Take a look inside some of hockey’s finest fan caves

Jeff Libonati

Hockey fans are a special breed. So special, in fact, we dedicated an entire issue, appropriately dubbed the Fan Issue, entirely to the hockey fan. Be it cheering (or jeering) habits, your fantastic fan stories, or a little bit about the players you love the most, we wanted to give you the issue you’ve always wanted.

In return, we asked for one small thing: pictures of your fan cave – the place you go, decked out with all your favorite gear, to watch your team 82 times during the regular season as they work towards chasing hockey’s ultimate prize.

We received a number of submissions, but below you can find our favorites: Read more

Jonas Hiller’s goofy goalie adventure quite the trip

Adam Proteau
Jonas Hiller (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

While his former Anaheim Ducks team was bringing 45-year-old goalie Dwayne Roloson out of retirement to serve in a backup role on an emergency basis, Flames netminder Jonas Hiller was having a different adventure of his own during a game in Montreal.

The 32-year-old Hiller was in net during the second period of Calgary’s game against the Canadiens when he decided to roam out to play the puck. The first-year Flame then lost a skate edge, or his focus, or both, and wound up looking like he was auditioning for So You Think You Can Dance: Read more

The Hot List: Dylan Strome is burning up the 2015 draft charts

Erie's Dylan Strome (Photo by B Wippert/Getty Images)

Is it too early for world junior speculation? Never! Unfortunately, the speculation comes at the expense of Team USA hopeful Steven Santini. The New Jersey prospect has been sidelined with a wrist injury that will keep him out of the tournament, but there may be a name or two below who can pick up the slack. Check out this week’s round-up of who to know in the world of prospects.

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Alberta-bound Carey Price desperately needs a change in western fortunes

Carey Price (Francois Laplante/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

Carey Price may have been a competitive calf roper when he was younger, but as soon as he steps on the ice in Alberta, he plays as though it’s his first rodeo. And if the Montreal Canadiens want to continue their white-hot start to the season, that’s going to have to change in a hurry.

So the most important person on the Montreal Canadiens as they head into a western Canadian road trip in first place in the Eastern Conference might be goaltending coach Stephane Waite. The man who has been most responsible for altering Carey Price’s mental approach to games could have to do some major psychological massaging on Price this week. Read more

Senators, Maple Leafs, Canadiens hold touching tribute following Ottawa shootings

Josh Elliott
Ottawa shooting tribute

For a nation that identifies itself strongly with hockey, it seemed only fitting that Canadians should gather in their rinks and at their TVs to share a healing moment before puck drop Saturday.

The Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs staged a touching simultaneous tribute Saturday night to two soldiers killed in separate, unprovoked attacks in Canada earlier this week. Ottawa took center stage in the tribute, as Senators players stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the visiting New Jersey Devils for a stirring renditions of the Star Spangled Banner and O Canada from anthem singer Lyndon Slewidge.

Fans in Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto sang the anthem in a simultaneous blend of English and French, while projectors lit up all three rinks with Canadian flags. Read more

PK Subban’s Halloween costume is a Thriller

Jared Clinton
P.K. Subban (Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images)

In a lot of ways, PK Subban could remind you of a young Michael Jackson: they’re both incredible at what they do, they’re both almost unanimously loved, and they have similar dance moves.

All right, fine, we can’t be sure about that last part, but chances are the young Canadiens defenseman at least busted out a few of his finest MJ impressions at the Habs Halloween bash, where the young superstar donned his finest Thriller attire: Read more

Canadiens super fan returns, and this time Brendan Gallagher is his target

Jared Clinton
Brendan Gallagher

You may know Jay Baruchel from his work in Hollywood with Seth Rogen. You may also know him from shows like Undeclared. He even wrote and co-starred in a hockey movie about lovable enforcer Doug Glatt, called ‘Goon’.

Where you probably haven’t seen Jay Baruchel, however, is in the shower with Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher. Well, here’s your chance:

This is the second video starring real-life Canadiens super fan Baruchel, the first of which featured him getting up close and personal with Habs goaltender Carey Price.

It’s never easy to elicit a good laugh in a 30-second commercial spot, but it looks like the Canadiens and Baruchel have created a bit of magic. Let’s just hope Youppi! can get in on the action at some point. Read more