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If you’re reading this, you’re probably already aware that hockey is the undisputed best sport on the planet. But if you really need some extra convincing, here’s a list of ten things (in no particular order) that make hockey the greatest sport on Earth: 1. It’s Played on a Giant Sheet of Ice Football, basketball,
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On this date, December 4, 1968, Gordie Howe scored his 700th goal. Becoming the 1st member of this very exclusive club.  In honour of this achievement, we are re-running this tremendous tribute that former THW contributor Ross Bonander wrote and was originally published just after Mr. Howe passed away on June 10, 2016. Please enjoy a trip
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Originally written when Mr. Béliveau passed away, three years ago. The hockey world, and all of Canada, mourns the loss of Jean Béliveau, a man of miraculous talent and total modesty, who played the game better than almost anyone ever has, and who carried himself– on and off the ice– with the grace and humility befitting
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With the Islanders looking less and less like a Cup contender as the 2015-16 season winds to a close, a familiar feeling has crept up within the team’s fanbase. The organization may be wasting the prime of John Tavares’ career. Since drafting the wunderkind in 2009, the Islanders have made the playoffs two times in six
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As an up and coming player in Russia, Nikita Kucherov was given the nickname – The Russian Rifle. One of my colleagues, Christopher Ralph, summarized the potential Kucherov possessed five years ago prior to the 2011 NHL draft when the Tampa Bay Lightning drafted him in the second round. Even then as a skinny 18
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Since taking over duties as the Detroit Red Wings’ general manager in 1997 following their Stanley Cup championship, Ken Holland has been the main voice guiding Red Wings’ player personnel decisions. Along with a braintrust that includes former general manager Jim Devellano, former Red Wings players, and coach Jeff Blashill, Holland has constructed a solid
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The Background of the Marc-Edouard Vlasic Trade Marc-Edouard Vlasic (Ivanmakarov, www.creativecommons.org) Throughout most of his career in San Jose, Miikka Kiprusoff lurked in the shadow of Evgeni Nabokov in the Sharks’ crease. During his tenure, the Finnish netminder never started more than 22 games in teal in a single season and held inconsistent numbers over the
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In this ongoing series we’re debating the merits of players who may have been overlooked for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Using the Hall’s criteria of judging a player based on their “playing ability, sportsmanship, character and contributions to his or her team or teams and to the game of hockey in general”
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In this series, we’re debating the merits of players who may have been overlooked for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Using the Hall’s criteria of judging a player based on their “playing ability, sportsmanship, character and contributions to his or her team or teams and to the game of hockey in general” we
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He is among the best American-born goalies ever. The award for the most outstanding goaltender in NCAA men’s hockey is named after him. The old school (Ed Giacomin) and new school (Henrik Lundqvist) fans may disagree, but he’s arguably the best netminder in the history of the New York Rangers. Mike Richter is Hall of
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Originally published in July 2015 the list is holding strong though look out for the Penguins this season. They could knock one of the items off the list. The saying is that records are meant to be broken, but in certain cases, they simply won’t be broken. Barring radical changes to the playing style and
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Unless you were fortunate enough to be around to witness Paul Coffey play during his prime, it is unlikely you can comprehend how important he was to the success of the Edmonton Oilers. Anyone can look at his stat line and be impressed by the eye-popping totals. However, those numbers do not tell us just how integral
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This article was originally written in December, 2014. As professional athletes, NHL hockey players will do what ever it takes to be successful on the ice. On top of their on and off ice training and preparation, many players throughout NHL history have adopted strange, often disturbing superstitions in order to ensure their on ice success.
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This article was originally written in August, 2010. Little Big Men have always been a staple in the NHL.  You know the type: fast as the wind, nimble on their feet, quick with their hands, tough to play against.  Henri Richard, Marcel Dionne, Brian Gionta. Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning, standing tall
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Choosing a jersey number sometimes has a philosophy of its own. Each NHL player has his own number logic and usually keeps this number for the rest of his career if possible. How are the numbers chosen and do they have a specific meaning? Well in some cases they are just numbers which are still
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The Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins split the first two games of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals, each winning a game in overtime. The last time this happened was in the 1951 NHL playoffs, featuring two hard working underdog teams in the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens. Every single game in this series went
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Perhaps one of the most revolutionary players to ever play the game of hockey, Maurice Richard brought hockey in Montreal to an elite level and set the bar high for every generation to come. Richard overcame nearly every level of adversity to become the greatest hockey player of his generation and one of the best
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This article was originally published in October, 2014. Since beginning play in the 1917-18 season, the NHL and it’s teams have seen drastic changes as well as improvements regarding team uniforms. Not only have jersey designs changed throughout history, but so too has technology, with development constantly adapting to bring players ultimate benefits without inhibiting their skill
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This article was originally published in October, 2014. What ever happened to Wojtek Wolski? Wotjek Wolski, Budding Star Wolski was born in Zabrze, Poland in 1986 and is now 28 years old. Wojtek began his career in the Ontario Hockey League with the now relocated Brampton Battalion. It was in Brampton where Wolski established himself
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This article was originally written in August, 2015. In 2005-06, a 25-year-old native of Moose Factory, Ontario, one of the most northern settlements in the Province located at the base of Hudson Bay, shattered expectations and won the Rocket Richard Trophy as the NHL’s leading goal scorer. Four year later, he had played in his
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Mark Messier: The Day His Era Ended in New York “; } document.getElementById(“sda_1730”).style.display = “block”; document.getElementById(“sda_1730”).innerHTML = sda_html; } function _load_1730() { var xhrq_1730 = new XMLHttpRequest(); xhrq_1730.open(“GET”, “/ez_aba_load/?aba_id=1730&aba_wid=AA6363D7-7B56-47CE-A6AE-D650285A0D29&aba_did=dGhlaG9ja2V5d3JpdGVycy5lem9pYy5jb20=”, true); xhrq_1730.onload = function (e) { if (xhrq_1730.readyState === 4) { if (xhrq_1730.status === 200) { eval(xhrq_1730.responseText); } } }; xhrq_1730.send(null); } if (typeof ez_cra_check ===
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