By Sean McCafferty aka 30ranfordfan
Over the last few weeks, one of the biggest stories has been how tight the playoff races are shaping up to be. In the Western conference in particular, there was a few days in early February where only 3 points separated 3rd place from 11th.
We’re reminded daily about how ‘close’ and ‘exciting’ the playoff races are. Sportscasters insist that if a team can just come in 8th place, they have a real chance to win the Stanley Cup – because in today’s NHL, a league of parity, everyone is so close, and so evenly matched.
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By Tony Joyce aka Enigma
Hockey aficionados know that there are a limited number of go-to people when it comes to sports cards. At the 2011 NHL Fan Fair, I had the wonderful pleasure of meeting one of them. Al Muir’s history in hockey cards, well hockey in general, is well-known. Between stints with Sports Illustrated, Beckett and now Panini America, there is no questioning Al’s hockey acumen. The Windsor, Ontario, native took a few minutes out a frenetic weekend to chat.
Q: As you have stated many times this weekend, you are from Windsor, Ontario. What is the hockey life like More >
by Tony Joyce aka Enigma
There are a handful of names that are synonymous with the sports card industry. One of those names belongs to Panini’s Tracy Hackler. Tracy is the Marketing Manager for Panini America. With an extensive background in writing and sports cards, he is a wealth of knowledge. While at the 2011 NHL Fan Fair in Raleigh, NC, I had the opportunity to meet the man behind the myth.
Q: Where are you from? A: Arlington, Texas. Actually, I have lived in the area all my life.
Q: Growing up, what were your favorite sport and player? A: Football. As More >
By Dakota Case aka wild4life
Three cards; three Derek Boogaard cards is all it took for the obsession of hockey card collecting to completely consume me. I first started collecting early in 2010 . It all started with purchasing individual cards of players I liked or had heard of; I was new to hockey and the NHL at that point in time in addition to collecting. It didn’t take long for a few cards to become a nice little Minnesota Wild collection.
Then, one day I came across a box of 1990 Score Hockey for only $10 at the local card store More >
No Need to Change the Waiver Rules: If You Really Want These Players, Do it BEFORE the Season Starts
By Sean McCafferty aka 30ranfordfan
Marek Svatos. Kyle Wellwood. Now Evgeni Nabokov. Three times an NHL club has tried to bring a player over from Europe this year, and three times another club has snatched them up on the waiver wire. Three times the fans of the team that was ‘robbed’ cried foul. We’re hearing calls for a change in the rule. One that would allow clubs that do all the leg work getting a deal done, to reap the benefits of that contract. One that would mean the player no longer has to go through waivers to come back to More >
by RGM81 aka Richard McAdam
Hockey is an amazing game to watch. The speed, the skill, the drama, the personalities (as long as they’re not rookies or goalies), and the intensity are a pure joy to behold. Nowhere is this truer than in the National Hockey League, the premier professional hockey league in North America and indeed the world. The best players from all over the globe dream of playing in the NHL and competing for the Stanley Cup. The constant tinkering with the game’s rules has allowed for continuous product improvement that makes the game more exciting for fans to More >