When War Wasn't An Analogy: Remembering Conn Smythe

Danny Gray
November 11 2011 08:09AM

Conn Smythe and others enlisting in 1939 at Maple Leaf Gardens.

The relationship between professional sports and the military has long been a complicated one. To outside observers the NFL often seems like another branch of the American Military. Don Cherry sets aside time each week on Coach’s Corner to remember the fallen men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Both Brian Burke and Luke Schenn travelled to Afghanistan this summer to visit troops serving there with the latter sponsoring a program for the military men and women known as “Luke’s Troops”. While today the relationship is mostly symbolic, in the past the connection was much more direct. No man better demonstrates the relationship between hockey and the military than Conn Smythe.

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Robin Brownlee
November 10 2011 09:11PM

There's every likelihood Tom Renney will tweak his line-up for Friday's game against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena, and he certainly should in the wake of a 6-3 loss to the Boston Bruins.

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2012 NHL All-Star Game Ballot Released

Jonathan Willis
November 10 2011 05:00PM

The NHL released its annual All-Star Game fan ballot today, which means it’s time to look over the list and see which players were undeservedly included and which ones were unfairly ignored.

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Jason Gregor
November 10 2011 12:45PM

The Oilers are in the midst of something they've never done in their 32 year-history; play four consecutive road games against Original Six teams. I know, you are shocked and amazed, but it is true. It is a quirky stat, but in ten years from now when you sit back and recall the crazy 2011/2012 season I'm sure you'll remember it for those four consecutive road games v. Montreal, Boston, Detroit and Chicago.

The Oilers have played four OS in one trip before just never consecutively.

November 3rd to 13th of 1996, December 6th to 15th of 1999, November 4th to 13th of 2003, and in 1993 they played five of the six OS during a seven game trek between November 6th to 17th. They lost to Chi, Bos and Mont, tied Tor and beat Det.

What does it mean?

Nothing, other than I was interested to see if it had ever happened before.

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The Return of The Bulin Wall

Jonathan Willis
November 10 2011 11:22AM

One year ago, Nikolai Khabibulin was almost entirely written-off as an NHL goaltender. Now, nine starts into 2011-12, he is playing as well as he has at any point in his lengthy and successful NHL career.

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