Ughh… awkward hockey moments. Which is the worst?

Connor McDavid was spotted at the airport and a couple of fans wanted a photo.  McDavid, being the class-act that he is, couldn’t say no.  In the midst of a tough series and right after a long flight, McDavid posed with a fake smile and two fans clinging to him.  The result… awwkwaaaaaarrrd.

 

 

Hockey gives us moments to cheer, laugh, smile, and cry about.  Today we’ll look at the humouros side of hockey and source some of the most cringe-worthy (and laughable) moments ever.

 

  1. Phil Kessel’s bad breath

He showed up to his pranked locker the next day, full of mouth wash, toothpaste, and floss.  You’re breath is just fine, Phil!

 

 

2. Philadelphia selects… uh, I forget… oh, Claude Giroux

 

3. Clothesline.  We’ve watched this one about a thousand times now… surprised his stick didn’t break!

 

4. Adding injury to insult.  This is painful to watch, even though you’ll probably watch it more than once.

 

 

5. Bernier has no idea who Nelson Mandela is…

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“Well obviously growing up, he’s one of the most known athletes in the world. A lot of impact in any kind of sport that he did, and even playing hockey, everyone knows him, right? From being the type of person that he was off the ice and on the ice. It’s unfortunate that he passed a year ago, but, he changed a lot while he was with us, and he’s a tremendous guy.”

 

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Round two of the playoffs brings back a familiar rivalry, but who is really the better player?

Crosby VS Ovechkin

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They both joined the NHL in the 2005-06 season, due to a lockout in the previous season.  Both 1st overall picks, both entering the NHL with tremendous hype.

Ever since they were rookies, their names have been linked.  Even though they’ve defined their respective careers and have matured as players, their names will forever be compared by fans and the media.

Ya, they’ve had their share of one-on-one battles…

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… even the fans get themselves involved.
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But what do the stats say?

Crosby:

2005-06 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 81 39 63 102 110 -1
2006-07 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 79 36 84 120 60 10 5 3 2 5 4
2007-08 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 53 24 48 72 39 18 20 6 21 27 12
2008-09 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 77 33 70 103 76 3 24 15 16 31 14
2009-10 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 81 51 58 109 71 15 13 6 13 19 6
2010-11 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 41 32 34 66 31 20
2011-12 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 22 8 29 37 14 15 6 3 5 8 9
2012-13 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 36 15 41 56 16 26 14 7 8 15 8
2013-14 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 80 36 68 104 46 18 13 1 8 9 4
2014-15 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 77 28 56 84 47 5 5 2 2 4 0
2015-16 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 80 36 49 85 42 19 24 6 13 19 4
2016-17 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 75 44 45 89 24 17 5 2 5 7 0
NHL Totals 782 382 645 1027 576 129 51 93 144 61

 

Ovechkin:

2005-06 Washington Capitals NHL 81 52 54 106 52 2
2006-07 Washington Capitals NHL 82 46 46 92 52 -19
2007-08 Washington Capitals NHL 82 65 47 112 40 28 7 4 5 9 0
2008-09 Washington Capitals NHL 79 56 54 110 72 8 14 11 10 21 8
2009-10 Washington Capitals NHL 72 50 59 109 89 45 7 5 5 10 0
2010-11 Washington Capitals NHL 79 32 53 85 41 24 9 5 5 10 10
2011-12 Washington Capitals NHL 78 38 27 65 26 -8 14 5 4 9 8
2012-13 Washington Capitals NHL 48 32 24 56 36 2 7 1 1 2 4
2013-14 Washington Capitals NHL 78 51 28 79 48 -35
2014-15 Washington Capitals NHL 81 53 28 81 58 10 14 5 4 9 6
2015-16 Washington Capitals NHL 79 50 21 71 53 21 12 5 7 12 2
2016-17 Washington Capitals NHL 82 33 36 69 50 6 6 3 0 3 2
NHL Totals 921 558 477 1035 617 90 44 41 85 40

 

So which player is better?  Well, it depends on which metrics you’re studying.  Crosby has less career season points, but he’s also played 139 less season games.  Ovechkin throws his weight around more often than Crosby, and may be the best goal scorer of all-time, but Crosby has two Stanley Cups – which really is the ultimate.

