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What's your favorite hockey moment?

What's your favorite hockey moment?

by Rory Boylen - August 9, 2011 2:00 PM EDT

If you had to pick one piece of hockey history that still gives you goose bumps as your all-time favorite, what would it be?
There are certain moments captured in hockey history that, when you re-visit them in video or your mind’s eye, give you goose bumps of nostalgia.


THN in Russia with Pavel Datsyuk: The final showdown

THN in Russia with Pavel Datsyuk: The final showdown

by Rory Boylen - July 23, 2011 8:58 AM EDT

The PD13 camp in Ekaterinburg culminates with the kids getting the full NHL experience, including one-game championship tilt.
EKATERINBURG, RUSSIA - Hello Russia and hockey fans in the Baltic states and Kazakhstan… Welcome to game day at PD13. The drills and training are complete and the draft is behind us, so on Friday it was time for The Banditos and The Torpedoes to hit the ice and face off for the Pavel Datsyuk Cup.


THN in Russia with Pavel Datsyuk: The draft

THN in Russia with Pavel Datsyuk: The draft

by Rory Boylen - July 22, 2011 11:40 AM EDT

Things get "serious" at the PD13 camp as the kids are split into two teams for the final-day showdown.
EKATERINBURG, RUSSIA – So far at the PD13 camp, the kids have been put through countless drills on and off the ice. The entire program is designed to work on attributes that have made Pavel Datsyuk one of the world’s best players: puck protection, stickhandling, skating, body positioning, etc.


THN in Russia with Pavel Datsyuk: Goalie day

THN in Russia with Pavel Datsyuk: Goalie day

by Rory Boylen - July 21, 2011 10:55 AM EDT

Attention turns to the goalies in this edition of Rory Boylen's reports from Pavel Datsyuk's hockey camp in Russia.
EKATERINBURG, RUSSIA – Pavel Datsyuk may be one of the NHL’s premier skating talents, but here at the PD13 hockey school there’s also a place for goalies.


THN in Russia with Pavel Datsyuk: The doozie of dry-land

THN in Russia with Pavel Datsyuk: The doozie of dry-land

by Rory Boylen - July 20, 2011 8:30 AM EDT

THN's Rory Boylen Russian adventure continues as he runs through the outdoor drills with pro trainer Jeremy Clark at Pavel Datsyuk's camp.
EKATERINBURG, RUSSIA - The rain fell hard and the thunder sounded Monday night at the Kurganovo Complex after a loud first day of workouts at the PD13 hockey school.


THN in Russia with Pavel Datsyuk: The kids hit the ice

THN in Russia with Pavel Datsyuk: The kids hit the ice

by Rory Boylen - July 19, 2011 9:10 AM EDT

THN's Rory Boylen skates with the youngsters at Pavel Datsyuk's hockey camp in his hometown of Ekaterinburg, Russia
EKATERINBURG, RUSSIA – The language barrier here is thick, but it doesn’t stand in the way of the English instructors connecting with their Russian students and vice versa.


THN in Russia with Pavel Datsyuk: Welcome to the camp

THN in Russia with Pavel Datsyuk: Welcome to the camp

by Rory Boylen - July 18, 2011 8:00 AM EDT

The first of many first-hand reports from Pavel Datsyuk's hockey camp in the Red Wings star's hometown of Ekaterinburg, Russia provides a lay of the land.
EKATERINBURG, RUSSIA – We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto. Welcome to the home city of Pavel Datsyuk and, more specifically, the Kurganovo Complex, which sits about 20 minutes outside of town down an unassuming side road lined by open land and small clusters of shanties with makeshift sheet metal fences.


Phoenix Coyotes downgrade towards demise

Phoenix Coyotes downgrade towards demise

by Rory Boylen - July 12, 2011 2:15 PM EDT

It was a nice story when the Coyotes were making the playoffs as their ownership was in question, but 2011-12 has the makings of a sad ending.
For all the promise shown from the Phoenix Coyotes over the past two seasons, it’s really a shame how everything is playing out and seemingly winding down in the desert for the 2011-12 season.


Free agency winners and losers

Free agency winners and losers

by Rory Boylen - July 4, 2011 4:10 PM EDT

Free agency is only a few days old, but it's not too early to start picking out which teams have come out on top and which have work to do yet.
Everyone is going to have their own opinions on what happened on in the first week of free agency, but, for the most part, the fans of the teams on the receiving end of players are feeling more optimistic today than one week ago.


Player suspensions only apply to the worst acts

Player suspensions only apply to the worst acts

by Rory Boylen - June 14, 2011 4:25 PM EDT

Rather than suspend players because someone gets injured, supplemental discipline should only be dished out for the most horrible incidents.
I think, generally, we can all agree it would be a good thing for the NHL to ratchet up the length of suspensions it hands out to better curb the egregious infractions no one wants in any hockey game.


Why Winnipeg should be nicknamed the Jets

Why Winnipeg should be nicknamed the Jets

by Rory Boylen - May 31, 2011 3:55 PM EDT

After years of calling for the return of the Jets, wouldn't it be soul-crushing if the new NHL Winnipeg team went by a different moniker?
After years of struggling to persuade the NHL to believe big-league hockey could once again work in Manitoba, the good fans of Winnipeg finally have their long-lost team back.


The downside of line-matching, NHL logo nonsense and the arm-breaking stick

The downside of line-matching, NHL logo nonsense and the arm-breaking stick

by Rory Boylen - May 17, 2011 2:06 PM EDT

How line matching can beat you; why is the NHL going on the offensive against its fans?; and a funny old-school story.
How valuable a tactic is line matching? In theory, this kind of chess game is supposed to give the home team an advantage since they have the last change and the opportunity to put their shutdown players up against the other team’s top line or their top line against the other team’s fourth unit.


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