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Under Review Partners With CanCHELation Cup


Under Review has announced that they will be the official media partner of the CanCHELation Cup eSports hockey league. Replays of season 3 games will be uploaded on the Under Review YouTube channel. Recaps will also be posted here on our website throughout the season. 

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Release The Kraken! The NHL's Newest Team

FINALLY!  After 500+ days since the NHL announced the new expansion to Seattle that a team name, logo, colors, and even jerseys have been revealed to the masses!  The Seattle Kraken.  Pretty much everyone knew Kraken was going to be the team name, it’s now official and the reveal did not disappoint. 

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The Curious Case of Sports During a Pandemic

The great people here at Under Review simulated and streamed the remaining regular season and playoff games of the Federal Prospects Hockey League.  NASCAR and IndyCar ran virtual races on iRacing with both praise (awesome driving) and controversy (rage quitting and unnecessary crashing).  Those races peaked my interest and I made sure to either watch them live or catch the races later on YouTube.  Cycling has gone virtual as well with riders using their exercise bikes and linking them to a program to race others. 

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Stio Named President of Fraser FPHL Team

As Under Review first reported on Friday afternoon, former Battle Creek Rumble Bees General Manager Adam Stio, has been named President of the Fraser FPHL team. The team will be playing in the Fraser Hockeyland which will seat around 3,000 fans.

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RECAP: Bees Dispersal Draft

The Battle Creek Rumble Bees are officially done. The dispersal draft happened Monday with one round of picks from all nine teams. Any player who hasn't been selected is officially a free agent.

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A Family Affair: The McCreary's

McCreary, a name synonymous with hockey. From Tier II junior hockey to the Hockey Hall of Fame, the McCreary family has been all over the hockey world. It all started with Bill McCreary Sr. and his brother Keith McCreary who both played in the NHL. Keith played for the Canadiens, Penguins and Flames throughout his career and has his Flames jersey on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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Players React To Cancellation Of FPHL Season

Monday night the Federal Prospects Hockey League announced that they would be cancelling the remainder of the 2019-2020 season due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19. While this disappoints fans everywhere, this cancelation really hurts the players/staff on all teams as well. We reached out to some players to get their thoughts on the situation. 

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FPHL Power Rankings: Feb. 28 - Mar. 1

After a brief hiatus in our power rankings, they have returned! There has been a lot happening since we've last done these so let's get right to it.

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RECAP: FPHL Trade Deadline

The FPHL Trade Deadline has come and gone and boy oh boy did it leave us scratching our heads. Without any delay, we’re going to dive right in with the trades that we know and we’ll keep updating this article if anything changes.

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Rando's Way Too Early SPHL Playoff Predictions

We are already reaching the end of the 2019-2020 SPHL regular season, and we now bolt towards the postseason. Compared to last season, this year has been a wild ride in the SPHL standings. Teams are bumping and grinding for their spot’s, only grabbing spots with the third tiebreaker in those desperate attempts. 

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Flyers Legend Brian Propp Talks Impressive Career


Brian Propp is a 15 year NHL veteran who is arguably one of the best left wingers in NHL history. Propp has made five NHL All-Star games and five Stanley Cup finals. Propp was drafted 14th overall in the 1979 NHL Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers and has played for other teams like the Boston Bruins, Minnesota North Stars and the Hartford Whalers.

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Hurricanes Receive 2021 Stadium Series Game

News came out Saturday that the Carolina Hurricanes will be hosting an outdoor game at Carter-Finley Stadium as part of the NHL Stadium Series.  Very few details have been revealed yet outside of the game being played on February 20, 2021. Their opponent will be announced at a later date.

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FPHL Power Rankings: Jan. 30 - Feb. 1

We had a week off from the Power Rankings last week but we're back this week! We break down the top ten best teams in the league based on our opinions.

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The Blueprint For The SPHL All-Star Game

The All Star Game. A staple in American sports. It’s the time that the best of the best come together and play a game of whatever sport that participate in. Fans get to see the stars, the league gets to celebrate, and other players get a break.

