New Jersey Devils: Before Brodeur

This article was originally published in March, 2013. As the New Jersey Devils honored legendary goaltending coach Jacques Caron, while hosting the Montreal Canadiens, a lot of Caron’s pupils were on hand.  Most notable up in the luxury box of course was the sidelined Martin Brodeur.  Also in attendance though were former netminders like Chris Terreri, John Vanbiesbrouck and Peter Sidorkiewicz to name a few.  Which got me to thinking,…

September 19, 2017
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Rod Gilbert: Mr. Ranger

This article was originally published in April, 2013. Rod Gilbert and the New York Rangers were a perfect match. It’s been over half a century since Gilbert made his debut at the old Madison Square Garden (located on Eighth Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets), yet many of the franchise records he set during his tenure still stand. But it almost didn’t happen. Gilbert’s Origins Gilbert was born on July…

September 18, 2017
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The Most Underrated Kings Forwards of All Time

This post was originally written in August, 2014. There’s a price to pay when you play hockey in Los Angeles. Sure, it’s December, and it’s 70 degrees outside. Sure, you can get around town with ease and nobody knows your name. It’s that nobody knows your name part. On one hand, you come and go as you please. On the other hand, your skills are constantly overlooked, around your neighborhood,…

September 15, 2017
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A Tale of Three Old Hockey Arenas

This article was originally published in November, 2015. Hockey rinks have come a long way from the days of chicken-wire cages and wooden stands. The hockey fan now has state-of-the-art seats, a wide array of fancy and healthy food selections, craft beers and all the amenities such as WiFi and other modern-day conveniences. It’s a long way from when old hockey arenas had people sitting on a wooden bench and…

September 13, 2017
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A Look Back: Gabriel Landeskog’s Unique Path to Success

September 13, 2017

This article was originally written in May, 2014. When the name Gabriel Landeskog is mentioned around NHL circles, there are a few words that are bound to pop up nearly every time. Leader is obvious, as the 21-year-old Colorado Avalanche forward has spent the past two seasons as the youngest captain in NHL history. Gritty is another, as his on-ice performance is often characterized by frequent puck battles and hard-hitting play. Landeskog…

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The Greatest Team of All Time: The Montreal Junior Canadiens

This post was originally published in October, 2009. Ex-NHL player Bob Sirois wrote a book examining the NHL’s treatment of French Canadian players called Le Quebec mis en echec: la discrimination envers les Quebecois dans le LNH (Quebec body checked: discrimination against Quebecers in the NHL.) The book contends that prejudice is alive and well in the NHL. The author uses numerous statistics to point out that French players are not…

September 12, 2017
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New Jersey Devils: Top 10 Rookie Seasons

134 SHARES This article was originally published in October, 2014. His name is Damon Severson. He may not be Tom Seaver’s son but the New Jersey Devils’ rookie blue liner has been nothing short of terrific thus far. Wearing number 28, Severson is evoking memories of another defenceman to don those digits. With apologies to Kevin Dean, I’m of course referring to Brian Rafalski. Through just eight games in the…

September 12, 2017
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The Worst Teams In Stanley Cup Playoff History

155 SHARES This article was originally written in January, 2015. If you’ve been following the 2015 NFL Playoffs, you already know the NFC South champion Carolina Panthers are moving on to the Divisional round. A team that finished the regular season at 7-8-1, which advanced by virtue of defeating an Arizona Cardinals team with a third string quarterback. In the Stanley Cup Playoffs, it doesn’t happen that often anymore that…

September 4, 2017
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Mario Lemieux: The Triumphant Return from Retirement

This article was originally written in December, 2012. In 1997 the National Hockey League lost one of the greatest players to ever play the game early. Mario Lemieux didn’t pass away during his career, nor did he decide to go out on top. No, the announcement Super Mario made was for different reasons and will always leave us wondering what could have been, had played a full career. Lemieux left…

September 1, 2017
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Lorne “Gump” Worsley: The Story of an Icon

This article was originally written in September, 2010. Lorne “Gump” Worsley, born and raised in Montreal, was the last NHL goalie to play without a mask. “My face is my mask,” he would say, refusing to don facial protection. He acquired the nickname Gump as a youngster due to his facial resemblance to Andy Gump, a cartoon character of the time. The Origins of Worsley’s Pro Career After two years…

August 24, 2017
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