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Lorne “Gump” Worsley, born and raised in Montreal, was the last NHL goalie to play without a mask.  “My face is my mask,” he would say, refusing to don facial protection.  He acquired the nickname Gump as a youngster due to his facial resemblance to Andy Gump, a cartoon character of the time. The Origins
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This article was originally written in June, 2014 and updated in May, 2020. The Atlanta Thrashers had a brief, disappointing tenure in the NHL. The main reason they failed was their abysmal performance at the draft table. The Thrashers and general manager Don Waddell had an awful time scouting and selecting players from the junior
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The Pittsburgh Penguins have spent the last decade with higher expectations than almost any other NHL squad. Stacked with high-end talent and depth to make deep playoff runs, the team has constantly been in win-now mode throughout Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin’s primes. Part of the reason the Penguins have been competitive for so long
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The New York Islanders are a storied franchise, even if most the significant parts of their story are in the late 1970s and early ’80s. Their 19-straight playoff series wins will likely never be surpassed and the cast of players from that era remains at the center of the Islanders’ universe and the record books.
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The Los Angeles Kings joined the NHL in the 1967-68 season. A hockey team that has been around for over half a century is bound to have some intense rivalries, and the Kings are no exception to this. Although they don’t have any rivalries on the scale of the Boston Bruins versus Montreal Canadiens, they
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Without a doubt, Boston Bruins’ left wing Brad Marchand is one of the most polarizing active players in the National Hockey League. He is at the same time a masterful goalscorer and a pest for the ages. Bruins fans love him. Fans of just about every other team hate him. His relationship with league officials?
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There are few objects in sports that inspire such reverence and awe as the Stanley Cup. The simplicity and elegance of the trophy that bears the names of all of its recipients puts championship awards from other sports to shame. But did you know that on a cold day in December nearly fifty years ago,
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Combine a gritty style of play with quick hands and fast feet, throw in a swagger that sat well with his movie-star good looks, mix well with his fair share of nastiness and you have the young Derek Sanderson, better known by his friends and teammates as “Turk”. Born and raised in Niagara Falls, Ontario,
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* originally published in Jan. 2018 Scott Stevens can be considered one of the last of a breed of NHLer that wreaked havoc on other players. During a time when checks were seemingly more vicious than in today’s game, Stevens threw his share of hits that rattled opposing players; some were injured, some were just
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I’ve been waiting for the phone to ring for 10 years. It still hasn’t, but I’ll be ready when it does. And although, I was never a Boy Scout, I still abide by their “be prepared” motto, especially when it comes to signing the NHL contract that I definitely deserve. In fact, I probably couldn’t
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On Oct. 2, 1999, New Jersey Devils’ rookie Scott Gomez made his NHL debut at 20-year-old. He became the first Alaska-born NHL player. At that time Double Jeopardy and American Beauty were the top movies in theaters, and TLC’s Unpretty was the number one song in the United States. His NHL career is a fascinating
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For the Tampa Bay Lightning, the quest for two straight Stanley Cups did not come easily. Important roster changes took place throughout the 2019-20 season, which included adding key members to their forward corps like Blake Coleman at the trade deadline.  However, what often gets forgotten are the players that were left behind in pursuit
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If an NHL team isn’t living up to expectations, there’s a good chance that the coach is to blame. Or at least, the person that takes the fall for the team’s lackluster performance. Recently, we’ve seen the last-place Montreal Canadiens part ways with Dominique Ducharme after the coach led the team to the Stanley Cup
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