Saturday, April 30, 2011

Why We Like the IIHF World Hockey Championships

Magdalena the Two-Headed Tortoise is the new Paul the Octopus for the 2011 IIHF Championships
We've discussed our passion for the World Juniors, now it's time to share our passion for the IIHF World Hockey Championships. Every spring, hockey fans are treated to Stanley Cup Playoff hockey, but they are also treated to a little international action at the Worlds. The tournament usually features some pretty talented players from teams that didn't qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and there are usually late editions to rosters if a team is knocked out in the first round of the playoffs. This year the tournament is being held in Bratislava and KoŇ°ice, Slovakia (hopefully this repairs the tourism damage done by the movie Hostel to the region). The tournament does not garner the same attention as the World Juniors or Olympics, but it is still a legendary tournament with a rich history worth watching.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Flashback Friday

With the Stanley Cup Playoffs in full swing, we are going to flashback on some of the greatest playoff moments. The Playoffs are great for creating those special moments where a goal, a pass or dangle become frozen in time and a recurring memory for hockey fans
After watching the Pittsburgh Penguins get knocked out in game 7 against the Tampa Bay Lightning the Twitterverse was on fire with Penguins fans sobbing over the loss and pointing out that if the team had Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in the line up, the score would have been different.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Vancouver Canucks Have Gleeks On Their Side

Unfortunately, most of the Glee cast survived the Orca attack
Born in Calgary, raised in British Columbia, Glee star Cory Monteith is a Vancouver Canucks fan. This is great news for Canucks fans as their fan base just gained millions of teenage girls looking to buy Vancouver Canucks jerseys with Finn on the back. Fans may also benefit from his singing talent with the off chance he makes a Vancouver playoff song instead of having a shitty cover of Cee-Lo Green. Recently he appeared on NHL Live to discuss his passion for hockey. He discusses watching Game Seven, but we question his diehard allegiance to the Nucks' when he says he was walking around with friends at midnight when he tried to find a bar to watch the game. Here's the interview below:

Interesting Stats From the First Round

Vince Vaughn can't make Roberto Luongo's head bleed
With the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs wrapped up, it's time to look over some of the more interesting stats from the Conference Quarterfinals:

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wax Stain Wednesday

Wax Stain Wednesday will be a regular feature on Dirty Dangle. Our pal Dave at Wax Stain Rookie is an avid autograph and card collector and has some amazing experiences to share with us. These posts may make you want to buy a Beckett and get those dusty hockey cards out from under your bed that you hide from your girlfriend like a secret porn collection.
This week’s TTM really has me wondering if Sam my mailman is trying to tell me something. For the third time in a row, I have received an autograph of a Montreal Canadien in the mail. Instead of a player from Canadiens past, this one was from their current captain Brian Gionta.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Players Behaving Badly

With a Game Seven against the Buffalo Sabres tonight, let us hope the Philadelphia Flyers got a good night sleep last night and weren't frolicking around with pornstars last night so. In fact, the only thing looser than an adult film star this series has been the Flyers goaltending. 
Above is current Flyers captain, Mike Richards, with Puerto Rican pornstar Gina Lynn (an Adult Film News Hall of Famer might we add...) that was likely taken during the 2007-2008 season when the four players were teammates. We know the Flyers liked to party, but it looks like they had Gina Lynn over for a pop and pizza party at one of their apartments... Maybe the Flyers management didn't like the way the young Flyers were conducting themselves off ice as Mike Richards is the only one left on the team out of these four.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Talking Babies Discuss Canucks Playoffs


Pretty cute kids. These twin babies have Twintuition just like the Sedins do on the ice. We especially liked the dolphin slapping bit and the "he's real bad, look at the puck go between his legs" part. The Canucks have had "3 down, 13 to go" for a week now, but have not been able to even come close to finishing the Blackhawks off. In fact, Luongo has been the one looking at the puck go through his legs - 10 times in the last 2 games. Should be a great Game Six tonight at the Madhouse. If I'm a Vancouver fan, I'm a little worried about the Canucks making some NHL history by dropping a 3-0 series lead.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

