Philadelphia Flyers' fans and "Sign Man" celebrate Braydon Coburn's G1 goal

Philadelphia Flyers’ fans are clearly the very best in the National Hockey League. They support their club like no others. I don’t mean just showing up at games, we’re talking about the amount of pride they take in wearing the orange and black. Flyers’ fans do it right, every game. And that’s why they deserve their first Stanley Cup since 1975. (more…)

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Ben Johnson, Charlie Francis at the peak of their careers
Ben Johnson, Charlie Francis at the peak of their careers

Two days ago, Ben Johnson’s former coach and mentor, Charlie Francis, died at the age of 61. The vast majority of Canadians, who are old enough to remember him, think of Francis as the man who made one terribly destructive decision. The decision that sent Canada hurdling toward absolute elation and crushing disappointment at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. But don’t blame Francis. He only did what he had to do. (more…)

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Penguins' captain Sidney Crosby looks into Jaroslav Halak's eyes - to confirm he is human

Penguins' captain Sidney Crosby looks into Jaroslav Halak's eyes - to confirm he is human

With their Game Seven win last night in Pittsburgh, the Montréal Canadiens did a lot more than just eliminate the Penguins and close down Mellon Arena. They also punched their ticket straight to the Stanley Cup Final. That’s right, no matter who wins between Boston and Philly tomorrow night, Montreal will beat them – and endeavour to win its 25th Stanley Cup! (more…)

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What have we learned, if anything, from Canucks' netminder Roberto Luongo?
What have we learned, if anything, from Canucks’ netminder Roberto Luongo?

The National Hockey League is halfway through its 2010 Stanley Cup Playoff run. Have we been paying attention? Have we learned anything? Sure we have. Here are seven key things that this year’s postseason has taught us already. (more…)

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Bobby Orr and statue remembering his most famous goal
Boston fans can forever recall Bobby Orr’s famous goal on May 10, 1970

Yesterday, outside TD Garden in Boston, a statue of Bobby Orr scoring his famous fly-through-the-air-win-the-Stanley-Cup goal was unveiled. It marked the fortieth anniversary of Orr’s unforgettable moment. And it got me thinking. Why are Americans so good at commemorating memorable sports moments – but Canadians really stink at it? Here’s a kick-start for the statue-makers north of the 49th. (more…)

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