Monthly Archives: January 2015

Setting Hockey Aside for An Important Day – #BellLetsTalk

So, today I wanted to use this time set hockey aside. We all love our teams. We all love our rivalries, but there are times in life that remind us why life precedes the greatest sport in the world. This is one of them.

Today was the start of the annual #BellLetsTalk campaign, an initiative by the Canadian telephone company Bell that strives to end the stigma against mental illnesses. Now, getting a little personal I’m not going to write every thing I feel about the initiative and mental health altogether because I’d already written it last year in my personal blog, although I will say that I along with others do have friends who deal with the hardships of certain mental diseases like depression and anxiety. Last year, I wrote about the #BellLetsTalk campaign to raise awareness and inform others who were totally clueless about the campaign.

I’m sure we’ve all been affected one way or another, whether we’re dealing with these things ourselves or helping others cope and overcome such hardships. Sometimes we try and succeed. Sometimes, we fail. However, it is important that no matter what, at the very least, we have at least done something to raise awareness for an issue that really isn’t brought into the limelight nearly as much as it should. Every time I hear about someone who committed suicide, it hurts. Every time I know someone I love dearly who’s hurting, that hurts even more. It’s obviously something that should be taken very seriously, and I hope the awareness is only going to spread. I also hope the money goes to where they belong so that there can be a much better and more timely diagnosis for these mental illnesses.

The most important thing to remember, and I emphasize this a lot in that article, is that if you know anyone who suffers from depression, anxiety, or anything else, talk to them and try to help them as much as possible and reassure them that you’re always going to be there for them. Have an open mind and heart. Also, if you personally have been or are affected by one or more mental illnesses, talk to someone. Don’t be afraid. There’s always someone out there who really does care. Share your story and I’m sure you’ll have an impact on someone else’s life.

There’s a time when the score matters between two hockey teams, but today the only score that matters is the one between our hockey community and mental illnesses.


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Martin Brodeur Retires as a Blue, Joins St. Louis’ Front Office

Former Devils’ and Blues’ goaltender, Martin Brodeur, has finally decided to call it a career. He will announce his retirement on Thursday.

The legendary goaltender set multiple records in his 22 seasons as a goalie. His 691 wins and 125 shutouts are the most in NHL history. His final shutout came on Dec. 29th for the Blues as they won 3-0 against the Colorado Avalanche; he had broken Avs’ head coach Patrick Roy’s wins record. Martin Brodeur finished his career with a 691-397-176 record, a 2.24 GAA and .912 save percentage in 1,266 games. All but seven of those games came with the New Jersey Devils, the team he’d known all his life before parting ways with the organization. Along with the most wins and shutouts by an NHL goaltender in the regular season, he also holds the record for games played and minutes played (74,438), ranks first in starting games in Stanley Cup Playoff history and second in playoff wins (113).

Brodeur signed a one-year contract with the Blues on Dec. 2nd after starting net minder Brian Elliot had a knee injury. After Elliot returned, it was clear his options were running out. He decided to take a leave-of-absence as a result to think about what he wanted to do for his future. He will be joined by Blues GM Doug Armstrong and Blues Hall of Fame members Bernie Federko, Brett Hull and Al MacInnis.

Whether or not he’ll return to the Devils after this season remains to be seen, but Devils GM Lou Lamoriello didn’t count out the possibility.

He could have come here if he wanted. I don’t think this is a case of him choosing (between the two organizations). He’s been there with the players. The (Blues) players and administration asked him to stay. He had an impact in the dressing room.

– Devils GM Lou Lamoriello to NJ Advance Media on Martin Brodeur retiring and joining the St. Louis Blues’ Front Office

One thing we do know is that although Brodeur’s goal tending abilities may have been in question in recent years, he will still be remembered as the best goalie in NHL and New Jersey Devil history. Good luck, Marty.

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NHL At The All-Star Break

by Josh Birkhead


he NHL is now on its annual leave (how fast has that gone), while we gear up to marvel at the skills challenge and admire the stars on show in the big game, now is a good time to take stock of where the big surprises and major disappointments are in the league.

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Did Martin Brodeur Use The Blues To Stick It To The Devils?

It is official. Martin Brodeur has requested, and been granted, a leave of absence from the St. Louis Blues to think over his career and decide his future. He has headed home for a week of contemplation. When St. Louis goalie Brian Elliott went down with a serious knee injury the Blues scrambled to fill a void. Back-up goalie Jake Allen was not up to the task of carrying the team on a daily basis and there was no experienced goalie within the system that they were confident in.

Enter Martin Brodeur. The 42 year old former New Jersey Devils netminder was seeking retribution and redemption. He had something to prove. Brodeur, even at age 42, was not a washed-up has been. He still had a lot of life left in him and he was out to prove it to the Devils organization and their fans.

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Shattenkirk And Tarasenko Are 2015 NHL All-Stars

The St. Louis Blues have two great players headed to the festivities of the 2015 NHL All-Star game. Kevin Shattenkirk, the 25 year old defenseman, and Vladimir Tarasenko, the 23 year old forward, are making their first all-star appearance. The two are good friends; they came to St. Louis the same year and were roommates on the road.

There were several Blues’ players who were very deserving of being called All-Star. David Backes, TJ Oshie and Alex Pietrangelo are the other three players that come to mind when thinking about worthy players. So why did these players get snubbed?

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