• Is it uncool to be an equipment manager?

    A little context, I recently moved to college and my roommates both play hockey. I have been recently hanging out with them and some of their teammates who come and chill. Well they like me and I like them, but the issue is I have never skated nor played hockey in my life; so they proposed I be the equipment... show more
    A little context, I recently moved to college and my roommates both play hockey. I have been recently hanging out with them and some of their teammates who come and chill. Well they like me and I like them, but the issue is I have never skated nor played hockey in my life; so they proposed I be the equipment manager so I can hang out with them after practice and take part in all the things they do as a team; but I'm not sure what other peoples perception of an equipment manager is.
    4 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Who would win in a brawl? Canadian hockey fans or British football fans?

    My money is on the British hooligans. I'm certain Leafs, Habs, and Canucks fans would poop in their pants when confronted by Arsenal, Chelsea, Cardiff or Newcastle supporters. Fun fact: a 10 year old British boy could lift a grown Canadian man off his feet and throw him 100 feet into the air. Anyway if... show more
    My money is on the British hooligans. I'm certain Leafs, Habs, and Canucks fans would poop in their pants when confronted by Arsenal, Chelsea, Cardiff or Newcastle supporters. Fun fact: a 10 year old British boy could lift a grown Canadian man off his feet and throw him 100 feet into the air. Anyway if Brits and Canadians encountered each other, expect to see many Canadian men and women's severed heads flying everywhere. Because the British are hooligans trained to fight since birth.
    9 answers · 3 weeks ago
  • Do Canadian hockey fans do crazy things at games?

    For example at Canucks, Leafs, Canadiens, Oilers games do the fans do the following: 1) Take their shirts off and flaunt their beer bellies. 2) Yell insults at players. 3) Get very drunk, until they vomit. 4) Throw beer bottles on the ice. 5) Run onto the ice completely naked. 6) Yell racial slurs at black or... show more
    For example at Canucks, Leafs, Canadiens, Oilers games do the fans do the following: 1) Take their shirts off and flaunt their beer bellies. 2) Yell insults at players. 3) Get very drunk, until they vomit. 4) Throw beer bottles on the ice. 5) Run onto the ice completely naked. 6) Yell racial slurs at black or ethnic players. 7) Pick fights with opposing fans. And could you compare them to British football (soccer) hooligans?
    6 answers · 4 weeks ago
  • Does height matter in ice hockey?

    Best answer: At the amateur/recreational level not really. At the professional level, goalies are getting taller as it helps to cut down on open space (NHL goalies are all pretty much 6 feet tall or taller, and several are 6'3" and up). As for position players (forwards/defence) skating ability is probably a bigger... show more
    Best answer: At the amateur/recreational level not really. At the professional level, goalies are getting taller as it helps to cut down on open space (NHL goalies are all pretty much 6 feet tall or taller, and several are 6'3" and up). As for position players (forwards/defence) skating ability is probably a bigger determining factor; your better skaters typically are your defence (going into corners in your defensive zone, skating backwards on odd-man rushes and transitions aren't easy to learn) and centre (FWIW I play defence in a men's league (over 35) in suburban Toronto but we put our best skaters on the wing or at centre). It's not uncommon for your bigger/taller (and good skaters) players to play defence (in my case, 2 out of 3 isn't bad; I'm 6'1" if that matters). With that being said, there's no reason you couldn't be an effective defenceman at 5'8". Suggestion: when you get on the ice, play forward and defence and see what position you prefer (it helps if you can play both). Initially, focus on your skating and learning how to use the edges of your skate blades. It sounds simple, but even NHLers work on their skating in the off-season and a big part of this is edge control (there's a video on YouTube of PK Subban doing some training; his edge work is unbelievable in the video; I cannot explain how hard it is to do what you see him doing). It's the basics; stops, starts, crossovers, using your edges, backwards crossovers, backwards, being able to stay on your feet when you're going into boards. Have fun! It's a great game.
    7 answers · 1 month ago
  • Matthews or eichel?

    9 answers · 2 months ago
  • Why do people say NFL/MLB/NHL athletes don't work hard?

    Best answer: in the NFL it's the blacks and mexicans that don't work hard enough for the MLB i blame the steroids i blame the russians in the NHL for not putting their full force 100% of time, they're only in north america for the money, they dont care about having their name written down for history on hockey's... show more
    Best answer: in the NFL it's the blacks and mexicans that don't work hard enough
    for the MLB i blame the steroids
    i blame the russians in the NHL for not putting their full force 100% of time, they're only in north america for the money, they dont care about having their name written down for history on hockey's holy grail. i mean look at the KHL trophy, it's not about hockey it's about space travel that has nothing to do with hockey.
    5 answers · 2 months ago
  • What made people think the Las Vegas Knights would ever beat the Capitals to win the Stanley Cup?

