Fanatics Breakaway NHL Gear


Wouldn’t it be great if fans could help design and influence their most treasured pieces of sports apparel?  i? When Fanatics took over this year as the official manufacturer and distributor of the NHL’s new fan jerseys, they did just that.

The Fanatics Breakaway is the first NHL jersey designed exclusively for fans. As part of an expanded multiyear partnership with the League, Fanatics was granted the jersey rights due to its world-class supply chain and innovative merchandise model which will produce and distribute jerseys and apparel for fans and retailers worldwide. Fanatics is creating a real-time shopping experience for fans with the ability to adapt quickly to market trends, hot teams/players, in-season moves and off-season changes. Simply put, Fanatics and the NHL are providing the widest assortment of coveted fan jerseys ever available across all retail channels.

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The Breakaway


Are you wearing pads under your jersey when headed out to watch a hockey game with friends? The answer is likely no. The Fanatics Breakaway was redesigned from the ground up with the perfect combinations of fit and fabric, making it comfortable and easy-to-wear whether you’re at the rink or relaxing on the couch. Take a look at some of your favorite teams – from the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Las Vegas Golden Knights – to see how their Breakaway jerseys will look!

As a company committed to world-class design and breakthrough innovations, the Fanatics Breakaway is a technologically-advanced product born out of tireless consumer research and game-changing fan insights, the results of which led the Fanatics design team to produce a better fitting, fan-friendly option that won’t  break the bank.

The Breakaway solves many of the most common complaints about traditional NHL replica jerseys. Fans told us they were “too big” and the material was “itchy and scratchy.” There also was not a version designed specifically for female fans. We’re happy to report that we’ve addressed these concerns….and more.


Your FanFit jersey won’t look radically different than the one worn on the ice – it’s just made to be worn the way a fan would – without bulky pads. It also uses FanFlex technology for a lightweight feel, using the latest in breathable fabrics so you can stay cool even when the game starts to heat up.


Breakaway jerseys are even easier to pack for those crucial road games with FanFlex, one of the most noticeable features which allows the traditionally bulky numbers and crest to now bend and flex with the jersey when folded. Additionally, FanTex makes your coveted jersey better for daily wear and easier to lounge around on game day. The finally, FanID customization option allows for all the unique, personal lettering and touches you could ever want – from your name to a mantra and even a nickname.>/span>

For the Fans

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Who are the Oldest Players in the NHL


The National Hockey League is full of talented hockey players, and as it is a collision sport where contact is not only expected but often essential to gameplay, it tends to shorten the life of a professional’s career – at least when compared to people who have a 9-to-5 job.

So it’s no surprise there aren’t a ton of NHL players in their late 30s or early 40s. We took a look at each NHL roster to discover the oldest players lacing their skates in the NHL.

Ageless Action


Some say legends never die, and that just may be the case for 45-year-old veteran and oldest active NHL player, Jaromir Jagr. “The Ageless Wonder” currently suits up for the Calgary Flames but achieved the most success as a Pittsburgh Penguin – securing two NHL championship victories.

When the Minnesota Wild signed Matt Cullen this offseason after he decided against retirement, they weren’t signing an unfamiliar player to the team – Cullen, age 40, spent three seasons with the team several years ago and is also a native of the state. Over his 19-season career, he’s spent time on several teams, including the most recent Stanley Cup winners, the Pittsburgh Penguins (oh, and he was on the Pens the cup-winning year before that as well, and won the cup during the 2005-06 season with Carolina).

The third oldest NHL player is Zdeno Chara, age 40. Chara was drafted 56th overall in 1996 by the New York Islanders and has played for two other teams, including his current squad, the Boston Bruins. He’s a seven-time All-Star select and won the Stanley Cup with his current team in 2011.

Fourth on our list is Mark Streit, age 39, of the Montreal Canadiens. He was also a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins team (along with Matt Cullen) that won the most recent Stanley Cup. Streit was drafted in 2004 by the Canadiens but has spent time with a few other teams.

