High-sticking is one of the most literal penalties when it comes to ice hockey. Roughing can be considered several things. The interference definition can be nebulous. However, high-sticking is essentially self-explanatory where a player’s stick hits an opponent due to the fact that the stick was too high. It’s really self-explanatory, unless you are a Spanish-speaking ice hockey announcer where there isn’t a verbatim for the term “high-sticking”.

Spanish Ice Hockey Announcers

“It would suck to say high-sticking literally. It sounds awful,” stated Francisco X. Rivera, who translates Los Angeles Kings matches in Spanish. Rivera, who is one of three Spanish broadcasters within the NHL, utilizes the term “baston” which means “cane”. Hector Lozano also uses the term, who translates Chicago Blackhawks matches in Spanish. “When it comes to high-sticking, we usually say ‘baston alto’ which roughly translates to “high cane”, Lozano stated. “It’s just something about the sport where there’s no translation for quite a few terms. So you essentially need to work with whatever you have. We also have tons of terminology that is broadcasted in English as oppose to Spanish. Icing is extremely difficult. However, offsides is quite easy as we simply say ‘fuera de juego.’”

What is even more difficult for Spanish translators is when there’s a scrum for the puck between numerous players in the corner. “I was unable to determine how I would say the puck is in the middle of several skates while players were trying to obtain it. So I simply said that they were chopping tomatoes, cilantro, or onions just to give fans a reference as to what it actually looked like when they attempted to obtain the puck in a corner,” Jesus Lopez stated who translates Vegas Golden Knights matches.

English-speaking fans of hockey take this for granted when they listen to a game. Even a fundamental concept in a match like a body check doesn’t seem to have a literal Spanish term.
“When one player smashes another player into a wall, I would yell, “Someone received a ham sandwich! Checking is something that I struggle to translate,” Rivera stated. “Therefore, I utilize ‘get close to someone,’ which is used to describe a girlfriend or boyfriend. Why not make it more entertaining? Respecting both the players on the ice as well as the people who are new to the sport is something that hasn’t been done in a sport before,” Lopez stated.

Sports essentially paints a picture of what is occurring during the match, from the action to the atmosphere. Spanish translators cater to a wide variety of listeners who don’t have a clue of what that painting should actually look like. Therefore, they utilize a smaller palette when compared to their French- and English-speaking counterparts. It can still be considered art. Spanish translators in the NHL are not changing the language of ice hockey, but are actually broadening the appeal of the game to an underserved market.


Joel Quenneville was fired by the Chicago Blackhawks on November 2018 and have managed to go 3-11-2 once Jeremy Colliton took over. While the blistering cold of the winter starts setting in, let’s take a look at a few reasons to stay positive going forward if you consider yourself a Chicago Blackhawks fan.

Reasons To Stay Positive

The best hope that Blackhawk fans can look forward to is in the coaches, both past and present. Jeremy Colliton, the current bench boss, is considered a thankless situation. The team is currently getting roasted when it comes to 5-on-5, with a percentage for goals at 43.85, while suffering with the worst power play of 11.6% along with a 74.4% penalty kill which is the fourth-worst in the league. This is essentially a problem with construction as oppose to coaching and one can only hope that Stan Bowman, the general manager of the team, gives Colliton a greater tool chest to reconstruct the squad.

As for the past coach, the hope is that Joel Quenneville is hired sooner rather than later. Once that occurs, it should assist the true problem that is plaguing the franchise at the moment, the no-movement clauses. What they actually need is the exact same thing Dale Tallon provided when Brian Campbell settled to waive the no-trade clause.

It already seems like a lost season for Chicago. Blackhawks fans should consider this feasible plan: a playoff run against the Bears as a winter distraction, then a rival for Chicago next October. Chicago is currently stuck in neutral as they are currently constructed. Stan Bowman can make a few immediate changes, such as the Dylan Strome and Brandan Perlini swap over Nick Schmaltz. However, a complete overhaul is quite impossible when you consider 6 out of the 7 players that have the highest annual salaries have a no-trade clause. Therefore, the current season will only have a few small tweaks which means the changes that take place next year will be far more significant.