How To Handle a Quadruple Header

We have no idea how this NHL Connect 4 game would work.
It is not too often that hockey fans are treated to nationally televised quadruple headers to watch. Normally you could catch a triple header on a holiday, or at least on a Saturday, but four games back-to-back-to-back-to-back? Thanks to the marvelous scheduling by the NHL, this is what we have to deal with today:
Only during the playoffs... A day like this may be overwhelming for some, so we have some tips on how to handle it.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Flashback Friday

With the Stanley Cup Playoffs in full swing, we are going to flashback on some of the greatest playoff moments. The Playoffs are great for creating those special moments where a goal, a pass or dangle become frozen in time and a recurring memory for hockey fans
Yesterday, Houses of the Hockey ran a nice little post titled History Will Be Made Pretty Much Every Day - and they're right. Thanks to the NHL calling game winning goals in Game Three "history will be made" worthy, these commercials are losing their effect. This is a sad development, because the ones from last year were so good they could leave you with goosebumps. The success from last year, and the hundreds of parodies created by fans was special, and left you wanting more. Unfortunately, we're left with too much now, but there still has been some great commercials from this year.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Coach Crosby In the Sky

So far during the Pittsburgh Penguins playoff games against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Sidney Crosby - the Pens injured superstar captain - has been seen up in the press box with a headset on relaying messages down to assistant coach Tony Granato. Crosby has been practicing with the team for 2 weeks now, but still hasn't been cleared for full contact practices. Having Crosby up in the pressbox communicating with the team is a great idea, even if he just relaying positive reinforcement. His hockey sense is off the charts and any tips he might have could change the game.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wax Stain Wednesday

Wax Stain Wednesday will be a regular feature on Dirty Dangle. Our pal Dave at Wax Stain Rookie is an avid autograph and card collector and has some amazing experiences to share with us. These posts may make you want to buy a Beckett and get those dusty hockey cards out from under your bed that you hide from your girlfriend like a secret porn collection.
Last week on the same day Stephane Richer arrived, there was a second envelope. When I opened it, I found three autographs from another Montreal legend, Guy Lafleur. What impressed me the most about these autographs was the fact that I had only mailed them out 9 days before. (Canada Post isn’t the quickest where I live).

Long before there was Taylor v. Tyler, there was Guy v. Marcel. Both of these kids were junior superstars and Montreal held the first overall pick in the 1971 NHL Amateur Draft (compliments of a trade with the Oakland Seals). Guy Lafleur was a player who scored over 230 goals in his last two seasons of junior hockey and was projected for stardom right away. While Marcel Dionne had more modest junior numbers which where in the OHA instead of the QMJHL - so directly comparing their numbers isn’t possible. Montreal ended up selecting Guy first overall in the 1971 Draft ahead of future fellow Hall of Famer, Marcel Dionne, who was selected second overall by the Red Wings.


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Only Cups In Toronto This Spring

Found this flyer stuck in the back of my mailbox recently. Turns out my lack of thorough mailchecking made me miss this offer as it ran from February 7th to April 10th. It sucked cause I really wanted a Mike Komisarek cup to sit in my cupboard and collect dust or my Phil Kessel cup to go missing for extended periods of time. Part of the fine print on the back should have included that the J.S Giguere cup is prone to cracks.

The choices for these cups are just bizarre. Sure the Kris Versteeg trade was just bad luck, but J.S Giguere and Mike Komisarek? No cup for captain Dion Phaneuf? Or fan favourite Luke Schenn who would have increased Pizza Pizza sales by having his face on their cups (at least they didn't put Tyler Bozak on a cup for an easy sell to high school girls). Pizza Pizza could have also been really jerky and made their Dipping Sauce only 67 cents.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Shane Doan Wins.... Mantracker!

