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This article was originally written in June, 2014 and updated in May, 2020. The Atlanta Thrashers had a brief, disappointing tenure in the NHL. The main reason they failed was their abysmal performance at the draft table. The Thrashers and general manager Don Waddell had an awful time scouting and selecting players from the junior
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Bruce Cassidy was hired as an assistant coach to then-Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien in the spring of 2016 after spending five years as head coach of the Bruins’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Providence Bruins. When Boston was in danger of missing the playoffs in 2017, the Bruins fired Julien and named Cassidy the
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Similar to other sports leagues, the NHL has been lucky to have some of its greatest players and biggest names play in the same era. The 1950s had Gordie Howe and Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard. Bobby Hull, Frank Mahovlich, and Stan Mikita headlined the 1960s while Guy Lafleur and Phil Esposito dominated the 1970s. Even in
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Today, it’s known as Canada’s game. Even with stiff competition at the international level, Canadians still claim that ice hockey is a product of their country. But what if that wasn’t the case? What if researchers have been able to provide evidence to the contrary? Some might argue that the findings are controversial, a stretch
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Sixteen years ago, Boston Bruins goaltender Andrew Raycroft took the National Hockey League by storm. Boston’s fifth-round pick in 1998 had spent the previous three seasons bouncing back and forth on Interstate 95 between Boston and Providence. In fact, a majority of Raycroft’s early professional career in the AHL, playing in 121 games on the Bruins’
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The New York Islanders are a storied franchise, even if most the significant parts of their story are in the late 1970s and early ’80s. Their 19-straight playoff series wins will likely never be surpassed and the cast of players from that era remains at the center of the Islanders’ universe and the record books.
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A franchise like the Edmonton Oilers has seen some of the best and some of the worst players throughout their storied history. The Oilers have had the luxury of selecting first overall at the NHL Draft on four different occasions since 2010 and needless to say not all of them have lived up to that
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If you’re reading this, you’re probably already aware that hockey is the undisputed best sport on the planet. But if you really need some extra convincing, here’s a list of ten things (in no particular order) that make hockey the greatest sport on Earth: 1. It’s Played on a Giant Sheet of Ice Football, basketball,
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The Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets franchise is a fairly young organization, having been in existence since just the 1999-00 season when the team underwent its inception into the NHL. As a result, you can probably guess that not many goaltenders have found their way passing through Atlanta or Winnipeg during those years and that their all-time
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* games played is as of the beginning of this season when this article was originally produced There was certainly a large disparity of first-round talent drafted in the 2000s. Some teams, like the Pittsburgh Penguins, drafted franchise cornerstones such as Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Marc-Andre Fleury at the top of the draft. Other teams,
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The Franchise Four. The Mount Rushmore. Four players who tell the story of an organization. In this series I’ll be taking a look at the history of all 30 NHL squads. For criteria, I’m choosing one forward, defenceman, goaltender and a wild card from any position. An “Original Six” squad, there’s no shortage of sensational
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Bandy played at the Asian Winter Games (A.Burgermeister) The sound of blades grinding the ice of players skating at high speeds, blistering 100+ mph slap shots, beautiful end to end rushes with tape to tape passes, and sprawling kick saves by goaltenders are major components of the great game of bandy. Most people: “Wait what?
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The first thing you’ll hear before the puck drops at a Buffalo Sabres home game is the Canadian national anthem. The Sabres are the only American professional sports team to play “O Canada” before every home game, regardless of whether their opponent is Canadian or not. What’s more, the Sabres name is spelled using Canadian
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From A-to-Z, or rather from Frederik Andersen to Ken Wregget, the Toronto Maple Leafs have had nearly a hundred goaltenders take the ice. As one of the NHL’s original six franchises, founded in 1917, they’ve had their fair share of great goalies. This article looks at the best of the best. The Maple Leafs, one
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The month of November is perhaps the most important for any present-day goaltender guarding the crease in the National Hockey League – but most might not even know why.  It was during that month back in 1959 that the position changed forever, thanks to a 6-foot, 175-pound man from Quebec. Advancement in Goalie Gear Was
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The Winnipeg Jets have always been a bit of an odd bunch in the aesthetics department. Their World Hockey Association days saw them change their uniforms nearly every single year. Once they reached the National Hockey League, they wore a stolen jersey template for an entire decade. The return of the Jets to Winnipeg in
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