The Official NHL Rule Book contains a handful of rules inspired by individual players, but none of them are formally named for those players. The Official NHL Rule Book is sneaky that way. Not to worry, though: The NHL Dictionary is here for you, and it can totally take the Rule Book in a fight. Against the express wishes of the Rule Book we now present some of the most prominent of those rules.
I want to start this recap with a caveat: it has been a tumultuous few weeks since I wrote “Part 1”, wherein the word tumultuous has been used in a very understated manner. Hirings, firings, injuries, panic, excitement and a dash of drama has made the Premier League something of a topsy turvy world at present. Accusations of player poaching, the implosion of a seemingly stable team and upsets galore.
As per TSN, the New York Rangers have extended superstar goalie Henrik Lundqvist with a lucrative 7-year contract, to begin in the 2014/15 season.
The buzzer sounds to signal the end of another pulsating contest; sweat beading the brows of the stoic warriors on each team, titans, laying everything on the line to seal a victory that will render them forever immortalised in the minds of those watching, but wait, it’s a tie-game. Time for overtime, or as I like to call it, that barren wasteland, that limp procession during which I go make a milky 3am tea and wait for the inevitable shootout that both sides are ultimately seeking. Is there anything worse? Is there anything more in opposition to hockey’s traditional ‘give-everything’ spirit?
Well, as sure as crisp leaves falling in an Autumnal breeze, change is coming.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The growth continues to happen here at Ice Nation UK. We are delighted to welcome Katrina Gordon into the fray! A proud Scot, Kat is about as fiercely dedicated a hockey fan as they come, her allegiances lying both with her local Braehead Clan of the EIHL, and with the Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL. She regularly tweets and writes for UK fan site BritPensFanClub, and we are very excited about having her as part of the team!
I‘m sitting staring at the laptop. It’s a quiet night for me, and I’m trying to put into words “being a female hockey fan”. The fact that it’s different at all is annoying me, so I decided to do some research and had a wee nosey at the internet. Big mistake. The first picture I came across was of two girls asking to perform a sex act on Tyler Seguin. This isn’t the first piece I’ve written on this subject. For those of you who don’t know, I write/tweet/blog/rant for the British Penguins Fan Club. I bet you read that I was a Pittsburgh Penguins fan and suddenly I became a crazy Crosby fan with no opinions other than “oh isn’t he cute!” But why don’t I let you in on a wee secret? He is. He’s also leading the NHL in points right now. I dunno which one turns me on the most.
EDITOR’S NOTE: You’d be forgiven for thinking we’ve become a rescue home for hockey writers, but in actual fact we just love adding more talent to our roster – something the Edmonton Oilers know all about (pffffft). So, let us introduce to you yet another new Ice Nation UK writer, James Proudlock. James is a Philadelphia Flyers fan, falling in to the sport thanks to the epic clashes between the Broad Street Bullies and their Pittsburgh rivals. Currently studying journalism at University here in the UK, and covering many local music acts, James will be bringing you Flyers-centric analysis, as well as regular news updates from around the NHL. Join us in welcoming him aboard!
N.B. The following article was written several days ago, so some of the statistics may be slightly out of date, but the point of the article most definitely remains.
The Philadelphia Flyers have reached 25 games with a record of 11-12-2, which places them sixth in the new Metropolitan division, two points behind the New York Rangers in third, with a game in hand. Who’d have thought after the Flyers’ disastrous start to the season that they’d have been able to claw themselves back into the early season playoff race?
N ow that we’re about a quarter of the way through the season, a small group of players are starting to break away from the rest of the pack at the top of the goalscoring rankings. Some of these guys are the regulars who are there every season and some names are more surprising.
I’m going to take a look at some of the underlying numbers to try and get a clearer picture of which guys have a good chance of contending for the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy at the end of the season, and which guys are due to hit a dry patch in the near future when their Sh% regresses.