Smashfest VI Recap and Player Interviews

Thursday was Dominic Moore’s 6th annual Smashfest hosted by the NHLPA, a charity ping-pong tournament in support of the Katie Moore Foundation and Steve Moore Foundation. The charities support rare cancer research and concussion research respectively. Dominic had the idea for the event while playing a game of ping-pong against Marty St. Louis in the New York Rangers locker room. Since the idea and inaugural Smashfest event, Moore has helped raise over $500,000 for charity.

Smashfest VI players gather for a group photo
Smashfest VI players gather for a group photo before the games begin

The atmosphere for the event was absolutely incredible from the moment I walked in. Was the buzz around the players making their entrance soon? or was it because of the open bar? Either way, everyone was having a great time from the very beginning and that carried on throughout the night. As the players made their way into the Smashfest VI tournament area they signed the ping-pong table at center court to be later auctioned off for the charities. Attendees erupted at just the sight of guys like Alex Burrows, Dominic Moore, Taylor Hall, and now 3-time Smashfest Player’s Champion Patrick Eaves. After making their entrance, the players were split into pairs for the Pro-Am, some with other players and others with fans. The teams were as follows:

  • Latta/S. Moore
  • Hall/Adams
  • Burrows/Roussel
  • Eaves
  • Hyman
  • Skinner
  • Athanasiou/Johnson
  • Tierney/Shore
  • Carrick
  • Spooner
  • Anderson/Harrington
  • Tkachuk/Bennett
  • Brown/D. Moore
  • Henrique/Blandisi
  • Jenner
  • Cramarossa/Montour
Team Athanasiou Vs. Team Burrows/Roussel in the Pro-Am at Smashfest VI
Team Athanasiou/Johnson Vs. Team Burrows/Roussel in the Pro-Am

The players/teams then drew guests names out of a hat to decide who they’d be playing with. The way the Pro-Am tournament worked was each team had 2 fans play with the pros in a best of 3 series to move onto the next round. One fan would play with one player and after each game, the player/fan combo who sat the game out would come in. It didn’t matter about skill level or even winning, everyone was having a good time and soaking up the opportunity to speak and play with some of their hockey heroes. In the finals, it was Team Skinner vs. Team Burrows. Burrows had already been a 2x Pro-Am Champ and Skinner was seen as the underdog. However, Skinner pulled off the upset taking the final 5-game series in 3 games for the sweep.

Dominic Moore of the Toronto Maple Leafs (right) makes the first serve of the Players Tournament against Josh Anderson of the Columbus Blue Jackets (left) at Smashfest 6
Dominic Moore of the Toronto Maple Leafs (right) makes the first serve of the Players Tournament against Josh Anderson of the Columbus Blue Jackets (left)

Next up was the Player’s tournament. All games were showcased on center court and featured D. Moore vs. Anderson, Burrows vs. Roussel, Skinner vs. Spooner, and Eaves vs. Latta. These matchups were all best of 5 series now and the stakes were high. Host Dominic Moore made quick work of Josh Anderson to advance to the semis where he’d later fall to the eventual Champion, Patrick Eaves. Burrows was incredibly focused and was able to beat Roussel in a very close series in the battle of the Frenchmen. Spooner fell to Jeff Skinner, setting up Skinner to take on Burrows in the Semis. Burrows and Eaves eventually made it to the finals in a rematch of last year’s final. Eaves went on to beat Alex and completed the impressive Three-peat that can only be rivaled by Jordan’s Three-peat.

From left to right: Derick Brassard, Alex Burrows, and Ryan Dzingel pose for a photo with a fan at Smashfest six 2017
From left to right: Derick Brassard, Alex Burrows, and Ryan Dzingel pose for a photo with a fan

Throughout the event, the players were available to speak with fans and media, but as soon as one person stopped talking to a player, another swooped in. I tried to ask the players as much as possible before they got called on for a match, and have compiled some of the best answers I got and heard over the course of the night. If anyone can get in contact with Brandon Montour, I’m still waiting for his response to the “Growing up, what was your go to shinny jersey?” question!

Patrick Eaves

Patrick Eaves poses for a photo with the Smashfest Player's Champion Trophy as a 3 time champion at smashfest 2017
Patrick Eaves poses for a photo with the Smashfest Player’s Champion Trophy

Q: If you could have a jersey that is no longer in use make a comeback, which would it be?

A: “There’s some good ones … I like the old Washington Capitals one with the stars across the chest. I thought those were pretty cool. Even the old Anaheim, the originals, the Mighty Ducks … that’s kind of a big movie in our household right now so I wouldn’t mind seeing those either”

Q: Why did you choose your jersey number?

A: “Actually it worked out really good … before the Dallas Stars moved to Dallas they were in Minnesota and my Dad wore 18 for Minnesota. So when that opportunity came up in Dallas it kind of worked out and just transferred over.”