 Brook (a.k.a Screech) and Shane Doan outsmarted Mantracker
In case you missed it, Shane Doan and his brother Brook competed on the Outdoor Life Network's Mantracker last night. The Doan brothers were impressive, unlike the number of hockey puns used, however there were no real highlights to announce about their performance - which was consistent just like Shane's NHL career. In the end, Doaner showed his off ice leadership skills by refusing to leave his brother behind, and was able to help Brook win his version of the Stanley Cup. As nice as this brotherly bond was to watch, we couldn't help but think about how other NHLers would fair on the show, and who they might be partnered up with.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Shane Doan on Mantracker

Doan has been trying to find his way back to Winnipeg for years
For those frequent viewers of the Outdoor Life Network, you may have seen a few advertisements for the upcoming season of Mantracker on April 17th. Now OLN is pretty sweet, but we won't plug their network unless it's hockey related, so here's the kicker - Phoenix Coyotes captain, Shane Doan, will be the prey on Mantracker. For those who don't know the show, there's a guy named Terry Grant that they call Mantracker, who kind of looks like a bearded Joel Quenneville in a cowboy hat. Mantracker rides a horse through whatever terrain they're tracking in and chases two prey as they attempt to go from Point A to Point B.

Flashback Friday

With the Stanley Cup Playoffs in full swing, we are going to flashback on some of the greatest playoff moments. The Playoffs are great for creating those special moments where a goal, a pass or dangle become frozen in time and a recurring memory for hockey fans
We're going to start our playoff flashbacks with a dirty dangle. It occurred during the 1991 playoffs when Mario Lemieux scored one of the most famous goals in NHL history.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wax Stain Wednesday

Wax Stain Wednesday will be a regular feature on Dirty Dangle. Our pal Dave at Wax Stain Rookie is an avid autograph and card collector and has some amazing experiences to share with us. These posts may make you want to buy a Beckett and get those dusty hockey cards out from under your bed that you hide from your girlfriend like a secret porn collection.
Good things come to those who wait and on Monday, I found out it pays to have a little patience when it comes to TTMs. Back in December, when I started sending out autograph requests to some of my favourite hockey players, the very first one I sent out was to Stephane Richer. However, he was not the first one I received back. Doug Gilmour ended up being the first one I received back with a turnaround time of about 27 days. On Monday, I received the Stephane Richer request and all three cards were signed! The turnaround time on this request was 126 days. In all fairness, the request was sent through the golf course where he is currently the President, and there isn’t much golf action happening from Dec to Apr. However, this goes to show that you shouldn’t ever give up on a request.


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Guide to Picking Your NHL Playoff Team

When in doubt, blindly lick the Cup to pick a team to cheer for
It's the time of year when those fans of NHL teams who did not make the playoffs aimlessly look for a team to cheer for. Some may turn to the World Hockey Championships for a month to see their players play for their countries, while others will start looking for a team to follow during the NHL Playoffs. For those looking for a playoff team, look no further - Dirty Dangle has your Guide to Picking Your NHL Playoff Team and why you might like some of the teams competing for the Stanley Cup this spring.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Fantasy Hockey Roundup

With the NHL regular season finally over, fantasy poolies can look back and reflect on the season that was, or wasn't, for their teams. Make sure to join our CBC Fantasy Hockey Pool Group for your Playoff Fantasy Hockey fix and your chance to win a car (not from us).
Dirty Dangle's pick for Fantasy Player of the Year
What a fantasy hockey season it was. Injuries, breakouts, and Vancouver Canucks. Sidney Crosby missed half the season, Zach Parise missed a majority of it, Mike Green played 49 games and Evgeni Malkin only played in 43. As much as those injuries would have hurt you, it wouldn't have been hard to pick up a free agent/waiver that didn't add some extra punch to your lineup. Jeff Skinner, Logan Couture, Mikhail Grabovski, Sergei Bobrovsky, Brandon Dubinsky and James Reimer were all players who (probably) got overlooked in drafts, but found themselves getting scooped up on the free agent/waiver wire. And if you managed to grab anyone from the Vancouver Canucks there was a good chance you finished top 3 in your pool. The Sedins, Kesler, Luongo, Ehrhoff, Samuelsson, Burrows and even Cory Schneider all had solid fantasy numbers. Here are your fantasy players of the year by position:

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Rules For Tweeting at a Hockey Game

