue Jackets for participating in this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs.  :pan:
Maybe you'll get the Vezina (Best goalie) or Jack Adams (Coach of the year) Awards as parting gifts.
Also, more post season victories (3) than the *new* Cleveland Browns.

16 out of 30 teams make the playoffs....and yet the team with the 4th best overall record in the entire league gets rewarded by facing the 2nd best team in the first fucking round. Hell of a playoff system you got there Bettman.

It screwed up the entire fromat, should have just left it with the 1-8 seeding system
Blah blah blah gotta game the system. Rangers did it right this year.
Anyway, the best team wins. Hockey determines the best team by first determining the best team in each division (modulo the crossover wild card), then facing them off in successive rounds. That seems completely reasonable. If you don't like the crossover that's a different story, but given how NBA fans have been clamoring for it to avoid sub-500 playoff teams, I don't see it as a bad thing here.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on April 21, 2017, 09:12:59 AM
We thank the Columbus Blue Jackets for participating in this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs.  :pan:
Maybe you'll get the Vezina (Best goalie) or Jack Adams (Coach of the year) Awards as parting gifts.
Also, more post season victories (3) than the *new* Cleveland Browns.

16 out of 30 teams make the playoffs....and yet the team with the 4th best overall record in the entire league gets rewarded by facing the 2nd best team in the first fucking round. Hell of a playoff system you got there Bettman.

It screwed up the entire fromat, should have just left it with the 1-8 seeding system
Blah blah blah gotta game the system. Rangers did it right this year.
Anyway, the best team wins. Hockey determines the best team by first determining the best team in each division (modulo the crossover wild card), then facing them off in successive rounds. That seems completely reasonable. If you don't like the crossover that's a different story, but given how NBA fans have been clamoring for it to avoid sub-500 playoff teams, I don't see it as a bad thing here.

It's not really blah blah blah when you have some GMs questioning it too. You could end up where the top 4 teams are in the same division and end up with only one making it out alive. I'd rather see more conference matchups than divisional. Of course the seeding could give you the same result, but it at least mixes up the potential matchups amongst the entire conference
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on April 21, 2017, 01:22:59 PM
It's sort of a damned if they do, damned if they don't thing. People complained about the NBA-style system because it was widely felt that it didn't promote rivalries in the way the division-based system did back in the 1980s.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on April 21, 2017, 10:39:47 PM
We thank the Columbus Blue Jackets for participating in this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs.  :pan:
Maybe you'll get the Vezina (Best goalie) or Jack Adams (Coach of the year) Awards as parting gifts.
Also, more post season victories (3) than the *new* Cleveland Browns.

16 out of 30 teams make the playoffs....and yet the team with the 4th best overall record in the entire league gets rewarded by facing the 2nd best team in the first fucking round. Hell of a playoff system you got there Bettman.

It screwed up the entire fromat, should have just left it with the 1-8 seeding system
Blah blah blah gotta game the system. Rangers did it right this year.
Anyway, the best team wins. Hockey determines the best team by first determining the best team in each division (modulo the crossover wild card), then facing them off in successive rounds. That seems completely reasonable. If you don't like the crossover that's a different story, but given how NBA fans have been clamoring for it to avoid sub-500 playoff teams, I don't see it as a bad thing here.

It's not really blah blah blah when you have some GMs questioning it too. You could end up where the top 4 teams are in the same division and end up with only one making it out alive. I'd rather see more conference matchups than divisional. Of course the seeding could give you the same result, but it at least mixes up the potential matchups amongst the entire conference
One is going to make it out alive eventually, so who cares when?
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: amroad17 on April 21, 2017, 10:57:33 PM
I understand the reasoning behind so many teams making the playoffs ($$,$$$,$$$) but wouldn't playoffs (in any major sport) be better with less teams in them?  The NFL has it near perfect with 12 out of 32 teams making the playoffs.  MLB has 10 out of 30 make the playoffs.  The NBA and the NHL have over half (16/30) make the playoffs--it's better than 16 out of 21 teams making the playoffs like the NHL did in the 1980's.  Maybe the NBA and NHL should have 12 teams make the playoffs.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on April 22, 2017, 02:56:27 AM
I'd be fine with 12
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on April 22, 2017, 09:51:29 AM
The NHL has had a ridiculous number of teams in the postseason for many years, going back to the wrongly-named "Original Six" era when they played a 50- to 70-game regular season (the length crept upwards over time) to eliminate two teams, followed by two rounds of playoffs. The playoffs weren't really needed anyway when you played a multiple-round-robin balanced schedule, but they were themselves a holdover from the earliest years when the NHL wasn't the only league around and the different leagues' champions would play for the Stanley Cup.
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Post by: Stephane Dumas on April 23, 2017, 04:02:31 PM
Montreal had lost the series against the NY Rangers.
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Post by: epzik8 on April 23, 2017, 10:45:07 PM
YESSSSSS!!! My Caps took care of the Maple Leafs. Next stop Pittsburgh!

Where's that Penguins fan who comes on this forum a lot? Just wanted to say good luck to you and let's have a great series.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on April 23, 2017, 11:01:23 PM
Our neighbors didn't need to watch the game. The screaming from our house tells them who won.

I last shaved on Friday morning. Tough decision now whether to shave tomorrow or let it go.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: rickmastfan67 on April 23, 2017, 11:04:10 PM
And once again, the Pens draw the hated Capitals....  Guess we need to light them up and send them to the golf course early once again. ;)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Desert Man on April 24, 2017, 04:16:28 AM
DUCKS SWEEP! Yes, they put away the Flames in the first round. They had a spectacular year, winning the Pacific division title. I want them to go further, all the way to the Stanley Cup finals. In baseball, I'm keeping an eye on the Angels after a great start, but sliding down in the AL West. The Greater Los Angeles area sports market (L.A.-Anaheim) will have a good year for 2017 - the Rams returned and now the Chargers are here.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Henry on April 24, 2017, 09:41:11 AM
ICYMI: My Blackhawks were swept by the Predators...and they were the #1 seed! Oh well, at least the Bulls are still in the playoffs, the Bears should have a decent draft, and the Cubs are the defending World Champions, so anything can happen in Chicago sports.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on April 24, 2017, 11:59:29 AM
It could be cool if the Caps goes to the Finals like they did in 1998 when they was the Cinderella team who lost against Detroit and the St. Louis Blues as well to get a Stanley cup final of teams who wants to grab their 1st Stanley Cup championship. Last time it happened was in 2007 between Anaheim and the Ottawa Senators.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on May 23, 2017, 06:04:39 PM
The Nashville Predators beat the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference final and will go against the winner of the Eastern Conference final (Pittsburg Penguins or Ottawa Senators).
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: jp the roadgeek on May 23, 2017, 09:27:35 PM
The Nashville Predators beat the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference final and will go against the winner of the Eastern Conference final (Pittsburg Penguins or Ottawa Senators).

If it's Nashville/Ottawa, there's 3 things in play:

1. NBC execs will be pulling their hair out
2. Guaranteed first time winning franchise (would be the first in 90 years for the city of Ottawa)
3. Chance for the first Canadian winner since 1993.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on May 23, 2017, 11:54:21 PM
I'm hoping for Nashville/Ottawa. But then Ottawa wins, because screw Nashville  :spin:
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Henry on May 24, 2017, 09:22:00 AM
Whether it be Penguins or Senators, one thing's for sure: I'll be rooting against Nashville.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: epzik8 on May 24, 2017, 09:29:07 PM
I'm officially on the Nashville Predators bandwagon.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on May 26, 2017, 08:43:25 AM
Ottawa lost against the Pittsburgh Penguins who'll go against the Nashville Predators.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Desert Man on May 26, 2017, 01:02:00 PM
The highlights of the WC series game 6 - the Predators' first stanley cup trip vs the Pittsburgh Penguins - the current champions from the EC.

Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on May 29, 2017, 01:48:25 PM
If the Predators will win, some folks at the board of the Mtl Canadiens might regret to had traded P.K. Subban to Nashville.

Speaking of P.K. Subban, I spotted this Hitler parody clip posted last year just after his trade.
 
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Henry on May 30, 2017, 08:41:43 AM
Penguins it is for me.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: rickmastfan67 on June 11, 2017, 08:18:02 PM
#LetsGoPens!!! #WeWantTheCup!!  :nod:
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Henry on June 11, 2017, 11:45:37 PM
Breaking News: The Penguins win the Cup! Second in a row, and fifth overall :)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on June 12, 2017, 07:41:00 AM
It won't be long before we saw a Hitler Downfall parody clip about the 2017 Stanley cup final. Meanwhile let's see how the Fuhrer reacted when the San Jose Sharks lost the 2016 Finals to the Penguins. ;)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on June 12, 2017, 10:30:57 AM
Onto the Expansion and Amateur Drafts!!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: US71 on June 12, 2017, 01:44:30 PM
(http://www.aveleyman.com/Gallery/ActorsM/tve11886-31-19660119-0.jpg)
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Post by: texaskdog on June 12, 2017, 04:29:45 PM
Great game there!!  If anyone is interested in playing fantasy hockey next year let me know, I have 3 slots open for next year.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: epzik8 on June 27, 2017, 07:09:27 AM
Good luck to all the inaugural players of the Las Vegas Golden Knights, including my former Capital Nate Schmidt.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Desert Man on July 25, 2017, 11:37:14 AM
Junior-level hockey: the California Desert Rams used to play in the Ice castle in Cathedral City before the building closed. They disbanded as a result. They played teams from across So Cal. The Palm Springs area still has a collegiate baseball team (the Power), the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians lend their name to a NBA developmental team (under the LA Clippers) in Ontario (near San Bernardino), and a minor league soccer team (the Desert United). And the So-Cal Coyotes minor league football team change fields, the most recent was Rancho Mirage High school, probably now in Palm Springs High school.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: bing101 on September 27, 2017, 11:04:59 PM
https://www.cbssports.com/nhl/news/nhl-reacts-to-protests-donald-trump-every-team-and-player-statement-to-date/




https://www.cbssports.com/nhl/news/sharks-joel-ward-may-kneel-during-anthem-cites-personal-experiences-with-racism/


Now politics has entered the NHL recently. Well hey were going to have to respect the athletes rights for these protests to take place.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on September 28, 2017, 08:15:54 AM
6 days until the regular season!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on October 04, 2017, 09:00:41 AM
NHL season begins tonight!!

And Bryan Bickell signs a one day contract to retire as a Blackhawk  :love:
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: jp the roadgeek on January 01, 2018, 01:50:08 PM
Bumping this thread to mention the BGS's that are on the far side of the ice during the Winter Classic:

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4684/39403483482_e4e836067b_n.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4735/38555873905_83a89984d5_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: rickmastfan67 on January 03, 2018, 08:26:34 AM
Wow, that's dope!  Looks like they got the fonts right too for the shields!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on January 03, 2018, 08:48:29 AM
Note the white line that looks like a separator above the control city on those signs is actually a white railing along the edge of the platform on which they built the rink. The signs looked pretty sharp.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on January 07, 2018, 09:19:28 PM

 :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:


Edited to add a link to video: https://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/2018/01/07/alex-ovechkin-confuses-word-shot-%F0%9F%92%A9-postgame-interview/
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on January 08, 2018, 05:08:35 PM
One Youtube poster talks about Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Desert Man on February 04, 2018, 03:21:50 PM
Sharks vs Canes: the tale of two cities rose from obscurity in the mid 20th century to be high-tech centers in the new global economy of the millennia. But they'll never reach the peak, height and power of Detroit or Pittsburgh half a century or even a century ago. Big enough for major league sports, let alone hockey...yet they don't boost a long sports history.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on February 26, 2018, 10:04:54 PM
The NY Rangers retired Jean Ratelle No. 19.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Bruce on March 21, 2018, 05:56:22 PM
Seattle's new NHL team got 25,000 season tickets deposits in the first two hours of going online. (KIRO (https://www.kiro7.com/news/local/seattle-nhl-season-ticket-drive-set-to-begin-march-1/703910676))

I would think it's almost guaranteed once the arena is under active reconstruction, so the debate locally is switching to what the team's name/identity will be. A few domains (https://www.sbnation.com/2018/1/19/16909762/possible-seattle-nhl-franchise-names-rankings-seals-kraken-sockeyes-whales-2018) have been registered, but a lot of them are mediocre or awfully cheesy. I'd like to see the Totems name revived, since they were nearly an NHL expansion team themselves in the 1970s and the name is very pan-Northwest and could add a little variety to our sports team names (Mariners, Seahawks, Sounders) that all revolve around water. Anything but sea life.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on March 23, 2018, 10:10:10 PM
WTF. Listen to the audio.  :wow:

Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on April 28, 2018, 09:07:59 AM
The Maple Leafs lost against the Bruins. The Winnipeg Jets menaged to go to 2nd round and face the Nashville Predators.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Desert Man on April 29, 2018, 11:49:34 PM
The Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers and Phoenix (now Arizona) Coyotes are most likely to relocate. The four cities interested in a future NHL team are Atlanta, Houston, Saskatoon and Tulsa OK. Future expansion cities are Quebec city and Seattle, but I believe Kansas City is the 34th, unless the NHL board thinks Houston as the largest city without a NHL team is more feasible, and who knows: Hartford, Connecticut.   
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Flint1979 on April 30, 2018, 12:36:23 AM
The Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers and Phoenix (now Arizona) Coyotes are most likely to relocate. The four cities interested in a future NHL team are Atlanta, Houston, Saskatoon and Tulsa OK. Future expansion cities are Quebec city and Seattle, but I believe Kansas City is the 34th, unless the NHL board thinks Houston as the largest city without a NHL team is more feasible, and who knows: Hartford, Connecticut.
Atlanta has already had it's chance, twice. Houston probably wouldn't draw very well, Saskatoon would be pretty cool and Tulsa with OKC already having the Thunder I don't know how well that'd do. Quebec City, Seattle and Hartford make more sense though.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on April 30, 2018, 12:36:40 AM
The Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers and Phoenix (now Arizona) Coyotes are most likely to relocate. The four cities interested in a future NHL team are Atlanta, Houston, Saskatoon and Tulsa OK. Future expansion cities are Quebec city and Seattle, but I believe Kansas City is the 34th, unless the NHL board thinks Houston as the largest city without a NHL team is more feasible, and who knows: Hartford, Connecticut.
Atlanta has already had it's chance, twice. Houston probably wouldn't draw very well, Saskatoon would be pretty cool and Tulsa with OKC already having the Thunder I don't know how well that'd do. Quebec City, Seattle and Hartford make more sense though.
I've heard Halifax bandied about.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Flint1979 on April 30, 2018, 12:38:34 AM
The Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers and Phoenix (now Arizona) Coyotes are most likely to relocate. The four cities interested in a future NHL team are Atlanta, Houston, Saskatoon and Tulsa OK. Future expansion cities are Quebec city and Seattle, but I believe Kansas City is the 34th, unless the NHL board thinks Houston as the largest city without a NHL team is more feasible, and who knows: Hartford, Connecticut.
Atlanta has already had it's chance, twice. Houston probably wouldn't draw very well, Saskatoon would be pretty cool and Tulsa with OKC already having the Thunder I don't know how well that'd do. Quebec City, Seattle and Hartford make more sense though.
I've heard Halifax bandied about.
I'd support that too.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: MisterSG1 on April 30, 2018, 11:08:29 AM
The Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers and Phoenix (now Arizona) Coyotes are most likely to relocate. The four cities interested in a future NHL team are Atlanta, Houston, Saskatoon and Tulsa OK. Future expansion cities are Quebec city and Seattle, but I believe Kansas City is the 34th, unless the NHL board thinks Houston as the largest city without a NHL team is more feasible, and who knows: Hartford, Connecticut.
Atlanta has already had it's chance, twice. Houston probably wouldn't draw very well, Saskatoon would be pretty cool and Tulsa with OKC already having the Thunder I don't know how well that'd do. Quebec City, Seattle and Hartford make more sense though.

The way Atlanta 2.0 was basically forked from the city was incredibly unfair. It's jarring when you compare the attendance figures from Winnipeg Jets 1.0 to Atlanta 2.0. You'll see that Winnipeg's highest year attendance wise in the past was HIGHER than Atlanta's lowest year attendance wise.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Desert Man on April 30, 2018, 03:57:18 PM
The Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers and Phoenix (now Arizona) Coyotes are most likely to relocate. The four cities interested in a future NHL team are Atlanta, Houston, Saskatoon and Tulsa OK. Future expansion cities are Quebec city and Seattle, but I believe Kansas City is the 34th, unless the NHL board thinks Houston as the largest city without a NHL team is more feasible, and who knows: Hartford, Connecticut.
Atlanta has already had it's chance, twice. Houston probably wouldn't draw very well, Saskatoon would be pretty cool and Tulsa with OKC already having the Thunder I don't know how well that'd do. Quebec City, Seattle and Hartford make more sense though.

I fear contraction in the NHL to reduce the league to 3 teams (around 2020-21): the Coyotes, Flames, and Hurricanes are high risk, and they have to disperse the players to other 28 surviving teams. This is good for the more successful Edmonton Oilers, and the brand new (Las) Vegas Golden Knights. And the Florida Panthers have a larger sports market in Miami-South FL than what the Hurricanes have in the Carolinas-Virginias anyway.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on May 01, 2018, 12:51:02 AM
The Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers and Phoenix (now Arizona) Coyotes are most likely to relocate. The four cities interested in a future NHL team are Atlanta, Houston, Saskatoon and Tulsa OK. Future expansion cities are Quebec city and Seattle, but I believe Kansas City is the 34th, unless the NHL board thinks Houston as the largest city without a NHL team is more feasible, and who knows: Hartford, Connecticut.
Atlanta has already had it's chance, twice. Houston probably wouldn't draw very well, Saskatoon would be pretty cool and Tulsa with OKC already having the Thunder I don't know how well that'd do. Quebec City, Seattle and Hartford make more sense though.

The way Atlanta 2.0 was basically forked from the city was incredibly unfair. It's jarring when you compare the attendance figures from Winnipeg Jets 1.0 to Atlanta 2.0. You'll see that Winnipeg's highest year attendance wise in the past was HIGHER than Atlanta's lowest year attendance wise.
Come again?
I mean, you're technically right. 13,620 is higher than 13,469. But it's a strange point to make.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Desert Man on May 01, 2018, 11:18:55 PM
My stanley cup predictions: either the Pens or Bruins win vs Golden Knights or Jets. The best scenario is a 3-peat cup champion vs an expansion team in the NHL's 101st season. But, what if the Jets are the first Canadian team to win the cup in a quarter a century? The last one was the 1993 Montreal Canadiens defeated the LA Kings with Wayne Gretzky. And the Bruins? Would look better than the Penguins winning again, or what if a cup in Vegas?
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on May 07, 2018, 11:25:02 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: davewiecking on May 07, 2018, 11:51:45 PM
Where's that "like" button when I need it ??
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on May 08, 2018, 08:57:51 AM
TB in 6  ;-) ;-) ;-)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Desert Man on May 08, 2018, 01:01:11 PM
LOL! Caps vs Lightning in EC, so half of my predictions is wrong. The Golden Knights are awaiting an opponent in the WC, and let's see if the defending conference champs (the Predators) will return or not. Here's the defending champions (the Pens) defeated so easily.

Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on May 08, 2018, 02:54:18 PM
If the Caps beats the Lightning, it'll be their 2nd time they got to the Stanley Cup finals. They did it in 1998 as a Cinderella team and lost against Detroit.

Edit: One more clip showing the Caps beating the Sabres in the Eastern conference final.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on May 10, 2018, 10:46:05 PM
It's the 1st time the Winnipeg Jets then they go to the Conference Finals, they'll face the Vegas Golden Knights.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Flint1979 on May 10, 2018, 10:50:03 PM
I haven't followed hockey since the Dead Wings season ended.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on May 11, 2018, 08:15:10 AM
It's the 1st time the Winnipeg Jets then they go to the Conference Finals, they'll face the Vegas Golden Knights.

Thank you for beating Nashville lol
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on May 20, 2018, 05:46:34 PM
Vegas eleminated Winnipeg, no Canadian team for the Stanley Cup final this year. :(
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Buck87 on May 20, 2018, 09:36:16 PM
Vegas is the first expansion team to reach the Stanley Cup Final since the 1967-1968 St Louis Blues (which was a season when literally half of the league was expansion teams and the playoff structure guaranteed one of them would make it)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: oscar on May 20, 2018, 10:28:14 PM
Vegas is the first expansion team to reach the Stanley Cup Final since the 1967-1968 St Louis Blues (which was a season when literally half of the league was expansion teams and the playoff structure guaranteed one of them would make it)

That reminds me of how the NFL responded in the 1990s when two expansion teams, the Carolina Panthers and the Jacksonville Jaguars, each reached (but lost) their respective conference championships in their second seasons. The lesson drawn from that was that the expansion draft and other rules for new franchises, while intended to make them competitive soon, perhaps overdid it. So the rules were changed to screw the next expansion franchises, the Houston Texans and the new Cleveland Browns.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on May 21, 2018, 09:10:10 PM
Oddity of NHL history: There have been three times a team from the NHL made the Stanley Cup Finals in its first yearthe Toronto Arenas in 1918 (the leagues first year), the St. Louis Blues 50 years later in 1968 (due to the way the expansion was structured), and now the Golden Knights 50 years later in 2018. I wont be around in 2068 to see it happen again.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on May 21, 2018, 11:47:33 PM
Oddity of NHL history: There have been three times a team from the NHL made the Stanley Cup Finals in its first yearthe Toronto Arenas in 1918 (the leagues first year), the St. Louis Blues 50 years later in 1968 (due to the way the expansion was structured), and now the Golden Knights 50 years later in 2018. I wont be around in 2068 to see it happen again.
How many teams will there be in 2068, is the question.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: MisterSG1 on May 22, 2018, 02:45:59 PM
Oddity of NHL history: There have been three times a team from the NHL made the Stanley Cup Finals in its first yearthe Toronto Arenas in 1918 (the leagues first year), the St. Louis Blues 50 years later in 1968 (due to the way the expansion was structured), and now the Golden Knights 50 years later in 2018. I wont be around in 2068 to see it happen again.