Matthew Tkachuk

Matthew Tkachuk (left) of the Calgary Flames answers media questions next to Alex Burrows of the Ottawa Senators (right) at Smashfest VI in Toronto
Matthew Tkachuk (left) answers media questions next to Alex Burrows (right)

Q: What’s your plan for tonight? Will there be any trash talking?

A: “Like hockey you don’t really think about it, you just try to play and beat the other guy, but tonight I don’t think it’s really too much about winning, it’s all for a good cause so I think it’s just about having fun.”

Q: But if you had to be in the ear of someone tonight, maybe a teammate, who would that be?

A: “Probably Sam Bennett, he’s the easy choice.”

(Watching Team Patrick Eaves take on Tkachuk’s teammate Sam Bennett)

Q: Who you got winning this one?

A: (Pointing to Eaves and laughing) “That guy … he just looks like a ping-pong player.”

Antoine Roussel

Anotine Roussel of the Dallas Stars (left) answers media questions next to Alex Burrows of the Ottawa Senators (right) at smashfest vi in toronto at steam whistle brewery
Antoine Roussel (left) is all smiles as he answers media questions next to Alex Burrows (right)

Q: What are you looking forward to tonight?

A: “It’s just so much fun, you hang out with some fans, you talk hockey, you see a couple guys that usually hate me, but tonight’s ok and it’s the summer and they’ve eased-up and it’s fun, and the most fun part is for the cause.”

Q: Have you been training with Burr?

A: “I’ve been practicing with him a little bit, trying to be a partner and he’s doing a good job, he’s ready”

Q: How many times a week? 

A: (Laughing)”I don’t discuss our strategy, I don’t make it public”

Alex Burrows:

Alex Burrows rallies with Antoine Roussel at smashfest six in toronto
Alex Burrows rallies with Antoine Roussel

Q: If you could trade jerseys with any player at the end of the game, past or present, who would you trade with?

A: “That’s a tough question. I actually collect jerseys myself and have a jersey collection at home. Mostly the big name guys like Stamkos, McDavid … It’s so hard to choose because there are so many great players, but if I had to choose one to trade with I think it would be Mario. He was such a great player.”

Chris Tierney

Chris Tierney and his partner compete in the Pro-Am at smashfest six
Chris Tierney (left) and his partner compete in the Pro-Am

Q: If you could have a jersey that is no longer in use make a comeback, which would it be?

A: “Hmmm … definitely the baby blue Thrashers jerseys. (Devin Shore gives thumbs down and says “That’s a terrible choice, those were awful!”) Chris defended himself by laughing and saying “I had one growing up as a kid, I love those jerseys!”

Devin Shore

From left to right: Devin Shore, Brandon Montour, Patrick Eaves, Dominic Moore, Connor Carrick, Joe Cramarossa pose for a group photo at smashfest vi
From left to right: Devin Shore, Brandon Montour, Patrick Eaves, Dominic Moore, Connor Carrick, Joe Cramarossa

Q: If you could have a jersey that is no longer in use make a comeback, which would it be?

A: “Oh that’s a great question for me, I’m actually a jersey guy myself. I’m going to need to think about this one. (After a few minutes of deliberating and beard scratching) I think I’d have to go with the purple Mighty Ducks ones. Those are a classic!”

Ryan Spooner returns a serve in the Player's tournament at Smashfest VI
Ryan Spooner returns a serve in the Smashfest VI Player’s tournament

It was definitely entertaining to hear the player’s responses to the questions. There were definitely a few I wasn’t expecting (I’m pointing at you Chris), but overall it was a fun night and the players were very friendly. Shore and Tierney are probably two of the nicest guys I’ve ever met, even if it was as brief as it was. As tough as some of these guys are on the ice, they’re incredible people off it.

Smashfest VI was definitely something I’ll remember. It’s always great to see players not only give back to the fans that support them but to the charities as well. With their support, Smashfest has grown and continues to grow and donate to some very important causes.

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adidas x NHL: Reebok vs Adidas Jersey Comparison

Yesterday the NHL and adidas released all 31 home uniforms for each NHL team. Many rejoiced at the fact that adidas didn’t brand each one with their 3 stripes, while others complained about redesigns. As a jersey collector myself and someone who is constantly analyzing every little detail about new jerseys, I think overall the adidas switch went smoothly. There’s very few jerseys that had unfavorable reviews with the switch from Reebok to adidas. The thing that concerns me the most about the switch is the collar laces. They look weird to me right now, maybe I just need to give it some time. When Reebok switched from the 6100 system to the Edge system, people complained then too and the cycle will repeat itself every time they NHL’s jersey manufacturer changes. Overall I think for its first year, adidas did very well.

In this post I’ll look at the similarities and differences between the Reebok and Adidas home jerseys as well as my take on each.

