January 27 2016 02:43PM
Photo Credit: Grand Rapids Griffins / Flickr.com via GriffinsHockey.com
School day games are a love-hate relationship. Yes, you're establishing a young fanbase that could go on to care about the players for their entire careers and the team for their entire lives. Yes, they're more into it than the adults are. But, at the same time, you have to get up early just to hear a bunch of children scream at octaves you forgot existed. It's even worse when you're the away team because you've travelled for the privilege.
That pain is eased when the final buzzer sounds, your team has a considerably large win, and you've still got a full day ahead of you. Such is the case for the Toronto Marlies, who, despite being outshot, skated away with a commanding 4-0 victory over the Grand Rapids Griffins.
January 27 2016 02:00PM
Convenience is everything nowadays.
We want everything to be as centralized as possible – with apps, news, etc all in one place – and everything done for us to the largest possible extent. To that end, I’ve taken the initiative to simplify and centralize the very common calculation of a hockey player’s NHLE, by creating a calculator for it. To my knowledge, it’s the first of its kind that is publicly available (this determined by one Google search and quick scan of the results), but I could be wrong.
January 27 2016 12:18PM
The Leafs once again have the opportunity to check in on their future star Steven Stamkos. It's kind of hard with tampering rules and all that, but it's a good chance to see that he's okay and that he's still comfortable with playing in an inferior market in the most backwards state in the union.
Hopefully, he's focusing on the joy of playing for Mike Babcock, daydreaming about the quality of life he'd be able to have when all of his Toronto-based endorsements come to fruition, and acknowledging the joy he'd feel lifting the Stanley Cup over his head for fans who actually know what the Stanley Cup is.
January 27 2016 10:29AM
Tonight marks the last night of NHL play before the All-Star break, no NHL games will be scheduled tomorrow night, and the professional ice hockey you’ll get this weekend will be 3 on 3’s featuring players who were unsuccessful at faking injuries this week to get out of going.
You’re in luck if you want to watch worthwhile hockey, though. Thursday is the CHL Top Prospect game, and unlike the NHL All-Star Game, this showcase actually sees players compete at their highest level, is fast paced, and potentially there are more Leafs in this one (we just don’t know who they are yet).
January 27 2016 07:12AM
Graeme Townshend's path to the NHL was unlike any other before him. Born in Jamaica, he became the first player in the league from the island better known in the athletic world for their bobsled and track and field efforts.
Today, he's working hard to achieve a dream for many youth players once seemed impossible. As the head coach of Team Jamaica's ice hockey team, Townshend is among the leaders of a developmental movement looking to eventually ice an internationally-competitive team at the IIHF level. A long journey, perhaps, but one that's making important progressive steps right in Toronto.