In the league's first year, it's technically the first year of it being called the National Hockey League, before then, in the NHA the previous year, the Montreal Wanderers, Montreal Canadiens, and Ottawa Senators were carried over into the new NHL.

And just an aside, the Stanley Cup Final does NOT become the NHL Final until 1927, the winner of the NHL faced the winner of the PCHA or WCHL. Essentially kind of like a World Series of Hockey. Hence this is how Seattle won a Stanley Cup in 1917 but has never officially been in the NHL. The Toronto Arenas faced the Vancouver Millionaires for the Stanley Cup Final. The other league won the Stanley Cup just three times, 1915 was the Vancouver Millionaires, 1917 was the Seattle Metropolitans, and 1925 was the Victoria Cougars.

This year has really been an amazing year for the Golden Knights, what the Arenas and Blues did really doesn't compare to what the Golden Knights have just accomplished. The Arenas competed against 3 other teams before facing off against Vancouver, and one of the Expansion Six were guaranteed to reach the cup final anyway in 1968 involving the St Louis Blues.

Other than that, I may have to do my research, but off the top of my head, other than St Louis, in the modern NHL, the quickest trip from founding to Stanley Cup Final I believe was the Florida Panthers. Founded in the 1993-94 season, they would compete for the cup against Colorado in 1996 who incidentally were in their first year of the NHL as they were the relocated Quebec Nordiques (so this doesn't count for Colorado) Florida would lose the series and they've yet to win a playoff series yet...rats :D
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on May 22, 2018, 04:45:04 PM
The winner of the Eastern Conference between Tampa and Washington will be known in Game 7 tomorrow (May 23).
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on May 23, 2018, 11:01:51 PM
OH HELL YES!!!!!!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on May 23, 2018, 11:34:17 PM
OH FUCK NO.
Title: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on May 23, 2018, 11:44:01 PM
Been waiting a long time for this night to come.

CAPITALS IN THE STANLEY CUP FINALS.  :clap: :clap: :clap:

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180524/42ffaafa2e1433caccc69a142b47c0dd.jpg)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Jmiles32 on May 23, 2018, 11:58:15 PM
Been waiting a long time for this night to come.

CAPITALS IN THE STANLEY CUP FINALS.  :clap: :clap: :clap:

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180524/42ffaafa2e1433caccc69a142b47c0dd.jpg)

As a fan for the past ten years I never thought I'd ever get to see this. LETS GO CAPS!!!!!!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on May 24, 2018, 12:02:36 AM
Heh. Ive been a fan for 34 years now.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: texaskdog on May 24, 2018, 07:58:38 AM
Oddity of NHL history: There have been three times a team from the NHL made the Stanley Cup Finals in its first year—the Toronto Arenas in 1918 (the league’s first year), the St. Louis Blues 50 years later in 1968 (due to the way the expansion was structured), and now the Golden Knights 50 years later in 2018. I won’t be around in 2068 to see it happen again.
How many teams will there be in 2068, is the question.

I would be 99 yikes
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Henry on May 24, 2018, 09:43:35 AM
Vegas is the first expansion team to reach the Stanley Cup Final since the 1967-1968 St Louis Blues (which was a season when literally half of the league was expansion teams and the playoff structure guaranteed one of them would make it)

That reminds me of how the NFL responded in the 1990s when two expansion teams, the Carolina Panthers and the Jacksonville Jaguars, each reached (but lost) their respective conference championships in their second seasons. The lesson drawn from that was that the expansion draft and other rules for new franchises, while intended to make them competitive soon, perhaps overdid it. So the rules were changed to screw the next expansion franchises, the Houston Texans and the new Cleveland Browns.
The soonest that an expansion team has reached the playoffs in the NBA is the 1966-67 Chicago Bulls, which was their inaugural season (and back then, the league was a third the size it is now). For MLB, it was the 1999 Arizona Diamondbacks, who qualified in only their second season (and two years later, they won the World Series by beating, of all teams, the New York Yankees!).

Oddity of NHL history: There have been three times a team from the NHL made the Stanley Cup Finals in its first year—the Toronto Arenas in 1918 (the league’s first year), the St. Louis Blues 50 years later in 1968 (due to the way the expansion was structured), and now the Golden Knights 50 years later in 2018. I won’t be around in 2068 to see it happen again.
How many teams will there be in 2068, is the question.

I would be 99 yikes
Shit, I will be 98!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on May 24, 2018, 10:48:46 AM
Vegas in 6
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: dvferyance on May 24, 2018, 04:11:09 PM
Vegas is the first expansion team to reach the Stanley Cup Final since the 1967-1968 St Louis Blues (which was a season when literally half of the league was expansion teams and the playoff structure guaranteed one of them would make it)

That reminds me of how the NFL responded in the 1990s when two expansion teams, the Carolina Panthers and the Jacksonville Jaguars, each reached (but lost) their respective conference championships in their second seasons. The lesson drawn from that was that the expansion draft and other rules for new franchises, while intended to make them competitive soon, perhaps overdid it. So the rules were changed to screw the next expansion franchises, the Houston Texans and the new Cleveland Browns.
The soonest that an expansion team has reached the playoffs in the NBA is the 1966-67 Chicago Bulls, which was their inaugural season (and back then, the league was a third the size it is now). For MLB, it was the 1999 Arizona Diamondbacks, who qualified in only their second season (and two years later, they won the World Series by beating, of all teams, the New York Yankees!).

Oddity of NHL history: There have been three times a team from the NHL made the Stanley Cup Finals in its first yearthe Toronto Arenas in 1918 (the leagues first year), the St. Louis Blues 50 years later in 1968 (due to the way the expansion was structured), and now the Golden Knights 50 years later in 2018. I wont be around in 2068 to see it happen again.
How many teams will there be in 2068, is the question.

I would be 99 yikes
Shit, I will be 98!
Just 86 for me so I could make it.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on June 08, 2018, 12:01:38 AM
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: kurumi on June 08, 2018, 12:09:07 AM
Should change thread name to HOCKEY, right? :-)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Bruce on June 08, 2018, 12:24:36 AM
It took 101 years for the other Washington to finally win Lord Stanley's Cup.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on June 08, 2018, 01:34:40 AM
I am extremely disappointed that the crybaby Russian who makes others fight his fights and wears a ridiculous giant diaper every game gets to enjoy this. I would have been so much happier if they waited until he retired.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on June 08, 2018, 07:32:37 AM
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180608/90a3283d13e2d4befecfb9729bca85af.png)

 :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on June 08, 2018, 07:35:31 AM
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180608/90a3283d13e2d4befecfb9729bca85af.png)

 :D :D :D :D

Don't forget to play these songs. ;)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on June 08, 2018, 08:45:35 AM
Time for the draft
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Henry on June 08, 2018, 09:09:12 AM
It took 101 years for the other Washington to finally win Lord Stanley's Cup.
Oh yes, the 1917 Seattle Metropolitans.

Congrats to the Capitals for winning their first-ever Stanley Cup, and I know the Golden Knights will do very well for years to come.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Brandon on June 08, 2018, 09:49:29 AM
Yes, congrats to the Capitals on winning The Cup.  Hopefully next year it'll be the Wings turn again.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CNGL-Leudimin on June 08, 2018, 05:32:16 PM
Congrats to the Capitals for their first ever Stanley Cup! The only sport of the big four I don't really follow is hockey, and as such I wasn't aware this years' Stanley Cup finals was to crown a first-time champion. I only knew about Golden Knights, which could have won it on their very first year of existence but came three wins short.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: amroad17 on June 08, 2018, 07:15:24 PM
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180608/90a3283d13e2d4befecfb9729bca85af.png)

 :D :D :D :D
Hey, congrats!  I know you have waited a long time for this! 
Your Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals!  Rolls well off the tongue.  :thumbsup: :cheers:
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: abefroman329 on June 08, 2018, 07:29:20 PM
NSFW:

https://screengrabber.deadspin.com/champion-capitals-salute-fans-especially-the-one-flash-1826657897#_ga=2.7639474.1432539737.1528500431-1917138906.1528500431
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: davewiecking on June 08, 2018, 07:41:33 PM
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Except the Stanley Cup.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on June 09, 2018, 10:11:34 AM
NSFW:

https://screengrabber.deadspin.com/champion-capitals-salute-fans-especially-the-one-flash-1826657897#_ga=2.7639474.1432539737.1528500431-1917138906.1528500431

Very titillating.

Her cup size is Stanley.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on June 10, 2018, 11:03:38 AM
Very cool: The Caps are inviting all season-ticket holders to have our pictures taken with the Stanley Cup by a professional photographer. Ms1995hoo and I get ours tomorrow morning. Nice gesture by the organization. I have my picture with the Cup from an event in April 2010, but this time means a lot more!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on June 14, 2018, 10:40:19 PM
The Toronto Marlies, who are the Maple Leafs farm team in the AHL, had won their first Calder Cup championship.
https://www.tsn.ca/marlies-beat-stars-to-win-calder-cup-1.1113312
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on June 18, 2018, 08:59:49 PM
Ms1995hoo and I with the Stanley Cup last week.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180619/9b44993bc66b0623163fb6ed70224da4.jpg)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: amroad17 on June 19, 2018, 12:35:03 AM
Ms1995hoo and I with the Stanley Cup last week.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180619/9b44993bc66b0623163fb6ed70224da4.jpg)
Nice!!! :thumbsup: :clap:
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Henry on June 19, 2018, 09:22:51 AM
Ms1995hoo and I with the Stanley Cup last week.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180619/9b44993bc66b0623163fb6ed70224da4.jpg)
Nice!!! :thumbsup: :clap:
I second that!

And on a different note, I hope Seattle gets the 32nd team so I won't have to visit Vancouver when the Blackhawks come to the Pacific Northwest (not that I've ever actually done that anyway).
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: abefroman329 on June 19, 2018, 09:40:46 AM
What's the story with the alternate sweaters?  When did they debut?
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Jmiles32 on June 19, 2018, 12:59:08 PM
What's the story with the alternate sweaters?  When did they debut?

The Caps debuted the jerseys for the 2018 Stadium Series game held at Navy Stadium in Annapolis. The Caps won the game 5-2 over the Toronto Maple Leafs. I personally think they look great and hope that the Caps continue to wear them occasionally next season.
On a different note, its unfortunate we weren't able to keep Trotz  :-(
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on June 26, 2018, 08:12:29 PM
Here one Downfall parody clip about the Caps championship and Vegas loss.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on June 27, 2018, 08:26:22 AM
God they still make those???  :-D
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: abefroman329 on June 27, 2018, 03:39:09 PM
God they still make those???  :-D

I thought the owner of the copyright for Downfall was cracking down on them, but I guess not.  Wasn't there a Downfall parody video about Hitler not being able to make any more Downfall parody videos?

Regardless of the video, I crack up every time Hitler gets the bad news and shakily reaches for his glasses.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on July 02, 2018, 07:07:13 PM
I saw that tweet post where the Lincoln Monument in Washington received the visit of the Stanley Cup.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on July 08, 2018, 04:45:12 PM
Ovechkin has the Cup in Moscow this weekend. I wonder how much all that caviar cost.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DhmyQG7X4AEaHwu?format=jpg&name=small)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Road Hog on July 15, 2018, 05:25:13 PM
Ms1995hoo and I with the Stanley Cup last week.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180619/9b44993bc66b0623163fb6ed70224da4.jpg)

I'm sure there's a reason why Mrs. Hoo wears the C.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on July 15, 2018, 06:44:43 PM
Ms1995hoo and I with the Stanley Cup last week.

(image omitted)

I'm sure there's a reason why Mrs. Hoo wears the C.

Yeah: She bought an Ovechkin sweater and I bought an Oshie sweater (partly because I already had two red Ovechkin sweaters) and Ovechkin is the captain.  :-D
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on July 15, 2018, 06:45:56 PM
Double-posting because this is unrelated to my photo above: Former goalie Ray Emery drowned near Hamilton this morning. He was only 35. I hated that guy as a player, but I hate to see anyone meet a sad end like that. Apparently he was swimming with friends and vanished.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on September 11, 2018, 04:23:10 PM
Some folks had beginned to do predictions for the 2019 Stanley cup championship and thinking of Tampa Bay, Boston, Toronto,... but one guy go even further by predicting the 2027 Stanley cup champions.
https://thecanuckway.com/2018/08/30/vancouver-canucks-2027-stanley-cup-champions/

Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on September 15, 2018, 06:56:20 PM
We picked up our latest Cup item from the framing store today. They dry-mounted the front page and put the rest of the section in a pocket on the back.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180915/4771d20439824dd11fdf7927ced04c6d.jpg)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on October 02, 2018, 02:29:53 PM
NHL 19 simulation think then 2019 will be the year of the Leafs.
https://www.tsn.ca/nhl/video/nhl-19-simulation-results-in-the-maple-leafs-winning-the-stanley-cup~1503528
https://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/nhl/ea-sports-nhl-19-picks-maple-leafs-to-win-stanley-cup-1.4847024
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Big John on October 02, 2018, 09:26:49 PM
NHL executive committee unanimously recommends an expansion team in Seattle.  https://sports.yahoo.com/nhl-seattle-expansion-moves-closer-011533093.html
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on October 03, 2018, 08:45:17 AM
Hockey returns tonight!!!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Bruce on October 03, 2018, 05:35:10 PM
So long as the team name isn't crappy or offensive, hockey should thrive in Seattle. The city is hungry for an indoor sports team.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on October 03, 2018, 10:29:55 PM
Quote
@1995hoo

Lets try to explain this in @dcsportsbog style: Tonight, the @StanleyCup Champion @Capitals, who won the Stanley Cup and are the champions, raised the Stanley Cup Champions banner, skated the Stanley Cup, and came out looking like they could have a chance to win the Stanley Cup.

 :D :D :D
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on October 03, 2018, 11:38:42 PM
So long as the team name isn't crappy or offensive, hockey should thrive in Seattle. The city is hungry for an indoor sports team.
Seattle Indians?
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: rickmastfan67 on October 04, 2018, 07:27:49 AM
Shoulda been half a season with all the suspensions he's gotten in just one year for this type of crap!

Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on October 04, 2018, 07:49:58 AM
So long as the team name isn't crappy or offensive, hockey should thrive in Seattle. The city is hungry for an indoor sports team.
Seattle Indians?

There's also Seattle Totems that could be use as a tribute to a 1950s-1960s team who was in the WHL or Seattle Mets/Metropolitans as a tribute to the first team in the United States to win the Stanley cup back in 1917.

The Washington Capitals unveils their Stanley Cup banner.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Bruce on October 04, 2018, 08:28:08 PM
Totems might be a controversial name nowadays, given that totem poles aren't endemic to the Northwest (they're from Alaska) and it could be seen as exploiting indigenous imagery from the Alaskan Natives.

Metropolitans is the best name, by far, given that it's historic, neutral, and actually fits the identity of the modern city. It also plays with the Metro bus system, just like how the Sounders match the Sounder commuter train.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: PAHighways on October 04, 2018, 10:36:57 PM
So long as the team name isn't crappy or offensive, hockey should thrive in Seattle. The city is hungry for an indoor sports team.
Seattle Indians?

Seattle Baristas
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1 on October 04, 2018, 10:41:59 PM
So long as the team name isn't crappy or offensive, hockey should thrive in Seattle. The city is hungry for an indoor sports team.
Seattle Indians?

Seattle Baristas
Kirkland Trekkies
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: rickmastfan67 on October 04, 2018, 11:29:40 PM
Seattle Homeless
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on October 05, 2018, 12:09:00 AM
Seattle Homeless
triggered
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: jp the roadgeek on October 05, 2018, 12:10:13 AM
Totems might be a controversial name nowadays, given that totem poles aren't endemic to the Northwest (they're from Alaska) and it could be seen as exploiting indigenous imagery from the Alaskan Natives.

Metropolitans is the best name, by far, given that it's historic, neutral, and actually fits the identity of the modern city. It also plays with the Metro bus system, just like how the Sounders match the Sounder commuter train.


Will their team colors be orange and blue?
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Hot Rod Hootenanny on October 05, 2018, 11:21:25 PM
Seattle Homeless
Instead of Seattle "whatevers," call them the Jimi Nirvanas.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on October 08, 2018, 09:10:03 AM
Hawks with 3 OT games to start the season, nabbed 5 of 6 points. Cam Ward cannot stop a beach ball :awesomeface:
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Bruce on October 08, 2018, 08:13:46 PM
NHL Seattle wants to build its offices and training rinks (including youth facilities) in Northgate, a redeveloped mall next to light rail.

https://www.nhlseattle.com/news-ice-centre.html

Personally, I think it's a waste of extremely valuable land next to transit. There's plenty of quasi-industrial land that could be used for low-rise buildings that are closer to downtown.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on November 06, 2018, 09:50:53 AM
Joel Quennville has been relieved of coaching duties for the Chicago Blackhawks. He has the 2nd most wins in NHL history, the best record as a Blackhawks coach, the best playoff record as a Blackhawks coach, and 3 Stanley Cups.  :confused: :confused:

Jeremy Colliton, the AHL affiliate head coach for the Rockford Icehogs, will replace him and make his debut Thursday at home against Carolina. Details are still coming out
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Flint1979 on November 06, 2018, 09:39:23 PM
I'm not sure how much land there is near downtown Seattle to build a new arena. In Detroit, the land where Little Caesars Arena was built was vacant land and just required some abandoned buildings to be demolished but most of it was vacant land that was used for parking for Tigers and Lions games before construction started on the arena.

Little Caesars Arena seems to take up about four blocks. I know Comerica Park takes up six blocks. I've been looking at downtown Seattle on Google Maps and just can't figure out where a new arena would be built. I like the idea of the teams playing in the city limits of the city they represent and never liked the Pistons playing in Auburn Hills even though it's about 30 miles closer to my house than Little Caesars Arena is, although I haven't been to a Pistons game in about 25 years.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: jp the roadgeek on November 08, 2018, 07:31:23 PM
Joel Quennville has been relieved of coaching duties for the Chicago Blackhawks. He has the 2nd most wins in NHL history, the best record as a Blackhawks coach, the best playoff record as a Blackhawks coach, and 3 Stanley Cups.  :confused: :confused:

Jeremy Colliton, the AHL affiliate head coach for the Rockford Icehogs, will replace him and make his debut Thursday at home against Carolina. Details are still coming out

This one hits home a little bit for me.  Along with Quenneville, assistants Kevin Dineen and Ulf Samuelsson were given the axe as well.  As a former Whaler season ticket holder, it's a sad day. 
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Henry on November 09, 2018, 10:14:12 AM
I am shocked at this latest development involving Joel Quennville! At least the Blackhawks got three Stanley Cups out of him, so it's all good.

Also, I hope that the 32nd team does come to Seattle.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Bruce on November 15, 2018, 08:05:17 PM
I'm not sure how much land there is near downtown Seattle to build a new arena. In Detroit, the land where Little Caesars Arena was built was vacant land and just required some abandoned buildings to be demolished but most of it was vacant land that was used for parking for Tigers and Lions games before construction started on the arena.

Little Caesars Arena seems to take up about four blocks. I know Comerica Park takes up six blocks. I've been looking at downtown Seattle on Google Maps and just can't figure out where a new arena would be built. I like the idea of the teams playing in the city limits of the city they represent and never liked the Pistons playing in Auburn Hills even though it's about 30 miles closer to my house than Little Caesars Arena is, although I haven't been to a Pistons game in about 25 years.

The old plan was to build a new arena at 1st & Holgate (https://www.google.com/maps/place/47%C2%B035'12.8%22N+122%C2%B020'00.1%22W/@47.5868816,-122.3355467,743m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m6!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d47.5868777!4d-122.3333584) just south of the Mariners ballpark formerly known as Safeco Field. Because it would have required a vacation of a street, the issue went before the city council and was denied due to some bribes from the port, a major landowner concerns about the street's vital nature to city commerce.

There's no place to build a new arena, short of SODO (which is industrial land on filled tideflats, prime target for an earthquake), Interbay (similar situation, but with a major railyard), and the Metro bus bases just south of I-90. The parking lot just north of CenturyLink Field would have made for a decent option had the condo and office towers not been built there recently. The rest of the city is too hilly or far from downtown and transit to be a realistic option.

If Seattleites would have accepted a suburban arena, there were a few options on the board, mainly in Tukwila at Interuban Avenue (https://www.google.com/maps/place/47%C2%B029'10.1%22N+122%C2%B016'20.6%22W/@47.48706,-122.2751688,1488m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m6!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d47.4861392!4d-122.2723793) (requiring a new light rail station) or near Tukwila's commuter rail station (requiring more service). Otherwise, an arena in the slowly-developing are around downtown Bellevue would have been a suitable option.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Flint1979 on November 15, 2018, 09:39:54 PM
I'm not sure how much land there is near downtown Seattle to build a new arena. In Detroit, the land where Little Caesars Arena was built was vacant land and just required some abandoned buildings to be demolished but most of it was vacant land that was used for parking for Tigers and Lions games before construction started on the arena.

Little Caesars Arena seems to take up about four blocks. I know Comerica Park takes up six blocks. I've been looking at downtown Seattle on Google Maps and just can't figure out where a new arena would be built. I like the idea of the teams playing in the city limits of the city they represent and never liked the Pistons playing in Auburn Hills even though it's about 30 miles closer to my house than Little Caesars Arena is, although I haven't been to a Pistons game in about 25 years.

The old plan was to build a new arena at 1st & Holgate (https://www.google.com/maps/place/47%C2%B035'12.8%22N+122%C2%B020'00.1%22W/@47.5868816,-122.3355467,743m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m6!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d47.5868777!4d-122.3333584) just south of the Mariners ballpark formerly known as Safeco Field. Because it would have required a vacation of a street, the issue went before the city council and was denied due to some bribes from the port, a major landowner concerns about the street's vital nature to city commerce.