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ANaheim Ducks

Comparing reebok vs adidas nhl hockey jerseys

The Anaheim Ducks carried over the same design onto their new adidas jerseys. Personally, I think this Ducks design could be a lot better, but that’s no fault of adidas. There’s just too many colors in awkward striping patterns for me. I also have a thing for jerseys that have waist stripes, so these Ducks jerseys don’t cut it for me. With the adidas switch, I’m actually a fan of the collar and tied-down laces here. Although the jersey design is identical, I actually think the adidas jersey looks nicer.

Arizona Coyotes

Comparing reebok vs adidas nhl hockey jerseys

Like the Ducks, the Coyotes carried their design over to adidas. This Yotes jersey design is not my favorite. Again, it’s missing waist stripes and doesn’t look as good as it could. The adidas jersey here also looks better than it’s Reebok counterpart, maybe it’s just the cut of the jersey I like better.

Boston Bruins

The Bruins were rumored to be 1 of 13 teams getting new jersey designs with the adidas switch, but the jersey remained exactly the same. The only change was that the numbers and letters lost their black outline. If only the adidas lacing system was different here, I’d be a fan. For now I’m giving the edge to Reebok on this jersey.

Buffalo Sabres

The Sabres finally got rid of those weird grey pits and piping. The new adidas jersey is much cleaner than the Reebok one. I’m a fan of the laces here on the adidas since they’re not loose like the Bruins one. The loose vs. tied down laces is a small change but for some reason makes all the difference to me in the adidas jerseys! People complained about still having numbers on the front, but I don’t mind them.

Calgary flames

Like Buffalo, the Calgary Flames decided to lose some unnecessary piping and gave the jersey an overall cleaner look. A lot of people don’t like the flags on the shoulder remaining, but those are actually my favorite features about the Flames’ jerseys. Adidas definitely improved on Reebok’s mistakes.

CAROLINA HURRICANES

It came as a surprise to many that there was a redesign when the Canes released their adidas jersey. After lots of complaining from fans that the Canes jerseys were boring, adidas made some fantastic design changes. Although I’m a fan of the Canes’ Reebok jerseys, I think the adidas version is even better. They reintroduced the “warning flags” to the waist stripes and added some black accents to the sleeves and waist. I think this one is definitely a positive change except for those darn laces on the adidas jersey.

Chicago blackhawks

The Hawks kept (and rightfully so) their classic jersey design in the carry-over to adidas. The only difference is the collar between the two. I’m really not a fan of the adidas collar color choices here, but maybe it’ll grow on me.

Colorado Avalanche

Colorado is the biggest winner of the switch to adidas. Using the same design as they did from 1995-2007 was the smartest decision adidas could’ve made. I absolutely love the adidas jersey here. The Avs have gone from worst to best jerseys in the NHL with this switch. The Reebok jersey was too plain. It had the iconic bad piping that Reebok loved to throw on its jerseys and the blue and red touching which just looks awful. At least the Avalanche seem to have learned from their mistakes and brought back an absolute classic of a jersey.

COlumbus Blue Jackets

The Blue Jackets didn’t change anything other than the position of the piping. It was no doubt a bold and controversial move by the franchise, but I think it paid off. The shape of the jersey looks nicer and made a slight improvement over the Reebok ones.

Dallas Stars

The Dallas Stars pulled a reverse-Carolina Hurricanes. The Stars were rumored to be changing and didn’t actually change anything. Although many don’t like these Stars uniforms I think they’re great. It has all the elements I love about a hockey jersey, waist and arm stripes! Once again I’m not a fan of the laces on the adidas but overall I like both jerseys.

Detroit Red wings

Nothing to talk about here. The Wings weren’t changing and everybody knew that. The Wings will never change and shouldn’t ever change and that’s the way it should be. Would be nice if another team did the same *cough* New Jersey *cough*.

Edmonton Oilers

Ok so technically we’re not comparing the Oilers’ new home with their last, but it makes more sense to compare these two. Fans were upset that the Oilers would be using a darker blue than the previous orange crush jerseys, but I’m pretty indifferent. Fans also complained that they would be using orange jerseys full time at home which is another decision that I think was the right one. I like both jerseys here, but prefer the adidas collar to the Reebok one. I’m not a fan of how the blue collar lines don’t connect on the Reebok jerseys and think it was smart to keep it solid on the adidas jerseys. Oilers fans can relax now that they know they won’t have to see that thick white collar.

Florida Panthers

The Panthers followed the Bruins and Stars’ lead in having rumours about changing and then not doing anything. Many thought the Panthers would extend the chest stripe all the way around the jersey but that never came to fruition. Nothing really to talk about here, literally the exact same jersey just cut a different way. Still looks great!

Los Angeles Kings

Like the Blue Jackets, the only difference between the two jerseys is where the piping is headed. On the adidas jerseys it goes slightly lower and again for some reason looks much better. Other than that, there’s not much to talk about here, on to the next!

