With a quarter of the NHL’s 2017/18 season already under its belt, it’s time to take a look back and reflect on how the teams are performing at this early stage. Given that less is more, especially in today’s TL:DR society, I wanted to mix things up a little. Instead of the usual review format, we’ll be looking at each team using the form of the Haiku poem. Last time we looked at the teams in the Eastern Conference, today it’s the turn of the west! Anaheim Ducks Embed from Getty Images Getzlaf and Kesler Both injured, Ducks make odd trades Must do better nowRead More →

If you’ve read 2016’s Stat Shot, or any of Vollman’s previous Hockey Abstract books, then you pretty much already know what to expect from Hockey Abstract, and the 2017 edition sticks to the tried and tested formula. That method is pretty straight forward; start with a question, then look for the answer using statistics. The foreword by Sportsnet’s Rob Kerr sets the scene well and establishes the dynamic between the reader and authors. Vollman’s own opening is warm and gives an endearing insight into the process behind producing the content that you’ll soon be diving into.  The book’s intent is made clear pretty early on,Read More →

 The NHL 18 beta is now available for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. For EA Sports, this is the third year in a row they have given their fans an early look at their NHL franchise by releasing a beta version. In the NHL 18 beta, they have included a few of their online modes such as EA Sports Hockey League (EASHL) and Online Versus. Also, a new game mode “NHL THREES” is in the beta to give the fans a taste of the new mode. “NHL THREES” is an arcade style of hockey where players play three on three against the CPU, theirRead More →

What does it mean to be an enforcer in the NHL? The documentary “Ice Guardians” produced by Adam Scorgie and directed by Brett Harvey answers just that. You may remember Ice Guardians from a recent episode of the podcast. We also had the opportunity to view Ice Guardians at the Calgary International Film Festival on September 24th. Ice Guardians successfully provides a unique and informative exploration of what the life of an NHL enforcer is like. This continues to become more relevant as the amount of enforcers in the league steadily declines. Through conversations with dozens of current and former NHL players, the team behind Ice Guardians are ableRead More →