Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Hawks vs Preds

The man I call my brother Doug Schimmel just sent me some great photos from the game in Chicago. He is spending his wedding anniversary in Chicago this weekend and is enjoying the game with his lovely wife Judy.

Today in Hockey History

1897 - Stanley Cup: Montreal Victorias beat Ottawa Capitals, 15-2

1981 - Oiler Wayne Gretzky becomes fastest NHLer to get 100 pts (38th game)

NHL All Decade

NHL.com looks at the Decade and you vote on the performance of the decade.

AHL's Wolves sign 47-year-old Chelios to second pro tryout contract

Courtesy NHL.com

CHICAGO - Chris Chelios has earned more time with the Chicago Wolves.

The American Hockey League team signed the 47-year-old defenceman to a second professional tryout contract Sunday.

The 25-year NHL veteran has made 22 appearances since signing with the Wolves on Oct. 20, and the top defenceman on the team with 14 points (four goals, 10 assists).

Chelios is second on the Wolves with a plus-nine rating and has posted a plus or even rating in 17 of his 22 outings.

Chelios racked up 185 goals, 763 assists and 2,891 penalty minutes with the Montreal Canadiens (1983-90), Chicago Blackhawks (1990-99) and Detroit Red Wings (1999-2009).

The Chicago native won the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenceman three times (1989, 1993, 1996), is an 11-time NHL all-star and has captured three Stanley Cups (Montreal in 1986, Detroit in 2002 and '08).

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Martin Broduer sets shutout record

I guess if you are going to set the record it might as well be against the defending Cup Champion Penguins

Monday, December 21, 2009


from the Toronto Sun:

When is somebody going to challenge the leadership of Rangers GM Glen Sather? The club hasn't had a great record since he took over and things are going downhill fast this season. Here's a rumor: Sather and coach John Tortorella out. Mark Messier and coach Wayne Gretzky in.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Today in Hockey History

1975 - 1st time New York Islanders shut-out New York Rangers, 3-0

Friday, December 11, 2009

Ice Edge, NHL sign letter of intent for sale of Coyotes

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - Hockey NHL - Phoenix- Ice Edge, NHL sign letter of intent for sale of Coyotes

What? there is still a team in Phoenix. What a sad state of affairs.

Just because

it makes Rusty laugh and jump for joy every time he watches this....Steve Smith scoring in his own goal to help send the Calgary Flames to the Stanley Cup finals.

NHL 12/10 recap

Sorry I havent posted anything in a while, here is a look at last nights games.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

2010 Winter Classic

NHL to hold 2010 Draft at Staples Center

NHL to hold 2010 Draft at Staples Center in Los Angeles - NHL - SI.com

and of course this also means that the NHL Awards will be in Las Vegas again because they will be the night before the draft. It will be easier for everyone to get to LA from Vegas.

Flyers News

Flyers replace John Stevens with Peter Laviolette - NHL - SI.com

Friday, December 4, 2009

100 Years

Well I swallowed my hatred for the Montreal Canadiens long enough to watch Hockey Night in Canada tonight. They had all the living former Canadiens that were able to travel there and also retired 2 more jerseys, the #3 of Emile Bouchard and #16 of Elmer Lach. It was interesting to see Mr. Hockey Gordie Howe there enjoying the proceedings and then he was shown talking with Elmer Lach and you could tell those 2 had broken their noses a couple of times.
Its rare to see a ceremony honoring a teams 100 hundred years of existence and in one city, so I watched and the one thing that jumped out at me was the return to a Canadiens uniform of Patrick Roy. After the way he parted company in 1995 I wondered if he would attend any of the ceremonies for this seaons. Maybe because there is new ownership of the team or just because he wanted to be part of the celebration it was kind of cool seeing him taking shots in net with fellow Hall of Famer Ken Dryden.


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Today in Hockey History

December 1st
1924 -- The Boston Bruins defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 2-1, at Boston Arena in the first NHL game to be played in the United States .

1930 - NHL drops 20 minute slashing-about-the-head penalty

1970 - NHL takes control of Pittsburgh Penguins

1988 - New York Islanders greatest shutout lose (8-0) vs St Louis Blues

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Panthers take Penguins 3rd jersey and original colors

this of course will mean that this will be last season for the very popular and great looking Penguins 3rd jerseys. What a shame I love those uni's.

