If you ask a hockey fan familiar with the blogosphere about Ryan Lambert, they probably either hate him or think he's hilarious. Why the fine line? Why the hate? Is it different once you know the man behind the Simpsons avatar? I caught up with Ryan in order to find some answers. Enjoy!
MT: Obviously, Nashville and Detroit don’t care for you, but they’re not alone by a long shot. Why do you think so many people feel so strongly about your work? Is it the work itself, or the fact that every blogosphere needs a good villain?
RL: I think people don't like to have someone who isn't a fan of their favorite team run that team down. That's fair enough, I guess, but I also thi...
What happens when you combine one of the best hockey sites on the web with Grinder Threads hockey tees??? Well, a pretty awesome partnership.
If you missed the news last month, The Checking Line and Grinder Threads recently teamed up to create the official TCL store. To kick off February with a BOOM, we're offering a 10% discount on everything in the shop - exclusively for TCL readers. How do you like them apples?
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We are pleased to announce that starting today, TCL will be partnering with Adam Runqvist of Grinder Threads to offer our readers the latest and most amazing hockey t-shirt designs! Adam has been running Grinder Threads for a few years now, and by clicking the link you can tell that he's good at what he does.
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The Rebel League The Short and Unruly Life of the World Hockey Association
Author: Ed Willes
Published by: McClelland & Stewart
The WHA only existed for 7 years, but what an entertaining and tumultuous time it was. Owners came and went as did their money! It seemed like franchises were constantly on the move. Take for instance, the Miami Screaming Eagles (never played) / Philadelphia Blazers (1972–73) / Vancouver Blazers (1973–75) / Calgary Cowboys (1975–77). Do you remember the Michigan Stags?
The history of the WHA, included the greats of the past like Gordie Howe, future stars of the NHL including Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier and the leagu...
After an overtime win on Wednesday over Sparta Prague, Team Canada found themselves looking for the second time at HC Davos, but with higher stakes this time around.
Some early penalty trouble by Davos results in a Canada powerplay, but nothing develops. Later, Davos takes another penalty, but kill it. Moments later, Josh Holden opens up the scoring for Team Canada to make it 1-0. Canada takes two penalties late in the period, but Davos fails to capitalize. Near the midway point of the second period, another call against Davos results in another successful kill. Later, Micki Dupont loses his helmet and is sent off for 2 minutes. After killing that off, Canada ends up on the powerplay, and...
The loss to Davos meant Team Canada had to take the longer route to the semifinal. Waiting for Canada was Sparta Prague, where the winner would move on and the losing team was out of the running.
Not much to report on early, but in the second half of the first period, Jean-Pierre Vigier opens up the scoring for Team Canada. A few minor penalties late in the period do nothing to change the score, as the first period ends 1-0 Canada. In the second, Domenico Pittis increases Canada’s lead to 2-0. Sparta Prague responds soon after when Emanuel Peter cuts Canada’s lead in half. It’s 2-1. A few minutes later, Canada restores the two-goal lead when Glen Metropolit serves the puck to Brenda...
After defeating Spartak Moscow the other day, Team Canada set their sights on knocking off the host squad HC Davos.
Very early in the game, HC Davos strikes first on a goal by Sandro Rizzi. Some good action during the first period but no further scoring occurs. Onto the second period, where early on, Team Canada scores the equalizer. Goal scored by Yanick Lehoux. But moments later, HC Davos gets the lead again when Peter Guggisberg fires it off to Petr Taticek and makes it 2-1. HC Davos makes it 3-1 midway through the period when Jaroslav Bednar beats Jeff Deslauriers, catching him in the wrong corner. Some penalty trouble by both teams dominate the remainder of the period. But Travis Roc...
The 2010 edition of the Spengler Cup opened on Boxing Day (Dec. 26) with Canada awaiting the outcome of the first match-up between HC Davos and Spartak Moscow. That game ended with HC Davos defeating Spartak Moscow 4-2, meaning Moscow was to play Canada in Day 2 while Davos took the day off and will play Canada on Day 3.
Team Canada vs. Spartak Moscow
Dominik Hasek, a veteran of professional hockey, having played in various international tournaments like the Canada Cup, World Cup, Olympics, World Championships, etc., plus a long and varied NHL career with teams as diverse as Chicago, Buffalo, Detroit, and Ottawa, made his Spengler Cup debut against Team Canada. In case you are hearing ...
Marcus Foligno in international action as a member of Team OHL versus Team Russia as part of the Subway Super Series in Sudbury, Ont. Nov. 15, 2010.
Sudbury Wolves captain Marcus Foligno is certainly making his case to play for Canada at this year's World Junior Hockey Championship.
In Sunday afternoon's game against the Barrie Colts, he scored on the power play, short-handed, and than at even strength to record a hat-trick in the win. Foligno also contributed an assist in the victory. He also scored the game-winning shootout goal in Team OHL's victory over Team Russia in Super Series action in November.
With his hard-hitting, tight defensive game, expect the left wing to at leas...
The Sudbury Wolves pulled the trigger on a big trade Sunday, bringing in forward Michael MacDonald from the London Knights.
MacDonald, a sophomore left wing, put up 25 goals and 20 assists in his rookie season with the Knights.
Wolves head coach Trent Cull spoke about the necessity of bringing in another offensive threat due to the team’s current injury woes.
"We have two of our best offensive players on the sidelines for another three weeks," he says.
"We need some offensive help for sure and Michael sounds like he will be a good fit for us moving forward."
Sudbury Wolves General Manager Blaine Smith also acknowledged the offensive contribution MacDonald would bring to the ...