Chris Neil in fight when he was a Senator.
From Bleacher Report – Ranking The Top 100 Toughest Fights
Ahhh hockey fights….. They are for sure a much loved part of the sport whether we want to admit it or not. I came across this list of tough guys in the NHL over the years and the best to ever step on the ice rink. You have what is called GOONS, something not spoken of much today with all of the finesse that seems to be the theme in most Hockey clubs. However you still need a BAD ASS on your team to take it there if you need to. The penalty box still is used and exist. Many players have lost teeth, be gashed open & broke bones as well. I remember seeing my first fight back in the Igloo aka Civic Arena in Pittsburgh back in the early 90’s. It was the Penguins hosting the Blackhawks and an all out bench brawl ensued outta no where!! It was comical at the same time rough and tumble fighting. Of course some years later they stopped allowing bench clearing brawls all together which I was fine with but it would be fun to see again. It always blows me away how they can still fight while on ice and on ICE SKATES!! There have been more critics coming out over the past few years suggesting to ban it from Hockey but I really hope it never happens. I don’t see it as a big widespread issue much these days. Most of the fans really understand the game much better than years ago when it was new in the U.S. The style of play and skill level out there is also changing the game more each year. Championships can be won by a great tough defense and a superb goalie but it will not be won by a fist fight. At least not yet!! (U never know?!)
Tonight the NHL hockey season begins! The L.A. Kings get to defend their title starting against the San Jose Sharks at home tonight. It should be a great night of hockey between the 4 scheduled games. Of course most of America will be doing other things tonight since there are no baseball playoffs or NFL games tonight but here in L.A., I’m pretty certain the Staples Center will be packed in and around. Pretty cool considering most of my years of living here it’s all about the Lakers but lately things have been changing. I think it’s a good thing too. In fact it’s great for Hockey to have what typically just doesn’t seem to go together,L.A., sunshine,beaches and hockey? Personally it would be even greater if the Kings would win again. Last time it has happened was 1997/1998 Detroit Red Wings, who have won twice since then. This would give L.A. 3 in 4 years but more importantly it would ramp up the competition even more around the league. Not to mention you retain, grow and cement a REAL hockey presence in L.A. and So.Cal in general. I myself am not some big time King fan, I grew up as a Penguin fan in Pittsburgh where I essentially learned about Hockey. When the Penguins won in 1991/1992 it really stamped Hockey in Pittsburgh as a leading sport. Good thing it did too because quite honestly that city needed it when the Pirates when into a 21 Year slump!!
Beside the Kings, who is your favorite? Who is your prediction to win it all or just make it to the playoffs? I don’t know the trades that occurred, I don’t know much about most of the players out there but I appreciate the sport. So let it be an incredible or at the least very fun Hockey night!!
After having a solid visit back to his ho,e country of Sweden, Lundqvist came back to New York to play tennis? Yes who knew a goalie can play tennis or even want to. Apparently he played just as much tennis as he did hockey when he was a kid.
It was electric. It was energetic. So was Lundqvist.
“Going back to Sweden, that’s where I recharge,” Lundqvist said. “You see family, friends. I had a great summer. It went by pretty fast, but coming back to New York is always a good feeling. You get a break for two months and you start missing the city, your friends here, the team and teammates. It’s always a good feeling to come back.”
Lundqvist returned to New York on Wednesday and approximately 24 hours later the still jet-lagged former Vezina Trophy winner was playing in a celebrity charity tennis match at Sportime Randall’s Island Tennis Center.
Canadien’s are obviously interested in keeping Subban with the team well into his career. He brings a lot of excitement and seems to fit in very well with that storied franchise who for many years now hasn’t lived up to the status of such a all time dynasty. Let’s see if any other moves or trades are made to help give the Canadiens even more of an edge among the Eastern Conference.
SUBBAN’S NEW CONTRACT
P.K. Subban get’s a new contract in Montreal.
After all of the winners and losers from an NHL playoff you end up needing to replace banged up players or banged up contracts. At the least it’s just business in the end. Players come and players go but there has been a decent amount of team chemistry in the NHL as a whole. The L.A. Kings are proving that great team chemistry is more important than big star quality (not that 2 Stanley Cups won’t help) they showed they could be behind and still find a way back and then takeover the game thus taking out their opponent! Any of the teams that made it into the playoffs should be scratching their head and look around thinking what the hell happened? So many quality teams and very good series overall but in the end true fight and grit won it all. Don’t get me wrong the Kings are very talented but the relentless play to me is what pushed them over the top. The Rangers even though losing the series 4-1 did not play like that record reflects. The Rangers were in every game to the end except only one but the Kings ended up way too dominate in their will to win!
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Kings win the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals
Wow what a game! I almost watched the entire game but I had to go to the Post Office before I got home. LA Hockey is brighter than ever and I see the community growing here. I live in the Valley which like most of LA in general has a large Latino population and with that being said Soccer is HUUGE out here! Recently I’ve seen kids in the neighborhood playing street hockey in parking lots around the corner. Growing up myself in Pittsburgh it’s pretty normal to see that but in LA? It just doesn’t go together Hockey n Palm Trees is the visual thought but I think it’s awesome to see a sport get embraced by a whole new demographic or city in general. Winning breeds popularity! Even in Pittsburgh before the Penguins won in 1991 it was the 3rd popular team/sport but after winning 2 in a row and being a constant threat as long as Lemieux was healthy they became the 2nd favorite to the Steelers and pretty much are til this day.
Back to this win for the Kings though, I’ve never seen so many shots on goal and constant control of the puck pushing it into a double overtime! Kudo’s to the Rangers and mainly Lundquist, they really held on as long as possible but you could feel how bad the Kings wanted to win and win they did!
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I really meant to post about the FINALS much earlier but I have so many other things happening and the series were flying by! So here we are I’m right here in L.A. (kinda, the Valley) and I’m here with them in another Finals games? It’s strange to me because I grew up in Pittsburgh during the 91-92 Championship Penguins and witnessed how the Hockey culture swept thru the city like never before! When I got there in late 86′ it was a city with championship hangovers from the 70’s Pirates and Steeler teams. The Penguins in the 90’s even had made into Rap lyrics (look it up yourself). In 1994 I spent my graduation in NYC & it started with me going to the Rangers Stanley Cup parade after 54 years of zilch! I remember how exciting it felt, there was ticker tape & people everywhere. I got caught up enjoying it too. Now I’ve been in Los Angeles since fall of 98′ and not long after I arrived it became a great Laker town again after a dead period. Since then it mostly has been a Laker town. People love the Dodgers too and now the Clippers have become legit (minus the Sterling mayhem) but hockey in L.A. was ONLY legit before because of a man named WAYNE GRETZKY (the website name) other than that it mostly was a novelty to most around here. This current squad is very special as a whole unit and if they happen to get the sweep just watch how large their fan base will grow beyond L.A.
Here is some of the latest post from around the league. What a run of playoff series thus far! Canada’s only team that made it into the playoff’s are still hanging on but struggling against the NY Rangers. Will they win on the road in NY tonight? Then in the west you have the LA Kings fighting hard against the reigning champion Blackhawks.
Here we go, another big push back in a series and fight to the end. GM 7 is next and who will win?
LA KINGS BEAT ANAHEIM 2-1 – 05/14/14
The NHL Playoffs get more interesting as they go deeper. A down and dirty series with Boston ends with the Canadians victorious and ready to face the NY Rangers who just defeated the Penguins in Game 7 in Pittsburgh last night. I can’t even think about it even though I didn’t see the Penguins / Rangers game. I’m a Pens fan at heart since I grew up back in Pittsburgh. Enough of that!!
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