Pure Hockey 2014-15 NHL Stanley Cup Predictions

It’s about that time of year again. Time for unquestionably the best 7-8 weeks in all of sports — the NHL Playoffs. So that means it’s time for the experts and analysts to break down each match-up round by round, and diehard and fair-weather fans alike to cast their votes, fill out their respective brackets and predict this year’s Stanley Cup winner.

Here at Pure Hockey, we accepted the NHL Bracket Challenge and the votes are in. Of the 98 total entries, 32 team members —  32.65% — picked the New York Rangers as the 2014-15 NHL Stanley Cup champs.


Hockey Stick Curves and Deflated Footballs

Hockey Stick Curves and Deflated Footballs

Both NFL and NHL referees deal with equipment that “pushes the line”.

Hockey Stick Curves and Football PSI

People with internet and TV everywhere just got a three-week lesson on the regulations regarding the inflation of footballs for NFL games. We are Pure Hockey, not Pure Football so this will be real short, but football inflation is apparently restricted to an area of 1 PSI (between 12.5 and 13.5 PSI) that is acceptable for use. Because of recent news, NFL quarterbacks past and present have expressed their feelings about how much they personally prefer their footballs inflated. With all the talk circulating around in the media, we made the connection between a quarterback’s preference in football pressure and a hockey player’s preference in stick curve. Whether you label it “cheating,” “gamesmanship” or just “bending the rules, there are people doing it with their equipment in almost every sport. Illegal baseball bats and pine-tarred balls, illegal hockey stick curves, under or over-inflated footballs, and even something like Jimmie Johnson failing a post-qualifying car inspection for NASCAR are all examples of people trying to modify their equipment to get an edge. CONTINUE READING ARTICLE

5 Hockey Tips That Made Me a Better Player


Hockey Coach Tips


5 Hockey Tips From My Coaches

Everyone who has grown up playing the game of hockey knows of the universal strategies that people use to better themselves on the ice. These are strategies that all players partake in, including things like weight-lifting, conditioning, or fine tuning your skills through on-ice and off-ice drills. What is not universal about growing up as a hockey player is the specific advice that your coaches have given you. Everyone has been pulled aside by their coach and been schooled on a part of their game that needs help, or just to point out something that you are doing right. These small tips can often have a bigger impact on your game than hours in the gym or on the track. Here are 5 hockey tips that made me a better player over the years. These tips all came from various coaches over the years and all of them really landed with me and helped me to understand the game.


Off Ice Benefits of Playing Hockey

You can probably find a trillion articles out there about the physical benefits of playing hockey (or any sport, for that matter). Hockey specifically allows you to sharpen your ability to think quickly, offers myriad cardiovascular benefits, increases your strength across the board and provides you with one of the most versatile workouts you can find on the planet.

But what about the off ice benefits of playing hockey? Of course, the physical improvements and gains you accrue for your body can translate to other sports, but how does hockey benefit a player off the ice? What are the tools you can collect from years of playing hockey to utilize in your every day, non-sports life? Let’s explore.