There's no place to build a new arena, short of SODO (which is industrial land on filled tideflats, prime target for an earthquake), Interbay (similar situation, but with a major railyard), and the Metro bus bases just south of I-90. The parking lot just north of CenturyLink Field would have made for a decent option had the condo and office towers not been built there recently. The rest of the city is too hilly or far from downtown and transit to be a realistic option.

If Seattleites would have accepted a suburban arena, there were a few options on the board, mainly in Tukwila at Interuban Avenue (https://www.google.com/maps/place/47%C2%B029'10.1%22N+122%C2%B016'20.6%22W/@47.48706,-122.2751688,1488m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m6!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d47.4861392!4d-122.2723793) (requiring a new light rail station) or near Tukwila's commuter rail station (requiring more service). Otherwise, an arena in the slowly-developing are around downtown Bellevue would have been a suitable option.
The problem I was having with finding a suitable location and wondering why not that location was that the city is too hilly and everything is developed around downtown so there aren't too many options available and what would be available is too far from downtown. Why not just demolish Key Arena and build a new arena on that site? A new arena would most likely fit the block from Republican to Thomas and 1st N to the line that would be 2nd N if that street was a through street.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ce929wax on November 16, 2018, 11:42:19 PM
I would think that the NHL would want the next expansion team to come out of the Eastern Conference to balance things out.

Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Flint1979 on November 17, 2018, 12:05:52 AM
I think some of these teams might need to be relocated. I can see a few teams such as the Florida Panthers, Carolina Hurricane and still the Arizona Coyotes that it wouldn't hurt to relocate them. Move Carolina back to Hartford, move Florida to Quebec City and move Arizona to Seattle. I have no idea why the NHL is interested in entering markets that are not hockey markets. Like the Vegas Golden Knights, I really still don't see a team succeeding for long term in that market.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: rickmastfan67 on November 17, 2018, 09:58:21 PM
I would think that the NHL would want the next expansion team to come out of the Eastern Conference to balance things out.

The problem there is that the Western Conference has less teams right now.  Only way the Eastern Conference could have an expansion team is to have one of it's teams move to the Western Conference first.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: jp the roadgeek on November 18, 2018, 12:28:58 AM
Seattle is already said 32nd expansion team, so any chance of an expansion team switching to the Eastern Conference is nil.  Only swap that could take place is swapping Detroit and Nashville.  As it is now, the Eastern Conference is confined to one time zone; the swap would upset the apple cart and Red Wings fans would be subject to many late nights..
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ce929wax on November 18, 2018, 06:14:56 PM
Hey, we dealt with late nights when the Wings were in the Western Conference, so it wouldn't be the end of the world.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Flint1979 on November 18, 2018, 06:50:28 PM
Hey, we dealt with late nights when the Wings were in the Western Conference, so it wouldn't be the end of the world.
But that's the main reason the Wings moved to the Eastern Conference.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Bruce on November 19, 2018, 12:41:41 AM
The problem I was having with finding a suitable location and wondering why not that location was that the city is too hilly and everything is developed around downtown so there aren't too many options available and what would be available is too far from downtown. Why not just demolish Key Arena and build a new arena on that site? A new arena would most likely fit the block from Republican to Thomas and 1st N to the line that would be 2nd N if that street was a through street.

KeyArena's roof is a historic landmark, which is why the "renovation" is really a full-scale teardown of everything under the roof to accommodate the larger arena. The 1995 renovation was somewhat similar, with the old coliseum roof being the only real remainder of the original structure from the World's Fair.

Since Seattle Center is itself eligible for landmark status (and it would be submitted, willingly or not), the arena really can't intrude on the International Fountain to the east. So it's pretty much stuck in the oblong block.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Bruce on December 03, 2018, 07:01:03 PM
The NHL Board of Governors is expected to approved an expansion team in Seattle tomorrow. Only took 102 years after our first Stanley Cup.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on December 04, 2018, 02:44:15 PM
Seattle is a go, with Arizona moving to the central division
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ce929wax on December 04, 2018, 07:55:41 PM
I was wondering who was going to move to the Central Division.  I thought it might be Vegas, but Arizona is the logical choice.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on December 04, 2018, 09:04:29 PM
I was wondering who was going to move to the Central Division.  I thought it might be Vegas, but Arizona is the logical choice.

That way when the Coyotes move to Houston there's no further realignment needed!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on December 05, 2018, 12:23:54 AM
I was wondering who was going to move to the Central Division.  I thought it might be Vegas, but Arizona is the logical choice.

That way when the Coyotes move to Houston there's no further realignment needed!
But when they move to Quebec City there will be.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Henry on December 05, 2018, 09:34:54 AM
I knew it would only be a matter of time before Seattle got back into the NHL! Perhaps this (and the upcoming rebuild of Key Arena) should pave the way for a Sonics comeback? (up yours, OKC!)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: okc1 on December 05, 2018, 12:13:43 PM
On thread - Not sure about Houston, given Atlanta failed twice and problems in Glendale and Miami. I am sure Seattle will be a great NHL city.

Off thread - Amazing after 10 years the emotion of the Sonics move is as strong as ever. Many in OKC would like to see the Sonics back to see the red-hot rivalry with the Thunder!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Bruce on December 05, 2018, 11:51:55 PM
Personally, I hope the NBA comes begging to the city and gets a hard rejection. They had their grubby hands all over the move and should pay the price of losing one of America's best cities (which continues to get better).

Back to hockey: I hope that we get the Metropolitans name revived. Anything Native American (e.g. Totems) is a no-go, especially since totem poles were never part of the traditions of tribes in the Salish Sea region and were introduced by white settlers in an attempt to spice up their new cities. The other "finalists" that keep appearing (Kraken, Sockeye, Sasquatch, Freeze) are corny and really don't distinguish themselves as a potential long-term name...you have to find something timeless.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on December 06, 2018, 07:39:25 AM
Personally, I hope the NBA comes begging to the city and gets a hard rejection. They had their grubby hands all over the move and should pay the price of losing one of America's best cities (which continues to get better).

Back to hockey: I hope that we get the Metropolitans name revived. Anything Native American (e.g. Totems) is a no-go, especially since totem poles were never part of the traditions of tribes in the Salish Sea region and were introduced by white settlers in an attempt to spice up their new cities. The other "finalists" that keep appearing (Kraken, Sockeye, Sasquatch, Freeze) are corny and really don't distinguish themselves as a potential long-term name...you have to find something timeless.

How about the "Cascadians" as a nod to the Northwest area sometimes referred as Cascadia?
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on December 06, 2018, 04:08:27 PM
obRoads: Seattle Alaskans in memoriam of 99?
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Henry on December 11, 2018, 02:37:47 PM
Back to hockey: I hope that we get the Metropolitans name revived. Anything Native American (e.g. Totems) is a no-go, especially since totem poles were never part of the traditions of tribes in the Salish Sea region and were introduced by white settlers in an attempt to spice up their new cities. The other "finalists" that keep appearing (Kraken, Sockeye, Sasquatch, Freeze) are corny and really don't distinguish themselves as a potential long-term name...you have to find something timeless.
I like the Metropolitans idea, especially since it would be a tribute to the 1917 Stanley Cup champions. After all, Ottawa did this with the Senators.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on December 14, 2018, 08:57:11 PM
Our Caps Christmas ornaments came. I hope these images display. (The Cup at the top of the tree next to the 9-11 memorial ornament was not part of the Caps set.)

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181214/5628ae6b8678474bf2a970f304b3f546.jpg)

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181214/b1d6d3f6d1140e061f845b2011a28c05.jpg)

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181214/99acc6be5a7cd6338665dac568c00deb.jpg)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on December 17, 2018, 08:46:34 PM
Flyers fired coach Hakstol, a couple of weeks after firing GM Hextall. If you work for the Flyers and your name is Hookstol, you'd better brush up your rsum.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on February 20, 2019, 05:45:20 PM
Our season-ticket renewal package came today. Something spiffy was in the box....

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190220/38ae170aff586f2a6e2b5ffb4a471f7a.jpg)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on February 20, 2019, 07:32:30 PM
The St. Louis Blues changed goalers and Jordan Binnington had reversed the Blues fortunes.
https://lastwordonhockey.com/2019/02/18/st-louis-blues-winning-with-jordan-binnington/
https://torontosun.com/sports/hockey/nhl/blues-season-saviour-binnington-has-travelled-long-winding-road-to-nhl
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on February 21, 2019, 08:47:59 AM
Hawks into the 2nd wild card spot after being left for dead at the start of the new year. And of course, TB just dominating
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on March 08, 2019, 09:20:16 AM
This is the front cover of the book Im reading. Everyone remembers these infamous uniforms. But look at the mascot (Nyisles, pronounced Niles). How did Islanders management fail to notice that he has a rolled-up condom on his head??!!!!! (Why did my autocorrect just try to change condom to condominium?)

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190308/02bbf16d27ada6620a77dfdb95436148.jpg)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on March 11, 2019, 11:26:18 AM
I saw an article from June 2018 about players who played for the St. Louis Blues who had won the Stanley Cup with another team.
https://bleedinblue.com/2018/06/09/st-louis-blues-won-cup-elsewhere/
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If the Washington Capitals had finally menaged to end their championship drought. Why not the Blues? They're the last 1967 expansion team who still hadn't won yet.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: jp the roadgeek on March 11, 2019, 07:28:40 PM
The Icelanders' Gorton's Fisherman logo and the Sabres Buffaslug have to be two of the worst logos in the history of sports.  Often found myself singing "Trust the New York Islanders" whenever I saw a Gorton's commercial.    Also was not a fan of when the Capitals ditched the red, white, and blue for blue, black, and gold (along with the Wizards; those gold tops with black shorts were the most hideous set of unis ever). 
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Rothman on March 11, 2019, 08:53:49 PM
Look up the old Canucks sweaters with the big V on them.  :D
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on March 11, 2019, 09:16:51 PM
The Icelanders' Gorton's Fisherman logo and the Sabres Buffaslug have to be two of the worst logos in the history of sports.  Often found myself singing "Trust the New York Islanders" whenever I saw a Gorton's commercial.    Also was not a fan of when the Capitals ditched the red, white, and blue for blue, black, and gold (along with the Wizards; those gold tops with black shorts were the most hideous set of unis ever). 

The book about the Islanders I noted further up the thread is a really interesting read because it delves into why they felt they needed to rebrand and all the factors (including bad hockey, bad personnel decisions, etc.) that caused the rebranding to fail. There was an interesting comment about the management having the foresight of Gen. Custer, the empathy of Marie Antoinette, and the inventiveness of Wile E. Coyote. Ouch.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: jp the roadgeek on March 30, 2019, 01:58:33 AM
Not NHL, but a major upset along the lines of Appalachian State winning at The Big House or UMBC knocking off UVa.  AIC (from Springfield, MA), which hasnt been Division I for long, knocked off powerhouse St. Cloud State in the opening round of the NCAA hockey tournament.  Interesting fact: it comes 20 years to the day after AICs most famous alum, Jim Calhoun, coached UConn to its first NCAA mend basketball title.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on April 09, 2019, 08:55:22 PM
Jumping the top 3 in lottery likelihood, the NHL's first picks will be NJ (boo), NY Rangers (yay!!), Chicago. So did the Devils in fact Lose for Hughes or did they just play like a pile of Kakko? We'll find out!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: cjk374 on April 10, 2019, 06:32:35 AM
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on April 10, 2019, 09:20:00 AM
Go Bolts
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Hot Rod Hootenanny on April 10, 2019, 11:27:56 PM
Go Bolts

Go Blue Jackets
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on April 11, 2019, 12:01:42 AM
Go lf
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Verlanka on April 11, 2019, 09:12:58 AM
Go lf

:-D
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: kevinb1994 on April 11, 2019, 09:14:49 AM
Go lf

:-D

Sponsored by Das Auto, as usual. ;)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: jp the roadgeek on April 11, 2019, 05:53:47 PM
The me of 30 years ago (a die hard Whalers fan) would hate the me of today (scorned by said team when they packed up and moved to NC) for saying this, but GO BRUINS!!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Hot Rod Hootenanny on April 11, 2019, 08:06:42 PM
Go lf
You're not an If.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on April 11, 2019, 08:27:27 PM
The me of 30 years ago (a die hard Whalers fan) would hate the me of today (scorned by said team when they packed up and moved to NC) for saying this, but GO BRUINS!!

Im at Verizon Center for the Caps game. Guy across the aisle is wearing a Whalers sweatshirt. Not many Hurricanes/Whalers fans here overall.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on April 11, 2019, 11:15:41 PM
Go lf
You're not an If.
that's an L, and L is what my team did well this year.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Buck87 on April 12, 2019, 10:14:26 PM
The Blue Jackets have another 2-0 series after a couple upsets against a higher seeded team on the road...

...so congrats on your Stanley Cup title Tampa
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: jp the roadgeek on April 12, 2019, 10:28:21 PM
Apparently, everyone is beating the Lightning lately.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/7801/47543104222_66cd41a24d_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on April 12, 2019, 10:57:59 PM
Apparently, everyone is beating the Lightning lately.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/7801/47543104222_66cd41a24d_n.jpg)
22 saves... so 95 shots?
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Verlanka on April 13, 2019, 09:29:13 AM
Apparently, everyone is beating the Lightning lately.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/7801/47543104222_66cd41a24d_n.jpg)

73-1? :confused:
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Buck87 on April 17, 2019, 08:42:49 AM
Wow, I'm pleasantly surprised that the Jackets managed to cash in on their early series lead this time around.

That was one hell of a way to win the first playoff series in franchise history.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on April 17, 2019, 05:00:42 PM
Looks like the Islanders are Pittsburgh Penguins kryptonite.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on April 18, 2019, 09:09:14 AM
Looks like the Islanders are Pittsburgh Penguins kryptonite.

So happy they beat the Pens, makes the East wide open now
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: MantyMadTown on April 24, 2019, 07:44:15 PM
There's no one for me to cheer for in the playoffs anymore, now that all the teams I wanted to win are gone.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: jp the roadgeek on April 24, 2019, 11:56:47 PM
There's no one for me to cheer for in the playoffs anymore, now that all the teams I wanted to win are gone.

Order of teams I'll root for:
1. Bruins (of course)
2. Islanders
3. Blues (always a bridesmaid but never a bride)
4. Anyone but the Whalercanes.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ilpt4u on April 25, 2019, 01:30:32 AM
There's no one for me to cheer for in the playoffs anymore, now that all the teams I wanted to win are gone.
Even as a Blackhawks fan, a part of me would like to see the Blues win a Cup

If not the Blues, Id next like to see the Sharks hoist the Chalice

Yeah, going Western Conference for the Cup
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Henry on April 25, 2019, 11:17:24 AM
There's no one for me to cheer for in the playoffs anymore, now that all the teams I wanted to win are gone.
Even as a Blackhawks fan, a part of me would like to see the Blues win a Cup

If not the Blues, I’d next like to see the Sharks hoist the Chalice

Yeah, going Western Conference for the Cup
I echo that sentiment!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on April 25, 2019, 03:11:43 PM
Not gonna lie, kinda want an Avs/Hurricanes final. Don't know why... just an urge to see those two teams in the final
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on April 25, 2019, 04:22:14 PM
There's no one for me to cheer for in the playoffs anymore, now that all the teams I wanted to win are gone.
Even as a Blackhawks fan, a part of me would like to see the Blues win a Cup

If not the Blues, I’d next like to see the Sharks hoist the Chalice

Yeah, going Western Conference for the Cup
I echo that sentiment!

You're not the only one, I also wish a Cup championship for the Blues. If it's not the case, one for the Sharks because of Joe Thortnton who's almost 40 and it would be a good way to end his career like Lanny McDonald in 1989 and Ray Bourque in 2001.

Do you think John Tavares might regret to be traded to the Leafs now then the Isles kicked out the Pens?
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: DandyDan on April 25, 2019, 04:48:52 PM
All I will say about this year's Stanley Cup playoffs is I did the NHL Stanley Cup bracket challenge and went 0-8 in the opening round. What was the point of the regular season?
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Buck87 on April 25, 2019, 05:56:29 PM
So far this year we have:

The first President's Trophy winner to get swept in the first round
The first time both #1 seeds lost in the first round
The first time all of the division winners lost in the first round
The first time since 2012 that both of the previous Stanley Cup finalists lost in the first round
The 5th time that only two original six teams made the playoffs
The 2nd time that both Detroit and Montreal missed the playoffs
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on April 25, 2019, 07:10:56 PM
There is still a player who can win back-to-back Stanley Cups this spring, so if I watch the rest of the playoffs, I suppose I'll pull for his team.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: jp the roadgeek on April 25, 2019, 07:28:25 PM
There is still a player who can win back-to-back Stanley Cups this spring, so if I watch the rest of the playoffs, I suppose I'll pull for his team.

There's also a coach who can too.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Hot Rod Hootenanny on April 26, 2019, 12:27:16 PM
I can dream of a parade that doesn't involve 'some state school in Columbus,' can't I?  :bigass:
(Maybe in my lifetime)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on April 26, 2019, 12:42:53 PM
I can dream of a parade that doesn't involve 'some state school in Columbus,' can't I?  :bigass:
(Maybe in my lifetime)
It's my dream that every parade doesn't involve that school.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: MantyMadTown on April 26, 2019, 10:56:06 PM
I can dream of a parade that doesn't involve 'some state school in Columbus,' can't I?  :bigass:
(Maybe in my lifetime)
It's my dream that every parade doesn't involve that school.

Amen.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Buck87 on April 27, 2019, 09:17:35 AM
I can dream of a parade that doesn't involve 'some state school in Columbus,' can't I?  :bigass:
(Maybe in my lifetime)

IIRC, they didn't actually have parades for the 2002 or 2014 titles. They instead did celebration rallies at the stadium.

How about the Crew, do you remember if they had a parade in 2008?
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Hot Rod Hootenanny on April 30, 2019, 10:01:43 PM
I can dream of a parade that doesn't involve 'some state school in Columbus,' can't I?  :bigass:
(Maybe in my lifetime)

IIRC, they didn't actually have parades for the 2002 or 2014 titles. They instead did celebration rallies at the stadium.

How about the Crew, do you remember if they had a parade in 2008?

I don't recall a parade for the Crew. Just a rally downtown.*
And yes, the last two time the (only) OSU (that matters) won football "championships," they just celebrated in Ohio Stadium.

* - This was during my Louisiana exile (2004-09)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Buck87 on May 01, 2019, 09:06:48 AM
^ Thanks.

More to the topic at hand, the Blue Jackets took a 2-1 series lead last night
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: jp the roadgeek on May 03, 2019, 12:31:05 AM
With the exception of the Whalercanes/Icelanders series, the remaining 3 series (assuming Colorado holds on to win tonight) will all go at least 6.  Going to be a fun week of hockey coming up. 
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ctkatz on May 04, 2019, 10:28:37 AM
here's what I'm loving up in denver.

the age of scoring core of the avs is right around 22.3. landeskog is the old man of the group at 26.  nate mackinnon is 23 and locked into a team friendly contract for another 4 years.

i think the glory days are back regardless of what happens this playoff season.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on May 06, 2019, 08:46:06 AM
Let's go Canes
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Henry on May 06, 2019, 10:09:52 AM
here's what I'm loving up in denver.

the age of scoring core of the avs is right around 22.3. landeskog is the old man of the group at 26.  nate mackinnon is 23 and locked into a team friendly contract for another 4 years.

i think the glory days are back regardless of what happens this playoff season.
My brother lives in Denver, so I'm rooting for the Avalanche to make it out of the West, if not the Blues. As for the East...

Let's go Canes
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Hot Rod Hootenanny on May 06, 2019, 11:05:34 PM
Bah Humbug!  :popcorn: :thumbdown:
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on May 07, 2019, 08:20:56 PM
Here some "politics-fiction" or should I said "sports-fiction". ;)

One journalist from Montreal imagined a pipe-dream where Joe Thorton from the Sharks meet his former team, the Bruins. https://www.journaldemontreal.com/2019/05/06/scenario-thornton-vs-bruins   
Here the Google translation.
https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=fr&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.journaldemontreal.com%2F2019%2F05%2F06%2Fscenario-thornton-vs-bruins
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on May 17, 2019, 07:58:57 AM
The Hurricanes had been canned by the Bruins.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on May 17, 2019, 03:21:32 PM
Let's go Sharks
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on May 18, 2019, 10:10:45 AM
The Blues equalled the series.

20 years ago, Brett Hull scored to famous/infamous goal that allowed the Stars (who moved from Minnesota to Dallas in 1992) to win their 1st Stanley cup against Buffalo.

30 years ago, the Calgary Flames won the Stanley Cup against Montreal in the Montreal Forum, it was the 1st and only time then a visiting team won the cup at the Forum.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Henry on May 20, 2019, 09:24:48 AM
What do you know, the Blues are one win away from their first Cup final since 1970! :)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ilpt4u on May 20, 2019, 09:26:43 PM
What do you know, the Blues are one win away from their first Cup final since 1970! :)
That they are...

Question is, will they get the job done, or choke on it? They are the Blues, after all
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: jp the roadgeek on May 20, 2019, 09:36:28 PM
The last image of the Blues in the Cup finals

(https://www.nbcsports.com/boston/sites/csnne/files/styles/article_hero_image/public/2019/05/10/bobby-orr-winning-goal-1970-stanley-cup.jpg?itok=vDR6S5Nx)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on May 21, 2019, 10:57:14 AM
What do you know, the Blues are one win away from their first Cup final since 1970! :)
That they are...

