New Look NHL Jerseys: Pacific Division

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Pacific Division Jerseys

NHL fans rejoice as the Adidas-manufactured jerseys have finally been revealed – showcasing the new jerseys 31 teams will rock during the upcoming season.

As the contract with the former jersey manufacturer (Reebok) reached expiration, the league sought out a new partnership, reaching a seven-year deal with Adidas. The sportswear giant is determined to set a new high-water mark. New features to the jersey’s fabric include upgraded technology in weight, breathability, and performance – paving the path for players to operate at optimal levels.

Continue reading to view the visuals of the Adidas-crafted jerseys, and get your first look at the inaugural uniform for the new kids on the block, the Vegas Golden Knights.

Anaheim Ducks

The 360 view of our new @adidashockey jersey! #formthefuture

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As the league transitions to Adidas, the Anaheim Ducks have chosen to keep their team’s previous design. The jersey maintains the same colorway and patterns, but now has white, tied-down laces rather than loose black ones.

Arizona Coyotes

It’s perfect. #FormTheFuture

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Just like their SoCal neighbors, the Arizona Coyotes decided to carry over their previous colors and design to their new Adidas threads. The team’s logo now sits higher on the shoulders, and black patches have been added to the collar.

Calgary Flames

🔥 #FormTheFuture 🔥 @adidashockey

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The Calgary Flames jersey for next season will feature tied-down laces below the collar (which now has more red and less black). The Flames ditched the piping that had trailed the side of the jersey, while the Alberta and Canadian flags retain their respective spots atop the shoulders.

Edmonton Oilers

New #Oilers look from @adidashockey! You like? #FormTheFuture

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The Edmonton Oilers usher in a new era of “Orange Crush” with their new Adidas threads. The Oilers maintain the same colorway as the previous version but utilize a darker shade of blue on the jersey. Blue player numbers now appear on the sleeves paired with a white outline.

Orange stripes now lie between the white and blue strips of the sleeve, as well as the waistline. The most notable changes come from the collar, which is now blue with a sliver of white at the very top. Let’s see if the new orange threads can spark another playoff run for the energized Oilers.

Los Angeles Kings

*checks closet* *sees 13 LA Kings jerseys* “Yup, gunna need the new one” @adidashockey

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The 14th primary jersey for the Los Angeles Kings features minor changes compared to the team’s previous threads. The shield logo has been shrunk slightly but remains in the center of the jersey. The piping across the upper half of the sweater is lower, creating a more “squared” feel for the timeless design.

San Jose Sharks

All Day I Dream About Sharks #FormTheFuture

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The San Jose Sharks opted in preserving the identity of their team’s jersey by carrying over a similar design for the Adidas-crafted sweaters, except for the modernized secondary logo that appears as patches on the shoulders.

Vancouver Canucks

The jersey arrives. #FormTheFuture

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Skating down the same path as many other teams in the Pacific Division, the Vancouver Canucks stuck to their traditional mainstays. Minor modifications made to the collar ditch the majority of white and welcome more blue. Player numbers remain on the sleeves, and the “Canuck Whale” logo lives to see another season.

Vegas Golden Knights

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Drum roll, please …

And here are the Vegas Golden Knights’ brand new threads you’ve all been waiting for. The not-so-golden Knights’ inaugural jersey will sport a “storm gray” and black colorway, along with a white and gold trim. Bill Foley, the team’s majority owner, utilized West Point’s color scheme, a nod to his alma mater.

The team’s secondary logo is situated on the shoulders, while the collar follows a simple steel gray and black design. The most interesting feature? The sleeves. Three panels of black, gold, and red stack on top of each other and host player numbers both filled and outlined in white. The two-tone waistline presents a thin gold strip right above a mass of black to finish the jersey.

We can’t forget to point out that the gloves are white and gold.

Out With the Old, In With the New

Whether you’re a diehard hockey fan or just enjoy watching hockey at your leisure, be sure to gear up in the latest Adidas jerseys. Unsure of where to find the brand-new threads? Have no fear. Fanatics.com has got you covered from head to toe with the newest NHL apparel to hit the ice.

