Jason Strudwick
December 23 2011 04:47PM

Last week as I was hanging up my shoulder pads my partner, Kurt Davis, asked me how long I had been wearing them and why I even bothered. He commented on there hardly being any protection on the chest or back and how the shoulder caps are very small.

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Cold War Echo

Andrey Osadchenko
December 21 2011 12:33PM


(pic courtesy Dirty Dangle)  

(Moscow native Andrey Osadchenko wanted to weigh in on the recent "Ovechkin on Steriods" controversy)

If you read John Steigerwald’s column about Ovechkin’s alleged steroid use and you listened to him argue with Ryan Lambert on the radio show about it and your initial reaction wasn’t ‘Wow!’ you are not an easy person to impress.

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Teaching an old dog new tricks: I learn to play hockey.

Danny Gray
December 21 2011 12:28PM


This small child is a better hockey player than me

A few weeks ago I played a game of pick-up hockey in full equipment for the first time in my life. I had never been a strong skater growing up, so it has been a bit of a challenge but entirely worth it. I’m hooked. Playing three hour long pick-up games has given me some new insights into the game I already loved.

I am hardly adopting the stance that “if you never played the game” you are unqualified to speak about it and your opinions and insights invalid. Simply that you gain a more nuanced and deeper understanding as a result of seeing the game from the players’ perspective, irrespective of the level you play at.

Here are the things that stand out the most to me after only three games.

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Weak Goaltending and the World Juniors Go Hand-in-Hand

Jonathan Willis
December 20 2011 02:38PM

The last several years have seen strong Canadian entries at the World Juniors. When it comes to the talent of their forwards and defensemen, Team Canada has access to riches unparalleled in any other country in the world.

The situation is a little different in net, where the uncertain tandem of Mark Visentin and Scott Wedgewood will backstop this year’s team.

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Why I'm Not Freaking Out

Danny Gray
December 20 2011 10:01AM


After a rough stretch of play to begin the month of December the Leafs are in danger of falling out of playoff position for the first time this season. They are 2-4-2 over that stretch and I’m surprisingly okay with it.

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