Black Hawks new alternate jersey

also includes a note about the new Predators uniforms
Read this post in the Icethetics blog.

What a shame

The Red Wings have been shut out in back to back games for the first time since 2001 and the first time at home since 1977...GOOD!!!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Today in Hockey History

November 22nd in Hockey History

1917 - The National Hockey League came into being. Its official formation was in Montreal, Canada.

1999 - ‘The Great One’, Wayne Gretzky, was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. On June 23, 1999 it had been announced that Gretzky would be the tenth, and last, player to have the three-year waiting period waived by the hall-of-fame selection committee “by reason of outstanding pre-eminence and skill.” Gretzky held 61 NHL records.

Highlights from 11/21

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Louisana Ice Gators Coach loses his mind

You read that right, Brent Sapergia is the GM and interim headcoach of the Louisana IceGators of the ECHL...and guess who he replaced? Ron Handy! Wow, talk about a who's who of old minor league talent.
The November 6th game against Pensacola, Sapergia lost him mind over a call and was suspended.
He has hired John Gibson as head coach. Nice to see the GM losing his cool and getting suspended from coaching indefinately.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Junior Hockey Update: Suspended for season

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - Hockey - Junior: Suspended for season

Here is the video of the hit

Luc Robitaille talks "Stick Call" from 93 Finals

From NHL.com, Luc Robitaille on the eve of the Hall of Fame induction talks about Marty McSorley's illegal stick penalty in the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals

Read it Here.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Washington Capitals' two-time MVP Alex Ovechkin 'week-to-week' with upper-body strain

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - Hockey NHL - Washington- Capitals' two-time MVP Alex Ovechkin 'week-to-week' with upper-body strain

Not good news for Caps fans and the fantasy league players with him ont their team.

Phoenix Coyotes sold to NHL

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - Hockey NHL - Phoenix- Coyotes sold to NHL

Well it is what it is and you knew this was a done deal anyway. Maybe the NHL will move them to Quebec in a couple of years when the new arena is completed.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Blackhawks vs Canadiens 10/30/2009

Always fun when the Canadiens get beat!!!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Monday, October 26, 2009

Goalie Fight in the OHL

Thanks to Totalprosports for the story and video of a goalie fight saturday in the Ontario Hockey League.

From the looks of it the whole game was quite the brawl much like the old IHL days with Indy and Fort Wayne

Friday, October 23, 2009

1991 Stanley Cup Finals

I know I am HUGE Penguins fan (in size and in love of them) and I found this video of Game 6 of the 1991 Finals. Now the main point of this is too stress how much Mike Lange is missed on tv! SCRATCH MY BACK WITH A HACKSAW!!!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Today in Hockey History

On this day October 17th in 1974 the Washington Capitals won their first ever home game. They beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

What a Shot!!

if you havent seen this yet, enjoy! this kid may have a future with this kind of talent

Gretzky Anniversary

Today in 1990 Wayne Gretzky broke the NHL record for career points. He scored his 1851st point against his old team the Edmonton Oilers in Edmonton as a member of the LA Kings.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Calgary vs Blackhawks 10/12/2009

This was a wild game to watch...it looked really bad for Chicago but in the 3rd the Flames looked deafeated after the 4th Chicago goal, so it was just a matter of when the Hawks would tie it up. In OT Calgary never even seemed to challenge the Hawks.

KYW Newsradio 1060 Philadelphia - Dave Schultz to Enter Flyers' Hall of Fame

KYW Newsradio 1060 Philadelphia - Dave Schultz to Enter Flyers' Hall of Fame

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A stat we can all love

From the St Louis Today sports page a hockey stat that should be better covered.

Chris Chelios skates with AHL Chicago, eyes contract

Chris Chelios skates with AHL Chicago, eyes contract - NHL - SI.com

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Battle of Alberta

From the time I started seriously following hockey in the early 90s I have always heard great stories about the Calgary/Edmonton rivalry and the Battle of Alberta games. Here is a great video tribute to these 2 great teams.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

New Movie

This movie has both wrestling and Hockey involved. Its Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson starring in "The Tooth Fairy" and it looks very funny

Flames vs Oilers

Khabibuhlin shot down in Flames!

