Who Were They? The Original Six

Who Were They? The Original Six

It's a new year, which means it's time for a new blog series. And so, allow us to introduce Who Were They? a look back in time at some of the most important – yet less understood – terms, teams, and individuals of sporting history. First off is the National Hockey League's "Original Six." There is an unmistakeable mystique to the oldest franchi...
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Masked Men: Wearing The Art of Sport (Part 2)

Masked Men: Wearing The Art of Sport (Part 2)

The goalie mask revolution discussed in part one of this article was in many ways a precursor to a larger movement in the NHL towards player safety. By 1979, helmets were mandated for new players in the league. So to adhere to new safety standards, it was necessary for goalie masks to evolve as well. The early masks were often homemade, moulde...
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Masked Men: Wearing the Art of Sport (Part 1)

Masked Men: Wearing the Art of Sport (Part 1)

Hockey sweaters are undoubtedly pieces of art. They are colourful, unique, and evocative. If jerseys are like paintings, goalie masks are more like tattoos – one of a kind, handmade. Pieces of art that you have to be a little bit crazy to wear. Goalies are a notoriously eccentric bunch, and it takes a unique breed to attempt to stop a slapshot ...
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On a Frozen Pond in Ottawa

On a Frozen Pond in Ottawa

To celebrate 100 years of NHL hockey, the Senators and Montreal Canadians faced off outdoors in Ottawa this past December. Although temperatures ended up being well below freezing, there still seems no better way to celebrate the first century of NHL hockey than returning to the roots of the game. Hockey began outdoors, and for many Sens and Ha...
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