Canadians make up over half of the National Hockey League (50.5%)
the Los Angeles Kings roster is exactly 50% Canadian
the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs have the most Canadian skaters on their roster with 17 apiece
similarly, the Detroit Red Wings have the fewest with only 4 Canadians
the Arizona Coyotes have the largest roster with 28 active skaters; the fewest skaters on a roster is 22, which belongs to the Washington Capitals, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Minnesota Wild
the total of active skaters in the NHL is 719
the Philadelphia Flyers have the most currently active Team Canada World Junior Champions alumni with 9. the next closest team is the New York Islanders with 7 (since 2005)
current captains of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Nashville Predators, Pittsburgh Penguins, Anaheim Ducks, Winnipeg Jets, Chicago Blackhawks, Washington Capitals, Philadelphia Flyers, New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning, Vancouver Canucks, Buffalo Sabres, Colorado Avalanche, Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild, Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, and Dallas Stars (two thirds of the National Hockey League) are all World Junior Championship alumni for their respective countries
If Anaheim is hard minutes physically, Chicago is hard minutes mentally. You have to constantly be tracking the movements of Kane and Toews because you’re paranoid that Kane is going to float back door and Toews is going to know he’s there without even looking up. And I think that’s why hockey is such an interesting game to break down. Most people think of hockey as this brutal game (and it definitely can feel that way when you get hit with a Shea Weber slap shot below the belt) but it’s really a mental game more than anything.
This entire sequence of events is great. Them skating into each other and Tavares accidentally stealing Doughty’s stick, which he then gets rid of by chucking it into the boards. Doughty with his “does nobody see this shit?!?” gestures.
Natassa Torralbo survived the San Bernardino shootings, only to have her house robbed while she and her daughter were at a vigil for the victims – her LA Kings jersey was one of the things stolen, among other things. When the Kings heard about this, they brought her to the game on Sunday. [x]
It’s that time of the year again, and this year I did a little revamp on the sweater wallpapers from last year! These nine are the first of all 30 that will be presented before Santa comes to town, and they work the best on the iPhone 6, with the sweater having the clock built into it :) They work on other devices too, though! Give it a try, and if you don’t see yours under the tree yet, it’s on my list!