Blackhawks’ Teuvo Teravainen “doesn’t have a heartbeat”

Teuvo Teravainen (Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

Teuvo Teravainen’s real father, Timo, is a dentist in Helsinki. His surrogate father is a 40-year-old teammate Kimmo Timonen, and while the hockey world was fawning over Teravainen after Game 1, good old dad had a sobering message. “He’s got a long way to go,” Timonen said. “He’s a skinny guy, so he’s got to start lifting weights. I told him, ‘This summer you’ve got to make sure you work out.’ Golf is not a workout.”

Gee, thanks, Dad. Teravainen’s father might be “far, far in Finland,” but that fatherly advice isn’t. As Teravainen makes his way in the world, he’s learning things might not be as easy as he would have thought. In 2013-14, when he led Finland to gold at the world juniors and finished with 44 points in the Finnish League, many thought Teravainen had the second-line center job in Chicago waiting for him. But he struggled. Read more

Are the Blackhawks a dynasty? They couldn’t care less – because they’re not done

Duncan Keith (Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

The pee wasn’t even dry on David Keith’s Chicago Blackhawks sweater when the questions started. There he was, holding his two-year-old grandson, who had undoubtedly gotten caught up in all the excitement of his dad, Duncan, winning the Stanley Cup and forgot to take a washroom break. “We changed his diaper, but when the pants are wet, the pants are wet,” the Keith family patriarch said. “What are you going to do?”

Apparently, putting your baby in the Stanley Cup is quite the rage these days. Every time you turned around on the United Center ice there was another little one with a triple chin and a pot belly, sitting obliviously in the Cup while the rest of the family posed for pictures. It looked as much like a daycare as it did a Stanley Cup celebration.

As team president John McDonough noted, when he first joined the organization in 2007 most of the guys were single. “Now there are babies all over the place,” he said. Read more

Lightning’s success starts at the very top, where money isn’t priority No. 1

Jeff Vinik (Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

With two days between Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup final and temperatures hovering in the 90s with the humidity, it’s difficult to escape that feeling of being sticky and fat. It can be tough to get a hockey vibe, but Tampa is getting there.

Even though after 23 years and a Stanley Cup in the market the newspapers still feel compelled to run a ‘Hockey 101’ column in which they explain faceoffs, icing and changing on the fly, Tampa has come a long way. Game 1 of the final got a local TV rating of 18, compared to Game 7 of their 2004 Stanley Cup final triumph, which scored in the single digits.

Jeffrey Vinik’s rather unpretentious office in Amalie Arena looks over a bar named Ferg’s, one of the places where fans congregate after games. But there is also a mother lode of undeveloped land, about 40 acres to be precise, and that’s where Vinik’s vision for transforming downtown Tampa is taking shape. And it all started five years ago with a hockey team nobody wanted, run by Oren Koules and Len Barrie whose ill-fated ownership flamed out spectacularly amid bickering and poor decisions. Read more

A Toronto-Philadelphia rivalry primer for Drake and Meek Mill

Tie Domi (far left) and Donald Brashear  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

One of the biggest pop culture stories going around right now involves rappers Drake and Meek Mill, former friends turned enemies. The beef between the pair began over hurt feelings and escalated into several freestyle diss tracks…you don’t care about this. We’re The Hockey News. But since Drake used the Blue Jays’ World Series victory over the Phillies as ammo against Meek Mill (guess which two cities these guys are from?), I thought we should hockey this thing up, just in case the rappers need more material (and after hearing Meek Mill’s “Wanna Know,” they do).

Here’s a brief history of the bad blood between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Philadelphia Flyers:

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Six-foot, 100-pound chocolate Stanley Cup is the holy grail of hockey treats

Chocolate Stanley Cup being created at Chicago's French Pastry School. (via Chicago's French Pastry School/Twitter)

The greatest prize in hockey, the Stanley Cup, weighs 34.5 pounds and stands 35.25 inches tall. It only makes sense then that the chocolate Stanley Cup should be the greatest prize in confectionary art. It does, after all, dwarf the very trophy it is modeled after.

At the recent Chicago Blackhawks fan convention, which took place over the weekend, Chicago’s French Pastry School designed and delivered a six-foot tall, 100-pound replica of the trophy, which was complete with a Blackhaws logo and painted in silver dust, according to Justin Breen of DNAinfo.com. The gigantic chocolate replica also made an appearance at a party held by Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz to celebrate the Stanley Cup victory. Take a look at every dentist’s nightmare: Read more

Can Dallas win with big offense and a young defense?

Patrick Sharp. (Photo by Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill is already off to a great start in the Patrick Sharp trade – he got the best player in the deal. But in acquiring the three-time Stanley Cup winner from Chicago along with prospect Stephen Johns, Nill had to give up his most experienced defenseman in Trevor Daley (agitator Ryan Garbutt also headed to the Hawks).

This sets up an interesting situation for the Stars: powerhouse offense and a green defense – and I don’t mean Victory Green.

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Watch Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup win as animated by incredible flipbook artist

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Hand-animated highlight of Patrick Kane's insurance goal from Game 6 of the 2014-15 Stanley Cup final. (via The Flippist/YouTube)

It’s been nearly one month since the Chicago Blackhawks were crowned Stanley Cup champions, but that hasn’t stopped the tributes from pouring in. This latest one, however, is definitely one of the most creative.

A YouTube user known as The Flippist, a flipbook artist who makes custom, hand-drawn animations, just so happens to be a native Chicagoan. As such, he tried his hand at animating the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup clinching victory, and the result is spectacular: Read more