Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Beer League Nightmare: Your Goalie Shows Up Sauced To The Game


There's nothing worse than getting ready for your rec hockey game and trying to figure out where the hell your goalie is. The clock ticks closer to game time and his usual spot in the room remains vacant. Fight with the wife? Got the game time wrong? Car trouble? Regardless, playing hockey without a goalie sucks for both teams involved and that's why this guy in the Czech Republic deserves some credit for playing shitfaced.

He's all jankity-janked and must have had a few pops with the fans behind the camera as they're focused on him. The poor guy looks like he can barely stand up, but he does look like Dominik Hasek as he makes a routine stop and falls down in the process. There's more though as he backs up into his net only to fall down and later concedes a goal while falling into the net attempting a pokecheck. It's a beer league team's nightmare to have their goalie no-show, but one showing up this sauced is just as bad.

 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Sochi Storylines To Follow With Month To Go

Can King Henrik get his crown back?
The Sochi 2014 Olympics are officially 26 days away, but the main event - ice hockey - remains a full month away with the puck set to drop on the men's tourney for February 12th. That's five weeks of NHL hockey and roughly 15 games for each team before the two-week Olympic break. Lots can happen in those five weeks that could impact the tournament and there will be more than enough storylines swirling around hockey circles as the Olympics loom closer. It's a fun and exciting time and let's hope teams only get good news leading up to Sochi to make the tourney that much better.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Looking At The 2014 Finnish Olympic Team

As team rosters for the 2014 Sochi Olympics are announced we'll break down the rosters for the top competitors in the tournament and list some of the notable omissions from their squads.

Finland is actually the most successful country in terms of medals won at Olympic ice hockey since the NHL has been sending players in 1998. With a bronze in '98, a silver in '06, and another bronze in 2010, Finland's the only team that can say they've won 3 medals in 4 Olympics although they haven't been the colour they're looking for. While they never have the strongest team on paper going into tournaments, you can never underestimate Finland in hockey because all they do is compete. 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Looking At The 2014 Swedish Olympic Team

As team rosters for the 2014 Sochi Olympics are announced we'll break down the rosters for the top competitors in the tournament and list some of the notable omissions from their squads.
The Swede's disappointed in 2010 after bowing out in the quarterfinals to Slovakia and Olympic redemption will be on their minds heading to Sochi. Sweden's had great success in recent years with a bronze, silver, and gold medal since the 2010 Olympics at the IIHF World Hockey Championships and have also been developing players with winning tradition at the World Junior Hockey Championships having reached the gold medal game for three straight years. Sweden's very talented all around, but their biggest concerns might be in net with the play of Henrik Lundqvist in the NHL this year. Aside from that, Sweden looks great on paper and should be medal contenders come February.

Brayden Schenn Off To An Early Start As Badass Of The Year

Naturally, hockey players are tough guys having to play the fastest game on earth on the hardest surface in the world with knifes on their feet. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that Brayden Schenn was sliced in the abdomen last night after hitting Dainius Zubrus and stayed in the game.

 

Ouch. A nice four inch slice in the abs had to have stung and it was a good thing he was able to stay in the game as he would go on to score the OT winner for the Flyers:



Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Looking At The 2014 Russian Olympic Team

As team rosters for the 2014 Sochi Olympics are announced we'll break down the rosters for the top competitors in the tournament and list some of the notable omissions from their squads.
"Win this for Mother Russia!"
The hosts are lethal up front with multiple NHL award winners on their top lines and they're pretty sturdy in goal with two proven NHL keepers. With a nice mixture of NHL and KHL talent, the Russians will have the home crowd advantage in Sochi and are considered favourites to medal. While they lack the depth of Canada, USA and Sweden, the Russians always find a way to put more pucks in the net than the opposition and with their shaky d-core we could see some high-scoring affairs.

Looking At The 2014 Canadian Olympic Team

As team rosters for the 2014 Sochi Olympics are announced we'll break down the rosters for the top competitors in the tournament and list some of the notable omissions from their squads.
"Yay, we made it!"
Selecting the Team Canada Dream Team is a lot more difficult than you might think and Steve Yzerman and Co. definitely faced some tough decisions picking the Sochi 2014 team. There were plenty of locks for the team, but with the number of bubble players who made it/didn't make it there has been a national debate which should last until the Olympics are over. Ultimately, Canada has a team that will score plenty of goals and should have no trouble preventing them as well. 