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New Look NHL Jerseys: Central Division

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Central Division Jerseys

The wait is finally over. The NHL has released visuals of the 31 new Adidas-crafted jerseys – ending the era of Reebok-manufactured uniforms.

A lot of hype has circulated the advanced technology incorporated into the new jerseys such as the stronger fabrics. The new threads are up to 27 percent tougher and 72 percent stronger than the previous versions.

Read on to see the aesthetic changes implemented to all seven franchises competing in the NHL’s Central Division.

Chicago Blackhawks

It’s always sweater weather in Chicago… New technology via @adidashockey, same traditional identity. #FormTheFuture

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Over in the Windy City, the Chicago Blackhawks paired with Adidas to ensure their timeless threads remain untouched. And from the looks of it – they accomplished their goal. Save for minor modifications to the collar (which is now wider), the Hawks will take the ice in the same fashion as before.

Colorado Avalanche

The Colorado Avalanche are one of the few franchises in the league to embrace the change of their jersey’s design. The redesigned uniform stands as a tribute to the team’s original look, satisfying the pleas echoed by old-school fans throughout the past few seasons.

It appears that the Avs opted for a light blue on the shoulders and sleeves, and abandoned the majority of white on the collar. White stripes now line the blue patches that run from wrist to neckline. The most notable change, by far, is the added blue and white stripes that extend to the waistline.

Dallas Stars

There’s no other jersey in the league like it. Our new @adidashockey jersey! #VictoryGreen

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Although rumors claimed the Dallas Stars were in for a complete jersey change, the Texas-based squad chose to preserve the team’s #VictoryGreen identity and traditional jersey stripes.

Minnesota Wild

#mnwild is ready to hit the road this season in these sweet @adidashockey sweaters. #FormTheFuture

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The Minnesota Wild ushered in a new era of uniforms by axing their old Christmas-themed sweaters and presenting a new green design. The laces below the collar are now tucked in, and the piping along the shoulders has been removed. The team’s “Wild Creature” logo sits solo on the player’s chest while a thick, white stripe crosses the center of the jersey.

Other notable changes include thin red stripes on the sleeves and a white stripe placed at the end of the waistline.

Nashville Predators

It’s here. #Preds x @adidashockey

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The Nashville Predators’ new Adidas-crafted jersey embraces a more minimalist look. The Tennessee-based crew ditched the white piping on the front of the sweater, along with the blue patches just below the collar. A keyboard is found on the inside of the collar, and guitar strings now run through player numbers – a nod to Nashville’s iconic music scene.

St. Louis Blues

It’s here. #FormTheFuture @adidashockey

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Not many aesthetic changes were implemented into the St. Louis Blues’ new look. The team opted to maintain its previous jersey design during the transition to Adidas threads. Aside from technological changes, the team’s new sweaters now feature white jersey numbers instead of yellow ones.

Winnipeg Jets

Take a closer look 👀 #FormTheFuture

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Following in the footsteps of other NHL franchises, the Winnipeg Jets conserve the same ole’ jersey design. At a second glance, you’ll notice the laces below the collar are now tied down rather than hanging loose.

#FormtheFuture

Like the changes made to your team’s jersey? Suit up this season with the newest Adidas-crafted uniforms by heading over to Fanatics.com, the one-stop shop for licensed sports apparel and fan gear.

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Best Places to Watch The Stanley Cup Finals

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Watching The Stanley Cup Finals

Of the Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins, who will lift Lord Stanley’s trophy at the end of the Stanley Cup Finals? Fans of these two teams may choose to watch the action from somewhere other than their couch. But where should you go to take in the game with fellow fans?

Here are some of the best recommendations for each of the two cities, helping to ensure you’ll find a perfect spot to watch the last bit of hockey before “offseason” is muttered. From local bars to barbeque joints and quaint gastropubs, keep reading to see where you should go – especially if you can’t get a ticket to the game!

