During the Hockey season, we all know what the allstars are up to. Training, doing promotional content for brands, going from city to city, and of course playing our favourite game, but does anyone pay attention to what they’re getting up to during the off season? Well lucky for you, we have been keeping an eye on some of their social media accounts, so keep reading if you’re interested in being caught up with some of your favourite hockey players’ lives.
Connor McDavid (@cmdavid97)
Connor McDavid looks like he caught the travelling bug. According to his Instagram and Twitter, he has been travelling through Europe with his girlfriend, and friends. From what we can tell, they made their first trip in Amsterdam, and then about a week later headed up to France, and even visited the French Open Tennis Tournament.
Connor Mcdavid has stayed relatively quiet this Summer on his social media accounts, but we do know that he went to the NHL Awards,was nominated and won the Ted Lindsay Award, which was for being the most outstanding player as voted by the NHLPA. Good for you Connor!
He even did a meet and greet for his fans that was sponsored by CIBC in Brampton!
So it looks, like McDavid has had a busy summer and we can’t wait to see him back on the ice!
P.K. Subban (@subbanator)
Unlike McDavid, P.K. Can’t seem to stay off of his phone. His Instagram Portrays that he has been training intensely, but partying just as hard. He even uploaded a photo of him with Arnold Schwarzenegger!
His high energy, and charismatic personality, renders him to be a bit of a social media star. He enjoys messing around, and letting his followers see his sillier side, to keep up his side gig as an Internet Personality.
Earlier this summer he went travelling to Italy, and ended up taking a hilarious picture of him that ended up going viral, and became the biggest hockey meme of the season.
A week later him and his girlfriend modeled for Sports Illustrated front cover. Talk about being busy!
His Last big Summer venture, was being nominated for a Kids Choice Sport Award! Here’s his announcement:
We hope that he posts as much during the on season this year, because he has an extremely entertaining Instagram. We recommend you give him a follow!
Family-man, all around class act, and New York Rangers goaltender, Henrik Lundqvist is, an active instagrammer (one of the most followed NHL Players too). He started off his summer hanging out with his daughter Charlise.
That’s not to say he doesn’t do anything exciting though! He attended Wimbledon Tennis Tournament and managed to take some pictures for the gram.
Henrik and his Rangers team mate Mats Zuccarello hosted the Summer Classic 2018 game in Oslo, Norway. In this event the two teammates handpicked teams to play from a variety of all star teams.
You can check out the Summer Classic website here!
But, of course Henrik being a man of many talents, also did a live concert with his band “The Noise Upstairs” and uploaded a video of them covering Sweet Child O’mine by Guns and Roses, and they killed it.
As we were writing this blog, he uploaded another picture to his Instagram, which proves even more so, that he is not your typical dad. It looks like he had some fun today racing a sports car around a track. At the Integral Hockey office we are hoping he uploads some footage of him burning some rubber!
We’re you surprised about some of the things that these NHL pros were up too in the off season? let us know your take on it in the comments!
After 19 years of playing, Jarome Iginla has decided to finally hang up the skates. In his career he played over a whopping 1,500 games, ending it off with 625 goals and 675 assists, leaving it at a clean 1,300 points in total. He played for 5 different NHL teams; Calgary flames, Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche, and Los Angeles Kings. He was the 18th captain of the Calgary Flames and played 16 seasons for them. The Flames ended up holding a retirement press conference to honor all the years he played for them.
Integral Hockey would like to honor Jarome Iginla’s retirement, by recognizing his generosity, and kindness as a player on and off the ice, and shout out all his acts of kindness. One of which was for every goal he scored he donated $1,000 dollars to Kidsport; an organization which raises money to help underprivileged children to afford sports.
Integral Hockey is also proud to be supporters of Kidsport, and you can check them out here: http://www.kidsportcanada.ca. Later Iginla ended up raising the stakes to $2,000 per goal he scored. This venture ended up raising $700,000 for Kidsport between 2000-2013. This was enough to fund hundreds of kids expenses to be be able to play hockey for years.