With the projected cap to be around $83 million during the 2019/20 season, it leaves the Blackhawks with around $20 million which they can spend. The Blackhawks had money to spend during the summer last time, but unfortunately, the market was quite limited. This time, there’s a possibility that Jacob Trouba, Mark Stone, Eric Staal, Jeff Skinner, Wayne Simmonds, Joe Pavelski, Artemi Panarin, Anders Lee, Erik Karlsson, Kevin Hayes, Jake Gardiner, Jordan Eberle, and Matt Duchene will be available this time around. The best way forward is to utilize one of these players and complement the blue line with an immediate flush prospect tool.

There are still several signs of development when it comes to the Blackhawks. Chicago gave 1,395 minutes to its rookies which is the fourth highest in the league and it seems like each of the rookies that have been given a chance is providing the goods. Perhaps this is something they will need to continue going forward?


Any hockey player will tell you that your stick is one of the most important aspects when it comes to your equipment. However, with so many options available on the market, it can be extremely difficult to find the right hockey stick that is best suited for your style of play. Whether you consider yourself a playmaker, a sniper, or merely want to impress other players, using the best will definitely make a difference. Let’s take a look at the best hockey sticks for 2019.

Warrior Covert QRL

• Durable and lightweight
• Fantastic for puck-handlers
• Comes with several blade face options
• Excellent stick for skill players and scorers

This magnificent stick tops our list due to its durability and versatility. With 6 blade patterns, this stick is ideal for almost any play style. Defencemen will fall in love with the mid-heel curve, while forwards will feel more comfortable thanks to its Covert QRL design appealing to shooters and danglers alike. The low-kick point makes this stick the best for saucer passes and wrist shots as well.

Bauer Nexus 1N

• One-piece construction
• 8 blade face options
• Phenomenal durability

Bauer has been making hockey equipment for almost 50 years and the Nexus 1N is their top-rated hockey stick. The Nexus 1N’s mid-kick point boasts as the best stick when it comes to slap shots, while still being light enough to perform a quick wrist shot. With a total of 8 blade faces, the stick can be used for just about any play style as well.

CCM RibCor Trigger2 PMT Grip

• Single piece construction along with Sigmatex carbon fibre
• Optimized low kick point
• Brand-new Ascent Blade construction

The CCM RibCor was considered the best stick when it made its debut in 2016 and their latest release is even better than the original. Nothing can compare to the Trigger2 PMT Grip at the moment. The stick provides an enhanced flex zone and is perfectly optimized with a low kick, allowing skaters to easily store energy in the lower and upper areas of the shaft.

Bauer Vapor 1X Lite Griptac

• Extremely lightweight
• 8 blade face options
• 1 piece construction with Monocomp technology

Any product in the Vapor line from Bauer is considered as the best on the market, regardless of the year, it was constructed. The Vapor 1X from 2015 was considered the best on the market during that year as well. Staying true to its reputation, the Vapor 1X Lite is ranked as one of the best hockey sticks of 2019 improving heavily on the QRT technology, while introducing enhanced blade technology.

CCM Super Tacks 2.0

• Diverse stick for any skilled player
• Construction is lightweight
• Fantastic entry level stick

The original CCM Tacks was considered the best stick in 2014 and their latest addition is making waves in the hockey industry thanks to its lightweight structure and durability. It also comes with a reinforced shaft and offers a mid-kick point with a total of two loading zones appealing to those who enjoy slap shots and wrist shots.


Miro Heiskanen was unaware what Texas would be like before he decided to relocate from Finland during the summer. He was, however, aware of the Dallas Stars, long before they managed to draft him in 2017 as third overall due to Jere Lehtinen playing 14 years for the team and winning an Stanley Cup. He was also aware of the barbecue, which he tasted and stated that it tastes as good as what he receives. Lastly, he was also aware of the climate.

