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Written by Benched Whale | 22 January 2014

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People who are hockey fans are often asked by non-hockey fans ‘why is ice hockey so violent? So what do you tell them?

From an outsider’s point of view, it’s easy to see why people might consider that hockey is a violent sport. But it’s not the only one – there are plenty of other sports that have more than the odd fight on the pitch. Both types of rugby, Aussie Rules, Gaelic, and American football all have their fair share of bust-ups going on. But these sports are more obviously physical than ice hockey – in a sense the aim of these sports is to grapple for the ball bodily.

However, with hockey, there’s no need for physicality – at least in theory. The sticks could do all the contact work and ideally, players wouldn’t feel the need to barge one another and start fights on the ice. You’d think that hockey would be more like other non-contact team sports like cricket or, indeed, soccer, where actual physical fights are few and far between.

This is how the person who doesn’t know much about ice hockey sees it. But in fact, we fans all know that ice hockey is very physically demanding and yet it also requires skill and finesse, and given the fact that you’re playing on ice, there are always going to be some moments when you’re a little bit out of control. Big hits are part of what makes the game as exciting as it is, and with big hits the odd brawl is almost inevitable.

Until you start to watch ice hockey matches, it’s hard to understand how tiring and difficult the sport is, but the players have a code – or unspoken or unwritten laws of the game – that they generally adhere to. This includes stuff like keeping the puck and your stick low – as long as the opposition do – and not using cheap shots to settle things. And of course, the cardinal rule is to not mess with the other team’s goalie!

For people who think that ice hockey is a violent sport just for the sake of it, the best way to show them it isn’t is to get them to watch a few games with you, so you can explain why the violence comes about when it does. If they think hockey’s boring and you want to get them into it, it’s always good to have a bet on the game you’re watching, as that can help spectators really get behind their team. At 32red, as well as a huge selection of casino games, there’s a sports book where you’ll find odds on the NHL 2013/14 season matches. As the site offers to put an extra $32 into a new player’s account for every $10 they open it with, you can have a few bets for free too.

It won’t take too many matches for a new spectator to ice hockey to realise that yes, it can be a violent game, but it’s not just gratuitous violence.

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Written by Benched Whale | 21 February 2013

The olympics, winter olympics and paralympics have unfortunately finished but they have created a huge boom amongst sports fans. Ice Hockey has been one of the most successful, introducing thousands to the high excitement and contact team sport. The snow this year has led to many cancellations in sports, this is annoying for any sports fan but even more so to those who enjoy betting on their sport. Fortunately ice hockey is not affected by the weather and makes for one of the best betting sports around.

Whether you are a die-hard hockey fan or a total newcomer, online gambling can bring even more excitement to your favourite sport. Online gambling is the perfect way to get started; you can find all the useful information on one of its many websites - they include both pre-fixed odds or live up-to-date odds, making betting during the game even more exciting and sometimes more rewarding. If you prefer to relax when watching your favourite sport then make sure to check out some of the online slot machines, http://www.iPadcasino.com.au/ offers some amazing standard and advance slot machines. A hockey themed machine called Breakaway can even be found online. It features some classic hockey icons such as Zambonis, skates, helmets, referees and penalties. They also have a wide variety of casino and slot games related to sport, so be sure to look around.

Ice hockey has been a popular sport in Canada since the 19th century and has now become a huge sport throughout the word. The quick pace, amazing action and contact make it one of the most entertaining sports to watch. So with ice hockey being more popular than ever, it’s the perfect time to try out some of the amazing online offers.

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Written by Dani Toth | 20 September 2012

If there is going to be one thing that you should read today, it should be Elliotte Friedman's explanation of hockey-related revenue. So go, hop on over to CBC.ca and read the article, then let's think about this bit he wrote:

So the question then becomes, 'Where does this part of the debate go? After asking some people on the NHL side, none of whom will talk for the record (big fines), my sense is that a new agreement can be done without the proposed changes.

"If HRR has to be re-done ... we're talking about a long process," said one executive.

Sorry to start the weekend off with a depressing article kids...but next week maybe we'll come up with things to do with all that extra time we'll have on our hands? no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 17 September 2012

To the surprise of no one, the NHL is in another lockout. Instead of me being back to blogging about being excited for a new season, I am not excited about the lack of hockey and instead am looking for other things to fill my time for the next couple of weeks (months?).

About a week ago while on a walk along the seawall, the buddy I was walking with asked me if I could explain the lockout, if there was going to be one and my thoughts on it. My buddy who lives in Vancouver is originally from England and although he has lived here for three years now, had no idea why the NHL and NHLPA would consider going into a lockout.

