June 25th, 2014
After a season to forget, the Vancouver Canucks are ready to hit the reset button for 2014-2015. The team has a new look in its front office and behind the bench, with Trevor Linden and Jim Benning taking over as President of Hockey Operations and General Manager, respectively. Gone are head coach John Tortorella and assistant Mike Sullivan, as Willie Desjardins was formally introduced as the Canucks’ new bench boss earlier this week.
The National Hockey League released its 2014-2015 schedule on Sunday. The regular season begins on October 8th, featuring the Los Angeles Kings unfurling their 2014 championship banner in their home opener versus their California rivals the San Jose Sharks (who incidentally nearly ended the Kings’ 2014 playoff run in their 1st round series). The Vancouver Canucks will also open their season that day with a road date against the Calgary Flames.
The Canucks home opener will feature the Edmonton Oilers in town on Saturday, October 11th. Some notable Rogers Arena dates include:
Saturday, October 18 vs Tampa Bay
Thursday, October 26 vs Montreal
Sunday, November 23 vs Chicago
Tuesday, November 25 vs New Jersey
Tuesday, January 8 vs Florida *Roberto Luongo’s 1st game in Vancouver since being traded last season
Friday, February 13 vs Boston
See the full 2014-2015 Canucks schedule now available on the National Hockey League’s website.
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June 2nd, 2014
Out of the fire of two tightly-contested Game 7s, the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers are set to begin the Stanley Cup Final at the Staples Center on Wednesday. One year removed from their championship run in 2012, Kings secured their Finals berth with a thrilling 5-4 overtime win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday night. After three straight seven-game series, one has to wonder if the Kings will have anything left in the tank against a speedy Rangers squad that has been idling since their 1-0 Game 7 victory over the Canadiens last Thursday. The Kings will likely lean on their depth and championship experience to their advantage, as well as having home ice advantage.
The 2014 Stanley Cup Final schedule goes as follows (all times in EST):
Game 1: Wednesday, June 4 – NYR @ LAK, 8:00pm ET
Game 2: Saturday, June 7 – NYR @ LAK, 7:00pm ET
Game 3: Monday, June 9 – LAK @ NYR, 8:00pm ET
Game 4: Wednesday, June 11 – LAK @ NYR, 8:00pm ET
Game 5 (if necessary): Friday, June 13 – NYR @ LAK, 8:00pm ET
Game 6 (if necessary): Monday, June 16 – LAK @ NYR, 8:00pm ET
Game 7 (if necessary): Wednesday, June 18 – NYR @ LAK, 8:00pm ET
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October 2nd, 2013
Is this something that still has a place in hockey?
Game on – the National Hockey League’s 2013/2014 regular season got officially underway yesterday with three games on the opening night schedule. The beginning of a new season should always be an exciting time for hockey fans, with this year being especially unique with the newly-aligned divisions
that created new rivalries going forward this year. Questions of how players perform on new teams, or which teams rise and fall from their previous performances get answered over an 82-game schedule.
However, last night’s game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens featured an ugly injury that reignited the recent debate about fighting in the NHL. Partway through the third period, heavyweight enforcers George Parros and Colton Orr squared off for the second time in the game. As both players wrestled with each other’s jerseys, Parros lost his balance and was knocked unconscious with a hard fall on his chin. Parros was later stretchered off the ice and diagnosed with a concussion.
There is a general consensus among surveyed players today that fighting is still a integral part of hockey. However, it has sparked a fresh debate from media writers who are questioning whether fighting should be eliminated from the game. The latest questions stem from the possibility that the NHL could be held liable for the long-term effects of head injuries suffered from fighting – a debate gaining momentum following concussion-related lawsuits and settlements from the National Football League.
What do you think about fighting in the National Hockey League? Do you think it still has a place in the game in either the amateur or professional level?
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