Dangle's Cards: You can lock out a league, but you can't lock out a sport

Steve Dangle
October 14 2012 05:55PM

 

Well, this SHOULD be my first post-game video for the Leafs' home opener vs the Habs, but instead, I'm going on rant mode. Oh, and you can win a wicked-sweet Jake Gardiner rookie card. I know, right?!

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Steve Dangle has a YouTube channel with over 3 million views and is the co-host of the Steve Dangle Podcast on iTunes and SoundCloud. Steve has also worked for CBC, the NHL Network, Leafs TV, Nike, the KHL, and most of all, the Toronto Zoo. stevedangle.com
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#1 robbyd
October 14 2012, 06:08PM
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Great work Steve! You've come along way since 2007. Now if only the Leafs would do the same...

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#2 JamesBowdring
October 14 2012, 06:31PM
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I signed up for account a long long time ago therefore I love hockey therefore I love Jake Gardiner therefore Gimme pleasee? :D

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#3 SebTheLeafsFan
October 14 2012, 09:02PM
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I love the leafs, i have been a loyal fan since the day i was born. Coming from die hard soccer fans in my family, i was the only one who really took an interest in hockey and i just love the sport which is why it is sooo hard to handle this lockout! I hope the season starts soon, GO LEAFS GO!!!

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#4 Cloutsnchara
October 14 2012, 10:02PM
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Steve, you are living proof that talent is what matters. You came across something you were good at, dedicated yourself and put the work in while still being entertaining. Nobody can say you don;t deserve where you've ended up. Now give me a damn hockey card! Oh wait, that was mine..........

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#5 jbutle
October 14 2012, 11:46PM
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Steve, thanks so much for all of the time you have committed to your videos. Despite not even being a leafs fan, I still watch your content because it is hilarious and keeps me in the loop.

I also have been following your KHL videos and I hope that the NHL adopts the Olympic sized rinks. The passing plays look a lot prettier with that much ice.

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#6 Justin C
October 14 2012, 06:00PM
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If the season was on I think the Leafs would make the playoffs this year.

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#7 Brian
October 14 2012, 06:11PM
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Great job Steve. Not the same without the LFR's, but there's still plenty of good hockey being played elsewhere.

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#8 Kevin Hardy
October 14 2012, 06:13PM
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I'm from Calgary, so not a huge Leafs fan, but Jake Gardiner is a straight-up beauty. Watched the Marlies play the Amerks yesterday and I was very impressed with his play. Thanks for the vids too Dangle, love your passion for the best game you can name!

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#9 DanMan42
October 14 2012, 06:13PM
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Great video Steve! It's really cool to hear about how far YouTube has affected ur jobs. I'm hoping one day to get into a sports management career preferably in hockey. It would be so cool to work with NHL players or even with a NHL organization!

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#10 JeredP97
October 14 2012, 06:14PM
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Nice video steve! Although I feel kinda bad for the wild, considering they have to wait another year to see how parise and suter work out. But hopefully, HOPEFULLY the NHL will realize that the lockout can lead to many bad things for them and the two parties will agree on and sign a new CBA.

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#11 Kevy10
October 14 2012, 06:18PM
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Jake Gardiner has been playing awesome for the Marlies so far. I can't wait to see him back with the Leafs.

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#12 Daniel Venier
October 14 2012, 06:19PM
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This is incredible I just want to say congratulations, I've only been watching you since last season but I love your videos and I'm so pumped that you get to do this for a living you were born for this. So entertaining to watch and keep me informed about what I actually want to hear about. I hope that if you do get bigger that you don't lose the whole bedroom theme I think it's awesome and really shows where it all started from. Best of luck with everything and I'll still be watching through the lockout :)... which hopefully won't be too much longer. OH! p.s I would love the Jake Gardiner hockey card.

Keep it up! :)

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#13 RobCollins1990
October 14 2012, 06:23PM
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Jake Gardiner's skating ability and puck control is incredible. One of my favorite D to watch.

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#14 RobCollins1990
October 14 2012, 06:25PM
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@RobCollins1990

Forgot to add to previous comment....

Congrats Steve on all the success over the years. I've been watching since the beginning, the videos and yourself have grown so much. Way to show those "fake" haters!!

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#15 Zac Ryan
October 14 2012, 06:27PM
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Gardiner is win for the Leafs.