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NHL Power Rankings: January

Like we have done throughout the season with the FPHL, we decided to bring our power rankings to the NHL. We rank the ten best teams in the NHL for the month of January.

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Opinion: The FPHL Made The Right Call

The Federal Prospects Hockey League on Tuesday announced that Mentor Ice Breakers player Brody Duncan would be suspended for the remainder of the season for purposely taking a slap shot into the Carolina Thunderbirds bench at the end of the game this past Saturday.  

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FPHL Power Rankings: Jan. 17th-18th

The new power rankings are in! Let us know what you think by commenting your thoughts below. Do you agree with our rankings? What would you change and why? Be sure to share with your friends.

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Top 10 Current FPHL Broadcasters

Under Review has recently been approached by a handful of fans via direct message to rank the play-by-play voices of the Federal Prospects Hockey League and seeing as the league has grown to 10 teams, most traveling broadcasters this season, it seems like the halfway point of the season is an opportune time to publish our list of the best voices in the league.

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3ICE: Bringing the Chill to your 2021 Summer

3ICE, a new hockey league is coming in the summer of 2021 will tour North America offering the high stakes 3-on-3 action seen in regular season NHL OT and making it the main feature.  The league will be broadcast in both the US and Canada on CBS Sports and TSN, respectively. 

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Q&A: Ryan Marker


Ryan Marker has been an absolute superstar with the Delaware Thunder. Marker currently finds himself as the league leader in goals scored and second in overall points in the FPHL this season. As part of a new series we're doing here at Under Review, I spoke with Marker and got to know more about him.

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FPHL Power Rankings: Jan. 10th-11th

Another weekly FPHL Power Rankings are in the books. It was a relatively quiet weekend. However we do have some teams moving up and down in this week’s rankings!

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FPHL Power Rankings: Jan. 3rd-4th

What a week in the FPHL! We have seen roster changes, weekday games, games at a neutral site that will be an expansion team next year and the two best teams in the league go head to head. Let’s get to it! 

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 Marksmen Help to Legitimize SPHL

The Fayetteville Marksmen are having quite the successful 2019-20 season in the SPHL. They currently sit in third in the ten-team league, which so far has been their strongest showing on the ice under the ownership of Chuck Norris (not the Chuck Norris you're thinking of). What makes their top three placing more impressive is the fact that the team has been playing with what could be called a “revolving door roster”.  

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Under Review's Most Viewed Articles Of 2019

2019 was by far the most successful year for Under Review. We couldn't have done any of this without you, the readers. With that being said, I have listed our top-10 most viewed articles of 2019 and a little comment about each article.

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FPHL Power Rankings: Dec. 20th-21st


FPHL teams faced off against each other for the final time before the holiday break last weekend. It was an eventful weekend to say the least with the Battle Creek Rumble Bees almost shocking the Elmira Enforcers. There were winners and losers and now, we take a look at our weekly FPHL power rankings.

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FPHL Power Rankings: Dec. 13th-18th

After an eventful weekend in the FPHL, we have had a few changes to our Power Rankings. Which includes a new No. 1 team! These rankings are from Dec. 13th-18th.

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SPHL Power Rankings: Week 8

It's Friday the 13th and just like every Friday, we have the new SPHL Power Rankings for week 8. There has been some changes from last week's rankings. So without further delay, here are your week 8 SPHL Power Rankings.

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Tristan Jarry Makes Penguins History With Shutout

On Thursday night, Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry not only recorded a shutout against the Columbus Blue Jackets but he also made Penguins history in the process. 

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FPHL Power Rankings: Dec. 6th-7th

Week 1 of power rankings are in the books, so we move on to week 2. I have analyzed last week’s scores, stats and overall performances and here are the newly updated power rankings.

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Sharks Empty The Tank With Coaching Staff

A day after losing 3-1 to the Nashville Predators, the San Jose Sharks announce the firing of head coach Peter DeBoer as well as assistant coaches Dave Barr, Steve Spott, and Johan Hedberg with Hedberg also serving as  the goaltending coach.  Bob Boughner is expected to man the bench in the head coach role.  

