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A Few Trade Deadline Deals That Sent Teams To The Stanley Cup Finals.

The trade deadline may not seem very significant at first considering that the NHL has the playoffs, draft and the all-star game. The trade deadline is more important than you may think because the outcome from the moves made by teams during that time can vary in extremes but the only thing that comes to mind as to why teams make key trades at that time. Because it’s the Stanley Cup. The media love to make a big deal out of it and it becomes more of a spectacle of entertainment more than anythin

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Top 10 NHL rivalries in the past 20 years.

Before I get into the rankings, I just want to make clear that some of the listings of the rivalries don’t have as much heat as they used to but some are at the height of the peak and still ongoing. What some of the rivalries in the list do have though is a climax and why they have a climax is because of some game changing event that built animosity between the two teams. Some of the teams are rivals because there was much hype built by the imagination of media, hockey fans and analysts alike th

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Top 5 NHL Players Who Can Switch Positions

Marian Hossa carrying the puck Top 5 NHL Players Who Can Switch Positions And Be Good At It We have seen hockey players switch their playing positions before but it only happens once in a blue moon. I have put together a list of the top five NHL players that can switch their playing position and will play good if not better than before. This list comprises of only realistic possibilities and there are no superstar NHL players on the list. The highest caliber of player ability in the list is a

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Top 5 3rd Jerseys In The NHL

The 3rd jersey is a great alternative when the standard home or road jersey starts to fade in novelty and is also a great marketing tool to promote diversification and tradition as the reason why certain 3rd jerseys are made is to bring their historical colours back to life. Of course the 3rd jerseys are brought in to try and make a The predecessor to the current LA Kings. These jerseys were retired in 2011 to make way the new and improved ‘back in black’ sweaters So do you think it’s an im

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OJC OFFICIAL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS: WESTERN CONFERENCE

OJC OFFICIAL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS: WESTERN CONFERENCE

Another year, another round of hype surrounding Stanley Cup contenders and their hockey fans. This is the time when more players finish their checks which translate to games that average 80+ hits a game instead of 30-40. Pleasant surprises and disappoints are bound to happen, it does every year. Who would of thought Vegas would go to the Stanley Cups Finals last season against a cup thirsty Ovechkin and his Washington Capitals squad. One thing is for sure; Washington isn’t cup thirsty anymore. M
 

What's Your Favourite Alternate Jersey Design? You Decide!

In the past I wrote an article similar to this by listing the top 10 NHL alternate jerseys and there was a rank on them. While it was still interesting, I’m now putting a new twist to this.   Now you get to vote what jersey deserves to be on the top. I would love to see a debate on this because I want to know what aspect in an NHL jersey fans value. I’m only talking about the context, the artistic design and how it presents your roots based on what’s on the sweater. Yes, sometimes your favo

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DECONSTRUCTING THE NEW YORK ISLANDERS 3RD JERSEY

DECONSTRUCTING THE NEW YORK ISLANDERS 3RD JERSEY

October 1st, 2018 marks a big day in the Islanders world as another Adidas alternate jersey was beautifully delivered to the world. I want to be the first to show you how the elements of this jersey design come together (in this case, deconstructed) with meaning and significance.   The jersey itself is very simple in design, but the colours blend nicely together. The overall body of the jersey was inspired by the 2014 Stadium Series jersey the Islanders released in their first two outd

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Stanley Cup Favourites for 2013-2014 NHL Season

As the current NHL season initiates, there is always excitement, anticipation and most of all questions that lurk through the minds of many hopeful hockey fans that wish greatness for their favourite clubs. Many also wonder who the showcase rookie is going to be and which player is poised for a breakthrough campaign. But the most truly hyped question of the season is ‘which team is going to the Stanley Cup.’ Hockey fans are very smart, they catch on to the latest news quickly and definitely know

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2013 NHL Season Final Summary

With the official 2012-2013 NHL season starting a whopping 4 months late because of legal, union and disclaimer issues fans miraculously got the best available outcome from a labour dispute, a shortened season. 48 games played by each club isn’t that bad and it’s enough games for teams to make a statement and there were plenty in a short amount of time. 2013: Year of the Win Streak This is not an official title but I figured it was fitting because a few teams had some great regular season s

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Going Through The 2018 NHL 3rd Jerseys...So Far

