Who’s Who of the 2017 Grand Prix Series, Part 3: Men
The third part of our Grand Prix previews will cover the talent-packed discipline of men’s singles! Remember to check out our previews of the ice dance and pairs disciplines as well, and our playlist of program recommendations for currently-competing singles skaters.
The last two seasons have brought about a technical revolution in men’s skating the likes of which have never been seen since the advent of triple jumps. Although the men have been attempting quadruple jumps for many years, up until the 2015-16 season, most skaters included 1 quad in the short program and 1 or 2 in the free program, and most attempts were limited to the toeloop and salchow jumps. Everything changed when Chinese teenager Boyang Jin brought a catalytic spark to men’s skating in his senior debut season, making waves with his consistent quad lutz and 6 quad attempts across two programs. Reigning Olympic Champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan then increased his own base value, smashing world records into the ground, and it was all history from there.
The last two seasons have seen the successful completion of the world’s first quad flip, quad loop, and quad lutz and quad flip combinations. The top men of the field now include 2 quads in the short program and 3-6 quads in the free program. The ripple effect has spread throughout the entire men’s field, with more and more skaters attempting the harder quad loop, flip, and lutz, and continually increasing the quantity of quad jumps in their programs. While there are very real concerns about the direction men’s skating is taking and the long-term effects of so many quad jumps on skaters’ health, there is no doubt right now that men’s skating is in a uniquely exciting position. With at least 6 skaters vying for the Olympic podium and potential dark horses waiting in the wings, every competition this season promises to be a thrillingly unpredictable battle.
Who’s Who of the 2017 Grand Prix Series, Part 2: Pairs
Here’s the second part of our Grand Prix previews, covering the dynamic pairs discipline! Don’t forget to check out our ice dance and men’s previews, as well as our program recommendation playlist for currently-competing pairs and dance teams.
With high-flying throw jumps and twists where the female partner is thrown several feet into the air, pairs skating is the most breathtaking - and dangerous - discipline of figure skating. Pairs teams are scored on a wide variety of elements, including synchronized jumps and spins, throw jumps, lifts, twists, etc. (For more information on elements in pairs skating, see our introduction to skating guides.) The current pairs field is the strongest that it’s been in years, with several contenders at the top and no way to predict who will ultimately occupy the highest position in the world. Recent seasons have also seen the rise of teams from countries without a strong pairs or skating background. If you haven’t watched pairs skating before and if you like badass ladies with short hair now’s a good time to start!
“Another season now complete, so it’s time to reflect once again.
Last year I wrote after we lost the EURO 2016 semi-finals to France and I said that Die Mannschaft never gives up and that we would bounce back from this result. This summer in Russia we did just that. Many doubted us as we were a new and different team, but that didn’t stop us. I’m proud to say that our achievement is simply magnificent. A perfect end to my 2016/17 season! For the first time Germany has won the FIFA Confederations Cup, I hope we have made our country happy!
It was my first time in Russia and a unique experience, a culture I wasn’t expecting. The people were very welcoming and we felt good supported from the locals for our games. For me this was perfect preparation for next summer’s World Cup. Already looking forward to next year.
For my club, FC Barcelona, I played 46 games. This is a new record for me, i had never played so many club matches in a season. In 2012/13 for my previous club I did 45 – so one game more! I helped us lift another Copa del Rey, my third in a row for the club; as well as the Supercopa at the start of the season.
However, we missed out on the league by 3 points to a very strong opponent – who in the end, deserved it. Next season, we want to win back this title and we will do everything we can to be successful again! In the Champions League we made history, playing in that 6-1 match vs PSG is a football moment we will never forget. We reached another dimension of team spirit and motivation that night at the Camp Nou. Next season with our new manager we will of course fight for this trophy again!
Before I joined the National Team, I ended the FC Barcelona season with a special smile as I renewed my contract and everybody who knows me, knows that I wear the blaugrana colours with all my heart. Saying that I also want to mention the support of our fans from all over the world which has always been amazing and which made me also to the one I am.
It’s now time to take a small break from football and enjoy my holidays. It’s been a long season so it’s important to get some rest.
Chicago Blackhawks 2016-17 Season Milestones Master List
As the season progresses, I’m going to keep a master list of all the milestones that are made.
Game 1 (vs St. Louis Blues 10.12.16) - Ryan Hartman scores his 1st career NHL goal.
Game 3 (vs Nashville Predators 10.15.16) - Nick Schmaltz scores his 1st career NHL goal.
- Richard Panik gets his 1st career hat trick.
Game 4 (vs Philadelphia Flyers 10.18.16)
- Marian Hossa scores his 500th career goal.
Game 5 (vs Columbus Blue Jackets 10.21.16)
-Tyler Motte scores his 1st career NHL goal.
Game 13 (vs Dallas Stars 11.06.16)
- Marian Hossa scores his 1,100 career point on his overtime game-winning goal
Game 16 (vs Montreal Canadiens 11.13.16)
- Gustav Forsling scores his 1st career NHL goal
Game 19 (vs Vancouver Canucks 11.19.16)
- Vinnie Hinostroza scores his 1st career NHL goal
Game 38 (vs Nashville Predators 12.29.16)
- Patrick Kane scores his 700th career point with the game-winning goal.
Game 39 (vs Carolina Hurricanes 12.30.16)
- Michal Kempny scores his 1st career NHL goal.
