Top 5

Jonas Hiller

Anaheim Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller was born in Switzerland and is fluent in German, French and English. Here are his Top 5 cities in Europe:


  1. Bern, Switzerland

  2. Prague, Czech Republic

  3. Paris, France

  4. Barcelona, Spain

  5. Rome, Italy

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Brad RichardsonVancouver Canucks forward Brad Richardson, formerly of the Colorado Avalanche, recommends John Elway's restaurant in suburban Denver. "It’s the best prime rib I’ve ever had," Richardson says. "Have it with the creamed corn."

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Posts Tagged ‘Maple Leafs’

Throwback Thursday: Transform your home into the Maple Leaf Gardens!

Maple Leafs banner

Since the Toronto Maple Leafs haven’t hung a Stanley Cup banner of their own in any of the last five decades, there would be a cruel irony to hanging one in your own living room.

OK, that was a cheap shot.

Not so cheap: One of the six (1948, ’49, ’51, ’63, ’64, ’67) Cup banners that once hung in Maple Leaf Gardens. They’re among the myriad items currently up for bids at Frozen Pond Auctions.

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Where will ‘Lou’ land?

Luongo

Roberto Luongo is the epitome of unpredictable.

Sometimes he’ll post a shutout (Game 5 of 2011 Cup Finals), then follow with a three-goal, first-period horror show (Game 6 of 2011 Cup Finals).

Sometimes he’ll get stoked for overtime – then miss the opening minutes because nature is calling.

Sometimes he’ll say, “I always want to put the team ahead of me,” when, in actuality, he’s minutes away from requesting a trade, which happened in April when Los Angeles terminated his Vancouver Canucks’ playoff run.

So we might not know how Roberto Luongo’s future will unfold. We do know this: When “Luongo” and “request” are mentioned in the same sentence, silly things happen.

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March Madness: Did Kessel threaten our director’s life?

Final Four bracket

So here we are. Sixty-four skaters down to the Final Four in this wacky, bizarre tournament. It’s amazing how a simple game of “posts” across one end of the rink can create so much controversy and drama, laughter and hilarity, scorn and ridicule.

We’ve seen torn relationships, hair-style contests, aliens, octopus tosses, a RAM truck plowing a Mule (Johan Franzen), alleged bionic men (Nicklas Lidstrom), trash-talk galore (Claude Giroux), and the epic fall of a macho man who unraveled into a doll-playing sissy (Patrick Kane).

The chaos exceeds our expectations every waking minute – even now, as we place our tournament director onto a stretcher and wheel him out of the rink.

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Who is the worst team in the NHL to cheer for?

The NHL is made up of a wide variety of franchises. Some have numerous Stanley Cup titles and legendary players. Others have had decent histories, but haven’t quite achieved the glories of some of their competitors. Finally, there are teams so bad that they haven’t amounted to anything at all or haven’t accomplished anything in years.

These teams are the ones that fascinate me the most. What is it that keeps some teams at the bottom for decades or causes them to choke whenever an opportunity comes along? There are many teams that could take the top prize of the worst in the NHL, but I’ve narrowed it down to a few.

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The tomb of the unknown hockey team resides in Boston

BOSTON

Like the word “stanchion,” the term “quiet room” has managed to worm its way into the hockey conversation.

While each of the NHL teams have now had to set aside a spot of serenity for suspected concussion sufferers, no such measure is really necessary in Boston’s TD Garden.

These days, the quietest room in the joint, and maybe all of New England, is the visiting team’s dressing room.

Especially post-game.

hockey shoulder pads

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