Minnesota WIld

Minnesota is a green team once again! The Wild scrapped thos ugly red things and created a beautiful new home jersey. I love everything about this adidas jersey. It’s a fresh look that we haven’t seen from the Wild and just works. The tied-down laces look great, the chest stripe looks great, and the sleeve stripes look great. Overall, just a fantastic job by adidas for the Wild. The thin white line at the bottom adds a nice touch to the jersey. Big improvement for the wild here.

Montreal Canadiens

The Habs jersey is a classic just like most original 6 teams. The Habs will probably fall under the same category as the Wings where they rarely (if ever) change their jersey designs. The adidas jersey carries over the LNH shield which is a nice little touch that Reebok introduced not too long ago. Though the design of the jersey is identical, I still can’t get over the laces.

Nashville Predators

Oh boy. This is the new adidas jersey that everyone loves to hate. When this jersey was first leaked I thought “Please don’t let the other jerseys look like this, I hate it.” but the more I look at it, the more I like it. I think it’s an improvement over the last and works well. It could use something to break up all the yellow, but overall I think it’s a nice jersey. It’s not the worst jersey adidas released yesterday, we’ll get to that. Plus the guitar strings on the sleeves is a nice touch.

New Jersey Devils

Oh boy x 2. The Devils have always had a classic jersey and now they threw that out the window. This jersey has been received by many as a disaster. I’ve heard things like “it looks like a long sleeve t-shirt that you’d buy at a Walmart”. Even though I dislike this jersey a lot, I think it looks much better when the player is wearing it. The way it looks on the players saves it from being a completely terrible redesign. Like others, maybe it’ll grow on me.

New York Islanders

The Isles didn’t change anything design-wise so the jerseys look the same. However, those adidas laces are back and still don’t make any sense to me. They don’t even act like they pose a function.

New York Rangers

Please see what was written for the New York Islanders.

Ottawa Senators

The Sens made a minor change to their jersey design by making a boxier white area to the hips and a thicker, boxier black strip under the arms. It feels like these jerseys just have colors slapped all over the place. The Sens had one job: change their jerseys to the heritage ones. For some reason, they couldn’t do it. Because of that, they shall continue to be ridiculed for their practice-style jerseys. Here’s to hoping they bring back the Heritage jerseys in the future. This is by far my least favorite jersey to come out of the switch to adidas.

Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers have a classic design and didn’t need to change anything. Everything still looks great, let the fans rejoice!

Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pens have a great jersey. It’s a classic design and always looks great. However, for some very odd reason, the Pens added a thick piece of yellow to the collar. It now looks like Pittsburgh will be wearing yellow polo shirts under their jerseys. Again like so many other things, I’ll wait and see if it grows on me.

San Jose Sharks

The Sharks jerseys look like pyjama shirts. The removal of the waist stripes from a little while ago takes these jerseys down a notch. I still can’t get over the fact that the organization claimed it was to reduce the weight of the jersey! Adidas improved these jerseys with nicer shoulder patches but brought it right back down with it’s weird laces.

St. Louis Blues

The Blues kept their jersey design identical in a very smart move. These jerseys look great in both the Reebok and adidas cut. The Blues decided to change their yellow numbering to white in a very insignificant move in my opinion. I didn’t mind the yellow numbers and I don’t mind the white ones, still a great jersey. The adidas jersey is slightly better, but only because of the neck detail.

Toronto Bay Light wings

Tampa Bay Lightning

Tampa’s jerseys are nice but let’s face it, they’re just a Red Wings jersey in Leafs colors. I think Tampa made a smart move in staying away from laces when switching to adidas. The jersey has a cleaner look to it and definitely improved. However, it needs to get its own design going forward.

Toronto Maple Leafs

I think these look great except for one thing and I bet you can guess what it is. Otherwise, nothing to talk about.

Vancouver Canucks

New jersey manufacturer, same great jersey. Fans have been pushing to remove the “Vancouver” script from the jerseys, but as a Canucks fan myself, I like it. I think the Canucks have great jerseys as is and have a history of great looking jerseys to pull from when they decide to redesign. The jerseys look great, script and all. Though it should be of note that I don’t think the infamous Flying V Canucks jerseys are as ugly as everyone says, so hey what do I know?

Vegas Golden knights

Since this is their first year as a franchise I don’t have a previous jersey to compare it to, I decided to just show both the home and away. I think the Knights did a fantastic job here for their first jerseys. I love the details in the arm bands as well, though I’ve heard others call it tacky or cheesy. There’s no doubt the Knights will look better than they’ll be playing. Although not part of the jersey, the white and gold gloves make their uniforms that much more spectacular fabulous.

Washington Capitals

The Caps have followed suit with the Jackets and Kings in improving their jerseys based solely on the piping destination. I really don’t know why, but the piping hitting lower on the collar just makes a jersey look nicer. Other than that, nothing else to see here.

