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Canines of the Small Leagues

Dogs! They’re humankind’s best four-legged friends, capable puck droppers, and make a pretty good mascot too. In the big leagues, dog-themed team names are surprisingly rare: there’s the Coyotes, and then… that’s it? Except possibly whatever the Wild’s logo is supposed to be? But beyond the NHL, canine team names and logos are everywhere. As … More

Bruins to Retire O’Ree’s Jersey

An inaugration-day update to our election-day post on the campaign to retire Willie O’Ree’s jersey league-wide: The Bruins will retire number 22 next month. One indication this plan may not have been long in the works: Forward Craig Smith, added as a free agent in October, took number 22 in preseason number shuffling since his … More

Hockey News Podcast Gets Voracek “Weaselgate” Wrong

Like everybody in hockey, the Hockey News Podcast gang is talking about the Flyers’ January 15th postgame press conference, in which Philly right winger Jakub Voracek called reporter Mike Sielski “such a weasel it’s not even funny.” Voracek is dead wrong here, by the way — it actually is pretty funny, especially when you watch it … More

Gronkowski So Stoked For Bolts He Can’t Keep His Mask On

One of today’s season-opening video messages was from NFL superstar and pubic grooming spokesman Rob Gronkowski. Gronk is a recent transplant to the Big Guava, but already hyped to cheer on his new home team, the defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning. In the video, apparently produced earlier today when Gronk had 30 free … More

Rink Drinks: Hockey Cocktails

“A strange season” opens today! Celebrate the first games of the 21-22 NHL season with these hockey-themed mixed drinks. BLUE LIGHTNING (found at The Drink Kings):1/3 ounce blue curacao1/3 ounce Southern Comfort1/3 ounce bourbon3 ounces lime juice2 ounces simple syrup Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake, and strain. Serve on the rocks … More

Evander Kane Files For Bankruptcy

Sharks forward Evander Kane has filed for bankruptcy with almost $27 million in debts, according to the Athletic. A two-time league leader in penalty minutes, Kane has found turmoil and controversy everywhere he’s gone. He’s served several suspensions (including one for physically abusing an official), been the subject of multiple off-ice assault accusations, and — … More

When Will The Red Wings Retire Sergei Fedorov’s Number 91?

When it comes to ranking athletes across all time, fans probably overrate the stars they watched in youth. Just Wide is not exempt from this tendency. But it’s hard to deny the greatness of Sergei Fedorov. As a Red Wing, he won the Stanley Cup three times and the League MVP Hart Trophy once — … More

The White Russians

Check out the great custom jerseys on the White Russians, a beer league team from parts unknown, as posted on Reddit today. Click over there for higher-res photos and detail shots of the Russians’ stylish unis. I hope their rivals are called the F’n Eagles!

Hockey Song of the Day: “Dear Coach’s Corner” by Propagandhi

Happy New Year, J-dubbers! The hockey song for today is Propagandhi’s 2009 punk-rock scorcher “Dear Coach’s Corner.” “Dear Coach’s Corner” features the anarcho-leftist combo’s trademark combination of tight, thrashy, brain-melting guitar riffs, dramatic dynamic shifts, and withering lyrical polemics. It’s terrific. It’s an epistle to Hockey Night in Canada host Ron MacLean, Don Cherry’s foil … More

Jewish Champions of the NHL

In observation of the end of Chanukah (sundown tonight), here are all the Jewish players and coaches, as far as Just Wide could find, whose names are enscribed on hockey’s ultimate prize, Lord Stanley’s Cup: Sam Rothschild – The first Jewish player in the NHL, Rothschild was also, before his death in 1987, the last … More

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