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Ranking NHL Mascots

Hate Gritty, the newest and most inexplicable NHL mascot. It only makes him stronger. Introduced in September to howls (and at least one description as “toxic masculinity incarnate”), the Philadelphia Flyers’ byproduct of Oscar the Grouch’s electric Kool-Aid acid trip to Grimace’s McDonaldland boudoir has rapidly been embraced by Philadelphia and the mascot-loving world at large. In an age where a five-figure [...]

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Which NHL Player Has The Craziest Curve?

Ever since — and probably before — Stan Mikita first broke a blade in the boards at a Blackhawks practice and he and Bobby Hull started strafing the top shelf, crazy hockey curves have been a part of the NHL. Some NHL player curves are outrageous, dancing along and at times skipping blithely over the league rule that says, “the distance [...]

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NHL Goalie Equipment Changes

The grumbling was immediate. The latest volley in a storied battle between goalies in search of any competitive edge and a league mindful of the fan-appeal of scoring came prior to the 2018-19 season, when the NHL moved to restrict the size of chest, shoulder and arm protection in goalie gear. Goalies feared more than bruised feelings. “You get stingers and bruises and [...]

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Worst NHL Tape Jobs

Hockey stick tape jobs are, for many NHL players, a sacred ritual. It must be done precisely, even obsessively, so that the results produce a comfort with their consistency. Sidney Crosby, for one, is so notably particular (read: “superstitious”) about his tape jobs that no one is allowed to handle a stick he has finished taping, lest the Pittsburgh superstar be forced [...]

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Stick Insight: Ryan Dzingel

Ryan Dzingel has always been good with the stick. Of course, growing up outside Chicago, the stick was frequently a baseball bat. And Dzingel, the son of a father who played collegiately at Louisiana Tech, was an all-state shortstop for Wheaton Academy. But then, Dzingel had also been playing hockey since he was 5 years old, and nobody was certain [...]

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Hockey Stick Handedness

While World Is Right, Hockey Leans Left Ninety percent of the world is right-handed. Yet, in the NHL, more than 60 percent of the players have a left-handed shot — i.e., with their right hand on the top of the stick’s grip and the toe of the blade curving to the right as you look down on it. Manufacturers generally sell [...]

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Remain Flexible When Considering Hockey Stick Flex

The moment anyone starts talking about hockey stick flex, Zdeno Chara’s name comes up. The 6-foot-9 Boston Bruins defenseman is known for having the stiffest stick in the NHL, typically playing with a 150 or 155-flex stick in a league where anything in three digits is considered stiff. But there may be an evolution underway for Zdeno Chara, a 250-pound behemoth who in [...]

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Best Goalie Masks For Current NHL Season

Major League Baseball endured a months-long controversy during the 2018 season, springing from the Cubs’ Ben Zobrist deciding to wear black spikes in violation of the league’s uniform policy.In the NFL, players are routinely fined for such violations, as when the 49ers’ Frank Gore took a $10,500 hit for wearing low socks in the 2012 NFC Championship game.Thankfully, the NHL encourages [...]

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Bauer Vapor 1X Gets All The Glove Love

Bauer Vapor 1X gloves are the most popular gloves in the NHL. That’s not exactly news.  Last season, the Vapor 1X was also the most popular glove in the league. This year four versions of Bauer Vapor gloves are on the list, with the Vapor 1X again leading the way. Actually, when it comes to appendages, Bauer 1X is apparently the way [...]

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How Tall Should A Hockey Stick Be?

It’s important to know the proper hockey stick length. Playing with an improperly sized stick can slow players’ development, make their shooting less accurate and powerful, and even throw off their skating. How Long Is a Hockey Stick? That’s a question with many answers. The proper hockey stick length varies depending on the size, strength and playing characteristics of the player, [...]

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