Will the Pittsburgh Penguins say “hello” to Stanley again this Year?

Yes, they did win the cup last year.  But can they repeat those stellar playoff wins?  Putting up a total of 241 goals during the regular season, they had a great start.  Also when new coach Mike Sullivan over Christmas break stepped in, he had a large, positive, impact on the team.  His prior experience coaching Pittsburgh’s minor league team, the Wilkes-Barre Penguins, gave him the knowledge needed to bring up young players without taking too much money out of their salary cap.  Also the Penguins captain Sidney Crosby started to contribute after Christmas break, racking up an explosive 85 points on the season.

Personally, in my opinion, I believe that the Burgh can do it again this year.  With the new phenom Conor Sheary, winning star of the week, scoring 6 goals and 9 points in the past seven days, it is very much in their realm.  Furthermore, being in the top three of the metropolitan division for most of the season, it looks like we should make the playoffs with ease. Also, Sidney Crosby is having yet another great year, leading the NHL in goals right now with a very solid and consistent 28.  Plus, in a recent stadium series game against the Flyers, the Penguins had a demanding 4-2 win giving them nice confidence boost to play well in the last leg of the season.  The penguins as whole have only three losses at home this season right now, being a threat to the whole national hockey league.  As you can see, the Pittsburgh Penguins franchise have shown many promising results that could lead to yet another Stanley Cup win this year.


Hockey, the Game of Excitement

The sport ice hockey is a very competitive game. I love this games, but it has many different rules. The basic object of this activity is to get the puck, which is a small black disk, into the opposing team’s net. There are rules that come with this sport and many positions. The rules can extend to many different levels for example, something simple like you have to wear a mouthguard or as confusing as offsides. Here I am going to teach you how to play the game of ice hockey.

Let’s start with the basics, which is the equipment. You would normally think that a hockey player looks like someone who is going on a camping trip in the middle of Antarctica. But really it’s for your own safety. What you need the most is a mouthguard, skates, knee pads, hockey pants, shoulder pads, elbow pads, gloves, a helmet, and of course a stick. Everything is pretty much straight forward, and protects the body part that is in the name itself. There are also clothes that you might need to consider. The hockey socks that go over the knee pads are very important. They normally go by the color of your team that you are on. Also the jersey that you put over your shoulder pads and elbow pads is important because you can represent your team as well as your socks do too. This hockey equipment will help you not only stay on your feet when skating, but it will protect you from harsh injuries.

The second thing that is very important about a hockey game is the rules and the concept. There are three main rules that you must follow at all times or your team will suffer the consequences. The first rule is offsides which is when any player without the puck, from the other team skates over the defending team’s blue line when they are the first person from their team crossing the line. This might sound confusing but trust me, you will understand it better once you watch a game or play a game. When I was younger it took me some time too. The second big rule that everyone must follow to keep the game fair is icing the puck. Which means when a player from one team in their own zone shoots the puck all the way down to the other side of the ice and pases the other team’s goal line. However, if a team is on a penalty kill (when they have a player who got a penalty), then they could shoot the puck down into the attacking team’s zone and it wouldn’t be called for an icing. I think that this is really helpful because it is an advantage for you to regroup. The last main rule that is important to obey in hockey is always to wear your mouthguard. This is because there has been many incidents where kids forget their mouthguard or just don’t bother wearing it, and they fall down and injure themselves. Mouthguards are definitely not my favorite thing in the world, but I learned that it’s only there to protect you. The concept of the game is to get the puck into the opposing team’s net which would count as one goal each time you score.

The last thing that I want to go over is the positions of the players. There are four positions all together but there are only six players on the ice at once. Which is the one goaltender, the two defensemen, one center, and two wingmen. One of the most important positions is the goaltender. Which in my opinion, you have to be the most focused and ready for anything that may come at you. The goaltender’s job is simply not to let any pucks go past him/her into the net. The second positions is the two defensemen. They are the last players that have to stop the other team from getting to the net. They have to not only defend their zone, but they have to defend their net, and not let anyone by them. After them, is just the other team against the goaltender. I play defense and I personally like it the best because it gives me a good view of the ice. The next position is also very important which is the center. There is only one player who plays center while on the ice. He/she is like the quarterback on the ice, the center leads the attack by carrying the puck on offense. They have to play not only defense but offense at the same time. This position does the most skating through his/her shift. Last but not least is the two wings. There is one left wing and one right wing (just like how there is one left defenseman and one right defenseman). They are the two players who score the most or get the most assists. Due to the fact that they are always the first players to go into the opposing team’s zone.

I hoped that I helped you understand a little more about the game ice hockey than you did before you read this. Thank you for reading.




Fighting to Keep Hockey Fights

Have you ever thought about what hockey would be like without fighting? Recently, there has been a lot of talk of banning fighting from the NHL. In Tuesday night’s game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal’s Parros fell face first in the middle of a fight and suffered a concussion. This has again started up talk about if the NHL should ban fighting. These people who want to ban fighting say that fighting leads to many injuries and it is unnecessary for players to fight. Many goons have been drafted into the NHL to serve one purpose, to fight and hit. The people against these goons want to eliminate them by eliminating fighting.

