Jaromir Jagr isn’t ready to hang up the skates quite yet

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.

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RCAF show point-of-view flypass video of Bell MTS Place before Knights/Jets game

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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

 

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First round of the playoffs – What we have learned so far…

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.”.  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.

Crosby Playoff 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!

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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.

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Sedins say farewell to Vancouver with a (t)win over Arizona in dramatic fashion

Sedins say farewell to Vancouver with a (t)win over Arizona in dramatic fashion… see what we did there, “twin”?  Just a few days ago, Daniel and Henrik Sedin announced that the 2017-18 NHL season will be their last.

There was plenty of hype in Vancouver last night, as fans wanted to say farewell to a unique set of players that provided Canucks fans with memories for the past 18 years.  The finale couldn’t have had a better ending, as the Canucks won the game 4-3 (OT).  The game winner was scored by (you guessed it!) Daniel Sedin, and assisted by (you guessed it again!) Henrik Sedin.  The pair had a combined 4 points on the night.

 

Daniel and Henrik were drafted 2nd and 3rd overall by Vancouver in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.  For the Canucks, have gone to be the all time games-played leaders, and lead almost all major statistical columns.  Surely they’ve punched their tickets into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

 

Congratulations on such two great career!  Farewell to the two best Vancouver Canucks of all time, 22 and 33!

 

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PS… very interesting post from Vancouver-based writer, Vanessa Jang:

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Okay… let’s talk about goalie interference. What is it?

According to National Hockey League Official Rule Book:

