Five most popular NHL stories ever: Happy Canada Day!


Happy Canada Day everybody! That’s write today is Canadian Independence Day, and to celebrate we’re posting the five most popular hockey stories of all time during the seven year history of The Sports Bank. Yes, we’re celebrating Canada’s national past time by posting links to the most popular hockey stories in the history of the site.

As much as I myself enjoy the game for what it is, now you can see why I don’t write about it that much anymore. I may live in Chicago, currently the hockey hotbed of all hockey hot beds, but those Blackhawks fans don’t put their money where their mouth is.

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Q&A with Blackhawks Trevor Van Riemsdyk


Chicago Blackhawks Defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk made his NHL postseason debut on June 8th in game three of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. In his rookie season, he was limited to just 18 games to due to patellar and wrist injuries.

The Middletown, New Jersey native is the younger brother of James van Riemsdyk, who plays Left Wing for the Toronto Maple Leafs. James Van Riemsdyk was drafted 2nd overall (right behind Patrick Kane) in the 2007 NHL Draft. The youngest sibling, Brendan van Riemsdyk, is committed to play for the University of New Hampshire.

Van Riemsdyk won the first Stanley Cup of his career as the Blackhawks beat the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games. We caught up to him at Nike Train Chicago,

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VIDEO: Chicago Blackhawks fans celebrate in streets


The Stanley Cup Final is sports Cinco de Mayo; 95% of the people celebrating it really have no clue what it’s actually about. It’s an easy excuse to get plastered. Whoops I meant to say PLASTERED!

#BecauseItsTheCup (of grain alcohol) At least, that what it’s become during the Chicago Blackhawks dynasty era/social media era. Yes, three titles in five years is a dynasty; given the restrictions of a salary cap.

And yes, Bears fans, Cubs fans, Bulls fans whoever would have been just as annoying had Twitter existed in 1985, 1908 and the 1990s respectively.

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The Chicago Blackhawks bandwagon at its best (or worst)

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The Chicago Blackhawks bandwagon is bigger and badder this year than ever before. “HAWKS WIN” was a top ten national trending term on Twitter last night. And yes it was HAWKS WIN, in ALL CAPS, because Tweeters were YELLING. It was not Hawks win because that’s not quite LOUD ENOUGH!

Yes, it’s obvious that the Blackhawks are the most powerful national hockey brand. They’re like the Chicago Bulls in the ’90s; the bandwagon is both national and local.

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Blackhawks triumph helps Chicago recover from Great Fire of 1871 (SATIRE)

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With every postseason win, the Chicago Blackhawks take another step towards drinking the blessed waters residing within Lord Stanley’s Cup. The possibility of tasting these pure waters lifts the spirits of Windy City Citizens still yearning for a ray of light to guide them through the dark devastation brought on by the Great Chicago Fire in October of 1871.

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Chelsea Dagger: NOT a song about doing cocaine with a prostitute

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Chelsea Dagger by The Fratellis, the Chicago Blackhawks goal scoring celebration song, has become a go-to cliche for Hawks fans and media alike. You’ll hear Chicago media members lacking in originality and devoid of cleverness use a sentence like “Will the Hawks put a Chelsea Dagger in the Minnesota Wild tonight?” or

“This game could be the Chelsea Dagger for the Anaheim Ducks,” in their broadcasts/articles etc.

Likewise on Blackhawks Playoffs Twitter, the excruciating banality of which has been chronicled in excruciating detail here.

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As Blackhawks succeed, Blackhawks Twitter degenerates

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I sincerely hope the Chicago Blackhawks win Game 7 in Anaheim Saturday night; and then go on win the Stanley Cup Final. I am rooting FOR the team. What I am rooting AGAINST is Chicago Blackhawks Playoffs Twitter; in all its forms.

I want the Blackhawks to win it all. I want Blackhawks Playoffs Twitter to die; quickly.

Before we get to making fun of people/stuff, I should point out that there are plenty of great accounts to follow during Blackhawks games.

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Chicago Blackhawks vs Nashville Predators playoff schedule, TV listings

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Here it is! Get our your day planners and pens, here’s the Chicago Blackhawks playoff schedule; with television assignments. The Blackhawks certainly did not finish with a flourish, and essentially limped to the finish line. Hence they’ll enter the postseason a lower seed versus the Nashville Predators.

What about Patrick Kane?

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Patrick Sharp considers suing slanderous site over salacious rumors

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Chicago Blackhawks star forward Patrick Sharp told the media yesterday that he is considering legal action against a local website that published an alarmingly detailed laundry list of rumors pertaining to his personal life. The website published a seemingly self-assured “post” (it is a “post” not an “article”) that went into excessive detail about supposed trysts involving Sharp, and insinuating that strife in Sharp’s personal life has

1.) attributed to his poor play on the ice

2.) divided the Blackhawks locker room

Patrick Sharp says he is considering legal action, and whether or not he wins the potential lawsuit, I’ll leave that one to the legal experts.

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Blackhawks superfan Vince Vaughn does the Polar Plunge

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Vince Vaughn wore a Blackhawks captain’s jersey and jumped into a 30-degree Lake Michigan Sunday morning as part of the annual Polar Plunge. At first I wondered why people like Vaughn, former Bears great Otis Wilson and even pop star Lady Gaga would do this.

Why would people willingly jump into a frigid Lake Michigan with an air temperature of barely 25 degrees?

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NHLN’s Jamal Mayers believes Blackhawks will turn up in crunch time


NHL Network Analyst Jamal Mayers earned himself a Stanley Cup championship ring with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013. It was his final season in the NHL, ending a career that spanned 15 years and four other teams in addition to the Blackhawks.

Mayers was one of a few former Blackhawks who took part in a celebrity hockey game for “Unite on the Ice” last night. The evening of celebrity hockey and open skate activities benefited St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Denis Savard sees no issues in Blackhawks Defense


When I was a kid growing up in the 1980s Denis Savard was Chicago Blackhawks hockey. The first thing that came to mind with the Hawks back then was Savard. The “Spinorama,” “Savoir Faire,” “Savvy,” and in more recent years “commit to the indian.” The nine time NHL All-Star trails only Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita for total points in Chicago Blackhawks history.

If you’re making a Blackhawks Mt. Rushmore, Denis Savard is unquestionably a part of it. He had his number retired by the team in 1998, and he entered the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2000.

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