 

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The second round will definitely be an exciting match-up between old rivals, Pittsburgh Penguins VS Washington Capitals.  Who will end up on top?  Well, only time will tell.

 

 

Oh hey Sid, we can fix your stick.  You can get back to seizing these opportunities against your rivals!

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Broken sticks have been created quite a buzz throughout the NHL playoffs

Everyone felt bitter when watching Matt Calvert cross-check an unsuspecting Tom Kuhnhackl – dumb dumb.  Matt broke his stick on the play and earned himself a one-game suspension.  We’ll still repair your stick for you, Matt!

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Drake Caggiula first made hockey headlines when he scored a highlight reel goal for U of North Dakota, only to be knocked flat on his ass by the referee seconds later (see the video here).  He made SportsCentre after game one between Edmonton and San Jose, when his stick snapped in half on a breakaway.  Talk about bad timing! Drake, we offer broken hockey stick repairs in Edmonton!

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Teach me how to Dougie, teach me, teach me how to Dougie… unless it’s going to put my team on the penalty kill with only a few minutes left in the 3rd period.  Dougie Hamilton broke his stick on a cross-check to Ryan Getzlaf, which put Calgary on the penalty kill, and could be the pinpoint reason as to why the Flames lost the game.  A TV commentator was caught on the hot mic ripping into Dougie Hamilton,

“If you don’t rip Dougie Hamilton, I will. Stupidest f**king penalty you can take… Does he have a f**king brain? He doesn’t. He’s stupid as f**k.”

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You may be surprised at which NHL players’ jerseys had the most sales on NHL.com

Earlier this week, NHL.com released a list of the most popular selling jerseys.

1 Sidney Crosby Penguins
2 Patrick Kane Blackhawks
3 Jonathan Toews Blackhawks
4 Auston Matthews Maple Leafs
5 Henrik Lundqvist Rangers
6 Connor McDavid Oilers
7 Alex Ovechkin Capitals
8 Vladimir Tarasenko Blues
9 Claude Giroux Flyers
10 Ryan McDonagh Rangers
11 Patrice Bergeron Bruins
12 Shayne Gostisbehere Flyers
13 Zach Parise Wild
14 Carey Price Canadiens
15 Evgeni Malkin Penguins
16 John Tavares Islanders
17 Dylan Larkin Red Wings
18 Steven Stamkos Lightning
19 Kris Letang Penguins
20 Henrik Zetterberg Red Wings

 

Hockey fans are well aware that the young guns of the NHL are taking over in popularity, though many people are surprised by the surge of popularity in Auston Matthews, even out-ranking Connor McDavid.

 

There’s no surprise in seeing Crosby’s name at the top of this list.  All in a day’s work, right Sid?

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Ex-NHLer André Doré chooses Integral Hockey. Here’s why…

Image result for andre dore hockeyIntegral Hockey has been keeping broken hockey sticks out of landfills for years, and we have saved hockey
players of all ages THOUSANDS of dollars.  Good news spreads fast – it wasn’t long before former NHL defenceman, André Doré,had heard about Integral Hockey and was eager to find out more.  After testing out our sticks, Doré decided to join the Integral Hockey family by becoming an Exclusive Distributor in Connecticut.  We setup an interview with Doré to share with you a bit about his life after hockey, and why he has chosen Integral Hockey.

Let’s get started:
Tell me about your fondest memory of your professional hockey career…

First time I was called up and played in my hometown of Montreal against the Rangers. We won 3-2, I think I got an assist. The game went by, it was like a blur. By time I got to meet my family at the end of the game, I was given a plane ticket and told “great game, but now we’re sending you back to the minors”.

 

In 2010, HBO and the NHL teamed up to show fans a behind the scenes glimpse of daily life as an NHLer. Are there any behind the scenes stories that you could share that we would find funny, interesting, surprising?