Game 43 (vs Nashville Predators 01.08.17)
- Ryan Hartman gets his first career hat trick
Game 41 (vs Buffalo Sabres 01.05.17)
- Keith notches his 400th assist on Anisimov’s goal
Game 47 (vs Colorado Avalanche 01.17,17)
- Hossa notches his 600th assist on Kero’s first goal
Game 49 (vs Vancouver Canucks 01.22.17)
- Campbell notches his 500th career point on the assist on Panik’s goal.
- Crawford notched his 200th career win
Game 56 (vs Winnipeg Jets 02.10.17)
- Patrick Kane
Tony Amante for sole possession of 6th on the all-time Blackhawks list,
and he becomes the team’s leading US-born goal scorer, scoring his
269th career goal
Marian Hossa and his
519th goal passes Dale Hawerchuck for sole possession of 36th on the all
time NHL career goals list, and with his 20th goal of the season he
becomes the 26th player in NHL history with 15 seasons with at least 20
Game 58 (vs Edmonton Oilers 02.18.17)
- Toews notches his 600th career point with an assist on Panik’s goal.
Game 59 (vs Buffalo Sabres 02.19.17)
- Kruger notches his 100th career point with an assist on Hossa’s goal. - Kane becomes the first US-born player to score 20 goals in his first 10 consecutive NHL seasons with this goal.
Game 60 (vs Minnesota Wild 02.21.17)
- Toews notches his 4th career hat trick
- Coach Q gets his 400th win with the Hawks - With this win the Hawks tie a franchise record of winning 7 consecutive road games.
Game 61 (vs Arizona Coyotes 02.23.17)
- Kane nets his 3rd career hat trick
Game 62 (vs St. Louis Blues 02.26.17)
- Toews gets his 267th goal, tying him with Jeremy Roenick on the Blackhawks all-time scoring list.
- With an assist on Kane’s goal, Keith gets his 500th career NHL point.
Game 63 (vs Pittsburgh Penguins 03.01.17)
- Kane gets his 4th career hat trick - 2nd one in a week. (Becomes the 1st player to score 2 hat tricks in a 3-game span since 1991)
Game 65 (vs Nashville Predators 03.04.17)
- With 2 assists tonight, Seabrook notches his 400th NHL career point. - Toews scores his 268th career NHL goal - tying with Tony Amonte for 7th in Blackhawks history.
- Jordin Tootoo scores his first goal and gets his first point as a Blackhawk
- Blackhawks set a new road win franchise record, winning 8 straight games on the road.
- Toews scores his 269th career goal with the empty net goal passing Tony Amonte and becomes the 7th on the Blackhawks all-time goal scoring list
Game 71 (vs Toronto Maple Leafs 03.18.17)
- John Hayden scores his 1st career NHL goal (in his second career game)
Game 72 (vs Colorado Avalanche 03.19.17)
- Toews & Kane become
teammate duo in NHL history to both score 20+ goals in 10 consecutive
seasons. (with Toews scoring his 19th and 20th goals)
- Hawks clinch their 2017 playoff berth with Calgary’s win over LA
Game 76 (vs Tampa Bay Lighting 03.27.17)
- Tomas Jurco scores his first goal as a Blackhawk
Game 78 (vs Columbus Blue Jackets 03.31.17)
- With a 3 assist night, Kane hits 750 career points - With his secondary assist on Panarin’s power-play goal, Toews his the 350 mark in assists
April 1, 2017
- With the Minnesota Wild losing to Nashville (0-3), Hawks clinch top seed in the Western Conference. First time they’ve done it with an 82 game season. Last time they clinched the top seed was the lockout season (2012-13)
Game 80 (vs Colorado Avalanche 04.04.17)
- Artemi Panarin is the first playing in Blackhawks history to record back-to-back 30 goal seasons to start their career.
2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Round 1 Game 3 (vs Nashville Predators 04.17.17)
- Dennis Rasmussen scores 1st career playoff goal
- Patrick Kane scores his 50th career playoff goal
Quick review: In a jump combination, the landing edge of one jump is the takeoff edge of the next jump with no break in between. Since all jumps land on a back outside edge, under normal circumstances, the second or third jump in a combination is either a toeloop or a loop, since those are the only jumps that take off from a back outside edge.
Since the 2012-13 season, the ISU has allowed the half loop to be used in combinations. The half loop is a single-rotation, non-standard jump that takes off from a back outside edge and lands on the back inside edge of the opposite foot. It effectively allows the skater to “change feet” during the combination. If the skater rotates counterclockwise (as most do), this means that the half loop takes off from the back outside edge of their right foot and lands on the back inside edge of their left foot. This allows the skater to do a salchow (the most common choice) or a flip (rare) as the next jump in the combination, since those jumps take off from the back inside edge of the left foot.
On protocols, the half loop appears as “1Lo” and has the same base value as a normal single loop. It only counts for points if done in a combination. A half loop combo is considered a 3-jump combination; if a skater does a half loop combo in the free skate, they cannot do another 3-jump combination, since only one is allowed in the free program.
When badly done (sadly all too often), the half loop can easily look like a step-out or a mistake on a jump landing. The examples I’ve used here all have a triple as the last jump in the combination, but skaters can do doubles as well. The first jump in the combination can be any of the six standard jumps (toeloop, salchow, loop, flip, lutz, axel).