Articles by Anthony Petrielli

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Among offseason tragedies, positives abound in NHL

They say negativity is contagious. This past offseason, the NHL caught the bug. If one stretches past the summer and into the 2010-11 season, it has been a heartbreaking year for the greatest game on ice. Suspensions were frequent and head shots were rampant. Most infamously, the professional hockey community sustained nearly 50 deaths over a mere few months. It begs the question: Where have the positives gone? With utmost respect to the aforementioned tragedies,…

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Three NHL veterans primed for decline

Like in life, age catches up to you in the game of hockey. Every year the hockey world watches its fair share of productive veterans see their point totals drop significantly in large part due to the rigors of the NHL grind finally catching up to them. Some who fell victim to Father Time last season include Saku Koivu (seven less points in four more games played), Andrew Brunette (15 less points) and even younger…

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History of skill and toughness defines WHL

The Western Hockey League might be the youngest of all in the CHL, but that hasn’t stopped it from becoming a top-notch developmental league. Since being sanctioned as the top junior league in western Canada in 1970, the WHL has won 18 of a possible 41 Memorial Cups and currently has the most teams out of any of the big three Canadian junior leagues. Known for producing tough, two-way players, the WHL certainly has an alumni list of…

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The QMJHL: From Sidney Crosby to Nathan MacKinnon

Of all three leagues in the CHL, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League has by far the least amount of players drafted from it. Luckily for the east coast-based circuit, times are rapidly changing and its reputation continues to soar upwards. It wasn’t too long ago that the best player in the world graced the QMJHL, as Sidney Crosby added to his already sterling resume by tearing up the bilingual league night in and night out, drawing fans from far and…