Edward Fraser

Edward Fraser, The Hockey News’ managing editor, joined THN in 2005 after covering the Jr. B Stratford Cullitons for a couple of seasons. The London, Ont., native graduated from the University of Western Ontario – where he did campus radio color commentary for both men’s and women’s hockey – with a Master’s in Journalism. He really, really hates the loser point.

The NHL’s top 5 “geriatric” rookies (a.k.a. who’s old & new)

Van Guilder

When, at 30 years and 72 days, Mark Van Guilder made his debut with the Nashville Predators Sunday, he became the oldest player to suit up for his first NHL game this season.

The NHL Network spoke to Van Guilder about his (long) road to the NHL and his first game. It’s worth a watch if for no other reason than his opening line: “First of all, 400 games (in the minors)? Holy crap!”

 

 

With Van Guilder at No. 1, here are the other four oldest NHL debuts from 2013-14:

Anton Belov, Edmonton, D, 27 years, 64 days
No player on this list has contributed more to his team than Belov, who spent nine years in the Russian/Kontinental League before signing with the Oilers in May. He’s had his ups and down – including several scratches both healthy and due to injury, but he’s logging more than 17 minutes a night in his 50 games played. He also suited up for Russia in Sochi.

Julien Brouillette, Washington, D, 27 years, 63 days
The undrafted Brouillette, who’s played more than 200 games in both the American League and ECHL, picked up an assist in his first game and a goal in his second during his first stint with the Capitals in early February. He was recalled Sunday and played his third NHL game, against Nashville.

Reto Berra, Calgary, G, 26 years, 304 days
Expectations were high for Berra after he came over from his native Switzerland. Following some early struggles, specifically with rebound control, the Flames dealt Berra to the Avalanche, who, somewhat questionably, gave him a three-year contract extension. Can goalie guru Francois Allaire work his magic with another big stopper?

Cam Talbot, Rangers, G, 26 years, 141 days
He’s seen just 20 games this season – he’s stuck behind some guy named Lundqvist after all – but when he has played he’s been phenomenal: his .940 save percentage is first in the league and his 1.67 goal-against average is second (behind Minnesota’s Josh Harding). Talbot toiled in the AHL from 2010 to 2013 after spending three years in college with Alabama-Huntsville. If the Rangers make a deep playoff run, Talbot will have played a huge part by allowing ‘The King’ to get his regular-season rest.

(a nod to the always-excellent hockey-reference.com for saving me a lot of time doing math.)

Edward Fraser, The Hockey News’ Managing Editor, joined THN in 2005 after covering the Jr. B Stratford Cullitons. The London, Ont., native graduated from the University of Western Ontario – where he did campus radio color commentary for both men’s and women’s hockey – with a Master’s in Journalism. He really, really hates the loser point.

“Trick” goal in women’s junior game pretty damn cool

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Trick play (Screen Cap via YouTube)

 

A link to this goal from the Junior Women’s Hockey League semifinal game between the North American Hockey Academy and Notre Dame came across my desk this morning and I wasn’t totally sure what to expect. Needless to say, it’s pretty awesome. In fact, I think the people on the other side of the floor – and it’s a pretty big office – heard my “OOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHH.”

And now that I’ve (over)sold it…

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Please, Hockey Gods, don’t ever let a team wear a jersey like this…

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Kalamazoo

 

There have been some truly horrawful hockey sweaters over the years, with these head-shakers springing first to mind…

 

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And that’s not even including the advertisement-splattered duds from European leagues or the bad-on-purpose minor league efforts. But even those don’t come close to this idea for a college baseball jersey, which we stumbled upon via Tom Lay of Deadspin this morning:

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Proposed NHL rule changes: thumbs up or down?

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Mike Smith (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)

A quartet of concepts came out of Day 1 of the GM meetings in Boca Raton, Fla., but none of them gained much traction. That’s too bad, because three of the four were solid ideas…

EXTENDING OVERTIME AND GOING 3-ON-3 FOR SOME OF IT
THUMBS UP
I do like the shootout – it’d actually be better if it featured five shooters per team, but it’s become far too commonplace. As calculated by The Canadian Press, 14 percent of games are now going to the skills competition and 40 percent of games that go past regulation aren’t resolved in the 4-on-4 session. That’s far too many. Anything that can be done to curb the number of shootouts, including the suggestion of doing a dry scrape before OT to improve the ice conditions or switching ends to create a long change during the extra session would be a good move.
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Top 5 2014 Olympic hockey jerseys: Fine Finnish

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Teemu Selanne (ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)

Teemu Selanne went out in style, both figuratively and literally. The 43-year-old earned a bronze medal – his third, to go along with a silver from 2006 – by scoring the game-winner in his final Olympic Games. While doing so, Selanne and his teammates donned my pick for the 2014 Olympics’ best sweaters. Here’s why the Finns “home” jerseys were the best, along with the rest of the top five.

 

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If this picture doesn’t make you laugh, go on the IR with a broken funny bone

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(Joe Cascio)

In mid-December, Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller held the seventh edition of his Catwalk for Charity and raised nearly $125,000 for his Steadfast Foundation, which supports “year-round diversionary events and psychosocial programs” for children with cancer.

A stick-tap to him for his ongoing work, which has raised more than $1.1 million over the years. On a lighter note, we will forever be in Miller’s debt for this glorious photo that came out of the event, which features 6-foot-7 Tyler Myers and 5-foot-9 Tyler Ennis adorned in “Cirque du Sabres with a Masquerade Twist” attire.

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Top 10 NHL goals of the year: Hertl through the legs or Chara spin-o-rama?

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There were so many great goals this year it was difficult to whittle the must-see list down to a top 10. To keep it manageable, I omitted shootout goals and kept it to just the NHL, which kept my personal favorite – Jori Lehtera’s ballsy and hilarious move from the KHL All-Star Game – off the list for a couple reason. But here it is, anyway…

Now, without further ado, here are the top 10 NHL goals of the year…

No. 10: Claude Giroux vs. Columbus, Dec. 19

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