Winnipeg Jets

The Jets are keeping the same jersey design and in doing so are still looking good. Actually scratch that, they’re looking better. Once again I find that the adidas cut makes the Jets jersey look just a tad nicer. Winnipeg also opted for the tied-down laces rather than the loose ones. Overall it’s a small but good improvement for the team.

Every time the NHL switches jersey manufacturers, there are complaints. That’s just the way it is. Adidas will learn from their mistakes and we’ll complain again when the next manufacturer comes along. I just hope those laces grow on me or adidas figures out a better way. Overall I’m happy with the switch and think there have been many improvements.

Now that you’ve read my thoughts, what are yours? Agree? Disagree? Tweet at me @CoolHockey1 or comment on Facebook and tell me why I’m wrong! Also don’t forget to check out CoolHockey.com to gey your hands on Reebok jerseys while they’re still around!

Champions Series: The 2017 Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins have done it. They’re the first team in the Salary Cap Era to go back-to-back. In an exciting and sometimes controversial series, the Pittsburgh Penguins came out on top. The Pens bolstered an incredible offense with guys like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel, Chris Kunitz, and rookie sensation Jake Guentzel. Their success would not come easy though, facing a strong Nashville defensive core in Subban, Ellis, Ekholm, and Josi. After splitting the first four games in favor of the home teams, the Penguins were able to take the next two on route to the franchise’s fifth Stanley Cup Victory and third with Sid as Captain. The 2017 Pittsburgh Penguins featured a ton of great storylines to come out of this victory. Matt Cullen won another before retiring from the game, Matt Murray became the first goalie to win two Cups as a rookie, and Patric Hornqvist (the last overall pick in his draft year) scored the series-winning-goal against the team who drafted him. The Penguins have an incredible group of elite players that will continue their success for many years. In this edition of the Champions Series, we look at the jerseys that made the Penguins look good while playing even better.

the jersey

Sidney Crosby with the stanley cup 2017
Pittsburgh Penguins Captain Sidney Crosby Celebrates his third Stanley Cup

For the 2016-17 NHL season, the Pittsburgh Penguins introduced a new set of jerseys. Their third jersey from 2016 became their home and a reverse was introduced as the away jersey. The jerseys pay homage to the ones the Penguins wore from 1980-92 when some guy named Mario Lemieux lifted back to back cups.

THE CREST

Pittsburgh Penguins 2017 Away Jersey
Pittsburgh Penguins 2017 Away Jersey Crest

The Penguins crest ditched the Vegas gold look and joined their neighboring Steelers and Pirates in wearing Pittsburgh Gold. With the exception of color changes, the Penguins logo has remained the same since 1971. It’s a classic look that we’re happy they switched to. The Vegas gold jerseys just didn’t look like a Pens jersey and we’re glad that era is over.

THE PATCHES

pittsburgh penguins stanley cup jersey patches
The Pittsburgh Penguins 2017 jersey patches. From Left to Right: 50th Anniversary Patch, 2017 Stanley Cup Final Patch, Centennial Patch

The Penguins celebrated their 50th season as a franchise in 2017 and added a patch to their right chest. Upon making the finals, the patch moved to the left shoulder to make room for the 2017 Stanley Cup Finals patch. In celebration of the NHL’s 100 years of existence, the Penguins along with every team wore the Centennial patch. The Centennial patch was placed on the right sleeve, just below the numbers.

THE SIMILARITIES

Comparing the penguins jerseys from the 90s to 2017
The 2017 Penguins Jerseys are based off the ones they wore the last time they won consecutive cups

As mentioned before, these Penguins jerseys were just a Reebok Edge version of their jerseys from the 80s and 90s. With the exception of the new template, the design is identical to the last time they won consecutive Cups. The Penguins jersey change was definitely inspired by the ones Jagr and Lemieux wore.

Pittsburgh Penguins 2017 Stanley Cup Away Jersey Pittsburgh Penguins 2017 Stanley Cup Home Jersey

You can celebrate the 2017 Pittsburgh Penguins Cup run with your own 2017 Stanley Cup Patched Penguins Home or Away jersey from CoolHockey.com!

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Don’t forget to grab a Penguins Champions Hat and T-Shirt to look just like the on-ice Pens!

Replica NHL Stanley Cup

You can also lift the Cup in your Pens jersey with your own Replica Stanley Cup! Check out our Stanley Cup Champions Page for more jerseys from Stanley Cup Champions over the years!

Stay tuned for more posts in our Champions Series where we look at some of the greatest teams to hoist the cup!

