Top Five Early Contenders for the Stanley Cup

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By Patrick Pierce

The Stanley Cup is the most prestigious trophy in the world of hockey. In fact, it is considered the first trophy to be awarded to a professional sports franchise. Just as in every season, the competition to drink from Lord Stanley’s Cup will be fierce. Every single team knows why this is often considered one of the hardest trophies to win in all of sports. 

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Beginner’s Guide to Ice Hockey Sticks

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By K.C. Weldon

Hockey is without a doubt one of the most prolific sports on the planet. However, it takes more than just determination to partake in the sport. Not only do you need a helmet and skates, but also you need a stick. In fact, a stick is probably one of the most important parts of a player’s arsenal. And, there really are a lot of factors that need to be taken into consideration when choosing the right hockey stick. The right stick will not only make a difference in how you handle the puck, but it will play a factor in your shot.

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How To Start Playing Hockey As An Adult

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By K.C. Weldon

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If you’re over the age of 20 you might feel like the days of picking up new hobbies and skills are behind you. The prospect of taking on an entirely new sport could seem even more daunting.

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Chicago Wolves Celebrate a Quarter Century; Showcasing Franchise Strength

Nathaniel Hawthorne once said that “families are always rising and falling in America,” and the same can be said of Chicago sports franchises. If you’ve lasted a quarter century, as the Chicago Wolves have, and you’re still going strong- that’s a true testament to your franchise viability and durability.

The Chicago sports scene is an extremely crowded one, and the competition for attention can often be quite fierce. The task is made even more difficult by the fact that this town very often gets tunnel vision for one team. You see that with the Cubs now, and you just witnessed it with the Blackhawks in the first half of this decade.

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Man with Blackhawks Face Tattoo Went in Sewer System to Evade Police

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An Elgin man, who sports a prominent Chicago Blackhawks logo tattoo on his cheek, tried to evade suburban police by taking an unorthodox route that be believed would lead him to freedom. Spoiler alert- it did not.

Bryant, Torres, who also has a giant #2 tattooed on his neck to honor Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith, attempted to flee police by jumping into the Fox River, swimming through it, and then entering a drainage pipe. Torres, doing his best Richard Kimball impersonation, then entered the sewer system, believing the police wouldn’t know where to find him.

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Is Major League Sport Ready to Take Hold in Vegas?

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By John O’Leary

Over the decades, Las Vegas has become famous for many things but major league sport hasn’t been one of them. However, the signs are that this is all about to change and, indeed, it has already started to with the arrival of the Vegas Golden Knights NHL team. Now ice hockey may seem like an unlikely sport for a city where the average October daytime temperature is over 80o F but the team has already started to make itself at home at the T-Mobile Stadium enjoying a record-breaking run of wins for an inaugural season.

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Mike Pence, Donald Trump Sports “Boycott” Inspiring Wagering Now

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At this point, anyone who’s been paying attention and possesses a basic adult human intellect realizes that Mike Pence was simply pulling a blatant publicity stunt at last Sunday’s Indianapolis Colts game versus the San Francisco 49ers.

Upon “leaving in disgust” at the national anthem protests, Pence then commenced a twitter storm which consisted of obviously pre-planned statements and talking points.

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Jonathan Toews Makes Passionate Call for Action on Climate Change

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Climate change is real and there is certainly no debate on that. Science has decided that, whether global warming deniers or skeptics choose to accept it. Of course, the major key to resolving the climate crisis is to get everyone on board with the cause and on the same page with their beliefs.

Chicago Blackhawks star Jonathan Toews has once again shared his views on climate change, and he’s made his plea to people on both sides of the debate. This is exactly what he hope to see from big time pro athletes like Jonathan Toews, using the tremendous platform he possesses to project a powerful social message.

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Ex Blackhawks LW Daniel Carcillo is Literally Saving Lives During His Retirement

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Former Chicago Blackhawks winger Daniel Carcillo gave about as meaningful a response as you’ll ever hear from a professional athlete during Q&A. Carcillo speaks from the heart, and he’s true to the game, just like Honest Hockey’s website. “To have a purpose in life, to be selfless, to put others before myself, helps me to stay happy and healthy,” he said at the Sheraton Grand Chicago at the Go Beyond Challenge, an event benefitting the ICE (Inner-City Education) program.

The 31-year-old former left wing was referencing his Chapter 5 Foundation, a non-profit he created upon retirement in 2015 to help former NHL players suffering from post-concussion syndrome and mental health issues. [Read more…]

Former Blackhawks Star Bryan Bickell Feeling Better in Battle Against MS

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On the day that we caught up with former Chicago Blackhawks star Bryan Bickell, healthcare was the transcendent national story overshadowing all other news. With Bickell individually, the very first question on everybody’s mind is of course, “how’s his health?”

It’s actually that way for all of us, every day of our lives, because the old adage, “if you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything” is always true no matter what physical shape you are in.

In the case of Bryan Bickell, “how are you doing?” means a lot more than just your typical small, elevator talk.

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ESPN 30 for 30: Top 20 of All Time List

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Rating the best films in the ESPN 30 for 30 series is a highly debatable endeavor, as there are so many great documentaries to choose from. Click the title where highlighted for a review/feature on that specific film.

A year ago, I would have told you that there’s Hillsborough, the college football docs, and then there’s everything else. Still true, except now there’s Laettner, which towers above everything else.

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Red Wings Final Game at the Joe: Saying Goodbye to Joe Louis Arena

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Hundreds of venues I’ve attended, thousands of games and I doubt I’ll ever see another promotion like this again. Entire rows of people, not a couple fans here and there, but entire rows received free Little Caesar’s Pizza. Not just pieces of pizza, but an entire, whole pizza! Yes, whole rows of people getting whole pizzas, every period of a hockey game.

Indeed I saw it thrice.

Now that’s brand awareness, and it’s brilliant. It’s been a week now since I witnessed this publicity stunt, and here we are a week later, and I’m still talking about it. Not just talking about it, but leading my “Saying Farewell to The Joe as the Detroit Red Wings move on a new home write-up.”

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