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#16 Griffin Germond
October 14 2012, 06:29PM
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Well, I hope you make the Sport Card Expo! I wish watching the Leafs play is as good as watching your videos. *sizzle*

;)

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#17 Cory Jeffries
October 14 2012, 06:42PM
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Love the vids Steve! Hopefully there are some LFR's this year

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#18 whyv0nne
October 14 2012, 06:43PM
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I am quite thankful for AHL and OHL games. Aside from that, I think it's absolutely amazing how far you've gotten since recording videos with a webcam in your room. Well, I mean, you're still doing that but among a whole bunch of other awesome stuff! Here's hoping that the lockout ends soon, so LFR can return!

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#19 Eamonn
October 14 2012, 06:44PM
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Jake Gardiner has looked really good in the A so far. Love it. Hopefully he keeps it up once the lockout ends.

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#20 stormer
October 14 2012, 06:48PM
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Congrats on your success Steve. I only started watching your videos around the time the Olympics ended and I've enjoyed every video every since. Especially the drunken NHL 12 videos. xD

As for Gardiner, I hope he becomes a Top 2 defencemen for us. He has the potential.

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#21 Christian
October 14 2012, 06:50PM
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Just some food for thought, if the is god forbid a lockout all season the leafs in my opinion would benefit the most. At the end of the year macarthur lombardi connolly steckel and lupul all become UFA's freeing up over 18 million dollars, which can be used to sign upcoming UFA's Corey Perry and/or Ryan Getslaf. Also if the draft lottery would be the same as in 04-05 each team would get 1 ball if u haven't had a first overall pick in a while u get another ball, leafs last 1st overall pick was in 1985, so there's another ball for the leafs, and if u haven't made the playoffs in a while u get another ball, leafs haven't made the playoffs in almost 10 years there's another ball. So leafs would have best odds of getting 1st overall and drafting a gem like nathan mackinnon. Go Leafs Go! Hate this lockout its killing me, hope I can win that card!!!

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#22 evlicnagn
October 14 2012, 06:57PM
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I just realized I can barely remember the last time the Leafs made the playoffs .. .i think i was 7 or so

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#23 Richard Lee-Sam
October 14 2012, 07:02PM
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NHL, please come back or else Im gonna have to resort to watching the NBA. AHHHHHHHHHH.

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#24 Derek Yundt
October 14 2012, 07:09PM
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No Hockey and No Leafs make Derek go something something...No Hockey and No Leafs make Derek go something something...

!@#$'ing CRRRAZY!!!

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#25 Jack
October 14 2012, 07:14PM
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Great to hear of all your success. Been watching for several years now.

We may not have the leafs, but that is just more incentive for everyone to check out their local junior leagues or a Marlies game!

(Go Rangers)

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#26 FlareKnight
October 14 2012, 07:18PM
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All I can say is that watching the Marlies is going to be good anyways. They might have lost today, but a long season ahead for them anyways.

But really it's a great game, regardless of what outside forces try to do.

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#27 gold4canada
October 14 2012, 07:37PM
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Best thing about lockout: Won't see awful Leafs meltdowns in the middle of the season.

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#28 BeLeaf
October 14 2012, 07:49PM
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Since it's for a Jake Gardiner card, why not talk about him? He has been just a beast on the blue line for the Marlies so far. He most certainly does not look like a 22-year-old defenceman playing in just his second pro season.

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#29 Cweagz_98
October 14 2012, 07:53PM
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I was really hoping for a good season out of the Leafs. No NHL so I got a season pass to the Halifax Mooseheads, who are going to be this years Memorial Cup champs ;) Also bought tickets to the CHL top Prospects game. I'm all set for this year, except for my Leafs.

Damn you Garry Bettman.

Oh yeah, I'd love that Jake Gardiner card Steve.

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#30 jcerdan1234
October 14 2012, 07:53PM
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Jake Gardiner is awesome. I think that if there was a season this year, him and the leafs would definitely make the playoffs

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#31 htboston
October 14 2012, 08:01PM
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Hockey will be played even if I have to watch college or AHL....... Damn I miss NHL.

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#32 Ryan Elliott
October 14 2012, 08:02PM
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Good work on the videos, Steve. I traded for Gardiner as a prospect in my dynasty league so would definitely like to get his rookie card. Here’s my entry!

And thanks for the KHL highlights – keep it up.

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#33 Drake Coutts
October 14 2012, 08:03PM
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Jake Gardiner is going to do great this or next season in the NHL. Dallas Eakins was happy Jake gets to ride the bus to games rather than the private jets. AHL time will be a huge factor in his career. GO LEAFS!