I totally disagree with these people and I think that fighting should not be banned from the game. It has been a part of the game since the creation and there is no need to take it out now. There have been some injuries from fighting, but the fighters know the risk they’re taking every time they “drop the gloves”. They don’t have to fight if they don’t want to, but if they want to, they should be able to. It is a good way for them to let off steam when they get angry instead of them skating around intentionally trying to hurt people. Fighting also can hold other players accountable for their actions. If a player does something bad, then a person on the opposing team is going to fight them. Should a player just let another player hurt a teammate.? The answer is no, you should stand up for your teammates and you can do that by fighting. This could act as a punishment for what the person did wrong. Finally, I think that fighting motivates players to play harder. If they’re playing bad, then a fight would motivate them to play better. When both teams are playing great, then it is going to be a great game. Would hockey be the same without any fighting?


Zachs Back

Zach Parise is an NHL (National Hockey League) player for the Minnesota Wild. Parise was a free agent this past off season, so the Wild made a 13 year $98 million dollar offer and got Parise. Zach was partial to the Wild because he was born and raised  in Minnesota. Parise’s good friend Ryan Suter also was offered a matching deal . Both boys are now back to their home state where they are loved even more than ever. Parise played with the New Jersey Devils for 7 years. Parise left with a strong impact, after losing to the LA Kings in the Stanley Cup Finals ,4 games to 2.  Zach and Ryan are both back home and happy. The Wild are still in the running for the playoffs. But if they don’t pull their act together soon there is no chance due to the lock out.

I believe that Zach made the wrong decision. But don’t take my word for it because after all I am a New Jersey Devils’ fan. Parise is my favorite NHL player, he has great skill and is still young, so he will improve. I would’ve loved to see Zach back with the Devils, but as you know he is now on the Minnesota Wild. I do still very much respect his decision because of the circumstances, involving him being born in Minnesota.  I  think that the Devils fans that burnt his Jersey are horrible people too. He was a huge help to the Devils and it’s not his fault the Devils couldn’t offer any more.  They also shouldn’t have done that because Zach was the reason why team USA went into overtime in the 2010 Winter Olympics. Zach Parise is still my favorite NHL player and will remain mine for ever.

~Alyssa Stevens

Someone Needs to Hoist The Cup!

The Stanley Cup was the creation of Sir Frederick Arthur Stanley, lord of Preston. Who was Governor General of Canada in 1888. He was a big fan of hockey and he wanted to give out a trophy to the winner of the amateur hockey league. The trophy, which started out as a punch bowl, has now become one of the biggest icons in pro sports today. What is unique about the Stanley cup is that every player on the winning team gets to take the cup home to celebrate with. Stories about where it has been over the years are quite interesting to read.  Since the NHL teams have been awarded the Stanley cup since 1926 it has always been assumed that the NHL owns the cup.  What most people don’t know is that it is actually controlled by trustees and not owned by the NHL. The trustees can decide to give the cup to another league if the NHL season is cancelled.

As I mentioned in my last blog its very possible that the NHL will not have a season this year and there will be no NHL team to award the cup to.  I think they should give out the Stanley Cup to another hockey league.  It would be cool to see a different league like Canadian Hockey League (CHL) or Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) get the cup instead of just putting it on a shelf for a year. Lord Stanley enjoyed watching hockey and he would want “The Cup” to be presented each year to a deserving hockey team who share his passion for the sport and are not busy arguing over money. It would be good message to the NHL, seeing the plaque for 2013 with players names from a different league, inscribed on it. That message would be that the best “players” are the ones who “play.”

~Will DePalma

NHL Lockout Affecting more than the Players


The NHL has been in a lockout for 86 days and it doesn’t look like they’re coming to any agreement soon. At this point 526 regular season games plus the Winter Classic and all-star game all have been canceled. The league is reporting $236 million lost from ticket sales so far.  In addition, according to The Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau, local businesses and restaurants are losing between $850,000 to $1 million for every missed game.The problem is that the two sides NHLPA (National Hockey League Players Association) and the NHL (National Hockey league) can not settle on some issues. One issue is length of contracts.   The players want to have the contract be 8 years while the owners feel it should be 5 years. They are also arguing about how to get teams under the salary cap as well as the how to split the revenue.

The NHLPA and the NHL should have figured this deal out over the summer instead of waiting so long to negotiate. The lockout is not good because a lot of people that work at the rinks
and in the vicinity of the rinks are losing a lot of money. The economy is the worst its been in 30 years and for a professional hockey league to add to the declining economy is not helpful. There is two things I would like to see happen.   First I think that if the season gets canceled that the NHL should award the the stanley cup to a minor league hockey team. The second thing that I would like to see happen would be if the NHL came out of the lockout all fans should boycott the first week that they come back.  Although we all want to see the games return, there should be something the fans can do to let them know we disagreed with the way they handled this.

~Will DePalma