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Kyle Clifford

Los Angeles Kings forward Kyle Clifford is known for taking — and receiving — some of the most punishing checks in the NHL. He lists teammates Dustin Brown and Matt Greene among the hardest hitters in the game. Who are his hardest-hitting opponents?



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James NealTravis Mathew Apparel specializes in casual menswear for on and off the golf course. It’s a favorite of Wayne Gretzky as well as current NHL stars James Neal, Dustin Penner, Scottie Upshall and Ryan Getzlaf. “That laid-back, SoCal athletic vibe resonates with a lot of guys who want to look good during an off-day on the golf course,” said Leif Sunderland, the marketing director for the Seal Beach, Calif.-based retailer. travismathew.com.

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Posts Tagged ‘All-Star Game’

Throwback Thursday: The first All-Star Game.

Long before it contained a profit-grubbing fantasy draft or a glowing puck, the NHL All-Star Game was a charity event.

On Feb. 14, 1934, the Toronto Maple Leafs played a team of all-stars compiled from the other eight NHL rosters. Their goal: To raise money for Ace Bailey, who had been critically injured in a game and would never play again. The Leafs won 7-3, but more importantly the game raised $20,909.40 for Bailey and his family — and a tradition was born: The NHL All-Star Game. (The nonprofit aspect of the game died.)

Here’s how the account of the game appeared in the morning papers:

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The full article can be read here.

All-Star Games are no cure for puckaholism.

1971 All-Star Game

It started during the teenage years. Anticipation coupled with excitement created a roller-coaster effect. Up, up, up, went the emotions.

Down, down, down, they came.

My first ride was in 1992. All-Star Game? Wayne Gretzky, Brett Hull and Steve Yzerman, together on the same line? Imagine a beautiful tic-tac-toe passing clinic. Imagine a highlight-reel goal against Patrick Roy. What if Mario Lemieux scores 10 points?

Up, up, up …

… Down, down, down, they came. Because nothing happened.

Year, after year, after year. Nothing.

I created a monster, an anticipation of the best hockey of the year. But all of the stars disappeared, and the extended break from regular season games created full-fledged puckahol withdrawal.

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