Saturday Seven: March Madness

Curtis LeBlanc
March 18 2017 03:37PM

As we enter the final eighth of the 2016-2017 NHL Regular Season, it's looking like the excitement will sustain itself right through to the 9th of April. The Metropolitan Division is as hot as a sunspot, the Alberta teams are neck and neck in the Pacific, and five Canadian clubs are currently positioned to make the post-season. 

What a time to be alive.

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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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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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I Used to Be an Adventurer Like You. Then I Took a Skate to the Head.

Curtis LeBlanc
December 10 2016 11:04AM

Players from the Vancouver Canucks and New Jersey Devils surprised no one on Tuesday night when they responded to a hit by the Devils’ Taylor Hall on an unsuspecting Philip Larsen.

The hit looks like a clean one—if we’re talking about the NHL rule book. Judgement beyond that depends on how you feel about a player ploughing into an oblivious, deer-like opponent in the area of the ice I like to refer to as Raffi Torres’ playpen.

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