Happy first day of hockey! To mark the occasion, Ian and I will be doing a lunchtime livestream. At 12:30 today, we’ll be live on YouTube to discuss the new season and chat with you fine people.
We’re scant weeks away from the dawn of the 2019-20 NHL season, so it’s time for us to make the predictions that will certainly haunt us later. From bottom to top, here are our first guesses at how the eastern conference will shake out.
The Washington Capitals have been belting out Queen’s 1977 hit We Are The Champions ever since winning the Stanley Cup.
They’ve gone on to Nationals Park and sang it on live TV while downing beers, led a chorus at the Georgetown Waterfront, joined in on the song in Alex Ovechkin’s backyard, and probably won’t stop singing it until the puck drops once again in October.
Thanks to this fanmade compilation video, you can relive all of those drunken singalongs since Thursday.
Friday evening, Steve Dangle released his final Cup Check video of the season. It was an emotional and very poignant reflection on the Golden Knights’ inaugural season, the Capitals’ desperate run at the Cup, and his acknowledgement of how badly he wants that same run from his Toronto Maple Leafs.
And for those of you that did not catch our own Ian Oland‘s tweet about how he filmed his reaction to the Caps Cup win, you can find that in Steve’s video as well at the 10:20 mark.
Finals week only occurs twice a year for college students around the country, but those weeks are easily the most stressful stretches of time of a student’s college tenure. Luckily, students at James Madison University received some much-needed humor and frivolity to distract from their finals via a graduating senior, Smirnoff, and Herb Brooks.
Hurray! On Saturday Emmanuel Perry has re-launched his seminal hockey statistics website, Corsica.hockey. Corsica is the single best hockey stat resource out there, and its return will make analysis easier and better for everyone.
I celebrated the return of Corsica with a video clickthrough of the site, using the opportunity to explore the new functionality, explain some of the stats, and use them to talk about the Caps of last season.
The KHL can be super fun sometimes and here’s another example.
Severstal Cherepovets goaltender Julius Hudacek gave fans one of his signature Hudashows Tuesday. The Slovakian netminder pumped up the crowd, conversed with a mascot, and balanced his stick on his face before tossing it ten rows into the crowd as a souvenir.
Over the last two months, four rounds of hockey were played to determine a champion – the first team to 16 wins. Along the way, there were a lot of poignant and powerful moments on and off the ice.
Hockey Night In Canada’s season-ending montage, set to Lucky Man by The Verve, captured every big highlight, which ultimately ended with the Penguins raising the Stanley Cup for the second straight year.
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