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.


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.

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.

CANANDIAN TEAMS IN THE NHL FOCUSED IN THE NEXT SEASON

No matter the sport, the teams must prepare for the upcoming seasons. A well-executed plan could be the difference between making it to the final and being stuck in the last place. The preparation has many steps and one of them is getting new talent. Eventually the star players will retire and give the opportunity to the rookies.

The 2017/2018 season has not been easy for some teams. Those that failed to meet the goals on this season have their eyes on the next one. They will not repeat the same mistakes and are ready to correct the issues.

EDMONTO OILERS

This team is working on a new roster. Young players like Kirill Maksimov joined the organization on an entry level. The three-year contracts are all signed and ready to go. The Canadian player will be 19 next summer, he is prospect that the Oilers do not want to let go.

Maksimov would not be on the ice next fall due to his age and inexperience. The Oilers want to work with him for some time first before giving him the green light. There are many expectations about this young player. Hopefully, he will see some game time in 2019.

OTTAWA SENATORS

The Senators recruited the star defenceman from the University of North Carolina. Christian Wolanin is the now the rookie in the Ottawa based organization. This remarkable young man has been playing for his university since 2015. At that moment, the Senators put their eye on him. Finally, they signed a three-year starting level contract.

This new addition comes in a great moment for the team. The Senators have been strongly criticized recently and the fans are screaming for something new. Some fresh blood could change the whole team.

MONTREAL CANADIENS

One of the most important teams on its division. The Canadiens are going through a rough patch. Every day they are forced to add new players to the injured list. The list grows and the problems for the team. The results are far from optimal and they are stuck in the bottom of the scoreboard.

The fans believe some adjustment is necessary. A clear option would be to bring new players but there has not been much discussion about recruitment. Perhaps the team will announce the changes in the summer but in the meanwhile everything remains the same.

NEW SEASON, NEW ME

If something is not working or is damaged beyond repair, it is time to get a new one. The same happen with the teams. If a roster is underperforming, the best option is to renovate wherever they can.

Some teams would rather keep the same players and keep on building the franchises. This is not a winning strategy and could end up hurting their image. Those teams that refuse to change are risking more than necessary.

It is time to take advantage of the younger players. They are healthy and more than willing to give their all in the ice. This is the attitude the teams play if they want to bring something new to the table.

THE WINNIPEG JETS ADD ANOTHER KEY PLAYER TO THE INJURED LIST

The 2017/2018 has not been good for the players. Each week, more players make it to the injured list. This list includes the players that cannot get back to the ice for some weeks. The Winnipeg Jets have several players on this list. Most recently they added Dmitry Kulikov. The Russian defenceman will be out for about eight weeks.

A BRIGHT CAREER

Kulikov is only 27 years old but he is a veteran on the NHL. He played for seven seasons with Florida, the team took him for the first time in 2009. After that, he played for the Buffalo Sabres. His performance with the Sabres was not optimal. Kulikov injured his back after he was thrown against an open door. This injury kept him out of the ice for some time, he played only 47 games with the Sabres.

In 2017, despite the negative record with the Sabres, Kulikov was signed by the Winnipeg Jets. As a free agent, the Russian signed a contract for $12.99 million. He was supposed to play for three years with the Canadian team.

OLD WOUND

Kulikov went through a recovery process since his time with the Sabres. Unfortunately, on March 8 he was hurt again. On the game against New Jersey, the Winnipeg Jets took the victory home but the price to pay was high.

The medical team tried to improve Kulikov’s condition with therapy. It was not enough and soon it was announced that the defenceman required surgery to fully recover. After 62 games with the Jets, the Russian player was an important figure on the team.

SAME MISTAKES

The defenceman is not the first Jets’ player to enter the injured list. Other important figures are also out of the ice due to an injury. This kind of problems are common among the NHL players. In many cases, the players and even the staff, ignore the condition of the injuries. They take pain killers and keep playing. Not handling the problems on time will lead to permanent conditions. The players are facing consequences that will stay with them after their careers are over.

Hockey players are not the only with this problem. There has been some controversy around the injuries and how the teams turn a blind eye just to get better results. Kulikov’s injury is an example. A representative from the team said that Kulikov’s situation was a complete surprise for them. Some are wondering how honest the teams are about the condition of the players.

DESPERATE MEASURES

After many years of struggle, the players are finally trying to get something back. The lawsuits against the NFL and the NHL are millionaire affairs. The leagues are facing a difficult situation because of the players they failed to protect in the first place.

The NHL is trying to get ahead of the situation. There is a new figure in the matches, the concussion spotter should determine if after a fight a player is in good enough condition to stay. Better protocols will not erase the regular injuries a player suffers in game but it could prevent permanent consequences.

The New Jersey Devils aren’t the most successful NHL team out there, but this nifty named team do have quite a history. The professional hockey team is based in Newark, New Jersey but originally came from Kansas City in 1974, when they were known as the Kansas City Scouts. They would move to Colorado to become the Colorado Rockies in 1976, before finally moving to their current state in 1982. What else do we know about the New Jersey Devils, though?

The New Jersey Devils

The Devils have a long-standing rivalry with the New York Rangers, as well as the Philadelphia Flyers. Their earlier years were spent trying to assemble a core squad of players who could take on the Patrick Division of the Wales Conference in the early eighties. They made it to the playoffs in 1988 but to no real glory.

For the 1993-1994 season, the Devils joined the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference and results improved immediately finishing second overall, and conference champions in 1994-1995. They would go on to become division champions three years in a row from 1995-1999, 2000-01 and 2002-03. They also were division champs in 2005-06, 2006-07, 2008-09 and 2009-10, as well as conference champions in 1999-00, 2000-01, 2002-03, and 2011-12. The story since then is rather different. As has been the case throughout the New Jersey Devils history, their success ebbs and flows.

Stanley Cup Success

The Devils currently have 3 Stanley Cup victories under their belt, to sit alongside their 5-conference championship and 9 division championship titles. The New Jersey Devils won the Stanley Cup in the 1994-1995, 1999-00 and 2002-03 seasons. They could have made it 5 were it not for defeats in 2000-01 and 2011-12 to Colorado Avalanche and the Los Angeles Kings, respectively.

Since then, the Devils have enduring mixed fortunes, finishing no higher than fourth in their division (previously the Atlantic now Metropolitan divisions of the eastern conference). Last season’s disappointing finish of 8th was their lowest finish since they moved to New Jersey. This season, though, a brighter future could be on the horizon.

Current Fortunes

Although the New Jersey Devils missed out on a direct playoff spot via the Metropolitan Division, they are currently flying in the Eastern Conference Wild Card competition. Sitting top of the pile, five points clear of their nearest rivals (the Columbus Blue Jackets), and 9 points above third-placed New York Islanders, the New Jersey Devils are primed to pocket one of the two coveted wild card spots.

Having failed to make the playoffs since making the Stanley Cup final (and losing) in 2012, it is an exciting time to be a New Jersey Devils fan. They aren’t home and dry yet, and there can no doubt that a lot tougher challenges await the Devils is they acquire the wild-card spot and proceed to the playoffs, but following a handful of dismal and dreary years, things are starting to look up for this NHL team.