With the current climate, there’s a lot of focus and scrutiny on how organisations and sports teams are responding to what’s happening in the news. Whenever a professional sports team throws its weight behind a cause that’s at least partly political in nature, there’s often a social media backlash. When the New Jersey Devils tweeted recently that they’ve added ‘Black Lives Matter’ to the ice at their practice rink, the response ranged from support all the way through to threats of cancelling season tickets. A recent change in our ice reflects an unwavering commitment to changing the game for racial equity. #WeAreOne | #NJDevils pic.twitter.com/nBWqt8UEOYRead More →

So the Detroit Red Wings are drafting 4th overall. Yes it’s a joke, but as many have been quick to point out, Steve Yzerman was also drafted in that same position, and he turned out to be alright. Embed from Getty Images With that in mind, let’s take a look at all the players who’ve been drafted 4th overall, and see if we can figure out who was the best of all time. There have been a LOT of drafts since 1963, so this week we’ll just be looking at the first decade of drafts. The Swinging 60s. 1963: Al Osborne Drafted by: New YorkRead More →

With 75% of the regular season completed, it’s common for watercooler talk to turn to ‘who’s gonna win some awards?’. Here at 4th Line Towers, we’re no different, but rather than look at the awards that already exist, why not focus on awards that should exist. Today we’re looking at the Why Haven’t You Been Fired Yet award. The contenders are Detroit Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill, Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin and head coach Claude Julien and LA Kings head coach Todd McLellan. Claude Julien Embed from Getty Images Should he be fired? Julien returned to coach Montreal in February 2017 to replaceRead More →

The current state of hockey in the Motor City is bleak, the Detroit Red Wings have taken just 17 points from 32 games. The season is still early, but it feels like 2019-20 is shaping up to be one of Detroit’s worst. Which begs the question, what was the Red Wings’ worst NHL season? And how do you measure this? Embed from Getty Images The NHL has changed a lot in the time that the Wings have won their 11 Stanley Cups, but one thing is consistent; if you’re not winning games, you’re not winning cups. To that end, lets use win percentage as ourRead More →

Cherrygate may have dominated headlines and water-cooler talk across Canada (at least until some dude in Toronto also got fired for unrelated shortcomings), but the dust has mostly settled and watching all this from the sidelines has gifted Alex and Mike a different perspective on the whole kerfuffle. Alex: European; lives in Canada Now for all you kids out there who don’t know me- I was not born in the Great White North nor did I grow up playing the great game on ice with my buddies. Originally, I was born in the hockey free Winchester, England a town which didn’t celebrate legends such asRead More →