Mike on Hockey

Do The Evolution

Posted By: Mike Stubbs · 10/3/2013 4:44:00 PM

During their first trip to the zoo, just about every single kid is filled with questions. 

You get them about lions and tigers.  Depending on the child, you might hear questions like, “Where are the dinosaurs?”

Walk by the giraffe enclosure and invariably, you will hear something like, “Hey, why do they have such long necks?”

You can answer with the standard line about giraffes being made that way or you can introduce that child to a word they will hear again later in life.  Evolution.

Evolution likes to state that giraffes with longer necks were able to reach the higher foliage on the trees, therefore they were the ones who survived.  Over many many thousands of years, the giraffes we see today evolved.

Buy it or sell it or try to turn it on its ear, evolutionary theory exists.

It even exists in things like the game of hockey.


If They Could Go Back, It Might Have Been Different

Posted By: Mike Stubbs · 9/25/2013 3:23:00 PM

If you had the power to rewind time, how many things in your life would you go back and change?

Bad deal on a house?  Should’ve taken the car in for service when that engine light first came on.  Probably should’ve passed on one or two burritos.

How about if you were Corey Tropp of the Buffalo Sabres or David Clarkson of the Toronto Maple Leafs?

What if they could rewind time to Sunday at the end of the second period of the NHL pre-season game between Buffalo and Toronto?

Do you think they would have acted differently than they did in the third?

Tropp ended up in a fight with a guy a whole lot bigger than he was in Jamie Devane and we find out now that Tropp is likely to miss 5 or 6 weeks with a broken jaw sustained in that fight.

He was trying to ...

Video: Maple Leafs/ Sabres Brawl

Posted By: Mike Stubbs · 9/23/2013 6:57:00 AM

Here is the incident that everyone is talking about.  See what you think...


Something Is Still Missing From The NHL

Posted By: Mike Stubbs · 9/16/2013 8:03:00 AM

Someone from the National Hockey League needs to pick up a phone right now.  Before they do anything else.  Pick up a phone and have a conversation with three players.  Kurtis Foster, Joni Pitkanen and Pat Peake.

The NHL is making an enormous mistake.  It is a career threatening mistake for anyone who plays in their league this year.

It is going into another season with touch icing still in place.

Why the National Hockey League fails to realize how dangerous “the race” that touch-up icing brings is difficult to understand.

 When a puck is iced at the International level or in Major Junior hockey, there is no race.  There is an automatic icing call.  That’s the way that the NHL needed to go in the summer when they decided to test out a hybrid form.

Call Kurtis Foster, who nearly died because of touch icing.  He suffered a broken ...

Kiprusoff Deserves To Be Thought Of As One Of The Best

Posted By: Mike Stubbs · 9/9/2013 1:19:00 PM

Miikka Kiprusoff will go down as one of the best goalies in NHL history – if you live in Calgary.  If you don’t, you might be a long way to forgetting him already – but that would be a travesty.

Kiprusoff joined the Calgary Flames because the San Jose Sharks had too many goalies and because the Flames’ General Manager at that time, Darryl Sutter, had coached the Sharks and knew Kipper was a keeper.

When Kiprusoff put on his Flames’ sweater for the first time, he was 27.  He went on a Ken Dryden/Patrick Roy-type run by leading Calgary to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals.

The Flames lost 2-1 in that game, but Kiprusoff was set.  He had arrived and he would continue to make dazzling saves for 8 more seasons following the 04-05 lockout.

Kiprusoff has now retired.  And as people begin to talk about the ...