Kris Russell fires home game winning goal… on his OWN NET!

Sorry Kris, this is going to be on the blooper reel for years:

 

Russell turned out to be a last minute distraction in a game that had all eyes on the MatthewsMcDavid match-up.  Experts have been heavily drawing comparisons to these back-to-back first overall draft picks as of late.  Despite having different style of play, both players are among the best of the best in the NHL.

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Matthews finished with 1 goal and 1 assist.
McDavid finished with 1 goal.

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Matthew Strome scores incredible lacrosse style goal

Younger brother of Ryan (Edmonton) and Dylan (Arizona), Matthew Strome of the Hamilton Bulldogs in the OHL has caught the eyes of the hockey world with his lacrosse style goal on Saturday against the Ottawa 67’s.

Dylan Strome was drafted in the 4th round, 106th overall by Philadelphia this past summer.

 

Mike Legg is known as the man who invented the lacrosse style hockey goal while playing for University of Michigan in 1996, as seen in the video below:

 

Many of us first heard the name “Sidney Crosby” after he pulled off this move in junior.  Note: the reporter says, “…[Crosby] finishes with 2 goals and 4 assists”.  Seems like a pretty good stat line.

 

Mikael Granlund was able to scoop up the puck while in full stride, now that’s a new level of skill added to this move.

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Preds’ players have to chase down team bus after it leaves without them

Looks like hockey players are not only fast skaters, but fast runners, too!

 

More evidence is provided by Chris Stewart, with one of the strangest pre-game rituals you’ll ever see…

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October was a bad month for stick abuse

Fellas, fellas, calm down! Okay, in the heat of the moment players of all levels tend to lose their cool and release their anger on innocent hockey sticks – it happens!

The bad news is that you just wasted a $300 stick in the heat of the moment. The good news is that Integral Hockey franchisees/distributors can fix up your stick and have you back on the ice in no time! You won’t even notice a difference from it’s original state.

Jack Eichel

 

Kevin Fiala (fast forward to 0:32)

 

Carey Price

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Nick Bonino pulls off the most creative and hilarious Halloween prank on his teammates

PK Subban recorded Nick Bonino and Bonino’s wife dressed as hardcore hockey fans for Halloween, then asked his unsuspecting teammates for autographs. Hilarity ensues.

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Calm down Price, we can fix your stick for you!

Carey Price wasn’t too happy after a 6-2 loss to Anaheim on Friday night, to say the least.  Montreal was only behind by one goal coming into the 3rd period, then Price allowed 3 goals in 3 minutes.  His reaction says it all:

 

 

Don’t worry Carey, we’ll have that stick repaired in no time!

 

 

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Hockey is BACK!

Seems like just yesterday that the Pittsburgh Penguins were hoisting the Stanley Cup at PPG Paints Arena.  Let’s hope you didn’t get too comfy over your cushy summer break, because hockey is back in full swing!  We’re only a few days into the season, so what have we learned thus far?

Well…

Connor McDavid hasn’t lost a step.  In fact, we think he gained a few steps (if that makes any sense).

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Hat tricks are in fashion.  McDavid, Simmonds, Saad, Ovechkin,  This marks the first time that 4 separate players have recorded hat tricks in their respective season openers since the NHL’s first two games EVER played back in 1917.  Oveckin scored 4 goals on Saturday as well.

 

Goalies can ONLY have white tape on the knob of their stick (who knew?).

 

Preseason is exciting because it marks the return of hockey, but frustrating because preseason is when the NHL experiments with new rules which nobody knows about.  There’s a new standard for face-off violations and slashes that had left player and fans dumbfounded.

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“FACE OFF” (you read that in a deep, grunting voice, didn’t you?) Video game: Blades Of Steel (NES)

Yep, hockey is back.  Tell us in the comment section what you like/dislike so far in the NHL season!

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99th location opens in a GREAT city…

 

Since the inception of Integral Hockey, we’ve saved tens of thousands of sticks from ending up in landfills, and have put them back onto the ice where they belong.  Not only has our revolutionary patented process helped many hockey players, but it’s also provided business opportunities for people with a passion for hockey.  Franchisee/distributor locations have rapidly grown all across North America, and we’re proud to announce the opening of our 99th location!

But why is the 99th location such a milestone for us?  It happens to be in the home of the Great One, Wayne Gretzky, in Brantford, Ontario.  Hockey stick technology has dramatically changed since Wayne’s playing days.  Wooden sticks were popular when Gretzky emerged into the NHL in 1979-80, which were basically trees shaved down and painted for aesthetics.

 

 

 

Yes, sticks have definitely changed during his years.  From the days of the wooden stick…

… to when Gretzky sported the Easton Aluminum (that craze didn’t last long) …

…to his final season with the Rangers, playing with a two-piece Hespler.

 

Gretzky has contributed so much to the game of hockey, which is why we are so proud to open Integral Hockey’s 99th location in his hometown of Brantford, Ontario.  This is an exciting time for us!  Wayne (if you’re reading this), next time you break a stick, you know where to go to get it repaired.  You’re always welcome to stop by!

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