the only one in nhl history!

anonymous asked:

Sidney Crosby will go down in NHL history as being as great a leader as his idol, Yzerman, despite how much Red Wings fan furiously deny it. And I think that's beautiful :')

Yzerman played the game with class, dignity, and humble leadership. He didn’t spear guys in the groin, he never skipped a handshake line, and he didn’t whine to the refs and play the game with an entitled attitude. He could stand up for himself and didn’t require his teammates to fight his battles for him. Yzerman didn’t need the league’s help to win championships. 

Crosby shows none of these qualities. He will never be Yzerman. He wouldn’t have survived the league that Yzerman played in. Yzerman would have won more championships had he not already had to come back from a devastating knee injury. 

There’s only one guy known in league history simply as “The Captain”. It will never be Crosby. 

i don’t think pens fans outside of pittsburgh really understand —

out of all the pro sports teams in this city, the pens have had the worst track record in terms of doing social good for the city and its people

this situation with the white house is not a one-time fluke, it’s part of a pattern of thoughtless behavior by lemieux and company

and it is up to us, the fans and the people of pittsburgh, not to be complacent and condone this behavior and only blame it on nhl culture

otherwise the pens will continue to do things like this and nothing will change

Bad Bob drops his gloves and takes on the press

”I just have this wonderful image of Bob getting so fucking fed up with how the media treats Jack. Acting like they’re somehow entitled to Jack’s life, to Jack in general, scrutinizing everything, constantly bringing up his overdose like they know anything about it. So here’s how I see everything going down. 

(this ended up a lot longer than I planned.)

  • Jack and Bitty have been out for a little while, and the press is, of course, being dicks because when aren’t they when it comes to Jack
  • Bob is fucking furious. Jack is finally happy and in a good place and the press is still going after him like he murdered someone
  • And he just does not understand why he himself is so glorified??? Jack almost died on his watch??? why are they all acting like Jack is a disappointment??? Jack literally almost died????
  • So Bob resolves to set the record straight. He talks to Jack first, of course, to ask him how much he’s comfortable letting Bob share.
  • Jack is in a good place now. A great place. So this… doesn’t scare him the way it would have a few years ago. It’s nerve-wracking, and he knows it won’t be fun, but the idea doesn’t make him shake.
  • Jack looks Bob right in the eye and says; “Say what happened from your point of view.”

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the greats: wayne gretzky, 1978–1999

The leading scorer in NHL history, Gretzky is the only NHL player to total over 200 points in one season – a feat he accomplished four times. The NHL retired his jersey number (99) league-wide, making him the only player to receive this honor. At the time of his retirement in 1999, he held 61 NHL records: 40 regular-season records, 15 playoff records, and six All-Star records. Nicknamed “The Great One,” he has been called “the greatest hockey player ever” by many sportswriters, players, and the NHL itself. [x]

I have so many thoughts about Kent Parson and William Poindexter basically being the same person except completely different. Dex and Kent are so much alike when you think about it. The repressed emotions. The forced heterosexuality (Dex to his family, Kent to literally everyone). The inability to form genuine relationships with other people. The voice inside their heads that say no one really wants to be their friend, they’re just using them (Kent for his money/fame, Dex for his handyman skills or something like that). The channeling of their bottled up emotions into their hockey because it’s the only way they know how to cope. The insurmountable pressure they have weighing down their shoulders (Kent as the youngest captain in NHL history and Dex as the first person in his family to go to college). The way they wear their emotions on their sleeves, but only the ones that won’t make them seem weak and vulnerable. Don’t even get me started on their mutual attraction to kind-hearted, soft-spoken boys.

suspicious-pigeon  asked:

Ok I want to follow the nhl next season. The only knowlege i have of hockey is from the aihl (which i started following this season) and i think I've seen Mighty Ducks like once. What should i research and how do i pick a few teams to follow

Just want to apologize in advance for the novel I have written.

So I was super into the AIHL last year but this year the games have just been on to late for me this year. Like 3 am.

First of all the NHL is a lot bigger than the AIHL, obviously. But that means there are a lot of resources on NHL teams and the league as a whole. There are a few really interesting documentaries I would suggest you looking up. 

