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So often we delve deep into the analytical side of trades in sports. Which players needed the change more? Which team is going to come out on top? Was there even a winner or loser in the deal? Did they overpay for a star or underpay for a valuable role player? All these questions drive
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On Sunday night, I realized that it had been a few years since a member of the Detroit Red Wings had won a major NHL award. Previously, it was an annual occurrence, with Nicklas Lidstrom’s Norris trophies and Pavel Datsyuk’s various awards becoming commonplace. At the very least, someone from the Red Wings was nominated
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Before the 1999 NHL Draft took place in Boston, MA on June 26, many believed it was to have a deep amount of talent to choose from ’ a treasure trove of sorts. European players especially were considered to predominate the early selections, and they had prospective NHL suitors salivating over their supposed skill sets.
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On Aug. 9, 1988, the hockey world changed forever. The Edmonton Oilers traded the Great One, Wayne Gretzky, along with Marty McSorley and Mike Krushelnyski, to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Jimmy Carson, Martin Gelinas, $15 million in cash, and the Kings’ first-round draft picks in 1989, 1991 and 1993. Behind all of
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Every year renews the age-old debate as to whether or not the Georges Vezina Trophy and the other major NHL awards should be renamed. The argument usually goes that the names of bygone hockey legends (often men such as Frank Calder and Conn Smythe who laid the foundations for hockey becoming a major sport in
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Johnny Gaudreau has been considered a superstar forward since the day he broke into the NHL. It seems hard to believe that he is already 26 years old and has 464 career regular-season games under his belt. Related: Val James: The Forgotten Trailblazer He is beloved by Calgary Flames fans and rightfully so, as he
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This article was originally written in October, 2019. TD Garden, home of the Boston Bruins, has only been open for a few decades. But in that time, it’s seen countless unforgettable moments. Playing host to the Bruins, Celtics, the Beanpot, Hockey East championships, figure skating, concerts, professional wrestling, and even box lacrosse has given plenty
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Rookies (or “first-year players” as former captain Zdeno Chara prefers) figured to play an integral role this season for the Boston Bruins. Eschewing the big-name free agent signings of years past and opting instead to ride the youth wave, success was to be largely predicated on the readiness of several promising prospects within the pipeline.
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To many, the Los Angeles Kings are known for being a part of hockey’s greatest transaction. However, the franchise has also made some decisions that flat out didn’t go in their favor. Players that were sent away heavily impacted their new organizations, while players shipped to Los Angeles did the opposite. Let’s take a look
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Picture a scenario. Your local NHL team is playing a nationally-televised game. It’s on NBCSN, which you access through an app because you don’t have cable or satellite. You’re excited to watch it, but when you turn it on, you’re denied because of a tv blackout based on your location. Another scenario. You live in
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It’s rare that a team can get three first-round draft picks, but to get them consecutively is even rarer. That is what Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney had in 2019. He used those picks to select two forwards and a defenseman, and one of those picks has already paid off. That year, Sweeney had
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Some of the National Hockey League’s best talent has always been at center. The position is expected to play a defensively responsible game while also being the primary generator of offense. Some believe that having an elite top line center is the single most important element a team needs to win a Stanley Cup. The
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June 6, 1967. If you are an old-time hockey fan, or a purist, that date is a day of infamy. If you are of the more modern generation, you likely think of it as the day that the Original Six became 12. No matter how you view the date, it is the day on which
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This THW Archive piece was originally published in December, 2019. And the music from the skating rink drifts across the town … All across the world, the ice rink has become a home away from home for scores of hockey players and fans. From the sushi-serving confines of the Air Canada Centre in Toronto to
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Since their founding in 1926, the Chicago Blackhawks (and Black Hawks) have won six Stanley Cup championships. They’re one of the “Original Six” NHL teams along with the Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins and New York Rangers. There are only three Blackhawks to reach the 50-goal mark. (Vince Richards/THW) From
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1974 marked the beginning of the final two seasons for California Golden Seals hockey. The NHL took over ownership of the struggling franchise in January of that year. Much would change for the team from that point forward, including their eventual relocation. The club adopted new colors heading in 1974. The Seals switched from their
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Of all the goaltenders who have played for the New York Rangers in their 90-year history, six are members of the Hockey Hall of Fame, two are in the United States Hockey Hall of Fame, and one, Henrik Lundqvist, is well on his way to hockey immortality. However, only four ever backstopped a Stanley Cup
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