Nashville, Home of the Nashville Predators

Having made the playoffs nine of their 18 seasons as an NHL franchise, the Nashville Predators will take their first trip to the Stanley Cup Finals this year. They managed to take a fourth-place regular season finish and make it past the Chicago Blackhawks, the St. Louis Blues, and the Anaheim Ducks on their quest for the cup. Here are a couple of great places to watch this underdog team play in Nashville.

Benchmark Bar & Grill

Great drink deals, delicious food, and an official watch location? The Benchmark Bar and Grill in downtown Nashville checks off all the boxes when it comes to being a preferred venue. They are also known for their live music as well.

Our nachos! 😍

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Fleet Street Pub

There’s actually a British pub that’s a great place to watch hockey? That’s right – even though the Fleet Street Pub is typically the go-to spot for soccer, they’re another official watch location to #StandWithUs and cheer on the Predators! Here you’ll be able to enjoy your hockey with typical English pub food choices like bangers and mash, fish and chips, and savory pies.

We got the band back together

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Rippy’s Bar & Grill

Nashville is known for country music and barbecue, so look no further than Rippy’s if you want a real Southern experience. Located right near the Bridgestone Arena, this place will be hopping on game day! Expect a loud crowd and a ton of delicious smoked meats if you choose Rippy’s to be your home during the Stanley Cup Finals.

Pittsburgh, Home of the Pittsburgh Penguins

Been there, done that, got the T-shirt … but it doesn’t get old, does it, Pens fans? Their second trip to the Stanley Cup Finals in two years – don’t forget, the Penguins won it all last year – has citizens of the Steel City thinking about the “D” word: Dynasty. Such an amazing team deserves a great location to cheer.

The Souper Bowl

Located right near PPG Paints Arena, The Souper Bowl is rated an average of 4.2 out of 5 stars in over 250 reviews. Here you’ll find an army of black-and-gold clad Penguins fans ready to cheer the team on to another victory. There’s pub food like burgers and an ample beverage selection that should make any die-hard fan happy!

Dahn Souper Bowl #pregame #letsgopens

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Bigham Tavern

We will be featuring a new gameday menu for tonight's game! LET'S GO PENS! #lgp #hbk #bighamtavern #GoBighamOrGoHome

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With a special game day menu for when the Penguins take the ice, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Bigham Tavern! Previous specials have included a mac and cheese with a Philly cheesesteak filling. So not only will you get a chance to take in the game, but also you’ll go home with a full stomach – and maybe some leftovers.

Excuses Bar & Grill

You’ll find friendly faces and quite the crowd, according to Penguins fans who’ve been to the Excuses Bar & Grill when a game is taking place. Die-hard Penguins fans frequent this place. You couldn’t find a better company to take in a game if you tried. Some citizens of Pittsburgh even think they have the best chicken wings in the city!

Hands down best wings in the Burgh' #excusespgh #wings #pittsburgh #foodporn #gimmedat

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Cool Champions

Don’t be left out in the cold when you go to watch the Stanley Cup Finals with your fellow Penguin or Predators fans, wherever you choose to watch the series. Make sure you’re representing your team with the best officially licensed NHL merchandise and apparel, available right now from Fanatics.

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This Day in Sports History: Bob Nystrom’s OT Winner

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Bob Nystrom’s Stanley Cup Winning Goal

On May 24, 1980, Bob Nystrom and his New York Islanders clinched the Stanley Cup in dramatic overtime fashion on their home ice. How did this decisive win happen? Let’s take a look.

🔷The Legend Himself🔶#bobbynystrom

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The 1980 Stanley Cup Final brought together the Islanders (relative newcomers at the time, having come into the league in 1972), and the Philadelphia Flyers (a little more established, cropping up in 1967). This was the first finals appearance for the Islanders and the fourth for the Flyers.

What wound up being the last game of the playoffs saw the Islanders ahead in Game 6 of the best-of-seven series 3 to 2 at their home arena, the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, in front of a raucous crowd. Hoping to avoid heading back to Philly for Game 7, they were keen to clinch a win at home.