Kings Ransom - This is a documentary about the trade of one of the biggest NHL players and athletes of all time, Wayne Gretzky. This isn’t a lot of info on like the operations of the league but you’ll hear the phrase “Even Gretzky got traded” as a way of a hockey fan/player/reporter saying “anything can happen” quite a bit. It also shows you how CRAZY the fans can get over this kind of thing. Trades are a big deal and this documentary is a good representation of it.

The Last Gladiators - This documentary centers around what hockey is predominantly known for, which is the goon. However, this also shows how that part of the game is dangerous, harmful and is slowly being removed from the game. It follows former Montreal Canadien, New York Rangers and Boston Bruin Chris Nilan, a Boston native with the nickname “knuckles.” It gets even crazier when you realize all three of the teams he was on were huge rivals. 

NHL 36 - These are short documentaries that follow NHL Players around for the 36 hours before a big game. They show the preparation and other things NHL Players do in their off time. It’s more modern than the others and features mostly current NHL Players.

A Day That Changed The Game: NHL Expansion - Up until 1967 the NHL saw teams come and go except for 6, these teams would be named the original 6. From 1942 to 1967 these 6 teams were the only ones in the NHL. The 67′ expansion saw another 6 teams join the league with only one that is not in operation anymore, RIP golden seals. This Wikipedia page goes through all the expansions, or you could just watch the documentary.

You can also catch all the all-star games, skills competitions, and drafts on youtube! And I would really suggest doing so they’re a lot of fun. There’s also a documentary called Big Shot, it’s not as informative but it is SUPER interesting.

There’s also a youtuber called Steve Dangle, he makes videos about the Toronto Maple LEafs but every now and then he has something to say about other teams, leagues and any huge event in hockey. He has his own channel but also he has videos on the sportsnet channel that are interesting. He also has his own podcast called The Steve Dangle Podcast and they’re like an hour long but they Cover EVERYTHING.

And Now, because this post isn’t long enough, I’ll go through a quick rundown of all the teams and I’ll link to their websites where you can look at full rosters and highlights and stuff.

Anaheim Ducks - This would be the team named after the Mighty Ducks. They used to be the Anaheim Mighty Ducks but they changed the name and the color scheme to something more unique to them. They seem to fluctuate between really good and really bad and were seen as Stanley cup favorites for the past few years, but they’re trending down now. This is a Californian team AND they’re one of the most hated teams on Tumblr. They play a little dirty here and there and I never understood all the hate, but it’s there and it can be a lonely team to love.

Arizona Coyotes - They used to be the phoenix coyotes except they don’t play in phoenix so they changed their names. They were good once and now they seem to be getting better again. There one of the teams that actually doesn’t have cap issues, and they have to work to reach the floor (there’s a cap floor and cap ceiling, you need to stay in between, as in you can only spend so much money on players). They have a lot of good young players but no one is too sure of their future success. Their fan base is definitely one of the smallest, but they’re passionate and no one really hates them.

Boston Bruins - I’m biased because this is my team. They’re one of the Original Six but all that really means is they have a huge fan base and a long history. They’re known for being the Big Bad Bruins but in recent years have tried to trend closer to having a faster game. They were really good from 2010-2013 and then 2014 happened and they’re still fighting back. They went through a mini-rebuild and even the fans don’t really know who's’ on the team. They’re generally seen as the perennial bad guys in the NHL however, the organization as a whole has a really good record of being progressive. Basically, a good team if you like the villain but also have morals.

Buffalo Sabres - Since I started watching hockey years ago, they have always been the bad team, the easy win on the schedule. This is about to change. They have some of the best players in the league going into next season, their only issue seems to be goaltending.  Their big names are Jack Eichel, Kyle Okposo and it doesn’t matter after that. They’re about to surprise the rest of the league in the next few seasons.

Calgary Flames - They fluctuated between really fucking good and “why are they even here” for a bit. They seem to be solid on every front except goaltending and yet the whole team would fall collectively many nights. They just addressed their goaltending issue and with a very hot offense I wouldn’t be surprised if they shot to the top this season. No one really hates the flames and they’re Canadian, so they have a solid fan base.