Fifth in line is Marian Hossa of the Chicago Blackhawks. Hossa is 38 and has been in the league since he was drafted in 1997 by the Ottawa Senators. Hossa is also a three-time Stanley Cup champion – 2010, 2013, and 2015. He’s also one of only 45 NHL players to join the exclusive 500-goal club.

No. 6 is Roberto Luongo, a goaltender who laces up for the Florida Panthers at age 38. This two-time All-Star was drafted fourth overall in 1997 by the New York Islanders and has played for a variety of teams. This go-around with the Panthers, in fact, is his second stint with the team.

Jason Chimera (38, New York Islanders), Joe Thornton (38, San Jose Sharks), Patrick Marleau (38, Toronto Maple Leafs), make up the seventh, eighth, and ninth slots, respectively.

At age 38, Chris Kunitz (left wing for the Tampa Bay Lightning) is the youngest “oldest” NHL player on our top ten list.

The Oldest NHL All-Stars


The NHL All-Star Game has a different format than the all-pro games of other professional sports. Since 2016, players from all four divisions make up four distinct All-Star teams: Pacific, Central, Atlantic, and Metropolitan. The game features a 3-on-3 tournament format and is divided into three 20-minute games, where the players compete in a single elimination tournament.

Who were the oldest players in last season’s All-Star Game then? For the Atlantic team, Frans Nielsen, then 33 year old (now age 34), took that honor. Nielsen was drafted in 2002 by the New York Islanders and spent many seasons there, recently relocating to Detroit to play with the Red Wings in 2016.

For the Central Division, Duncan Keith was the oldest at age 33 (now age 34). Keith has spent his entire professional career with the Chicago Blackhawks and was a part of their last three Stanley Cup titles. This was his third All-Star appearance and probably won’t be his last as he has continued to produce even as the years tack on.

Alexander Ovechkin, now age 32, was the youngest “oldest” All-Star (at 31 years old) last season as he suited up for the Metropolitan Division. He’s spent 12 seasons with one team – the Washington Capitals – and has been selected to the All-Star team a whopping 11 times. Ovechkin has received the Maurice Richard Trophy six times (awarded to the top scorer) and the Calder Memorial Trophy his rookie year (which is essentially the “rookie of the year” award in the NHL). It’s safe to say his return to the All-Star Game is pretty likely.

For the Pacific Division, Mike Smith was the oldest at age 34 (now age 35). Currently playing for the Calgary Flames, Smith also has the honor of being the 11th goaltender in NHL history to score a goal when he played for the Coyotes.

The Oldest Pros


Seasoned veterans can make a huge contribution to a team, both in the locker room and on the ice. Forty-year-old Matt Cullen, for example, returns to the Minnesota Wild as an experienced player, a Stanley Cup winner, and a local.

Zdeno Chara is another great example of a veteran presence on a team he’s been with for eleven seasons and counting. Showing no signs of slowing down as of late, he’ll continue to contribute.

How about Brooks Orpik? The 37-year-old Washington Capitals player won the 2009 Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins and will likely continue to play at a high level in the upcoming season.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Columbus Blue Jackets is a pretty young team – their oldest player is Brandon Dubinsky, age 31. He was drafted in 2004 by the New York Rangers, where he played for six seasons before departing for Columbus in 2012.

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Top 10 Oldest Players in the NHL

  1. Jaromir Jagr (45) Calgary Flames
  2. Matt Cullen (40) Minnesota Wild
  3. Zdeno Chara (40) Boston Bruins
  4. Mark Streit (39) Montreal Canadiens
  5. Marian Hossa (38) Chicago Blackhawks
  6. Roberto Luongo (38) Florida Panthers
  7. Jason Chimera (38) New York Islanders
  8. Joe Thornton (38) San Jose Sharks
  9. Patrick Marleau (38) Toronto Maple Leafs
  10. Chris Kunitz (38) Tampa Bay Lightning


Who are the Youngest Players in the NHL


The National Hockey League is made up of hundreds of players of varying ages. Some, however, are quite a bit younger than the so-called grizzled vets who have played more than a few seasons. Over 200 players are selected in the NHL draft each year, bringing tons of fresh faces to the league. How young, then, are the youngest of the professional hockey bunch? Read on to find out.