A couple of stupid things that guys do when they start to get punchy in the airports… one time we’re at the airport in Denver and Nicky Fotiu from the Rangers went out and bought some fishing line and attached it to a dollar bill, and every time someone tried to pick it up, he’d pull it back. It sounds kind of stupid but the more people that tried to pick up the dollar bill, the funnier it got. Just stupid stuff.

There was a teammate of mine, I won’t mention his name, his front four teeth were fake. One time, he took his teeth out and put them on top of his nose and he would walk up to old ladies and say, “Ma’am, have you seen my teeth?”

 

Who was the most interesting guy that you ever played with?

Two guys that come to mind: Anders Hedberg. When I came to New York, it coincided with his first year there. The most humble guy, he had rockstar looks, he was a real entrepreneur and it was great to listen to him talk about his interests outside of hockey.

Another guy that comes to mind was a defenceman with the Rangers, he’s passed away now, Carol Vadnais. He was a bit of a renaissance man. While everyone else is talking about the nonsense that players talk about, he would be talking about art and sculptors, and grade of cigars. We’d all be looking at him like, “what planet is this guy from?”. But he was a really funny guy, and a lot of guys looked up to him.

 

How would you compare the sticks of your era to the sticks used in the NHL today?

I played with wood.  Back then, we thought they were awesome! You could feel the puck. But with every piece of wood that they use to make a stick, you never really knew what you’d get in terms of consistency. With every dozen that you’d get, maybe 6-8 were usable. Today’s sticks feel like they’re really loaded up and there is a lot of power packed into them. I tend to gravitate towards the newer sticks with a carbon fibre blade.

 

Aside from being an Integral Hockey Distributor, how much are you involved in hockey today?

My involvement is I help certain high school teams in the US with their positional play. Some coaches who know me will ask me to help out with their D, there may be some special attention in certain areas, so I’m always happy to get out there. Also, from a charitable side, I’m a board member of NYR alumni. So we do a lot of charitable work in the metropolitan NY area.

 

How did you first get involved with Integral Hockey? Tell me about your experience using a refurbish pro stock stick.

I was sent an email for groups that I may be interested in and saw an entry for Hockey stick repair. I looked at the website and I was curious enough to contact the CEO of the company. I send him a stick and told him that when I get it back that I’m going to beat the crap out of it because I was just so skeptical. I took it to a rink along with a new carbon fibre stick. I alternated taking shots for about 45 minutes – I recall at one point taking a series of rapid fire shots and having to look down to see which stick I was holding. That was my “ah-ha” moment. I decided to move forward from there.

Who do you see as the biggest beneficiary of Integral Hockey?

Men’s hockey. No one wants to spend $300 on a stick when they’re playing on Sunday at 10PM. Young players who are using an older stick with some fatigue, because the repair adds more “pop” to the stick. Families with multiple kids in hockey. I work with college hockey teams with minimal budgets.

 

What stick do you use now?

CCM Super Tacks, 95 Flex

 

If hockey players in the Connecticut area are looking to purchase a stick from you, or have their broken stick repaired, where can they find you and your products?

List:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/integralhockeyct
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/integralhockeyct
Twitter: https://twitter.com/adore11
Website: http://www.integralhockeyct.com
Email: adore@integralhockey.com
Phone: 203-856-1183

Known as “The Stick Guy” in Connecticut.

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Sticks used by the pros

Ever found yourself looking for a new stick, and aren’t sure which model/brand suits you best?  Today we’re going to give you a few hints by showing you which star NHL players are using certain sticks.  Most of our Franchisees/Distributors sell pro stock sticks – these sticks have superior performance to those you’ll find at the retail level.  Whichever players’ game you mimic, we’ll certainly have a stick for you.

Connor McDavid
Arguably the best player in the game today, Connor McDavid has been exclusively using the CCM Super Tacks.  Prior to his NHL debut, McDavid tore up his final season with the Erie Otters using the previous model of the same stick, the CCM Ultra Tacks.