Carolina Hurricanes - This team is a mess because they aren’t good and they don’t have a lot of fans. They won a cup in this century so that’s a good thing at least. Except they held onto that same lineup and now they’re all dead. They just signed the league’s most mediocre goalie to a 2-year deal and got rid of the face of their franchise, Eric Staal. They have some young talent, but they’re not really special in any way. The team as a whole has a small following but they have some popular players.

Chicago Blackhawks - The Blackhawks have been the most consistently good team in the NHL since 2010. They’ve won 3 Stanley Cups since 2010 while also getting rid of a lot of players after each win. Their core and coaching staff is mainly to thank for the wins. However, their players have been accused of some terrible things and have been known to say some pretty bad things. They’re one of the most popular teams in the NHL now but proceed with caution. 

Colorado Avalanche - They were supposed to be good and nothing happened. They have a lot of really good players but they haven’t been able to do anything with it. Fun fact, they’re also the NHL team who is furthest from any other NHL team. They have a crazy coach named Patrick Roy who is a big deal. They also managed to make Jarome Iginla one of the most iconic and amazing NHL players in HISTORY, irrelevant. Seriously, I’m not sure if the hockey world is aware he still plays. 

Columbus Blue Jackets - I’ll sum this team up with one stat: They have only won 2 playoff games in franchise history. Now in their defense they’ve only been around since 2000….but that’s really not that good of an excuse. The only reason they made the playoffs to begin with, was their goaltender, who was AMAZING, but shouldn’t have had to be. They have an overpaid mediocre lineup. I don’t have much good to say about them because along with being bad at playing hockey they also are dirty and don’t draft well. Their fans are fun actually, blue jackets games look like a blast. Oh and they have a cannon that pisses off the rest of the league.

Dallas Stars - This is the new up and coming team to get into. If you want to feel like you’re following a team to the top start with them. They have a killer lineup that basically destroys teams. Sadly for them you only get 2 points for a win regardless if you win 2-1 or 7-1. THey don’t know how to balance being good in the regular season and being good in the playoffs yet but they’ll get there. You would think a team from texas would have a small fanbase and maybe they do…in texas…but the internet LOVES them and their mediocre looking white boys.

Detroit Red Wings - Only the second original 6 team on this list. They’re pretty legendary honestly. They boast the first Russian player to win the stanley cup, the longest playoff streak, and some of the most iconic names in hockey (Steve Yzerman, Gordie Howe, Nicklas Lidstrom ect.). Recently though they HAVE been making the playoffs just they don’t seem to do much after that. They have a huge fanbase but they’re a pretty middle of the pack team. I think they’re slowly going down hill but Red Wings fans would punch me for that. They also just lost their biggest name, Datsyuk and the rest of their lineup is either old, mediocre or Dylan Larkin.

Edmonton Oilers - OOO boy where do I start with these guys. First of all, they have some of the best forwards int he game on their team and have been the WORST team in the past decade, and that’s not even an exaggeration. As far as I know, no one has looked into a babe ruth-esque curse for trading Gretzky but they should. This team can’t get anything done right. They draft the best players year after year and year after year they come in last (or second last whatever). They have the player who may be the Wayne Gretzky of our generation (Conor McDavid) AND traded one of their best players away and while it was a terrible trade Edmonton still has so many amazing forwards they may have still managed to make their team better. Basically, they could have a breakout season anytime now and maybe you want to jump on now so you can say you’ve been around since they were bad, but don’t hold your breath because they have the worst luck EVER.

Florida Panthers - beware, if you chose this team you will be faced with a lot of “lol they have ice in florida?” which may actually be something you can relate to coming from Australia. They have had their years of being meh, bad and good. It seems like they’re in their good years right now. They have Legend and immortal Jaromir Jagr who is currently the oldest NHL player. THey also have Aaron Ekblad who is very obviously lying about his age and maybe the most loved social media goalie, Roberto Luongo. Their a good pick for a team in my opinion but their fans are few and far between. 