Sunday, January 5, 2014

HBO 24/7: Leafs-Red Wings Episode 4 Recap

HBO's 24/7 Red Wings-Maple Leafs: Road to the NHL Winter Classic airs Saturdays at 
10pm on HBO in the US or on most illegal streaming sites in Canada. It also airs Sundays 
on Sportsnet in Canada at 7:30pm with censors and commercials for some reason.
The finale to HBO's 24/7 Red Wings-Maple Leafs: Road to the NHL Winter Classic was by far the best of the season which really wasn't that hard to accomplish based on the previous three episodes. With plenty of spectacular footage from the Winter Classic, there was also more off-ice footage than previous episodes and less in-game filler of both teams losing to the Florida Panthers. From start to finish, this episode captured the giddiness of the Winter Classic and all the joys surrounding the event for the players.

2014 World Junior Hockey Pool Results


The World Juniors have come and gone and so too has our annual hockey pool. After double-checking all the stats from the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship website we've got our winners.
  1. Valery C. gets a hoodie.
  2. Matt G. gets a t-shirt.
  3. John N. gets the book.
    It was a close pool with our highest number of entrants ever and we look forward to growing the pool even more next year. Thanks for following along and if you are one of the above winners we'll be contacting you for mailing addresses and prizes. Cheers!

    STANDINGS (AS OF JAN 5th @ 5:00PM)

            PLACENAMEPOINTS
    1Valery C.88
    2Matt G.86
    3John N.85
    4Ryan S.84
    5Anthony P.84
    6Jamie D.83
    7Toby M.82
    8Josh L.82
    9Cory W.81
    10Robert S.81
    11Ellay H.81
    12Nathan S.81
    13Erin C.79
    14Jonathan B.79
    15Paul C.79
    16Allan G.79
    17Spencer A.79
    18Mark M.78
    19Matt Z.78
    20Jon D.77
    21Nick K.77
    22Adam C.77
    23John F.76
    24Ken O.76
    25Owen F.76
    26Melissa I.76
    27William McK.74
    28Kyle W.74
    29Laura H.74
    30Sarah D.74
    31Greg M.74
    32Colin O.74
    33John T.73
    34Sarah L73
    35Dylan P.73
    36Ethan L.73
    37Liam C.73
    38Brad M.73
    39Steven E.73
    40Erik W.72
    41Patrick M.72
    42Jen B.72
    43Sarah T.72
    44Mark K.71
    45Ashleigh D.71
    46Matt L.70
    47Keith D.70
    48Erin H.70
    49Shawn S.70
    50Mike R.70
    51Nathan T.70
    52Ben G.70
    53Stanley G.70
    54Mike J69
    55Jesse M.69
    56Scott T.69
    57Steve M.69
    58Jere D.69
    59Devon E.68
    60Kevin H.68
    61Julie M.68
    62Dave J.67
    63Ryan B.67
    64Camille E.67
    65Tyler R.67
    66JP.67
    67Catherine S.67
    68Colin K.67
    69Jonas M.66
    70Lisa S.65
    71Steve L.65
    72Mike M.65
    73Alex Mo.65
    74Chris S.65
    75Dale S.64
    76Tom W.64
    77Alex R.63
    78Tristan T.63
    79Lucas M.62
    80Richard H.62
    81Daniel F.62
    82Pam M.61
    83Paul D.60
    84Madison J.59
    85Jenna H.58
    86Taylor A.58
    87Henry F.57
    88Liam H.57
    89Kyle R.57
    90Adam M.57
    91Kevin W.57
    92Flax J.56
    93Gordon W.56
    94April K.56
    95Julie A.56
    96Connor Mc.56
    97Joel S.55
    98Brian C.55
    99Derek L.55
    100Zac O.54
    101Mark W.54
    102Joel H.54
    103Eric R.53
    104James S.52
    105Daniel H.52
    106Thomas D.51
    107Mike C.50
    108John R.50
    109David F.49
    110Jamie L.49
    111Mark D.46
    112Troy B.43

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

    NHL Awards At The Half

    The NHL season is at the 41-game which means we're halfway through the 2013-14 season and it's time to make some award predictions. Looking at stats (and even some advanced stats) and analysis of how players have played, we've come up with the following results for who would take home the major awards if the season were to end today. Sure this all means shit with 41 games to go in the season, but it's interesting to see what players have been award-worthy out the gate.

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

    Looking At The 2014 US Olympic Team

    As team rosters for the 2014 Sochi Olympics are announced we'll break down the rosters for the top competitors in the tournament and list some of the notable omissions from their squads.
    David Poile and Team USA announced their roster for the 2014 Sochi Olympics following the Winter Classic today and while there were some notable omissions the team's core was pretty easy to predict. With plenty of offensive talent up front the US should have no trouble scoring goals, nor should they have any trouble stopping pucks with arguably the best goaltending on paper. The biggest surprises come on defence as a lot of new faces are set to patrol the US blueline in February.

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