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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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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