LA Kings - From 2010 to 2015 only three teams won stanley cups, The Chicago Blackhawks in 2010, 2013 and 2015, the Boston Bruins in 2011 and The LA KIngs in 2012 and 2014. For those 5 years they were generally considered one of the best teams in the league as it seemed they always made it far in the playoffs. However, people started questioning them this year when they got knocked out uncharacteristically early. Either way, their part of the team why a California Swing (basically a set of away games that are all in California and usually include all three californian teams) is not considered a relaxing vacation. But also one time a player on the Kings was asked to move his car on a kings game day because Kobe Bryant was coming to watch the game and needed t park his car there. Oh Cali. I hate picking on out of market teams but sometimes it’s too easy.

Minnesota Wild - You know how I said the Carolina hurricanes were old and dying. Well so are the wild and they’re embracing it. They made the playoffs this year but only because the western conference was abysmal this year. Seriously just steer clear of this team. They may have big shiny names like Zach Parise or Ryan Suter or Eric Staal, but don’t be fooled because they are all way past their expiration date. there are better teams in the grocery store. unless of course. you still believe, in which case take it home with you and pray you don’t get food poisoning.

Montreal Canadiens - This team is the exact opposite of the Boston Bruins, and for good reasons considering they are the leagues Biggest Rivals and have been for 90+ years now. I’m not kidding. The rivalry is almost as old as the league. we HATE each other and it’s literally one of the best parts of hockey. Even non hockey fans watch these games because it’s very possible someone might be murdered. So basically the habs are seen as the perennial good guys, and their organization is shit. They just traded their best player who was universally loved by literally EVERYONE but their GM and coach. PK Subban literally donated 10 million dollars (he only makes 9 mil a year BEFORE taxes) to a childrens hospital in Montreal. Everyone was super pissed about it and so was I, but as a bruins fan I was also happy he got out of there.They’re historic, have the most stanley cups by far, speak french all the time and they’re a great franchise. It’s just not the time. Give them a few years. 

Nashville Predators - it’s pretty ironic this team comes after the habs considering this is the team PK Subban got traded to. Their goaltender is either amazing or terrible, they have a really good looking defense, their offense is eh and their logo is an anatomically impossible saber tooth cat. I guess when you’re a vague predator tho you can make shit up. But basically this team is p in the air whether they’ll be better or worse next year remains to be seen.

New Jersey Devils - now a few years ago this teams average age was like 50. They don’t really do anything and honestly they’re so irrelevant I don’t know who’s on the team. Actual conversation I had with a friend of mine: “I don’t even know who their captain is” “They have a captain?” regardless they see to have a good size fan base and they boast one of the best goaltenders of all time, Martin Brodeur. but he retired. so. who cares.

New York Islanders - a few years ago these guys would have been irrelevant to me except then they did this thing where they built literally the worst arena of all time. Like their old arena apparently used to RAIN, IN DOORS, and yet it’s still worse than that. THey built this place in brooklyn like a year ago and they used it for one season and they’re already planning on moving to Queens now. because it’s that bad of an arena. Not to mention they’re the Islanders because they’re frm long island and play in Brooklyn right now. They’re just a mess. But they’re good. So we’ll see. I heard a lot of players wanted to get th ehell out because of the arena but that could have been a rumor. although Okposo, one of their best players, did leave for Buffalo.

New York Rangers - Okay I’m biased again because this is my least favorite team but I’ll do my best to stay straight forward. Basically they were pretty good for the past few years but couldn’t get anything done. They brag about having the best goaltender in the league. And their original 6 team. that’s all i could do. Anything else i could say would be tainted by my hatred. But their huge, a lot of people love them and i knew a kid who was named after them, not fucking joking.

Ottawa Senators - So basically they’re kind of screwed. Their team is okay at best, their best player is their only good player and they have an internal cap, meaning they have less money than the league says they can spend on players. They’re not doing too good and HAVE to make the playoffs next year just to have enough money to exist. and People are wondering why they aren’t putting a new team in canada, Y’all can’t even handle 7 and you want 8? chill.

Philadelphia Flyers - This team, similar to the boston bruins, is the perennial bad guy. They were the Broad Street Bullies and now they’re just Claude Giroux, Wayne Simmonds, and the highlighter boys. They’re not Terrible but they’re not necessarily getting any better either. Only choose this team if you have a good pair of sunglasses because those jerseys are AW-FUL.

