Hockey on a Canadian warship? Five Hole For Food plays pickup on the HMCS Preserver

Rory Boylen
HMCS Preserver

Earlier this month, the Five Hole for Food cross-country tour set out from St. John’s, Newfoundland. Between July 2 and July 19, the non-profit organization that raises food, money and awareness for food banks will make 13 stops through Canada, playing a game of pick-up ball hockey at each destination.

Here’s a description of the organization from its website:

“Five Hole for Food (FHFF) is a national, volunteer-driven, non-profit organization with a bold, enterprising and entrepreneurial approach aimed at raising food and awareness for Canadians across the country.

Over the past three years, FHFF has raised in excess of 500,000 pounds of food in support of local food banks across Canada. Armed with national partners, the unwavering support of over 40 volunteers, and an identity borne from social media, FHFF is bringing together communities across Canada by using hockey as a vehicle for social change, and reaching a new generation of social entrepreneurs.”

On July 4, the group stopped in Halifax and took over the HMCS Preserver  – Canada’s longest-serving warship – for some hockey. Now, you may look at these pictures and watch the video below and wonder, “how many balls did they lose?”

Thirty-five. They lost 35 balls overboard in an hour.

Ever wondered what hockey on a Canadian warship would look like? Check out these pics and the video at the bottom.
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Getting to know 2014 NHL draft prospect and Arizona Coyotes pick Brendan Perlini (video)

Ryan Kennedy
Brendan Perlini

Why did the Arizona Coyotes take Brendan Perlini No. 12 overall ? THN senior writer and prospect guru Ryan Kennedy takes a closer look at the talented winger in this scouting report, part of a series of videos we did in conjunction with Bleacher Report spotlighting the best players available in the 2014 draft. Read more

Getting to know 2014 NHL draft prospect and Winnipeg Jets pick Nikolaj Ehlers

Ryan Kennedy
Nikolaj Ehlers

Why did the Winnipeg Jets take Nikolaj Ehlers ninth overall in the NHL draft last weekend? THN senior writer and prospect guru Ryan Kennedy takes a closer look at the talented winger in this scouting report, part of a series of videos we did in conjunction with Bleacher Report spotlighting the best players available in the 2014 draft. Read more

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the James Neal trade from David Poile’s perspective

Rory Boylen
David Poile

It’s always fun to be taken behind the scenes of an NHL team’s operations. And when the Nashville Predators put a mic on GM David Poile during the draft, we caught a glimpse of the thought process behind the James Neal trade.

What’s always a little funny when you watch something like this, is how similar the negotiations can be to your own fantasy league. Asking for a second, or even third, opinion. Trying to come up with a way to get the player you want, without giving up a certain piece you’d rather keep. And casually talking with the other GM, trying to get in his head space and wiggle some negotiating room.

This video leading up to the Hornqvist-Neal trade (and Nashville’s pick) is a neat over-the-shoulder look at how the blockbuster went down: Read more

Five things we’ll never forget about Alex Kovalev

Alex Kovalev

Drafted 15th overall in 1991 – right after Pat Peake – Alex Kovalev became a prolific, if somewhat mercurial, NHL scorer. He had the size and the skill to take over NHL games, but at times he also left you expecting more. Kovalev retired from professional hockey this week after spending the 2013-14 season playing in Switzerland.

His last NHL season was with the Florida Panthers in 2012-13 and he finishes his career with 430 goals and 1,029 points in 1,316 games. He reached the 30-goal mark three times and set a career-high of 44 goals in 2000-01 with the Pittsburgh Penguins. In 2002-03, Kovalev was one of the best players available on the trade market and he fetched the beleaguered Penguins Rico Fata, Mikael Samuelsson, Joel Bouchard and a few million dollars. Kind of underwhelming, wouldn’t you say?

He may not be beloved like Jaromir Jagr and Kovalev is certainly not a Hall of Famer, but he still brought us moments we’ll never forget. Here are five of them: Read more