Twitter and Facebook

well if you want to follow your teams and you love keeping up to date then you must go to twitter and facebook. I follow sorts of teams and leagues of all kinds on twitter and I can also talk a little smack to friends on twitter and FB while watching games. Its always fun to see what other are saying about games and tv you are watching. Most hockey, baseball, basketball, auto racing leauges as well as off sports like rugby and soccer have twitter accounts. The NFL of course being the stodgy old league frowns on twitter for players and no tweeting during the games. Now the NFL has a twitter and the NFL network has one so you still get updates.
give it a try and see how much fun it can be.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

St Louis vs Detroit Highlights 10/02/2009

St Louis looking pretty good and Kariya could be back and that is great news for hockey and the Blues!

Penguins vs Rangers 10/02/2009 Highlights

Got to give Goddard credit for going with Brashear, not usually a good thing but he held his own.
Don't forget all 30 teams are in action tonight!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Life without Joe

Watch the retirement ceremony of Joe Sakic on Opening night.

New Islanders Captain

Doug Weight named Captain of the Islanders for 2009-2010.

Bankruptcy judge rejects both bids for Phoenix Coyotes

Well I guess the court decided that the NHL and the owners were an exclusive club that can only let in who they want,when they want and for how much.
So the league gets its wish to keep a team losing millions every season in a place that it will continue to lose millions instead of in a city where it would be a instant hit and probably turn a profit in a couple of season.

Bankruptcy judge rejects both bids for Phoenix Coyotes - NHL - SI.com

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Junior Hockey Update - Beukeboom leads Soo to win

that name will ring some bells and he is the middle son of Jeff Beukeboom and is 16yrs old and 6-1 200lbs. The scouts of course love his bloodline and his dad says he is a better player than he ever was.

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Sundin retires for good

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - Hockey NHL - Vancouver- Sundin retires for good

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Team Spotlight

Today's Team Spotlight is on the AHL's San Antonio Rampage. The Rampage started in 2002 as the affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes and are owned by the NBA's San Antonio Spurs.
The original name of the team was the Stampede but within a few weeks the name was changed to the current Rampage.

They play in the AT& T Center in San Antonio that seats 13,400 for a hockey game.

The Rampage finished the 2008-2009 last in the west division of the AHL' s Western Conference after making the playoffs the 2 previous seasons.
The head coach is Greg Ireland, who is in his 3rd season as the Rampage head coach after leaving the head coaching job at Grand Rapids.
They opened the 2009-2010 season with a 2-1 loss against the new Texas Stars.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Hockey Hall of Fame Exhibit

this would be very cool too see click this link

Great Picture

This is a funny picture from Sports Illustrated in 1984, but what I want to know is where I can find one of those great looking jerseys?!

Theo Fleury cut from Calgary

Maybe he will catch on somewhere. Every team needs that playoff experience and veteran leadership he might bring.
Here is the story.

Wayne Gretzky resigns as coach of Phoenix Coyotes - NHL - SI.com

A little late on this one but it does not surprise me. Gretzky knew that a new owner would not be able to honor his 8 million dollar a year contract and he didnt want to move back to Canada to coach since he has live in AZ for several years now.

Wayne Gretzky resigns as coach of Phoenix Coyotes - NHL - SI.com

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Buffalo Media Guide

You can download a PDF version of the media guide for the 2009-2010 Buffalo Sabres.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


The Islanders and Canucks opened the preseason with a trip to Terrace BC and Hockeyville. What a great idea and this will win fans over when they can see the great players this close and in a small setting.

Sunday, September 13, 2009


Danny Heatley finally gets the trade he wanted.

From the WTF???? files, the Flames offer Theo Fluery a tryout

The Dallas Stars add to their staff with Andy Moog.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

No sign of Gretzky as Coyotes open training camp - NHL - SI.com

The soap opera continues

No sign of Gretzky as Coyotes open training camp - NHL - SI.com

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Indianapolis Racers

Here is some rare game footage from the 1978 WHA season, the Racers vs the Cincinnati Stingers.

The Dominator is back

It seems as though Dominik Hasek still has some game left. He made his debut with the Czech Republic team Extraliga along with ex-Cap Peter Sykora.

Balsillie, NHL sweeten offers for Coyotes - NHL - SI.com

This has been a bigger soap opera than anything I can remember in the last few years.

