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The Checking Line Unveils Official T-Shirt!

The wait is finally over!

We teased it on facebook, we had you by a string on twitter, and we've hyped it to the moon. But all that hype is finally about to pay off!

In conjunction with our friends over at Grinder Threads, we're proud to unveil our brand new and first t-shirt design, tailor made just for you, The Checking Line readers and fans!

What better way to show your appreciation to our great group of writers and the two years we've been bringing you great (and often angry and surly) hockey coverage by wearing one of the two amazing tees shown above? 

So, just head over to Grinder Threads ...

Watch The Red Band Trailer For "Goon"

You don't have to venture too far down the blog archive here at The Checking Line to figure out that fighting is perennially a hot topic, not only among our writers and readers, but the hockey community as a whole.

For better or for worse, and no matter how many of us end up wanting it out of the game, fighting is a part of hockey, and it definitely ends up being one of the bigger talking points and selling points for the sport. Not a week, nay, a day goes by without a fight video of note. People love that stuff.

Hockey's marriage with fighting goes back a long time, but it may have peaked in the late 70s, thanks, in part, to the legendary movie "Slap Shot&...

Easton Stealth RS Review

“We believe in the game of hockey. We believe in bar down. We believe in the 5 hole. We believe in going shelf on backhands. And when the goalie’s cheating... we make him pay for it.” - Easton


Behind the Scenes

In the 2011 playoffs, Montreal Canadiens forward Mike Cammalleri skated onto the ice holding a stick that no one had ever seen before. It was almost entirely jet black with a hint of yellow. Easton’s new logo could be seen on the shaft. This was the newest stick that Easton had developed; the Stealth RS.

The Stealth RS is the best stick on the market today. Fans got a chance to view ...

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TCL & Grinder Threads Fall T-Shirt Sale!


Do you like hockey? Do you like wearing t-shirts? Then you're in luck! In conjuction with our friends over at Grinder Threads, the checking line is proud to be able to offer exclusively to our readers a 15% discount on ALL of GT's current line!

Just head over to the Grinder Threads website, enter the coupon code "Fall Sale" and enjoy 15% off their amazing line of products.

It may be getting cold outside, but who are we kidding? We're hockey fans! Show people your manliness and your sense of style wi...

Better With Popcorn: Fall Sports Games Preview


It's that time of year again. The latest round of sports games is about to hit store shelves, mostly from publisher Electronic Arts, and Better With Popcorn will be on top of all of them. TCL and BWP contributor Russell Dornisch has your preview of all the upcoming titles, from Madden 12 to what will certainly be interesting to TCL readers, NHL 12.

Will you be spending money on the latest editions of all your favorite sports games? Have they changed enough from last year's games to warrant an investment? BWP will help you figure all of this out, with our look at what's coming out this fall.

Check out a preview of the article below for NHL 12, and ...

A New Breakthrough In Pain Management, and What it Means for Hockey Players

For hockey fans, there is a certain sense of despair when a player loses significant time to injury. This feeling becomes especially noticeable when a player’s injury comes during the playoffs, especially if his team gets eliminated. There is a lot of information readily available about new surgical techniques and other diagnostic tools such as sharper MRI or CAT scan. That being said, there is someone out there who has a knack for helping players recover quickly from injuries. His name is Dr. Raymond J. Petras. He is not a medical doctor and he does NOT practice medicine. He is a pain management and sports performance specialist. Dr. Petras not only helps athletes deal with pain, h...

Your Guide to TCL Version 4


As you may have noticed, The Checking Line has a new look!

The staff here at TCL has been constantly trying to bring our users the best web experience. From our lowly start as a plain-old blog back in September of 2009, TCL has grown to a website of nearly fifty bloggers, following most of the teams in the NHL and all the happenings at all levels of hockey.

From our feature coverage of the Philadelphia Flyers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens, to the individual efforts of the bloggers of teams such as the Phoenix Coyotes and Vancouver Canucks, TCL strives to bring you the most comprehensive hockey coverage on the web. Over the summer months, we'll be...

The Possibilities of a 40th Anniversary Edition of the 1972 Summit Series

With the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series coming up next year, it’s time to think about what should be considered if such an anniversary series comes to fruition. Original Cities While the original series started in Montreal and moved westward with each subsequent game up to the halfway point, this time around, it should start in Vancouver, then go to Winnipeg, then Toronto, and finish in Montreal, and then head over to Moscow for the second half of the world tour. Since the original series, all four Canadian cities have erected new arenas for their teams of the day (Pacific Coliseum, while still in use for junior hockey, succeeded professionally by Rogers Arena; Winnipeg A...

Getting To Know... Kyle Mountain

Kyle Mountain, a native of Bryn Mawr, PA, played three seasons with the New Hampshire Monarchs, part of the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL). In 89 games, he scored 31 goals and 31 assists for a total of 62 points. He spent last season in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) with the Penticton Vees, where he recorded 29 points (14 goals, 15 assists) in 69 games. This fall, he’ll start at the University of Vermont (the alma mater of current NHL-ers Tim Thomas and Marty St. Louis). Kyle took some time to talk to me about his decision to attend UVM, some of his favorite players in the game to watch, and what it was like to be invited to Flyers prospect camp last summer. First o...