“I understood that is was extremely hot in Texas and a lot more different when compared to Finland. However, I enjoy hot weather and it’s really not that bad to get used to,” Heiskanen stated to reporters earlier this week. The heat comes in different flavors in Texas. Sometimes, the sun sings against every surface in the summer and sometimes the media declares that this rookie has the ability to break or make a team in the NHL this season which is far more hotter than Dallas during mid-July

The NHL Season for the Dallas Stars

“The season for the Dallas Stars boils down to one teenager who has never managed to play a single game in the NHL.” This was the headline taken from one of the online NHL posts and Heiskanen has certainly seen it but hasn’t allowed it to create more pressure for the young rookie. “I avoid thinking too much what everyone else says. I merely attempt to do my own thing,” Heiskanen stated.

What exactly are people stating about Heiskanen? Well, quite a lot to be honest. In a total of 30 games, Heiskanen accumulated 15 points and is playing 23 minutes in every game he is included which is considered the highest when compared to first-year players and is regarded as the third-highest in the Dallas Stars. Heiskanen is currently skating with Esa Lindell, a fellow defenseman from Finland and has been a remarkably unfazed and poised freshman. Rasmus Dahlin from the Buffalo Sabres might boast as the first overall pick during the 2018 draft, but there’s no denying that Heiskanen is more impressive during the current campaign which is also how he got noticed in the NHL.

“ He is only 19 years of age. That’s what blows my mind,” Craig Button stated. “ He understand the game on a completely unique level. He gives the impression that he is working on his masters or Ph.D.” The word cerebral was even used to describe Heiskanen recently and despite the acumen, he’s ice team was an even bigger surprise to him during his initial season in the NHL. Since as early as 2006, only 6 NHL players managed to average 23 minutes for each match or more. Names like Duncan Keith, Tyler Myers, and Draw Doughty are on the list. Now, its up to this sensational rookie, and the Dallas Stars, to see if they can achieve glory in the current NGHL season.


Last week, the league announced that a new Seattle franchise will be added to the NHL after a unanimous vote took place between the boards of governors. This will be the 32nd team in the NHL which will play under the Pacific division and is considered the first winter sports franchise in Seattle since the Super Sonic’s from the NBA departed to Oklahoma City during 2008. Let’s take a look at a few important factors for the new NHL team.

When Will The New NHL Team Play?

The new NHL franchise from Seattle will participate in the league during the 2021/22 season. The ownership group in Seattle initially wanted to start playing in 2020. However, the league had several reservations regarding the rush in renovation to the Key Arena and therefore decided to enter at a later stage.

It’s undeniably a smart decision if you consider the major success the Vegas Golden Knights had during their inaugural season. The NHL fully understands that first impressions are extremely important and therefore want Seattle to start off on the right foot. The addition of another year will definitely ensure that the arena is in perfect condition when the season gets underway and it gives them enough time to get the practice facility in operation. The ownership group settled on a location situated near the North Gate Mall.

The renovation budget is around $800 million, and the ownership group will break ground on Wednesday. The WNBA’s Seattle Storm is currently a tenant in the building but will relocate temporarily during the 2019 season.

Possible Team Names

All we can do it wait and see. “We are certainly going to take as much time as possible to come up with a suitable name with no added pressure,” Victor de Bonis told reporters last week. “It’s like most things. If you put in the time, listen closely to your fans, and think things properly through, the right name will be picked. It might not feel 100% normal when the team name is initially presented, but it will certainly evolve over time and become a household favorite once the puck is dropped for the start of a brand-new season.”

Earlier this year, the Oak View Group counsel, interlinked with the ownership group in Seattle, applies for domains to represent potential names for the team, including Seattle Whales, Seattle Totems, Seattle Sockeyes, Seattle Seals, Seattle Sea Lions, Seattle Renegades, Seattle Rainiers, Seattle Kraken, Seattle Firebirds, Seattle Evergreens, Seattle Emeralds, Seattle Eagles, and Seattle Cougars.

It might not feature the future name for the team, but it certainly created more questions than answers. Is the Seattle NHL Team Going to Use the Same Expansion Draft Rules as the Vegas Golden Knights? Gary Bettman, the NHL commissioner, stated numerous times that the Seattle NHL franchise will use the same expansion draft rules as the Vegas Golden Knights. Now, we merely need to wait until the 2021/22 NHL season to see the new Seattle franchise in action.