Question is, will they get the job done, or choke on it? They are the Blues, after all

Let's hope they'll get the job done. If the Washington Capitals menaged to get the Cup last year, why not the Blues? And who knows, after St. Louis, Buffalo and Vancouver might have their turn as well.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: jp the roadgeek on May 21, 2019, 11:03:43 PM
Bruins vs Blues.  Bring it on!! 
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on May 22, 2019, 07:55:05 AM
I guess that meme is relevant for the Stanley Cup finals. ;)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on May 23, 2019, 10:08:26 AM
Not sure who I should cheer for... division rival or Marchand....... Blues fans, just chant 17 seconds as a jeer, Boston will remember  :biggrin: :biggrin:
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: MantyMadTown on May 24, 2019, 12:34:06 AM
Not sure who I should cheer for... division rival or Marchand....... Blues fans, just chant 17 seconds as a jeer, Boston will remember  :biggrin: :biggrin:

I'm not really a fan of any team, but I'm cheering for the Blues. If Boston wins they'll have the Red Sox, Patriots, and Bruins all winning in the same 2018-19 season.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: jp the roadgeek on May 24, 2019, 01:40:59 PM
Not sure who I should cheer for... division rival or Marchand....... Blues fans, just chant 17 seconds as a jeer, Boston will remember  :biggrin: :biggrin:

Co-dey Par-key  :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

I'm not really a fan of any team, but I'm cheering for the Blues. If Boston wins they'll have the Red Sox, Patriots, and Bruins all winning in the same 2018-19 season.

And that's a bad thing?  It's been over 100 days since the last championship parade.  Bostonians are getting antsy.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on May 24, 2019, 03:58:10 PM

And that's a bad thing?  It's been over 100 days since the last championship parade.  Bostonians are getting antsy.

If that could cheer you up, Knicks fans still wait for a first championship since 1973 and Leafs fan since 1967.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: jp the roadgeek on May 24, 2019, 11:37:18 PM

And that's a bad thing?  It's been over 100 days since the last championship parade.  Bostonians are getting antsy.

If that could cheer you up, Knicks fans still wait for a first championship since 1973 and Leafs fan since 1967.

Indians, Browns, Lions, Bills, Chargers, Oilers/Texans, and football Cardinals fans say "Hi" :wave:
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: MantyMadTown on May 25, 2019, 12:51:15 AM
I'm not really a fan of any team, but I'm cheering for the Blues. If Boston wins they'll have the Red Sox, Patriots, and Bruins all winning in the same 2018-19 season.

And that's a bad thing?  It's been over 100 days since the last championship parade.  Bostonians are getting antsy.
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Ha. I suppose you know that means they're spoiled, right?
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on May 25, 2019, 11:06:57 AM
Down Goes Brown had an interesting tweet about determining the "last-place" playoff team and he theorizes that it's the team that loses to a team that then loses to a team that loses to a team that loses in the Stanley Cup Finals. (That is: The "last-place" team loses in the first round. The team to which they lose then loses in the second round. The team that wins that second-round series loses in turn in the conference finals, and the team that wins the conference finals then loses in the Stanley Cup Finals.)

This year, those two teams could be Pittsburgh (lost to NYI, who lost to CAR, who lost to BOS) and Calgary (lost to COL, who lost to SJS, who lost to STL).

Let's Go Blues. :bigass:
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Henry on May 26, 2019, 11:30:03 PM
Normally, as a Windy City native, I hate the teams that play 300 miles away on I-55 South, but I'd love to see the Blues win their first Stanley Cup!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on May 30, 2019, 07:21:08 AM
Boston won the 1st game but the Blues menaged to win the 2nd game in overtime. :)

The Gloria song craze then the Blues use started in Philadelphia.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Henry on May 30, 2019, 10:10:05 AM
Before last night, the Blues had lost 13 Cup Final games in a row, and they were swept in all three of their previous appearances (by the Canadiens in 1968 and 1969, and the Bruins in 1970).
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on June 01, 2019, 01:18:26 PM
There's one article who talk about Boston championship drought...  https://www.nbcsports.com/video/stanley-cup-final-boston-fans-hope-bruins-end-113-day-championship-drought

No offense to Boston, but some others teams desserve to end their own drought. https://www.thedelite.com/longest-sports-championship-droughts-of-all-time/ 
And besides, let's take a look to Cleveland who celebrated a well desserved championship when the Cavaliers won their 1st title in 2016 as shown in that video.

Edit: A detail come to my mind, the New England Revolution didn't won a MLS Cup championship yet. Some called them the Buffalo Bills of the MLS.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/15/sports/soccer/robert-kraft-revolution.html
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on June 03, 2019, 09:43:56 AM
Nahhh, give the Bruins one more  :popcorn:
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on June 03, 2019, 02:33:13 PM
Nahhh, give the Bruins one more  :popcorn:

 :-(  I taked St. Louis side, they desserved a Stanley Cup championship after all these years, it's the last team of the 1967 expansion who didn't won the cup yet followed by the Buffalo Sabres and the Vancouver Canucks who arrived in the NHL in 1970. Then, the San Jose Sharks, current Ottawa Senators, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators, Minnesota Wild, Winnipeg Jets (current incarnation), Arizona/Phoenix Coyotes, Vegas Golden Knights. (The Flames who beginned in 1972 in Atlanta and moved to Calgary in 1980 won in 1989. Kansas City Scouts moved to became the Colorado Rockies and finally the New Jersey Devils, the California/Oakland Seals became the Cleveland Barons and was amalgated with the North Stars in 1978 and moved later to Dallas who won it in 1999).

Edit: Come to think of it, maybe we should ask the Canadian rapper Drake to wear a Boston Bruins jacket. Some said the Leafs lost because Drake weared a Maple Leafs jacket.
https://www.ctvnews.ca/sports/did-the-infamous-drake-curse-strike-the-toronto-maple-leafs-1.4386984

Quote
Drake was present when Conor McGregor lost his title to Khabib Nurmagomedov last year, and at the 2015 U.S. Open that saw Serena Williams lose to Roberta Vinci not to mention his attendance at many of the Toronto Raptors more embarrassing playoff defeats three years straight against Cleveland.

His reputation has become a byword on social media: the so-called Drake curse, which is so well known that the Italian soccer club AS Roma has banned its players from taking photos with the rapper.

There was other stories who involved Drake in others sports.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/boxing/article-7096273/Anthony-Joshua-tweeted-beat-Drake-curse-shock-defeat-Andy-Ruiz-Jr.html
https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/9205507/drake-curse-victims-anthony-joshua/

But others blamed Sixers Mike Scott with a jinx or curse of his own.
https://brobible.com/sports/article/mike-scott-sixers-drake-curse-nhl/
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: roadman on June 03, 2019, 04:48:24 PM
Well, a Blues win would spare us Boston commuters the sheer agony of having to deal with another stupid victory parade.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Rothman on June 03, 2019, 07:27:27 PM
Go Bruins.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on June 04, 2019, 06:08:18 PM
Here a video featuring Bobby Plager, Bernie Federko, Brett Hull, Alex Pietrangelo et Chris Pronger.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on June 04, 2019, 10:03:32 PM
The Newfouldland Growlers, who are the Toronto Maple Leafs farm-team in the ECHL won their 1st Kelly Cup championship.
https://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/newfoundland-growlers-cap-inaugural-season-kelly-cup-title/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newfoundland_Growlers
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Henry on June 07, 2019, 10:24:20 AM
Who would've guessed that the same team that lost 13 games in a row in the championship round is now one win away from its very first Stanley Cup?! And best of all, they get to close it out on their home ice on Sunday night!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Rothman on June 07, 2019, 10:42:32 AM
It ain't over yet. :D
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: roadman on June 07, 2019, 11:07:09 AM
It ain't over yet. :D

The series will go to seven games.  If Boston wins, the obligatory ego fest - excuse me - victory parade will actually be held on a weekend for once.  If Boston loses, we won't have to deal with the nonsense of having a parade at all.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: jp the roadgeek on June 07, 2019, 02:57:22 PM
Who would've guessed that the same team that lost 13 games in a row in the championship round is now one win away from its very first Stanley Cup?! And best of all, they get to close it out on their home ice on Sunday night!

If so, make sure the refs from last night get a spot on one of the parade floats.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on June 07, 2019, 04:16:25 PM
It ain't over yet. :D

The series will go to seven games.  If Boston wins, the obligatory ego fest - excuse me - victory parade will actually be held on a weekend for once.  If Boston loses, we won't have to deal with the nonsense of having a parade at all.

I hope not,  I'd like to see a victory parade near the Gateway Arch and going on Market and Broadway Streets. :)

Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: roadman on June 07, 2019, 04:33:08 PM
It ain't over yet. :D

The series will go to seven games.  If Boston wins, the obligatory ego fest - excuse me - victory parade will actually be held on a weekend for once.  If Boston loses, we won't have to deal with the nonsense of having a parade at all.

I hope not,  I'd like to see a victory parade near the Gateway Arch and going on Market and Broadway Streets. :)



If the Blues win their first Stanley Cup, a victory parade in St. Louis would be very appropriate.  Here in Boston, however, it's become more of a clich than an honor.  And it's very disruptive to the normal routines of people just trying to go to work or school or whatever.  Especially when it's the League and not the City - who has to provide the police and other public resources required to oversee such things - that dictates when and how the parade is held (usually no more than three days after the winning game),
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on June 07, 2019, 04:36:09 PM
What? The NHL doesn't "dictate" anything about a parade. That's up to the team and the city. Ours last year was on June 12, five days after the final game.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Henry on June 10, 2019, 09:46:58 AM
Wednesday night, the championship will be decided once and for all! St. Louis already has 11 World Series championships (all with the Cardinals), a Super Bowl champion (Rams, who have since moved back to L.A.) and NBA championship (Hawks, before they moved to Atlanta), so a Stanley Cup would certainly be the icing on the cake.

IIRC, the last time a city completed its championship "grand slam" was Philadelphia, whose Eagles had not won a Super Bowl until February of 2018. The Phillies, 76ers and Flyers already had titles (with the A's and Warriors also winning when they were located there), but winning the Super Bowl surely had to be the greatest feeling that a Philly sports fan could ever have.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Rothman on June 10, 2019, 09:49:54 AM
Wednesday night, the championship will be decided once and for all! St. Louis already has 11 World Series championships (all with the Cardinals), a Super Bowl champion (Rams, who have since moved back to L.A.) and NBA championship (Hawks, before they moved to Atlanta), so a Stanley Cup would certainly be the icing on the cake.

Boston says, "How cute."  Time to rack up another Stanley Cup victory! :)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on June 10, 2019, 10:43:23 AM
Wednesday night, the championship will be decided once and for all! St. Louis already has 11 World Series championships (all with the Cardinals), a Super Bowl champion (Rams, who have since moved back to L.A.) and NBA championship (Hawks, before they moved to Atlanta), so a Stanley Cup would certainly be the icing on the cake.

IIRC, the last time a city completed its championship "grand slam" was Philadelphia, whose Eagles had not won a Super Bowl until February of 2018. The Phillies, 76ers and Flyers already had titles (with the A's and Warriors also winning when they were located there), but winning the Super Bowl surely had to be the greatest feeling that a Philly sports fan could ever have.

Arguably the most recent was Washington with the Stanley Cup last year. The city has three Super Bowls (XVII, XXII, and XXVI) and two preSuper Bowl NFL championships (1937 and 1942), an NBA championship (1978), and a World Series (1924), and last year's Stanley Cup completed the "big four" sports. I suppose you might discount the World Series on the basis that it's not the current franchise that won itthe Senators franchise that won the 1924 World Series is now the Minnesota Twins.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on June 10, 2019, 01:03:58 PM
Wednesday night, the championship will be decided once and for all! St. Louis already has 11 World Series championships (all with the Cardinals), a Super Bowl champion (Rams, who have since moved back to L.A.) and NBA championship (Hawks, before they moved to Atlanta), so a Stanley Cup would certainly be the icing on the cake.

IIRC, the last time a city completed its championship "grand slam" was Philadelphia, whose Eagles had not won a Super Bowl until February of 2018. The Phillies, 76ers and Flyers already had titles (with the A's and Warriors also winning when they were located there), but winning the Super Bowl surely had to be the greatest feeling that a Philly sports fan could ever have.

Arguably the most recent was Washington with the Stanley Cup last year. The city has three Super Bowls (XVII, XXII, and XXVI) and two preSuper Bowl NFL championships (1937 and 1942), an NBA championship (1978), and a World Series (1924), and last year's Stanley Cup completed the "big four" sports. I suppose you might discount the World Series on the basis that it's not the current franchise that won itthe Senators franchise that won the 1924 World Series is now the Minnesota Twins.

If the MLS gain more and more in popularity, could we talk soon of a "Big Five"?

I could said then when (yes, I said when not if) the Toronto Raptors will win the NBA championship, it'll have a distinct "Big Four" with the Stanley Cup (last won in 1967), the 1992 and 1993 World Series with the Blue Jays and the Grey Cup (more recent championship by the Toronto Argonauts, 2017) and "Big Five" if we include the 2017 Toronto FC MLS championship.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Buck87 on June 10, 2019, 06:22:56 PM
IIRC, the last time a city completed its championship "grand slam" was Philadelphia, whose Eagles had not won a Super Bowl until February of 2018.

I would say Philadelphia completed their grand slam in 1974 when the Flyers won the Stanley Cup.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on June 10, 2019, 08:01:26 PM
IIRC, the last time a city completed its championship "grand slam" was Philadelphia, whose Eagles had not won a Super Bowl until February of 2018.

I would say Philadelphia completed their grand slam in 1974 when the Flyers won the Stanley Cup.

I guess Henry might refer the Eagles to the post NFL-AFL merger who gived us the Super Bowl.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Henry on June 11, 2019, 10:50:10 AM
IIRC, the last time a city completed its championship "grand slam" was Philadelphia, whose Eagles had not won a Super Bowl until February of 2018.

I would say Philadelphia completed their grand slam in 1974 when the Flyers won the Stanley Cup.

I guess Henry might refer the Eagles to the post NFL-AFL merger who gived us the Super Bowl.
Yes, I did, and I am aware that the last Eagles championship before the Super Bowl was in 1960.

FWIW, Chicago's grand slam came in 1991, when the Bulls won their first-ever NBA championship (the Cubs, White Sox, Blackhawks and Bears had already won titles by that point, but the first three teams were mired in droughts that were eventually broken within eleven years of each other).
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Rothman on June 11, 2019, 11:00:41 AM
This Grand Slam thing is a strange measure, come to think of it, especially since Super Bowls weren't around until 1967.

Just looking at Boston:  Red Sox won their first World Series in 1903, Bruins won their first Stanley Cup in 1929, Celtics won their first NBA Championship in 1957...but then Boston had to wait until 2002 for the Patriots to win their first Super Bowl (and the team didn't exist until 1960 anyway).
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: roadman on June 11, 2019, 12:28:47 PM
What? The NHL doesn't "dictate" anything about a parade. That's up to the team and the city. Ours last year was on June 12, five days after the final game.

Every time Boston has had a victory parade - which the City refuses to discuss at all before we have the final win (for fear of jinxing it), the parade is inevitably held within two days of the win, and no announcements about the route or preparations (such as road closures, additional trains, etc.) are made until the morning before the parade.  The City's response to the many comments and questions about the inevitable inconvenience commuters and others will endure are usually met with the response "We have no choice in the matter.  Per the League (be it MLB, NFL, NHL, or NBA), the parade has to be held on (X) date."

If your City was actually able to stipulate that the parade be held on a specific date, more power to them.  Perhaps they should talk to the Boston officials.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on June 11, 2019, 02:41:52 PM
Bostons full of crap, then. The leagues are always pretty clear that parades are a matter between the team and the city.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Buck87 on June 11, 2019, 08:31:34 PM
I guess Henry might refer the Eagles to the post NFL-AFL merger who gived us the Super Bowl.
Yes, I did, and I am aware that the last Eagles championship before the Super Bowl was in 1960.

FWIW, Chicago's grand slam came in 1991, when the Bulls won their first-ever NBA championship (the Cubs, White Sox, Blackhawks and Bears had already won titles by that point, but the first three teams were mired in droughts that were eventually broken within eleven years of each other).

I realize you're only counting Super Bowls. I just disagree with the idea that pre-Super Bowl titles are to be ignored solely because the name of the championship game changed. Had the name simply reverted to "NFL Championship game" in 1970 we wouldn't be having this discussion, and old timey titles from football would count just as much as old timey titles in the other 3 major sports still do.

Yes, I realize the merger and the sudden 62.5% jump in the number of teams contending for the same title will be used as reason for the Super Bowl's counting more than NFL titles. But if that sort of thing really mattered that much, you wouldn't have said Chicago's grand slam was completed by the Bulls first NBA Championship in 1991.....you would have said it was completed by the Blackhawks first post expansion Stanley Cup in 2010. I mean, if the football's 62.5% jump is such a big deal, then surely hockey's 100% jump the very next year should be an even bigger deal right?

But no, the reason it's not a bigger deal is simple: the name of the championship never changed. A Stanley Cup is a Stanley Cup and counts just the same, regardless of whether it was won in a league with 30 teams or 20 or 6. Motherfucking six. The World Series and NBA Championship also get the same courtesy, despite also having eras where significantly fewer teams competed for them compared the modern era, with the most significant changes to their leagues also taking place in the late 1960's.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ilpt4u on June 12, 2019, 11:57:28 PM
Congrats to the Blues

Your 2019 Stanley Cup Champions!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: kevinb1994 on June 13, 2019, 09:33:33 AM
Congrats to the Blues

Your 2019 Stanley Cup Champions!

-cues the W.C. Handy classic of the same name-
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on June 13, 2019, 09:38:09 AM
Onto the Draft!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Henry on June 13, 2019, 09:48:21 AM
From a die-hard Blackhawks fan, congrats to the Blues! Now St. Louis is the latest city to complete its grand slam.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Ben114 on June 13, 2019, 03:00:58 PM
play Gloria.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: PAHighways on June 13, 2019, 03:06:36 PM
play Gloria.
I am surprised no one posted it yet.  So here it is: 
SM-G965U

Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: MisterSG1 on June 13, 2019, 06:12:44 PM
Wednesday night, the championship will be decided once and for all! St. Louis already has 11 World Series championships (all with the Cardinals), a Super Bowl champion (Rams, who have since moved back to L.A.) and NBA championship (Hawks, before they moved to Atlanta), so a Stanley Cup would certainly be the icing on the cake.

IIRC, the last time a city completed its championship "grand slam" was Philadelphia, whose Eagles had not won a Super Bowl until February of 2018. The Phillies, 76ers and Flyers already had titles (with the A's and Warriors also winning when they were located there), but winning the Super Bowl surely had to be the greatest feeling that a Philly sports fan could ever have.

Arguably the most recent was Washington with the Stanley Cup last year. The city has three Super Bowls (XVII, XXII, and XXVI) and two preSuper Bowl NFL championships (1937 and 1942), an NBA championship (1978), and a World Series (1924), and last year's Stanley Cup completed the "big four" sports. I suppose you might discount the World Series on the basis that it's not the current franchise that won itthe Senators franchise that won the 1924 World Series is now the Minnesota Twins.

If the MLS gain more and more in popularity, could we talk soon of a "Big Five"?

I could said then when (yes, I said when not if) the Toronto Raptors will win the NBA championship, it'll have a distinct "Big Four" with the Stanley Cup (last won in 1967), the 1992 and 1993 World Series with the Blue Jays and the Grey Cup (more recent championship by the Toronto Argonauts, 2017) and "Big Five" if we include the 2017 Toronto FC MLS championship.

Did you seriously just consider the CFL to be Big Four.....the CFL in Toronto has a following more similar to the Toronto Marlies. Mind you, I have seen the Rock, Argos, and Marlies win a championship in person, but as for prices of the Raptors, forget it.

MLS wont be a fifth sport possibly for quite some time. Remember, soccer is more like football in that games are generally weekly, hence each game is a big event and should be easier to draw crowds.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on June 13, 2019, 09:26:13 PM
I saw this article from ESPN who tell how the Blues' Stanley Cup run had revitalized St. Louis. https://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/26922942/how-blues-stanley-cup-run-revitalized-st-louis

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ST. LOUIS -- From exploring the football practice facility formerly known as Rams Park on a humid June afternoon, an outsider would never know that it is the place an NFL team once called home.

Now used for youth soccer, the home of the St. Louis Rams for more than two decades has been wiped clean. The weight room is now home to AstroTurf carpet with nary a dumbbell. The locker room has been remade, and there are no lockers to be found.

To find any reminder that the Rams were ever here, you have to find the one sign that can't easily be replaced. In the lobby of the building, a glass wall is still embossed with the words "St. Louis Rams" and the team logo's horns surrounding it.

But even that is hard to make out because, fittingly, the word Rams has been covered up by a small sign.

That poster reads, in clear, bold letters, "Let's Go Blues."

It's as much a sign of the times as it is a show of support for the local hockey team that just so happens to be one win away from its first Stanley Cup championship.

Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on June 20, 2019, 06:18:55 PM
Little bump by mentionning then some folks wants to revive the roller hockey, including a revival of the St. Louis Vipers. 
http://thenationalrollerhockeyleague.com/index.html
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on June 21, 2019, 08:54:57 AM
Draft day!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on June 24, 2019, 10:02:20 AM
I hope the Canadiens will be more lucky with that draft compared to previous years.

Then, some guys who aren't drafted end with some luck when the club organazition give a chance like Martin St. Louis. http://www.greatesthockeylegends.com/2015/07/martin-st-louis-retires.html

Back to the Blues, there was a time when they was called "Montreal B" or "Montreal Annex" due to lots of Montreal Canadiens alumnis who did a journey with the Blues. Here a old blog post from 2010. https://www.habseyesontheprize.com/2010/1/20/1261273/many-years-ago-the-canadiens

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The Canadiens host the St. Louis tonight, in one of the ever too rare cross conference games. Often when the two teams meet, I think back to all the players who have shared both jerseys over the years.

The Blues were once a sort of Montreal Canadiens Annex, thanks in no small part to Scotty Bowman, who coached the team in their first three seasons starting in 1967 and brought over many players he had known through his years as a scout and coach in the Montreal system in the 1960's.

When the NHL expanded by six teams that year, the Blues, on Bowman's advice, picked apart the Canadiens minor league teams and built a fairly solid roster very quickly. Bowman knew his stuff, and the Blues made three straight trips to the Stanley Cup final.

