Ice hockey has been a part of the Winter Olympics since 1920 – the men’s iteration was initially a part of the Summer Olympics (transferred to Winter in 1924), while the women’s game joined the Winter version in 1998. Canada was the dominant team in the early going (winning six of the first seven tournaments), the Soviet Union took over after that (joining in 1956, winning seven of next nine), and since Canada ended their 50 year gold medal drought in 2002, they’ve bounced back to claim two of the last three. The Olympics okayed the use of all players in 1988 (not just amateurs), and after some initial hesitation from the NHL to allow its players to go, they started sending them in 1998.
Bolshoy Ice Dome and Shayba Arena
The 12,000 seat, 180 million dollar Bolshoy Ice Dome – which fittingly translates to “Major Ice Dome” in English – was opened in 2012, and will be hockey’s main home in Sochi. Some of the games that are less likely to be highly attended will be played in the Shayba Arena (shayba means “puck” in English), which is a 27.2 million dollar moveable venue that seats 7,000. Read the rest of this entry »
The NHL playoffs can be a stressful and scary time. The nature of hockey allows things to change in an instant. Change is scary. Then there’s the unpredictability of the NHL playoffs (see: Kings, Los Angeles). The unknown is scary. Then you have overtime which is literally called “sudden death” which, I mean, come on.
If the above image looks like an ad for Easton, it’s because, well, I also work for Easton, so it is. Now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk about the process of getting yourself that (non-brand specific but obviously Easton I mean right?) perfectly custom stick that’ll best allow you to bury pucks at every opportunity.
Below are some of the things you need to pay attention to. Keep in mind that your average sports shop may not be up on all the exact ins and outs of the stick they’re trying to sell you, so a little self education goes a long way.
With many hardcore NHL fans now migrating to smaller venues to take in their hockey, there has been a predictable need to adjust yourself to the atmosphere of a small rink. Gone are the days of losing your voice in the gargantuan multi-purpose arena. In are the days of booming your cheers in the little barns sprinkled across the continent.
If we’re doing a face value appraisal of what it’s like to lend your voice to an NHL game, the fact of the matter is that unless you’re sitting next to a bench — or you’re watching a game at the Air Canada Centre, where a conversation in the men’s room echoes throughout the building (zing) — players aren’t going to hear you. Read the rest of this entry »
It appears that we, as a community — hockey fans — have made ourselves considerably more vulnerable to impostors than other sporting fanbases. As somebody who is a willing interloper between these circles, I can certainly attest to this as an undeniable truth.
What is an impostor, strictly speaking? Somebody who plays the role of something which they are not in reality, most likely for some sort of gain.
What is an impostor, under my definition, and in this context? Somebody who invents rubbish about the game of hockey or its constituents for some sort of personal gain. The gain in question could be monetary, social — if we can call Twitter followers that — or just kicks at-large. Ever been duped on a fake trade rumor? This post, my friend, is for you. Read the rest of this entry »
Any who know me can attest to the fact that I’m a sports merchandise fanatic. My taste, however, is geared towards unique rather than chic. As such, I possess many sporting items which elicit a “what the hell is that you’re wearing” over the “sick jerz brooooo” you often hear while watching a sporting event at a pub.
I’m here to help you accomplish the same.
The following guide will help you not only find a timeless, legendary hockey jersey you will want to frequent your body with, it will help you find a jersey that speaks to who you are deep, deep down in your soul and shout it out to the world.
Joel Quenneville has clearly come to grips with the fact that there may not be a 2012-13 NHL season and it’s time for you to realize this as well. Acceptance is the first step to bring you towards maturity and mastery. This is where I come in because clearly you need your hand held through this process. Wimp.
The following guide will not only give your life meaning, the strength to bench press 230 pounds and a Buffalo Wing craving, it will give you insight on who you ought to be supporting during this NHL-free year.