Wednesday, July 2, 2014

NHLers Funniest Arrests

Giroux still wheeling while in cuffs via Reddit user, DeezMaster
NHLers are human beings too and can behave just as stupidly off the ice as they can on the ice. This was demonstrated yesterday as Philadelphia Flyers captain, Claude Giroux, was arrested for repeatedly grabbing the buttocks of a male police officer and ended up having to spend the night in jail for his copping a feel. It was the talk of the water cooler today as even though he was released without charges it was a very bizarre incident. This led to some talk and reminiscing about some of the more embarrassing NHL player arrest stories in recent memory. With this in mind we're not including incidents where people were injured such as Patrick Kane's no-tip cab ride or Ed Belfour's $1 billion bribe because that's not cool and we're not going to laugh at a victim's expense.

Monday, June 30, 2014

2014 NHL Free Agent Frenzy Drinking Game

The free agent frenzy has shifted back to July 1st and all of Canada will be BBQing and following along to see where the free agents land. It should be a busy day with plenty of rumours already swirling around which will make updating your NHL 14 rosters in real time that much more fun. With that said, study your list of available free agents, turn on the show, overdose on Twitter, and get ready to drink.

Friday, June 27, 2014

2014 NHL Entry Draft Drinking Game

The 2014 NHL Entry Draft begins tonight with the first round of picks and what better way to celebrate the event than with some beers. The draft is always an exciting time as you never know what might happen in terms of who your team will pick or if a big trade will happen and this year could get especially crazy. As with any big NHL event, we like to make a little drinking game out of it and have some fun watching where the future of the league will be ending up. With that said, buy some beer and invite some friends to join you, just don't be an idiot and go too hard to the point where you're puking like these kids after the Wingate test at the NHL Combine.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Dirty Dangle 2014 NHL Awards Drinking Game!

The NHL Awards are back after taking a year off from the end-of-season gala during the lockout shortened season and it shouldn't be any different from previous years. From boring hosts, brutal music acts, and random "hockey fan" celebrities who butcher NHL stars names; the NHL Awards are often criticized for their shortcomings. Most award shows are tough to watch - especially for sports leagues - so why not throw back some beers with your friends and make it fun in your own way?

Quick Thoughts On The 2014 HHOF Inductees

Normally when the Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee announces their picks for election there is some grumbling and debate over if a player was good enough to receive one of hockey's greatest honours. This time around, I think everyone can agree on each elected individual being worthy of entering the Hockey Hall of Fame. Rob Blake, Peter Forsberg, Dominik Hasek, and Mike Modano are the player inductees while Pat Burns and Bill McCreary enter in the builders category and on-ice officials category respectively. It's a great class with three first-ballot selected to enter and the selection committee finally righting a wrong with Pat Burns getting the official recognition he deserved years ago.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Top 5 Home Openers for 2014-15

The NHL released the scheduled dates for home openers today ahead of the full schedule release tomorrow and man are we excited. Now you get to look forward to next season as you know when the puck will actually drop and the next two weeks should be crazy enough that you might even be excited to see a new player on opening night. There are obvious duds such as Nashville hosting Ottawa and Florida hosting New Jersey, but there are some great opening night matchups that make us want to shake the NHL schedule maker's hand as we pencil those dates in on our calendars.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

NHL Logos Get The Simpsons Treatment

These amazing Simpsons inspired NHL logos come via @AK47_Studios and immediately make us want to get new beer league jerseys for the upcoming season. With a wide selection of characters to use from The Simpsons universe, the creator hit some of these spot on. There are so many great logos of the 30 created and we had a good debate about the best so we picked our Top 10. Check the rankings out after the logos! 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Brian Gibbons' Game 7 Dirty Dangle


After making it into 8 playoff games with the Pittsburgh Penguins these Stanley Cup Playoffs, Brian Gibbons was sent down to help out the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in their Calder Cup run. Despite ample playing time on Sidney Crosby's wing, Gibbons mustered 2 goals in the 8 games he cracked the roster and must have been saving all his skill for this goal in Game 7 of the AHL's Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Providence Bruins. 

Already up 3-0 in the 2nd period, Gibbons has himself a fun game of keepaway as he wins the faceoff forward and gains control of the puck as he enters the Bruins zone before running out of room. Rather than send the puck into the corner for winger, Conor Sheary, or just dump it in and pressure the defence, Gibbons retreats out of the zone with Seth Griffith on his tail and Alexander Khokhlachev providing support. He makes a quick cut between the two Bruins forwards avoiding their stickchecks and has the awareness to stop up at the blueline to stay onside as Sheary clears the zone. As soon as that happens the shift takes on a whole new life as Gibbons puts it clear through poor Blake Parlett's legs for a semi-clear path to the net with David Warsofsky the last man who can catch him. Gibbons loses the puck and it actually works out for him as Warsofsky's pokecheck misses and Niklas Svedberg is left hung out to dry for Gibbons' Goal of the Year candidate as he tucks it five hole. 
In summary we have 12 seconds of puck hoggin', 4 skaters beat, and 1 goalie dangled. Some players don't even get to hang onto the puck that long in an entire game and Gibbons made his count with this special goal. 

Monday, May 12, 2014

10 Guys To Watch At The Worlds

Great prospect, hideous jersey.
The 2014 World Hockey Championships are well underway in Minsk, Belarus and you may have heard a little about the tournament in between Stanley Cup Playoff games. It's been an interesting tourney so far as we've seen France upset a Canadian team of NHLers and Isles goalie, Anders Nilsson, actually make saves. As in the past, there's not much attention surrounding the tournament, but there's always a few guys to keep an eye on as the tourney could represent something bigger for them. Whether it be getting some confidence for next season, looking good in front of NHL scouts, or simply making a case for more money come contract time, there's some added interest in watching a few players play.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

First Round Studs and Duds

The first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs is doneski and it was a great two weeks of hockey with some upsets, many blown leads, and hated rivals trying to kill each other. The playoffs are a different animal than the regular season and a player's clutchness and value are often based off of how they perform in the playoff months. With that said, let's take a look at the studs and duds of the first round.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Jaromir Jagr Should Have Hit 2000 NHL Points

Everyone knows how good Jaromir Jagr is. Five Art Ross Trophies, three Ted Lindsay Awards for most outstanding player voted by the NHLPA, and one Hart Memorial Trophy as league MVP help hammer that point home. We've all seen Jagr put up big points - 1755 NHL points to be exact - and as the all-time leading scorer for all European players you know that he is destined for the Hockey Hall of Fame whenever he decides to hang up his skates. Currently though, Jagr sits tied for 6th all-time in NHL scoring which is a bit of surprise due in large part to the fact that he's played through three NHL Lockouts and played in the KHL for three years. Given his time away from the NHL, it's not unreasonable to think that he would have been only the second player in NHL history to hit the 2000-point mark and sit only behind the great Wayne Gretzky in career points.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

2013-14 NHL Awards Predictions

The 2013-14 regular season is all wrapped up and the Professional Hockey Writers' Association has submitted their ballots for various NHL Awards winners. Most of the awards seem like virtual locks for standout players while others will be hotly debated until the bitter end. With all the trophy talk going on we thought we'd toss out our picks for the major NHL awards and see how we did come June when the winners are revealed.

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