He opened the Jarome Iginla Hockey School in Calgary, which he donates 100% of the proceeds to a variety of different charities. In 2009 alone Iginla’s hockey school raised $35,000 for the Ronald McDonald house of Southern Alberta, and $38,000 in 2010. He also donates his school’s proceeds to the Diabetes Research Association.
So, for those reasons we celebrate your retirement and you, as a down to earth, sportsmanlike kind of player. We hope more like you from the NHL will help as many people as you did.
Thank you Iginla,
In light of the FIFA World Cup wrapping up yesterday, after France defeated Croatia 4-2, we will briefly turn our attention towards soccer – particularly, the most famous trophy in the world which is awarded to the top soccer nation. Weighing 6.1 kilograms, the 18 karat gold trophy was designed by Italian sculptor Silvio Gazzaniga in 1971. At the time, the trophy was worth $50,000. Today, the value of the World Cup is an estimated $20 million.
So how does this compare to other famous professional sports trophies? Well, let’s see…
World Series Trophy (MLB)
Larry O’Brien (NBA)
Vince Lombardi (NFL)
Stanley Cup (NHL)
Each individual Integral Hockey location is locally owned and operated by a hockey enthusiast, and most Integral Hockey owners are even coaches. These owners are operating their business out of their home, and offer a very personalized service to the local hockey community through their passion of the sport, and willingness to help save all hockey players and other parents a tremendous amount of money every season. With over 100 locations, our services are easy to access from most places in North America
Integral Hockey franchise owners are all die hard Hockey fans. Most owners coach their own teams, and many of them have children in a local hockey league. They understand the costs of hockey equipment, and got into this business so they could help others, save time and money. Integral Hockey even has some ex NHL players running franchises such as Andre Dore; an ex New York Ranger, who owns Integral Hockey Connecticut.
Owners of Integral Hockey Franchises usually set up shop in their own homes, which allows them a more flexible schedule (for most owners this is a side job). This allows them to finish their repair quickly, and efficiently, as well as being able to give you the support you need to make your own customized twig. They are supporters of their local hockey communities, and enjoy watching the local hockey thrive.
Integral Hockey has reached a whopping 109 locations. With this many locations throughout North America we are finally reaching our intended audience, and allowing most hockey players the opportunity to have their sticks repaired, or purchase repaired sticks through our many locations.
We are continuing to grow at a rapid pace throughout North America and we our determined to keep our reputation as the #1 stick repair company in the world. We are located in most major cities in Canada as well as many smaller towns, with our headquarters based out of Port Alberni, B.C. 43 of our locations are based out of the United States in cities such as Connecticut and Boston.
We are very excited to be in a position where we have Integral Hockey franchises/distributors spread out across North America to make them available to almost everybody who needs their hockey sticks repaired, whether you are in a major center Like Los Angeles, CA or northern Ontario chances are there is a local Integral Hockey owner close by.
Five days have passed since the Washington Capitals hoisted the Stanley Cup, after defeating Las Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 in game five of the Stanley Cup finals. The chapter that is the 2017-18 NHL season is now forever embedded into the NHL history books, with the names of the Washington Capitals players engraved into Lord Stanley’s mug. History may have closed the door on this past season, but the party goes on, and on, and on…
Surely winning the Stanley Cup is a team effort, though the party has been all about Conn Smythe winner, Alex Ovechkin, who has taken Stanley Cup partying to a whole new level.
From sleeping with the Stanley Cup, to swimming in a public fountain with his teammates, Alex Ovechkin is on cloud nine.
The Washington Nationals invited the Caps out for a ceremonial opening pitch (Note: Ovechkin botched the first pitch and asked for a redo)
Jay and Dan seem to sum up everything nicely here:
— #JayAndDan (@JayAndDan) June 11, 2018
Even Jimmy Fallon got in on the partying action…
Ovechkin and Holtby helped Jimmy Fallon do a keg stand style drink from the Stanley Cup 😂 pic.twitter.com/cTQf4ph753
— Adam Forsythe (@adamforsythe) June 12, 2018
Whether you’re partying because you’re a Capitals fan, or partying because Integral Hockey just saved you a bunch of money on your broken hockey stick, we salute you!
