Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Cooper-All's to Cpt.Highliner

With numerous teams making alterations and/or additions to their line-up of uniforms for the upcoming NHL season, it is always interesting to take a walk down memory lane and take a look back at some of the leagues past attempts at making a fashion statement.

For every eye sour from the Captain Highliner tribute worn by the New York Islanders and the Burger King honoured third jersey sported by the Los Angeles Kings from the mid 1990’s, you are fortunate to see some classics worn by Toronto St.Pats before they became the Toronto Maple Leafs or the classic look of the old California Seals.

The NHL Uniforms web site gives you a great look into the history of jerseys and uniforms worn by all the clubs during their time as a member of the National Hockey League. From every special patch worn during the various seasons, the subtle and huge over hauls made by the teams, as well as the Cooper-All experiment made by the Hartford Whalers and the Philadelphia Flyers in the early 1980’s, this site has every team covered from head to toe.

Check it out....

Monday, 25 July 2011

McKinnon follows Crosby's footsteps from Cole Harbour

As we are less than a week away from rolling another month off the calendar, August is the month when most hockey players find themselves ramping things up with most leagues kicking off the schedules in September and October.

In the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this year there is a buzz gaining momentum with Nathan McKinnon’s highly anticipated appearance with the Halifax Mooseheads. McKinnon is being compared to Sidney Crosby, not just because he is from Cole Harbour, or because he went to Shattuck St.Mary’s last season and played with Team Atlantic in the Canada Games, just like Crosby, but more so because of the overall talent he brings to the ice every time out.  And pardon me for forgetting to mention that McKinnon is being “advised” by Crosby’s agent, Pat Brisson.

This young man is a player most will learn to know about very soon and he will soon be turning heads of his own in the same league that Crosby did not so long ago.

This article by TSN’s Alex J.Walling details the similarities both players share and casts an interesting light on what is sure to be an exciting first season of major junior hockey for Nathan McKinnon.

Thursday, 21 July 2011

NHL trade lands in Toronto


With another NHL season about two and a half months away, a new season brings plenty of changes across the board in all cities and as this article in today's Toronto Star shows, it also brings plenty of changes in the selection of team apparel and merchandise for fans to purchase.

Friday, 8 July 2011

Lanny McDonald eat your heart out....

I just came across a great article by Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star which chronicles the changing ways hockey players should focus on with their diet and daily eating habits. While the article is based around those playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs, it is something any player should focus more attention on not just to benefit their body and mind at the rink but even more so away from it...


The days of watching commercials with athletes hawking fast food and other forms of junk food that has padded the waist lines at the expense of a star making a few bucks at the same time are slowly becoming a thing of the past. There was a time when Lanny McDonald would sell you on going to McDonalds, Wayne Gretzky would get you to try a Domino's Pizza or even a 7 Up pop and who can forget the Mark Messier Frito Lays commericals.

To see the likes of Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin or a Steve Stamkos put their name and face behind a healthy alternative would do wonders at hitting home the importance for youngsters to pay more attention to their daily diet.

The days of loading up on carbs and being scarfing down on fast food should be a thing of the past; this article hits home on what todays athlete should focus on in order to achieve their max performance in all avenues of their daily lives.