    Best answer: 3 reasons (of many): Let's start with recency bias and the continued failure of 200 Hockey Men. Marc-Andre Fleury had a SPCT close to .950 going into the Final. The assumption was that he'd continue this, despite the fact that his career playoff SPCT was under .910 (it's now .911). He was below .890... show more
    Best answer: 3 reasons (of many):

    Let's start with recency bias and the continued failure of 200 Hockey Men. Marc-Andre Fleury had a SPCT close to .950 going into the Final. The assumption was that he'd continue this, despite the fact that his career playoff SPCT was under .910 (it's now .911). He was below .890 in every game in the Final was barely above .850 in the Final. I'm honestly shocked how many people thought that he had somehow become that much better and had somehow re-invented himself (this does not happen). If you flipped a coin and it landed on tails 10 times in a row, over a large sample size it's going to be roughly 50% heads and 50% tails. They teach this basic math concept.

    While Vegas was a strong possession team, you need to look deeper (warning-analytics explainer coming). What Washington did VERY well was 2 things: dominate the crap out of teams at 5v5, and generate high danger shot attempts. Vegas dominated getting low-danger shot attempts (think from the points or from the blue line), but those attempts didn't result in goals (and they normally don't).

    Ovechkin. Simply put, he is, in every possible sense of the word, better than anyone else and getting shot attempts in the league, and it's not even close (he's in Gretzky/Lemieux territory when you start adjusting for era meaning if you put him up against the flaming piles of crap that were NHL goalkeepers in the 1980's he starts producing 140-180 point seasons). He's been doing this since the 2005-06 season. He's a shot-generating machine, and he scores goals. It's almost like hockey is a sporting contest whose object is to score more goals than the other team. Meanwhile your 200 hockey men talk about compete level and that he "wants it" which is narrative-driven garbage.

    I'd also add Vegas playing facepuncher Ryan Reaves. Grandpa on CBC might like him because Grandpa (Don Cherry) is senile and probably wears an onion belt, but he's a liability on the ice (if he's hitting people it means they don't have the puck which means he's playing defence and he's not particularly good at it). People pointed to the goal he scored in game 1, and ignored the fact that he got caved in during games 2-4 before they finally benched him. Putting Reaves on the ice opposite Ovechkin is like trying to keep up with Ovechkin's drinking on that 5+ day bender he's been on.

    I'll give credit to Micah Blake McCurdy, whose analytics model (@ineffectivemath) had Washington winning from the start (she picked Washington back in October). She also nailed Pittsburgh winning in 2016 and 2017.

    Winnipeg/Nashville "should" have been your West Final. I had Tampa/Washington and Nashville/San Jose as your Final Four with Tampa and Nashville in the Final.
    11 answers · 3 months ago
  • Wayne Gretzky vs lebron james?

    Best answer: Gretzky wasn't just a great player, but he was a great team player and leader - something that LeBron is not. It is very hard to win a team sport all by yourself.
    Best answer: Gretzky wasn't just a great player, but he was a great team player and leader - something that LeBron is not. It is very hard to win a team sport all by yourself.
    13 answers · 3 months ago
  • Do the Caps go to the White House, or no?

    6 answers · 3 months ago
  • Whats your opinion on the golden knights?

    11 answers · 4 months ago
  • Why am I such a bad hockey goalie?

    Best answer: There are drills you can do that will improve your hand-to-eye coordination and your reflexes and side-to-side movement. Some involve throwing a ball against a wall. They have 'reaction' balls with six sides that are designed to give unpredictable caroms off a wall. Keep taking the lessons on positioning,... show more
    Best answer: There are drills you can do that will improve your hand-to-eye coordination and your reflexes and side-to-side movement. Some involve throwing a ball against a wall. They have 'reaction' balls with six sides that are designed to give unpredictable caroms off a wall. Keep taking the lessons on positioning, but work on moving side to side rapidly.
    6 answers · 4 months ago
  • Why The Washington Capitals Didn't Have A Single NHL Stanley Cup Finals Victory Since 1998 This 2018?

    Best answer: They might be cursed team in NHL but, They'll win more than one game because They got the best player in the series.
    Best answer: They might be cursed team in NHL but, They'll win more than one game because They got the best player in the series.
    9 answers · 4 months ago
  • Shall I always?

    Shall I always fight back if someone attacks me Does eye contact show bravery
    Shall I always fight back if someone attacks me Does eye contact show bravery
    6 answers · 4 months ago