Going Through The 2018 NHL 3rd Jerseys...So Far

There is a common theme with most of the NHL 3rd jersey releases in 2018. They're nostalgic and simple. Many of the 3rd jerseys were alterations of the previous Stadium Series jerseys worn by some of the teams. Others, were completely new with a resemblance of Deja Vu infused in the sweater. It's definitely familiar, except now Adidas is branded onto the jersey where as before, it was Reebok's duty.   Anaheim Ducks This modern classic was released for the 25th anniversary se

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Our Take: Tampa Bay Lightning Stealth Jersey

Our Take: Tampa Bay Lightning Stealth Jersey

So earlier this week, the Tampa Bay Lightning made an unpredictable announcement by unveiling their brand new Stealth jersey. As they made their announcement, the Lightning wore those jerseys for their home game against the St. Louis Blues. The announcement come of as rather casual with no trumpets, no confetti and no hype whatsoever. It was almost as if the Lightning wanted a quiet unveiling because of the “stealthy” nature of the jersey.   GREAT SALES STATS A very important

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TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS, ST. PATS JERSEY REVIEW

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS, ST. PATS JERSEY REVIEW

It is only fitting that the Toronto Maple Leafs play the Philadelphia Flyers wearing their St. Pats jerseys at a time of year when St. Patrick’s Day comes across people’s thoughts.   The entire design of the jersey is inspired by the jersey the Toronto St. Pats wore between 1922 and 1925.   This season, the Leafs will wear their St. Pats jerseys twice. Once on March 15th versus the Flyers and the day after facing the Senators.     Things look pretty simila
 

5 Most Inspiring Players In Hockey

These are hockey’s most triumphant winners in their own style. They exude confidence, push others around them harder and they dig deep when the team needs them to be clutch. Some of these talented people get to the top by either leading by example, taking charge at key moments or just simply by having a strong character. One trait that they all have in common is they are true motivators and they leave an everlasting impression. My top five choices for most inspiring hockey people is based on the

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NHL STANDINGS PREDICTIONS FOR 2018/19 SEASON: ATLANTIC DIVISION

NHL STANDINGS PREDICTIONS FOR 2018/19 SEASON: ATLANTIC DIVISION

#1 TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING There isn’t a team with as much top end talent backed with great depth as much as the Lightning. Their forwards are fast, skilled and very opportunistic, especially with Kucherov and Stamkos leading the way up front. They were first in scoring with 296 goals last season. That was the highest amount of goals recorded in a regular season since the Washington Capitals filled 318 pucks in the net during the 09-10 season. Their defense is filled with workhorses as Hed

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NHL STANDINGS PREDICTIONS FOR THE 2018/19 SEASON: METRO DIVISION

NHL STANDINGS PREDICTIONS FOR THE 2018/19 SEASON: METRO DIVISION

#1 PITTSBURGH PENGUINS The perennial offensive powerhouse is back and ready to attack once again for another exciting season coming our way! It was a relatively quiet off-season for the Pens but they didn’t need to make many moves. They signed Jack Johnson to a multi-year deal to shore up the blueline which is one of the team’s weak spots. It wouldn’t be surprising if the Pens make it to another Stanley Cup Final and what’s different this year compared to the last couple of seasons is

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NHL STANDINGS PREDICTIONS FOR THE 2018/19 SEASON: CENTRAL DIVISION

NHL STANDINGS PREDICTIONS FOR THE 2018/19 SEASON: CENTRAL DIVISION

#1 WINNIPEG JETS It wasn’t a matter of how, it was a matter of when. When the Jets will finally play as a great hockey team. Many years of building a prospect pipeline is finally paying dividends and they are ready to contend for a Stanley Cup for years to come. In the most competitive division of the NHL, the Jets have what it takes to be #1 in the Central. Their offense is oozing with speed and skill. They play an aggressive up-tempo game and they have size to win key puck battles in

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NHL STANDINGS PREDICTION FOR THE 2018/19 SEASON: PACIFIC DIVISION

NHL STANDINGS PREDICTION FOR THE 2018/19 SEASON: PACIFIC DIVISION

#1 SAN JOSE SHARKS Coincidence is funny sometimes. A few hours before I was writing this article, news broke out that Erik Karlsson gets traded to the Sharks. I also had San Jose slotted in to go #1 even before the announcement of the blockbuster trade so this was mean’t to be.   This team keeps finding ways to get good players on the team whether it’s trade or drafting, GM Doug Wilson gets the job done and he is the reason why the Sharks have been a consistently great team. Even