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Champions Series: The 2012 Los Angeles Kings

The 2012 Los Angeles Kings were a special team. The 2012 Kings are the lowest seed to ever lift the cup. Coming into the playoffs as an eighth seed, teams may not take you seriously. They`re the #1 seed, they won the series already, right? Nope, not the case in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Kings stunned the first-seed Vancouver Canucks by taking the series 4-1. Then it was on to the St. Louis Blues. That one only took the Kings 4 games to move on. After sweeping the Blues, it was onto the Phoenix Coyotes in the Conference Finals. The Kings were able to tame the Yotes with a 4-1 series victory. With their series win over the Coyotes, the 2012 Los Angeles Kings became the first team to ever beat the First, Second and Third-seed team in the NHL Playoffs. Not to mention they did it in that exact order! Heading to the Finals having only lost two games, the Kings were ready for the New Jersey Devils. Going head to head with guys like Martin Brodeur, Ilya Kovalchuk, and Patrik Elias in the Finals would be no easy task … but this was the Kings. The Kings were able to take out the Devils in just 6 games to win the franchise’s first Stanley Cup. They only lost 4 games that postseason and rightfully earned their spot on the Throne. The Kings were the real deal and had some pretty key players on their roster. In this edition of the Champions Series, we’ll look at 4 high-impact players on the 2012 Los Angeles Kings Stanley Cup-winning team.

DREW DOUGHTY

Drew Doughty lifting the Stanley Cup for the first time as an LA King
Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings holds up the Stanley Cup after the Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils 6-1 to win the Stanley Cup

Doughty had himself quite the postseason in 2012, leading in assists with 12 alongside teammates Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar. He also finished just 4 points back of the lead in playoff points. Doughty elevated his play in the postseason and became one of the most feared defenders to play against. His ability to neutralise his opponents’ star players on one end and create goals on the other made him quite a handful. Doughty collected 6 of his 16 postseason points in the Finals alone. Drew earned a +11 rating in the postseason which is not easy for any top defenceman. He had to play against team’s star players and goal scorers. His Plus/Minus is pretty incredible and shows how skilled Doughty is.

ANZE KOPITAR

LA Kings Anze Kopitar celebrates the Los Angeles Kings First Stanley Cup in Franchise History
Anze Kopitar lifts the Cup after playing a key role in the LA Kings 2012 postseason

Take a look at Hockey-Reference’s 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs page and you’ll notice Kopitar’s name plastered on the leaderboards for that year. Here’s a list of things Anze was a leader in that postseason:

  • Goals – 8 (T 1st)
  • Assists – 12 (T 1st)
  • Points – 20 (T 1st)
  • Goals Created – 7.5 (T 1st)
  • Plus/Minus – 16 (T 1st)
  • Short-Handed Goals – 2 (T 1st)

Absolutely incredible. Kopitar was outstanding for the Kings in 2012. He created chances and capitalized on ones he received. Anze’s performance in the playoffs is a big factor in the Kings winning the Cup. Kopitar not only made the Kings fanbase proud but also his home country when he brought Lord Stanley to Slovenia for the first time. Kopitar will always be remembered by Kings fans as a key player in their franchise’s first Stanley Cup and in the development of the Kings as a whole.

DUSTIN BROWN

Dustin brown lifting the Stanley Cup in 2012 with the LA Kings
LA Kings Captain Dustin Brown celebrates the Los Angeles Kings First Stanley Cup in Franchise History

The Kings’ captain and another leader in an incredible amount of categories. Brown captained the Kings to their first Stanley Cup with performances matched only by his teammate, Anze Kopitar. Brown performed almost exactly the same as Anze in all stats. Dustin finished equal to Anze in Goals, Assists, Points, Goals Created, Plus/Minus, Short-Handed Goals, Goals Per Game, Points Per Game, and Goals Created Per Game. The only stat Anze lead Dustin in was Even Strength goals, but Brown made up for it with his lead for Game-Winning Goals at 3. Brown had a fantastic postseason and when paired with Kopitar’s performance, it’s easy to see why the 2012 Los Angeles Kings were so good.

JONATHAN QUICK

Jonathan Quick celebrates the Los Angeles Kings First Stanley Cup in Franchise History
Jonathan Quick celebrates his first Stanley Cup Victory as game six comes to an end

Leading in stats seems to be a trend among players on the 2012 Los Angeles Kings roster and Quick is no exception to the rule. Quick lead goalies in Wins (16), Save Percentage (.946), Goals Against Average (1.41), and Shutouts (3). Quick was unbeatable in net. It was as if players were firing beach balls at him. Hardly anything got by him. The most goals he let in that postseason was 3. Quick was truly a brick wall for the Kings. It only made sense that he be awarded the Conn Smythe as Playoff MVP. Quick’s performance in the 2012 Playoffs will be remembered as one of the greatest by a goalie. Even though the Kings had plenty of players to rely on to score points, it’s hard to say whether or not they would have performed as well without Quick’s presence. Quick was absolutely instrumental to the 2012 Los Angeles Kings’ Stanley Cup run. When there was the rare occurrence that an opponent got past the defence, the Kings didn’t have to worry with Quick between the pipes.