Rule 69 – Interference on the Goalkeeper 69.1 Interference on the Goalkeeper – This rule is based on the premise that an attacking player’s position, whether inside or outside the crease, should not, by itself, determine whether a goal should be allowed or disallowed. In other words, goals scored while attacking players are standing in the crease may, in appropriate circumstances be allowed. Goals should be disallowed only if: (1) an attacking player, either by his positioning or by contact, impairs the goalkeeper’s ability to move freely within his crease or defend his goal; or (2) an attacking player initiates intentional or deliberate contact with a goalkeeper, inside or outside of his goal crease. Incidental contact with a goalkeeper will be permitted, and resulting goals allowed, when such contact is initiated outside of the goal crease, provided the attacking player has made a reasonable effort to avoid such contact. The rule will be enforced exclusively in accordance with the on-ice judgement of the Referee(s), but may be subject to a Coach’s Challenge (see Rule 78.7). For purposes of this rule, “contact,” whether incidental or otherwise, shall mean any contact that is made between or among a goalkeeper and attacking player(s), whether by means of a stick or any part of the body. The overriding rationale of this rule is that a goalkeeper should have the ability to move freely within his goal crease without being hindered by the actions of an attacking player. If an attacking player enters the goal crease and, by his actions, impairs the goalkeeper’s ability to defend his goal, and a goal is scored, the goal will be disallowed. If an attacking player has been pushed, shoved, or fouled by a defending player so as to cause him to come into contact with the goalkeeper, such contact will not be deemed contact initiated by the attacking player for purposes of this rule, provided the attacking player has made a reasonable effort to avoid such contact. If a defending player has been pushed, shoved, or fouled by an attacking player so as to cause the defending player to come into contact with his own goalkeeper, such contact shall be deemed contact initiated by the attacking player for purposes of this rule, and if necessary a penalty assessed to the attacking player and if a goal is scored it would be disallowed. 69.2 Penalty – In all cases in which an attacking player initiates intentional or deliberate contact with a goalkeeper, whether or not the goalkeeper is inside or outside the goal crease, and whether or not a goal is scored, the attacking player will receive a penalty (minor or major, as the Referee deems appropriate). In all cases where the infraction being imposed is to the attacking player for hindering the goalkeeper’s ability to move freely in his goal crease, the penalty to be assessed is for goalkeeper interference. In exercising his judgment, the Referee should give more significant consideration to the degree and nature of the contact with the goalkeeper than to the exact location of the goalkeeper at the time of the contact. 69.3 Contact Inside the Goal Crease – If an attacking player initiates contact with a goalkeeper, incidental or otherwise, while the goalkeeper is in his goal crease, and a goal is scored, the goal will be disallowed If a goalkeeper, in the act of establishing his position within his goal crease, initiates contact with an attacking player who is in the goal crease, and this results in an impairment of the goalkeeper’s ability to defend his goal, and a goal is scored, the goal will be disallowed. If, after any contact by a goalkeeper who is attempting to establish position in his goal crease, the attacking player does not immediately vacate his current position in the goal crease (i.e. give ground to the goalkeeper), and a goal is scored, the goal will be disallowed. In all such cases, whether or not a goal is scored, the attacking player will receive a minor penalty for goalkeeper interference. If an attacking player establishes a significant position within the goal crease, so as to obstruct the goalkeeper’s vision and impair his ability to defend his goal, and a goal is scored, the goal will be disallowed. For this purpose, a player “establishes a significant position within the crease” when, in the Referee’s judgment, his body, or a substantial portion thereof, is within the goal crease for more than an instantaneous period of time. Refer also to Reference Tables – Table 16 – Interference on the Goalkeeper Situations (page 151). 69.4 Contact Outside the Goal Crease – If an attacking player initiates any contact with a goalkeeper, other than incidental contact, while the goalkeeper is outside his goal crease, and a goal is scored, the goal will be disallowed. A goalkeeper is not “fair game” just because he is outside the goal crease. The appropriate penalty should be assessed in every case where an attacking player makes unnecessary contact with the goalkeeper. However, incidental contact will be permitted when the goalkeeper is in the act of playing the puck outside his goal crease provided the attacking player has made a reasonable effort to avoid such unnecessary contact. When a goalkeeper has played the puck outside of his crease and is then prevented from returning to his crease area due to the deliberate actions of an attacking player, such player may be penalized for goalkeeper interference. Similarly, the goalkeeper may be penalized, if by his actions outside of his crease he deliberately interferes with an attacking player who is attempting to play the puck or an opponent. Refer also to Reference Tables – Table 16 – Interference on the Goalkeeper Situations (page 151). 69.5 Coach’s Challenge – Refer to Rule 78.7. 69.6 Face-off Location – Whenever the Referee stops play to disallow a goal as a result of contact with the goalkeeper (incidental or otherwise), the resulting face-off shall take place at the nearest neutral zone face-off spot outside the attacking zone of the offending team. 69.7 Rebounds and Loose Pucks – In a rebound situation, or where a goalkeeper and attacking player(s) are simultaneously attempting to play a loose puck, whether inside or outside the crease, incidental contact with the goalkeeper will be permitted, and any goal that is scored as a result thereof will be allowed. In the event that a goalkeeper has been pushed into the net together with the puck by an attacking player after making a stop, the goal will be disallowed. If applicable, appropriate penalties will be assessed. If, however, in the opinion of the Referee, the attacking player was pushed or otherwise fouled by a defending player causing the goalkeeper to be pushed into the net together with the puck, the goal can be permitted. In the event that the puck is under a player in or around the crease area (deliberately or otherwise), a goal cannot be scored by pushing this player together with the puck into the goal. If applicable, the appropriate penalties will be assessed, including a penalty shot if deemed to be covered in the crease deliberately (see Rule 63 – Delaying the Game). 69.8 Fines and Suspensions – An attacking player who, in the judgment of the Referee, initiates contact with the goalkeeper, whether inside or outside the crease, in a fashion that would otherwise warrant a penalty, will be assessed an appropriate penalty (minor or major and/or game misconduct) and will be subject to additional sanctions as appropriate pursuant to Rule 28 – Supplementary Discipline.

 

We didn’t expect you to actually read all of that.  Maybe the refs and video replay judges skipped that section as well?  NHL players, coaches, and fans have grown increasingly frustrated with the NHL’s inability to have consistent ruling on what constitutes as goalie interference, and when a goal should be called back.  The most recent example came Saturday night, when Brian Dumoulin graced Frederik Andersen as he slid the puck into the net.  See video below:

Jamie Benn sounded off his opinion about this “goal” on Twitter:


Sorry Oilers fans, here’s another painful goalie interference no-goal.

Not so long ago, players needed plow over the goaltender in order for a goal to be called back.  But times have changed, and players seemingly are unable to even sneeze within the vicinity of the opposing goalie without a goal being disallowed.

So what is goalie interference anyways?  Please, if you have some idea let us know!  This madness needs to stop.

