Friday, January 30, 2015

Jonathan Bernier Needs A Laser Eye Touch-Up

While watching Oliver Ekman-Larsson's historic shorthanded goal 5 seconds into the 3rd period last night against the Toronto Maple Leafs we were reminded that not only are the Leafs a tire fire, but that Jonathan Bernier has a tendency to let in some very weak goals. While every goalie is allowed to let in a softie, Bernier's had some bad luck with pucks from outside his own blueline with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Given that's he's in a commercial for LASIK MD eye correction surgery (with 2014 Spengler Cup Champion, Francis Boullion!) we find this pretty funny.


Sunday, January 25, 2015

The World Cup Of Hockey Returns... Sort Of...

"We'd like to announce that we're going to make a buttload of money."
The NHL and NHLPA announced yesterday that the World Cup of Hockey would be returning in 2016 after a 12-year absence on the hockey calendar. There are so many great memories from previous tournaments and they were all brought back during Gary Bettman's announcement with a montage of Canada Cup highlights and the '96 and '04 World Cup events. Unfortunately, the 2016 tournament will be nothing like those.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

2015 NHL All-Star Game Skills Competition Drinking Game!

Go home, Carey. You're drunk.
This is a new one for us and we're sorry if you're still hungover from last night's Fantasy Draft Drinking Game, but get ready to rally for a good night. The Skills Competition is one of the more fun nights of the NHL season and the highlight of the All-Star Weekend. Players personalities are on display, Penguins stand next to Flyers, and there's no real drama to get you all wound up - it's just a fantastic all-around fun event so why not have a few drinks to go along with it?

Friday, January 23, 2015

NHLers Having Fun With GoPro Cameras

The NHL and NHLPA announced their partnership with GoPro today and did so in spectacular fashion by releasing this amazing video of NHL stars toying around with the versatile cameras.


Some highlights of the above video include:
  • Patrick Kane's ridiculous stickhandling skills.
  • Sidney Crosby deking in traffic.
  • T.J. Oshie's ridiculous fake clapper. 
  • Tyler Seguin stickhandling 3 pucks at once.
  • P.K. Subban throwing a hit.
  • FACEOFFS. They look so cool. 
  • Goalie cam's. Somehow they stop those little black blurs. 
Everything looks video game-like and we can't wait to see these bad boys at the Skills Competition on Saturday and hopefully in game action on Sunday. 

2015 NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft Drinking Game

It's been three years since the last NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft and that means a Dirty Dangle Drinking Game is in order to celebrate it's return. The NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft is an exciting addition and gives fans a chance to sit back and watch hockey superstars just be themselves for a night. While we wish the league did the draft in a bar like most fans do fantasy drafts, the NHL's personalities still shine through and create some unforgettable All-Star moments. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Lottery Simulator Makes Dreams Come True

It's that time of year when plenty of hockey fans realize that their teams will not make the postseason - unless of course you're a Sabres or Oilers fan then you probably knew that months ago. The losses have piled up and you've started looking forward to trading players at the deadline to contenders and even more so - to the NHL Draft Lottery. You hate to cheer against your team, but you know you give a silent fist pump to the tank gods as your team slides deeper into the bottom of the league standings. Each lost game should be a step towards a brighter future.

If you are like me and cheer for a sorry sack of shit hockey team enjoy this NHL Lottery Simulator which updates the standings daily and also gives you the percentage your brutal hockey team has at winning the NHL Draft Lottery. The race to the bottom is a shameful one as nobody likes to be known as a tanker, but in the end you know seeing your team with the top pick makes you a happy fan. It only took me 27 times for the Leafs to win the top pick.