Baby-Faced Rooks


Ottawa Senators left winger Alex Formenton is the youngest player in the NHL at 18 years old. Formenton took the ice for the first time during the 2017-18 season after being selected forty-seventh overall in the draft. Filip Chytil is the second youngest NHL player, also 18 years old. The center was picked in the first round (twenty-first overall) during the 2017 draft by the Broadway Blueshirts (aka the New York Rangers).

No. 3 on the list is Owen Tippett, 18-year-old rookie for this Florida Panthers. Fourth on the list is the 2017 No. 1 draft pick, 19-year-old Nico Hischier, center for the New Jersey Devils. Edmonton Oilers right wing Kailer Yamamoto is the fifth youngest, followed by Nolan Patrick of the Philadelphia Flyers. Clayton Keller (19 years old) is no. 7 on the list and was selected in the 1st round (seventh overall) of the 2016 draft by the Arizona Coyotes.

No. 8 is Mikhail Sergachev, also 19, who plays for the Tampa Bay Lightning. He was actually drafted in 2016 by the Canadiens, so he’s not only a non-rookie, but he’ll also be taking the ice for a second season this year. The last of the top 10 players include Victor Mete (Montreal Canadiens), and Samuel Girard (Nashville Predators), all age 19.

Youthful All-Stars


The NHL All-Star game is divided into three 20-minute games and takes star players from each NHL division to make up the four All-Star teams: Pacific, Central, Atlantic, and Metropolitan. It’s a single-elimination, 3-on-3 tournament, which is relatively new to the league.

For the 2016-17 season, we found the youngest player on each All-Star team. In the Atlantic Division, Dylan Larkin was the youngest player. The Detroit Red Wings center is 21 years old, and expectations for him are quite high in Detroit. In addition to his All-Star selection, Larkin was rookie of the month in November of the 2015-16 season.

In the Central Division, Tyler Seguin was the youngest player on his respective All-Star team. Seguin is a relative oldster when compared to the other youngest players, coming in at age 25. He was drafted second overall in 2010 by the Boston Bruins and now plays for the Dallas Stars.

Brandon Saad, age 24, is the youngest All-Star player for the Metropolitan Division team. He currently plays for the Chicago Blackhawks, but previously played a couple of seasons for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

From the Pacific Division, 24-year-old Calgary Flames player Johnny Gaudreau was the youngest All-Star select last year. Gaudreau has made the All-Star team for three consecutive seasons and made the 2014-15 NHL All-Rookie team.

Youth Movement in the Rink


Several of the top 10 youngest hockey players in the NHL made their presence known last season, and hope to continue blading their way to glory. In addition to the top 10 youngest overall, we researched each team’s youngest player and found the youth movement in the NHL is strong – not one of the youngest players from each team is older than 23.

Included are players like Matthew Tkachuk (Calgary Flames, 19), Dylan Larkin (Detroit Red Wings, 21), Alex Tuch (Minnesota Wild last year, now with the new expansion team, Las Vegas Golden Nights, 21), Brock Boeser (Vancouver Canucks, 20), and Olli Maatta (Pittsburgh Penguins, 23).

Hit the Ice

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Top 10 Youngest Players in the NHL

  1. Alex Formenton (18) Ottawa Senators
  2. Filip Chytil (18) New York Rangers
  3. Nico Hischier (19) New Jersey Devils
  4. Kailer Yamamoto (19) Edmonton Oilers
  5. Nolan Patrick (19) Philadelphia Flyers
  6. Clayton Keller (19) Arizona Coyotes
  7. Mikhail Sergachev (19) Tampa Bay Lightning
  8. Victor Mete (19) Montreal Canadiens
  9. Samuel Girard (19) Nashville Predators
  10. Patrik Laine (19) Winnipeg Jets


New Look NHL Jerseys: Atlantic Division


Atlantic’s Authentic Jerseys

After months of anticipation and social media teases, the NHL – now partnered with Adidas and Fanatics – has revealed the latest uniforms for the 2017-18 season.