Balsillie, NHL sweeten offers for Coyotes - NHL - SI.com

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Friday, September 11, 2009

New twists as Coyotes future remains clouded - NHL - SI.com

Ok, in my own opinion the NHL is making this situation worse by acting oh so high and mighty and if the proposed owner would agree not to move the team until the 2010-2011 season he might get the team with very little objection. Overall this has been a huge fustercluck and is on the verge of giving the NHL a huge black eye. If the fans in Phoenix aren't discouraged enough this should put them completely off hockey.

New twists as Coyotes future remains clouded - NHL - SI.com

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Obama honors 2009 Stanley Cup champion Penguins - NHL - SI.com

Obama honors 2009 Stanley Cup champion Penguins - NHL - SI.com

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Monday, September 7, 2009

Team Spotlight

Today's spotlight is on another new team, this time its the Dayton Gems. The Gems are new to the reorganized International Hockey League. They will play in the Hara Arena in downtown Dayton. The open their exhibition season in Ft Wayne against the Komets on Oct 7th.

They have a lower minor league affiliate in the AAHL (All American HockeyLeague), with the Chi-Town Shooters.

The Gems joined this year as a sort of replacement for the departed Kalamazoo Wings, who left the league to join the ECHL. This was announced back in July of 2009 here.

Friday, September 4, 2009


Every hockey fan worth anything knows this scene by heart and can repeat it at any given moment!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

SI NHL Preview Issue 10/11/1993

I am cataloguing (SP?) my Sports Illustrated Collection and I found the NHL Preview Issue for the 1993-94 season.
This is how the hockey genius' at Sports Illustrated picked the teams to finish in 1993-94 season
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
1-NY Islanders
2-Washington Capitals
3-NY Rangers
4-NJ Devils
5-Phil. FLyers
6-TB Lightning
7-Florida Panthers
Northeast Division
1-Quebec Nordiques
2-Pittsburgh Penguins
3-Mtl Canadiens
4-Boston Bruins
5-Buffalo Sabres
6-Hartford Whalers
7-Ottawa Senators

Western Conference
Central Division
2- Toronto Maple Leafs
3-St Louis Blues
4-Chicago Blackhawks
5-Winnipeg Jets
6-Dallas Stars
Pacific Division
1-Vancouver Canucks
2-LA Kings
3-Calgary Flames
4-San Jose Sharks
5-Edmonton Oilers
6-Mighty Ducks of Anaheim

Eastern Conf Champs - Pittsburgh / Western Conf Champs - Detroit
Stanley Cup Finals - Pittsburgh over Detroit (they were only 15 years off)

We all know how this stinky season played out, with the Rangers winning the cup (at least they could shut up about not winning in 45 years) by beating the Canucks in 7 games.

Team Spotlight

Today's spotlight is on our own Indiana ICE!! The ICE play in the Pepsi Coliseum at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
Their regular season home USHL schedule kicks off Oct 30 against the Waterloo Blackhawks.
The begin the regular season with 5 straight road games but they are taking part in the USHL Fall Classic starting Friday Sept 11th thru Sept 22nd.

Inside the Kings: Q

Inside the Kings: Q&A: Robitaille's favorite moments

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James Balsillie agrees to start season in Arizona - NHL - SI.com

It just amazes me that Betteman continues to say that Balsillie isnt honoring tradition and doesnt show respect for the the league and sport. Whatever! this is the league that trys to drive all the canadian teams out of existence because they want them all to be US based and down south for some reason. I think we are seeing the sunbelt teams arent succeeding like they want them too and the canadian teams and their fans arent going away. Betteman needs to go!

James Balsillie Balsillie agrees to start season in Arizona - NHL - SI.com

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Monday, August 31, 2009

NHL2K10 video game

I havent purchased any NHL video games in several years, but I may have to now that they have vintage jerseys and now according to this article (courtesy of Sean Leahy GFH) they have added "winter classic" mode to play at Ralph Wilson Stadium or Wrigley Field.
Also they now have the Hartford Whalers!

