Devils’ Scott Stevens – Dirty or Tough?

* originally published in Jan. 2018 Scott Stevens can be considered one of the last of a breed of NHLer that wreaked havoc on other players. During a time when checks were seemingly more vicious than in today’s game, Stevens threw his share of hits that rattled opposing players; some were injured, some were just angry, but there was never a doubt that Stevens played a hard, physical game. But,…

June 22, 2018
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Bruce McNall: His Rise and Fall

On Aug. 9, 1988, the hockey world changed forever. The Edmonton Oilers traded the Great One, Wayne Gretzky, along with Marty McSorley and Mike Krushelnyski, to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Jimmy Carson, Martin Gelinas, $15 million in cash, and the Kings’ first-round draft picks in 1989, 1991 and 1993. Behind all of this madness was young 38-year-old Hollywood movie producer and Kings owner Bruce McNall. Growing up…

June 20, 2018
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Kessel to Toronto Trade Revisited a Decade Later

Talks of trades swirl around Phil Kessel more frequently than a cloud of dust swirls around the Peanuts character Pigpen. With whispers and rumours circulating once again that the Pittsburgh Penguins sniper could be on the move, let’s take a look back at the first deal the now 30-year-old two-time Stanley Cup winner was involved in – a blockbuster between the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs that happened nearly nine years…

June 20, 2018
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Top 3 All-Time Red Wings Goalies

The Detroit Red Wings have had some incredible goalies don the Winged Wheel over the past 90 years. Many of these masked men rank among the top goaltenders to ever play the game, so narrowing them down to the top three isn’t an easy task. When ranking the top three Red Wings goalies of all-time, the netminders will be evaluated based on their play in Hockeytown, rather than career totals….

June 17, 2018
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Kit of the Day – Just Ducky

  The Anaheim Ducks have, by and large, been blessed when it comes to National Hockey League expansion teams. Stars like Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne graced their roster – then composed of Mighty Ducks – early on in their existence. They made two Stanley Cup finals in four seasons, taking the New Jersey Devils to seven games in 2003 before winning it all in 2007, at the expense of…

June 15, 2018
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The Best of ‘Mr. Goalie’ Glenn Hall

In honour of Glenn Hall’s incredible accomplishments, we have pulled this beauty from the THW Archives, written by former THW contributor Mike Moore and originally published Oct. 23, 2010. It seems like every season, a new hockey trivia book hits the shelves. Hockey fans love hockey trivia. “Puck-Saving Trivia”, “Super, Unbelievable, Twine-Bulging Trivia” – we can’t get enough. I prefer to call some of it all “hockey history.” To me,…

June 15, 2018
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10 Biggest Oilers Draft Busts Since 2000

The Edmonton Oilers struggles at the draft table have been well documented over the years. Poor drafting and developing has been a critical factor in why the Oilers have made the playoffs just four times since the 2000-01 season. Edmonton even went through a recent string where they had four first overall picks in six years. They added Taylor Hall (2010), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2011), Nail Yakupov (2012), and Connor McDavid…

June 13, 2018
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Blake Wheeler Trade Revisited

It has been more than six years since the Boston Bruins agreed to send Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart to the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for Rich Peverley and Boris Valabik. At the time many felt the trade was a win for Peter Chiarelli and company, as the veteran winger played a key role in helping the club win the 2011 Stanley Cup and some still believe that to be…

June 8, 2018
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The New York Americans: How the NHL Came to MSG

The first National Hockey League team to claim home ice in New York City played at Madison Square Garden and wore red, white, and blue uniforms. This team was not the New York Rangers, but they were responsible for the Rangers coming into existence, and become the Rangers’ first rival during the early years of the NHL. Enter, The New York Americans! The New York Americans The New York Americans…

June 7, 2018
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One for the Ages: Wayne Gretzky’s 1995-96 NHL Season

The 1995-96 St. Louis Blues were a collection of hockey’s aged superstars. A team with an all-in mentality. One that endeavored to squeeze whatever elixir was still left in the proverbial fountain of youth. But for some reason, it didn’t quite work. Wayne Gretzky’s time with the Blues is likely the least talked about time of his career. That stems mainly from the fact that his stay in St. Louis…

June 6, 2018
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