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#34 Roger Zhang
October 14 2012, 08:12PM
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Congrats Steve! I only started watching hockey 3 years ago and your reaction videos to leafs games really helped start my mad love of the maple leafs today.

I loved watching the Marlies play yesterday. The first period honestly had me the most excited about the leafs since the tumble started in february. If they keep dominating like that, it won't be bad at all.

For that reason, I can honestly say the lockout isn't as bothersome to me as I thought it would be. Bad contracts expire, prospects develop, a new CBA means a level playing ground and I think the leafs are going to come out strong.

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#35 Michael Maraghi
October 14 2012, 08:16PM
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Hey Steve. I haven't missed a video in two years and I wish I had discovered you earlier. I love your outlook on hockey not being locked out. I find myself being much ore interested in junior hockey such as whl (even though I'm from Belleville) and the Toronto Marlies. The Marlies are such a great team and I'm glad they are finally getting the spot light. (including Gardiner who's card you're giving away ;).

P.S. With 5 assists last night, Rielly is pretty great isn't he :D

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#36 Martin Archila
October 14 2012, 08:22PM
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I miss watching the leafs play, but there is still some great hockey in the ahl and chl to be watched. I love the steelheads jersey, personally not loving how many teams mississauga has gone through. Keep up the awesome work steve.

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#37 ruso91
October 14 2012, 08:32PM
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The Leafs D is in good shape for years with guys like, Gardiner, Rielly, Finn and Percy can't wait to see all these young guns in the NHL

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#38 Mike992
October 14 2012, 08:45PM
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Hey Steve, love the videos and the growing collection of hockey stuff on your wall...especially the Potvin pic right next to your bed. With the lockout, I will just have to enjoy all the NHLers in the AHL this year!

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#39 Ronson Brown
October 14 2012, 08:47PM
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Steve, Great video! IMO this lock out demonstrates that hockey is very much a living, breathing, entity. no nhl? no problem ( from a fan who doesn't depending on it existing). some what of a nice refresher that "hey, the nhl is just a league, despite being a good one, not the only one". so lets continue to give the O, A, and K the attention they deserve. and give the nhl the attention is deserves right now; none.

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#40 hgoal1330
October 14 2012, 08:48PM
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I really miss hockey not just watching but playing and the Toronto Maple Leafs one day i hope to see them in the playoffs.. one day

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#41 Kristen
October 14 2012, 08:55PM
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I don't know, it sucks that the NHL is locked out, but it's cool seeing some of the younger guys at [much cheaper] AHL games. I think I can survive without the NHL for a while as long as I have the AHL.

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#42 beatle11
October 14 2012, 09:02PM
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As much as I hate the lockout and miss hockey, remember what happened for the draft lottery the year after, how it was weighted towards teams who had missed the playoffs the last several years. Well there's only one team who hasn't made the playoffs since the previous lockout and would likely have the best chance at that #1 pick.

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#43 Hockey kid 9
October 14 2012, 09:22PM
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Steve!!! You're the man! Great vid as always! I really hope Betman figures something out soon because one game in, I really miss watching the leafs. God only knows the leafs woulda man handled the Habs in the season opener ;) .... GO LEAFS GO!!!!!!

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#44 Hockey kid 9
October 14 2012, 09:22PM
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Steve!!! You're the man! Great vid as always! I really hope Betman figures something out soon because one game in, I really miss watching the leafs. God only knows the leafs woulda man handled the Habs in the season opener ;) .... GO LEAFS GO!!!!!!

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#45 Aaron Stanley
October 14 2012, 09:28PM
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My comment about hockey?

The CHL is the true home of the greatest game.

But I miss my Leafs games already.

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#46 canesfanbob
October 14 2012, 09:30PM
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owners ego vs players ego who wins Clearly its not going to be us fans steve

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#47 Gianson24
October 14 2012, 09:36PM
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i wish hockey was back on. i also would like that Gardiner card if ya don't mind

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#48 Greugh
October 14 2012, 09:40PM
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Would love to see the leafs play this year, I think they have a good chance of making the playoffs. Would love to the the winter classic in effect as well....

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#49 SS07
October 14 2012, 09:40PM
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Kind of sucks I cant see John Tavares rip the NHL a new *** hole this season ):

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#50 Turlough Myers
October 14 2012, 09:51PM
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Steve, I love your videos, I've subscribed to you since LFR season 3, I respect everything you have to say about it...and who knows, you may be the next Joe Bowen! ;) Basically, you are the opposite of Gary Bettman.

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