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THN.com Blog: Four WJCers who were worth watching

THN.com Blog: Four WJCers who were worth watching

by Rory Boylen - January 6, 2009 10:46 AM EST

There were plenty of impressive performances at the world juniors, but there were a handful who really caught our eye.
For many, the day after the calendar flipped to 2009 marked a return to reality and a time to get back to business. But for hockey fans, the conclusion of the World Junior Championship marks the end to a celebration of a different kind of religious origin.


THN.com Blog: Spengler Cup a holiday treat

THN.com Blog: Spengler Cup a holiday treat

by Rory Boylen - December 30, 2008 11:18 AM EST

The WJC gets most of the hype this time of year, but Davos' annual tournament is something fans shouldn't miss.
Taking a backseat during the holidays to the always-popular World Junior Championship is the relatively ignored and often underappreciated Spengler Cup.


THN.com Blog: Finding favorites at the WJC

THN.com Blog: Finding favorites at the WJC

by Rory Boylen - December 23, 2008 11:30 AM EST

Each year at least one skater stands out as a fan favorite at the world juniors, who will it be this year?; and what are Kane and Crosby doing?
One more day and we’re outta here; officially on Christmas break. It’s time to go home, return to our roots and sit back and watch some great hockey in Ottawa.


THN.com Blog: Pining for some alfresco shinny

THN.com Blog: Pining for some alfresco shinny

by Rory Boylen - December 16, 2008 11:56 AM EST

It's a wonderful time of year as the Christmas break is the time many outdoor rinks get their start.
The NHL season is already more than a quarter of the way through, but the genuine hockey season is almost ready to dig in its heels. I’m talking about outdoor hockey.


THN.com Blog: Time is wrong for Panthers to trade Vokoun

THN.com Blog: Time is wrong for Panthers to trade Vokoun

by Rory Boylen - December 9, 2008 1:00 PM EST

With a playoff appearance of extreme importance in Florida, dealing one of the game's elite goaltenders doesn't make sense.
A message to Florida Panthers GM Jacques Martin from a long-time follower of the team: Don’t trade Tomas Vokoun. Not yet, anyway. Yes, I realize Craig Anderson – who I’m a big fan of – is the best backup goalie in the NHL right now.


THN.com Blog: Celebrating NHL diversity

THN.com Blog: Celebrating NHL diversity

by Rory Boylen - December 2, 2008 11:01 AM EST

In each NHL city you'll find different fans and coverage of the game, but that's part of what makes hockey great.
Hockey is recognized – and rightly so – as Canada’s gift to the world. Its cold, rough, team-first demeanor, combined with its soft off-ice character and sense of mutual respect among its competitors (see: The Code) are the characteristics of a foreigner’s stereotypical Canadian.


THN.com Blog: Love for the lesser-lights

THN.com Blog: Love for the lesser-lights

by Rory Boylen - November 25, 2008 11:25 AM EST

While players like Iginla and Ovechkin get the ink, there are plenty of players worth talking about who aren't household names.
As much fun as it is to watch Alex Ovechkin, Rick Nash, Jarome Iginla and Vincent Lecavalier, you just gotta love those guys you never see in the spotlight and rarely in TV highlights.


THN.com Blog: Playoff hopes abound in Columbus

THN.com Blog: Playoff hopes abound in Columbus

by Rory Boylen - November 18, 2008 10:20 AM EST

The Blue Jackets have never made the post-season, but it's looking like this could be the year.
Gather ‘round all ye Blue Jackets fans and listen to my tale... <crickets> OK, OK, so there may not be many of you out there.


THN.com Blog: Giving thanks to the fallen

THN.com Blog: Giving thanks to the fallen

by Rory Boylen - November 11, 2008 7:00 AM EST

Taking time on this Remembrance Day to salute those who protect our country and allow us to enjoy hockey and other pastimes.
On the coasts of Normandy, in the air above Albion, wading across wide oceans and hunkered in trenches stitched through Europe, millions fought and gave their lives so we could enjoy the fruits of free life.


THN.com Blog: Decision will impact Sundin's legacy

THN.com Blog: Decision will impact Sundin's legacy

by Rory Boylen - November 4, 2008 10:06 AM EST

If the former Leafs captain signs elsewhere, his hypocrisy will comeback to haunt him... and the goal that wasn't, then was.
Anyone else getting tired of the Mats Sundin saga? I know you’re out there. I’m sick of it, too, but I’m using my space to write my two cents about it.


THN.com Blog: More goals doesn’t mean more excitement

THN.com Blog: More goals doesn’t mean more excitement

by Rory Boylen - October 28, 2008 12:28 PM EDT

With talk of instituting new rules to create more 'O', let's not lose sight of the aspects that actually make hockey great.
I’m a young guy, but I’m old-school. So old school, in fact, that if it was at all logical, I’d revert back to the days when players didn’t wear helmets (By the way, just one of the things new rules have robbed us of: Kerry Fraser’s hair).


THN.com Blog: Hockey's most selfish play

THN.com Blog: Hockey's most selfish play

by Rory Boylen - October 21, 2008 11:04 AM EDT

There's a plethora of things a player can do to get on the bad side of his or her coach, but one stands above the rest.
You know what the worst play in hockey is? It’s not a winger leaving the zone before the puck gets past his point man. It’s not challenging the shooter on a 2-on-1.


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