Nobody has ever said the Detroit Red Wings aren’t a top-notch organization. Well actually, some jealous people have, but any team that makes playoffs 22 straight years and accumulates four Cups along the way is a-okay in my books.
Sometimes it’s all about doing the little things right, like sending your team plane to help your AHL prospects get to upstate New York quicker after a tough post-season loss. Looks like a decent sky shuttle too. And hey, they’re not using it right now, so what the heck. I thought this was pretty cool.
This Saturday the Allen Americans of the CHL (the Central one) won the President’s Cup Championship, but I assume you avid hockey fans out there knew that already. But what you may NOT have known, is that apparently this hotel in Dallas is a huge fan of CHL hockey, and decided to pay tribute to them by likely confusing everyone else. But hey, right colours for Memorial Day, so everybody wins I guess.
Last night the Dallas Stars may have possibly leaked the teams new logo, which they planned on unvieling along with new jerseys in a couple weeks. It came from the teams official app, and was deleted, but not before a fan could grab the screenshot you see above. At first blush, I think I looks pretty sharp and clean, and I like the green. And you?
Last season the Florida Panthers traded for more-or-less every available B-level player and paid them like B+ guys to get to the salary floor, then won the Southeast Division. They had some pretty good names – Upshall, Versteeg, Skill, Weiss, Goc, Kopecky, Fleishmann and so on – so you could see how they finished on top at the end of last season, and how they would again this year.
Only this year…they were the odd team out. Hell, they’re last in the Eastern Conference (injuries!), which they’re probably okay with.
The rest of the division used Florida’s decline to take over the top spot.
All of them.
Now official. End of Jan, #Bolts led SE Division. End of Feb, #NHLCanes led SE. End of March, #NHLJets led SE. End of April, #Caps clinch SE
Florida won it last year, and every team has since had the division lead at the end of a month. The musical chairs resulted in the Washington Capitals finally putting together a run of good hockey and winning the division, and in turn, the three seed. They’ve now won the division five of the last six years, which is good if you’re into the whole “getting a good seed” thing.
Personally, I’m a fan of Brendan Shanahan and the suspensions he’s handed out in the NHL this season. It’s a seriously tough job, and I think he’s done a good job finding the fine line of allowing players to hit and hit hard, while punishing those players who take cheap shots and put others in danger. Today he put out a video that highlights the difference between illegal checks to the head, and plain old hard hits.
I get the impression, thanks to Twitter, that people think that every time a player’s head gets touched there should be a suspension. The reality is, if the head isn’t targeted or the principle point of contact, it’s not up for suspension, because you try to throw a body check and avoid head contact entirely. The way bodies are built makes that difficult.
Anyway, I wanted to share this so hopefully some hockey fans would gain a clearer understanding of what’s allowed, and what isn’t in the NHL.
It is, as it sounds, a website where you can go watch the latest highlight packages from NHL.com without the inevitable “I know how this game ends” spoiler. As in, the page is essentially blank except for the icons that take you to the games, where you can watch them in sizes small, medium and large, all without the score being visible anywhere on the screen.
Not everyone is able to watch every game every night, and most hockey fans like to know what’s going on around the league, so this is the perfect way to get your fill without having the fun being sucked out of it by knowing how it ends before you start.
With word coming down that the 2014 Winter Classic will go ahead as (it was) planned (in 2013), it’s officially time to focus on the fun stuff, like will HBO’s 24/7 be back, and what will the sweaters look like? Well, if SportsLogos.net is to be believed as it often is, the jerseys above are what you’ll be seeing. They’re not crazy popular in the office, but I’ll tell ya – I kinda like ‘em.