Los Angeles Kings 2012 Stanley Cup Home JerseyLos Angeles Kings 2012 Stanley Cup Away Jersey

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Champions Series: The 2008 Detroit Red Wings

What a team. When you look at this roster, it’s hard not to believe this wasn’t an All-Star team. The 2008 Detroit Red Wings were an incredibly stacked team. Just look at some of the players on their roster:

Goalies: Chris Osgood and Dominik Hasek

Defencemen: Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Chelios, Brian Rafalski, Niklas Kronwall

Forwards: Dan Cleary, Pavel Datsyuk, Kirk Maltby, Jiri Hudler, Kris Draper, Mikael Samuelsson, Henrik Zetterberg, Valtteri Filppula, Johan Franzen, Tomas Holmstrom

Detroit Red Wings 2008 Stanley Cup Photo
The 2008 Detroit Red Wings celebrate with the Stanley Cup after a six game series against the Pittsburgh Penguins

There’s no doubt the 2008 Detroit Red Wings were incredibly talented. Their goalie tandem alone is something every team would fear, and we haven’t even gotten to their defencemen. Lidstrom, Rafalski, Kronwall, and Chelios (though he didn’t play in the finals) formed a stacked blue line of guys who could both stop and score goals. Then there are the forwards. Stars like Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Draper, the list goes on and on. In this edition of the Champions Series, we’ll take a look at what it took for the 2008 Detroit Red Wings squad to defeat the Penguins in six.

GAME ONE, MAY 24, 2008:

Steve Yzerman and Mario Lemieux drop the puck to their teams' respective captains for game one of the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals
Steve Yzerman and Mario Lemieux drop the puck to their teams’ respecitive captains for game one of the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals

In a game Pittsburgh fans don`t like to recall, the Red Wings shutout the Penguins with an emphatic 4-0 victory on home ice to open the series. Two goals from Mikael Samuelsson, one from Zetterberg, and one from Dan Cleary helped lift the Wings over the Pens in game one. The Penguins failed to register a goal on four consecutive power plays during the game and were outshot 36-19 after 60. The Red Wings sent a message with that victory, and the Pens knew they needed to focus.

GAME TWO, MAY 26, 2008:

Henrik Zetterberg of the Detroit Red Wings and Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins battle for the puck during the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals
Henrik Zetterberg of the Detroit Red Wings and Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins fight for the puck during the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals

Head Coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Michel Therrien, made some line changes in preparation for game two. However, the changes proved to be ineffective as the Wings won game two with a score of 3-0. The Pens were shutout once again in the Stanley Cup Finals. Brad Stuart, Tomas Holmstrom, and Valtteri Filppula netted a goal each throughout three periods to take a 2-0 series lead heading to Pittsburgh for games three and four.

GAME THREE, MAY 28, 2008:

Segei Gonchar and Tomas Holmstrom battle in front of Marc-Andre Fleury during the 2008 stanley cup finals
Segei Gonchar and Tomas Holmstrom battle in front of Marc Andre Fleury

The Penguins were down 2-0 in the series but now had two games at home to figure things out. Thanks to their young captain, Sidney Crosby, the Pens were on the scoreboard for the first time in the series. Sid the Kid wasn’t done just yet as he netted a second to take a 2-0 lead. Johan Franzen of the Wings cut that lead in half with a goal of his own, but the Penguins regained their two-goal lead when Adam Hall scored in the third. The Red Wings weren’t done fighting, the Pens would have to work if they wanted to steal a  game. Mikael Samuelsson scored his third goal of the series to pull the Wings back within two. However, the Wings couldn’t get another to force OT and dropped this game.

GAME FOUR, MAY 31, 2008:

 Skip to 1:31 to see Zetterberg’s game saving play on Crosby


Still in Pittsburgh and coming off a hard-fought loss, the Wings wanted a win in the Steel City. The Penguins knew the game was a must-win. Petr Sykora said it was a “do-or-die game” for the Pens. At less than three minutes into the game, the Penguins were up a goal thanks to Marian Hossa. With about 7 minutes left in the first, Nick Lidstrom scored to tie the game at 1 a piece. After a scoreless second period, Jiri Hudler got one by Marc-Andre Fleury to take a 2-1 lead. Preserving this lead proved to be incredibly difficult for the Wings as they were soon on a 5 on 3 penalty kill. Thanks to an incredible defensive play by Henrik Zetterberg on Sidney Crosby, the Wings would hold on to the lead and take a 3-1 series lead on their way back to Detroit.

GAME FIVE, JUNE 2, 2008:

Penguins celebrate Petr Sykora's game-winning goal in the third overtime period of game five
Penguins celebrate Petr Sykora’s game winning goal in the third overtime period of game five

Pittsburgh was on the brink of elimination now and a win was obviously needed, the pressure was on in Detroit. The Pens opened the game with a 2-0 lead over Detroit thanks to goals from Hossa and Hall. Detroit answered back with three of their own consecutive goals from Helm, Datsyuk, and Rafalski. The score was now 3-2 and the third period was winding down. The Wings were on the cusp of becoming Stanley Cup Champions for the eleventh time. But then it happened. With 34.3 seconds left in the third, Maxime Talbot put one past Osgood to tie the game up and send it to OT. After two scoreless overtime periods, the Penguins were able to break the tie halfway through the 3rd OT period to win the game 4-3.

