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Author: Cameron Levasseur

Tim Peel – The NHL’s Perfect Scapegoat

Reading Time: 2 minutesLast Wednesday, veteran NHL referee Tim Peel was fired for conduct deemed to be a “direct contradiction to the adherence to that cornerstone principle that we demand of our officials” after an exchange with a fellow official was caught on national television headed into a commercial break during a game between Nashville and Detroit the night before.  After calling Predators’ forward Victor Arvidsson for a trip five minutes into the second period, Peel remarked “It wasn’t much, but I wanted to get an (expletive) penalty against Nashville early…” before his mic was cut off.  This clear...

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Five Potential Venues for Future Outdoor NHL Games

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe debut of the next series of NHL games played in the open air, following the likes of the Stadium Series, Heritage Classic, and the perennial Winter Classic, had perhaps a slightly rockier start than the league would have wished. Poor marketing, melting ice and Zamboni breakdowns caused a great deal of drama over the weekend, but also a great deal of discussion, because with all the issues, there also came a sense of reinvigorated excitement for outdoor games, and now that the league has realized they don’t always need tens of thousands of fans to...

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The Yukon’s Finest: How a Gold Mining Town Nearly Found Some Silver

Reading Time: 4 minutesWhen most people think of the Yukon, they probably think of a desolate and wild territory in the upper fringe of the Canadian landscape. But what if I told you that three years before any team from the country’s largest city made an appearance on the biggest stage in professional hockey, an unlikely group from the northern region made a run at the Stanley Cup. On January 13, 1905, a collection of senior league players from Dawson City, a boom town during the Klondike Gold Rush, played the first of two games of a Stanley Cup...

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Does History Set a Precedent for this Upcoming NHL Season?

Reading Time: 2 minutesIf all goes to plan, the 31 NHL franchises will hit the ice to start the regular season as soon as January 15th of the new year. The slated proposal would see clubs play a total of 56 games plus playoffs in a 28 week stretch finishing the week before the start of the Tokyo Olympics on July 23rd.    The question is, what would a season of this nature look like?   In the last 25 years, there have been two seasons shortened, both to 48 games, and both due to lockouts (94-95, 12-13). In...

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The NHL’s Reverse Retro Jerseys: Ranked

Reading Time: 10 minutesIt was an incredible marketing move on behalf of the NHL to bridge the gap between the Stanley Cup Final and the start of the unconventional 2021 season with the release of the “Reverse Retro” series of jerseys. Following the path laid out several years previous with the NBA’s “City Edition” jerseys, the reveal of a compound uniform line has proven to be a more successful strategy for the introduction of alternate uniforms than those used in previous. With the modernization of the league following the shift to Adidas in 2017, it was only a matter...

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