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TCL Blackhawks Debuts Video Podcast

The Checking Line-Blackhawks team is thrilled to announce the debut of its weekly Chicago Blackhawks video podcast right here at The Checking Line. 

Episodes will air each Wednesday evening at 8 pm CT and will feature a combination of our TCL-Blackhawks writing team covering everything about the Chicago Blackhawks, from games, players and roster moves to guest interviews and listener questions. 

Each episode will be streamed live right here on and will also be accessible via the team's YouTube Channel post-broadcast. 

Weekly episode air times will also be subject to change in accordance with the Blackhawks' games schedule. ...

Draft Dodgers

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers and their fans had little to celebrate on New Years Eve, other than “Thank God that month is over”. Having gone one win in twelve December games, the only bright spot was that the win came against our in-state rival, the Hartford ‘Whale Pack’. 2012 had to be better, and it has been.

Invited by Rob McGowan, I was given the opportunity to join The Checking Line – Isles Edition as a writer covering The Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Bridgeport has not lost a game since.

A Letter to our Readers

Welcome to The Checking Line -West!

This is a sub site of The Checking Line and will be dedicated to the coverage of the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks, and Winnipeg Jets.

We will strive to provide the best coverage of all four teams on the web and hope you, the reader, will join in on the fun!

New TCL Hoodie and Sale at Grinder Threads!

Last fall, The Checking Line, in conjunction with our friends over at Grinder Threads, intruduced our first official t-shirt, available for sale through their store. The reception for the shirt was absolutely fantastic. In fact, the black version sold out within days. Fret not, Grinder has since restocked their shelves, but as an added bonus, they have gone to the trouble of actually adding a new product to their store, based on that very same TCL design.

Starting today, and available exclusively through the Grinder Threads store, you will be able to purchase your very own TCL hoodie to help you get through these cold tough months of winter!

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...

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...