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SPHL Power Rankings: Week 7


With week 8 of the 2019-2020 Southern Professional Hockey League season starting tonight, we take a look back at week 7 and rank each team in their performance throughout the season so far.

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FPHL Power Rankings: Nov. 27th-30th

The time has come for weekly power rankings! Every week I will analyze the FPHL and determine which teams earned their right to be at the top of the board and which ones belong at the bottom. I decide power rankings based on multiple factors including but not limited to overall record, strength of schedule, overall play, team stats and roster adjustments.

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Movember: Best Beards In The FPHL

Movember has come to an end and the best part was seeing a lot of great facial hair on display.  I have researched every roster in the Federal Prospects Hockey League and decided to have a little fun! I chose one player from each team that I thought had the best mustache, beard or even both.  I have put my list in alphabetical order by team.

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The Buzz: Bees to Bloomington?

There has been rumblings throughout the Federal Prospects Hockey League that their newest team, the Battle Creek Rumble Bees, will be heading to Bloomington, Illinois following the conclusion of the 2019-2020 season. 

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Akim Aliu's Redemption

Out of all the news surrounding the explosive racism allegations, now proven to be true in Bill Peter’s letter to Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving, one thing has constantly stuck out to me:  when will Akim Aliu receive his redemption?

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Top 10 NHL Alternate Jerseys

Since adidas took over the NHL’s uniform deal in 2017, we’ve seen a lot of alternate sweaters get released. Some are hearkened to the past, others draw from current color combinations and add new variations. This is the list of the top 10 alternate sweaters in the league right now. 

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Black Friday Sports Gaming Guide

With Black Friday coming up, a lot of people are looking to get great deals on video games that they have wanted throughout the year. Under Review has done the research and found the best deals for some of the best sports games of 2019. 

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Possible Memphis FPHL Owners Revealed

In what has already been an interesting week for minor league hockey with the announcement of the FPHL playing in Bloomington, IL, another big news story has surfaced. There has been rumors floating around of Memphis, TN getting an FPHL team.

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FPHL TO HEAD TO BLOOMINGTON, IL

The league of second chances is back at it again. After picking up former Southern Professional Hockey League hotbed Columbus, GA over the summer, it seems the Federal Prospects Hockey League will be picking up former SPHL market Bloomington, IL to have a team for the 2020-2021 season.

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CWHL Folds, What Happens Next?

On March 31st the Canadian Women’s Hockey League announced that they are discontinuing operations.  This is devastating news for women’s hockey, as it means there is only one league left that is professional in North America: the National Women’s Hockey League.  That being said, this could be a blessing in disguise.

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How the NHL Can Change with 32 Teams

The 2021-22 NHL season will be another landmark for the league as it expands to 32 teams with Seattle.  The addition of Seattle will even-out the league both in numbers as well as geographically. With 16 teams per conference it made me think of four questions that could happen with a 32-team league. 

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Thunderbirds find pot of gold, win 9-0 over Mentor

As if the Carolina Thunderbirds needed anymore luck this season, they donned their special St. Patrick’s Day jerseys.  Finding a pot of gold in front of 3,175 fans, the Thunderbirds came away with a 9-0 victory Saturday night. The Thunderbirds continued to show why they are currently the best team in the Federal Hockey League.

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FHL Announces Suspensions For Elmira Incident

The Federal Hockey League has officially handed out of penalties from the Elmira Enforcers vs Carolina Thunderbirds game on Sunday afternoon. While the official result of the game hasn’t been decided yet, the league has handed heavy fines for the Enforcers.

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FHL Makes Statement On Incident With Enforcers

There were many people left wondering what is going to happen to the officials for this weekend’s games. The Federal Hockey League made a statement on the incident.