With a team solidified with former Habs, the Blues lost to the Canadiens in 1968 and 1969. The following year, St. Louis fell to the heavily favoured Bruins in four games. In fact, when Bobby Orr scored the Cup winner flying through the air, it was a former Hab - Noel Picard - who tripped him!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on August 01, 2019, 01:45:09 PM
The Stanley cup did a little visit to Sherbrooke and Montmagny, where David Perron and Samuel Blais came from.
https://www.journaldequebec.com/2019/07/31/la-coupe-stanley-est-arrivee-a-montmagny
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Desert Man on September 30, 2019, 02:12:29 PM
Palm Springs' new sports arena for a future AHL team, an affiliate of the Seattle NHL team, this will work in a place without much professional or minor league sports to begin with (I like a California League baseball team, another Angels, out here).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palm_Springs_Arena

In addition, the Agua Caliente Clippers G-League team in basketball should split home games with Ontario CA's arena, since the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla are based in Palm Springs, in this arena right where the tribe's headquarters are located.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on September 30, 2019, 02:43:18 PM
48 hours until hockey returns!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on September 30, 2019, 08:43:35 PM
48 hours until hockey returns!

I've been to two games already.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on October 02, 2019, 09:13:56 AM
Hockey is back!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on October 03, 2019, 12:41:33 AM
Hockey is back!
Later tonight!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on November 11, 2019, 03:31:49 PM
Don Cherry has been fired.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on December 10, 2019, 11:46:42 AM
I wonder if St. Louis is now "hockeytown" from what I saw from that meme? ;)
(https://scontent.fymq3-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/61038496_1286771574803570_7134774988938149888_n.jpg?_nc_cat=100&_nc_ohc=4a8ZP3in4B4AQm-dQS6v_J4JZd0ePBdwXqOEJyzo0mtpZkgLW9rXFKJng&_nc_ht=scontent.fymq3-1.fna&oh=c1d28e008a27d71619c3854a0e4ee349&oe=5E7D6B82)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on February 10, 2020, 12:40:40 PM
Time to bump this thread with the upcoming 2020 NHL draft with some promising players like Alexis Lafrenire who play currently with the Rimouski Ocnanic in the juniors where Vincent Lecavalier and Sydney Crosby beginned. https://www.nhl.com/news/alexis-lafreniere-nhl-draft-diary/c-314703770

And I checked the current bottom 5 in the standings, Detroit, Los Angeles, Ottawa, New Jersey and San Jose might get the #1 draft pick depending which one of the bottom 5 will win the lottery. https://www.tsn.ca/nhl/standings#/league
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: WNYroadgeek on February 11, 2020, 11:57:26 PM
Scary situation during tonight's Blues/Ducks games. Jay Bouwmeester of St. Louis collapsed on the beach and was taken to the hospital. The game has been postponed: https://www.tsn.ca/st-louis-blues-anaheim-ducks-game-postponed-after-jay-bouwmeester-collapses-on-bench-1.1441462
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on February 24, 2020, 09:22:37 PM
Relatively quiet trade deadline. Robin Lehner, to me, was the most notable move of 2020. Blake Coleman was another big one but that was pre-deadline. Meanwhile, the Rangers somehow wrangled a first rounder out of Brady Skjei, so that plus holding onto Chris Kreider is a win in my book. Any other thoughts?
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on February 25, 2020, 12:12:26 AM
Blackhawks sucked at this trade deadline. Such a middle move with no clear sign we want to do a mini replenish build or were gunning for the wild card hunt. Also trading Lehner for a goalie WORST than Crawford is a big no from me. Could Subban have a nice renaissance? Potentially, but right now what a bad deadline.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on March 07, 2020, 05:40:21 PM
Henri Richard nicknamed the "Pocket Rocket" who was the young brother of Maurice "Rocket" Richard, passed away yesterday.
https://www.tsn.ca/montreal-canadiens-legend-henri-richard-dead-at-84-1.1453496
https://hfboards.mandatory.com/threads/the-great-henri-richard-has-died.2749033/
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: rickmastfan67 on March 08, 2020, 11:22:02 PM
So, a goalie in the penalty box.  That's something I never thought I'd see.

Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: jp the roadgeek on March 09, 2020, 03:44:51 PM
Are NCAA and NHL rules different maybe for how majors and misconducts are served?  I guess the key is that the penalty may be served by another player, just like the DH may be used to hit for the pitcher in the AL.  It's not absolutely required, but it is how things are implemented 99.9999999% of the time.  The only question is what happens if the backup goalie that comes in gets hurt while he's serving the penalty?  And obviously, it can't be a manpower penalty because you're not going to have a goalie come out of the penalty box while play is live. 
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on March 12, 2020, 04:41:58 PM
The NHL announced a pause of their activieis of the 2019-20 season due to the Coronavirus. https://www.tsn.ca/nhl-temporarily-suspends-season-1.1456643
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: cwf1701 on March 12, 2020, 06:16:56 PM
The NHL announced a pause of their activieis of the 2019-20 season due to the Coronavirus. https://www.tsn.ca/nhl-temporarily-suspends-season-1.1456643

And if the Playoffs gets canceled, it would be the third time there will be no Stanley Cup Champion (the other two was 1919 and 2005) and the 2nd time a Pandemic canceled the Stanley Cup. The 1919 Stanley Cup was canceled due to the Flu.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on May 11, 2020, 04:30:21 PM
The AHL cancelled remainder of the season and the playoffs.
https://www.tsn.ca/ahl-cancels-remainder-of-season-playoffs-1.1474497

Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadgeekteen on May 11, 2020, 05:00:00 PM
This was a bad year for the NHL to be suspended. The Bruins are 1st in the league. Hopefully they at least get the President's cup even if playing the playoffs isn't feasible.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1 on May 11, 2020, 05:03:39 PM
This was a bad year for the NHL to be suspended. The Bruins are 1st in the league. Hopefully they at least get the President's cup even if playing the playoffs isn't feasible.

You're saying this as if the Bruins are objectively better. A good/bad year to be suspended would more likely be based on revenue, not what your personal favorite team is.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadgeekteen on May 11, 2020, 05:05:51 PM
This was a bad year for the NHL to be suspended. The Bruins are 1st in the league. Hopefully they at least get the President's cup even if playing the playoffs isn't feasible.

You're saying this as if the Bruins are objectively better. A good/bad year to be suspended would more likely be based on revenue, not what your personal favorite team is.
I guess I mean bad for a Bruins fan.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on May 12, 2020, 12:15:11 AM
This was a great year for the NHL to be suspended. The Rangers are 9th in the conference. Hopefully they at least get the Stanley Cup next year and for many years thereafter.
FTFY
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on May 12, 2020, 09:20:14 AM
I'm reading a book about the World Hockey Association. On Sunday I said something about "Brass Bonanza" and my wife made the mistake of asking me whether it's a catchy song. I promptly stuck my iPod in its dock and played the song. She's now mad because the song is still stuck in her head on Tuesday.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadgeekteen on May 12, 2020, 09:23:13 AM
This was a great year for the NHL to be suspended. The Rangers are 9th in the conference. Hopefully they at least get the Stanley Cup next year and for many years thereafter.
FTFY
Hey, the NHL might let 24 teams in the playoffs I heard, so it might not be over for them.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadmaestro95 on May 12, 2020, 09:41:45 AM
This was a great year for the NHL to be suspended. The Rangers are 9th in the conference. Hopefully they at least get the Stanley Cup next year and for many years thereafter.
FTFY
Hey, the NHL might let 24 teams in the playoffs I heard, so it might not be over for them.
If it goes by division/wild card, then yes, were in.
But some have been saying itll be fully divisional, then the Sabres would switch with the Rangers. It would also involve teams under .500, and I think the NHL is trying to stay away from that.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on May 26, 2020, 05:38:16 PM
A new twist in the events. https://www.tsn.ca/nhl-planning-24-team-return-in-2-hub-cities-new-draft-lottery-format-1.1479427

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced Tuesday the league is planning a 24-team Return to Play format but could not give specific dates on when games might start.

Bettman added that he does not believe training camps will open before the first half of July, meaning that if it lasts three weeks the season would likely not resume until August should it be deemed safe to play. Bettman said the Return to Play Committee is still debating whether the format/playoffs will use re-seeding or bracketing.


As part of Tuesday's announcement, Bettman said the 2019-20 regular season is considered complete.

The 24-team plan will use an order of finish determined by each teams points percentage as of the league pause on March 12. The top four clubs in the Eastern and Western Conference will play separate mini round-robin tournaments to determine seeding for the playoffs. The other eight teams in each conference would play best-of-five "play-in" qualifying series to determine the 16 clubs left standing.

Bettman says the first- and second-round playoff matchups could be either best-of-five or best-of-seven series, but the conference finals and Stanley Cup final will be best-of-seven.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alex on May 26, 2020, 06:28:51 PM
They had no Stanley Cup in 2005, and the NHL survived. Chalk this year's up to COVID19, move on, plan for the 2020-21 season.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on May 26, 2020, 08:00:23 PM
They had no Stanley Cup in 2005, and the NHL survived. Chalk this year's up to COVID19, move on, plan for the 2020-21 season.
If I had to pick one sport to return, it's hockey. Let's do this.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ftballfan on May 26, 2020, 11:33:17 PM
A new twist in the events. https://www.tsn.ca/nhl-planning-24-team-return-in-2-hub-cities-new-draft-lottery-format-1.1479427

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced Tuesday the league is planning a 24-team Return to Play format but could not give specific dates on when games might start.

Bettman added that he does not believe training camps will open before the first half of July, meaning that if it lasts three weeks the season would likely not resume until August should it be deemed safe to play. Bettman said the Return to Play Committee is still debating whether the format/playoffs will use re-seeding or bracketing.


As part of Tuesday's announcement, Bettman said the 2019-20 regular season is considered complete.

The 24-team plan will use an order of finish determined by each teams points percentage as of the league pause on March 12. The top four clubs in the Eastern and Western Conference will play separate mini round-robin tournaments to determine seeding for the playoffs. The other eight teams in each conference would play best-of-five "play-in" qualifying series to determine the 16 clubs left standing.

Bettman says the first- and second-round playoff matchups could be either best-of-five or best-of-seven series, but the conference finals and Stanley Cup final will be best-of-seven.
This likely means the 2020-21 season will be a shortened season (possibly 48 games, such as the 2013 season?)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: rickmastfan67 on May 27, 2020, 09:24:37 AM
A new twist in the events. https://www.tsn.ca/nhl-planning-24-team-return-in-2-hub-cities-new-draft-lottery-format-1.1479427

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced Tuesday the league is planning a 24-team Return to Play format but could not give specific dates on when games might start.

Bettman added that he does not believe training camps will open before the first half of July, meaning that if it lasts three weeks the season would likely not resume until August should it be deemed safe to play. Bettman said the Return to Play Committee is still debating whether the format/playoffs will use re-seeding or bracketing.


As part of Tuesday's announcement, Bettman said the 2019-20 regular season is considered complete.

The 24-team plan will use an order of finish determined by each team’s points percentage as of the league pause on March 12. The top four clubs in the Eastern and Western Conference will play separate mini round-robin tournaments to determine seeding for the playoffs. The other eight teams in each conference would play best-of-five "play-in" qualifying series to determine the 16 clubs left standing.

Bettman says the first- and second-round playoff matchups could be either best-of-five or best-of-seven series, but the conference finals and Stanley Cup final will be best-of-seven.
This likely means the 2020-21 season will be a shortened season (possibly 48 games, such as the 2013 season?)

If shortened, I would think maybe 60-62 (75%) games instead with a few more back-to-back nights.  Especially since a new team is getting added next season.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on May 27, 2020, 11:52:03 AM
The new team in Seattle is scheduled to begin play in the fall of 2021, not during the upcoming 202021 season.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on May 28, 2020, 10:06:26 PM
I've given up on baseball starting so hearing hockey might be returning will make my summer  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Henry on May 29, 2020, 09:28:52 AM
Yeah, although hockey in July is unconventional, I'll take that over no sports at all.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on May 29, 2020, 05:56:06 PM
Yeah, although hockey in July is unconventional, I'll take that over no sports at all.

There was once roller hockey from RHI. That's close but no cigar.

Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on June 07, 2020, 07:59:42 PM
Good game on TV right now. Caps versus Las Vegas. I have a good feeling about Lars Eller in this one for some reason.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: rickmastfan67 on June 07, 2020, 10:00:30 PM
Yeah, although hockey in July is unconventional, I'll take that over no sports at all.

There was once roller hockey from RHI. That's close but no cigar.


I went to one of those games back in the day for one of my classmates birthday parties @ the Civic Arena!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: rickmastfan67 on June 11, 2020, 11:11:39 PM
NHL Formal Training Camp, The League’s Phase 3 Of Returning To Play, Will Start July 10 (https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2020/06/11/nhl-formal-training-camps/)

Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on June 15, 2020, 03:35:38 PM
Nice!!!!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ftballfan on June 15, 2020, 07:12:11 PM
I've seen that Las Vegas will likely be one of the hub cities for the NHL
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on June 16, 2020, 12:38:03 AM
I've seen that Las Vegas will likely be one of the hub cities for the NHL
The going assumption is NHL East will play there, NHL West will play in Toronto if they can work it out with Canada (I bet that doesn't happen), else I think Columbus was the other city.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: MisterSG1 on June 16, 2020, 01:04:08 AM
I've seen that Las Vegas will likely be one of the hub cities for the NHL
The going assumption is NHL East will play there, NHL West will play in Toronto if they can work it out with Canada (I bet that doesn't happen), else I think Columbus was the other city.

Which wont happen, and I can only hope that soon enough, your Islanders will be history from the league. The most disgusting and despicable fans there are. fans of the Leafs still remember your antics from the 2002 First Round series.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on June 16, 2020, 09:54:45 AM
I've seen that Las Vegas will likely be one of the hub cities for the NHL
The going assumption is NHL East will play there, NHL West will play in Toronto if they can work it out with Canada (I bet that doesn't happen), else I think Columbus was the other city.

Which wont happen, and I can only hope that soon enough, your Islanders will be history from the league. The most disgusting and despicable fans there are. fans of the Leafs still remember your antics from the 2002 First Round series.
The Leafs don't even have fans, so don't start. And instead of Columbus I'm seeing Chicago or even giving up on the East Coast and going to LA.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: rickmastfan67 on June 16, 2020, 06:55:42 PM
I've seen that Las Vegas will likely be one of the hub cities for the NHL
The going assumption is NHL East will play there, NHL West will play in Toronto if they can work it out with Canada (I bet that doesn't happen), else I think Columbus was the other city.

Which wont happen, and I can only hope that soon enough, your Islanders will be history from the league. The most disgusting and despicable fans there are. fans of the Leafs still remember your antics from the 2002 First Round series.
The Leafs don't even have fans, so don't start. And instead of Columbus I'm seeing Chicago or even giving up on the East Coast and going to LA.

I could see LA not being an option IMO.  Pittsburgh on the other hand, I think we're still good to go here on everything that we could host the Eastern teams without any issues.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on June 16, 2020, 07:14:11 PM

The Leafs don't even have fans, so don't start. And instead of Columbus I'm seeing Chicago or even giving up on the East Coast and going to LA.

If the Leafs have no fans. Some memes tell otherwise. ;)
(https://i.chzbgr.com/full/3145717504/h9BF4744E/maple-leafs-fans)
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/proxy/UV9WN-sMhsXNtzuykVwKy1ByzNABl4QMjn1Z7jLX1o-UuGdAKQ4dAJ6cqakJyt_HNC6oFCcxFQaepJBGvVsKavgGsgnd814lspMhmQpowHvBQgTNg9SCr6zApGsUNVvOm1tgMdQAh9xcEp5-0xWoJENtlLgOJK8Vm6M)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: MisterSG1 on June 16, 2020, 08:18:28 PM
Islanders have the most disgusting fan base around.

In the 2002 playoffs, they booed O Canada in every home playoff game in the series against the Leafs. Fans also burned Canadian flags that a fan had on his car in the parking lot prior to Game 6.

To further add insult to injury, this was right after 4 Canadian soldiers, the first to die since in combat since the Korean War were killed in a friendly fire incident.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on July 15, 2020, 09:14:15 PM
Seems there one guy who's isn't happy with the current playoffs format.  The Downfall parody clip never get old, lol. :D
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: rickmastfan67 on July 28, 2020, 09:17:44 PM
NHL is back!  Too bad the Penguins lost to the Flyers in OT today, but it was an Exhibition game at least.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on July 29, 2020, 11:21:26 PM
NHL is back!  Too bad the Penguins lost to the Flyers in OT today, but it was an Exhibition game at least.
I don't care that the Rangers lost. I care that they played.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on August 07, 2020, 06:40:22 PM
We got some surprises, the Pittsburgh Penguins was kicked out by the Montreal Canadiens. https://www.tsn.ca/artturi-lehkonen-scores-winner-as-montreal-canadiens-shock-pittsburgh-penguins-for-series-win-1.1505963
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: I-55 on August 09, 2020, 11:46:02 PM
We got some surprises, the Pittsburgh Penguins was kicked out by the Montreal Canadiens. https://www.tsn.ca/artturi-lehkonen-scores-winner-as-montreal-canadiens-shock-pittsburgh-penguins-for-series-win-1.1505963

That didn't take long. Goes to show the level of parity in the league, only one sweep (Carolina over NY Rangers), and many classic comebacks like Columbus and Toronto in game 3... and game 4, with plenty of overtime games.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on August 11, 2020, 05:07:59 PM
Hawks play Vegas in round one, Lightning are once again playing mehhh against the Jackets at the moment.

Rangers got the #1 pick for the draft
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on August 12, 2020, 08:05:22 AM
Getting to watch the ColumbusTampa game was a treat, especially not having to struggle to stay awake to watch such a long game.

Crazy to think that to equal the longest game ever, they would have had to have played another 26 minutes 3 seconds. Last night's game ended after 90:27 of overtime (150:27 total game length). The longest game ever went 116:30 of overtime (176:30 total game length).
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ftballfan on August 19, 2020, 10:01:36 AM
Considering the currently strained relations between the US and Canada (which is why the Blue Jays are playing their home games in Buffalo this year and why the Raptors might have to play at least part of the 2020-21 NBA season at either a home site in the States or as a traveling team), I wonder if for the 2020-21 season only, the divisions could be done a little differently in order to have all the Canadian teams in one division and the American teams split between the other three, with the first few weeks of the season being only divisional games.

Northern Division: Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg
Western Division: Anaheim, Arizona, Colorado, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minnesota, San Jose
Central Division: Carolina, Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Florida, Nashville, St. Louis, Tampa Bay
Eastern Division: Boston, Buffalo, New Jersey, NY Islanders, NY Rangers, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: SEWIGuy on September 05, 2020, 08:45:45 AM
With the elimination of the Vancouver Canucks yesterday, it has now been 26 seasons since a team from Canada has won the Stanley Cup.  (Remember there was a lock out back in 2005.) 

Since the Canadiens won in 1993, Canadian teams have gone 0-5 in the Finals.  Four of those series have gone seven games.  And in two of those series, the Canadian team held a 3-2 lead, therefore having a home game to clinch. 

Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on September 05, 2020, 12:04:33 PM
God the playoffs this year have been amazing
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: kevinb1994 on September 05, 2020, 03:35:54 PM
God the playoffs this year have been amazing
Now I dig the upcoming Stars-Golden Knights series.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: I-55 on September 05, 2020, 10:36:53 PM
Having watched so much hockey this season it's funny to watch basketball: I keep saying that a play is offside in my head when someone crosses half court in front of the ball.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on September 08, 2020, 10:05:43 AM
Lightning with a beatdown in Game 1, 8-2
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on September 15, 2020, 07:49:56 AM
The Stars won the Western Conference finals and wait who'll be the winner of the Eastern Conference between Tampa Bay and the NY Islanders.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Buck87 on September 29, 2020, 09:22:30 AM
The Tampa Bay Lightning have won their 2nd Stanley Cup
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: kevinb1994 on September 29, 2020, 11:36:13 AM
The Tampa Bay Lightning have won their 2nd Stanley Cup
A sincere congratulations to them. Hard earned and hard fought. Thats what hockey is all about (and sports).
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on September 30, 2020, 12:45:05 PM
That was enjoyable to watch, YES!!! :) :)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on October 10, 2020, 11:02:38 AM
I saw this one via a post on Skyscraperpage forums. This is how the NY Rangers celebrated their first draft. https://skyscraperpage.com/forum/showpost.php?p=9066308&postcount=1720

(https://cms.nhl.bamgrid.com/images/photos/319344246/1024x576/cut.jpg)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Desert Man on October 10, 2020, 05:12:07 PM
The proposed Palm Springs AHL farm team (either they're the Firebirds or the Snowbirds) of the expansion Seattle Kraken will wait until 2022, the Palm Springs sports arena plan folded and they're negotiating to play in the currently under construction sports arena in Palm Desert expected to have an arena football, indoor soccer and developmental basketball league team in the future, and a better facility but a field size misfit for minor league baseball in our infamously hot summers if you ask me.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on October 10, 2020, 07:17:22 PM
Another poster on Skyscraperpage posted this one: https://skyscraperpage.com/forum/showpost.php?p=9058294&postcount=1711 That might bring some food for thoughts.

Quote
Last time the Lightning won, we didn't have hockey the entire next season. Let's hope Covid doesn't cause that to happen again.