Fanatics inked a 16-year deal with Fanatics to spearhead the production of all replica adult jerseys. Produced by Fanatics Branded – the online retailer’s merchandise division – the “Breakaway” jersey was designed by incorporating the views of over 15,000 fans to create the ultimate gameday jersey.

As for the players, Adidas is changing the fashion-tech barrier by implementing the most recent line of high-performance jerseys. The ADIZERO Authentic NHL jersey aims to deliver breathability and heighten performance levels by incorporating Adidas Clima technology into the sweaters’ fabrics. The new threads maximize air circulation by using materials that are nearly 133 percent more permeable than the current material in play.

Continue reading to see how your favorite teams tweaked their jerseys with a little help from Adidas and their pals over at Fanatics.

Boston Bruins




The Boston Bruins’ redesigned jersey boasts the traditional black-and-gold colorway, as well as the iconic spoked “B” logo. Notable changes include the socks switching from yellow to black and a lack of black outlines throughout the new threads. The nameplate on the back of the sweaters opts for white outlining between the gold lettering, rather than the mainstay black lining.

Buffalo Sabres




While fans await the day that the Buffalo Sabres bring back their royal blue threads, the team’s new sweater sticks with the navy blue introduced in the early 2000s. This iteration of the Sabs jersey ditches the piping that was on the previous version, as well as the abnormal gray armpit patch. By the looks of it, the Sabres will be the only franchise to host player numbers on the front of their sweaters.

Detroit Red Wings




The Detroit Red Wings collaborated with Adidas to preserve their traditional red and white mainstays, and the Fanatics Breakaway line adhered. Motor City’s new jerseys come with no additional features. Nameplates remain nowhere to be found, and the individually stitched letters on the back of the jerseys are identical to the prior version.

Florida Panthers


Considering the Florida Panthers received a complete face-lift last season, the Cats’ new look remains the same at large. The most notable change on the new sweater is the larger logo shield that sits in the center of the jersey.

Montreal Canadiens





Minor tweaks were made to the Montreal Canadiens’ classic ‘fit. The Habs ditch the Reebok logo and incorporate the official NHL base at the collar base. The most interesting feature is the addition of the Habs torch motto on the inside of the collar. The motto is scripted in French but translates to: “From failing hands, we throw the torch.”

Ottawa Senators




Not much has changed in the North, at least with the Ottawa Senators’ newly revealed jerseys. The sweater places the Sens’ alternative flag logo a little higher on the shoulder blades and is surrounded by the dotted-pattern fill rendered onto the team’s sweater.

Tampa Bay Lightning




The Tampa Bay Lightning take pride in their newly designed sweaters. The home jersey is predominantly blue and is a sharp take on the league’s minimalistic jerseys. While the Bolts’ new ‘fit remains relatively unchanged, a notable tweak includes the elimination of the laces from the neckline.

Toronto Maple Leafs




After the launch of their rebranding initiative in 2016, the Toronto Maple Leafs chose to maintain their image in the team’s enhanced Adidas and Breakaway gear.

Bring the Hype

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New Look NHL Jerseys: Metropolitan Division

NHL Jerseys Metropolitan Division

Metropolitan Modifications

The NHL, partnered with Adidas and Fanatics, have finally revealed the new look for all 31 NHL teams, with changes in design ranging from minor modifications to complete overhauls. Fanatics Branded – the company’s merchandise division – has signed on to be the exclusive manufacturer of all replica adult NHL jerseys.

Read on to learn more about the modifications made to the eight teams competing in the Metropolitan Division.

Carolina Hurricanes




The Carolina Hurricanes ushered in a new wave of #Redvolution by debuting a striking red and black jersey design. The team’s iconic circle hurricane logo is situated in the center of the sweater with the classic NHL badge placed at the collar base.