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Chaos Ensues In Thunderbirds, Enforcers Game

The NCAA has "March Madness" but the FHL now has "March Mayhem" following the Carolina Thunderbirds vs Elmira Enforcers game on Sunday afternoon. The Enforcers played host to the Thunderbirds all weekend, dropping two games Friday and Saturday to Carolina. Sunday’s game was anything but normal however, as Enforcers Owner Robbie Nichols pushed a referee and caused a major incident.

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Ted Lindsay Passes Away At 93

It was announced early Monday morning that the hockey world lost one of it's great players. Ted Lindsay passed away Monday at the age of 93.

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NHL Trade Deadline Recap

NHL fans can breathe a sigh of relief now that the NHL trade deadline has concluded. There buyers and sellers, winners and losers but one thing is for sure, there was some disappointed fans at the end of it.

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Flyers Stun Penguins 4-3 In 2019 Stadium Series

The 2019 Stadium Series between the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins was already set to be an intense rivalry game, what we got was an instant classic. The Penguins were up 3-1 in the 3rd period, then the Flyers rallied. In overtime, the Flyers Captain Claude Giroux scored the game winning, lifting the Flyers past the Penguins 4-3.

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Historic Run Catapults Blues Back Into Contention 

There's a saying in life that “all good things must come to an end”,and in Dallas last night, they did. The Blues franchise-record setting 11-game win streak came to a disheartening end in a 5-2 loss to the Dallas Stars. But what’s to be thought of is not the fact that the streak is over, it’s the massive accomplishment it is for the Blues, especially considering where they were a month ago.

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NC State Wins ACCHL Championship

No. 3 Virginia met No. 1 NC State in the ACCHL Championship game on Sunday afternoon. Virginia was looking for another upset in the ACCHL tournament, trying to stop the undefeated NC State. It was a close game, however NC State pulled it off and won their third ACCHL Championship in school history.

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2019 ACCHL Semi-Final Results

Day two of the ACCHL Championship Tournament saw plenty of action and a thrilling comeback for the ages. NC State and Virginia will meet Sunday at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex in the championship game.

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2019 ACCHL Semi-Final Results

Yesterday saw the quarterfinals of the ACCHL Tournament in at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex. Eight teams came to compete for a championship, however only four could advance to the semi-finals. Those four teams were NC State, Wake Forest, Georgetown and Virginia.

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North Carolina Hockey Red Hot In January

February has begun and while we wait and see what the shortest month of the year has in store for us between the four professional hockey teams in North Carolina we can look back to January and see one blaring trend: ice hockey was red hot for everyone.

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Hart Making History In Philadelphia

It wasn’t that long ago that the Everett Silvertips goaltender Carter Hart was the talk of the NHL. Hart was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2016 but spent time in the WHL with the Silvertips as a Flyers prospect. Plagued by recurring injuries in the goaltending core, the Flyers called-up Hart to finally make his NHL debut.

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St. Louis Blues Looking For Second Half Resurgence

When St. Louis Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong gave his exit press conference after missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs by a single game, he made mention that he would do “whatever it took” the following summer to bring the city and fans the Cup he felt they so rightfully deserved.

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Watertown: The Journey To The Commissioner's Cup

Winning it all was not expected, but hard work by the front office, head coach and the determination and perseverance of the players made it all possible. Not everyone can say that they have won a championship in professional sports, I am fortunate enough to say that I have. There is no feeling quite like holding a trophy and receiving a championship ring with your name engraved.

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NHL All-Star Games Should Include CWHL & NWHL

With the NHL All-Star Game and it’s festivities officially over this past Sunday the NHL actually were able to do something they haven’t do in awhile: generate talk about the sport and it’s future.  While the game did not generate any real hype besides the jerseys each player was wearing, it was the Skills Competition that caused a frenzy.

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Myles McCauley Announces Retirement After 10 Years

From his first contract with the Plymouth Whalers (OHL) to his final with the Birmingham Bulls (SPHL), Myles McCauley has done some incredible things in the game of hockey. From signing his first professional contract at the age of 21 with the then Augusta Riverhawks (SPHL) in 2012 to playing in the East Coast Hockey League to even being in an NHL video game, McCauley has left his mark on the ice.