Pittsburgh Penguins - They’re the Montreal Canadians to the Flyers Bruins. They’re generally seen as the good guys, and they hate the flyers (they also hate the bruins, go figure). They boast the best players in hockey like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Marc Andre-FLeury. And they just won the stanley cup. This is probably the team new fans would pick. Either way, if you decide to hate them you have to promise not to make any sidney crosby crybaby jokes because they’re uninspired and douchey. 

Saint Louis Blues - Okay this is an interesting team. They’ve been at the “should win the Stanley cup” level of talent recently and yet have not been able to actually do it. They made a lot of moves and lost a few players this offseason and I’m honestly not sure if they got better or worse. If you want to hate the blackhawks like most of us do, this is a good team to root for instead. Plus their named after a music genre and they have a music note as their logo, that’s pretty unique.

San Jose Sharks - Listen, they’re good, they’re pretty damn good actually, but they’re not getting better. This team is old and they have great players but they could all conceivably be my father. Their goaltending is pretty amazing but they rely on guys like Joe Thronton and Joe Pavelski who are great but past thier prime. otherwise, they don’t really do anything to hate them for. one time Joe Thronton said he would masturbate if he scored four goals during another teams interview so that’s cool. They also made the stanley cup final this year so they have a few more years of being good.

Tampa Bay Lightning - Look, I’m not in love with this team so this next part may sound biased, but it’s all fact. THis team is about to murder all of the other teams and crush their way to a cup. I’m not joking they have every single piece they could ask for. They got both of their best player sto take a 2 million paycut AND they have a bunch of other players you could argue are their best players. The Lightning are set up for success right now and it’s REEALLY exciting. THey also have the cheapest tickets in the whole league, so if you ever take a trip out to tampa why not go to a game maybe??

Toronto Maple Leafs - hahahahhahaha all i can do is laugh. they’re such a big mess i don’t know where to start. I guess the good news is their probably going to be one of the best teams in a few years. Like their prospects are amazing, but the past few years has been ridiculously entertaining. This would be why you watch Steve Dangle, cause even if you don’t like the leafs, they’re doing some weird shit that you want to hear about. They’re also the biggest franchise in the league, the most popular and are set up to be very good. They’re a good choice if you want all of canada to hate you. On the flip side if you want leaf fans to cry just say “it was 4-1″ they’ll all get it (this will also simultaneously make a bruins fan very happy so use wisely). 

Vancouver Canucks - Just stay away from them. They were really good for a few years and now when you talk about them and you want to say something nice you gotta be like “well…the view is nice” there’s just no good about this team. They keep getting rid of good players. like seriously. they let go of two goaltenders in the past few years and both of them have arguably turned into the best goaltenders in the league right now. Their GM Jim Benning may not even be a real person. just, avoid them.

Washington Capitals - Literally th e most exciting team right now. They have Alex Ovechkin, I would say be their fan just for that reason alone. Ovi is the best scorer in the NHL right now maybe one of the best of all time (no scratch that he is one of the best of all time). Ovechkin is the answer to the NHL’s prayers because he’s fun, he’s AMAZING, his personality could light up literally any room, and he encompasses everything that makes hockey exciting. And yet they still shit on him because he’s russian and the NHL hates russians (that’ll become clearer the more you get into it). They won the presidents trophy which just means they were the best regular season team this year, their goalie won the vezina for best goaltender. This is just a good team to watch.

Winnipeg Jets - Okay they somehow made the stanely cup playoffs two seasons ago but last season were one of the worst teams in the league. go figure. Their fans LOVE them but that’s about it. They will be exciting very soon because their prospect pool is amazing, however right now they’re bad to okay. I don’t really have a lot to say about them honestly.

Well that was really long and extensive. Hope that answered your question. If you have any more questions feel free to send them to me. Also consider checking out leagues like the NWHL and CWHL. women’s hockey is also super awesome and fun.

Subban-Weber trade’s biggest victim.

After one of the most surprising trades in recent NHL history that saw PK Subban go to Nashville and Shea Weber to go to Montreal, the hockey world blew up. Many habs fans have moaned and groaned that they got the short end of the stick, but are they the real victim in this trade? Here at NHLNewsDesk we do not think so.

