July 3rd, 2015 In Best of THW, Editor's Choice, Edmonton Oilers, NHL Entry Draft 0 comments

This idea came to me shortly before Stu MacGregor was served his walking papers, just prior to the draft. It lost a bit of lustre with his dismissal, but I figured it was still worth exploring. A friend and non-Oilers fan asked: ‘Would Edmonton be a better team (on paper) if it had picked the next guy in every draft?’ He was referring...

June 23rd, 2015 In Best of THW, Hockey History, NHL Entry Draft, Top 10 Lists 0 comments

With the 2015 NHL Entry Draft commencing this Friday, June 26, fans are looking to mock drafts to see who their team's new future superstar will be. At this point, everyone expects the prospects to go on to have very successful NHL careers, or else they wouldn't be ranked so high. Of course, there's no denying that one of the top players selected...

October 17th, 2014 In Best of THW, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey History 6 comments

Vyacheslav Kozlov was a member of the famous Russian Five unit that helped the Red Wings winning two Stanley Cups in the late '90s and being one of the best team in hockey history. After a very succesful career in the NHL with more than 1,000 games played and 800 points scored, he got back to Russia to play in the KHL and added two Gagarin Cups to...

March 8th, 2012 In Best of THW, New York Islanders, Top 10 Lists, Trades Contracts and Transactions 25 comments

Many might remember Mike Milbury as the hockey player who jumped into the MSG stands and beat a fan with his own shoe. Others might remember Milbury for his many controversies on and off the ice, but New York Islanders fans are imprinted with other not-so-fond memories of their former GM and coach. Even though Milbury, Charles Wang, and Sanjay...

March 7th, 2011 In Best of THW, Pittsburgh Penguins, The Business of Hockey 4 comments

The onset of March means trade deadline drama is in the rear-view mirror and playoff excitement is still a page-turn of the calendar away. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be taking an in-depth look at the makeup of the Pittsburgh Penguins organization in a multi-part series called ‘Penguins Blueprint’. On an unseasonably warm afternoon...

November 24th, 2010 In Best of THW, Blackhawks History, Chicago Blackhawks, Hockey History 14 comments

On April 5, 1970, the Chicago Blackhawks and Montreal Canadiens engaged in one of the weirdest games ever in NHL history. There has never been another game like it, nor is there likely ever going to be a repeat. It actually forced the NHL to change the rulebook. It was the last game of the 1969-70 schedule. The New York Rangers had won earlier...