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Phil Esposito was inducted into the Hockey Hall of fame on this day in 1994. For a look back at his impact on the league, THW presents this article, originally published in June, 2015. In today’s look at important off-season trades over the years, we set our sights back to 1967.  While this particular deal did
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This article was originally published in August, 2012. The New York Rangers endured one of sports longest championship droughts, as they went fifty-four years without winning the Stanley Cup. And while the Stanley Cup ultimately didn’t make it to New York, the years between 1940 and 1994 didn’t pass by without great moments and seasons.
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This post was originally written in August, 2014. There’s a price to pay when you play hockey in Los Angeles. Sure, it’s December, and it’s 70 degrees outside. Sure, you can get around town with ease and nobody knows your name. It’s that nobody knows your name part. On one hand, you come and go
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This post was originally published in October, 2009. Ex-NHL player Bob Sirois wrote a book examining the NHL’s treatment of French Canadian players called Le Quebec mis en echec: la discrimination envers les Quebecois dans le LNH (Quebec body checked: discrimination against Quebecers in the NHL.) The book contends that prejudice is alive and well
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Unless you were fortunate enough to be around to witness Paul Coffey play during his prime, it is unlikely you can comprehend how important he was to the success of the Edmonton Oilers. Anyone can look at his stat line and be impressed by the eye-popping totals. However, those numbers do not tell us just
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This article was originally written in June, 2014. The Atlanta Thrashers had a brief, disappointing tenure in the NHL. The main reason why the Thrashers failed was their poor performance at the draft table. The Thrashers had an awful time selecting and scouting players in the junior ranks, which greatly affected their performance on the
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This article was originally written in September, 2010. Lorne “Gump” Worsley, born and raised in Montreal, was the last NHL goalie to play without a mask.  “My face is my mask,” he would say, refusing to don facial protection.  He acquired the nickname Gump as a youngster due to his facial resemblance to Andy Gump,
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This article was originally written in December, 2012. The NHL has a long and storied existence. Legendary teams, lines and players serve as a reminder of days gone by while today’s players continue to forge the legacy left behind by the pioneers of our beloved game. Like any legendary player, their contributions to the record
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This article was originally written in February, 2016. When one thinks of ways to describe Martin Brodeur, many words come to mind. Stanley Cup champion. Gold medal winner. Vezina Trophy winner. Workhorse. Consistent. Clutch. Class. You don’t have to take my word for it, you could ask some of Marty’s teammates: and that’s just what
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This article was originally posted in March, 2016. Let’s rewind ten(!) years to the 2005-06 NHL Trade Deadline. It’s March 2016. Scoring is up in the NHL after years of obstruction, clutch-and-grab, and enormous goaltending equipment. The lockout is now over and the NHL has implemented a salary cap for the first time. Rookies Alex
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This article was originally written in August, 2009. “Pavel Bure was – and is – the best player to ever wear a Canucks’ uniform.” —Pat Quinn, former Canucks GM The Beginning of Pavel Bure’s Iconic Career Discussions involving Pavel Bure’s talent always inspire an incredible amount of praise. Songs were written after his arrival, fans
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This article was originally written in June, 2012. The first National Hockey League team to claim home ice in New York City played at Madison Square Garden and wore red, white, and blue uniforms. This team was not the New York Rangers, but they were responsible for the Rangers coming into existence, and become the
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This article was originally written in June, 2010. University of Wisconsin’s Blake Geoffrion, winner of the 2010 Hobey Baker Memorial Award for college hockey’s best player, is the new Crown Prince of NCAA Hockey.  Like a champion thoroughbred racehorse, Blake’s hockey blood lines can be traced back four generations. Howie Morenz, his great-grandfather, who played
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This article was originally posted in August, 2014. Everyone loves an underdog. It’s not hard to see why. An individual or a team that overcomes the odds with a plucky heart and determined spirit always seems to capture the imagination of the masses. Sports are filled with teams like this, and hockey may have more
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This July we celebrate the goaltender. Here is a post written back in 2012 that we feel is still relevant and a great story for goalies. Earlier this week we published Goaltenders – A Breed Apart, with some great videos as well as a feature on legendary goaltender Vladislav Tretiak. We hope you’ll enjoy them.
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– Originally published on Dec. 19, 2010 The City of Montreal was home to two NHL teams during a good chunk of the league’s formative years in the 1920’s and ‘30’s – The Montreal Maroons and the Canadiens. At the time, Montreal was the financial center of Canada and its biggest city. It was the
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Originally published in March of 2015, hockey in the great state of Minnesota only grows stronger with each passing year. The State of Hockey… What does it mean? Where does it come from? It’s hardly a secret that Minnesota has long been a hockey Mecca. The first hockey teams in Minnesota were formed a couple
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** Originally published on April 2010 by Bruce Wilkie/THW The 1950s and 60s were a time of great growth for professional sports in the United States. Three of the four “major” sports had expanded to become nationwide entities. The National Football League, National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball had expanded or had teams move
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This post was originally written in 2009 by Michael DiFranco and has since been updated. Roman Cechmanek was one of these European players whose star risen as fast as declined. He was not a widely known draft pick, burst onto the scene in the NHL later in his career and had several solid to great
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