Bob Nystrom, a native of Sweden, was selected by the Islanders in their first draft in 1972. The third-rounder, who was raised in Canada, initially had poor skating skills despite his other impressive hockey skills that caught the attention of the Islanders. He actually needed power skating lessons his rookie year, only appearing in 11 games, before finding a regular roster spot on the team the following season. He quickly became a fan favorite and helped the fledgling franchise rise to title contention, with five consecutive playoff appearances before the 1980 finals.

Game 6 took place on Saturday, May 24. It was Memorial Day weekend, and the hot and humid weather outdoors left the interior of the Nassau Coliseum steamy and the ice slushy. The first period ended in a 2-2 tie and wasn’t without drama, as Nystrom wound up in the penalty box for 10 minutes for misconduct.

The Islanders scored two goals in the second period and headed to the third period with a lead in hand and the Stanley Cup within reach. Unfortunately for them, the Flyers fired back and notched two goals before the third period ended, leading to overtime play.

Nystrom, who was relatively refreshed due to his 10-minute penalty box break back in the first period, wound up being the hero of the game. The Stanley Cup was clinched at the 7:11 mark in overtime, as teammate John Tonelli passed the puck to Nystrom, who deflected it into the net.

The New York Islanders’ first Stanley Cup win wasn’t their last. In fact, they rattled off three more consecutive Stanley Cup victories over the next three seasons, cementing the squad into one of NHL’s finest dynasties.

If you’re an Islanders fan hoping to see the franchise return to the glory days of the early ’80s, and you support your team through thick and thin, head over to Fanatics.com to grab your gear before the next NHL season rolls around.

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Sports Traditions: Hockey Playoff Beards

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Timeless Traditions: Playoff Beards

Thick. Untamed. Overgrown. Unkempt. These are just a few things you may think of when someone utters the phrase, “Playoff beards.” As teams advance further into the playoffs across a variety of sports – hockey, baseball, football – each team’s equipment manager may lose his entire supply of razor blades. How did this tradition start? Today we outline where playoff beards come from and we show off some of the most recent Playoff Beard MVPs.

Hairy Proposition

Whether you love or hate the bushy beards creeping onto the faces of athletes during playoff stretches, you have the 1980 New York Islanders of the NHL to thank for them. Ken Morrow, Clark Gillies, and other Islanders gave off a more rugged appearance with each game they played (and won). That season culminated with the Islanders winning Lord Stanley’s Cup and cementing their bushy, untamed face manes as part of sports legends.

Famous Fuzz

Look no further than the New England Patriots’ come-from-behind victory over the Atlanta Falcons to spot the beard of Julian Edelman. Now there’s a playoff beard!

Just glad Negan didn’t bring Lucille…thanks for having me @livekelly #beardsforall ☝🏻

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While their coach, Bill Belichick, advocates for “no days off,” it seems the playoff beard has been retired for the off-season, according to Edelman’s Instagram account.

officially the offseason boyssss ✂️✂️✂️thanks @piniandco

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Boston and its athletes across most sports really believe in the playoff beard culture. In fact, the slogan for the Red Sox 2013 World Series run, and victory, was branded “#GetBeard.” When it comes to the most recent NHL playoffs, however, Brent Burns from the San Jose Sharks had one of the best beards on, and off, the ice.

Immer schön Lächeln das macht glücklich 😁🤙 #brentburns #noteeth #smile #happyday #sanjosesharks #88 #burnzie

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If these guys don’t have a sponsorship with a major razor blade or shaving cream company for the postseason, they’re missing out!

No Close Shave

For those sporting a playoff beard, and dealing with itchiness or food getting caught in it, we salute you. You may not be able to grow a beard, but you can look a lot more like your favorite players when you’re sporting the best officially licensed merchandise and apparel. And that’s all available from Fanatics.com.

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The New York Rangers History | 4 Stanley Cups

In their 90th NHL season, the New York Rangers are hoping to build off earlier successes and head back to the playoffs in their quest for a fifth Stanley Cup. The Rangers date back to the 1926-27 season. The following season, they won the first Stanley Cup awarded to an American NHL franchise.

