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NEW TCL Store Hockey T-Shirts Out NOW!

Boom! New TCL Store Tees Have Arrived In case you missed it this week the official TCL store - GRINDER THREADS - unleashed a NEW Spring/Summer collection. Just like our previous hockey tees, we haven't pulled any punches. What can you expect? Well, if you've picked up any shirts from us you know that we are relentless when it comes to quality. This line is no different. As usual, you'll find screen printed size tags (no itchy neck tags), custom sewn logo tags in the bottom left hem of every shirt and some of the most ridiculously soft shirts on the planet. As for the designs, three new beauties will be joining the Grinder line-up: 'Beer League Hockey' - a toast t...

Kip's Piks: Conference Quarterfinals

It's that time of year. The playoffs are here and everyone has their predictions. Like I said earlier, my dog Kip is going head to head with me picking the winners in the playoffs. Basically, we had team logo tokens and placed them on the ground with some little bacon treats that he likes. Whichever one he ate first is the team he picked. I made my picks first. Here is the video of Kip making his West and East picks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRxra_18X7Y http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaX9MquSrgg Notice that he has a bit of a pattern with both Conferences; in one conference he chose the left side all the time and the other the right side. There's a method to his madness I ...

Kip's Piks: The Next Animal Hockey Psychic?

TSN's retired psychic Maggie the Monkey There have been so many analysts talking about who's going to win and what will happen in this year's Stanley Cup playoffs. This includes everyone here as well as me. I decided to see if my knowledge of hockey is greater than or less than that of someone who doesn't follow hockey; my dog. Now, there have also been countless animals that have "predicted" wins the playoffs, such as TSN's Maggie the Monkey and the FIFA World Cup had Paul the Octopus. Lifetime Maggie went 45-45 for a 50% success rate while Paul was 8-0 in 2010. Combined with a 4-2 record in 2008, Paul is 12-2 lifetime. Paul the Octopus went 8-0 in the 2010 FIFA World Cup Me...

Q&A with Hobey Hopeful Andy Miele

Photo Credit: Associated Press Hobey Baker Memorial Award finalist and arguably the best player in college hockey right now, Miami University senior Andy Miele was overlooked in last year's NHL Entry Draft. After posting 71 points in 39 games for the RedHawks this season, Miele's hard work finally paid off when he signed with the Phoenix Coyotes on Saturday afternoon. Adam Pardes of The Checking Line recently caught up with Miele to gain some insight into the young player's budding career.
Once you were eligible for college hockey in 2008, you decided to leave the USHL and attend Miami University… what made you choose college hockey and what has it meant to you? AM: Wel...

Hockey for Charity

As I looked at all the articles written on TCL the past week, I noticed that most of them surrounded some bad rep for the NHL. So I decided that even though this article doesn't have a whole lot to do with the NHL, it did for hockey as a sport. However minuscule this may seem to some readers, looking at the big picture it means a lot more. In the midst of all the bad press concerning hockey (head shots, suspensions, concussions; take your pick), something happened yesterday that made me forget about the negativity surrounding hockey. I took part in a game for charity yesterday and it was the most fun playing I have had in a long time. Employees at Zehrs Great Foods in St. Clair Beach and ...

TCL's Facebook & Twitter Contest. Follow us Today!

We are pleased to announce a brand new contest on The Checking Line! In our drive to reach 1000 "likes" on our Facebook page and 1000 followers on our Twitter page, we will be giving away several prizes to the followers of each once we reach those goals! Once we hit the 1000 mark on each, there will be a random drawing for one t-shirt from our great partners at Grinder Threads, and one Don Cherry Rock 'Em Sock 'Em DVD for the followers of each, so a total of four great prizes! All you have to do is follow us on twitter and retweet our contest details with the hashtag #TCLContest, and simply follow us on Facebook! Once we hit the magic number on BOTH the facebook and twitter pages, the...

TCL's NHL Trade Deadline Coverage and Liveblog!

D-Day is upon us! Literally only hours remain until the General Managers are forced to put down their blackberries and turn off their fax machines when the NHL trade deadline kicks in and the rosters are mostly set for the remainder of the season. TCL will be with you every step of the way, discussing ever trade, every non-trade and every happening of the day in our liveblog! Join George Prax, Micheal Aldred, Pat Storto, Mark Trible, Glen Miller, and many other TCL bloggers and contributors for all the fun starting at 9AM and lasting all throughout the trade day! Also check out: Twitter: @TheCheckingLine Facebook: Main fan page, TCL Leafs Edition and TCL Flyers Edition ...

Liambas At It Again

Back when I was writing for Crash the Crease, the most commented on piece that I wrote addressed the Michael Liambas hit on Ben Fanelli on October 30th of 2009. I wrote the piece that night after getting home from the game. I'd witnessed Ben Fanelli's head driven into stantion at the Kitchener Auditorium. I got to see the blood pool around his head as his teammates held a silent vigil. Like a lot of Major Junior fans, I awaited good news from the hospital over the next few days. I also used the forum that I had to rather vehemently condemn Mike Liambas. I said at the time, that he was a reckless player with a history of dangerous and disrespectful play directed at his opponents. I sai...

TicketStubCollection.com: Ticket Stubs and Illustrations

Russ Havens is the owner and operator of TicketStubCollection.com, a great community where you can view, upload and discuss ticket stubs from any kind of event, a ticket stub museum, if you will. We all go to sporting events, concerts, even movies, and one way to remember our experience is by the remainder of the ticket you used to enter said events. Russ's website allows you to relive those experiences digitally. And he has no shortage of stubs relating to the favorite topic of the average TCL reader, and that is of course hockey. In the newest partnership between Ticket Stub Collection and The Checking Line, Russ Havens has been kind enough to showcase several of these ticket st...

10 Most EPIC Hockey Mullets in NHL History

This post is brought to you by the official Checking Line Store - GRINDER THREADS. With only one week left in our February sale check out the SHOP and use the coupon code “checkingline” for 10% off your order. For better or worse the mullet is arguably one of the most celebrated hair styles of the past 20 years. While typical follicular trends come and go, the mullet is more than a haircut. It’s a lifestyle. Finely tuned by the “10-90” formula (10% “business” in the front, 90% “party” in the back), the mullet’s versatility is unsurpassed. When it comes to professional sports, the coveted hockey mullet transcends all others. Part aerodynamics, part ‘flow’, ...