Well, the year the Lightning won, the Boston Red Sox also won the World Series since 1918, where the Stanley Cup finals was cancelled due to the Spanish flu, and the Toronto Argonauts won the Grey Cup. The Argos also won in 2012 where the 2012-13 NHL season was a short season due to another lock-out. I wouldn't put the entire fault to the Lightning if the 2020-21 season is cancelled.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Desert Man on October 12, 2020, 04:16:45 PM
The COVID pandemic postponed the first season of the Palm Springs American Hockey League (AHL) team from 2021-22 to 2022-23. The Seattle Kraken's other affiliate in Boise, Idaho (they supplied players for the Dallas Stars' stanley cup appearance this year) of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) is going to play next year anyway. The nearest AHL teams to Palm Springs are the Ontario, CA Reign (LA Kings), San Diego Gulls (Anaheim Ducks), San Jose Barracuda (San Jose Sharks), Henderson, NV Silver Knights (Las Vegas Golden Knights) and Tucson Roadrunners (Arizona Coyotes in Phoenix). I recall these teams were in the ECHL except the Silver Knights are AHL expansion just like their NHL parent team the Golden Knights.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ftballfan on October 17, 2020, 07:25:48 PM
My NHL plan for the 2020-21 season:

* - The seven Canadian teams are one division, with the 24 American teams divided into three divisions
* - All games in the regular season would be within the division (48 games for the Canadian teams and 56 games for the American teams), with the top four in each division advancing to the playoffs
* - The first two rounds would be among division teams only, so each division would also crown a playoff champion
* - The semifinals would involve the playoff champions of each division
* - No border crossings would be required until the semifinal round (which would likely be in May or June assuming a regular season start date on or slightly after January 1). Depending on the state of US-Canada relations at that point, the series could either be a traditional home-and-home, all games at one site, or a quasi-home-and-home with the Canadian division champ playing their "home" games at a non-semifinal NHL arena in the States
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: cabiness42 on October 19, 2020, 03:20:24 PM
Doc Emrick announced his retirement today. We were born in the same county and he went to college with my parents, but I've never been privileged enough to meet him.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on December 20, 2020, 09:26:09 PM
NHL officially will return on January 13th for a 56 game season
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: kevinb1994 on December 20, 2020, 11:08:45 PM
NHL officially will return on January 13th for a 56 game season
Somewhere, Neil Young and Chicago are smiling.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on December 30, 2020, 04:45:28 PM
2020 just said, "I'm not done yet. Hold my beer and watch this."

Zdeno Chara to the Capitals. One year, $795,000.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on December 31, 2020, 12:47:13 PM
Yeah I saw that. Was kinda shocked, I would think he'd retire
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on January 06, 2021, 07:44:41 AM
The Athletic reports the NHL sold the naming rights to the divisions for this upcoming season only.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on January 06, 2021, 09:11:24 AM
Team USA wins the World Juniors
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Henry on January 06, 2021, 11:00:37 AM
Just one week away...
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on January 06, 2021, 07:51:58 PM
Former NHL coach John Muckler passed away.... :(
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Billy F 1988 on January 06, 2021, 07:55:35 PM
The Athletic reports the NHL sold the naming rights to the divisions for this upcoming season only.

I'm curious. What naming rights is that article referring to? Like the names of the conferences and divisions? Sponsors and endorsers?
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on January 06, 2021, 11:05:09 PM
The Athletic reports the NHL sold the naming rights to the divisions for this upcoming season only.

I'm curious. What naming rights is that article referring to? Like the names of the conferences and divisions? Sponsors and endorsers?
Check out today's news and you'll see what's being given out. Helmets and divisions.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on January 07, 2021, 07:49:05 AM
This year, the divisions will be the MassMutual NHL East Division, the Scotia NHL North Division (all Canadian teams), the Discover NHL Central Division, and the Honda NHL West Division. I assume nobody other than league officials and broadcasters are likely to use those names.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: kevinb1994 on January 07, 2021, 08:11:00 AM
This year, the divisions will be the MassMutual NHL East Division, the Scotia NHL North Division (all Canadian teams), the Discover NHL Central Division, and the Honda NHL West Division. I assume nobody other than league officials and broadcasters are likely to use those names.
I wonder what Jeff Lynne has to say about the very disco one. ;)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on January 08, 2021, 09:20:42 PM
This year, the divisions will be the MassMutual NHL East Division, the Scotia NHL North Division (all Canadian teams), the Discover NHL Central Division, and the Honda NHL West Division. I assume nobody other than league officials and broadcasters are likely to use those names.
I wonder what Jeff Lynne has to say about the very disco one. ;)

Hopefully it wont cause any Confusion.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on January 15, 2021, 09:11:20 PM
It's nice to have hockey back
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on February 19, 2021, 04:35:01 PM
The Lake Tahoe setting looks spectacular. Of course it's a publicity stunt, but who cares.

(https://i0.wp.com/russianmachineneverbreaks.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/lake-tahoe-ice-rink-outdoor.jpg?fit=1500%2C875&ssl=1)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: texaskdog on February 21, 2021, 10:28:42 PM
Considering the currently strained relations between the US and Canada (which is why the Blue Jays are playing their home games in Buffalo this year and why the Raptors might have to play at least part of the 2020-21 NBA season at either a home site in the States or as a traveling team), I wonder if for the 2020-21 season only, the divisions could be done a little differently in order to have all the Canadian teams in one division and the American teams split between the other three, with the first few weeks of the season being only divisional games.

Northern Division: Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg
Western Division: Anaheim, Arizona, Colorado, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minnesota, San Jose
Central Division: Carolina, Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Florida, Nashville, St. Louis, Tampa Bay
Eastern Division: Boston, Buffalo, New Jersey, NY Islanders, NY Rangers, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington

Genius.  Wish it would stay that way.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: cabiness42 on February 22, 2021, 07:30:31 AM
Considering the currently strained relations between the US and Canada (which is why the Blue Jays are playing their home games in Buffalo this year and why the Raptors might have to play at least part of the 2020-21 NBA season at either a home site in the States or as a traveling team), I wonder if for the 2020-21 season only, the divisions could be done a little differently in order to have all the Canadian teams in one division and the American teams split between the other three, with the first few weeks of the season being only divisional games.

Northern Division: Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg
Western Division: Anaheim, Arizona, Colorado, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minnesota, San Jose
Central Division: Carolina, Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Florida, Nashville, St. Louis, Tampa Bay
Eastern Division: Boston, Buffalo, New Jersey, NY Islanders, NY Rangers, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington

Genius.  Wish it would stay that way.

The Canadian teams are never going to agree to permanently lose out on the TV revenue of the big US markets.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: cabiness42 on March 10, 2021, 02:50:32 PM
https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-espn-disney-reach-groundbreaking-seven-year-rights-deal/c-322346092

Apparently the NHL is going with a pair of TV partners beginning next season. For the past several years, NBC has had exclusive rights to all national broadcasts. Today they announced that ABC/ESPN are going to carry roughly half of the playoff games beginning next season. There's no mention of who is getting the other half, but I have to think it's going to be NBC. This fits in with NBC's plans to shut down NBCSN and move much of their sports content to USA.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: JayhawkCO on March 10, 2021, 04:13:40 PM
https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-espn-disney-reach-groundbreaking-seven-year-rights-deal/c-322346092

Apparently the NHL is going with a pair of TV partners beginning next season. For the past several years, NBC has had exclusive rights to all national broadcasts. Today they announced that ABC/ESPN are going to carry roughly half of the playoff games beginning next season. There's no mention of who is getting the other half, but I have to think it's going to be NBC. This fits in with NBC's plans to shut down NBCSN and move much of their sports content to USA.

I'm hoping this will increase hockey's popularity.  Speaking for myself, I remember very vividly Gary Thorne calling games throughout the 90's and early 2000's.  You would always see great hockey highlights on SportsCenter.  Once ESPN stopped showing hockey, the highlights diminished and I completely lost touch with the sport.  I used to know every star player, and now I doubt I can name 25 players in the NHL, which, as a native Minnesotan, is sacrilegious.  I want to get back into hockey, but with the lack of ability to watch it (I don't have the local Avalanche channel and it's expensive to go to games), it makes it a challenge to do so.

Chris
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Henry on March 10, 2021, 08:18:38 PM
https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-espn-disney-reach-groundbreaking-seven-year-rights-deal/c-322346092

Apparently the NHL is going with a pair of TV partners beginning next season. For the past several years, NBC has had exclusive rights to all national broadcasts. Today they announced that ABC/ESPN are going to carry roughly half of the playoff games beginning next season. There's no mention of who is getting the other half, but I have to think it's going to be NBC. This fits in with NBC's plans to shut down NBCSN and move much of their sports content to USA.

I'm hoping this will increase hockey's popularity.  Speaking for myself, I remember very vividly Gary Thorne calling games throughout the 90's and early 2000's.  You would always see great hockey highlights on SportsCenter.  Once ESPN stopped showing hockey, the highlights diminished and I completely lost touch with the sport.  I used to know every star player, and now I doubt I can name 25 players in the NHL, which, as a native Minnesotan, is sacrilegious.  I want to get back into hockey, but with the lack of ability to watch it (I don't have the local Avalanche channel and it's expensive to go to games), it makes it a challenge to do so.

Chris
So this is going to be like the NFL playoffs whose games are rotated between all four networks (technically three, since ESPN's wild-card coverage is also simulcast on ABC). I remember when MLB also split its games (regular season and postseason) between two networks, seems like a million years ago.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: cabiness42 on March 11, 2021, 07:10:50 AM
https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-espn-disney-reach-groundbreaking-seven-year-rights-deal/c-322346092

Apparently the NHL is going with a pair of TV partners beginning next season. For the past several years, NBC has had exclusive rights to all national broadcasts. Today they announced that ABC/ESPN are going to carry roughly half of the playoff games beginning next season. There's no mention of who is getting the other half, but I have to think it's going to be NBC. This fits in with NBC's plans to shut down NBCSN and move much of their sports content to USA.

I'm hoping this will increase hockey's popularity.  Speaking for myself, I remember very vividly Gary Thorne calling games throughout the 90's and early 2000's.  You would always see great hockey highlights on SportsCenter.  Once ESPN stopped showing hockey, the highlights diminished and I completely lost touch with the sport.  I used to know every star player, and now I doubt I can name 25 players in the NHL, which, as a native Minnesotan, is sacrilegious.  I want to get back into hockey, but with the lack of ability to watch it (I don't have the local Avalanche channel and it's expensive to go to games), it makes it a challenge to do so.

Chris
So this is going to be like the NFL playoffs whose games are rotated between all four networks (technically three, since ESPN's wild-card coverage is also simulcast on ABC). I remember when MLB also split its games (regular season and postseason) between two networks, seems like a million years ago.

I haven't seen anything that explicitly says that the NHL is going to have 2 TV partners, but the way this release is worded, with ESPN/ABC getting 4 of the next 7 cup finals and one conference finals each year, pretty much means that has to be the case. I can't see playoff games moving to a premium tier.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on March 11, 2021, 07:50:45 AM
The thing it makes me wonder is that there was a mention of ESPN's streaming service, as well as Hulu, so I wonder whether any games will air exclusively on said platforms such that we wind up paying for yet another streaming service.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on March 11, 2021, 11:43:54 AM
Gary Thorne is interested in returning to call ESPN games. This will be quite interesting to watch and may actually make me go for the ESPN+/Hulu bundled with Disney+
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: JayhawkCO on March 12, 2021, 12:47:44 PM
Gary Thorne is interested in returning to call ESPN games. This will be quite interesting to watch and may actually make me go for the ESPN+/Hulu bundled with Disney+

Iconic Voices Per Sport
Baseball: Jack Buck
Football (Pro): John Madden
Football (College): Keith Jackson
Basketball (Pro): Marv Albert
Basketball (College): Dick Vitale
Hockey: Gary Thorne

(Some of these for better or worse.)

Chris
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on March 12, 2021, 08:52:04 PM
Gary Thorne is interested in returning to call ESPN games. This will be quite interesting to watch and may actually make me go for the ESPN+/Hulu bundled with Disney+

Iconic Voices Per Sport
Baseball: Jack Buck
Football (Pro): John Madden
Football (College): Keith Jackson
Basketball (Pro): Marv Albert
Basketball (College): Dick Vitale
Hockey: Gary Thorne

(Some of these for better or worse.)

Chris
Marv Albert: the test case for how far we have or haven't come with sexual assault allegations.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Big John on March 25, 2021, 01:51:30 PM
NHL removes referee for calling bogus call against Nashville.

https://www.upi.com/Sports_News/NHL/2021/03/24/NHL-referee-Tim-Peel-banned-hot-mic-Nashville-Predators/1741616625402/
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on April 12, 2021, 09:47:36 AM
NHL trade deadline today
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: jp the roadgeek on April 12, 2021, 10:20:17 AM
NHL trade deadline today

Bruins have already made a couple moves, including the worst kept secret: trading for Taylor Hall.  Didn't cost them much: Anders Bjork and a 2nd rounder. 
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on April 12, 2021, 06:14:14 PM
NHL trade deadline today

Bruins have already made a couple moves, including the worst kept secret: trading for Taylor Hall.  Didn't cost them much: Anders Bjork and a 2nd rounder. 
Maybe he'll finally amount to something!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on April 19, 2021, 04:01:26 PM
 :wow: :wow: (This appeared on NBC during Sunday's game.)

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Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: cabiness42 on April 27, 2021, 02:07:08 PM
https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-espn-disney-reach-groundbreaking-seven-year-rights-deal/c-322346092

Apparently the NHL is going with a pair of TV partners beginning next season. For the past several years, NBC has had exclusive rights to all national broadcasts. Today they announced that ABC/ESPN are going to carry roughly half of the playoff games beginning next season. There's no mention of who is getting the other half, but I have to think it's going to be NBC. This fits in with NBC's plans to shut down NBCSN and move much of their sports content to USA.

I'm hoping this will increase hockey's popularity.  Speaking for myself, I remember very vividly Gary Thorne calling games throughout the 90's and early 2000's.  You would always see great hockey highlights on SportsCenter.  Once ESPN stopped showing hockey, the highlights diminished and I completely lost touch with the sport.  I used to know every star player, and now I doubt I can name 25 players in the NHL, which, as a native Minnesotan, is sacrilegious.  I want to get back into hockey, but with the lack of ability to watch it (I don't have the local Avalanche channel and it's expensive to go to games), it makes it a challenge to do so.

Chris
So this is going to be like the NFL playoffs whose games are rotated between all four networks (technically three, since ESPN's wild-card coverage is also simulcast on ABC). I remember when MLB also split its games (regular season and postseason) between two networks, seems like a million years ago.

I haven't seen anything that explicitly says that the NHL is going to have 2 TV partners, but the way this release is worded, with ESPN/ABC getting 4 of the next 7 cup finals and one conference finals each year, pretty much means that has to be the case. I can't see playoff games moving to a premium tier.

The other shoe has dropped. Turner sports is going to be the 2nd TV partner, meaning NBC is out of the picture entirely after this season.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: kevinb1994 on April 28, 2021, 09:55:59 AM
https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-espn-disney-reach-groundbreaking-seven-year-rights-deal/c-322346092 (https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-espn-disney-reach-groundbreaking-seven-year-rights-deal/c-322346092)

Apparently the NHL is going with a pair of TV partners beginning next season. For the past several years, NBC has had exclusive rights to all national broadcasts. Today they announced that ABC/ESPN are going to carry roughly half of the playoff games beginning next season. There's no mention of who is getting the other half, but I have to think it's going to be NBC. This fits in with NBC's plans to shut down NBCSN and move much of their sports content to USA.

I'm hoping this will increase hockey's popularity.  Speaking for myself, I remember very vividly Gary Thorne calling games throughout the 90's and early 2000's.  You would always see great hockey highlights on SportsCenter.  Once ESPN stopped showing hockey, the highlights diminished and I completely lost touch with the sport.  I used to know every star player, and now I doubt I can name 25 players in the NHL, which, as a native Minnesotan, is sacrilegious.  I want to get back into hockey, but with the lack of ability to watch it (I don't have the local Avalanche channel and it's expensive to go to games), it makes it a challenge to do so.

Chris
So this is going to be like the NFL playoffs whose games are rotated between all four networks (technically three, since ESPN's wild-card coverage is also simulcast on ABC). I remember when MLB also split its games (regular season and postseason) between two networks, seems like a million years ago.

I haven't seen anything that explicitly says that the NHL is going to have 2 TV partners, but the way this release is worded, with ESPN/ABC getting 4 of the next 7 cup finals and one conference finals each year, pretty much means that has to be the case. I can't see playoff games moving to a premium tier.

The other shoe has dropped. Turner sports is going to be the 2nd TV partner, meaning NBC is out of the picture entirely after this season.
Ouch, that is going to hurt at NBC Studios.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Henry on April 28, 2021, 11:02:59 AM
Turner certainly has a lot going on these days, with MLB, the NBA, split March Madness coverage with CBS, and now the NHL. One has to wonder how this will impact their NBA coverage, and the same goes for ESPN/ABC, who will now cover both leagues for the first time in 17 years.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: kevinb1994 on April 28, 2021, 02:02:12 PM
Turner certainly has a lot going on these days, with MLB, the NBA, split March Madness coverage with CBS, and now the NHL. One has to wonder how this will impact their NBA coverage, and the same goes for ESPN/ABC, who will now cover both leagues for the first time in 17 years.
Im guessing that the NBA will have to address the issue somehow.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on May 13, 2021, 09:18:08 AM
The NHL playoffs will begin soon and the Montreal Canadiens will face the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round. They hadn't meet in playoffs since 1979! https://hfboards.mandatory.com/threads/ndsf-montreal-canadiens-4-vs-toronto-maple-leafs-1-first-playoffs-series-since-1979.2822615/
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: cabiness42 on May 13, 2021, 09:40:58 AM
Turner certainly has a lot going on these days, with MLB, the NBA, split March Madness coverage with CBS, and now the NHL. One has to wonder how this will impact their NBA coverage, and the same goes for ESPN/ABC, who will now cover both leagues for the first time in 17 years.

Turner owns BleacherReport, which is essentially their version of ESPN+, Paramount+ and Peacock. My guess is a lot of stuff gets pushed to ESPN+ and BR.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadgeekteen on May 19, 2021, 11:10:41 PM
Bruins win game 3! This series has been great so far, with 3 OT games.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on May 26, 2021, 07:29:48 PM
The Blues, the Caps and surprise the Oilers are now at the golf club. Are the Habs next?
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Georgia on May 26, 2021, 09:49:04 PM
Bye Sid!!!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadgeekteen on May 26, 2021, 10:40:25 PM
Bye Sid!!!
Penguins falling off.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on May 27, 2021, 09:52:18 AM
The Blues, the Caps and surprise the Oilers are now at the golf club. Are the Habs next?

The Panthers have joined them
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadgeekteen on May 27, 2021, 10:31:35 AM
The Blues, the Caps and surprise the Oilers are now at the golf club. Are the Habs next?

The Panthers have joined them
Imagine having your best season in years and you play the defending champs as a reward.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on May 28, 2021, 08:44:59 AM
Looks like the Habs have one more game before going to the golf club.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadgeekteen on May 28, 2021, 12:24:10 PM
Looks like the Habs have one more game before going to the golf club.
First game in Canada with fans!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on May 30, 2021, 01:23:57 PM
The Habs surprised us and they'll have a 7th game against the Leafs.

Some Downfall parody clips about the Leafs will be relevant again. ;)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on May 31, 2021, 11:28:57 AM
Both the expansion and regular NHL drafts are expected to air on ESPN this summer
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadgeekteen on May 31, 2021, 10:18:41 PM
Bye Bye Toronto  :-D
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Henry on June 01, 2021, 11:06:00 AM
The second round is all set:


The first three series have already begun (Boston-Islanders tied at 1-1, Tampa Bay 1-0 and Colorado 1-0), and the fourth starts tomorrow night.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadgeekteen on June 01, 2021, 12:44:22 PM
Tough loss by the Bruins yesterday, hope they can bounce back in game 3.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: JayhawkCO on June 01, 2021, 01:04:36 PM
Great result for Colorado last night by having the Habs beat the Leafs (why isn't it Leaves? But I digress...).  Now the Avs will get the winner of Montreal/Winnipeg instead of the winner of Boston/Isles (assuming we get past the Knights).

Chris
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: cabiness42 on June 01, 2021, 01:06:50 PM
Great result for Colorado last night by having the Habs beat the Leafs (why isn't it Leaves? But I digress...).  Now the Avs will get the winner of Montreal/Winnipeg instead of the winner of Boston/Isles (assuming we get past the Knights).

Chris

A proper noun does not change its form when pluralized the way a common noun is.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadgeekteen on June 01, 2021, 01:26:25 PM
Great result for Colorado last night by having the Habs beat the Leafs (why isn't it Leaves? But I digress...).  Now the Avs will get the winner of Montreal/Winnipeg instead of the winner of Boston/Isles (assuming we get past the Knights).

Chris
Lol Colorado is gonna cakewalk to the finals while the Bruins have to beat the Islanders and then Tampa/Carolina.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Georgia on June 01, 2021, 09:46:55 PM
Avs/Lightning would be a great series.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: jp the roadgeek on June 01, 2021, 09:48:47 PM
Avs/Lightning would be a great series.

And as a longshot, a Bruins/Habs final would be the ultimate throwback.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadgeekteen on June 01, 2021, 10:35:33 PM
Avs/Lightning would be a great series.

And as a longshot, a Bruins/Habs final would be the ultimate throwback.
I hope so. That would be insane!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on June 01, 2021, 11:42:07 PM
Tough loss by the Bruins yesterday, hope they can bounce back in game 3.
I don't. Let's go Islanders!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadgeekteen on June 01, 2021, 11:48:14 PM
Tough loss by the Bruins yesterday, hope they can bounce back in game 3.
I don't. Let's go Islanders!
Not a Devils fans?
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on June 02, 2021, 07:22:19 AM
Let's hope then the Habs will beat the Jets. However there's one Leaf fan who's angry then the Habs won. ;)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on June 02, 2021, 09:43:15 AM
Tough loss by the Bruins yesterday, hope they can bounce back in game 3.
I don't. Let's go Islanders!
Not a Devils fans?

Devils are in the pit of misery, he chose the correct NY team to root for ;)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadgeekteen on June 02, 2021, 12:04:28 PM
Tough loss by the Bruins yesterday, hope they can bounce back in game 3.
I don't. Let's go Islanders!
Not a Devils fans?

Devils are in the pit of misery, he chose the correct NY team to root for ;)
The Devils have won 3 Stanley cups since the Islanders have won their last one.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on June 02, 2021, 04:17:17 PM
The Devils have won 3 Stanley cups since the Islanders have won their last one.
Their last one with the big stars like Trottier, Bossy, Potvin, Gillis, Nystrom, Billy Smith...
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on June 03, 2021, 12:23:12 AM
Tough loss by the Bruins yesterday, hope they can bounce back in game 3.
I don't. Let's go Islanders!
Not a Devils fans?

