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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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A Hockeywood All-Star Weekend

Having lived in New England my whole life, I'm pretty immune to cabin fever during the frozen winter months, but even the heartiest of winter warriors enjoys an occasional break from the snow and ice. With the NHL All-Star Game being held in Los Angeles this year, I decided to kill two birds with one stone and head southwest for a long weekend of hockey and sunshine. Before the actual All-Star events got underway, we started our weekend on Friday by checking out Fan Fair, next door to Staples at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Not really knowing what to expect, we were pleasantly surprised to find that the event was like a hockey fan's amusement park with everything from Hall...

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Opening Night 2016

For the first time in six years, I had the chance to attend Bruins opening night at TD Garden, the first home puck drop of the new season. Not only did the night mark the start of a new chapter in Bruins history but major milestones for two Boston legends. Marking the 50th and 80th anniversaries of their Boston debuts respectively, two of the greatest Bruins to ever live, Bobby Orr and Milt Schmidt, made their way onto the ice after player introductions for the ceremonial puck drop. The oldest living Hall of Famer and former NHL player, Schmidt at 98 years strong made his Bruins debut (for context) the year the Hindenburg caught fire and Margaret Mitchell's Gone With...

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Trust in Boston: A New Season

Here in New England, fall is quickly approaching. The leaves are starting to turn, football returns in a few short days, baseball is winding down towards the postseason and pumpkin spice lattes are literally everywhere. The return of cooler weather also means that hockey season is almost upon us, which brings mixed emotions for Bruins fans. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't excited for my favorite sport to be back underway (I already have tickets for a few games this fall) but that doesn't mean I'm not still skeptical of how this season will unfold. After missing the playoffs the last two years, a result that didn't sit well with Boston fans, the city is itching to rebound,...

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