Champions Hockey League 2015 Pools Released

On Wednesday, May 13th, the Champions Hockey League pools for 2015-16 were released. This year’s tournament will feature four more teams, increasing the size of the event from 44 to 48 teams. Instead of last year’s 11 groups of four, the 2015-16 season will feature 16 groups of three teams.

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The Playoffs: Just How Far Can The Tampa Bay Lightning Go?

Tampa Bay Group

As we enter the Playoffs of the 2014/15 NHL Season, the tension levels grow for the fans of the teams involved. Some teams are used to the stress and strain the Playoffs hold, for example the Detroit Redwings and the Pittsburgh Penguins, who in recent years have regularly made them; yet for other franchises, such as the Winnipeg Jets and the Calgary Flames, this is a new experience for most of their players, as they’ve not been as successful in recent times.

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The postseason’s here!

Check out each first round series

Rendered in haiku.

The Penguins Go to Gotham (Penguins at Rangers)*

All O and no D

Makes Pittsburgh vulnerable

Season champs should roll

Canadian Civil War, East Edition (Senators at Canadiens)*

Hammond versus Price

Each game could be a shutout

That’s the Sens’ best hope

The Yzerman Cup (Red Wings at Lightning)*

Bolts’ potent offence

Should own Detroit’s goaltenders

This one could be quick

Lamplighters’ Ball (Islanders at Capitals)*

Tons of emotion

Plus Ovi v. Tavares

Expect a barn-burner

The Teemu Cup (Jets at Ducks)*

The Jets are so cute!

Everyone’s rooting for them!

They’re gonna get crushed

Midwest Mayhem (Wild at Blues)*

The Blues’ strong skaters

Meet Minny’s sizzling goalie

Dubnyk will decide

Divisional Format Special (Blackhawks at Predators)*

Tough draw for Nashville

Can injured Kane still play hard?

If so, Preds are dead

Canadian Civil War, West Edition (Flames at Canucks)*

Canucks lucked out here

New format spared them the Hawks

Still might need 7

How Many Games Will the Winners Need?

5: Rangers, Lightning

7: Blackhawks, Canucks, Blues

6: Habs, Ducks, Isles


Add to each preview:

“Unless a goalie gets hot –

Then all bets are off.”

All You Really Need To Know

Repeat after me:

“Goalies, special teams are key.”

Now you’re an expert!


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David Nonis, Coaching Staff Fired in Toronto

Everyone knew that there would be big changes coming to the struggling Toronto Maple Leafs, especially after Brendan Shanahan stepped in as team President last season. Well, now the changes have been made at the front office and within the coaching staff as former GM David Nonis and interim coach Peter Horachek were relieved of their duties. Assistant coaches Steve Spott and Chris Dennis, and goalie coach Rick St. Croix were also relieved of their duties. Steve Staios will return next season to his previous role as manager of player development. Assistant GM Kyle Dubas and director of player personnel Mark Hunter will step up as interim coaches while Shanahan begins his search for permanent replacements.

Horachek replaced Randy Carlyle as coach back in January, 40 games into the season when Toronto was in fourth place in the Atlantic Division with a 21-16-3 record.

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EIHL: Playoff Weekend

Coventry Blaze overcome Belfast Giants

With two out of three pieces of silverware decided on, the playoffs were the last possible option to mark a winning season.


Ahead of the Playoff weekend was the home and away qualifying legs.  Challenge Cup winners Cardiff Devils were up against tough competition in the Belfast Giants, in the only game on the Friday.  In what turned out to be a hard fought battle, Belfast’s 1st period goal was the only marker in the game.

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Is History Repeating Itself: St. Louis Blues Begin to Stumble in Homestretch


Since the inception of the St. Louis Blues fans have cheered their team on throughout the regular season and into the playoffs only to feel bitter disappointment. Generations of fans have had the expectation that this will be the year the Stanley Cup finally makes its celebratory pass through the streets of St. Louis.

St. Louis Blues’ fans are without a doubt some of the best and most loyal in the NHL and their support of the organization and individual players is unwavering. The big question on every fan’s mind is can the Blues pull it off and bring home the Cup or is history going to repeat itself?

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