Devils are in the pit of misery, he chose the correct NY team to root for ;)
Yup, the Rangers :D
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadgeekteen on June 03, 2021, 12:24:56 AM
Tough loss by the Bruins yesterday, hope they can bounce back in game 3.
I don't. Let's go Islanders!
Not a Devils fans?

Devils are in the pit of misery, he chose the correct NY team to root for ;)
Yup, the Rangers :D
Thank goodness for 1994 without it the Rangers would be a poverty franchise.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on June 03, 2021, 12:31:35 AM
Tough loss by the Bruins yesterday, hope they can bounce back in game 3.
I don't. Let's go Islanders!
Not a Devils fans?

Devils are in the pit of misery, he chose the correct NY team to root for ;)
Yup, the Rangers :D
Thank goodness for 1994 without it the Rangers would be a poverty franchise.
Lundqvist deserved a Cup. There was a damn good team for a few years and I feel like we're on the verge of another.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on June 04, 2021, 05:35:13 PM
With Jake Evans out of the picture by being charged by Mark Scheifele. Will the Habs menage to outdone Winnipeg? https://www.tsn.ca/nhl/video/scheifele-suspended-four-games-for-charging-evans~2214973
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on June 07, 2021, 07:44:24 PM
Canadians on the verge of sweeping the Jets
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on June 08, 2021, 08:37:20 AM
The Jets had been sweeped!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadgeekteen on June 08, 2021, 12:02:44 PM
Watch out COL/VGK Montreal is coming for you! (Also god dammit Bruins down 3-2).
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on June 09, 2021, 09:35:56 AM
Bolts move on, NYI gets the chance to finish off Boston tonight
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadgeekteen on June 09, 2021, 12:30:29 PM
Bolts move on, NYI gets the chance to finish off Boston tonight
pls no
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on June 09, 2021, 06:07:01 PM
Bolts move on, NYI gets the chance to finish off Boston tonight
pls yes
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadgeekteen on June 09, 2021, 11:39:10 PM
Bruins eliminated :(
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on June 10, 2021, 12:20:05 AM
Bruins eliminated :clap:
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on June 10, 2021, 09:24:09 AM
All we need now is either Las Vegas or Colorado
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadgeekteen on June 10, 2021, 11:58:11 AM
ECF rematch this year with Tampa vs NYI.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Henry on June 15, 2021, 10:38:51 AM
Montreal and Vegas already started, with the Golden Knights winning the first game.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadgeekteen on June 15, 2021, 11:54:18 AM
Montreal and Vegas already started, with the Golden Knights winning the first game.
Bizzare how it's the Hab's first game against any NHL team other than the other 6 Canadian teams this year.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: jp the roadgeek on June 15, 2021, 02:00:23 PM
Montreal and Vegas already started, with the Golden Knights winning the first game.
Bizzare how it's the Hab's first game against any NHL team other than the other 6 Canadian teams this year.

Both Game 1s were the first game for all teams outside their divisions all year.  Islanders and Lightning usually would have played 3 or 4 times in the regular season. 
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadgeekteen on June 15, 2021, 02:02:50 PM
Montreal and Vegas already started, with the Golden Knights winning the first game.
Bizzare how it's the Hab's first game against any NHL team other than the other 6 Canadian teams this year.

Both Game 1s were the first game for all teams outside their divisions all year.  Islanders and Lightning usually would have played 3 or 4 times in the regular season.
Yeah it's bizarre. Reminds me of pre interleague play mlb.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on June 20, 2021, 04:17:34 PM
I saw this blog post mentionning one "conspiracy theorist" who talk of referee Chris Lee who have a bias against the Habs.
https://montrealsportsblog.wordpress.com/2020/08/21/chris-lee-officiating-montreal-canadiens-game-august-19-2020/
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Imagine knowing in advance exactly how a game is going to go based on the Referee selected.

Conspiracy theories aside, it seems to us almost every game that NHL (National Hockey League) referee Chris Lee works is a game the Montreal Canadiens lose more than they win. On the flip side, when Lee does referee a Philadelphia Flyers game (until yesterday) they have lost a grand total of zero games in the past two seasons. Thats extremely suspicious and biased, especially considering that a referee in any sport has to be neutral.

Now lets exam two incidents that happened on August 19th. Jesperi Kotkaniemi received a five minute major penalty for boarding which calls for an automatic game misconduct in the NHL. The play itself wasnt worth more than a two minute penalty for boarding. What happened next was the kicker: Philadelphia Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault called the referees to the bench to tell them that his player was injured. Calling the ref over we feel played a hand in the penalty being a major instead of a standard two or four minute penalty for boarding, neither of which would have resulted in a game misconduct. As a result, for the majority of the game, the HABS where playing one man short thus players had to be double shifted, To add insult to injury, in the five minute major the Flyers scored not one but two goals.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on June 21, 2021, 12:01:42 PM
Mtl-Vegas series tied.  I wished then the Habs would take the lead.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on June 24, 2021, 10:23:12 AM
Mtl take the lead 3-2 and the Islanders force the Lightning to get a 7th game.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: JayhawkCO on June 24, 2021, 10:50:36 AM
Mtl take the lead 3-2 and the Islanders force the Lightning to get a 7th game.

Les Habs trying to be like the 1991 North Stars in being the least likely team to get out of their conference to the finals.

Chris
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on June 25, 2021, 07:38:40 AM
Mtl take the lead 3-2 and the Islanders force the Lightning to get a 7th game.

Les Habs trying to be like the 1991 North Stars in being the least likely team to get out of their conference to the finals.

Chris

Or more like the 1971 Habs when not lots of people expected to see them in the finals. Most people back then expected the Boston Bruins winning that year.
(https://live.staticflickr.com/8652/16271399529_5e59963a13_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/qMRbcc)Jean Bliveau, Henri Richard, Ken Dryden, la coupe Stanley et le trophe Conn Smythe, 19 mai 1971, VM94-Ed041-158 (https://flic.kr/p/qMRbcc) by Archives de la Ville de Montral (https://www.flickr.com/photos/archivesmontreal/), on Flickr
 
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Henry on June 25, 2021, 08:03:05 PM
First Stanley Cup Finals appearance for the Canadiens since 1993, which is also the last time a team from north of the border won the whole thing. Is lightning going to strike twice 28 years later? (Yes, I know Tampa Bay is still alive, but the question had nothing to do with them, LOL)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadgeekteen on June 25, 2021, 08:13:00 PM
I can't believe that Montreal made it to the finals.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on June 26, 2021, 06:08:27 PM
I can't believe that Montreal made it to the finals.
Same for me, it's like we got a miracle on ice.

Btw, there's still one guy who's still angry then the Leafs loss to the Habs.  I still have a guilty pleasure to see these Downfall parody clips. ^^;

Edit: There's another parody clip about the Winnipeg Jets this time.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadgeekteen on June 26, 2021, 06:29:43 PM
Well, it's Montreal-Tampa. What are your predictions, I got Tampa in 7.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Henry on June 28, 2021, 07:39:49 PM
We shall find out starting tonight at 8 ET/7 CT, when the last Stanley Cup Final to be broadcast on NBC and NBCSN kicks off with Game 1.

I'm going with Tampa as well, though I'd also like to see Montreal break the 28-year Cup drought for its home country of Canada.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadgeekteen on June 28, 2021, 07:51:56 PM
We shall find out starting tonight at 8 ET/7 CT, when the last Stanley Cup Final to be broadcast on NBC and NBCSN kicks off with Game 1.

I'm going with Tampa as well, though I'd also like to see Montreal break the 28-year Cup drought for its home country of Canada.
Hey Montreal has proved me wrong multiple times.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: LilianaUwU on June 28, 2021, 09:01:00 PM
I'm actually surprised that the Habs managed to go to the Stanley Cup final, but knowing the team, I wouldn't be surprised if they choked and lost in the final. That said, I'm rooting for them.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadgeekteen on June 28, 2021, 10:13:34 PM
I'm actually surprised that the Habs managed to go to the Stanley Cup final, but knowing the team, I wouldn't be surprised if they choked and lost in the final. That said, I'm rooting for them.
It wouldn't be a choke if Tampa beat them.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: kevinb1994 on June 29, 2021, 07:12:26 PM
I can confirm that the Jacksonville Icemen will become an affiliate of the Rangers via the Wolf Pack. This will become in effect next season.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadgeekteen on June 29, 2021, 07:40:41 PM
Tampa up 1-0 after a 5-1 victory in game 1.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadgeekteen on July 02, 2021, 11:34:56 PM
Tampa takes commanding 3-0 lead after 6-3 win.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on July 05, 2021, 11:58:48 AM
This blog post about the finals are in French, a short summary, is the current mayor of Tampa wish then the Bolts lost Monday game so they could win the 5th game at home. But some of the fans aren't happy about that idea.
https://www.habsetlnh.com/La-mairesse-de-Tampa-Bay-veut-que-le-Lightning-perde-ce-lundi-soir-47258

Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadgeekteen on July 05, 2021, 08:37:44 PM
This blog post about the finals are in French, a short summary, is the current mayor of Tampa wish then the Bolts lost Monday game so they could win the 5th game at home. But some of the fans aren't happy about that idea.
https://www.habsetlnh.com/La-mairesse-de-Tampa-Bay-veut-que-le-Lightning-perde-ce-lundi-soir-47258

Tell this to the 2004 Yankees or 2010 Bruins.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: oscar on July 06, 2021, 08:28:56 AM
Well, the mayor got part of her wish. The Habs pulled out an overtime win last night, so they live to fight another day.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadgeekteen on July 06, 2021, 11:29:11 AM
Well, the mayor got part of her wish. The Habs pulled out an overtime win last night, so they live to fight another day.
If the Habs win the series the mayor is getting thrown into Tampa Bay.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on July 06, 2021, 01:12:12 PM
Well, the mayor got part of her wish. The Habs pulled out an overtime win last night, so they live to fight another day.
If the Habs win the series the mayor is getting thrown into Tampa Bay.

Yeah, I begin to wonder if she might have jinxed or cursed the Lightning once the Habs win game 5?
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadgeekteen on July 06, 2021, 02:09:26 PM
Well, the mayor got part of her wish. The Habs pulled out an overtime win last night, so they live to fight another day.
If the Habs win the series the mayor is getting thrown into Tampa Bay.

Yeah, I begin to wonder if she might have jinxed or cursed the Lightning once the Habs win game 5?
I still think that Tampa wins game 5.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on July 07, 2021, 12:24:53 AM
Well, the mayor got part of her wish. The Habs pulled out an overtime win last night, so they live to fight another day.
If the Habs win the series the mayor is getting thrown into Tampa Bay.
Off the Sunshine Skyway!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: kurumi on July 07, 2021, 09:54:18 PM
I checked end of season standing and was shocked. Montreal finished 24-21-11, which in "a loss is a loss!" terms is 24-32, or .429.

You might have to go back to 1937-1938 for a worse record, where the Chicago Black Hawks (14-25-9, .385) won the whole thing.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: LilianaUwU on July 07, 2021, 10:24:46 PM
Well, the mayor got part of her wish. The Habs pulled out an overtime win last night, so they live to fight another day.
If the Habs win the series the mayor is getting thrown into Tampa Bay.

Yeah, I begin to wonder if she might have jinxed or cursed the Lightning once the Habs win game 5?
I still think that Tampa wins game 5.

Same. I might be a Habs fan, but considering how the team hasn't went to the Stanley Cup finals in a quarter of a century and the fact that they're one game from losing, I can't be too optimistic.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadgeekteen on July 07, 2021, 10:35:01 PM
Tampa up 1-0 in a potential series clinching game.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadgeekteen on July 07, 2021, 11:21:01 PM
Lightning win Stanley Cup
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: thspfc on July 08, 2021, 07:53:54 AM
Tampa is the new Boston. Won the Stanley Cup twice, the Super Bowl, and the American League in the last 365 days.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadgeekteen on July 08, 2021, 01:26:41 PM
I feel like that ending was a bit anti-climatic.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on July 09, 2021, 08:55:20 AM
Back 2 Back
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadgeekteen on July 09, 2021, 01:35:25 PM
Back 2 Back
First team to win the cup at home since the 2015 Blackhawks.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on July 27, 2021, 04:30:52 PM
Marc-Andr Fleury had been traded to Chicago. https://www.tsn.ca/marc-andre-fleury-chicago-blackhawks-vegas-golden-knights-1.1673506

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Marc-Andr Fleury was traded from Vegas to Chicago on Tuesday, a stunning turn of events that has the NHL's reigning Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender contemplating his future.

The Golden Knights traded Fleury to the Blackhawks for minor league forward  in a salary dump. Fleury is set to count $7 million against the cap next season, the final year of his contract.

And that's if he reports at all. Agent Allan Walsh tweeted, Marc-Andre will be taking time to discuss his situation with his family and seriously evaluate his hockey future at this time."
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: rickmastfan67 on July 28, 2021, 12:13:26 AM
That's a shocker about MAF.

Seems that if he does play a season with Chicago and plans to retire after it, a 1-day contract with the Penguins seems possible now to retire as a Penguin.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on July 28, 2021, 08:57:34 PM
Philipp Danault leave the Habs and go to L.A. https://www.tsn.ca/nhl/video/kings-sign-danault-to-six-year-33m-contract~2227880

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The Kings have signed defensive centre Phillip Danault to a six-year, $33 million contract. How much does this hurt the Canadiens moving forward? What does he bring to Los Angeles? The TSN Hockey panel has more.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on August 10, 2021, 07:01:35 PM
Former Blackhawks star and goaltender Tony Esposito passed away. :(
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on August 19, 2021, 06:01:39 PM
The Athletic reports the City of Glendale will not renew the Coyotes' lease on their arena after next season, in part because apparently the team is close to $1.5 million in arrears on its rent.

Be interesting to see what happens.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on August 19, 2021, 06:26:17 PM
The Athletic reports the City of Glendale will not renew the Coyotes' lease on their arena after next season, in part because apparently the team is close to $1.5 million in arrears on its rent.

Be interesting to see what happens.
I'd say they would have to pay the rent, but there's no way they can cover that cost.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: SP Cook on August 20, 2021, 01:47:07 PM
The NHL wants the team to remain in Phoenix, the 11th largest TV market in the country, in a region that is fast growing, and is the retirement area popular with two hockey friendly regions, Chicago and the upper Midwest; and western Canada. 

That would mean moving, at least temporary to what is currently known as the Footprint Center (it changes names regularly) and share with the Suns.  They played there when they first move to Phoenix.  It was not designed for hockey and wont work permanently.  Another possibility would be Arizona States basketball arena, but it also was not designed for hockey and would probably seat less than 13K with a rink. 

The team has wanted someone (taxpayers) to build it an arena on the eastern edge of the area, which is where the retirees are more concentrated. 

The usual suspects are lined up, all of which have issues.  In the US, Kansas City has a fairly new arena and no NBA competition.  In Canada, Quebec City has wanted a team since it lost the one it had, but the economic situation there really has no changed, probably gotten worse.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: CoreySamson on August 20, 2021, 07:16:18 PM
Houston Aeros, anyone? The team could stay in the West division, they already have a stadium, and some people down here have wanted a hockey team for quite some time (plus I'd bet you'd see a lot more new fans, I'm sure I would start watching hockey more if Houston had a team). This would be the perfect time for Houston to get a team.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on August 20, 2021, 10:51:38 PM
The NHL wants the team to remain in Phoenix, the 11th largest TV market in the country, in a region that is fast growing, and is the retirement area popular with two hockey friendly regions, Chicago and the upper Midwest; and western Canada. 

That would mean moving, at least temporary to what is currently known as the Footprint Center (it changes names regularly) and share with the Suns.  They played there when they first move to Phoenix.  It was not designed for hockey and wont work permanently.  Another possibility would be Arizona States basketball arena, but it also was not designed for hockey and would probably seat less than 13K with a rink. 

The team has wanted someone (taxpayers) to build it an arena on the eastern edge of the area, which is where the retirees are more concentrated. 

The usual suspects are lined up, all of which have issues.  In the US, Kansas City has a fairly new arena and no NBA competition.  In Canada, Quebec City has wanted a team since it lost the one it had, but the economic situation there really has no changed, probably gotten worse.
But why would any other arena in Phoenix want to take a team that's $1.5 million in arrears? What arena could possibly do that much better at attracting visitors?
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: TheHighwayMan394 on August 21, 2021, 02:14:41 AM
In Canada, Quebec City has wanted a team since it lost the one it had, but the economic situation there really has no changed, probably gotten worse.

In today's multi-billion dollar sports media rights world, the fact that 60-65% of Quebec City is less than proficient in English is also a marketing problem, because it pretty much restricts their pool of fans and corporate cash to eastern Quebec.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on August 22, 2021, 08:40:39 AM
But why would any other arena in Phoenix want to take a team that's $1.5 million in arrears? What arena could possibly do that much better at attracting visitors?

From what my uncle, whose son played high school hockey in Scottsdale, has said, there are a good number of hockey fans in the Phoenix area but the overwhelming majority of them live on the eastern side of the area (Scottsdale, Tempe) and it just takes far too much time to go to Glendale for weeknight games. It works for the Arizona Football Team because the overwhelming majority of NFL games are played on Sunday.

Who knows how much of a factor that is compared to other issues, but I have no reason to doubt that it is at least "a" factor. Also, you make a very valid point about the arrearages.



Houston Aeros, anyone? The team could stay in the West division, they already have a stadium, and some people down here have wanted a hockey team for quite some time (plus I'd bet you'd see a lot more new fans, I'm sure I would start watching hockey more if Houston had a team). This would be the perfect time for Houston to get a team.

Central Division, actually. The league is reverting to the standard divisions for the upcoming season and theyve moved Arizona to the Central to make room for Seattle. Many people have noted how doing that would work perfectly for a move to Houston or Kansas City because theyd already be in the correct division.

(I saw something obviously meant as a joke saying they should move to Atlanta so the original Winnipeg franchise would complete the circle with the new Winnipeg franchise that originated in Atlanta.)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Roadgeekteen on August 22, 2021, 01:35:02 PM
I hope the Coyotes don't move the Maple Leafs would not have their best player if it wasn't for the Coyotes.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on August 22, 2021, 01:57:06 PM
If the Coyotes move to Kansas City, will they dust-off the old Scouts name once weared by the previous team named the Scouts who became the Colorado Rockies after 1976 and then the New Jersey Devils in 1982?
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: SP Cook on August 22, 2021, 02:07:50 PM
If the Coyotes move to Kansas City, will they dust-off the old Scouts name once weared by the previous team named the Scouts who became the Colorado Rockies after 1976 and then the New Jersey Devils in 1982?

Since the Scouts used Indian imagery and referred to the "Indian Scouts" attached to the US Calvary in the old west era, doubt it.

Fun fact, KC originally wanted to be the Mohawks, which was a mash up of the postal code for Missouri and the Kansas Jayhawks, but Chicago objected.  That one wouldn't fly today either.

 
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: jp the roadgeek on August 22, 2021, 02:37:52 PM
Of course if the Coyotes become Les Nordiques Nouveau, they would have to go into the Atlantic Division.  The easiest solution would have Detroit going to the Central.  However, I would think the timing would be right to put the Florida teams in the Metropolitan (just ridiculous that Boston and Montreal have to fly over all of Metropolitan country to play division games).  Best solution:

Atlantic: BOS, BUF, CBJ/DET, MON, OTT, PIT, QUE, TOR,
Metropolitan: CAR, FLA, NJ, NYI, NYR, PHI, WAS, TB

Either Columbus or Detroit would go west. 
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on August 22, 2021, 03:08:19 PM
If the Coyotes move to Kansas City, will they dust-off the old Scouts name once weared by the previous team named the Scouts who became the Colorado Rockies after 1976 and then the New Jersey Devils in 1982?

Since the Scouts used Indian imagery and referred to the "Indian Scouts" attached to the US Calvary in the old west era, doubt it.

Fun fact, KC originally wanted to be the Mohawks, which was a mash up of the postal code for Missouri and the Kansas Jayhawks, but Chicago objected.  That one wouldn't fly today either.

How about KC "Dustwinds" as a nod to the song from the band Kansas "Dust in the wind"? ;)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: cabiness42 on August 22, 2021, 03:14:31 PM
Of course if the Coyotes become Les Nordiques Nouveau, they would have to go into the Atlantic Division.  The easiest solution would have Detroit going to the Central.  However, I would think the timing would be right to put the Florida teams in the Metropolitan (just ridiculous that Boston and Montreal have to fly over all of Metropolitan country to play division games).  Best solution:

Atlantic: BOS, BUF, CBJ/DET, MON, OTT, PIT, QUE, TOR,
Metropolitan: CAR, FLA, NJ, NYI, NYR, PHI, WAS, TB

Either Columbus or Detroit would go west. 

Detroit got out of the Central because they didn't want to be the only team in their division in their time zone. Bad for your TV ratings to have most of your road games being late starts locally.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on August 22, 2021, 05:16:11 PM
Of course if the Coyotes become Les Nordiques Nouveau, they would have to go into the Atlantic Division.  The easiest solution would have Detroit going to the Central.  However, I would think the timing would be right to put the Florida teams in the Metropolitan (just ridiculous that Boston and Montreal have to fly over all of Metropolitan country to play division games).  Best solution:

Atlantic: BOS, BUF, CBJ/DET, MON, OTT, PIT, QUE, TOR,
Metropolitan: CAR, FLA, NJ, NYI, NYR, PHI, WAS, TB

Either Columbus or Detroit would go west. 

The league wont split Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. They did that in the 1990s and more or less acknowledged that it was a mistake.

Theyre also unlikely to split Columbus from Pittsburgh because theyve acknowledged that the visiting crowd when Pittsburgh visits Columbus is important revenue for said franchise.