Marc-André Fleury, joined the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2003, and played during the rivalry with the Washington Capitals. The Penguins and Capitals have been rivals since the early 90’s. The rivalry between the two giants of the NHL reached new heights in 2009, when Crosby and Ovechkin had their first playoff meeting. Unfortunately, for Ovie, and friends; Crosby, and the Penguins were able to outmatch them the majority of the time.
In 2017 Penguins goaltender, Marc-André Fleury was drafted to the brand new expansion team: The Vegas Golden Knights for their first season. The Golden Knights, have been performing phenomenally, up until the recent Washington playoff games. Perhaps, this is the result of the Caps knowing how the ex-Pens goalie plays, but without having Crosby (arguably the best player in the league) there to back him up. After playing against Fleury so much while he was a penguin, Washington players are bound to know his technique, style and, tricks that he has up his sleeve.
On the other end of the spectrum the same could be said about Fleury. He should be familiar with the play-style of the Washington Capitals. Is it possible that Fleury has just been having a stroke of bad luck? Could it be his team is getting cocky, or just not playing as defensively as they should be?
On top of this potential advantage, Capitals star player Ovechkin, is a man possessed this playoffs season. He is desperate for a cup, and he has been proving himself worthy of one this year. He has evolved throughout his career from scoring dynamo to all around team leader, and is now raising his shot blocks and back check game to the next level.
Although the Vegas Golden Knights are down 3-1, the team encourages their fans with a light-hearted tweet to have faith. “crazier things have happened than a team coming back from a 3-1 series deficit. Like an expansion team advancing to the Stanley Cup Final for example“.
Hollow carbon fibre repair – maintaining the performance of the stick
Port Alberni, British Columbia, May 31, 2018 – Integral Hockey Stick Repair has just received its Canadian patent (2,866,765), today after years of scrutiny from the patent office. A revolutionary approach to hockey stick repair has been utilized by franchisees and distributors to help hockey families save money for years.
Integral Hockey Stick Repair currently has over 100 franchise and distributor locations using this aerospace technology in North America. This amazing process is patent protected in the US (9,630,291), eight different countries in Europe, and now finally in Canada. “After years of watching these expensive sticks breaking daily, and being thrown out, I knew there had to be a solution” stated Randy Langille, creator of Integral Hockey. Langille invented the process to repair expensive hockey sticks, and took his idea to a patent attorney. With patent pending protection, he franchised his technology to allow quick growth, which would allow accessibility to all hockey players.
Over 2,000,000 hockey sticks are produced annually for the North American market, and each one is destined to break, costing hockey families thousands of dollars. “We have taken a very real problem, solved it with the most high-tech solution on the market, and we’re delivering it at a price that will work for everyone. Something we are very proud of.” said Randy Langille. To date Integral Hockey Stick Repair has repaired over 62,000 hockey sticks saving players, parents, and teams more than $12,000,000.
Since the arrival of composite hockey sticks, manufacturers have been sacrificing strength for weight, which results in expensive sticks breaking at an alarming rate. Integral Hockey Stick Repair takes these broken sticks, and repairs them with composite aerospace technology. There is no noticeable change in the end result with respect to weight, flex, kick-point and balance. Players at all levels are reporting that there is no compromise in the dynamics of their sticks once repaired, and enjoying the cost-savings benefits.
The 46-year-old, Jaromir Jagr, announced on Monday afternoon that he will be suiting up next season with the HC Kladno of the second-tier Czech league; his hometown team, of which he is also a majority owner.
Jagr dressed in just 22 games in Calgary, scoring one goal and seven points. Injury had forced Jagr to the sidelines, something rather new for him. Upon returning to the NHL in 2011-12 following his brief KHL stint, Jagr had missed just 20 games in six seasons. Between a knee injury and groin injury, Jagr was sidelined in 24 games with the Flames this past season, and due to his nagging injuries and inability to catch up to speed with his younger teammates, it became clear around mid-season that Jagr’s time in the Flames was coming to an end. In late-January, Calgary waived Jagr and he was subsequently loaned to Kladno.