While the team – one of the NHL’s Original Six – has reached the Stanley Cup Finals 11 times and brought home the trophy four times, the Rangers have had plenty of playoff appearances over the last nine decades. Let’s take a closer look at some of the best years in team history.

Top of the Crop

This chart shows us how the Rangers’ seasons have lined up over the years. The seasons with a bunch of losses are clustered in the top left, while the better seasons (winning-wise) hang out near the bottom right. In fact, their best season happened just a couple of years ago. The 2014-15 New York Rangers ended with a franchise-best of 53-22-7 but exited the playoffs after losing the NHL conference finals.

The 1993-94 season was their second best winning season when they won 52 games and lost 24. That year’s playoffs turned out great for them as well, as they won the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since they won a trio between 1928 and 1940.

Another two spectacular seasons took place in the ’70s. The 1970-71 season saw the team attain a record of 49-18, where they lost in the NHL semifinals that year. The following season, however, they went 48-17 and got back to the Stanley Cup Final, losing 4-2 to the Boston Bruins.

At Season’s End

Out of all their seasons, the “Broadway Blueshirts” failed to make the playoffs 31 times. However, that leaves plenty to talk about regarding their postseason play. They’ve exited out of the playoffs after losing the NHL semifinals 16 times. They’ve bowed out seven times after the quarterfinals, and lost the Stanley Cup Final the same number of times.

They’ve lost the conference semifinals and division semifinals five times each, and have lost the conference finals and division finals four times each in their long history. They failed to advance past the conference quarterfinals three times and were bounced after the first round only once – last season.

When a team is a regular contender, that doesn’t always mean they go all the way and bring the Stanley Cup home. For the Rangers, though, they’ve done it four times, and have advanced to the finals a grand total of 11 times – most recently in the 2013-14 season.

The Top Rangers Coaches

Hall-of-Famer Lester Patrick was a very successful first coach of the New York Rangers. Patrick had a points percentage of 81. As their coach during the team’s first 13 seasons, he led them to two of their four Stanley Cups wins.

Next on the list is Emile Francis. He coached the Rangers from the mid-1960s through 1975 and had a points percentage of 60. He led the team to the finals in 1972 but didn’t secure the series for a win that year.

Frank Boucher, also in the Hall of Fame, coached the team to their third Stanley Cup Finals win. Boucher hailed from Canada. His points percentage during his time with the Rangers was 46. He was also on the team as a player when they won their first two Stanley Cups.

Wrapping Up

The Rangers got off to a bang out of the gate, as they won their first Stanley Cup Final at the close of their second season. They remained in contention for decades (with a few dry spells in between), and most recently went to the Stanley Cup Final just a few years ago. They’ve been under the tutelage of legendary Hall-of-Fame coaches and hope to get back to the postseason yet again as this season winds to a close.

No matter if you’ve been a Rangers fan for decades or you’re a newer fan who’s excited about their recent success, be sure to check out the wide array of Rangers gear at Fanatics.com. You won’t be disappointed.

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The Best Years: Montreal Canadiens

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Les Habitants

No team to take the ice has won more Stanley Cup trophies than the Montreal Canadiens. Founded in 1909 – eight years before the formation of the NHL – the Canadiens are the most storied franchise in all of hockey. But what do you actually know about the Canadiens beyond their name, where they play, and the color of their jersey?

Let’s flip through the history book of the Canadiens success and failures to understand this longstanding franchise better. Continue reading to learn more about their best seasons, what years they won the Stanley Cup, and which coaches helped to get the Habs there.

Never Forget 1976-77

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Having won 10 more Stanley Cups than the next closest team, the Toronto Maple Leafs with 13, the Montreal Canadiens have had many successful seasons. But few are as impressive as their 1976-77 season, when the team set multiple records still unsurpassed to this day. The 1976-77 Canadiens only lost in front of their home fans at the Montreal Forum once in 40 games. Only the Detroit Red Wings in the 2006-07 season came close to achieving this feat, with a total of four home losses.