The Buffalo Sabre’s enjoyed a phenomenal 10-match winning streak which unfortunately came to an end after a 5-4 defeat at the hands of Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday at the Amalie Arena. Cedric Paquette managed to score from a drop pass provided by Mikhail Sergachev during the rush which gave Tampa Bay a 5-4 lead with only 5:41 remaining on the clock during the third period. This was the fifth lead change of the match.

Buffalo Sabre’s vs Tampa Bay Lightning

“It’s a remarkable feeling to witness a shot go in against a world-class team like that,” Paquette stated. “It was undoubtedly a playoff atmosphere and the Sabre’s played hard. They had 10 games without a loss and we certainly needed the challenge to see what we were capable of.”

Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, Alex Killorn, and Dan Girardi managed to score for Tampa Bay (18-7-1), who managed to win 4 out of 5 matches and moved ahead of Buffalo (17-7-2) for first position in the Atlantic Division.

Louis Dominque made a whopping 18 saves during the match, while Carter Hutton made a staggering 32 saves during the game. Sam Reinhart scored a total of two goals for Buffalo who lost for the first time since 4 November.

“I believe it was a marvelous stretch for us, a total of 10 matches in a row is phenomenal,” stated Jack Eichel, the Buffalo captain, who made two assists during the match. “It showed us that we have the ability to win every time we go out, and that should certainly be our mindset going forward.”
The match could have gone either way as there were loads of swinging taking place throughout the entire match. The teams were in each other’s faces from the start and if you consider yourself to be a die-hard fan, you certainly would have enjoyed the game from start to finish.

Things to Keep in Mind Going Forward

Buffalo’s defense-man, Jake McCabe, was removed from the game with an injury during the second period. Housley stated that they should have more details on the injury by next week. Buffalo’s defense-man, Nathan Beaulieu, played his 300th NHL game and was given a 10-minute misconduct penalty towards the end of the first period. Buffalo’s forward, Jeff Skinner, ended his five-match point streak and Eichel accumulated 11 points in the last 8 matches. Tampa Bay’s, Brayden Point, has a total of 7 points in his 4-match point streak and Hutton managed to win his previous 8 games with 7 starts.

What’s next for the Buffalo Sabre’s and Tampa Bay Lightning

The Buffalo Sabre’s will take on the Florida Panthers on Friday at 19:00 pm, while Tampa Bay Lightning will clash against the Florida Panthers on Saturday at 19:00 pm. On Tuesday, Tampa Bay Lightning will clash against the Devils, while the Buffalo Sabre’s take on the Predators for more NHL action. Stay tuned to see how everything plays out in the 2018/19 NHL season.

In the previous NHL season, we managed to survive an entire year without a coach getting fired which was pretty fantastic, to say the least. However, a quarter of a way through the current season and we already looking at four coaches that managed to get fired.

The Los Angeles Knights fired John Stevens to start things off earlier this month along with the departure of Joel Quenneville which was quite surprising, to be honest. The Oilers’ Todd McLellan and the Blues’ Mike Yeo also opted in to make a few coaching changes, and when looking at the league now, there seems to be a couple more changes in the pipeline.

Obviously, this is never a great topic to discuss, but its certainly worth mentioning as struggling teams attempt to switch things up in hopes of reaching success before it’s too late. Let’s take a look at a handful of seats that might receive new coaches during the 2018/19 NHL season.

Anaheim Ducks – Randy Carlyle

It’s difficult to get a decent read on the Anaheim Ducks during the first quarter due to early injuries. Corey Perry is on reserve for the last two months due to a knee injury, Cam Fowler will miss a great deal of action after a facial fracture, and defenseman Hampus Lindholm will be absent from the game for a while due to a lower-body ailment.

Randy Carlyle joined a team that managed to finish at the top of the division for four consecutive years, looking promising to contend for the world-renowned Cup. The team did manage to come close during the 2016/17 NHL season, but they are currently heading in the wrong direction. A change in leadership could instantly change that for such a talented team.

