December 2010


Scaringi Game a Classic

NIAGARA FALLS, ON – The National Hockey League may have Crosby versus Ovechkin at Heinz Field, but the Scaringis had brothers versus brothers, cousins versus cousins, and uncles versus nephews at the Gale Centre. On December 30, the Scaringi males gathered at the pristine Bob Gale Centre for the third annual “Scaringi Guys’ Night Out”, also known as the “Scaringi Winter Classic”. It was a fast-paced, back-and-forth hour-and-a-half of pick-up hockey, with the Dark squad…

Hall of Fame

The Rehabilitation of Kurt Jory

Kurt Jory is a warrior at heart. And not because of the 29 games he spent with the WHL’s Moose Jaw Warriors back in 2006-07. In 2008, Jory suffered a life-threatening neck injury over which just a few players in the history of upper echelon hockey can bond; a severed jugular. The now 23-year-old is just the latest member in an unfortunate group that includes the likes of Richard Zednik and Clint Malarchuk, both retired…


Ryan Johansen: NHL prospect in a familiar package

Forgotten amongst the seemingly endless argument over who would be selected first overall in the 2010 NHL Draft were a lot of top quality hockey players with the potential to contribute at the professional level – particularly Portland Winterhawk and future league star Ryan Johansen. Six months have passed since the day that debate was settled and it’s already easier to pay proper respect to the rest of the players who rounded out the top…


Appeasing Dwight Howard

Like a used mattress for a three dollar bill. Break out the old cliches, dust off the old Hunter S. Thompson lines (careful with that one, it’s an antique!) and wheel out the warhorses. NBA trade season has arrived and it’s kicked off with a doozy. Last Saturday, the Orlando Magic made two trades, one with Phoenix, the other with Washington and shipped away a few players and got some back. That much you know….


Dark days in NHL jersey design

I can’t be the only one who’s noticed how jersey design in the NHL has taken a giant leap backwards recently, as though everyone responsible for coming up with creative crests coincidentally managed to save their worst work for the past few seasons. Case in point, the Columbus Cannons. Although they may have been trying to keep with the theme of paying homage to Ohio’s Civil War history, the resulting crest leaves much to be…