Above All A Team

“Light is the task where many share the toil.” – Homer “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller “Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all.” – Alexander the Great Teamwork. Great minds have extolled its virtues for centuries. And the wisdom of the voices of the past still … Read More

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Bobby Orr Book Scores

I work for a newspaper. Not the most auspicious career these days. But one of the cool things is that we receive advance copies of books. The publishers send them to our books editor in hopes of getting a review published. He gets dozens of books every day and obviously can’t review them all. For some reason he thought I … Read More

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Happy Father’s Day to Puck Papa: The Awesome Hockey Dad

Yeah, maybe it was the Mighty Ducks movies that first got you interested in the game you would love for your whole life, but it was him that stuck that first hockey stick in your hands. That stupid Franklin stick with the plastic blade, so you wouldn’t break anything important. That didn’t work out so well, did it? And lacing … Read More

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Pucks and Yuks: Hockey Schtick

Harpo takes it around the net, looks to center ice, hits Chico with some sick sauce at the blue line. Chico dangles in, backhand pass to Groucho! Groucho scores! Top ched! I was having lunch the other day with a friend of mine, who just happens to be a best-selling author and renowned film historian. As per our routine, I … Read More

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Hockey: Stitches From Watching

We’re always hearing about how violent and dangerous hockey is. It’s in that spirit that I offer our new t-shirt and gift design, ‘Hockey: You’ll Need Stitches Just From Watching’. But in all seriousness, I’ve always thought it was a bad rap. Not that there aren’t plenty of injuries. But people seem to generally think that their kids are safer … Read More

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A Salute to Hockey Slang

Is there any other sport out there that has a vernacular nearly as colorful as that of hockey players? I think not. Hockey definitely has a language all its own. And the use of unique phraseology goes back a long way in the history of hockey culture. The derogatory term ‘Hoser’, for example, comes from the days before the Zamboni … Read More

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Good Reading for Hockey Moms

Promise not to take my man card away if I tell you something? I’ve been hooked on this blog I found the other day. Nothing to be ashamed of there, right? Well, the thing is, it’s a hockey mom blog. No, no, really, listen. First of all, Meg Handy can write like nobody’s business. She is just flat funny. True, … Read More

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Roller Hockey leads to Ice Hockey Addiction

I am a hockey addict. It’s Stanley Cup playoff time and I am unable to control the compulsion to watch. I go through agonizing withdrawal in the months that follow. I believe, however, that I’ve made an important step in being able to admit to you, and to myself, that I am an addict. But it wasn’t always this way. … Read More

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Born To Play Hockey

There are so many wonderful things about the sport of hockey. One of coolest is that it is an international sport – but in a very unique way. I’m not a soccer fan, but I’ve always been impressed by the sport’s world-wide appeal. And although hockey doesn’t necessarily reach the level of soccer in that regard, it does surpass it … Read More

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Sit Down and Watch The Game!

I have a little commentary to go with the release of this new product design. Actually, it’s a bit of a rant. Most of you will conclude that I’m a joyless whack job, devoid of a soul. But I’m willing to bet there’s one or two of you that will nod like a bobblehead as you read along. I used … Read More

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Rink Life: Hockey Life Goes On

It’s a lifestyle, really. The whole hockey thing. The ‘Rink Life‘. It’s not limited to the player. It wraps it’s arms around the whole family and takes them along for the skate. It possesses you, and there is no real exorcism. It’s like the mob. Once you join the family, there ain’t no gettin’ out. But that’s all a theory, … Read More

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Hockey Parents Behavior

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We’ve all seen overly zealous hockey parents. Perhaps we’ve even been one in a weak moment. Sometimes it’s more entertaining than what’s happening on the ice. Sometimes it’s ugly. For whatever reason, we tend to behave differently at the rink. You know exactly what I mean. We’ve all seen the accountant father of the goalie, so quiet outside the rink, … Read More

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Sick Fantasy Hockey Team Names

It won’t be long now. Hockey season is getting so close you can smell it – if you know what I mean. And with the start of of the season looming, many of you are tuning up for your fantasy league draft. But before you dive in, don’t you think you should give some thought to what you’re gonna name … Read More

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Gone Too Soon

I’ve been feeling sorry for myself lately. In a couple of months I will send my first born off to college. It’s going to be very tough for me. We’ve spent so much time together over the last 18 years. So much of it at ice rinks. So many long drives, early morning practices and airplane flights. Weekends in hotel … Read More

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Sick nasty shootout goal

O.K. I realize I’m a little late to the party on this one, but I just gotta have a link to it on my blog. It’s simply one of the most creative goals I’ve ever seen. It happened on March 31, 2009 by Linus Omark of Sweden in an exhibition game against Switzerland. Related designs from the eBrush Design hockey … Read More

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New! ‘Face Wash’ hockey t shirt design

There are many reasons that fights occur during a hockey game. One, that’s been around throughout the history of the game, is a baiting tactic called a “face wash”, also referred to by players as “stinky glove”. It’s when a player rubs his wet, putrid gloves into the face of the opposing player in an attempt to bait them into … Read More

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Hockey Heroes: Oh, What a Night!

We all have those special sports moments that we’ll never forget. Not the ones on TV. The ones you were actually a part of. The historic game that you can say, ‘I was there!’ A no-hitter, a World Series or Stanley Cup game 7, A Super Bowl, a game where an athlete did something so special that it became legendary. … Read More

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Hockey Photography: A How-To Guide

But if you’re really determined to take good hockey action photos, listen up. I’m gonna tell you exactly what you need to do to make it happen.

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