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As hockey fans, "believing" is something we're challeneged to do on a regular basis. From slogans and murals to television ads and rally towels, it seems we're always being given something to believe in, and sometimes it's easier than others. Believe in the players.In the offseason, with this summer being no exception, free agency brings a boatload of hype––some more warranted than others––for players moving from team to team. When teams seemingly put all their proverbial eggs in one basket, it often feels as though the hope of an entire franchise is being placed on the shoulders of one high-profile player, expecting him to single-handedly lead the team to greatness. While it's no secret that blockbuster signings don't always pan...

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Drop 'Em: Fights in the Stanley Cup Final

Fighting and enforcers have had their place in the game for as long as the sport of hockey has existed. Love it or hate it, hockey's a physical game, and from time to time, that involves two willing opponents squaring off and dropping the gloves. Fights in regular season games happen for a number of reasons, often a player coming to the aide of a teammate or trying to spark a change in momentum for his team. The playoffs however are a different animal, a time when discipline has to override raw emotion in order to earn hockey's ultimate prize. As the postseason progresses further towards the final, series may be physical, but old time fist fights become few and...

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Springtime in Boston

When the snow starts to melt and temperatures begin to climb again in New England (well, at least a little bit), the swan boats come back to the Commons, the Red Sox return to Fenway Park, and when we're lucky, playoff hockey shows its face at TD Garden.  Boston vs. Ottawa, game 4 at TD Garden Boston is one of only four cities simultaneously hosting both NHL and NBA playoff series this season. Having lived here for almost a decade now, there's nothing that says Springtime in Boston like sitting on a patio with a summer beer in hand while watching the Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins all in one day, but there's something truly special about playoff hockey in this town...

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Beards are Back

Hockey is full of funny traditions; handshake lines, not touching the trophy, and growing tremendous beards during the postseason. Widely credited to the 1980 Islanders dynasty for first starting the trend, playoff beards have spread beyond just hockey and into football, baseball, and even college sports. The trimming of the beard is thought to change the team's luck, prompting players to refrain until after elimination or a championship victory. Like most traditions in sports, the playoff beard is beloved for a number of reasons. First, the humor. Whether it's comparing Brent Burns to Chewbacca (no longer limited to the postseason) or mocking Sidney Crosby for his lack of beard-growing abilities, there's never a shortage of laughs to be had at...

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My Top 5 Go-To Hockey Movies

This week has been a big one for movie buffs, not just wrapping up with the Oscars tonight, but also marking the 40th anniversary of perhaps the most iconic hockey film of all time, Slap Shot. Between comedies, documentaries, dramas and kids flicks, there have been countless movies made about the game over the years, (some better than others) and almost as many listicles written arguing which is the the best and why.  Now, I'm no movie expert, so I'm not going to sit here and tell you why one film is better than the next or why you should or shouldn't like it, but I can tell you about the handful of hockey movies that I find myself watching time and time again and why...

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