Surely there are lots of Carl’s in the NHL. It’s a popular enough name, isn’t it? Turns out there aren’t. There have been so few, that we can take a look at and get to know most of the different Carl’s that have tried to earn a living in the NHL: Carl Brewer Blueliner Carl Brewer played 604 games in the NHL, mostly for his home town team the Toronto Maple Leafs. The four-time all-star lifted the Stanley Cup three times with Toronto (1962, 63 & 64) and was even inducted into the Finnish Hall of Fame. Aside from some time in Finland, the WHARead More →

While the NHL was preparing for the Stanley Cup Final; on the other side of the world, Finland were victorious in the IIHF World Championship final. The Finns won gold for only the third time, with victory over Canada. Russia beat the Czech Republic in the bronze medal game. Well done Team Finland, and to every team that took part, you provided a nice distraction for those of us whose teams didn’t make the playoffs. Embed from Getty Images Therein lies the problem. Unless your team is in the hunt for Lord Stanley’s mug, there’s nothing really else for your team to play for. Sure, there’sRead More →

‘Who will hoist the cup?’ NHL.com proudly asks as it promotes it’s TV service. Well Uncle Gary, I hope for your sake it’s the St. Louis Blues because who really cares about a Sharks-Bruins final? Aside from Sharks and Bruins fans. Obviously. This post-season has been dominated by two talking points. Firstly the officiating, which has been discussed and critiqued ad-nauseum. Secondly, the giant-killing comedy of the Carolina Hurricanes. Embed from Getty Images They took the reigning champions Washington to a game-seven decider then blew away the Islanders in a clean sweep to reach the Eastern Conference final. Alas it wasn’t to be. The StormRead More →