Not mad, just disappointed: 10 players we expected more from this season

Alex Semin

There are two sides to the surprise coin. On one side, you have the players who outperform even your wildest expectations. This season, they’ve taken the form of Colin Wilson, Mathieu Perreault, and several others. On the other, you have players who haven’t come close to expectations.

At the midpoint of the 2014-15 season, there are more than a few candidates for disappointing player of the campaign, but only one can take the cake. While fans of every team have the players they wish they would get more from, the following 10 are the ones that are playing well below the expectations this season. Read more

One man, one car, every NHL & AHL arena in one year

Ronnie Shuker
Jason Comyn (right) followed his beloved Chicago Blackhawks throughout North America. (Jason Comyn)

It was late March and Chicago was in Pittsburgh to face the Penguins. Jason Comyn arrived at the arena early to watch his beloved Blackhawks warm up, just as he’d done every game he’d gone to since October. Patrick Sharp was gliding toward him with his stick on his knees and saw Comyn talking with an attractive woman in the stands.

Sharp had first noticed the travelling Hawks superfan back in October when Comyn was just beginning his epic road trip. Since then, Comyn would usually rap on the glass during the warmup, and Sharp would respond with a head nod. When Comyn saw Sharp coming toward him in Pittsburgh, he flashed him a sly look from the stands, and Sharp responded in kind, which caught the woman’s attention. “Did he just wink at you?” she said.

Indeed he did. That’s the kind of connection a fan can make with a player after following his favorite team around for a season. Read more

Washington’s Winter Classic comes to life in photos

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As a game, hockey lends itself to some brilliant photos and spectacular moments, but the beauty of the game is amplified when it gets taken outdoors.

The 2015 Winter Classic was an outstanding battle between Chicago and Washington, two of the league’s best teams, and some of the league’s finest stars. The Capitals took home a 3-2 victory on a last-minute goal by Troy Brouwer, and the elation shown by Brouwer’s teammates was a moment that was meant to be captured.

This is the 2015 Winter Classic in photos: Read more

The five best (and one of the worst) things of the 2015 Winter Classic

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For a game that was said to be lacking the buzz of year’s prior, the Winter Classic went off without a hitch and ended up being quite the game.

Almost everything about the game was as good as one could have hoped. From the on-ice action to the atmosphere and the show the league put on, 2015’s edition of the annual outdoor game had some great moments, with one not-so-great one mixed in.

These are the five best (and one of the worst) things about Washington’s Winter Classic. Read more

Capitals, Blackhawks beat back glare to put ‘classic’ in Winter Classic

Jared Clinton
WC Ovechkin featured

The spectacle itself, the Winter Classic between the Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks, didn’t start like many before it had. The pageantry was given a healthy bump thanks to the team entrances, and the game itself was one of the better outdoor contests the league has seen.

Though the first game will always be the most memorable – the snow falling in Buffalo while Sidney Crosby, the face of the league, scored the shootout winner – 2015’s Winter Classic will certainly be remembered as one of the outdoor games that stand the test of time. Read more

Blackhawks set New Year’s resolutions with help of junior reporters

Jared Clinton
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Joey the Junior Reporter has been a fixture of the Blackhawks dressing room for several seasons, but, according to Joey, he’s no longer a junior reporter. No, at age 9, he’s now a senior reporter, ready to enlist in the help of his younger brothers to get the hard-hitting answers.

Dom and Vince, Joey’s younger brothers, are new on the Blackhawks beat and the elder statesman showed them the ropes before throwing them right into the fire to get to the bottom of what a select group of Blackhawks want to achieve in 2015: Read more

Blackhawks’ Crawford, Raanta show off Winter Classic masks

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For lovers of goalie masks, Christmas came a little bit later. On Tuesday, Chicago Blackhawks goaltenders Corey Crawford and Antti Raanta gave fans a first look at their masks for the upcoming Winter Classic.

Both masks pay a bit of an homage to the Blackhawks history, while also incorporating parts of Chicago or thematic nods to the Winter Classic itself. Read more

Top 10 players of 2014: Game’s brightest shine in Olympic year

Sidney Crosby

Whether the NHL participates in the 2018 Olympics or not, it will forever be hard to top the talent seen in both the 2010 and 2014 games. Not only was the men’s game showcased on one of the brightest stages, the women’s game provided some incredible drama in the medal round.

As such, there is a pair of women on this year’s top 10 players. There are also appearances from a few future stars. One member of this list did outstanding things before becoming a pro, and is already making his mark on the NHL in his rookie season, while others are breaking out or remaining at the top of their games. Read more