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29TH Annual Let’s Play Hockey Expo at the Xcel Energy Centre

Come this weekend to meet ‘Rizzo’ and ‘Suter’ from the movie Miracle only at Integral Hockey Stick Repair’s booth. This could be your only chance to win an authentic replica Team USA jersey autographed by the actors. Stop by and see our large inventory of refurbished sticks for up to 70% off retail pricing. 

March 9-10
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A number of Integral Hockey vendors will be there, including:

Integral Hockey Prior Lake

Pete & Greg Duffy
952-855-9012
pduffy@integralhockey.com
www.integralhockeypriorlake.com
Paddy Demsey
978-808-0222
pdemsey@integralhockey.com

 

Integral Hockey Bemidji

Tracy Pogue
(218) 766-6625
tpogue@integralhockey.com
www.integralhockeybemidji.com

 

Integral Hockey Brainerd

Andy Kratochvil

29309 Patriot Ave
Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
(218) 851-3847
akratochvil@integralhockey.com
www.integralhockeybrainerd.com

 

Integral Hockey Hopkins MN

John Rosenquist
612-859-7048
jrosenquist@integralhockey.com
www.integralhockeyhopkinsmn.com

 

Integral Hockey Plymouth MN

Kelli Ask
763-458-4352
kask@integralhockey.com
www.integralhockeyPlymouthMN.com

 

Integral Hockey Southeast MN

Tim Gorski
17191 Hayes Avenue Lakeville, MN 55044
507-456-0344
tgorski@integralhockey.com
www.integralhockeysoutheastmn.com

 

Integral Hockey Stillwater

John Bernier
3080 White Pine Way Stillwater, MN 55082
980-349-7849 or 980-FIX-STIX
jbernier@integralhockey.com
www.integralhockeystillwater.com

 

 

Integral Hockey Twin Ports / Iron Range

Sand Jokela
4975 Morris Thomas Rd, Hermantown, MN, 55811
218-940-9089
sjokela@integralhockey.com
www.integralhockeytwinports.com

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Kucherov shows off how fussy he is about his tape job

It’s no secret that hockey players are superstitious.  Nikita Kucherov shows how he tapes his stick, and that he’s extremely picky about puck marks being on his blade.

“I get a little frustrated when I get too much marks. I like it to be clean and fresh. I don’t like any marks on my blade and if I have too many marks I will change it because I want to have nice tape.”

 

His superstitions seem to be working.  The 24 year old leads the NHL with 78 points in 60 games, and seems to have become the king of the “no shot” goal.  See videos below:

 

 

 

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New Year, New You. Be your own boss in a hockey-related field.

Be your own boss

2018 is now here, and many of us spend this time thinking of ways to better ourselves.  For many people, new year’s resolutions include personal challenges, spending more time with family, and becoming more financially independent.  If you happen to fall into any one of these categories, you may be just the person that we’re looking for!

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Integral Hockey has seen rapid growth across North America in the past several years.  We now have over 100 Franchisees/Distributors of our patented Integral Hockey Stick Repair system.  Franchise/Distributor opportunities are available.  We are looking to grow, and hoping to find individuals who are the right fit to help us along in our growth process.

 

ABOUT INTEGRAL HOCKEY

We are very excited and proud to offer the most technologically advanced composite hockey stick repair on the market. After repairing and testing repair techniques and materials for several years, Randy Langille, founder of Integral Hockey, applied advanced laminating processes he learned from building aircraft components back in the early days of his manufacturing career.

The result, is a repair process that adds only 10-26 grams of weight to the stick. The feedback has been extremely positive with respect to weight, flex, kick-point and balance. Hockey sticks repaired by Integral Hockey’s patented (US Patent No. 9,630,291) process and standards, translates to minimal compromise on the integrity of stick components and function. Rest assured that Integral Hockey will continue to relentlessly pursue the best materials and processes to minimize change in these critical stick features.

We believe that our commitment in this industry is something that any other company would have difficulty matching. We bring 27 years of high-tech composites to this business. With our carbon fiber/e-glass, vacuum infused process, we achieve something that few can or will, namely, ultimate strength to weight ratios.

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.

 

Become a Franchisee or Distributor

If you are interested in hearing more about our offering, we would be happy to send you more information!  Please contact us at http://blog.integralhockey.com/franchisee/. We look forward to continuing to save hockey players money, and helping you get started on a new business venture!

 

We have also recently launched a new website and are looking for feedback – please send comments/suggestions to sales@integralhockey.com.

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