December 28 2012 07:07AM

"He speaks better English than he lets you know," Bill LaForge (Esa's juniors coach) said. "When he needed new skates, he let me know. But when I asked him why he was late for curfew, he'd start talking to me in Finnish."

Esa Tikkanen brought the world a hybrid of Finnish and English – dubbed ‘Tikkanese’ – that could befuddle players, coaches, and interviewers alike. Most of all he was 'the Grate One'--an exceptional shadow, a skilled hockey player and a good man to have on your team. Mostly.

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Funny stories with Nail Yakupov & Alex Galchenyuk

Steve Dangle
December 28 2012 01:26AM


Nail Yakupov and Alex Galchenyuk are good friends and former teammates. Now they are competing for World Junior gold against each other. On the eve (or morning) of Team Russia's first game against Team USA at the 2013 World Juniors, enjoy some stories both guys have told us.

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KHL: Goal of the Year Candidate

Steve Dangle
December 28 2012 01:10AM

Not gonna lie to you - not a lot of huge names in these games. There. I was straight up. But there are some great highlights, including one goal I'd put in the conversation for goal of the year in the Ak Bars vs. Neftekhimik game.


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Oklahoma City: The Best of the Rest

Jonathan Willis
December 27 2012 04:26PM

Looking at the Oilers' forward prospects in the AHL this year, I see three distinct groups. There is the NHL trio of Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, three fantastic players who have nothing to prove and will (barring serious injury) enjoy long careers in the majors. After that three, there are two legitimate prospects - Teemu Hartikainen and Magnus Paajarvi. Then there's everyone else, a group of players who aren't doing nearly enough. 

It's something that becomes particularly obvious when this year's group is compared to the 2004-05 Edmonton Roadrunners. 

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KHL: Grabo's OT Heroics

Steve Dangle
December 27 2012 03:38PM

Mikhail Grabovski scores a nice OT-winner, some wicked saves between Dynamo Moscow and Slovan, and more! If you have to watch just ONE game, watch SKA-Red Army. Great game.


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