What’s In a Name? The NHL’s “Original Six”

written by: Kevin Mizera Any hockey fan worth their salt knows the term “Original Six.” Those words immediately bring to mind images from the NHL’s rich history–from a time when goalies had no masks, and giants like Eddie Shore and Toe Blake patrolled the ice. Most fans can also correctly identify the teams that make […]

All-Time Best Player From Every NHL Team

Inside the Hockey Hall of Fame, there’s a large room–a sanctuary–that honors hockey’s most notable players, athletes, builders and broadcasters. In addition to the Stanley Cup, there are custom-built trophy showcases filled with the Vezina, Hart, Art Ross and Calder trophies. And, of course, there are portraits and biographical sketches of each inducted member. Mario […]

Quebec Nordiques – A History of Beer, Brawls, and Van Halen

The Quebec Nordiques almost didn’t exist. And depending on who you ask, maybe they shouldn’t have existed at all. In fact, their story begins on the other side of the continent, under the considerably warmer skies of San Francisco, California. The Nordiques (roughly translated as the “Northerners” or “Northmen”) were originally called the San Francisco Sea […]

Wilson Proves He Doesn’t Belong in the NHL

Originally published Oct. 7, 2018. Being re-published because he keeps doing it – Managing Editor It’s about time. Finally. Spot on. Justice served. That’s the prevailing sentiment heard around the hockey world when news came of Washington Capitals’ right winger Tom Wilson receiving a 20-game suspension. Unlike the devastating hit he laid on St. Louis […]

Bringing Back NHL Arena Nicknames

The Forum. The Olympia. The Stadium. The names of the Original Six’s arenas were instantly recognizable to hockey fans around the world, shorthand or not. Well, for fans of the Montreal Canadiens, Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks, at least. Fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs (the Gardens), New York Rangers (the Garden, singular. One […]

5 Penguins Who Went From Supervillains to Superheroes

There is always an opposing player that every city loves to hate. He gets away with the cheap shots, agitates the defense, or has the goalie’s number. The city hates him… until he becomes one of their own. The Pittsburgh Penguins and their fans are no stranger to this situation. Over the years, general managers […]

Max Comtois’ Debut Puts Him (Mostly) in Elite Company

Max Comtois didn’t wait long to wow Anaheim Ducks fans in his NHL debut. Just under a minute into his first game, 49 seconds to be exact, the second-round draft pick from Longueuil, Quebec hopped off the bench, collected an Adam Henrique poke pass and slid the puck calmly between the pads of Sharks goaltender […]

The NHL’s Top 4 Defenses

Defense wins championships. It’s a saying as old as hockey itself, but there is truth to this wisdom. A stout defense that can both limit the opponent’s scoring chances while placing additional pressure on them in the offensive zone can turn the tide of a game and a playoff series. When a defense is playing […]

Ranking the NHL’s 31 Starting Goalies

Guarding the net in the NHL may be one of the toughest jobs in professional sports. It’s a lonely world in the crease, and when the team falters, the goaltender is often the first to receive blame. That’s why finding a quality goalie is so critical for long-term success. In this article, we’ll take a […]

5 Worst Trades of the 2017-18 Season

* originally published in June 2018 With the NHL Playoffs now complete the focus turns to next season and trades will pick up again. Some trades are win-win, the Seth Jones for Ryan Johansen deal is a good example, but plenty of trades become a significant loss for one side (eg. Taylor Hall for Adam […]