Edmonton - Feb. 15, 2014: As great as the Winter Olympics are, countries who live and breathe the game of hockey view Men’s Hockey as “THE” event. With that said, wouldn't it be nice to see the likes of Team Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland and Sweden in more head-to-head battles like this morning's tilt between the USA and Russia? The hockey was fantastic and it was nothing more than a preliminary round game. FULL STORY
Edmonton - Jan. 31, 2014: Another day and another deal involving the Edmonton Oilers and a player who had previously been coached by Dallas Eakins during his time as the Toronto Marlies bench boss. First came the free agent signings of Will Acton and Ryan Hamilton, then the trade for goaltender Ben Scrivens and today we saw the arrival of Toronto Maple Leafs blueliner Mark Fraser in exchange for the rights to Teemu Hartikainen and minor leaguer Cameron Abney. FULL STORY
Detroit - Jan. 5, 2014: When I was a kid my friends and I played ice hockey outside. For hours. In the cold and snow. We were soaked to the skin and freezing, but we didn’t care. It was hockey. And we loved playing it. We played outside because we didn’t know anything different. The memories of those outdoor rink days came flooding back (no pun intended) to me at Comerica Park last week during the Hockeytown Winter Festival. FULL STORY
Stoney Point - Jan. 1, 2014: The Toronto Maple Leafs recently signed captain Dion Phaneuf to a seven year, $49 million deal and there are many that think General Manager Dave Nonis made a mistake. This deal works out to a cap hit of $7.0 million per year, only marginally larger than his current $6.5 annual impact. I, for one, believe this is a good deal for the Buds. FULL STORY
Buffalo - Dec. 31, 2013: This is an update version of a post I originally ran prior to the Rangers vs. Flyers Winter Classic in 2012. While the unfortunate cancellation of last year’s Classic caused us to wait on any sort of new equipment for the goalies involved, it appears that each goalie who will be appearing in the 2014 Winter Classic will have some sort of special gear for the event. FULL STORY
Edmonton - Nov. 27, 2013: There is no questioning what is currently the biggest issue with the Edmonton Oilers. Above all else, their lack of a legitimate top pairing NHL defenceman is painfully obvious. While fans would love to see Craig MacTavish go out and acquire the likes of a Shea Weber or PK Subban, the rookie GM may have to settle for targeting the likes of Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf. FULL STORY
Windsor - Nov. 5, 2013: If you look up “die hard Toronto Maple Leafs superfan” in the dictionary, there’s a good chance you’ll see a picture of Amherstburg’s Ruth Cragg. Like a lot of Leafs fans, she’s cheered for the Buds for as long as she can remember, and never misses a game. What makes her different than other die hards? Ruth is 90 years young! She’s been alive for every one of Toronto’s thirteen Stanley Cup victories. FULL STORY
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Windsor - Nov. 4, 2013: As I write this, the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires are currently enjoying a nice winning streak. Dalen Kuchmey got his first OHL shutout Saturday night in a 6-0 victory over the visiting Owen Sound Attack. The win was the Spits’ fifth in a row, and the team is playing well. There are currently four Spits defensemen in the top 20 in OHL scoring - Eric Diodati, Slater Koekkoek, Nick Ebert and Trevor Murphy. Well done boys, keep it going!! FULL STORY
Columbus - Oct. 31, 2013: When Windsor Spitfires captain Kerby Rychel was selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, it was an exciting moment for the star left winger and his family. It was also an exciting moment for his fans, since his future NHL home is only a three and half hour drive from Windsor. FULL STORY
Edmonton - Oct. 30, 2013: On the strength of a rather impressive four point performance from Phil Kessel, the Toronto Maple Leafs simply outclassed an undermanned and struggling Edmonton Oilers side on Tuesday night at Rexall Place, cruising to an easy 4-0 win. James Reimer stopped 43 shots in earning his first shutout of the season. FULL STORY