The Super Tacks is designed with a higher kick-point, for players who put like to load up on their wrist shots.  The stiff blade ensures consistent accuracy every time.
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Sidney Crosby
The era has come where we can no longer mention McDavid without paying respect his idol, and still possibly the best player, Sidney Crosby.  Although they are similar players, Crosby prefers to have a lower kick-point to ensure that the puck recoils off his blade as quick as possible, which is why his stick of choice is the CCM RibCore Trigger.  Don’t take our word for it, let Crosby do the talking…

Patrick Kane
When you think about quick stick handling, Patrick Kane is probably the first player that comes to mind.  Kane has elected to use the Bauer 1X LE, and it seems to work.  He lead the NHL in points last season, and is currently tied for first.

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Alex Ovechkin
Known for having one of the most lethal one-timers of all time, Alex Ovechkin can be seen sporting a Bauer Supreme 1S.  He uses every last piece of carbon fiber in his stick, and has been fooling NHL goalies since he entered the league in 2005.

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As you can see, all of these All-Star players have major differences in their choice of weapons.  But what do they have in common?  They’re all former first overall draft picks.  This just goes to show that superstars come in many different forms –  there’s no “right” stick out there, so come talk to your nearest Integral Hockey franchisee/distributor to see which stick works best for you.

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Top 8 NHL All-Star moments of all time

8.  Gordie Howe and Maurice Richard (1951) – Old time hockey, boys.  A game which ended in a 2-2 tie, turned out to be a chippy battle.  Back then, the pride of winning an ASG was more important than having fun.  This was on display when Gordie Howe and Maurice Richard, two future Hall of Famers, dropped the gloves and fought.

7.  History repeats itself (2015) – NHL Superstar, Phil Kessel, has become a friendly whipping boy among fans and players.  From the time he was selected last overall in the 2011 ASG draft, to his “bad breath” interview with Pierre McGuire, to his countless soundbites in Toronto, Kessel has always been a character to laugh at/with.  Team Foligno proudly brought attention to Phil Kessel by announcing a trade during the 2015 All-Star Game draft – Kessel for Seguin – two names that have forever been linked ever since Brian Burke brought Kessel to Toronto from Boston in exchange for a 2nd overall pick, which turned out to be Tyler Seguin.

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6.  Owen Nolan (1997)Nolan was one of the most talented power forwards of the 1990’s and early 2000’s, accumulating 885 points, 1793 PIMs, in 1200 NHL games.  But the Ireland-born, former 1st overall pick might best be remembered for his hometown All-Star game in 1997, when he brought the San Jose Sharks fans to their feet by pointing to the top right hand corner on a breakaway before firing the the puck over the shoulder of Dominik Hasek.

5.  Zdeno Chara (2012) – One of the most exciting parts of All-Star weekend, the hardest shot competition, where selected players get to exert their energy in a competition of strength.  Back in the day when Blackberry was still making phones, Chara showed the world that he’s not only the tallest player in the NHL, but also has the hardest shot of all time!  Chara set the NHL record of 108.8 mph… wouldn’t want to be blocking shots on the PK against him!

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Chara sets the record for hardest shot of all time, 108.8 mph.

4.  Passing on the torch (1980) – As one chapter was ending, a new one was beginning.  Even though it was tough for fans to say goodbye to Gordie Howe during his final ASG, they had no idea what the future held in store for them, as Wayne Gretzky was introduced for the first time as an NHL All-Star.  Mr. Hockey (Gordie Howe – but I’m sure you knew that) was widely considered one of the best hockey players ever, and still is, according to Wayne Gretzky.  1980 will go down as one of the most iconic ASGs of all time.

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3.  Kessel being selected last in the All-Star draft (2011) – Long gone are the All-Star games which would feature the best respective players from the Campbell conference VS Wales Conference.  In 2011, the NHL introduced a new format for selecting teams, where three designated captains from each team would hold a selection draft of the voted-in All-Stars.  Players were worried about the humiliation that would be brought upon them if they were selected last overall, and that humiliation came true when Phil Kessel found himself as the lone player surrounded by empty seats, as he was the last player chosen.  Kessel was awarded $20,000 and a free vehicle… not bad for half an hour of work.

