12 Takeaways From VanHAC 2017

Curtis LeBlanc
March 14 2017 10:00AM

This past Saturday, I descended into the bowels of Rogers Arena through Gate 9, a small entrance below the Georgia Viaduct reserved for staff and security. In the elevator, all of the buttons were embossed with a green and blue killer whale. As I made my way to the fourth floor of the building, to a room aptly named The Sports Bar, I was reminded ad nauseam that #WeAreAllCanucks.

I was at the Vancouver Hockey Analytics Conference and this is what I learned.

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Saturday Seven: All-Star Weekend

Curtis LeBlanc
January 28 2017 01:25PM

It's the NHL All-Star weekend in Los Angeles, California, which means all of us are forced to stop watching real hockey for three days while the league indulges itself with another profit-fuelled pageant.

But it's for the fans, really.

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McDavid Hits a Milestone: The Race to 100 Adjusted to the 2005-2006 Season

Curtis LeBlanc
January 23 2017 09:00AM

This past Wednesday, the Hockey Jesus himself hit 100 points in just 92 games with an assist against the Florida Panthers. That pace put him fourth among active players, behind Alex Ovechkin (77 games), Sidney Crosby (80) and Evgeni Malkin (89).

After recording another assist in that game, he went on to beat the Panthers in overtime with just 2.6 seconds left, giving him 102 points in just 92 games. The OT winner was also a can't-miss goal-of-the-year candidate (and it could have been save-of-the-year material is Reimer had just held his ground).

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On Violence: Steve Downie and Toxic Culture in Hockey

Curtis LeBlanc
January 14 2017 11:11AM

There is a big part of me that has always wanted to view hockey as a sport for good people. 

The motivation for this is, at least in part, self-serving. I devote many hours of my time every year to hockey. I watch well over 82 games a season and there are hockey-based publications I read every day. I find myself emotionally involved in the fate of my team. I get excited by the potential for improvement in every offseason.

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DeBrincat and Makar and Vinnie—Oh My!

Curtis LeBlanc
December 24 2016 09:00AM


It's Christmas eve and rosters have been set for the only international tournament I care about. A welcomed break from the measured, defensive hockey of the modern NHL, the annual U-20 World Junior Championships is a hormone-fueled ice battle between teenagers fighting to improve their draft stock on the world stage and I personally can't wait.

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