Funny – Taylor Crosby’s bio makes Sidney seem like an afterthought

Taylor Crosby may not be as accomplished in hockey as her older brother Sid, yet, but the junior goalie for the St Cloud State University Huskies made headlines this past week because of her college athletic bio.

 

 

 

The bio reads, “Daughter of Troy and Trina Crosby of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia…Older brother Sidney also plays hockey”.

Seems like a bit of an understatement…

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1st overall worst picks in recent NHL history

Hockey fans had their eyes on the young guns of the hockey world on June 23, 2017, for the annual NHL Entry Draft.  One of the most anticipated build-ups of the hockey season is finding out which player will be the top selected player in the draft, and unlike in past years, this years draft did not have a consensus projected #1 overall pick.  Nolan Patrick or Nico Hischier was the big question of the night, and ultimately Hischier came out on top.  The pride of being selected first overall is now over, and players look forward to the next chapter of their career which will be to crack a roster spot with their respective teams.

Pressure is on.  Inspired by the draft, today we will be looking at the worst first overall picks in recent NHL history.

 

  1. Patrik Stefan
    You may be asking yourself “who?”. ¬†The 1999 first overall pick by the Atlanta Thrashers had one of the most infamous plays in NHL history. ¬†Once you see the video, you’ll know who he is…
  2. Alexandre Daigle
    Daigle was selected first overall in 1992 by the Ottawa Senators, and he actually had a decent NHL career (616 games played, 327 points). ¬†His career was cursed by his, hmm, not so well thought-out quote after being chosen by Ottawa, ‚ÄúI‚Äôm glad I got drafted first, because no one remembers no. 2‚ÄĚ. ¬†Since we know you’re wondering, Chris Pronger was selected second overall that year.
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  3. Rick DiPietro
    First overall selection by the New York Islanders in 2000, DiPietro’s career was plagued with injury. ¬†From his knee, to hip, to groin, and¬†even having dealt with concussion issues, DiPietro was a total band-aid. ¬†Salt in the wounds – Islanders traded Luongo because they thought DiPietro was the starting goalie of their future. ¬†More salt in the wounds – in 2006, Islanders signed DiPietro to a 15-year deal worth $67.5 million; Islanders bought him out in 2013 and will be paying him $1.5 million per year (not against the cap) until 2029.

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  4. Nail Yakupov
    Jury is still out on this one, but the evidence in his case isn‚Äôt very strong. ¬†Yakupov was a flashy forward with the Sarnia Sting of the OHL, and showed promise of having Pavel Bure-like skills. ¬†Things haven’t gone as planned for Yakupov, as he was traded away from Edmonton (the team that drafted him) to St Louis, where he only dressed for 40 games. ¬†St Louis let him go to free agency and he ended up signing with Colorado, a 1-year deal worth $875,000.

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Are the Penguins officially a dynasty? Crosby cements his legacy.

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Is it fair to call the Pittsburgh Penguins a dynasty now? ¬†The 2017 Stanley Cup champions, Pittsburgh Penguins, defeated the Nashville Predators 2-0 at Bridgestone Arena to claim their 3rd Stanley Cup in the past 8 seasons (2017, 2016, 2009). ¬†All three Stanley Cups have been won with core players Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Marc-Andre Fleury, Kris Letang, and Chris Kunitz. ¬†There have been other star players that have had major impacts in each Stanley Cup run, but these five players have been through it all. ¬†“Dynasty” is typically a term that generates debate due to its subjective nature and its definition is a matter of opinion. Given the success of the Penguins this past decade, it may silence those critics who feel the word ‘dynasty’ is solely reserved for past great teams such as the Canadiens, Oilers and Islanders.

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Sidney Crosby took home his second Conn Smythe Trophy. ¬†For all of you Crosby-haters out there, some of whom have written him off as “too concussion-prone” to ever be effective in the NHL again, let’s take a look at his accolades from the past year:

Gold Medal at World Cup of Hockey
Rocket Richard Trophy winner (44 goals)
Hart Trophy nominee
Conn Smythe
Stanley Cup

…not to mention a similar looking 2016 finale. ¬†So where does that put him on the all-time greats list? ¬†Does he deserve to be in the company of Gretzky, Lemieux, Orr, Howe, Richard, or even atop that list?

This was a long time coming for Crosby, and it seems as though there is still more to come.

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Erie Otters goalie throws stick at cameraman – Memorial Cup takeaways

Switching gears to major junior hockey. ¬†Sunday night, Windsor Spitfires defeated Erie Otters 4-3 in the Memorial Cup finals. ¬†This years¬†Memorial Cup tournament brought to light many interesting points that are worthy of discussion. ¬†First of all, the level of talent in the Memorial Cup is, was, and always will be incredible. ¬†Don’t be surprised to see tournament point leaders and teammates Dylan Strome, Alex DeBrincat, and Taylor Raddysh all¬†playing at the pro level next season, among others.

Every season we see handfuls of Memorial Cup players participate in their final junior hockey game before leaping to the NHL. ¬†After all, they’re the best of the best, right? ¬†Dylan Strome disagrees, and he may have a point…

 

Is it really fair that Windsor was beaten out in the first round of the OHL playoffs then still ended up in the Memorial Cup finals?  Ultimately, Windsor won the tournament and were crowned champions.

 

Now for the real reason you’re here…¬† Troy Timpano loses his cool after the loss and launches his stick at the cameraman.

He later took to Twitter to apologize. We’ll give him the benefit of the doubt that his stick was broken and he was trying to throw it in the direction of the closest Integral Hockey franchisee/distributor… stranger things have happened.

 

 

 

2017 Memorial Cup Champions: Windsor Spitfires

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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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‚ÄúWell obviously growing up, he‚Äôs 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‚Äôs unfortunate that he passed a year ago, but, he changed a lot while he was with us, and he‚Äôs a tremendous guy.‚ÄĚ

 

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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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