Whatever the reason might be, in his draft year, 5-foot-8, 165-pound Sergey Tolchinksy went undrafted. The Carolina Hurricanes, however, saw something in the undrafted Tolchinsky, brought him to training camp and inked him to a three-year entry-level contract.
As of Wednesday’s Hurricanes prospect camp, we might have an idea what exactly Carolina’s staff saw in the now-20-year-old Tolchinsky: his ability to score absolutely jaw-dropping goals.
During Wednesday’s camp, Tolchinsky scored one of the most awe-inspiring, full-speed breakaway goals you’ll see all season and the off-season has only just begun. Tolchinsky picked up the puck and, with winger Erik Karlsson giving chase, he pivoted backwards, put the puck between his legs and buried the puck past the goaltender. It’s a thing of beauty: Read more
It’s been more than 35 years since the fall of the World Hockey Association, but the WHA Hall of Fame’s documentary collection, Best of the World Hockey Association Hall of Fame, does its best to make sure hockey fans and historians never forget about the rival North American league that gave the NHL a run for its money.
With five documentaries, there’s no shortage of history to be had in the series, and that’s without including the highlight films and bonus features. Among the features are highlights from Wayne Gretzky’s WHA debut, wearing No. 17 in an Indianapolis Racers intrasquad game, team bonus footage and team fight reels – seriously, there are fight reels for the Houston Aeros and Racers. Altogether, there’s roughly five hours of footage on the BluRay collection. DVDs of the collection are also available through the WHA Hall of Fame.
The documentaries themselves recount the history of the league, ranging from an overarching history of the WHA to team-centric pieces, which focus on the Aeros, Racers and Winnipeg Jets. Each documentary runs between 22 to 35 minutes and the footage is ported over from 2010 productions. Even still, while the star isn’t crystal clear video, the content holds up. Hearing tales about the upstart league that challenged the NHL for several years in the mid-1970s is entertaining and it couldn’t start with a bigger punch. Read more
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
Kimmo Timonen spent 16 seasons, 1,108 regular season games, 105 post-season contests and scored a total of 121 goals and 606 points, including playoff points, across his career. However, he had never won the Stanley Cup and that’s why there was no question who the first Chicago Blackhawk, after captain Jonathan Toews, would hoist the trophy.
In a moment not all to different than the incredible scene between Joe Sakic and Ray Bourque in 2000-01 when Sakic immediately passed the Cup off to Bourque, the veteran Timonen latched on to the trophy, lifted it above his head and, as you can hear Toews yell, was encouraged to take the Cup for a lap before passing it off: Read more
The goaltenders in the Stanley Cup final between the Blackhawks and Lightning aren’t regarded by the hockey community as the very best of the netminding community, but after Tampa goalie Ben Bishop stoned Chicago star Jonathan Toews late in the first period of Game 6 Monday, Hawks counterpart Corey Crawford made a stunning stop of his own, turning aside Bolts star Steven Stamkos on a breakaway early in the second period.
The heat has been on Stamkos during the Cup final, with the Tampa captain unable to score in his first five games against the Blackhawks. But despite being gifted with a breakaway less than one minute into the second frame, Stamkos was patiently waited on by Crawford and was unable to stuff the puck past the Hawks goalie: Read more
Ben Bishop almost certainly isn’t anywhere close to 100 percent healthy, but in making an incredible save on Hawks captain Jonathan Toews late in the first period of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final Monday, the Lightning goalie continued to show he doesn’t have to be in ideal condition to keep his team in an important game.
Bishop had already made several strong stops after Chicago came out strongly in front of their home crowd at United Center, but his right pad save on Toews – who had just received a slick pass from fellow Blackhawks star Patrick Kane – with some six minutes left in the fist period was spectacular: Read more
At the trade deadline, the Chicago Blackhawks shipped defensive prospect Klas Dahlbeck and a first-round pick to the Arizona Coyotes for center Antoine Vermette. Through five games of the post-season, that deal couldn’t look better for the Blackhawks.
In Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final, Vermette notched a tally late in the third period to lift Chicago to a 1-0 series lead. He came up clutch again in Game 5, scoring two minutes into the third period and giving the Blackhawks a 2-1 lead that they would hold to take a 3-2 series advantage as the series gets set to shift back to Chicago. Check out the goal: Read more
During a Wednesday special city council meeting in Glendale, Ronda Pearson spoke passionately about her support of the Arizona Coyotes. Pearson made waves for her passionate thrashing of Glendale mayor Jerry Weiers and now she’s making news following another run-in with her favorite mayor.
At a charity event Saturday afternoon for the 100 Club of Arizona, a group that helps raise money for first responders in the state, Weiers agreed that if someone were to pledge $10,000, he would stand in and get shot with a Taser gun. In accordance with the fundraiser – and after Pearson’s tirade against Weiers – fans raised part of the money before an anonymous donor stepped in to cover the remainder of the $10,000.
And, with that, Pearson was at Saturday’s event, Taser gun in hand, firing away on Mayor Weiers. Watch the video, courtesy of NBC 12 News in Arizona, below: Read more