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Much consideration has been given to the legacy of Jonathan Toews, long-time captain of the Chicago Blackhawks. Now heading into his 14th NHL season, Toews has seen an incredible amount of success. But he’s also 32 years old, and many feel his inevitable decline has already begun. So what can we currently infer about the
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The National Hockey League has witnessed a number of sensational rookie campaigns throughout its storied history and this trend is set to continue. With the next squad of exceptional young stars, the NHL is stronger than ever in terms of elite young talent. However, despite the incredible skills of these players, it is highly unlikely that any
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Occasionally I will be asked for my thoughts as to whether hitting (bodychecking) should be allowed in women’s hockey. For those unfamiliar with the rules for the women’s game, while body contact is allowed and happens quite regularly, bodychecking is not. Delivering a bodycheck constitutes a two-minute minor penalty. If you really want to know
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St. Louis Blues forward Troy Brouwer just cleared waivers, further signaling the inevitable end of a championship-winning career. Blues Deal Oshie for Brouwer Brouwer had signed a one-year deal back in November to rejoin the Blues after a professional try-out. The rugged forward had served as a risk-free addition, but that wasn’t always the case.
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What does it take to be a good agitator in today’s NHL? Obviously, you must have the ability to get under the opponent’s skin, but you don’t want to be consistently putting your team at a disadvantage by taking silly penalties. You have to be able to annoy your opponent on the scoresheet as well
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Since the fall of the Iron Curtain, the NHL has found player representation from many countries that were once part of the Soviet Union. 1994 saw the first Russian-born players win the Stanley Cup with the New York Rangers, and they have won Cups ever since. Additionally, Latvians, Lithuanians, and Belorussians have found names for
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Founded in 1967, the Philadelphia Flyers have been one of hockey’s most successful franchises over the last half-century. They have the third-highest all-time points percentage among NHL teams, trailing only the Montreal Canadiens and the Vegas Golden Knights, a team that has yet to play three full seasons. This is the Flyers’ 52nd season. Unless
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*Originally written in September 2012* On September 6, 2012, there was cause for celebration in Yaroslavl, Russia. For the first time in nearly a calendar year, the city’s hometown hockey team, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, took to the ice at Arena 2000 for a KHL regular season game. The contest, which was against Sibir Novosibirsk, was a
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The NHL is getting faster. Gone are the days when hitting and grinding are enough to compete in the best league in the world. Now, speed and skill reign supreme. For some players, this comes more naturally than others. In today’s NHL, players have shifted their focus because of this. NHL trainer Matt Nichol noted
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Have you ever wondered who the top goalscorers are in Colorado Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques franchise history? Wonder no more. The franchise has had an interesting history that boasts some Hall of Fame names. Here are the top-10 goalscorers for the franchise. 1.Joe Sakic – 625 Goals Joe Sakic sits atop the franchise-best goalscorers list. With 625
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David Poile has had a long career in the NHL, including stints as the Atlanta/Calgary Flames assistant general manager, 15 years as the Washington Capitals general manager from 1982-1997, and has been the Nashville Predators only general manager since their inception into the league in 1998. Over his time in the league, he has become
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The Pittsburgh Penguins have spent the last decade with higher expectations than almost any other NHL squad. Stacked with high-end talent and depth to make deep playoff runs, the team has constantly been in win-now mode throughout Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin’s primes. Part of the reason the Penguins have been competitive for so long
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The Edmonton Oilers have been home to some of the best players to ever play the game. From their dynasty days in the 1980s to the modern-day NHL, nine Oilers have scored 100 points in a single season. Here’s a look at those nine players who have reached the century mark while playing in Oil
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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,
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Over the years the Vancouver Canucks have had a plethora of talented goal scorers grace the ice at Rogers Arena and the Pacific Coliseum. The top-20 goal scorers span four eras of hockey from Andre Boudrias, Stan Smyl, the West Coast Express and of course the Sedins. They all created legacies that will stand the
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Sometimes you win by the skin of your teeth, and sometimes you win big. This piece is about the latter. Some games are just full of celebrations. (Photo by Curtis Comeau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) The Winnipeg Jets have won 694 games over nine seasons since relocating from Atlanta prior to the 2011-12 campaign. Here’s
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