They also collected 132 points (two points awarded for wins, one point awarded for overtime losses), as the final standings left them with a record of 60-8-12. Again, teams have tried to topple the records set by the 1976-77 Canadiens, but it has proven to be extremely difficult. The Detroit Red Wings came the closest in 1995-96, earning 131 points over their 80-game season. Close, as they say, but no cigar.

Going Steady With the Playoffs

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The Montreal Canadiens have made over 30 Stanley Cup Finals appearances (pre-NHL and modern era). Even better than that, they’ve won 24 times. They had the displeasure of playing the role of finalist on the following occasions: 1917-18 to the Seattle Metropolitans; 1925-26 to the Victoria Cougars; 1947-48 to the Toronto Maple Leafs; 1951-52 to the Toronto Maple Leafs; 1952-53,1954-55, and 1955-56 to the Detroit Red Wings; 1967-68 to the Toronto Maple Leafs; and 1989-90 to the Calgary Flames.

In fact, the Canadiens have lost more semifinals and quarterfinals (24 combined) than years absent from the playoffs altogether (17). Montreal and its citizens are just used to watching their team win. However, with the Canadiens’ last trip to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1993-94, fans are hoping they’ll see their beloved team skating deeper into the postseason once more.

Coaching for the Win

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Over 20 men have coached the Canadiens in their over 100-year history. Current head coach Claude Julien has returned to Montreal for his second stint in charge of the bench. Julien first coached the Habs from 2003 to 2006, eventually leaving to head to the Boston Bruins, where he helped lead them to the Stanley Cup Finals. He also managed them in several deep postseason appearances.

The most winningest coach in Canadiens history was Dick Irvin, who was the man in charge for 15 seasons. His teams earned over 1,000 points in just under 900 games. Irvin’s teams won 431 games, and he had a .566 winning percentage. With three years at the helm, Irvin also coached a side that won the Stanley Cup Finals: 1943-44, 1945-46, and 1952-53.

Canada’s Pride and Joy

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Why Is There An Octopus On The Ice At The Detroit Red Wings Game

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While integral to the game, some sports traditions have very strange origin stories. One of these curious cases can be found at Detroit Red Wings home games. If you’re lucky enough to attend one, don’t be alarmed if you see an octopus or two land on the ice in the middle of play!

Sports Traditions: Red Wings Legend of The Octopus

Eight Arms, One Answer

Two brothers’ antics are behind the modern-day affection Red Wings fans have for cephalopod mollusks. It was April 15, 1952, and Jerry and Pete Cusimano turned an octopus into a rally cry.

Each of the eight arms represented one of the wins their team would need to sweep the playoffs (the two best of seven series) and hoist Lord Stanley’s trophy triumphantly into the air. The Red Wings went on to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens to win the NHL Championship that year, and the tradition was born.

There are some points of order when it comes to carrying out this tradition. Fans boil the octopus and give it a little lemon and white wine bath to mask its natural fragrance. During the 1995 playoffs, there were over 50 octopus launched onto the ice, according to Al Sobotka, build manager and Zamboni operator. He’s famous for, at times, twirling the eight-armed creatures above his head when cleaning them off the ice. This is also why their team mascot, an octopus, has earned the name Al.

This doesn’t take place just in Detroit either, Red Wings fans have been willing to share their tradition with the rest of the league in their houses.

Tentacle Traditions

While tossing octopus onto the ice may not be your thing, supporting your team most certainly is. Whether they’re the Detroit Red Wings, or another NHL team, pick up the best merchandise and apparel at Fanatics to cheer them off with pride!

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NHL Hockey in Las Vegas – Golden Knights

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Welcome, Golden Knights

The Vegas Golden Knights recently came to fruition as a result of the NHL awarding the city an expansion team. The Vegas squad will officially take the ice for the first time during the 2017-18 season – prepared with an all-in mentality!

In a unanimous decision, the league’s owners granted the City of Lights its first major professional sports team in 2016. American businessman and attorney Bill Foley will guide the path for the Vegas-based squad alongside the seasoned George McPhee, who will serve as the team’s general manager. This dynamic duo brings decades of business, hockey, and leadership to the newfound franchise.

