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5 Must-Sees at the Hockey Hall of Fame

As a sports fan in Boston, I'm very fortunate to have some of the best venues in sports right in my back yard; the oldest ballpark in the country is steps from my front door, the Bruins and Celtics play beneath rafters that boast almost 100 years of history, and state-of-the-art Gillette Stadium is one of the finest and most electric football stadiums in the country. But even as a resident of such a great sports town, I never turn down an opportunity to experience another city's fandom firsthand. Trust in Anaheim | Trust in Boston  |  Trust in Chicago Last season I took in some wild games in Chicago and Anaheim, but next on my list is experiencing hockey...

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Lord Stanley Season

Damn, it's that time of year again. The Stanley Cup Finals. It's been a hockey whirlwind since the regular season ended. What started with sixteen teams is down to the final two for some of the best hockey of the year, so buckle up, folks. We're in for a wild ride. Aside from showcasing some of the best players and teams the league has to offer, the NHL playoffs and the trophy they're named for are different from that of any other sport for a number of reasons. The Stanley Cup itself dates back to the 1800s, and its history is as rich––if not richer––than the league it's passed around within. Since Ted Lindsay became the first captain to hoist the...

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Boston vs. Chicago: The Madhouse Lives Up To Its Name

Taking advantage of having friends in great hockey cities, I ventured west to Chicago to see my hometown Bruins take on the Blackhawks in a pivotal Original Six matchup. Having only ever been to a handful of NHL rinks in my lifetime, it was my first trip to the Madhouse on Madison, and it certainly didn't disappoint. The prime-time matinee showdown was likely the earliest hockey game I've ever attended, with puck drop scheduled for 11:30 A.M. CST, but that didn't stop the crowds of Blackhawks fans –– as well as a surprising number of Bruins fans –– from making it out to the United Center just a few hours after sunrise on a Sunday morning. Trust in Boston  | ...

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A Bruins Fan in Orange County

In a recent attempt to escape the Boston winter weather, I decided to head west and spend a few days in sunny southern California. Despite numerous apologies from the locals about how "cold" it was, (and by cold, I mean it was 65º and I wore shorts the entire trip) the rainy weather cleared just in time for our arrival, and we had nothing but blue skies. Outside of Sonny McLean's in Santa Monica (left); Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice (right) After finding a little slice of home in Santa Monica (New England fans on the west coast, Sonny McLean's on Wilshire is like a Bostonian Mecca) we took in the sights of the Orange County coast, hiking the beautiful...

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Justice is Upheld for the NHL All-Star Game

Unlike its baseball counterpart, the NHL All-Star Game is an exhibition event that carries no implications for the standings, playoffs or any other part of the actual season. It won't decide home ice for the finals, no team gets any extra points, and there's no real reward for player performance (although the winning team's players do get a sizable cash prize). The primary purpose is fan engagement and creating a unique opportunity for the players on a fun and pressure-free stage. That list of players also includes John Scott. If you follow any sort of hockey news, you've probably heard something by now regarding the John Scott All-Star debacle. A quick recap for those who missed it: Scott and his...

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