Why the Vezina Trophy Deserves Its Name

Why the Vezina Trophy Deserves Its Name

January 21st, 2020 Every year renews the age-old debate as to whether or not the Georges Vezina Trophy and the other major NHL awards should be renamed. The argument usually goes that the names of bygone hockey legends (often men such as Frank Calder and Conn Smythe who laid the foundations for hockey becoming a...
THW's Goalie News: Player Poll, KHL All-Star Moments & Week in Review

THW's Goalie News: Player Poll, KHL All-Star Moments & Week in Review

January 20th, 2020 It’s Monday and that means we will take a look back at the week that was in National Hockey League goaltending. Also, nearly half the players in the league were polled about who the best netminder in the league is. And finally, the Kontinental Hockey League held their All-Star Game over the...

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January 15th, 2020
Montreal Canadiens

MONTREAL — Zack Smith scored twice to give the visiting Chicago Blackhawks a 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night. Alex DeBrincat and Drake Caggiula also scored for the Blackhawks (22-20-6), who were coming off a 3-2 overtime win against the Senators on Tuesday. Corey Crawford improved to 11-2-2 against his hometown team with a 32-save effort. Phillip Danault scored the lone goal for the Canadiens (20-21-7), who have lost 10 of their last 11. Still looking for his first victory of the season, Charlie Lindgren stopped 24-of-28 shots. Lindgren started the first game of a back-to-back for Montreal. Carey Price gets the nod Thursday in Philadelphia. Chicago improved to 7-3-0 in the last 10 games while the Canadiens dropped to 9-12-4 at home this year. The Blackhawks scored twice in a fast-paced first period before Montreal even managed its second shot on net. Miscommunication between Lindgren and Tomas Tatar behind the net led to Smith’s...
January 15th, 2020
Toronto Maple Leafs

In today's NHL rumor rundown, there is news on teams calling the Toronto Maple Leafs now that they know the struggles facing the team, the Montreal Canadiens will not trade their big names, the New York Rangers haven't spoke with Chris Krieder and there is news on Braden Holtby and the Washington Capitals. Maple Leafs Getting and Making Calls We've discussed at length the injury issues currently facing the Toronto Maple Leafs and how the call-ups of Timothy Liljegren and Rasmus Sandin are meant to be a quick fix. With Morgan Rielly and Jake Muzzin sidelined, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports the Leafs are getting calls from clubs hoping to take advantage of the situation. Toronto Maple Leafs centre Auston Matthews celebrates with teammates Andreas Johnsson and wing Kasperi Kapanen (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn) McKenzie also notes the Maple Leafs are not sitting idle during this process. He also suspects the Leafs are making their inquiries to address their issues and...
January 14th, 2020
Montreal Canadiens

It's time for the Montreal Canadiens to start thinking ahead to the 2020-21 season and beyond. Is it possible the Canadiens can still make the playoffs? Maybe. However, they need to look at the bigger picture and start embracing the rebuild of the organization in full. Even with the playoff hopes fading, there is reason for optimism for Canadiens fans. The fact is the Canadiens have one of the deepest and richest pipelines of prospects in the NHL. Nick Suzuki, Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Ryan Poehling and Cale Fleury are developing at the NHL level and all have the potential to be impact players for years to come. Cayden Primeau looks to be a special young goalie, Cole Caufield is scoring at an alarming rate in the NCAA and Alexander Romanov just had another dominating World Junior Championship. While these are all great prospects, the question is whether any will turn into true superstars at the NHL level? It's no secret the Canadiens lack a superstar in their forward ranks. They are...
January 14th, 2020
Canadiens Goaltending

Tuesday night saw more National Hockey League history made in Montreal with a shutout. The league also announced an All-Star replacement after one of the game’s top goaltenders has decided to not go to St. Louis. Also, a veteran is hoping to translate his recent success in the American Hockey League to the NHL. Price Climbs Up the Ranks in Montreal The Calgary Flames walked into the Bell Centre in the midst of a five-game winning streak, but that came to an end thanks to Montreal Canadiens' goaltender Carey Price. Price made 31 saves in a 2-0 win over the Flames. It was his second shutout of the season and 46th of his NHL career. He is now tied with Hall of Famer Ken Dryden for the third-most shutouts in the long and storied history of the Canadiens. "I think everyone knows it; Carey has a special place in the history of this organization," defenseman Ben Chiarot said of his teammate. "He's not just one of the best goalies, he's one of the best players that's...

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The Montreal Forum 1908-1996

The Old Forum in Montreal -- Opening night, November 9, 1908, was a sensation and all 3,000 pairs of roller skates available for rental saw extensive use as thousands of Montrealers came to wander through, gawk at or try out the facilities at what was hyped in the press as “the largest, finest... January 9th, 2020

Maurice "Rocket" Richard: More than Just a Game

Perhaps one of the most revolutionary players to ever play the game of hockey, Maurice Richard brought hockey in Montreal to an elite level and set the bar high for every generation to come. Richard overcame nearly every level of adversity to become the greatest hockey player of his generation and... August 4th, 2019

Howie Morenz: Hockey Royalty

This article was originally written in June, 2010. University of Wisconsin’s Blake Geoffrion, winner of the 2010 Hobey Baker Memorial Award for college hockey’s best player, is the new Crown Prince of NCAA Hockey.  Like a champion thoroughbred racehorse, Blake’s hockey blood lines can be... August 15th, 2017