Britain’s History in the NHL and their New Hope

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As it stands, none of the 30 National Hockey League teams has a British player in their roster, and there hasn’t been one since Owen Nolan retired in 2010.

This is primarily down to there being very limited ice hockey facilities in the U.K., and the sport not being as popular as football, rugby or cricket. Although the Elite Ice Hockey League gets great attendances, their rosters are predominantly filled with foreign players.

But there is hope for the Brits as two U.K. born hockey players joined NHL franchises in the 2014 Draft.

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Hockey In London – Where To Get Your Pre-Christmas Fix

So the nights are drawing in and the clocks are falling back, winter is on its way and well it’s the time the perfect time to go and see a game or two. I live in London so I’m just giving a small guide on where you can catch a few games.

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Why Hockey Fights Cancer is Important

Everyone has a story, no matter what the sport. Almost every player and team staff, be it ownership, management, a scout, or a coach behind the bench, is fighting for something. I don’t just mean winning games and winning a championship. I mean battles that lie beyond sports. While I’m sure that almost every sport has some type of charity organization or program affiliation or initiative, there’s one that hockey has that I personally feel is very important. It’s Hockey Fights Cancer.

As all you hockey fans may know already, this month is Hockey Fights Cancer month, already kicked off earlier this week by the Anaheim Ducks in their game against the Minnesota Wild on the 18th.

Cancer is one of those pain in the ass diseases that will never go away, and it’s a very dangerous and life threatening disease if not treated beforehand. In fact, it’s the leading cause of death worldwide. From 2008-2012, the number of cancer cases is 454.8 per 100,000 men and women each year; the number of cancer-related deaths is 171.2 per 100,000 men and women annually. This year alone, according to the Wiley Online Library, there are an estimated 1.6 million cancer cases total and almost 600,000 estimated deaths.

So far, it seems the highlight of this week’s Hockey Fights Cancer pregame dedications has been 5-year-old Max Mitchell, who was invited to ice-level for the ceremonial puck drop by the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night. The video can be seen below:

Since I’m a Sharks fan, my team’s Hockey Fights Cancer Night will be tomorrow night when they face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes, and personally I’m thinking about my grandma on my father’s side, who passed away about two years ago now from lung cancer.

My grandma never knew a thing about hockey. The thing about my family is that none of them really got into sports. None of them are die-hard fans of any team (except me now), much less casual fans except my dad. Thus the majority of the time I’d known her from my early childhood up until she succumbed to cancer, I’d never really been much of a sports fan. Well, that changed in 2010 when I was introduced indirectly to hockey in school. If you want to read that story, you can check it out here.

Anyway, over the years, as I’d become more aware of the initiative and knowing how much different people — including athletes and organizations — are supporting different charities and noble causes, I’d started to think to myself “how different would my life and perspective have been if I had gotten into hockey earlier and really known about Hockey Fights Cancer?” That said, she fought a valiant battle and was always known to be one for great optimism. I still miss her to this day.

Here is the calendar for all the Hockey Fights Cancer Nights for this month.

October Hockey Fights Cancer Nights

If you have a Hockey Fights Cancer story, feel free to share with us in the comments below!

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The Bettman Game – Ice Hockey Is Not Restricted To Big Cities

Sonny Keywood, Lawson Glasby, Gary Bettman, the NHL, the English League, The English National League, Don Garber, the MLS, Green Bay Packers, Newcastle Vipers, British Basketball, David Beckham, Percy Harold Nicklin, Wasps Rugby Club, House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (later the house of Windsor), the netball super league and rugby league.

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Sabres’ Game One Recap

The Buffalo Sabres’ season opener couldn’t have been more perfectly Buffalo.

A stuffed First Niagara Center toasted the new season with glow sticks, videos, and an exceptionally well-done pregame 3D projection show. A short 30 seconds later, that electric atmosphere shut off like a switch with Ottawa’s first goal, scored by Kyle Turris. And just like that, it’s Sabres hockey.

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The Naughty Children – Arizona Coyotes and Florida Panthers

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We all know the franchises, the sun belt teams, the ones that no one seems to like and who everyone likes to bash. I like to call them the naughty children: the Canes, the Panthers and the Coyotes; the Jackets and Stars are sometimes lumped into these pots, but with better attendances and more importantly, a growing youth and midget league infrastructure in the area, well I’m not calling them naughty at the moment – they are off the list.

So the season has finally started and it’s been a great start and I’ve probably watched more hockey than I should have done. We’re one week in and I want to put some praise on two of the naughtiest of children: the Coyotes and the Panthers. We can’t complain about them all the time and sometimes they deserve praise.

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Boston Bruins – Off Season and an Off Start to the Season

By Henry Bentley

The presenter said in the first game of the season with the Bruins that, “Boston is not even in discussions this season”, which sums up the feeling around the NHL about them.

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