Continue reading to see how the Golden Knights found a place to call home in Vegas and what the hype is really all about.

Getting Started

The Golden Knights have now completed the expansion process and are officially the NHL's 31st franchise. #BoldInGold

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As the story goes, Bill Foley realized the untapped potential Las Vegas had for hosting hockey and immediately sprang into action. His goal to bring an NHL franchise was streamlined after he began the “Vegas Wants Hockey” campaign, which advertised the idea and created a conversation across social media platforms.

Besides forming an identity, selecting a name symbolizes the beginning of a major league sports team. Foley’s vision for a name and team logo included a wordmark that was “powerful and would epitomize the warrior class.” The West Point graduate initially opted for the title “Vegas Black Knights,” but received opposition from military leaders. Knights embody the warrior class and live on a code to serve and protect – which is the exact culture Foley wishes to base the organization around.

The T-Mobile Arena, just west of the famous Las Vegas Strip, will serve as the kingdom in which the Golden Knights will try to dominate all who oppose them. The arena has a capacity of 17,500 seats for hockey games and was “built with hockey in mind,” according to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. The Las Vegas franchise has also reached its maximum season ticket sales, which capped off at 16,000 purchases. Needless to say, the fans are excited.

What Happens in Vegas …

The official team colors for the Vegas Golden Knights are steel grey, gold, red, and black – representing the community’s durability and strength. For their inaugural logo, the team utilizes a steel grey and gold color scheme, featuring a knight’s helmet overlay on a black and gold shield. A “V” is cut out on the front of the knight’s helmet as an homage to their home city (Vegas, of course).

Although the Golden Knights have yet to release initial jersey designs, one thing is certain – fans can expect to be #BoldInGold.

McPhee and Foley have their work cut out during the expansion draft regarding the construction of a super-charged roster. The Golden Knights have the ability to draft one player from each of the 30 incumbent clubs in the league. In addition to having no lower than the sixth overall draft pick, the team is guaranteed the third pick in the following round as well.  

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Vegas Golden Knights Fanatics Branded Primary Logo T-Shirt – Dark Grey Heather

Vegas, Baby, Vegas!

“What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” may be a quote of the past because the Golden Knights are ready to take the league by storm. Prepare for the upcoming season in Sin City by updating your wardrobe ahead of time. Check out Fanatics.com to get ahold of the brand new Golden Knights fan gear!

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NHL Trade Deadline Analysis

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Trades and trade rumors were exciting in the final hours and minutes before the NHL trade deadline came and went. Once the clock hit 12 a.m. on March 2, 2017, team rosters were frozen – no more moves could be made. Some franchises were able to upgrade, while others … not so much.

Is your team fielding a better lineup now than they did in December or January? How were these trades graded, and did your team’s general manager come out looking like the star pupil or class clown? We took a look at some of the biggest trades that occurred right up until the NHL trade deadline window closed to see which teams came out looking the best.

Power Plays

Here are the biggest deals, broken down by days, that occurred before the NHL trade deadline expired.

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Sunday, February 26

The Los Angeles Kings trade G Peter Budaj, D Erik Cernak, a seventh-round pick, and a conditional pick in the 2017 Draft to the Tampa Bay Lightning for G Ben Bishop and fifth-round pick in the 2017 Draft.

Welcome to LA Ben.

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Ben Bishop may not have been a Lighting player at the end of the season, so the team’s general manager Steve Yzerman found a way to get some value for the established goalkeeper. However, the quality of this trade depends on how the conditional pick pans out, as it may be tied to how deep into the playoffs the Kings go. The Kings gave up a lot for Bishop, especially since one of their goalies, Jonathan Quick, returned from injury in fine form. It’s an expensive insurance policy.

The Arizona Coyotes trade F Martin Hanzal, F Ryan White, and a fourth-round pick in the 2017 Draft to the Minnesota Wild for F Grayson Downing, a first-round pick in the 2017 Draft, a second-round pick in 2018, and a conditional pick in 2019.

Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher wants to win the Western Conference, and this move brings his organization closer to doing that. While he had to use draft picks as collateral, he also helped the Wild keep prospects such as Kirill Kaprizov, Jordan Greenway, and Joel Eriksson Ek. The Coyotes and general manager John Chayka, however, managed to get a high return for a player who could be on a different team next season. Both the Coyotes and Wild earned high marks for their trade deadline execution, each received an A- from SBNation.

Monday, February 27

The St. Louis Blues trade D Kevin Shattenkirk and G Pheonix Copley to the Washington Capitals for F Brad Malone, F Zach Sanford, a 2017 Draft first-round pick, and conditional draft picks.

👋 @shattdeuces! Kevin meets the media. #RockTheRed

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How do you set up your team as Stanley Cup favorites? If you’re Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan, you go out and upgrade in an area where you’re already dominant. Adding Shattenkirk to his team’s defense, even if it is just until the end of the season, helps to strengthen their power plays. On the other side of the puck, the Blues were in a no-win scenario. Last year, they let David Backes and Troy Brouwer leave as free agents without capitalizing. The Blues didn’t make the same mistake this time, but they’ll need the Capitals to advance deep into the playoffs for those conditional picks to come good.

The Tampa Bay Lightning trade F Brian Boyle to the Toronto Maple Leafs for F Byron Froese and a conditional second-round pick in the 2017 Draft.

Did the Toronto Maple Leafs want an extended trial of Brian Boyle before he hits free agency at the end of the season? Perhaps! Their cupboard was stocked with second-round picks, so they didn’t give up too much to see if Boyle fits in well with the Leafs. Meanwhile, the Lighting may end up with 10 picks in the 2017 NHL Draft, giving them extended flexibility as they look to negotiate trades or acquire new talent after the season ends.

Tuesday, February 28

The Detroit Red Wings trade D Brendan Smith to the New York Rangers for a 2017 Draft third-round pick and a 2018 Draft second-round pick.

#NYR Brendan Smith set for his first game @thegarden as a #NYR!

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Most analysts were not a fan of the Rangers’ decision to sell off tomorrow for Brendan Smith, who is a strong defender but not on the level of a player like Shattenkirk, who went to the Washington Capitals. The New York Rangers earned C+ grades from CBS Sports and SBNation for this trade, both being very critical of how much they gave away to acquire the “more-than-viable fill-in” Smith. Meanwhile, Detroit earned A grades for a team that typically is buying, not selling, before the deadline.

Wednesday, March 1

The Tampa Bay Lightning trade F Valtteri Filppula, a fourth-round pick, and a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2017 Draft to the Philadelphia Flyers for D Mark Streit; the Tampa Bay Lightning trade D Mark Streit to Pittsburgh Penguins for a 2018 Draft fourth-round pick.

A busy #NHLTrade Deadline for Mark Streit, who ends the day as a member of the @penguins.

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This three-team trade may end up getting counted as a win for each of the three teams involved, even if the Tampa Bay Lightning just worked their magic as a middleman. While the Lightning did manage to add to their draft pick total and free up some cap space, the other two teams found ways to add players in positions of need. The Pittsburgh Penguins will be looking for Streit to provide quality help on defense while the Flyers, in Filppula, get a playmaking center who still has a year remaining on his existing contract. If he doesn’t pan out, the Flyers would be able to ship him off next season without too much lost.

The Detroit Red Wings trade F Thomas Vanek to the Florida Panthers for D Dylan McIlrath and a conditional third-round pick in the 2017 Draft.

Welcome to the squad, Thomas Vanek! 👊

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As a team looking to push for a wild-card spot, the Florida Panthers needed to do something. What they did was add Thomas Vanek to their side, in the hopes he can add the same attacking threat he provided the Detroit Red Wings. Vanek has scored 15 goals for Detroit this season, which is more impressive when you consider he missed nearly a month of games due to injury. The Red Wings continue to stockpile assets they can either use in the draft or include in trades after the end of the current season.

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