GAME SIX, JUNE 4, 2008:

Henrik Zetterberg’s series-winning goal in game six of the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals


You could probably imagine that the Wings were upset they were playing a sixth game after being less than a minute away from a Stanley Cup on home ice. They wanted to end the series this game in Pittsburgh.

At 5:03 in the first, Rafalski snuck one past Fleury to give the Wings a 1-0 lead. Later in the second, Filppula tallied one for himself and increased the lead to two. The Pens needed something to help them get back in this game. That something was Evgeni Malkin who scored his first of the series to bring the Penguins within one. The Wings weren’t comfortable with a 1 goal lead and needed another for insurance. In the third period, Henrik Zetterberg managed to squeak a shot by Fleury in a sequence that Fleury can’t be too proud of. After stopping Zetterberg’s initial shot, the puck trickled between Fleury’s legs but still didn’t cross the line. It was only after Fleury noticed and fell back on the puck that it got knocked into the net and gave the Wings a 3-1 lead. With a few minutes left the Pens pulled Fleury for an extra skater and were able to get back within one on a power-play goal from Hossa. Despite some last minute efforts from Crosby, the Penguins would not have the same luck as they did in game five.

The Wings were now champions and lifted the cup for the eleventh time in franchise history. Henrik Zetterberg took home the honors of MVP and was awarded the Conn Smythe along with his Cup.

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Champions Series: The 2007 Anaheim Ducks

The 2007 Anaheim Ducks became the first west coast NHL team to win the Stanley Cup. They also became the first California-based team to hoist the Cup. The Ducks beat the Ottawa Senators 4-1 in the series that would see the franchise it’s first championship. The Ducks made their second appearance in the Cup finals, after losing to the New Jersey Devils in 2003. Meanwhile, the Senators were making their first Stanley Cup Final appearance since becoming an expansion team in 1967.

Mike Fisher of the Ottawa Senators controls the puck against Kent Huskins of the Anaheim Ducks during Game Five of the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals
Mike Fisher of the Ottawa Senators controls the puck against Kent Huskins of the Anaheim Ducks during Game Five of the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals

The Ducks had their work cut out for them, they were going head to head with a team that bolstered the top 3 scorers in that year’s playoffs. Daniel Alfredsson, Dany Heatley, and Jason Spezza collected 22 points each that postseason, making a 3-way tie for most points. Anaheim featured a good mix of veterans and youth in their system. The Ducks’ roster featured current and future stars in Teemu Selanne, Scott Niedermayer, J.S. Giguere, Chris Pronger, Corey Perry, and Ryan Getzlaf among others. The list of talent goes on and on. As Pierre McGuire would say “They were oozing with talent”. In this edition of the Champions Series, we’ll look at the jerseys the Ducks wore when lifting Lord Stanley.

The jersey

Scott Niedermayer lifting the stanley cup as a member of the anaheim ducks
Scott Niedermayer lifts the cup for the first time as a Duck

Anaheim had just switched to a brand new jersey design for the 06-07 season. For the first time ever the Ducks used black as the primary color for their main jersey and introduced gold and orange to their palette as well.

The Crest

The Anaheim Ducks brand new logo for the 06-07 season
The Ducks brand new crest for the 06-07 season

The new jerseys also featured a new crest with a simple, appealing “Anaheim Ducks” script. The “D” in Ducks also doubled as a ducks foot, which would go on to become the Ducks current logo. As much as we love the old Ducks crest, this one was more current for the time.

Teemu Selanne lifting the stanley cup as an member of the anaheim ducks
Teemu Selanne lifts the Stanley Cup in celebration

After testing out a black third jersey in the previous three seasons, the Ducks made it their home color. The eggplant and jade colors were completely eliminated from the jerseys. It was a bold move to steer completely away from their recognisable scheme and logo, but it worked.

The similarities

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The Ducks new sash pattern with gold and orange added for the first time

The Ducks paid homage to their previous uniforms with the diagonal sash on the bottom of the jersey. However this time it went from the left to the right rather than vice-versa. The sleeves kept a similar pattern to the former jerseys as well with a diagonal striping pattern.

These jerseys would go on to survive the Reebok Edge switch and remain virtually identical until the 2010-11 season. The 2007 Anaheim Ducks won the Stanley Cup and looked good doing it. These Ducks jerseys are classic and will always hold a special place in every Ducks fan’s heart after that Stanley Cup run of 07.

Anaheim Ducks 2007 Stanley Cup Jersey
Anaheim Ducks 2007 Stanley Cup Jersey

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