The 2012 Winter Classic (AP Fred Vuich/SI)
Now that the L.A. Kings have raised Lord Stanley, it is time to start the 2012-13 NHL countdown. The upcoming season marks the 95th season of play for the National Hockey League. Here are the important dates to note on your calendar. We will keep you updated on more season dates as they become available.
June 22–23, 2012: The 2012 NHL Entry Draft held at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. For all the latest draft news visit the NHL website.
September 7, 2012: Rene Fasel, president of the IIHF, claimed, “This is the darkest day in the history of our sport.” On Wednesday, Spetember 7th 43 people died in a plane crash, including 27 players of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team. It was indeed a dark day that continues to weigh heavy on many hockey hearts. My thoughts and prayers still go out to their friends and families.
September 15, 2012: The Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) established in 2005 between owners and NHLPA will expire on this date. Read more
Lord Stanley via Wikipedia
Today is the day hockey fans have been waiting for…the Stanley Cup Finals. The puck drops at 8:00 p.m. in Newark between the L.A. Kings and New Jersey Devils. (By the way, how many of you guessed that duo?)
The home team has won Game One for six consecutive years. Will the Devils claim the series opener tonight? Kings have won all 8 playoff games on the road this post season. As we await the results, enjoy a brief history and some video on the past decade of Game Ones:
2011 – Boston Bruins vs Vancouver Canucks
- Vancouver win this game at home with a late goal in the third to shutout Boston 1-0.
- Bruins won the Cup 4-3.
2010 – Chicago Blackhawks vs Philadelphia Flyers
- Troy Brouwer scored his second goal of the game for Chicago to take the lead 5-4 in the second.
- Hawks eventually won Game One at home 6-5.
- Blackhawks won the Cup 4-2.
Chad LaRose is crazy excited about hhis empty net goal. (Photo Credit: AP/Jim Mone)
Hopefully, you’re not waking up a green haze of a hangover this morning. Here are some hot, morning biscuits to help get your day started. These note-worthy tallies were made yesterday…you know, while you were throwing back the Guinness.
Contest Winning Biscuits
Patrice Bergeron scored the game winner in the shootout between Philadelphia and Boston. Despite the Flyers cutting a two goal lead, they were unable to defeat Tim Thomas in the end losing 2-3. Read more