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Written by Benched Whale | 02 May 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.

Written by Benched Whale | 03 June 2014

So everyone and their mom has written a post about the Canuck ticket renewals that went out last week. Like many other bloggers, I am a Canucks ticket holder. Me and some of my friends (I know my grammar is atrocious some days), share a pack of tickets.

It is great fun of during the summer, usually sometime in July or August, where I have had to pay, in full, for a pack of tickets. This ties up the money for a couple months until the friends that I share the tickets with, pays me back for the tickets they will take. It's like a cash advance loan to the the Canucks, and makes it incredibly tricky when I was back in university trying to come up with enough money to pay for tuition, book and beer. This years was particularly humorous calling in from Florence while on vacation, half drunk at 12am, costing $3.50 cents a minute to make my call in time. The account rep that I spoke to thought I was a little crazy picking a pack of tickets without even seeing which teams were in the schedule.

This year things are a little different.

Playoff tickets are being bought, well, now. And you also have to decide to renew your next season at the same time. They gave you about a week to think about it. And as of some e-mail I just received, looks like they are giving you a couple extra days, but that may be because the packages were, most likely sent out late.

2 years ago, I remember getting a reminder e-mail to call to renew the night before my allotted call in. Only to call the next day asking, where was all the info packages, apparently they sent it late, so no one received it. Yeah, fantastic.

Anyways, this year, you pay for both your playoffs and your next years packages at the same time. We haven't even made the playoffs, and they are already asking me about next season. I don't even know what my team will look like next year roster wise, and already I have to commit.

They are also raising some of the ticket prices. Yes, mine went up. Not a huge increase, but an increase. Apparently 55% of the tickets will have an increase of up to 3%. Now, 3% is not a huge amount, but, given we are in a recession, it seems like a bad marketing move. Are we trying to copy Toronto?

But then I think about the 4000 people PAYING to be on a wait list for my tickets. They pay to be on the wait list? It's that damn supply and demand theory.

Now if we all collectively NOT renew, maybe the prices will drop like they did in rinks like in Tampa. Did you know that you can pay $20, for a ticket, a beer, a hot dog and a parking pass? No joke. I'm pretty sure you are making money on this deal by the end of it.

So would I give up my tickets now?

Nope. I like other ticket holders, are still holding out hoping that next year (I'm not completely sold on the team this year) will be the year that we win the cup. If you are as convinced as I am, you should definitely head over to Royal Vegas and put some hard-earned dollars down on our boys!  And I will be there cheering my team on. Planning the parade route. Wooooo!

They are changing this year's seat selection by making people go to GM Place to physically choose their seats. They say the "glass, netting and rink boards (will) still (be) in place for proper viewing". As if I don't know what the ice from the seats in GM Place look like.

I don't fully understand how this seat selection thing will work. When does this occur? Does this require me take time off of work?

So I renewed, not knowing what the team will look like. Maybe it will get blown up, repeatedly, and keep getting crappy trades, and end up like Atlanta (not likely). Or maybe I just signed on to another contract of the Sedins to cycle the puck for god knows how many more years.

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.

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