Pittsburgh Penguins – Mike Sullivan

It’s been nearly three years since Jim Rutherford, the general manager of the Penguins, decided to replace Mike Johnson with the current Mike Sullivan, sparking a phenomenal sprint during the 2015/16 NHL playoffs. Mike Sullivan managed to guide to squad from 9th in the Eastern Conference to the Stanley Cup, leading the champions to a second consecutive title the next year. However, the penguins are currently 14th in the Eastern Conference, leaving Mike Sullivan on the hot seat, especially after he decided to trade Carl Hagelin for Tanner Pearson.

Philadelphia Flyers – Dave Hakstol

Dave Hakstol is currently enjoying his fourth season with the Flyers, making him one of the longest standing coaches in the National Hockey League. However, apart from 2 first-round playoffs, the squad hasn’t been phenomenal while under Hakstol’s guidance. Even in the 2018/19 NHL season, the Flyers are considered one of the most frustrating squads in the league with incredible talent that are unable to reach their full potential. Philadelphia is currently suffering from a 4-match losing streak, lacking both accountability and consistency. This might cause Dave Hakstol to lose his seat as head coach for the team, leaving an opening for a new coach to revive the Flyers before its too late.

We’re only halfway through November and still have a long road ahead of us before hardware will be handed out to NHL players. However, everyone appreciates positive reinforcements and handing out a couple of stick taps is never too early. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the possible MVP’s as the 2018/19 NHL season reaches the first-quarter mark.

John Gibson – Anaheim Ducks

At first glance, it’s no surprise that you would focus on the fact that he only managed to win 6 times in 17 decisions, or the fact that his 2.55 goal average is barely on the top 20 of the league’s goalies. However, with a .928 save percentage and facing the second highest shots in the NFL, you quickly realise that the Anaheim Ducks could be a lot worse if it weren’t for Gibson.

Michael Grabner – Arizona Coyotes

Grabner is recognised for his part in the Coyotes extremely deadly penalty-killing unit. The Coyotes are currently ranked first overall when it comes to PK efficiency where they managed to score a total of 10 astonishing shorthanded goals. What makes Grabner so impressive is that he is currently leading the way with four shorties and managed to assist with a handful of others.

David Pastrnak – Boston Bruins

One cannot argue if you much rather prefer Patrice Bergeron. However, David’s almost goal-a-game pace is certainly a marvellous thing.

Jeff Skinner – Buffalo Sabres

Skinner is already boasting with 14 goals, placing him directly behind Pastrnak when it comes to goal scoring records in the NHL.

David Rittich – Calgary Flames

There’s no denying that Mark Smith is underperforming more than any other goalie in the NGL league which makes the breakout performance by backup Rittich that much more important

Sebastian Aho – Carolina Hurricanes

This sensational centre, who is only 21 years of age, kicked off the season with a remarkable 12-match point streak and he doesn’t seem like he is slowing down at all. He is certainly a star in the making.

Patrick Kane – Chicago Blackhawks

Alex DeBrincat (9), Jonathan Toews (9), and Kane (12) have a combined score of 30 from the 53 goals by Chicago. Imagine where the offense of the Blackhawks will be without the incredible Kane?

Mikko Rantanen – Colorado Avalanche

Although MacKinnon is returning from a Hart Trophy nomination, its Rantanen that is currently leading the entire NHL league in both points and assists.

Artemi Panarin – Columbus Blue Jackets

He continues to rack in points for Columbus. However, how long will this continue as a pending UFA who recently indicated that he is not really interested in signing up with the team again?

Morgan Rielly – Toronto Maple Leafs

Auston Matthews was first, but then he got injured. Linemates Mitch Marner and John Tavares took over while Frederik Andersen continues to provide sensational netminding. However, its difficult to overlook the contributions by Rielly as he is currently leading all blueliners in the NHL in both points and goals.

Utilizing slide rules, statistics, spreadsheets, and algorithms, we have finally determined the world’s best hockey players of all time. Below, you will find the top hockey players in the world starting with number 1 and working our way down.

1. Gordie Howe

Gordie Howe boasts with an incredible 801 career goals which was quite a record back in the day. He was a member of the Red Wings and managed to win 4 Stanley Cups in 1954, 1955, 1952, and 1950. Apart from being known as a scorer, he was also renowned for his gritty play. He managed to inspire the Gordie Howe hat trick consisting of an assist, a goal, and one fight per game.

