Historical Tough Call: Messier Erases Modano

The NHL’s game altering Rule 48 (banning avoidable head contact) was famously pushed for after a really bad incident against Boston’s Marc Savard on March 7, 2010. Way back On February 26, 1994, Mark Messier of the New York Rangers gave a free lesson on why this rule was long overdue. Dallas Star legend Mike … Continue reading Historical Tough Call: Messier Erases Modano

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Historical Tough Call: Kovalev’s Seven Minute Shift

The more time that passes since Mike Keenan last stood behind an NHL bench, the more my appreciation grows for some of the things he did. During his era he seemed a bit, extreme, shall we say. Looking back on it now, I think we could use a lot more coaches like him today. On … Continue reading Historical Tough Call: Kovalev’s Seven Minute Shift

Historical Tough Call: Matt Duchene Offside Goal

On February 18, 2013, the NHL’s coach’s challenge for offside became an inevitable certainty. Matt Duchene was so far ahead of the puck he was like Secretariat at the Belmont Stakes. Everyone else on the ice had pretty much already lined up for the faceoff. Duchene ended up scoring on the play to put the … Continue reading Historical Tough Call: Matt Duchene Offside Goal

Historical Tough Call: Detroit Off-The-Mesh Goal

On January 18, 2014, the Detroit Red Wings got one of the luckiest home bounces in history. Down 2-1 to the Los Angeles Kings with 30 seconds left in the game, Red Wing defenseman Niklas Kronwall had a shot blocked by King Jared Stoll and the puck deflected way up into the mesh behind the … Continue reading Historical Tough Call: Detroit Off-The-Mesh Goal

Historical Tough Call: The Ciccarelli Slash

On January 6, 1988, Minnesota North Stars sniper Dino Ciccarelli decided he’d had enough of the Toronto Maple Leafs. After skating with the puck offside into the Leafs zone, Toronto defenseman Luke Richardson dared to shove Dino with a cross check. Dino was done taking numbers. He squared up and swung his stick like he … Continue reading Historical Tough Call: The Ciccarelli Slash

Historical Tough Call WJHC: Sweden/Finland 2014

I look back at the worst calls, player choices, and coaching decisions in the history of the World Junior Tournament.  One entry for every day of the event, so check back often! The 2014 gold medal game will eventually go down as one of the most thoroughly enjoyable deciding games in World Junior history. It … Continue reading Historical Tough Call WJHC: Sweden/Finland 2014

Historical Tough Call WJHC: USA/Slovakia 2009

I look back at the worst calls, player choices, and coaching decisions in the history of the World Junior Tournament.  One entry for every day of the event, so check back often! The USA was a clear favourite against the Slovakian side coming in to the 2009 quarter-finals.  They easily outchanced the Slovaks and outshot … Continue reading Historical Tough Call WJHC: USA/Slovakia 2009

Historical Tough Call WJHC: Canada/Slovakia 2013

I look back at the worst calls, player choices, and coaching decisions in the history of the World Junior Tournament.  One entry for every day of the event, so check back often!   In a 2013 WJHC game against Slovakia, Canada found itself down 2-0 in the first 10 minutes.  While still trailing 2-1 in … Continue reading Historical Tough Call WJHC: Canada/Slovakia 2013

Historical Tough Call WJHC: Canada/Russia 2002

I look back at the worst calls, player choices, and coaching decisions in the history of the World Junior Tournament.  One entry for every day of the event, so check back often! Canada has a long standing history of success in the World Junior Hockey Championships. From 1974-1976 when it was just an invitational tournament, … Continue reading Historical Tough Call WJHC: Canada/Russia 2002

Historical Tough Call: Women’s Soccer Olympic Semi-Final 2012

Canada had been a while between defeats of the U.S. women's soccer team in a highly meaningful game, and it looked like the semi-finals of the London Games would finally be the next stage. Christine Sinclair left her mark on the world in this tournament and had a hat trick in this game. The entire … Continue reading Historical Tough Call: Women’s Soccer Olympic Semi-Final 2012