Tape2Tape (024): Mike Wilson, His Role in Hockey History

Mike Wilson, Andrew Forbes, The Ultimate Leafs Fan

Just an idea of what exists “inside the room” chez Mike Wilson. (Andrew Forbes)

You ever hear of the Ultimate Leafs Fan? If you have, then you’re lucky. You’ve had a chance to talk to, see or just imagine a part of Toronto Maple Leafs history. If you haven’t, then look him up.

There’s something special about collectors and fans and historians. The way the maintain the historical side of the game is really incredible. But what if I told you that it’s also essential.  Read more of this post

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Tape2Tape (023): Venus, Mars and Sexism in Sports

Canadian Press, TFC, Shauna Hunt, CityNews

CityNews’ Shauna Hunt responded when verbally attacked outside BMO Field. (Ho/The Canadian Press)

A hot topic after yet another FHRITP attack on a female reporter, women in media (and more specifically sports coverage) was the centre of discussion again. While it’s quite ridiculous that it even has to become a topic for discussion, there was no escaping the reactions to the verbal abuse of this reporter.

With that, I decided to take a closer look at the coverage of sports and how we remain at a standstill when it comes to the sociological growth of society. So for the full story, check out the link below.  Read more of this post

Tape2Tape (022): Shedding Hockey’s “Tough” Mentality

Mark Stone, P.K. Subban, Ryan Remiorz, Ottawa Senators, Canadian Press

Mark Stone returned in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals after taking a slash by P.K. Subban in Game 1. (Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press)

Playing injured in the NHL playoffs has long been considered an expectation of the job – the role of every NHL player. That’s just what hockey players do right?

Wrong. At least they shouldn’t be playing like that. After all, consider the long-term effects of playing with these injuries. Consider the costs to the teams. Consider how effective they actually are when they’re on the ice.  Read more of this post

Tape2Tape (021): Breaking Hockey’s Code

Brandon Prust, Braydon Coburn, Getty Images, Francois Lacasse , Montreal Canadiens

Prust was the topic of discussion as this series went along. (Francois Lacasse/NHL via Getty Images)

Earlier in the 2014-15 playoffs, Brandon Prust spoke out following a loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. It wasn’t about the game. Instead it was about a single event that took place during the game – one involving a referee.

According to Prust, referee Brad Watson had some choice words for the Montreal Canadiens forward. Following the game and his 31 PIMs in that game, Prust talked about the altercation with Watson sharing with the media what was said between the two.  Read more of this post

Tape2Tape (020): Nassau Coliseum, The End of an Era

Nassau Coliseum, NHL, New York Islanders, Christopher Pasatieri, Getty Images

The Islanders shut of the lights for the final time at Nassau Coliseum following Game 6 against the Capitals. (Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

Saying goodbye is always the hardest. For fans of the New York Islanders, it was a hard series against the Washington Capitals and one that saw the team play their final game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Fortunately, I was able to catch one game this season at the Coliseum and here’s my look at the old barn and reactions from some of those who called it home.  Read more of this post

Tape2Tape (019): Revisiting NHL Realignment, Is Rivalry Alive?

Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, Getty Images, Jared Wickerham, P.K. Subban, Brad Marchand

Did NHL realignment affect the rivalries that already existed? (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

There were a lot of questions surrounding the NHL’s play to realign the divisions and conferences when they did it prior to the 2013-14 season. How would it affect the current state of hockey? How would it affect rivalries that already existed?

It’s been a couple of seasons now and we’ve had the chance to witness to playoff seasons with the new divisional match-ups. And from what it looks like, it seems pretty good thus far. But let’s take a look together at how it’s changed hockey, so far.  Read more of this post

Tape2Tape (018): Relegation, The NHL’s Problem Solver

Andy Devlin, Getty Images, Edmonton Oilers, Jordan Eberle

Edmonton is facing their fourth first overall pick in six years. (Andy Devlin/Getty Images)

Are you sick of seeing teams fail just to get the first overall pick? Let’s be honest, it makes for some pretty disappoint hockey as we near the end of the season. On top of that, the draft lottery isn’t always successful in pushing team’s not to tank.

So, extreme as it is, what if the NHL introduced relegation to the league? Would that hinder or at least tempt teams to perform better throughout the season? Or would teams still try to find a way to avoid relegation and maintain a high pick in the draft?  Read more of this post

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