Ever wanted to be an NHL mascot or anthem singer? Apply to the Calgary Flames

Rory Boylen
Harvey the Hound

Have you ever watched a professional sports mascot do his thing and think “well I could do better than that”?

Have you ever heard a rendition of the national anthem that you didn’t particularly like, laughed at a singer for flubbing the lyrics, or slipping and falling to the ice?

(Feel bad for the lady; still going to watch the video.)

Well, it’s time to put your money where your mouth is.

The Calgary Flames have a couple job openings within the organization. First, the team is looking for someone to sing the Canadian and American national anthems at Calgary Flames, Hitmen and lacrosse’s Roughneck games (plus other performances as requested) for the upcoming season.

From the job posting on Workopolis: Read more

Watch this trailer for EA’s NHL 15 and get ready for bouncing, rolling pucks

Rory Boylen
nhl15

Just last week, we looked at an NHL 15 trailer that showed off the “Next Generation Player” and how layers would be built into the creation of each individual. Before that, we got a trailer designed to show off the visuals of the game, which will be hockey’s first on the next-generation platforms of Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Now we catch a glimpse of the physics that will make up the NHL 15 world. Not only does this video explore the impact these physics will have on each individual player on or away from the puck, but it also looks at how the puck itself will react. Now it rolls!

Prepare to get incredibly frustrated when the rubber disc jumps over your stick and spoils your breakaway. (Although I thought the pucks already bounced in the corner of NHL 14.) Read more

How brave are hockey players in Australia? And how hairy are they?

Jason Kay
Aussie

I can’t vouch for the state of hockey in Australia. Its men’s program is, after all, ranked 34th by the International Ice Hockey Federation, tucked just behind powerhouses Mexico and Israel.

But there are signs of shinny positivity emanating from the land down under.

A couple weeks ago, an Aussie-bred player was drafted by an NHL team for the first time ever when the Capitals spent the 98th overall selection on Nathan Walker. The 5-foot-10, 20-year-old left winger was actually born in Wales, but grew up in Sydney.

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Jordan Subban sounds like an incredibly fun teammate

Ryan Kennedy
Jordan-Subban

When the Vancouver Canucks tabbed defenseman Jordan Subban with the 115th overall pick in the 2013 draft, they knew they were getting a bundle of skill with great bloodlines. After all, older brothers Malcolm and P.K. were both in the game and P.K. had just won the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top blueliner.

But along with sharing a position, Jordan also seems to have P.K.’s gift of gab, as evidenced by this recent video of the Belleville Bulls blueliner going through the paces at Canucks development camp with a hot mic on:

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Watch the latest NHL 15 trailer, get a taste of the amazing visuals

Rory Boylen
Jarome Iginla

With only two months to go until the release of NHL 15 – the first NHL game launched on the next-gen video game consoles – we get another taste of what sort of visual upgrades we can expect.

Last month, EA released a trailer that showed off some of the visuals during game play. Wednesday, the video game company released another trailer that talks about the “Next Generation Hockey Player.” This video details the new layered makeup of the players, the jersey flow and facial reactions to scoring the big goal or taking the huge hit.

Like last month’s video, this one still doesn’t give us an idea of what the actual game play changes are (the most important part of the release), but again gets us excited for the new-age graphics.

Check it out and see Jarome Iginla in a Colorado Avalanche jersey for the first time. Read more

Hockey player speaks out after armed robbery at rink – and gets banned for life

Matt Larkin
TimO'Shea

Pass the Advil, please. File this story under things that hurt the brain, like watching Inception hung over.

Last week, three hockey players were robbed in the garage of the Chicago Blackhawks’ practice facility, Johnny’s Ice House. Three men approached the players, two carrying guns, and one of the players was pistol-whipped before the players turned over their wallets and keys. A nasty, unfortunate thing to happen at any arena, right? Right.

Enter another regular player at the Hawks’ facility, Tim O’Shea. He wasn’t a victim of the robbery but, seeing he is a living, breathing human and has conscious thought, he found it disquieting that players were attacked at his arena. He expressed concern to the facility’s GM, Kevin Rosenquist, about safety going forward. Rosenquist responded with an email saying Johnny’s Ice House was taking the matter seriously and working with police to apprehend the robbers. He also told O’Shea:

“As far as your concerns with safety it is the city of Chicago and these things happen all over the place. It is unfortunate but true. If you or your friends are questioning your association with the league due to safety concerns then I would suggest that perhaps the city is not for you and you should look into playing in the suburbs.”

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