My answers to him were as follows:
1. The lockout is essentially a bunch of billionaires arguing with a bunch of millionaires about money, specifically hockey related revenue (HRR). The NHL wants a similar deal like the one the NBA negotiated at 50/50 between owners/players
2. Yes
3. I don't care much for the squabbling between the two sides. I understand their respective stances on the issues and the moves that they have made in their negotiations and PR campaigns but in the end there is a lack of caring from myself for either side. I feel that in the end, it sucks for the fans who enjoy the sport and is hurting the momentum of growing the game/fanbases in certain cities (for example, Los Angeles)

The issues that are being discusses in the CBA negotiations are much more detailed than my answer to my friend but I thought I got at the heart of why there is a lockout. If you have been following it on TSN or Puck Daddy or any sports media outlet, you probably know the issues better than I do, in fact I know you do. I admit that my lack of understanding of the details of what is being negotiated over has fully to do with my lack of caring of the issues, the players and the owners.

Here is a video that the NHLPA released on the weekend:



Oh the fans! The fans will be hurt! It's not us! This is an NHL Owners Lockout.

Also, hello Gabriel Landeskog.

Well, I guess the effort in the video was better (from a PR standpoint) than the statement that the NHL released:

Despite the expiration of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the National Hockey League has been, and remains, committed to negotiating around the clock to reach a new CBA that is fair to the Players and to the 30 NHL teams.

Thanks to the conditions fostered by seven seasons under the previous CBA, competitive balance has created arguably the most meaningful regular season in pro sports; a different team has won the Stanley Cup every year; fans and sponsors have agreed the game is at its best, and the League has generated remarkable growth and momentum. While our last CBA negotiation resulted in a seismic change in the League's economic system, and produced corresponding on-ice benefits, our current negotiation is focused on a fairer and more sustainable division of revenues with the Players -- as well as other necessary adjustments consistent with the objectives of the economic system we developed jointly with the NHL Players' Association seven years ago. Those adjustments are attainable through sensible, focused negotiation -- not through rhetoric.

This is a time of year for all attention to be focused on the ice, not on a meeting room. The League, the Clubs and the Players all have a stake in resolving our bargaining issues appropriately and getting the puck dropped as soon as possible. We owe it to each other, to the game and, most of all, to the fans.

Yeah...Not quite the same effect as having Landeskog in a video looking dreamily into the viewer. NHLPA wins this PR round.
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Written by Dani Toth | 22 April 2012

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First, I'd like to congratulate the Kings in their series win tonight. Congrats to my buddy over @theroyalhalf for his team advancing to the 2nd round for the first time in like a bajillion years, I know how excited he is. He is truly awesome and I honestly couldn't be happier for him. Also thank you to all the Kings fans that read my blog over the past 2 weeks and followed me on twitter, it's been fun.

I'll have some thoughts up on the blog on the Canucks in a few days but I'll need a few days before I post anything or I'll end up sounding like a Team 1040 caller. It's going to be an interesting summer... no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 20 April 2012



It's been finally announced: The start time for Sunday's Game 5 will be 5pm Pacific time. Feels so long away... no comments

Written by Dani Toth | 19 April 2012

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I have to wait till Sunday for the next game? Sunday?

I hate you Coldplay

Thoughts on the game:
  • The 1st, 2nd and 3rd star goes to Cory Schneider
  • Cory Schneider was solid in the 1st period when the Canucks were not, Cory Schneider was solid in the 2nd period and Cory Schneider was more solid in the 3rd period when he had pucks thrown at him from everywhere
  • Schneider's ability to the track the puck is really good. Really fun to watch him
  • No need to ask who starts Game 5, it's Cory
  • That PP...geez...it's night and day with Daniel on it
  • The Canucks looked timid in the 1st period until Edler scored, but had a really good 2nd and 3rd period...
  • ...if you overlook the fact that at the end of the 2nd the Kings had outshot the Canucks 31-16. It was more even in the 3rd at 14 Canucks to 13 Kings
  • Daniel Sedin played 19:33
  • The 4th line hardly played the 3rd period and good call by AV on that
  • Zach Kassian played 3:52....yeah
  • Huge shift by Lapierre in the 3rd
  • Brutal decision by Mason Raymond on that Anze Kopitar goal. At least he didn't fall down, right?
  • Another penalty shot stop by Schneider, I believe he's undefeated so far in the NHL

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It's been so long since we've played with a lead or got a powerplay goal that when they happened, I felt like I didn't know how to react. Definately a few breaths were held during the game but we got the win, so we're still alive for now. Next game is on Sunday since Rogers will be busy with Coldplay concerts ono Friday and Saturday which means more time for Daniel to recover and get a few more practices in. For us as fans and the team, it will be a long 4 day break.

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