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2.  Mario Lemieux’s 6 Points (1988)Mario Lemieux created one of the best All-Star moments ever. factoring in on all six Wales Conference points, including scoring the OT winner himself in a 6-5 victory over Campbell conference.

 

1.  Gretzky scores four (1983) – As was common in the 1980’s, Gretzky set a record by being the first player to record four goals in an ASG.  This was a glimpse into what the future held for the then 22 year old.  Other players to notch four goal ASGs include Mario Lemiuex, Vincent Damphousse, Mike Gartner, Dany Heatley, and John Tavares.

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Pronger crushes Bieber up against the boards

Justin, we may have wrote about your surprisingly great hockey skills before, but you’re dealing with the big boys now.  Justin Bieber was one of the many recognizable faces (most of which were former NHLers) at the 2017 NHL All-Star Celebrity game, yesterday at Staples Center in LA.  Chris Pronger was (playfully) harassing Bieber all game, then while the two were battling in the corner, Pronger seized the opportunity to show Bieber that he’s a second-class celebrity in LA this weekend.

 

Beebz, how do you feel about Pronger pinning you against the boards?

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Here’s an interesting tidbit – Although Chris Pronger lasted played 2011-12 season, he is still an active NHL player under contract by the Arizona Coyotes.

 

 

Celebrity Rosters:

Team Lemieux (Black)
77 Ray Bourque
21 Peter Forsberg
91 Sergei Fedorov
17 Jari Kurri
19 Larry Robinson
27 Scott Niedermayer
44 Chris Pronger
20 Luc Robitaille
26 Peter Stastny
24 David Boreanaz
37 Taylor Kitsch
91 Riker Lynch
32 Ross Lynch
7 Ron MacLean
13 Steven R. McQueen
8 Teemu Selanne
22  Vincent Piazza
4 Angela Ruggiero
2 Mr. Zhou (goalie)

Team Gretzky (White) 
6 Justin Bieber
88 Patrick Kane
4 Rob Blake
11 Mike Gartner
88 Eric Lindros
5 Nicklas Lidstrom
19 Joe Sakic
18 Denis Savard
21 Borje Salming
12 Cuba Gooding Jr
19 Jerry Bruckheimer
25 Joe Nieuwendyk
44 Billy Flynn
7 Michael Rosenbaum
37 Tim Robbins
20 Carter Thicke
72 Ken Baker (goalie)
1 James Badge Dale (goalie)

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Funniest NHL videos showing off their personality

If you follow any NHL related social media accounts, then you likely stumbled across NBC’s NHL All-Star auditions promo this week, and if you haven’t you can see it here.

 

Every now and again, we get the the chance to see our hockey heroes show off their personalites (or lack thereof) on screen – a refreshing change of pace from the robotic sounding post-game interviews that we’re used to seeing.  As we head into the NHL All-Star break, we’ll take a stroll down memory lane to recall some of the best NHL videos ever created.

1.  All-Star voting attack ad campaigns

2. NHL Road Trip… “Ovechkin!”

3.  I don’t think the word “dangle” was ever used before the sequel to this commercial.  Nike Hockey (2006)

4. Possibly the funniest of the bunch.  Ryan Getzlaf vs Bobby Ryan.

 

Hey Kessel, what do you think?

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Jamie Benn REALLY wanted give Integral Hockey a shot

Something is giving us the impression that Jamie Benn wasn’t too pleased on Monday night, where the Dallas Stars lost 4-1 to the Buffalo Sabres.  The Stars captain takes out his frustration by breaking not one, not two, but three sticks over his leg.  Unconfirmed reports suggest that he wanted to have the sticks repaired by Integral Hockey… we’re currently investigating this rumour.

 

Don’t mess with Jamie Benn.

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