Rick Moldovanyi

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NHL 12 is available on September 13 and we’ve spent quite a lot of time talking about the game in anticipation of the launch. However today we figured we’ve switch gears and take a look at NHL players who’ve played a starring role in a non-NHL video game.

What, you didn’t think that ever happened? Take a look at Super Mario Bros. up there. You can clearly see that Mario Lemieux is ready to stomp some Goombas but good. However, Mario Lemieux isn’t the only hockey star to cross over into the video game world.

Don’t believe us? Read on!

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Obviously everyone’s main concern in regards to Sidney Crosby is his personal health and well being. Concussions are scary and serious and the most important part of Sidney Crosby’s recovery is that he will be able to live a normal life once he’s fully recovered. We know the damage that a concussion can cause and lives have been ruined by these brain injuries.

However, Sidney Crosby is a professional hockey player and the captain of  the Pittsburgh Penguins. He’s obviously a key part of the group one of the players that makes the team a contender. Now that it doesn’t look like he’ll be back for the start of the season, the Pittsburgh Penguins will once again have to play without their captain. Are the Penguins a contender without number 87 in the line-up?

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Goodbye creepy head in a locker commercial, we hardly knew you. The same goes for you, bowling bag head. Your time on this earth has passed.

After dropping CCM earlier this summer, Alex Ovechkin will be sporting Bauer equipment for the foreseeable future. This isn’t the first Ovechkin sponsorship announcement we’ve heard recently. Last week Ovechkin signed a “long-term endorsement deal” with Nike which will see him wear the brand’s apparel while playing as well providing as other product support. Now we know that his sticks and skates will come from Bauer, a former Nike company.

This change has been rumoured for a while. What are the odds that Ovechkin made an announcement today because Crosby is planning on speaking tomorrow? We kid, we kid!

While the Bauer deal certainly isn’t earth-shattering by any means, the fact that Ovi and Bauer will donate 108 sets of equipment to the Kettler Capitals Iceplex and the Potomac Valley Amateur Hockey Association in Washington as well as 108 sets of equipment to the Dynamo Hockey School in Moscow, Russia is a nice touch.

This topic also gives us an excuse to post some other Ovechkin ads.

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Back to School with the NHL

It’s that time of year again! Time to throw a giant backpack on a child, put them on a bus and send them to school for yet another year!

This is an exciting time, a nervous time and a time of hope and new beginnings. But it’s not just for children. It’s a very little known fact that today is the day that NHL players go back to school as well. And just like Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin and Alex Burrows above, NHL players are happily running off to school with their backpacks and new shoes as we speak!

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Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling! Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes! The dead rising from the grave! Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria!

The Winnipeg Jets will finally unveil their jersey design!

Yes, this Tuesday pigs will fly, people will wear hats on their feet and hamburgers will eat people. We’re living in an age of wonders here. Everything is happening!

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The Eternal Fighting Debate

First of all, I’d like to start by saying that – at least at this point – no one knows whether or not anything hockey-related was in any way to blame for the death of Wade Belak. In fact, it hasn’t been proven that the deaths of Derek Boogaard and Rick Rypien had anything to do with hockey either. That will likely never be proven. Each man seemingly had his own personal demons and each man died far too young. Whether or not the fact that these men were all hockey players had any relation to their deaths is unknown. However, all three men were hockey players and because of that their deaths have rightly brought up some important issues recently.

Modern knowledge of concussions and the long term impact on those who’ve suffered them has been brought up. Depression and substance abuse have also been discussed.

All of those problems lead us to several important questions and discussions about player welfare, health, safety and the role of counselling in the NHL. One important question that has come up is the question of whether we are past the point where we should allow fighting in the NHL?

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Want a Winnipeg Jets jersey? Of course you do! Unfortunately, the team hasn’t released the design yet. But that hasn’t stopped eBay! No one knows what the jerseys will look like… except this guy! Of course, he’s probably completely wrong and the quality of the jersey is likely crap, but that shouldn’t stop you from paying $70+ for it, should it? Of course not! The seller also has one available in white if you want to complete the knock-off collection.

But that random eBay seller isn’t the only person who is trying to cash in on the Jets.

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