24 April, 2014

Monthly Archives: September 2008

The Importance of Being a January Baby

Chris Bourque, Mathieu Perreault, and John Carlson all enjoyed standout training camps with the Washington Capitals this month. Bourque is still enjoying his. To slightly varying degrees, all three enjoyed prodigy player status early on in their hockey careers. On a hunch, I checked their respective birth dates. All three share the birth month of […]

This Club's Only For the Well-Heeled

We live in uncertain times, what with a collapsing economy and threat of a recession or worse. However, such financial doom and gloom clearly does not exist in Pittsburgh. The Penguins have created “The Penguins Hockey ‘n Heels Ladies Club” for their female fans. You’ll recall that they were one of several teams last season […]

Tales of Heroism from Hershey

Be wary of skipping past the comments to our files. For one thing, we think we are regularly on the receiving end of some of the most thoughtful and insightful comments of any hockey blog. For another, there are moments when the sentiments of readers’ hockey hearts are more deserving of publishing than our own […]

Next Time You're in Anaheim, Bring Your Ducks-Branded Slide Rule

Who says learning can’t be fun? The Science of Hockey will debut at Anaheim’s Discovery Science Center in March of next year, and it looks to be an entertaining way of integrating scientific concepts into a hockey context. The 3,000-foot exhibit, which will permanently occupy part of the center’s second floor, is meant to teach […]

Capitals' Varlamov on the NHL Experience

So as we watched Thursday night’s preseason game in the press box, our friend Dmitry Chesnokov said, “I’m going to call Varlamov [who was watching the game in street clothes], find out where he’s sitting and go talk to him.” Well that chat is now published in Sovetsky Sport this morning, and we are happy […]

TSN's Capitals Preview: Positively Lazy

TSN has been running a “30 Teams in 30 Days” season preview, profiling a different NHL team each day. TSN turned their attention to the Washington Capitals this weekend and, while posting an encouragingly positive assessment, they fall well short of the sort of analysis one would expect from this Canadian outpost of hockey expertise. […]

Friday Night Services in a Hockey Cathedral

Prior to Friday, I’d made one lone visit to Hersheypark Arena, and stripped to its event-less essence then, it nonetheless made such an impression on me that I felt compelled to research it and write up my admiration (‘An Eternal Home for the Hockey Heart‘). At the time I was riddled with regret at my […]

Reggie Dunlop Goes Home

We were saddened to hear of the passing of Paul Newman.¬† Though better known in the sports world for his involvement in auto racing, hockey fans will always know him as Reggie Dunlop, player/coach of the Charlestown Chiefs in Slap Shot. In honor of Paul Newman, here are a few clips from Slap Shot — […]

A Victory for the Little Guys

The Capitals this morning made 20 cuts from their training camp roster: Greg Amadio, Dean Arsene, Jay Beagle, Francois Bouchard, Sean Collins, Viktor Dovgan, Michael Dubuc, Alexandre Giroux, Bryan Helmer, Maxime Lacroix, Tommy Maxwell, Patrick McNeill, Graham Mink, Travis Morin, Michael Neuvirth, Oskar Osala, Steve Pinizotto, Sasha Pokoluk, Darren Reid and Kyle Wilson. Note the […]

NHL Preseason Games Should Be Admission-Free Recruiting Tools

How many $100 million athletes do you know who “beg” to play in all of their teams’ preseason games? That’s Alexander Ovechkin for you. It was his show last night at Verizon Center, a 5-2 Capitals’ win, and while it meant nothing in the grand scheme of things, because it was a hockey game, with […]