The better solution, if there were to be a relocation to Quebec, would be for the Florida Panthers to move there while the Coyotes move to Houston or Kansas City. Its quite understandable why the league doesnt want to let that happen, though, especially when it would leave Tampa essentially orphaned geographically.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: TheHighwayMan394 on August 22, 2021, 08:03:23 PM
Detroit pressed loudly for years to be moved to the Eastern Conference to cut their West Coast trips, and being a legacy franchise it's unlikely they will be made to go back.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on August 23, 2021, 09:46:10 AM
In memory of Rod Gilbert who was part of the "GAG line" with Jean Ratelle and Vic Hadfield with the NY Rangers in the late 1960's-early 1970's.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: KCRoadFan on September 04, 2021, 12:27:08 PM
Canada recently reopened their border to Americans, but the US hasn't reciprocated yet. Assuming that doesn't change in the next couple months, how will that affect the schedule this season (or at least the early part of it) vis-a-vis the Canadian teams? Or are there exemptions in place for them, assuming they're vaccinated? That's what I would like to know.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: KCRoadFan on September 04, 2021, 01:01:44 PM
If the Coyotes move to Kansas City, will they dust-off the old Scouts name once weared by the previous team named the Scouts who became the Colorado Rockies after 1976 and then the New Jersey Devils in 1982?

Since the Scouts used Indian imagery and referred to the "Indian Scouts" attached to the US Calvary in the old west era, doubt it.

Fun fact, KC originally wanted to be the Mohawks, which was a mash up of the postal code for Missouri and the Kansas Jayhawks, but Chicago objected.  That one wouldn't fly today either.

How about KC "Dustwinds" as a nod to the song from the band Kansas "Dust in the wind"? ;)

I don't really like that name - but here's some names I've thought up for a hockey team that comes to my city, as well as my reasons for them:

KC Blades (takes the name of a former minor-league team, from the now-defunct IHL)
KC Bosses (alludes to "Boss Tom" Pendergast; also follows the "leader word" naming convention of the Royals and Chiefs)
KC Jazz (alludes to the city's musical history; unlike a certain basketball team in Utah, the team's name would actually make sense for KC)
KC Mavericks (takes the name of an existing minor-league team in the area, as a number of new or relocated baseball teams have done over the years; presumably, if KC gets a major-league hockey team, the existing team would relocate or at least change their name)
KC Smokers (alludes to barbecue, which is a big part of KC's identity)
KC Twisters (alludes to the city's location in "Tornado Alley")
KC Wizards (takes the former name of the Sporting KC soccer team; also alludes to "The Wizard of Oz," which is set in neighboring Kansas)

What do you make of these names? I think they're great.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on September 04, 2021, 07:27:24 PM
Canada recently reopened their border to Americans, but the US hasn't reciprocated yet. Assuming that doesn't change in the next couple months, how will that affect the schedule this season (or at least the early part of it) vis-a-vis the Canadian teams? Or are there exemptions in place for them, assuming they're vaccinated? That's what I would like to know.
There are procedures in place to allow them to play.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Bruce on September 12, 2021, 02:23:41 AM
Dropped by the Kraken Iceplex today to snap a few photos before driving down for the Sounders game. Pretty nice place, and nicely located with a new light rail station opening nearby next month and plenty of parking (given that this is a converted mall space).

(https://i.imgur.com/QttQcUN.jpeg)

The main rink:

(https://i.imgur.com/Z6ErnoK.jpeg)

One of the side rinks:

(https://i.imgur.com/0LuFc81.jpeg)

The main lobby:

(https://i.imgur.com/1TZtc0G.jpeg)

Bonus shot of Climate Pledge Arena for good measure:

(https://i.imgur.com/mlmQ0m5.jpeg)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on September 13, 2021, 09:23:10 AM
Less than a month until the NHL returns :D
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on October 01, 2021, 01:35:44 PM
Less than a month until the NHL returns :D

Yeah, I hope the Habs will be lucky again this year to go to the finals again. And we'll said a goodbye to the Nassau Coleseum, long time home of the NY Islanders.

The NHL posted a blog post about the schedule of the upcoming season and there's still no decision about if NHL's stars will play to the Winter Olympics or not.  https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-announces-2021-22-regular-season-schedule/c-325741704
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on October 10, 2021, 09:22:47 AM
Goaltender Carey Price taking part in NHL-NHLPA player assistance program.
https://www.tsn.ca/carey-price-montreal-canadiens-1.1703437

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Montreal Canadiens goaltender  is seeking help, voluntarily entering the NHL's player assistance program.

The NHL and NHL Players' Association said in a release that the 34-year-old star goalie will be away from the team while he takes part in the program. The release did not specify why Price entered the program and said there would be no further comment.

The news came out of the blue. Previously the discussion over Price was whether the native of Anahim Lake, B.C., would recover from off-season surgery to repair a torn meniscus in time to start the season.

Montreal, which made it to the Stanley Cup final earlier this year, opens its 2021-22 campaign next Wednesday at Toronto.

"I didn't see it coming," said Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin. "To be up front with you, news came to me yesterday. So yeah, it caught me off-guard, yes."

The news comes a day after Canadiens head coach Dominique Ducharme said it would be unlikely that Price would be ready to start the season due to an unspecified illness.

Price's wife Angela cited mental health in an Instagram post showing Price and their three kids.

"Part of the privilege of being in the position our family is in, is that we also get a public platform to show how there is and can be a path for anyone who is struggling," she wrote. "No matter what is on the line, we hope we can communicate the importance of putting your mental health first not just by saying it, but by showing up and doing the work to get better.

There's also a thread about it on HFBoards. https://hfboards.mandatory.com/threads/price-enters-nhl-nhlpa-players-assistance-program-mod-warning-in-post-1.2848566/
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on October 11, 2021, 10:41:25 AM
24 hours until opening night!
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Billy F 1988 on October 12, 2021, 06:00:23 PM
Want your hockey fix tonight? ESPN just got a nice TV deal with the NHL and is returning to broadcast select NHL games this season. The only thing I wonder is how to possibly fit Gary Thorne and Bill Clement into the mix knowing how much more diverse ESPN's NHL crew is today. You think about Thorne's great calls during ESPN's earlier run with the NHL, special moments like when Ray Borque finally earned his Stanley Cup ring and hearing Gary Thorne's excited delight just sends chills. It should be interesting to see how ESPN does with the two night-cap games. I know what you're thinking; "Did ESPN really sign a new NHL TV deal long after they signed off their last game in 2004?" Yep. I don't know how many they're doing since you have NHL Network doing select games.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: SP Cook on October 13, 2021, 09:13:48 AM
I don't know how many they're doing since you have NHL Network doing select games.

Seven years.

In traditional linear TV terms, ESPN gets 100 regular season games, four Stanley Cup finals, and half of the playoffs.  TNT gets 72 regular season games, three Stanley Cup finals, half of the playoffs, and the New Years Day outdoor game.  NHL Network will carry 75 regular season games, most all of them nationalized meaning they take the feed from a local broadcast. 

Some ESPN games can be moved to ABC.

In streaming, different packages of games will be on HBO Max and ESPN+/Hulu.  Pretty much there is no reason, IMHO, to buy the Center Ice out of market package.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Henry on October 13, 2021, 10:16:46 AM
While the Seattle Kraken lost their first game to the Golden Knights, they didn't do too badly. I'll be looking forward to getting tickets to their first game against my hometown Blackhawks.

OAN: I know in Detroit, they throw octopus on the ice every time the Red Wings score a goal, but will the same be done in Climate Pledge Arena when the Kraken score?

I don't know how many they're doing since you have NHL Network doing select games.

Seven years.

In traditional linear TV terms, ESPN gets 100 regular season games, four Stanley Cup finals, and half of the playoffs.  TNT gets 72 regular season games, three Stanley Cup finals, half of the playoffs, and the New Years Day outdoor game.  NHL Network will carry 75 regular season games, most all of them nationalized meaning they take the feed from a local broadcast. 

Some ESPN games can be moved to ABC.

In streaming, different packages of games will be on HBO Max and ESPN+/Hulu.  Pretty much there is no reason, IMHO, to buy the Center Ice out of market package.
Well, both TNT and ESPN/ABC still have the NBA too, and I hope there is a definitive answer as to how the TV schedule will be worked out between the two leagues. I'm kind of surprised that this problem never existed for NBC, since it started broadcasting NHL games some three years after losing the NBA (it was actually supposed to start in 2004-05, but a strike cancelled that season entirely).
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: cabiness42 on October 13, 2021, 11:15:55 AM
While the Seattle Kraken lost their first game to the Golden Knights, they didn't do too badly. I'll be looking forward to getting tickets to their first game against my hometown Blackhawks.

OAN: I know in Detroit, they throw octopus on the ice every time the Red Wings score a goal, but will the same be done in Climate Pledge Arena when the Kraken score?

I don't know how many they're doing since you have NHL Network doing select games.

Seven years.

In traditional linear TV terms, ESPN gets 100 regular season games, four Stanley Cup finals, and half of the playoffs.  TNT gets 72 regular season games, three Stanley Cup finals, half of the playoffs, and the New Years Day outdoor game.  NHL Network will carry 75 regular season games, most all of them nationalized meaning they take the feed from a local broadcast. 

Some ESPN games can be moved to ABC.

In streaming, different packages of games will be on HBO Max and ESPN+/Hulu.  Pretty much there is no reason, IMHO, to buy the Center Ice out of market package.
Well, both TNT and ESPN/ABC still have the NBA too, and I hope there is a definitive answer as to how the TV schedule will be worked out between the two leagues. I'm kind of surprised that this problem never existed for NBC, since it started broadcasting NHL games some three years after losing the NBA (it was actually supposed to start in 2004-05, but a strike cancelled that season entirely).

How the TV schedule will be worked out is that more games will be pushed to the premium services ESPN+ and HBO Max. You'll get about half as many games from each league on ESPN/TNT that you got when NBC still had the hockey.

For its part, NBC is ditching NBCSN as a way to justify pushing more of its content to Peacock.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: SP Cook on October 13, 2021, 11:47:20 AM
Actually the just expired NBC contract has just 90 games on NBC or NBCSN.  This contract will have 175 between ESPN and TNT.  The games on ESPN+ and HBO Max are in addition to that, games you used to need the Center Ice package for.

Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on October 24, 2021, 11:17:35 AM
I saw a thread on HFboards about a book telling the story of the NHL-Cleveland Barons and their games at the Richfield Coliseum.
https://hfboards.mandatory.com/threads/the-nhls-mistake-by-the-lake-a-history-of-the-cleveland-barons-by-gary-webster.2849777/

As one Youtuber mentionned in that video, The Quicken Loans Arena have now operated longer than the Richfield Coliseum.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Bruce on October 25, 2021, 02:31:06 AM
A few pictures of Climate Pledge Arena that I took at today's open house:

(https://i.imgur.com/j23VmRb.jpeg)

(https://i.imgur.com/0mPl4EP.jpeg)

(https://i.imgur.com/pW1RBbF.jpeg)

(https://i.imgur.com/CfjOtMS.jpeg)

(https://i.imgur.com/yrqtaLD.jpeg)

(https://i.imgur.com/9yOTUIT.jpeg)

(https://i.imgur.com/FFCaPj2.jpeg)

(https://i.imgur.com/oXSB5mH.jpeg)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on November 29, 2021, 12:16:54 PM
The Montreal Canadiens did a big spring cleaning by firing general-manager Marc Bergevin.
https://www.tsn.ca/montreal-canadiens-fire-marc-bergevin-trevor-timmins-hire-jeff-gorton-1.1727507

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The Montreal Canadiens have fired general manager Marc Bergevin as the team finds itself mired in on-ice struggles mere months after advancing to the 2021 Stanley Cup final.

The Canadiens announced Bergevin's dismissal Sunday as part of a major housecleaning. Assistant GM Trevor Timmins and Paul Wilson, senior vice president of public affairs and communications, were also fired.

The Canadiens announced that former New York Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton will serve as executive vice president of hockey operations as the team searches for a new general manager.

"On behalf of myself and the organization, I wish to thank Marc Bergevin, Trevor Timmins, and Paul Wilson for their passion and engagement towards our club over the last years," Canadiens owner Geoff Molson said in a statement. "Their relentless work allowed our fans to experience many memorable moments, including last summer's playoff run that culminated with the Stanley Cup final.

"I think, however, that the time has come for a leadership change within our hockey operations department that will bring a new vision and should allow our fans and partners to continue cheering for a championship team."

Molson is scheduled to address the changes in a press conference Monday at 11 a.m. ET.

Bergevin was in his 10th season as the team's GM.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on January 18, 2022, 12:20:44 PM
The Habs hired their new general-manager, a guy named Kent Hughes.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on February 14, 2022, 11:44:11 AM
Back to Kent Hugues, I would have preferred Patrick Roy... let's wait and see and now the habs fired Dominique Ducharms and Martin St. Louis is now their interim coach.
https://hfboards.mandatory.com/threads/habs-name-martin-st-louis-interim-head-coach.2869886/
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on February 15, 2022, 07:55:16 PM
Sidney Crosby alias Sid the Kid reached 500 goals in career.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on February 24, 2022, 09:38:52 AM
R.I.P. Emile Francis... :(
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on March 15, 2022, 10:12:17 AM
That old hockey tale called "The Sweater" is still fun to watch and inspired some parodies.

Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on April 15, 2022, 09:23:11 AM
The Athletic (paywalled) reports Mike Bossy has died at 65.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: JayhawkCO on April 15, 2022, 09:40:24 AM
The Athletic (paywalled) reports Mike Bossy has died at 65.

Those Isles teams were damn good.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on April 15, 2022, 12:41:32 PM
The Athletic (paywalled) reports Mike Bossy has died at 65.

Those Isles teams were damn good.

Indeed, too bad to the eyes of younger hockey fans, their dynasty lives under the shadow of the Edmonton Oilers dynasty.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on April 22, 2022, 04:18:17 PM
Just a couple of days after Mike Bossy, we lost an other hockey legend, Guy Lafleur.

Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on May 01, 2022, 08:50:57 PM
The 2022 NHL playoffs will begin soon. Florida Panthers won the regular season championship and the President trophy. Let's see if a Cinderella team surprised everyone and will go far this season and if Toronto will bring back the cup to the Queen City after more than 50 years.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Georgia on May 02, 2022, 07:41:01 PM
I hope the Leafs get swept personally.
Flames or Oilers have to be Canada's hope. 
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Georgia on May 02, 2022, 11:07:25 PM
Opening 2 games have been surprising thus far in their margins; and the Leafs wont get swept but hopefully they can lose in 5 :)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on May 03, 2022, 11:17:18 AM
I hope the Leafs get swept personally.
Flames or Oilers have to be Canada's hope. 


On the other hand, I wish to see the Leafs going much further and while we're at it, a all-Canadian finale (the last time that happened was in 1989 between Montreal and Calgary) between Toronto vs Calgary or Edmonton or even Toronto vs Edmonton just to see Austin Matthews going against Connor McDavid.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: KCRoadFan on May 04, 2022, 08:48:18 AM
What a game last night - Penguins beat the Rangers in triple overtime!

Those multi-overtime games are the thing I like best about the Stanley Cup playoffs. You dont know just how long it will go on - and you cant look away from the TV because it could end at any time.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Mr_Northside on May 04, 2022, 08:52:04 AM
What a game last night - Penguins beat the Rangers in triple overtime!

Yeah..... but it makes for a real rough morning.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: KCRoadFan on May 04, 2022, 08:53:41 AM
What a game last night - Penguins beat the Rangers in triple overtime!

Yeah..... but it makes for a real rough morning.

Why do you say that? Your hometown team won.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on May 04, 2022, 08:43:10 PM
What a game last night - Penguins beat the Rangers in triple overtime!

Yeah..... but it makes for a real rough morning.

Why do you say that? Your hometown team won.
I slept before my team lost and that angered me
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on May 12, 2022, 04:34:42 PM
no hockey fans here huh? hoping yesterday's 2nd period opened up the Rangers offense finally...
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: 1995hoo on May 13, 2022, 12:04:04 PM
I love hockey. Ive just had a tough time watching much this week due to business travel taking me to the West Coast.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: JayhawkCO on May 13, 2022, 01:12:31 PM
no hockey fans here huh? hoping yesterday's 2nd period opened up the Rangers offense finally...

I'm a big Avs fan. I'm curious which series will be our (hopefully overcome) stumbling block this year.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: epzik8 on May 13, 2022, 06:40:20 PM
Caps' season is over tonight
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on May 14, 2022, 02:34:38 PM
no hockey fans here huh? hoping yesterday's 2nd period opened up the Rangers offense finally...

I'm a big Avs fan. I'm curious which series will be our (hopefully overcome) stumbling block this year.

The Blues kicked out the Wild and they'll be the Avs opponent for round 2. https://www.nhl.com/blues/news/blues-to-meet-avalanche-in-round-2/c-334023708
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Georgia on May 15, 2022, 08:50:33 AM
Bye bye Bruins, Leafs and Kings. 
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: snowc on May 15, 2022, 10:32:37 AM
Bye bye Bruins, Leafs and Kings. 
Hurricanes are my #1 team. Lets see if they can get another trophy!
Bryce
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on May 15, 2022, 02:21:57 PM
The "Battle of Florida" will begin soon between the Panthers and the Lightning.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: snowc on May 15, 2022, 04:54:24 PM
The "Battle of Florida" will begin soon between the Panthers and the Lightning.
Wait, another FL game, just like the Battle of the Blues?
What time does it begin?
Bryce
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on May 15, 2022, 06:01:29 PM
The "Battle of Florida" will begin soon between the Panthers and the Lightning.
Wait, another FL game, just like the Battle of the Blues?
What time does it begin?
Bryce

They didn't announced yet but I think it'll begin soon. And let's see who's between the Calgary Flames or the Dallas Stars will go to the country club first.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Stephane Dumas on May 16, 2022, 08:50:58 AM
Now then the Leafs are gone to the golf country club, they have now the longest drought in the NHL surpassing the long drought of the NY Rangers (1940-1994). One poster from Skyscraperpage wondered if Harold Ballard still pull the strings from his tombstone? https://skyscraperpage.com/forum/showpost.php?p=9625456&postcount=4726
(https://images.thestar.com/xF3q-O4lbHbsgKUluC_SzFmV0IQ=/1280x1024/smart/filters:cb(1616669198919)/https://www.thestar.com/content/dam/thestar/sports/leafs/2020/05/15/what-if-john-bassett-had-been-able-to-buy-harold-ballards-shares-in-the-maple-leafs/harold_ballard.jpg)

Btw, Calgary eleminated Dallas, so that mean we'll have a new Battle of Alberta.  :clap: :clap: :thumbsup:
http://battleofalberta.blogspot.com
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: JayhawkCO on May 16, 2022, 10:38:34 AM
Three really interesting series coming up, and hopefully one boring one.

Battle of Florida
Battle of Alberta
Carolina vs. NYR - Super fast 'Canes vs. the Vezina Trophy (likely) winner

then...

Avs vs. Blues. I think Avs roll.

I should also mention that I made a $30 bet back in January that Cale Makar would win the Norris, the Avs would make the Stanley Cup finals from the West and the Panthers would make it from the East. It pays out about a grand, so here's hoping.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: elsmere241 on May 16, 2022, 10:46:57 AM
I don't follow hockey that much, but I have a question: Does the NHL still re-seed the second round of the playoffs?
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: JayhawkCO on May 16, 2022, 11:04:56 AM
I don't follow hockey that much, but I have a question: Does the NHL still re-seed the second round of the playoffs?

Not anymore.

https://www.sportingnews.com/us/nhl/news/nhl-stanley-cup-playoff-bracket-format/q81rq38mwrwlkelq1ukbqfg9 (https://www.sportingnews.com/us/nhl/news/nhl-stanley-cup-playoff-bracket-format/q81rq38mwrwlkelq1ukbqfg9)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: elsmere241 on May 16, 2022, 11:07:18 AM
That's kind of what I thought, thanks.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: JayhawkCO on May 16, 2022, 04:10:20 PM
Not sure if anyone watched it last night but Oettinger (DAL goalie) was the only reason that game was close. He faced 40 shots in the first two periods. Crazy.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on May 16, 2022, 08:28:11 PM
Three really interesting series coming up, and hopefully one boring one.

Battle of Florida
Battle of Alberta
Carolina vs. NYR - Super fast 'Canes vs. the Vezina Trophy (likely) winner
thank you for finding the last one interesting. I just like that I know a couple of Pens fans on this forum who have moved to NC, so I get to poke at the same people two rounds in a row (and hopefully come out ahead again)
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: JayhawkCO on May 16, 2022, 10:23:15 PM
Three really interesting series coming up, and hopefully one boring one.

Battle of Florida
Battle of Alberta
Carolina vs. NYR - Super fast 'Canes vs. the Vezina Trophy (likely) winner
thank you for finding the last one interesting. I just like that I know a couple of Pens fans on this forum who have moved to NC, so I get to poke at the same people two rounds in a row (and hopefully come out ahead again)

I thought Rangers/Pens was super entertaining. I also won a bit of cash betting on the Rangers to win the series when Crosby got hurt.
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: ET21 on May 17, 2022, 09:16:48 AM
That was one of the best 1st rounds in some time. Outside of the Avs/Preds series, every other one was competitive and 5 Game 7s!  :bigass:
Title: Re: Hockey
Post by: Alps on May 17, 2022, 09:14:12 PM
Three really interesting series coming up, and hopefully one boring one.

Battle of Florida
Battle of Alberta
Carolina vs. NYR - Super fast 'Canes vs. the Vezina Trophy (likely) winner
thank you for finding the last one interesting. I just like that I know a couple of Pens fans on this forum who have moved to NC, so I get to poke at the same people two rounds in a row (and hopefully come out ahead again)

I thought Rangers/Pens was super entertaining. I also won a bit of cash betting on the Rangers to win the series when Crosby got hurt.
I gotta say, it was NOT good hockey in Games 3, 4, and first half of 5. Games 6 and 7 were legit good hockey - I got to watch 6 on TV as the Rangers clawed back and it was a VERY back and forth game in periods 2-3.