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The History of the Short Lived Delaware Federals

When you think of the state of Delaware, things like it being the first state, their iconic NASCAR track and it being the home of the former Vice President Joe Biden all come to mind. Delaware has it's fair share of sports teams like the Wilmington Blue Rocks, a Carolina League baseball team and the Delaware Blue Coats, an NBA G-League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers. However, the thought of a professional hockey team in Delaware most likely hasn’t even crossed your mind.

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The Sad State Of The Edmonton Oilers

Peter Chiarelli was relieved of his duties as General Manager of the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday. His release ended his three-and-a-half year time in that position with the club.  During his time with the team, he was known for two transactions: the first was the trade of Taylor Hall to the New Jersey Devils for Adam Larsson in 2016 and the contract extension of goalie Mikko Koskinen right before his release.

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NC State Remains Unbeaten, Win 5-0 Against UNC

Wednesday night was the third and final game of the season between the NC State Wolfpack and the University of North Carolina Tar Heels at PNC Arena in Raleigh.  While UNC normally plays home games at the OC Sportsplex in Hillsborough and NC State plays at the Iceplex in Raleigh the games between the two are always played at the much bigger PNC Arena, home of the Carolina Hurricanes, for what is dubbed the “Backyard Brawl”.

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Wonuary, 2019: How Winning NC Hockey Is Great

We're almost halfway through the first month of 2019 and there is one common thread among all levels of hockey here in North Carolina: they're winning!  

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Old Memories, New Experiences: New Experiences

Regardless of if the Canes season is going to be mediocre, good, great, or supreme I have decided that the 2018-19 season was going to be the season that I try my best to attend games of all sorts of levels and experience in North Carolina.  

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Old Memories, New Experiences: The Canes Take Over

With the minor league teams of Greensboro and Raleigh out of the way the Canes started their new venture away from Hartford in the south, but still in the Northeast Division.  How did it go? It may sound familiar: last place in their division and missing the playoffs.

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Old Memories, New Experiences: Old Memories

I'm spoiled by how close I live to PNC Arena, home of the Carolina Hurricanes.  A ten minute drive in fact. Sadly, busy work and life schedules mean that I only see the Canes play a handful of times a season.  Yes, I know they have been playing for the wooden spoon more than they have for the Stanley Cup in the past decade, but hey, it's NHL hockey and as they say: you don't know what you got till it's gone.

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NC Hockey: Making Hockey In NCGreat Again

For years, hockey in the great state of North Carolina has been overlooked by the roaring success of the Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Hornets and all NCAA basketball programs in the area. The question is, why? Hockey in North Carolina is the best it’s been a really long time.

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On This Day: Terry Sawchuk Records Sixth Career Shutout

Sawchuk was handed the task of being the rookie Goaltender for the Red Wings. Sawchuk found success early in his career, recording his sixth career shutout on January 4, 1951. Sawchuk’s Red Wings beat the Black Hawks of Chicago, 1-0 at the Olympia in Detroit.

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On This Day: Dave Schultz' First NHL Hat Trick

The definition of Enforcer is to deter and respond to dirty or violent play by the opposition. Dave Schultz lived up to that name, playing the role of Enforcer well. Schultz spent the majority of his career as a member of the infamous ‘Broad Street Bullies’.

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On This Day: Mike Bossy's 500th Career Goal

Scoring one goal in a hockey game is difficult, try scoring one goal in the National Hockey League. The NHL consists of the best hockey players in the world, scoring on them isn’t an easy task. However, the New York Islander legend Mike Bossy made it look effortless.

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Marksmen Find New Identity In 2018-2019 Season

‘Trust the Process’ is a phrase that was made famous by former Philadelphia 76ers General Manager Sam Hinkie. Even though the Fayetteville Marksmen aren't a basketball team, or play in Philadelphia, the quote still applies.

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