Hockey

A Timeline of what went wrong for Chiarelli in Edmonton

A Timeline of what went wrong for Chiarelli in Edmonton

It wasn't a matter of if, but a matter of when. Chiarelli has finally been relieved of his duties as General Manager of the Edmonton Oilers and the city can breathe a long-awaited sigh of relief. For all his good intentions in trying to bring the Oilers back to their...

Taylor Hall Finally Vindicated With Hart Trophy Win

Taylor Hall Finally Vindicated With Hart Trophy Win

His Devil’s may have lost in the first round of the playoffs but Taylor Hall has every reason to smile. After years of criticism, injuries, missed opportunities and more criticism, he has finally silenced his doubters. He was the first in Edmonton’s wave of high draft...

State of the Industry: Hockey Cards and Why Competition Matters

State of the Industry: Hockey Cards and Why Competition Matters

2014 marked a massive shift in the hockey trading card industry. The most significant impact came with Upper Deck’s successful agreement with the NHL and NHLPA to secure exclusive licensing rights to produce NHL trading cards. Secondly, In The Game Trading Cards (ITG)...

Catching Up With David Singer

Catching Up With David Singer

This week I interviewed David Singer. David is the founder of hockeyfights.com, which is the number one resource for information, videos, statistics and news regarding fighting in hockey. He was also an executive producer on the award nominated documentary, Ice...

Scott Foster: Hero For A Night

Scott Foster: Hero For A Night

On March 29th, 2018 Scott Foster woke up a 36 year old accountant and ended the day as a goaltender for the Chicago Blackhawks, celebrating a flawless performance in a win over the Winnipeg Jets. Scott has become one of the most unique pieces of NHL history and...

Vegas Should Push Hard to Make Oshie Their Franchise Player

Vegas Should Push Hard to Make Oshie Their Franchise Player

Despite signing their best player in franchise history, Reid Duke, Vegas will be lacking for serious offensive threats. All kidding aside, the Golden Knights biggest issue will be their top 6 forwards. They should have solid goaltending and defense through the...

Reviewing The 7 Canadian NHL Teams

Reviewing The 7 Canadian NHL Teams

I did this last year so I figured why not do it again. Last year I discussed why each of the 7 Canadian teams in the NHL had a reason to be optimistic… all 7 teams proceeded to miss the playoffs. Despite that, it’s a new year and there are new reasons for hope. The...

Catching Up With Cam Stewart

Catching Up With Cam Stewart

This week I interviewed Cam Stewart. Cam is a veteran of over 200 NHL games and is the current Director of Player Development for KO sports. He was kind enough to share his views on his career, the expansion draft and advice for young players. Josh Wahler: Is there...

Radulov’s Return

Radulov’s Return

He’s back. After four seasons away from the NHL Alexander Radulov has returned and we are all left to wait and see if this is the time he gets it right. That last time we saw Radulov was when he was a member of the Nashville Predators, where he has spent his on...

Catching Up With Wojciech Wolski

Catching Up With Wojciech Wolski

This week I interviewed Metallurg Magnitogorsk foraward, Wojciech Wolski. He was kind enough to share his thoughts on his time in both the NHL and KHL. After a strong junior career Wolski was drafted in the first round of the NHL draft by the Colorado...

Why the Oilers Can’t Draft Matthew Tkachuk

Why the Oilers Can’t Draft Matthew Tkachuk

Death, Taxes and the Oilers getting a top draft pick. It’s a new season, but for the Oilers, it’s the same old scenario. Once again a disappointing season, but the potential to draft a franchise-altering player. The Oilers desperately need to improve their defensive...

Penguins Capitals 2.0: The Matchup We’ve Waited 7 Years For

Penguins Capitals 2.0: The Matchup We’ve Waited 7 Years For

The year was 2009 and NHL fans were treated to one of the most anticipated playoff matchups in league history. Penguins vs. Capitals. Sid vs. Ovie. This was huge. You have the two best players in the league, each with unbelievable talent around them going head to head...

Catching Up With Mike Duco

Catching Up With Mike Duco

This week I interviewed Evansville IceMen forward, Mike Duco. He was kind enough to answer some questions about his career. Duco is a native of Toronto, Ontario and since playing junior hockey for the Kitchener Rangers he has played professionally since 2008. With...

Tim Horton’s and Upper Deck: The Power of Collaboration

Tim Horton’s and Upper Deck: The Power of Collaboration

Personally, I have always been a big fan of brands collaborating together. I think it can lead to some very fun results and it’s always interesting to see how two separate identities can come together to create something positive and benefit each other. Tim Horton’s...

Reviewing The 7 Canadian NHL Teams

As the NHL season approaches hockey in Canada is trending upwards. A Canadian team hasn’t won the cup since the Montreal Canadiens captured hockey’s ultimate prize in 1993. I think the question isn’t when a Canadian team will finally win the cup again, but who will do...

Catching Up With Scott Mellanby

Catching Up With Scott Mellanby

This week I interviewed Scott Mellanby. He was kind enough to speak about his days as a player and his current role with the Montreal Canadiens. Mellanby’s impressive career spanned over 1,500 games in the NHL with 5 different teams. From starting out with...

Catching Up With Brett Lindros

Catching Up With Brett Lindros

This week I had the privilege of interviewing former NHL player, Brett Lindros. Lindros, born and raised in London, Ontario played junior hockey for the Kingston Frontenacs before being drafted 9th overall by the New York Islanders in 1994. He is the younger...

Villains: The Players We Love To Hate

Villains: The Players We Love To Hate

When it comes to marketing a sport one universal truth is that villains capture people’s attention. Regardless of their propensity to cross the line every sports fan is captivated by those particular players that we just love to hate. What makes a true villain though?...

An Unlikely Hero: The Ping-Pong Ball That Saved The Oilers

An Unlikely Hero: The Ping-Pong Ball That Saved The Oilers

While Edmonton fans are reveling in the knowledge that they will have the number one pick in this year’s NHL entry draft, there is one party in particular who is deserving of praise. All the focus is on Connor McDavid, the 18 year old phenom who is being hailed as...

5 Athletes With Iconic Brands

5 Athletes With Iconic Brands

In sports being popular is more than just being good at your sport. Athletes have an ability through their personality, interviews, and social media to build a brand and create their public persona. This list is going to look at 5 athletes, in no particular order who...

Emotionally Driven Campaigns And Why They Work In Sports

Emotionally Driven Campaigns And Why They Work In Sports

“People underestimate the power of nostalgia. If baseball can use it to get people to care about that worthless sport, then I can use it to get my siblings to care about the farm. Nostalgia is truly one of the great human weaknesses. Second only to the neck.” – Dwight...