In synchrony with the Canes’ 20th anniversary season, the original warning flag pattern returns on the waistline of the jersey and features another red hue. Black has also been more prominent in the jersey’s design, with the inclusion of black stripes surrounding the existing white stripes on the waistline and sleeves.

Columbus Blue Jackets





Minimal changes are made to the new rendition of the Columbus Blue Jackets jersey. Fans will notice modifications made to the collar – now featuring the NHL logo at the collar base – as well as a new accent along the neckline. The shoulders welcome a new look with a dotted pattern fill.

New York Rangers




The Broadway Blueshirts stick to their moniker with a patriotic red, white, and blue colorway. The “Rangers” wordmark slants diagonally down the chest of the jersey in a red font. This iteration of the New York Rangers’ outfit is predominantly blue, but features red and white stripes on the sleeves and waistline.

New York Islanders




Minimal changes were made to the New York Islanders’ home uniforms. If anything, the Isle’s road white jersey embraces change by incorporating a blue ring around the team’s primary logo.

New Jersey Devils




The New Jersey Devils’ brand-new sweater symbolizes the team’s history. The red collar is a nod to the Kansas City Scouts, while the three equal-width red, white, and black sleeve stripes pay tribute to the former Colorado Rockies (both the Scouts and the Rockies were previous teams in the franchise’s history). One notable addition to the jersey is the championship collar – you can find the Devils’ three Stanley Cup championship seasons embedded within the collar.

Pittsburgh Penguins




The reigning Stanley Cup champions receive minor modifications to their jerseys. The Pens ditch the V-neckline and add more yellow to the collar. All in all, the Pittsburgh Penguins jerseys have subtle changes that make bold statements.

Philadelphia Flyers




The Philadelphia Flyers’ new sweater almost identically resembles their classic look used last season, except for some changes to the white striping on the sleeves.

Washington Capitals




Not much has changed over in the nation’s capital. The Washington Capitals’ “Weagle” logo now sits higher on the shoulders. The most notable change comes from modifications to the blue piping and collar. The new threads display a more “boxy” look as the piping adopted a new position on the jersey.

It’s Time to Gear Up

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New Look NHL Jerseys: Pacific Division


Pacific Division Jerseys

NHL fans rejoice as the Fanatics Breakaway replica jerseys have finally been revealed – showcasing the new jerseys each team will rock during the upcoming season.

As the contract with former NHL jersey manufacturer Reebok reached expiration, the league sought out a new partnership, reaching a seven-year deal with Adidas and a 16-year agreement with Fanatics Branded. These sportswear giants are determined to set a new high-water mark.

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

Anaheim Ducks




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

Arizona Coyotes




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

Calgary Flames




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




The Edmonton Oilers usher in a new era of “Orange Crush” with their new Breakaway 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




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




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

Vancouver Canucks




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




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

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New Look NHL Jerseys: Central Division


Central Division Jerseys

The wait is finally over. The NHL has released visuals of the 31 new Fanatics Breakaway jerseys – designed for the fans, by the fans.

In partnership with the National Hockey League and Adidas, Fanatics launched their latest branded merchandise: the “Breakaway” jersey. A lot of hype has circulated the advanced technology incorporated into the new jerseys – from the breathable FanShield fabrics to the customizable FanID option for NHL devotees.

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

Chicago Blackhawks




Over in the Windy City, the Chicago Blackhawks paired with Adidas to ensure their timeless threads remain untouched. And from the looks of it, the Fanatics Breakaway replica hit the spot. 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




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



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




The Nashville Predators’ new Fanatics-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


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 the Breakaway threads. Aside from technological changes, the team’s new sweaters now feature white jersey numbers instead of yellow ones.

Winnipeg Jets




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.


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


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.

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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.

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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.


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


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 to grab your gear before the next NHL season rolls around.


Sports Traditions: Hockey Playoff Beards


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