The ageless wonder is now entering his 30th season as a professional hockey player. For reference of how amazing of a fete this really is, there were 20 players who dressed for the Calgary Flames this past season that weren’t even born when Jagr made his NHL debut.
Winnpeg may not have the largest population in the NHL… in fact, they have the smallest (http://icehockey.wikia.com/wiki/NHL_Cities_by_population). Though, The Winnipeg Whiteout has proven to be one of the best traditions in the NHL, and that Jets fans are among the rowdiest in professional sports. Fans in “the ‘peg” have packed Bell MTS Place every game this season, and the party has yet to slow down. As part of their pre-game tradition, the Royal Canadian Air Force send two 15 Wing CT-155 Hawks to perform a flypass over the arena. On Sunday, RCAF tweeted a video of the flypass from the cockpit point-of-view. See the video below:
Ever wondered what a @nhljets flypast looks like from the cockpit? Check out the view from the four-ship of 15 Wing CT-155 Hawks that flew the flypast over the #WPGWhiteout yesterday. Looks like the pilot had a fave team! #RCAF pic.twitter.com/fDvahtjHg5
— RCAF (@RCAF_ARC) May 13, 2018
Las Vegas Golden Knights are still the real deal
Quite possibly the biggest story of the first round is that Vegas continues to prove the doubters wrong… AGAIN! Or should we say, the DOUGHTers? Fans were calling our Drew Doughty for speaking too soon about the Golden Knights and how their season will finish, with respect to the Kings’ season.
“There’s no way they are going to be a better team than us by the end of the season.” — Kings defenseman Drew Doughty on the Golden Knights
Kings and Golden Knights close out their season series with a home-and-home on Feb. 26 and 27.
— David Schoen 📰🗞🏒 (@DavidSchoenLVRJ) December 29, 2017
“There’s no way they are going to be a better team than us by the end of the season.”. Spoke too soon? Not only did Vegas finish with a better season record, they also swept LA in the first round of the playoffs. Vegas was a team that many analysts had predicted to finish dead-last in the NHL, and that their early surge of success was due to “beginner’s luck”; beginner’s luck never seemed to wear out. It’s time to admit that Vegas is for real, get over it DOUGHTers.
Ok, Sidney Crosby is still the best player in the game and we’re all scared that the Pens may three-peat.
Just as we thought that the torch had officially been passed along to Connor McDavid, Crosby (once again) shows that he’s the best player in the game. No knock to McDavid whatsoever, but Crosby just won two consecutive Stanley Cups and is now eyeing down his third consecutive. He and the Penguins also won the Stanley Cup back in 2009. And would you look at that, he’s first in playoff goals and total points.
Tortorella is not a happy camper – but has he ever been?
Torts is known for his animated press conferences. Following a Columbus loss to Washington on April 21, John Tortorella gave reporters a bunch of short winded answers, followed by basically guaranteeing a game 7, then abruptly walks away from the podium.
Reporter – “How will you get your team ready emotionally for Game 6 at home?”
Tortorella – “I won’t have to say a damn word to them, boy. No. We’ll be back here for Game 7.”
Tortorella – *peace out as quick as possible*
Winnipeg/Atlanta win their first ever franchise playoff series
Atlanta Thrashers were an expansion team in 1999, and only ever made one playoff appearance in 2006-07. They packed up and moved to Winnipeg in 2012, where they were reborn as the “Jets”. And finally, after all of these years they won their first ever playoff series. Well deserved for the team and fans. Be afraid of the “Whiteout” in Winnipeg!
Neither #1 Easter Conference or Western Conference have been dethroned yet
Nashville in the west, Tampa Bay in the east. Both teams got through the first round with ease, but the next round will not be such a joy ride. Nashville will be playing the hot Winnipeg Jets, and Tampa will be playing the winner of the only 7-game series from this year’s playoffs, either Toronto or Boston.
Speaking of which, only one game 7 series?!?
Just when this series looked to be out of reach for Toronto, they managed to rally back from a 3-1 series deficit against Boston. Game 7 will be played tonight in Boston at 7:30 EST, which will conclude the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Boston has 15 goals for, and 8 goals against, with 2 wins and one loss at home this series.