Voices of the Nation

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Fatherhood is a blessing

I was 27 years old. I was in my second semester of the Radio & Television Arts Program at NAIT. It was a Friday evening and my good friend Jeff and I had gone to the Oilers preseason game, and then out on the town for some fun. We met up with our regular crew…

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No NHLers at the Olympics

The NHL announced this afternoon that they will not be participating in the upcoming Olympics in PyeongChang. Surprised? We probably shouldn’t be.

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A New World is Coming

Much like with any home, there comes a time when you have to throw some paint on the walls, replace broken fixtures, pull up the carpet, Febreze the place and do whatever you can to upgrade your living space. Why am I talking about renovations on a sports website? Well… Because, today, I’m here to tell…

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Nation Notebook: The aftermath of the Duchene trade

This a weekly feature that rounds up news, rumours, and interesting things happening around the NHL.  Last weekend, the Colorado Avalanche finally pulled the trigger on a deal involving Matt Duchene. The third overall pick from the 2009 draft has been wanting out of Colorado since last Christmas, and it was expected he would be…

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Atlantic Preview: Rivalries set to flare in top-heavy division

This is one part of a four-part, division-by-division series breaking down what each NHL team did over the off-season and projecting where they stand in the context of their division in 2017-18. I’m doing standings predictions from bottom to top. Also, give your predictions and rationales in the comments so we circle back and see…

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ESPN’s Top 100 Athletes List Confirms NHL’s Bad Reputation

On Tuesday, ESPN released its second annual Top 100 Athletes list to the public. As expected, strong personal brands such as Lebron James, Christiano Ronaldo, and Usain Bolt made the top ten. The list was heavily filled with players from the NBA (13 athletes) and professional soccer leagues around the world (38 athletes). What I was…

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Jets re-assign Comrie, Roslovic to Moose

This afternoon, the Jets and Moose announced the re-assignment of Eric Comrie and Jack Roslovic to the Moose. Comrie made his NHL debut last night against the Columbus Blue Jackets where he stopped 35 shots in a 5-4 Win. He has seen the bulk of the workload with the Moose this season having played in…

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Moose sign Spacek to ATO

This morning, the Moose announced the signing of Michael Spacek to an amateur tryout. 19-year old Spacek was a 2015 fourth-round pick of the Jets and just finished up his second season with the Red Deer Rebels of the WHL. A dynamic offensive force, Spacek has scored 139 points in 120 WHL games. Come playoffs,…

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Harkins signs 3-year ELC with Jets

Only one day after he signed an ATO with the Manitoba Moose, the Jets have locked up former Prince George Cougar Jansen Harkins to a 3-year ELC. The 19-year old centre was a 2015 second round pick by the Jets. Harkins just came off a season with the Prince George Cougars of the WHL that…

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Why won’t teams offer sheet Andreas Athanasiou?

It was reported on Tuesday morning – however credible the rumour – that Detroit Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou is dangerously close to heading overseas for a year in the KHL. From all angles, it’s a smart move for the skater. Athanasiou finished the 2016-17 season with a whopping 18 goals in 64 regular season…

Ondrej Pavelec’s poor play is actually his best asset

Embed from Getty Images At this point, the Winnipeg Jets may be finished with Ondrej Pavelec.  He’s out for a week with a lower body injury, at the very least (raise your hand if you’ve heard this story before).  That gives heir apparent Connor Hellebuyck the next week to show that he’s gotten his head…

Winnipeg is trying the 3-goalie system, but they really shouldn’t

Embed from Getty Images Three-goalie systems are a reasonably new concept in pro hockey.  Once upon a time, schedules made it possible for team’s to carry ‘a guy’. With the exception of situations like the Johnny Bower-Terry Sawchuk tandem in Toronto in the late 1960’s (where Bower and Sawchuk were 40 and 36, respectively), teams…

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The Nation Notebook: Roster Cuts, St. Louis Injuries, and PTOs.

‎The Nation Network Notebook is a regular feature that rounds up interesting news, stories, and rumours from around the NHL that don’t quite deserve their own article.  The regular season is just a few days away. Some 2017 draftees, including Nico Hischier and Nolan Patrick, are on track to make their NHL rosters. Jaromir Jagr…