Oilers Hire Ian Herbers as Assistant Coach

Ian Herbers, Edmonton Oilers, Liam Richards, Canadian Press

Herbers brings experience to the young Oilers organization. (Liam Richards/Canadian Press)

The story broke with a piece by Larry Fisher of the Daily Courier that the Edmonton Oilers filled out their coaching staff with the hiring of assistant coach Ian Herbers.

Herbers, formerly of University of Alberta Golden Bears, helped the Bears to multiple Division Championships and a National Championship during his time behind their bench. He brings a winning mentality to a young team at the perfect time in their growth.

For the full story, check out the link below.  Read more of this post

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A How-To Guide To Creating Your Keeper Fantasy League

Gary Bettman, Chris Young, NHL, The Canadian Press

Being Bettman isn’t always easy in a fantasy league. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press)

Ever think of starting your own fantasy league? How about taking it one step further and creating a keeper fantasy league? I mean, it seems to be all the rave nowadays – having a team and building it from year to year.

I’ve been the commissioner of a keeper league for about five years. We’ve grown, expanded and implemented a salary cap. How’s the league going? Well, we’ve lost a few owners, forced a few out and replaced them almost immediately.

For more information on starting your own league and recruitment, check out the link below.  Read more of this post

Phil Kessel: Rocket Richard Candidate in 2015-16?

Phil Kessel, James van Riemsdyk, Toronto Maple Leafs, Mark Blinch, Canadian Press, Hockey

Will the Phil Kessel trade give him the opportunity to win a scoring title? (Mark Blinch/Canadian Press)

The Phil Kessel changed everything. First, it showed the Maple Leafs are headed down the road of the rebuild for sure. Secondly, it put Kessel in a position to be the behind-the-scenes scorer that he wants to and can be. Finally, it powers Pittsburgh’s offence even more so than the duo they already possess.

But does it give Kessel a chance at showing his true scoring touch? After all, it will mean possibly having a true centre for the first time in his career.

For all the thoughts on Phil Kessel’s Rocket Richard charge, check out the link below.  Read more of this post

Edmonton Lands Defenceman Eric Gryba

Eric Gryba, Edmonton Oilers, NHL, Free Agent

Eric Gryba will be joining the talented Oilers this season (Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press)

Following THW’s coverage of the 2015 NHL Draft, we had some great coverage of Free Agent Frenzy on July 1st. From signings to minor (or major) deals, we had coverage for the biggest hockey fans out there.

I helped lead the charge with a few pieces, including this one talking about the busy Edmonton Oilers and their signing of solid defenceman Eric Gryba.

For all the details, check out the link below.  Read more of this post

Hockey Twitter Fights Back Against Trolls

James Reimer, Toronto Maple Leafs, NHL, Hockey, Twitter, April Reimer, Frank Gunn, The Canadian Press

April Reimer has been the victim of Twitter trolls who were disappointed with her husband’s play. (Frank Gunn//The Canadian Press)

At the centre of another Twitter story, the Toronto Maple Leafs account fought back against a troll using the social media platform to voice their opinion. From the Reimer attacks a couple of seasons ago to the accusations at the trade deadline, Twitter’s dark side shows it’s ugly face every once and a while.

Well, it was finally time for the team’s social media profile to respond and respond they did. In fact, numerous profiles of NHL clubs took to the social media platform to respond to this particular troll.

For the humorous and clever conversations, click the link below.  Read more of this post

2015 NHL Playoffs, The Calgary Learning Curve

Jeff McIntosh, Canadian Press, Bob Hartley, Calgary Flames

Bob Hartley won the Jack Adams award after a surprisingly successful Flames season. (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press)

No one expected the Calgary Flames to go as far as they did in 2014-15 with a young team and without the help of their 2014 first-round pick, Sam Bennett. But somehow, the youth iced by the Flames didn’t know what was expected and turned it around into a successful season under coach Bob Hartley.

The season ended with a short playoff run in which they defeated the Canucks in the first round only to find themselves in an uphill battle in round two. But the season wasn’t a failure in any sort of the word. In fact, it was a complete success. Not only did they grab experience for the young players on the team, but they learned what it will take to become a perennial playoff team.  Read more of this post

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

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