The odds are different this time around giving more teams a greater chance at winning the lottery allowing for their team representative to try and contain their shit-eating grin as they leapfrog a worse team in front of them:

Best Bets & Sleepers Down The Stretch

The rafters at Madison Square Garden could be getting some more company...
We're finally approaching the first NHL All-Star Weekend since 2012 and what a first half of the season it's been as we hit the unofficial halfway-point of the NHL season. There's been more than a few surprises during the first half with many teams having outperformed their pre-season expectations and that is going to make for a very exciting finish to the 2014-15 campaign. It's always fun to look back at what the odds in September were and how drastically some have changed this far into the season. Having seen how teams have played with a half season's worth of games under their belt you can get a good feel for what teams might be hanging banners in their arenas next season. With that said, if you're into putting some money on NHL futures, there's some great ice hockey betting welcome offers from William Hill on the table to check out!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Best Assist You've Ever Seen?

As you can see in the still above, Defender #13 is already in the process of having his ankles broken courtesy of 15-year-old, Julian Kislin. The goal Kislin set up came during a high school game in New Jersey and the kid actually beat all five defenders before feeding his teammate, Max Halvorsen, on a breakaway:


The defence Kislin faces is suspect, but the moves he makes are video game like. After picking off a clearing attempt at centre, Kislin avoids a bodycheck and splits two forwards at the red line. Those two opponents nearly collide and Kislin is knocked off stride temporarily which helps him pull off one of the dirtiest dangles we've ever seen. Kislin slows down as an approaching player attempts to steal the puck and spins around Defender #13 while passing the puck to himself through #13's legs who subsequently blows a tire. After an Aki Bergian stick check from the left defenceman at the blueline is promptly avoided with a simple deke, Kislin feeds the puck through the last d-mans legs to a wide open Halvorsen who goes backhand and scores. What. An. Assist. 

We might even hear about Kislin in the future as he was an invitee to USA Hockey's summer player development camp last year as one of the best U-16 players in the nation. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Fresh Batch Of NHLers Dangling As Peewees

There's a new batch of NHLers As Kids on YouTube and they put your houseleague highlights to shame. The videos of course are from The Brick Invitational Super Novice Hockey Tournament that takes place annually in Edmonton at the West Edmonton Wall. Some new videos released over the past month feature some of the new NHL young guns in the league and have you wishing you took more power skating classes as a kid.


2014-15 Mid-Season NHL Awards

We're at the halfway point of the 2014-15 NHL season and it's time to talk trophies just as the league gears up for the 2015 All-Star Game in two weeks. There's been plenty of standout performance through the first half of the season so it shouldn't surprise you that some of the usual superstars are absent through 41 games. The second half is set up to be a dandy and the trophy-worthy players will rise as their teams push for the playoffs down the stretch.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Jakob Chychrun's Early Dirty Dangle Of The Year Candidate

Not a bad celebration either... (Photo: Metcalfe Photography)
Jakob Chychrun is a 6'2", 194lbs defenceman for the Sarnia Sting of the OHL at the ripe age of 16. That's a pretty big frame to be dangling with... and holy shit he's 16?!?! The 2014 OHL first overall pick has certainly made a name for himself this season as a freshman with 8 goals and 17 points through 20 games, but this goal he scored last night has garnered national attention:


Starting in his own zone with a backchecker in hot pursuit, Chychrun enters the Guelph Storm zone 1-on-2 and proceeds to split the defenders while feeding the puck through the almost 21-years-old Storm d-man, Zac Leslie. While being brought down by Leslie, Chychrun is able to dive past the defender and slap the puck past goaltender, Bradley Van Schubert, while on his knees. Impressive goal and and an early candidate at the end of the year for Dirty Dangle of the Year.

Monday, January 5, 2015

2015 World Junior Pool Winners!

What a finish to the 2015 World Junior Hockey Championships and a great showing in our biggest World Junior Pool yet! Thanks for following along the past two weeks and congrats to our winners:

      1. Carter N. - Dirty Dangle hoodie
      2. Mike L. - Dirty Dangle t-shirt
      2. Steve M - Dirty Dangle t-shirt

To the winners, we will e-mail you/contact you for mailing addresses shortly!

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