Recently while attending a Toronto Maple Leafs game, we couldn't help but notice the number of cell phones being used in front of us. Even during play, there would be fans hammering away on their Blackberrys - money well spent on a Leafs ticket if you ask us. From our view, a majority of the fans who were glued to their phones were tweeting away - that little blue bird is just so eye catching. We agreed that one of these fans deserved to get hit with a puck, but then we thought, maybe they're delivering some important information? But then again, they probably weren't. So we thought up some rules for tweeting at a hockey game (remember under 140 characters!):

DO TWEET: If you see something interesting happen among the fans
Example: A guy in a Flyers jersey just poured beer on a baby and spit on a pregnant woman!

DON'T TWEET: If you notice something out of place at the arena
Example: Lots of Quebec Nordiques jerseys at Nassau tonight… What the hell is a Nordique?

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Nikolai Kulemin, the Quiet Sniper

On Tuesday night many Toronto Maple Leafs fans took a collective deep breath and said "there's always next year" in unison. But one of the positives this season is the play of Nikolai Kulemin. The stocky Russian who is mostly known for his solid two-way play notched his 30th goal of the season in the 3-2 shootout loss to the Washington Capitals.

With other young players like Logan Couture and Michael Grabner in the spotlight and scoring over 30 goals, Kulemin somehow even in Toronto - the hockey media capital of the world - has flown under the radar with little fanfare. Playing on the Leafs top line this year with Clarke MacArthur and Mikhail Grabovski, it is safe to say that Kulemin has scored the quietest 30 goals in the NHL this season.


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Wax Stain Wednesday

Wax Stain Wednesday will be a regular feature on Dirty Dangle. Our pal Dave at Wax Stain Rookie is an avid autograph and card collector and has some amazing experiences to share with us. These posts may make you want to buy a Beckett and get those dusty hockey cards out from under your bed that you hide from your girlfriend like a secret porn collection.
You can see the wax stain on this Joe "is a bachelor" Mullen rookie card - damn shame
Dirty Dangle has called me up from the minors, my name is Dave H and I will be doing some guest writing for their site. I have been a hockey fan for as long and I can remember and a Devils fan for that whole time. I have my own blog - Wax Stain Rookie - which I started last year. For those that don't know what a wax stain is - it is a greasy stain left on the back of a trading card. This stain was caused when the wax was heated to seal the pack, but it has been absorbed by the card. I will be sticking with the theme of the site by writing about the “coolest game on Earth” including collecting hockey cards and autographs.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Winding Down the 2010-2011 NHL Season

It's been a long NHL season and we've seen a lot. Unbelievable winning streaks, dreadful losing streaks, late season surges, high profile injuries and a new way of picking the All-Star teams. Many of these came as surprises to hockey fans, and others sparked a great of discussion among hockey fans and the media. Now with the regular season over in less than a week, it's time to talk about some of the lesser known stories that are unravelling near the end of the season.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Sunday Recovery

After an eventful Saturday of hockey, and probably heavy drinking, its time to relax and recover on the action across the country. Catch up on any hockey news and highlights you may have missed while trying to get that blonde's phone number last night.
The Florida Panthers borrowed the Penguins alternate jerseys last night
Dirty Dangle was out drinking last night so this recap will be nice and short. Leafs won. Sabres lost in OT. Hurricanes won. The Eastern Conference standings are now even tighter. In the West, the Kings won a big game over the Stars, and the Ducks lost a big matchup against the Sharks to keep the Flames playoffs hopes lit. Here are some hockey headlines from across Canada.

Friday, April 1, 2011

This Day in NHL History


On April 1, 1919, the Stanley Cup Playoffs were called off and made national headlines across the continent. This was because of an influenza outbreak after game five between the Pacific Coast Hockey Association champion, Seattle Metropolitans, and the NHL's Montreal Canadiens. The series was tied 2-2-1 after five games before city health officials were forced to cancel the deciding game due to the Spanish Flu epidemic sweeping North America. Most of the Canadiens players and their manager, George Kennedy, fell ill with the flu and were hospitalized or bedridden.

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