2. Wayne Gretzky

With his amazing speed and finesse, Gretzky managed to revolutionise the game completely. ‘The Great One” shattered records that were standing for the longest time, scoring a total of 894 goals. He also managed to win 4 Stanley Cups while playing for the Edmonton Oilers and was also awarded MVP a total of 9 times.

3. Bobby Orr

Widely considered the best defenseman when it came to ice hockey, as evident by his 8 James Norris Memorial Trophy victories from 1968 to 1975. While playing for the Boston Bruins, Bobby Orr was the first defenseman to lead in scoring within the NHL in 1970 and was also named MVP a total of 3 times. In addition, he also won a total of 2 Stanley Cups.

4. Mario Lemieux

Although he was 1.9 meters tall, he still managed to display great agility and speed. Throughout his 17-year career with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Lemieux won a total of 2 Stanley Cups and scored a staggering 690 goals in his career despite missing several season after he found out his was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma.

5. Maurice Richard

Known as ‘The Rocket’, Maurice Richard managed to rewrite the record books during his prime. He was the first player to score a total of 500 goals and was the first to light the lamp a total of 50 times in just one season. While playing for the Montreal Canadiens for 18 years, he managed to win 8 Stanley Cups and was well-known for his temper and aggressive playstyle.

6. Jean Beliveau

Widely known as one of the best centres in the game of ice hockey, he managed to win 10 Stanley Cups while playing for the Montreal Canadiens. He scored a total of 507 goals back then in his career and was named MVP twice in 1956 and 1964.

7. Terry Sawchuk

Considered the best goalie in the NHL of all time, Sawchuk enjoyed playing ice hockey for 21 years and managed to win a total of 4 Stanley Cups, one while playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs and three while playing for the Red Wings. He also managed to register a total of 447 wins in his career, including an impressive 103 shutouts which managed to stay a record until 2009.

Keen hockey fans looking to get more bang for their puck should realise that in ice hockey, the understanding of the available options as well as the preparedness to put in comprehensive research are key. In hockey, you have quite a few betting options which include wagering on the correct score, the winner or even the number of goals. Then there is still the least familiar option, the points spread bet, one in which one team as to win with a specified number of goals and the bettor need to predict the overall number of goals.

Legal Sports Betting in the USA

Ice hockey is a thrilling, fast and even at times violent sport, great to wager on and with lots of international and league games taking place in Europe, Canada and North America it is one of the most exciting sports. Canadians love hockey and know how to put this love into real money online bets, while the US is as hooked on ice hockey since the NHL comprises of twenty-three teams from America and plus an additional seven from Canada. When it comes to legal sports betting in the USA and Canada, provinces in Canada can run sports betting lotteries. The criminal law in Canada section 207(4) (b) makes it clear that governments are permitted to run lotteries but cannot allow bets on single sporting events, while the Gaming Corporation and the Ontario Lottery does offer ProLine and sports betting, bettors need to wager on parlays and multiple events.

US Sports Betting Revolution Finally Set into Action

Sports betting enthusiasts might be disappointed that geographic limitation will still play a role in the US, and when it comes to online sports betting it might be a case of plug-and-play. Casinos largely depend on their partnerships with established third parties such as IGT and Scientific Games. Companies with years of online sports experience internationally are trusted to set up their online operations, which might minimise the learning curve, and several have traditional sports betting product just waiting in the wings.

With the US opening-up, the sports betting market many interesting options could await sports bettors in Nevada. What most bettors expect is that the infusion of sophistication and the increased competition will offer fuller in-play options in which wagering on games will be possible from your mobile while watching the gaming action in real play.

Future of Online Sports Betting in Canada and the US

The technological gap will close quickly in America after the Supreme Court ruling. It will set off a chain reaction of events that will most surely revolutionise the online sports betting industry in the US. Odds are that the Canadian sports betting market will play catch-up, but experts warn that sports enthusiasts should not expect that sports betting will be available everywhere any time soon.