Jonathan Toews among 12 to receive Order of Manitoba

While the individual accomplishments of the 12 women and men recommended this year for investiture are wide ranging, they share the giving spirit and commitment to community for which Manitobans are known. Whether their impact is felt at the local or international levels, they are each a credit to our province and our country.” 

Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks captain, Stanley Cup victor, and gold-medal winning Olympian, for his tremendous contributions to sport and the community while serving as an exemplary model for Canadian youth.

Once inducted into the order, members may use the initials O.M. after their names for life.

Love my Habs no matter what, they made me so proud this season. When you love a hockey team as much as I do you’re there with them through the highs and the lows and experience that crazy roller coaster with them and you have their backs through it all. I love my hockey fam on tumblr so much you guys remind me every day why I love hockey.
2014-2015 Montreal Canadiens, you were awesome and thank you for making every day a little bit better :)
with #4 always looking down on them, I know that there are even better things in store for this team. I will love this team and sport for always.
All in the hopes that one day, that Stanley Cup will be ours once again

It seems like such a short time ago that we were all counting down the days till the season began. Here we are now. It was an amazing run. This season had many ups and downs and we definitely have some things to work on, but we have plenty to be proud of and even more to look forward to. We’ve come very far in the last few years. I am confident that we will be bringing home a Stanley Cup before long. Thanks to our boys and all of the incredible fans for making this season one to remember. I love this team so much and I will bleed bleu, blanc, et rouge for as long as I live. Hats off to you all. See you in October. 


#EmpireStateBuilding is glowing in red, white & blue to honor the Rangers’ advancement to the next round of the @nhl Stanley Cup Playoffs. This is our team! ✌🏼️ I❤️NY 🗽🇺🇸🔵🔴⚪️ #RangersTown #ChangeTheEnding #NYRPlayoffs @nyrangers #NHL #StanleyCup #Hockey #LetsGoRangers #NYRangers #NewYorkRangers #ESB #Lights // #Thursday #May14th #2015 #Spring2054 (Photo by @empirestatebldg) // #Manhattan #NY #NYC #NewYorkCity #NewYork #iLoveNewYork #iLoveNY #iLoveNYC #iLoveNewYorkCity #USA #America #NewYorkLoveNY

And our conference picks are...

That’s right, 3rd round action starts today, the Conference Finals! 4 teams left, 2 series. Now we’ve said it before, we didn’t do so hot in our second round picks after killing it in the first round. Though we did pick the Rangers in 7, and well that happened. Let’s see if we can’t bounce back in this round.

Eastern Conference Final: New York Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning.

Let’s start off with the Lightning. They’ve surprised us quite a bit during these playoffs. The did lead the NHL regular season in goals scored, but we never thought they’d take down Carey Price and Montreal. Reasoning? Playoffs are all about defense, and Montreal had the best defensive numbers in the league. But this Lightning team has proved they can play defense too. And how they did it against Montreal was simple, puck possession. Hell of a defense when the other team doesn’t have the puck. And when the chances did come against them, Bishop was solid. 

Then we got the Rangers… President’s trophy winners, defending Eastern Conference champs, and a fast team at all positions that works hard. Strong character to come back down 1-3 against Washington to win it in 7. This team flat out knows how to win, starting with The King between the pipes. Let’s not forget about one interesting story line in this series, Ryan Callahan and Marty St. Louis going up against their old teams. Teams they we’re Captain and Alternate Captain for, respectively. It was the biggest trade last year, and this year we’ll see who gives their new team the edge. With all this said, gotta go with our gut, our pick: Lundy and the Rangers in 6.

Western Conference Final: Anaheim Ducks vs. Chicago Blackhawks

If you don’t like this matchup, we’re gonna puck your hockey fanship in doubt. These are two playoff titans going head to head. Anaheim has looked like an absolute machine in these playoffs, losing only 1 game in the first two series, and taking advantage of a roster that features some serious Size, Skill, and Speed. Freddie Andersen has been solid between the pipes, but it’s Getzlaf and Perry that are just running show up front.

However, they’re no longer playing Winnipeg or Calgary, now they got the big boys, Chicago. Chicago has more playoff experience than any other team left, and their top players always deliver when it counts. Can Toews, Kane, Hossa, Keith, and Seabrook use their experience and skill to battle past the hard hitting Ducks. This will be an absolute slug fest! We’ve been wrong twice in a row about the Hawks, but you know what they say, 3rd times the charm. We got the Hawks falling in a close on here, will they prove us wrong again? Our pick: Ducks in 7.

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Cup Check! 17 May, 2015

Welcome back to Cup Check! Our crowd sourced re-cap of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It’s the start of Round Three and Eliza Eaton-Stern and Allyson Z. take opposite sides as the Ducks Take on the Hawks. Chicago Blackhawks vs Anaheim Ducks Goals: ANA Lindholm at 8:48 in the 1st ANA Palmieri at…

Episode #276
  • Episode #276
  • Basically a Sports Show

This week on BASS: Round two of the Stanley Cup Playoffs doesn’t disappoint. We preview and make our picks for the Conference Finals. American NHL fans don’t understand why Canadian NHL fans root for Canadian teams. In a surprise to no one, Bill Simmons is done at ESPN. Did the WWL make the first move just so it could say it made the first move? Zach’s Tabs, and all the usual BASS-Type stuff. 


Updated Conn Smythe Rankings After Round 2 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

In our first installment, we learned exactly who Conn Smythe was and why one of the NHL’s most significant trophies was named for him. (Quite a few readers, by the way, noted his distinct resemblance to the Monopoly guy).

The Conn Smythe Trophy is crowned with a maple leaf adorning a replica of the old Maple Leaf Gardens, which in case you hadn’t guessed by now was to commemorate Smythe’s long involvement with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Only one Maple Leaf (Dave Keon in 1967) has ever won a Conn Smythe by the way.

Moving right along, this is your updated list of Conn Smythe Trophy favorites as the NHL playoffs move on to the conference finals.

The list includes players only still playing, which makes sense because nobody from a team that failed to make the Cup finals has ever won it. Five players – Roger Crozier, Glenn Hall, Reggie Leach, Ron Hextall and J.S. Giguere – from losing finals teams have won it.

As far as criteria for the rankings, it is a mix of my uncanny judgment, followed by more than just points and ice time, but valuable points in the toughest moments on the ice. 

Here we go…

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