Roman Josi is facing consequences he’s never had to face before. After this trade, Roman Josi is no longer the best-looking defenseman in Nashville. No one has even considered how this will affect his confidence. Preds fans can only hope PK’s charm and just general good-guyness will lift Josi back up.

There are only three active NHL players who have ever scored 60 goals in a season (and all of them have only reached that number once):

  • Alex Ovechkin (65 in 2007-08)
  • Jaromir Jagr (62 in 1995-96)
  • Steven Stamkos (60 in 2011-12)

In addition, there are five other active players who have scored 50 goals in a season, most of whom have only done so once:

  • Jarome Iginla (52 in 2001-02; 50 in 2007-08)
  • Vincent Lecavalier (52 in 2006-07)
  • Sidney Crosby (51 in 2009-10)
  • Evgeni Malkin (50 in 2011-12)
  • Corey Perry (50 in 2010-11)

So, all told, that amounts to eight active NHLers with at least one 50-goal season. Lecavalier, Crosby, Perry, and Malkin have all had exactly one; Iginla and Stamkos have had two; and Jagr has had three.

Alex Ovechkin, meanwhile, has had seven. Relative to his peers, he might just be the greatest goal-scorer in NHL history.

the greats: bobby hull, 1957–1980

Blonde and incredibly quick, Hull earned the nickname “The Golden Jet” in his 23 years in the National Hockey League and World Hockey Association. His talents were such that often one or two opposing players were assigned just to shadow him.  By his final NHL season, he had scored 50 goals or more a remarkable five times: only one time less than all other players in NHL history combined up until that point in time. [x]

ALL RIGHT YOU FUCKERS. IT’S TIME TO TALK ABOUT TOREY FUCKING KRUG.

LET’S START WITH HIS DRAFT TEAM. WHAT’S THAT? YOU DON’T REMEMBER WHO DRAFTED HIM INTO THE NHL? THAT’S BECAUSE NO ONE DID. TOREY KRUG WENT FUCKING UNDRAFTED.

HE WENT TO MICHIGAN STATE AND COMING INTO THE SEASON WAS LISTED AS A FIFTH OR SIXTH DEFENSEMEN. THEN HE WENT OUT THAT YEAR AND KICKED ASS AND LED ALL CCHA ROOKIE DEFENSEMEN IN SCORING. HE WAS SO FUCKING GOOD THAT BEFORE HE STARTED HIS SOPHOMORE SEASON THEY GAVE HIM THE CAPTAINCY.

HE SIGNED AN ENTRY-LEVEL CONTRACT WITH THE BRUINS IN 2012 & ONLY PLAYED 3 NHL GAMES IN TWO SEASONS. NO ONE PAID NOTICE.

THEN HE WAS RECALLED TO BOSTON ON AN EMERGENCY BASIS FROM PROVIDENCE DURING THE 2013 NHL PLAYOFFS. AND WE ALL FUCKING KNOW WHAT HAPPENED THEN. 

TOREY KRUG IS THE FIRST DEFENSEMAN IN THE HISTORY OF THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE TO SCORE 4 GOALS IN HIS FIRST 5 PLAYOFF GAMES.

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Things I learned from the highlight reel of Game 6:

• Jonathan Toews is the first captain to lead a team to 3 Cups since Wayne Gretzky
• Corey Crawford is now in the top 5 goalies in NHL history (and the only one besides LA’s Jonathan Quick to have 2 Cups)
• Winning the Stanley Cup after 16 years of playing can make a grown Finn cry (yay Kimmo!)
• Coach Q actually does smile
• And Crow has the best playoff beard on the Blackhawks

anonymous asked:

the nhl and the maple leafs will celebrate 100 years in 2017, but montreal had a 100 years patch a few years ago. how is this possible?

The simple and maybe obvious answer here is that the Montreal Canadiens predate the NHL as a whole. The Habs were established in 1909 and are the oldest hockey franchise in the world. It was originally a part of the NHA (National Hockey Association). They were part of the NHA with some notable teams like the Montreal Wanderers, Ottawa Senators, Quebec Bulldogs, and the Toronto Blue Shirts. 

The NHL was formed when the owner of the Blueshirts was basically a dick and everyone decided to make a new club to get away from him. That was the NHL. only cool kids allow. The literal quote from wikipedia is “on November 26 they created a new league, the National Hockey League (NHL), and didn’t invite Livingstone to join them.” welcome to middle school.