Realism. It's the main component that gamers desire in each game they play, specifically sports games. Gamers want detailed faces on players, authentic jerseys with special patches and stadiums that aren't the same template multiplied 30 times.
NHL 2K10, releasing on Sept. 15, is adding not one but two outdoor game modes this year's game. Players will have the choice of using either an outdoor pond setting or either or the venues used during the last two Winter Classics: Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo and Wrigley Field in Chicago.
That's not all: One of the many things desired by hockey gamers since both 2KSports and EA Sports began adding vintage jerseys into their games has been the inclusion of the
Hartford Whalers. Well, crank up the Brass Bonanza.
Check out another Winter Classic/outdoor hockey option:
According to 2K Sports, the Winter Classic modes will only be available when choosing an arena during a Quick Game and will not be included in a season or franchise mode. If players choose any of the four teams that have participated in the previous two outdoor games, the throwback jerseys will be selectable options along with the team's current set.
Meanwhile, remember the Whale?
The City of Hartford owns the copyright to the Whalers name and logo, which has been a roadblock for many merchandisers and video game companies in the past, but in NHL 2K10 gamers will have the chance to rock out to "
Brass Bonanza" and choose their favorite defunct NHL team's threads in game play.
2K Sports said that they were cleared by the National Hockey League to include the Whalers name and logo into the game, so hopefully that roadblock is gone forever for future hockey video games. The game will also feature plenty of other classic jerseys like the Winnipeg Jets, Quebec Nordiques and Minnesota North Stars among others.
The gameplay for NHL 2K10 has been revamped and expect to see stick lifts, stumble shots, better stick handling, new 1-on-1 moves and a new system of dekes
for cover boy Alexander Ovechkin(notes). Online play has been upgraded for 2K10 allowing gamers to take their created teams online and see how their unique players stack up against others.
If you're looking for playoff beards, NHL 2K10 will have them and some players will be able to grow full beards a la
Max Talbot(notes) while others will struggle with the ability to grow facial hair over the course of a playoff run.
Each arena in NHL 2K10 will have it's own different feel to it. You'll know if you're playing inside the United Center in Chicago or Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh. The lightning detail and remodeled look will give each arena its own unique atmosphere.
For those who own a Wii, 2KSports hasn't forgotten about you. Online play has been added for the first time and gamers will be able to take part in the exclusive Mii Superskills mode that lets you play in 5 different events while controlling your Mii.
All in all, while EA Sports' NHL series has been king for quite some time in the video hockey game market, 2K Sports has been making significant strides over the years. It looks as if NHL 2K10 is ready to make a serious challenge to the throne that EA has dominated.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

2009-2010 TV Schedule

The tv schedule for the Versus Network and for the NHL on NBC. (thanks to Puck the Media)

W.H.A. Memories

Reg Fleming and Bobby Hull go at it in Hull's return to Chicago. The Jets vs Cougars.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Team Spotlight

Today's team spotlight is on the new team in ECHL this season, the Toledo Walleye.

They are the ECHL affiliate for both the Chicago Blackhawks and the Detroit Redwings and will play in the new Lucas County Arena in Toledo.

The 2009-2010 season opens with 5 home games starting Oct 16th against the Florida Everblades in the first 3 games.


Fans of the Indiana Ice and the USHL here is another good blog to follow
Keeps up to date on all the goings on in the USHL and all the teams.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Team Spotlight

This week we drop by The Peoria Rivermen of the AHL. They have just released their schedule for the 2009-2010 season.
They also have a new assistant coach this season, again proving old Ice players never go to far away.

Jim Balsillie sets Sept. 14 deadline for Coyotes deal - NHL - SI.com

Only the NHL would be so stupid to keep a team in a city where it is losing 30 million a year and assume that with the right management and improved product on ice it would start making money. The modern day NHL's bias towards Canada is so obvious in this case and its a shame.
It just boggles the mind that they have someone to buy it and move it to where it might actually make money next season and seasons after that, but they just want to try and tell everyone that hockey will work in the desert.

Jim Balsillie sets Sept. 14 deadline for Coyotes deal - NHL - SI.com

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

The old Indianapolis Ice players never go away

The "new" team in AHL, The Abbotsford Heat, has announced that Jim Playfair will be the new head Coach. Abbotsford is in British Columbia and they are the top minor league affiliate for the Calgary Flames. The Flames moved their minor league franchise to BC after 2 season in the Quad Cities IL.

2008-2009 Goals of the Year

Here is look at the Goals of The Year for 2008-2009 season

Drop the Puck!

Lets drop the puck on this blog with an interesting list from Puck Daddy "Five Reasons I love Hockey"
I will try and Post my list very soon. Give me your list. I can't wait to see those.

Welcome Hockey Fans!

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