I had commented in an earlier post that there aren’t a lot of recognizable names atop the scoring lists of European hockey leagues. More accurately, there aren’t a lot of NHL players.
Alexander Radulov is certainly a recognizable name that’s up there, having spent parts of multiple seasons with Nashville, including his most recent stop, a messy affair that led to his suspension during a crucial Predators playoff game.
For all the things that have ever been written and/or said about Radulov, one statement is noticeably absent: “he isn’t good.” The reason for this being of course, that Alexander Radulov is an excellent hockey player.
Get this: according to Wikipedia Radulov is the KHL’s all-time leading scorer (can that be true? He turned 26 in July) with 254 points. He’s a three-time league MVP and a Gagarin Cup champion (that’s their Stanley Cup, BTW). This season Radulov once again finds himself atop the KHL’s scoring leaderboard, which brings me to the sole reason for this post: the leader gets their headshot posted on the “stats” front page, and AHHHHHHHHHHHH RUNNNNNNNNNN………… Read the rest of this entry »
If there’s one thing we know for sure about hockey fans, it’s that they love the sport’s history. And not just the actual hockey: the old jerseys, the gear, the collectibles and beyond.
Reddit Hockey is a wonderful site for digging up old stuff, as fans head there to share the gems they’ve dug up in thrift stores, garage sales, and on the internet. One such prized finding is the image of Jaromir Jagr below, courtesy “vuvuzela332.”
Let’s take some time to break this down – and don’t act like this is lockout filler – this is important.
The year, we’ll assume, is 1992. I’m going off the hair, which is similar to the lid he rocked in the early ’90s, as shown above. His teammate, I’m sad to admit…I have no idea (Jiri Slegr?). I could use a little help there, folks. (UPDATE: Martin Straka.)
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Yesterday the Pittsburgh Penguins fired out the following tweet – I recommend you give it a go. Read the rest of this entry »
The coach of the Ottawa Senators, Paul MacLean, leads the League in unintentional hilarity. Darryl Sutter gives him a run for his money, but MacLean’s mustachioed, Walrus-esque appearance puts him over the top.
We’ve been compiling a few great media-related .GIFs here today at theScore, and have come to the conclusion that there’s no feasible way we can top this one.
Here’s Paul MacLean at his finest – full of wonderment, shocked, unsure and more. Read the rest of this entry »
They will win the twitter war.
The L.A. Kings have been causing quite the riot on twitter these days, what with chirping their opponents and proclaiming their own awesomeness and whatnot. It’s really been quite a ride. I don’t know about you but I think it beats the team accounts that just tweet out their starting line up that day and RT their fanboys who just make stupid hashtags as a tribute to their favorite scrub player. Or, the teams that RT their fanboys who tweet how much they think their favorite team will win by at the end of March, three weeks after they were eliminated from the playoffs…
You know who you are.
At any rate, the Kings have been having a field day ahead of their game two match up against the St. Louis Blues, and decided to push their man in the NHL13 cover race, Anze Kopitar, on twitter. Conveniently, Kopitar is matched up against Blues star and super pest, David Perron. The Kings pumped up their man online and there was some predictable backlash.
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From the guy who brought you this sexy look...
It’s tough to find 100% playoff beard conformity in any dressing room, but from my experience, there are two types of guys who don’t stick to the “grow it out and leave it be” program:
A) Tough guys. I have no idea why they think fu manchus are hilarious or tough-looking, but they do.
B) Guys who grow sparse, patchy beards who spare us the pre-pubescent mustache (that Crosby has tortured us with for years) by shaving clean.
So this….this was a curveball. Jaromir Jagr doesn’t fit in either category.
Is it awful or awesome? I’m seriously having trouble deciding. I think I just need to see it grow out a bit more before reaching a verdict.
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Important fact: This picture was taken WEEKS before the playoffs.
There was a time when I didn’t know about playoff beards.
When I was young and naïve and knew nothing of hockey, by which I mean in 2006, and I saw some TV clips of the Oilers in the Cup Final, I did indeed observe that two-thirds of the team had huge f*#k-off beards. However, I just assumed that that was the fashion in Edmonton. Sure, it seems like an unfair cultural stereotype to believe that men in Western Canada all go around with beards so enormous it looks as though their faces are being mounted by large amorous rodents, but then again, before I came here I thought it was an unfair cultural stereotype to believe that Canadians were unhealthily obsessed with hockey, and look how that turned out. For all I know, people in Germany really do walk around in lederhosen. It might be true.
And anyway, what’s a girl to think when she sees a fifteen men who all live in the same town and all have huge f*#k-off beards? Huge f*#k-off beards are not common on men under-40 in contemporary North America. Facial hair, sure, but it’s pretty much always manicured facial hair. Goatees, soul-patches, those avuncular beards trimmed like short-pile carpeting over the chin, and now, in this awful awful ironic age, the sleazy moustache. But huge f*#k-off beards? Wild, undisciplined beards long enough to flutter gently in the breeze? Those are not something men generally cultivate until the grandfather years. You cannot blame a young unhockeyish American for being perplexed by the phenomenon.
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