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BREAKING DOWN THE 2019 NHL WINTER CLASSIC JERSEYS

BREAKING DOWN THE 2019 NHL WINTER CLASSIC JERSEYS

The Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks both unveiled their 2019 Winter Classic jerseys on Thursday. As is tradition, the two teams, with the help of Adidas, designed very classic looking uniforms that they’ll wear when they head outdoors for the annual New Year’s Day event, which is set to be played at the iconic Notre Dame Stadium this season.   As the visiting team, the Bruins were first to unveil their sweaters, which are a throwback to the club’s uniforms in the 1930s. They’re no

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NHL JERSEY WATCH 2019

NHL JERSEY WATCH 2019

Another year has gone by and oh what a year it was. There was a plethora of alternates introduced from NHL teams during the fall of 2018 and 2019 will be no shortage of new jersey releases either. Icethetics is offering the expected changes that might during the next year and we’ll give you our take on what the new jerseys could look like and in some cases, what it should like look like.   ANAHEIM DUCKS   2019 THIRD JERSEY: Expected. Yes, we’re going on this ride one more t

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2018/19 NHL HALF-SEASON NHL AWARDS!

2018/19 NHL HALF-SEASON NHL AWARDS!

The 41 game mark. It’s that time of year where many see where we are in our pools and if any of us made good on our pre-season predictions. Let’s be honest, most of us get pre-season forecasts wrong including many from established hockey news outlets. Since all of the NHL teams have played their first 41 games, we can now finally do this report.   Today we’re talking about who would win the trophy’s if the season ended today and who we think will actually win it at the end of the seaso
HOT TAKE: THE 2019 PITTSBURGH PENGUINS AND PHILADELPHIA FLYERS STADIUM SERIES JERSEYS

HOT TAKE: THE 2019 PITTSBURGH PENGUINS AND PHILADELPHIA FLYERS STADIUM SERIES JERSEYS

Usually any NHL outdoor game creates a lot of anticipation for fans. The Winter Classics and the Stadium Series are an event almost every fan, regardless of what team you cheer for, take interest in. The one thing that piques the most curiosity on these games is always the grand, jersey reveal.   There’s just one problem:   The Flyers jersey was leaked. Not once, but twice. Also, the Penguins jersey was leaked along with the second time the Flyers jersey was leaked. Ouch! Som

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OJC OFFICIAL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS: EASTERN CONFERENCE

OJC OFFICIAL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS: EASTERN CONFERENCE

Another year, another round of hype surrounding Stanley Cup contenders and their hockey fans. This is part of our Stanley Cup prediction series. The Western Conference was covered the other day and it can be viewed if you’re interested: OJC OFFICIAL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS: WESTERN CONFERENCE TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (A1) VS COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS (WC2) ADVANTAGES: Offence: Bolts Defence: Bolts Powerplay: Bolts Penalty Kill: Blue Jackets Goalte
 

TOP 10 – NHL's Most Remarkable Personalities - Volume 1

There’s an expectation that all NHL players have to live to their performance on the ice. Then there is some who go the extra mile by building rapport with fans, media and sometimes other players. They are the guys who are perceived to be the masters of charisma; full of antics, charm, grace, flow and style. Each of these players that are listed below are unique in their own way. Some are loud, some are bombastic, they say what they think and they say what they feel. It doesn’t matter how skille

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THE RICH CULTURE BEHIND THE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS OUTDOOR SWEATERS

The Pittsburgh Penguins have experienced a plethora of highs and lows since the tale of the club first began in 1967. The Penguins are a team of destiny. When they were down and ready to fold as a franchise, a superstar was there to save them. Mario Lemieux led the Penguins to back-to-back Stanley Cup victories in the early 1990’s after a miserable decade in the 1980’s. Same scenario played out in the early 2000’s when the franchise was playing terrible on the ice plus it was on the verge of ban

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The New Adidas Jerseys: The Hype, The Speculation, And What We Know So Far.

Lets travel back to 2007 for a few moments. The NHL was undergoing a serious makeover retooling their look for their official uniforms. That was a time when many NHL teams have taken the opportunity to re-brand their image to fans and establish team identity. Teams weren’t given the option to introduce alternate sweaters so they had to have one home and one road jersey. Many teams took a deep dive into the trend. Speculation and hype ensued for much of the summer of 2007. When the season started

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