Amidst the backdrop of the Patriots’ parade of honor, the Boston Bruins’ head coach Claude Julien was being notified that he no longer had a role with the 2011 Stanley Cup Champions. Julien had been with the organisation since 2007 and had taken the team to two finals, bringing home one Stanley Cup. Embed from Getty Images Happier times. The internet’s reaction to Julien’s dismissal has been supportive of the former Montreal Canadiens coach, and critical of the Bruin’s timing: https://twitter.com/BruinsMafia/status/828981522401259522 https://twitter.com/Jared_Carrabis/status/828980740268388353 https://twitter.com/MikeFromWoburn/status/828964114663890945 Toronto  Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock had this to say: Coach Babcock says @NHLBruins better have someone good lined up, becauseRead More →

The guys are back as they celebrate being an award winning podcast and talk about the goings on of the week, including: – Ken Hitchcock being fired – Dreams are had about Erik Karlsson and Rob Blake – The Colorado Avalanche won a game. What does that mean for how sad they make Carl? – The New York Islanders have started to turn things around. Is it for real? We also share our thoughts on John Tavares‘ comments – How did Gary Bettman deflate our hopes and dreams this week? – Who is already out of playoff race? Who are sellers at the trade deadline?Read More →

Yesterday was National Women & Girls in Sports Day* so here’s a quick guide to the NHWL and why you should be watching it. Currently playing its second season; The NWHL is North America’s first professional Women’s hockey league.  The National Women’s Hockey League was formed in 2015 and is the first to pay its players and it operates a salary cap system.  The teams compete for the Isobel Cup, appropriately named after Lady Isobel Gathorne-Hardy, daughter of Lord Stanley. The league held an entry draft in 2015 and many of the league’s players have represented their countries at Olympic and other levels. In 2016Read More →

January proved to be the hardest month of game winning goal Hi Sticking! Ryan’s winning total of 11 would have placed him 5th in December. Which means it’s time for a bounce back month for everyone! Congratulations to Ryan for the win and good luck to everyone in February!   How it works For those new to the game, for every Pavel Bure Must Watch Game you get to pick 1 player for each team who you think will score the game winning goal. If you pick the game winning goal scorer, you get 2 points. If the guy you picked assists on the winner, you getRead More →

After a weekend with no hockey, news has emerged that the owners of Brooklyn’s Barclays Center are looking to part way with the New York Islanders. Neither party has commented on the situation, but several sources have reported the story, and that’s good enough for some wild internet speculation. Whatever the truth is, the Islanders’ tenure in Brooklyn has been dogged with controversy. Players hate the ice, and fans can’t see the action thanks to restricted sight lines. The building was primarily designed for the Brooklyn Nets so hockey suffers. Attendance is down and the team is struggling. The Center’s financial projections don’t show theRead More →

The guys are back from the All Star break and have thoughts on the NHL Top 100, the skills competition, the All Star game and Gary Bettman’s press conference, as well as the recent news of the Islanders having to move arenas, some Pavel Bure Must Watch Games and read your picks for personalized goal songs Twitter: twitter.com/4thLinePodcast Facebook: facebook.com/the4thlinepodcast Email: mail@the4thlinepodcast.com Intro music by Erik Hall of Shoot the Shred podcast shredpod.simplecast.fm     Embed from Getty ImagesRead More →

As we continue our look at how the NHL became the league we see today, the next step on our journey takes us to 1979 when the NHL expanded to absorb four World Hockey Association teams. Before we do that, we’ll pause for a moment to take a brief look at the 12 other WHA teams for whom fate was not so kind. We’ll save the Edmonton Oilers, New England Whalers, Quebec Nordiques and Winnipeg Jets for another time. ‘Forgotten’ is of course a tough word; some of the teams below will live long in hockey memory, others are just a mere blip in the historyRead More →