The club that would become the maple leafs were granted a temporary franchise because the Bulldogs failed financially. The Toronto Arena Company took the team and turned them into the toronto st pats and then the Toronto Maple Leafs. this was 1917

As we all know the original six only include two canadian teams, the Leafs and the Habs. But the original NHL did not have any american teams. So it took a few years for the league to really establish itself as a stable one. The league though was started by the Montreal Canadiens owner and…int urn so were the Leafs. The LEafs were founded the same year the league was (duh) but the Montreal Canadiens was the reason that happened in th efirst place.

The Boston Bruins were the first American Team in 1924 and were followed by the Hawks, Red Wings and Rangers (in no particular order). The NHL established itself between the 1942 season to the 1967 season. Which is where these teams became the original six. Every other team folded and they were the only ones around for those 25 years before the first expansion. 

So it’s complicated but I guess a way to see it is that, even though it seems wrong, the Montreal Canadiens is the parent to the NHL not vice versa. So basically, because the Habs were petty af, we have the NHL.

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The infamous Punch-up in Piestany, Jan. 4 1987.

Couple of random facts:

  • Vladimir Konstatinov headbutted Greg Hawgood, breaking his nose. Brendan Shanahan later described it as “the greatest headbutt I’ve ever seen”
  • Father of current Habs player Alex Galchenyuk, Alexander Galchenyuk, was on the Soviet team
  • There is still a lot of residual anger aimed at Pierre Turgeon for refusing to get involved to at least help protect
  • Sherry Bassin (part of the broadcast team for that tournament) remembers going to the Czech-Austria border, which was a very Checkpoint Charlie atmosphere, and the border guard searching their car “walks up to us and says, ‘Canada? Hockey?’, and starts doing a punching motion in the air.”
  • The fan chant is “My chceme hokej, my chceme hokej” [We want hockey]
  • Of the 20 players on team Canada, 19 went on to played in the NHL
  • Team Canada was escorted out of Czechoslovakia under armed guard
  • Canada reportedly only sent one print reporter to Piestany. The next year, all major news outlets sent reporters to the WJC.
  • It is the subject of the book When the Lights Went Out by Gare Joyce
M vs W podcast, November 15 2011 on teammates dating and coming out in the NHL

[discussion about Olivia Munn and Brad Richards, and how celebrity relationships affect hockey players’ stats, then whether the effect is the same for women’s hockey players]

M: I wonder what happens when two teammates date, though.

W: What do you mean ‘two teammates date’?

M: Like, hockey is a sport that goes back to the turn of the century, conservatively speaking. It probably goes back further. So in the history of time, wouldn’t you assume that over that course of time, that at least it’s happened once, that two people on the same team have dated and how that affects the dynamic in the room? I talked to one member of the Canadian women’s national team, former member, today and said, yeah, it doesn’t happen as much on the national level as it does on the club level, but it happens and it’s uncomfortable, but it’s only uncomfortable when they break up.

W: That’s fascinating.

M: That’s the fear. Do you think it’s ever happened in the NHL, though? Has to have. Has to have!

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During last night’s intense, record breaking play-time, triple overtime playoff game against Anaheim, I turned to the spouse after Andrew Shaw’s disallowed head butt goal and jokingly commented, “now that’s a hat-trick!” 

I was then reminded that the origins of the term hat-trick (three goals scored by a single player in one game), actually originate with the Blackhawks.

As the legend goes, ‘Hawks forward, Alex “Killer” Kaleta, before a game against Toronto in 1946, walked into a Toronto haberdashery with the intent to buy a hat. As he was just back from serving in the war, he was short on funds and was unable to afford the one he had selected. The shop owner, Sammy Taft, made a deal with Kaleta, telling him that if he made three goals against the Maple Leafs that night, he would give him the hat for free. Kaleta would go on to cash in on Taft’s offer, scoring four.

Though there are many different accounts on the origins of the term hat-trick, this seems to be the most supported, evidenced by news stories from that night in January of 1946. This is also the only official account recognized by the NHL.

(thanks to mcgone for the photo update)