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The NHL’s Central Division guaranteed final standings

  Central Division The Stanley Cup Champions should not have any problems winning this division and the Conference. The loss of oft-injured Dave Bolland, part-timer Viktor Stalberg and hard working Michael Frolik should be not too overwhelming to replace with their plethora of young talented forwards in their system.     Decent mix of talent, [...]
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September 04, 2013  |  Discuss

The lion’s road to Sochi begins now

Source of photo: Yle.fi  The lion road to Sochi begins now for the lions. It’s a tough task for Erkka Westerlund to lead this team through this year. A lot of questions need answer. Will they come or will more questions appear? No need really for the lions to win these games in Czech against [...]
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August 28, 2013  |  Discuss

“We don’t like Jokerit” says Helsinki IFK supporter Adam from England

Until for some days ago I imagined somehow that I’ve heard almost everything about fans from places like Indonesia or Africa who support this and that team in any kind of league elsewhere. Much because that we can today find any sort of information about any team, any time at the day twenty-four-seven, thanks to [...]
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August 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Eric Perrin & Ramzi Abid: Two different routes to happiness

Eric Perrin hold’s “Kanada-malja” (The canada-bucket) after winning the Finnish championship 2011-12. A true high light in his career.  A lot would agree that NHL is the best hockey league we have today in the world, a league where most players want to be. On the other hand, it is not said that exactly every [...]
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August 20, 2013  |  Discuss

European Trophy: It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock & roll

One Finnish team is left to play the second round of the European Trophy; Oulun Kärpät. They’ve went down to Hamburg to face Hamburg Freezers. Difficult games in any kind of way also important game for survive of the tournament. They have to win to get a hang on a top position in their group [...]
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August 16, 2013  |  Discuss

European Trophy: Wake up call for the Finnish liiga-teams

The rest of the European Trophy started yesterday (read Tuesday 13/8)which means that hockey season started for real over here. It also means that 32 teams who are invited to this tournament have to be ready from scratch. Ready to compete every single second, every single moment. I am not sure if Jokerit Helsinki was [...]
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August 14, 2013  |  Discuss

European Trophy

The European Trophy has started with a few games already. On Tuesday the rest will go into the tournament. By this the hockey season will start for real here in Europe. Last year the SHL-team Luleå Hockey won by defeating their league-rivals Färjestad BK from Karlstad. 32 teams will participate in the trophy-tournament this year [...]
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August 11, 2013  |  Discuss

The lion Chronicle: SM-liiga changing logo

Source of picture: Jatkoaika.com SM-liiga changing logo. The old logo is left and the new logo on the right.   We face changes everywhere and anytime these days. So it seems to and so it can feel as well. Millionaires and companies even sheiks buying clubs all around the world and even change the name and [...]
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August 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Campaign for hockey on twitter

The Euro trophy tournament will begin next week. 32 teams will compete about the Et-cup. Last year the SHL-team Luleå Hockey won after defeating their league-rivals from Karlstad, Färjestad BK. A lot of hockey leaders around Europe have the idea to let it grow to a Champions league tournament for hockey teams, which is a [...]
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August 05, 2013  |  Discuss

The lion Chronicle: Who said that the off-season is boring?

Source of photo: weather  The 1st august… Leafs are falling from the birches to the ground already. The rowan berries blossoms to a deep-red color. A lot of them mean a cold winter. The opposite means a mild winter. The fall is here with other words and that means for us hockey lovers that soon…very [...]
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August 01, 2013  |  Discuss

The lynx Chronicle: Brighter future for a classic team

This is a classic retro Jersey of Ilves Tampere from the 1960′s. Source of picture: Third string goalie A more modern jersey looks like this Source of picture: Gamewarnauctions  Not sure how to compare Ilves Tampere with or what classic NHL team. I’d guess though that you could choose any team, between Detroit Red Wings [...]
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July 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Response to Kevin Paul Dupont: Reflections about being a lonely blogger/writer

Let us start with this little twitter conversation: Kevin Paul Dupont: Many bloggers do a great job. Pity they will never know the sense of community, teamwork, ethos inherent for decades in large metro papers. Arto Palovaara (me): no, there’s a risk that many of us die lonely behind the screen wearing an awkward New [...]
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July 25, 2013  |  Discuss

The top 35 NHL current goaltenders.

I’ve been an goaltender my entire life and I’m somewhat addicted to studying the art, progression and change of styles over the years of professional goalies. It’s what I do. If you agree or disagree with some or all of these rankings? Please let us know so we can discuss. Let’s take a look at [...]
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July 23, 2013  |  Discuss

The lion Chronicle: About Finland’s squad Sochi 2014

A lot about hockey these days despite that it is July. Well, the teams are announcing their names for the Sochi Olympics. Finland and Erkka Westerlund have announced the preliminary squad for awhile ago. Here are the names of the lion squad: Goalkeepers: Niklas Bäckström,Kari Lehtonen,Antti Niemi,Antti Raanta,Tuukka Rask,Pekka Rinne Kari Rämö,Petri Vehanen Defencemen: Juuso...
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July 22, 2013  |  Discuss

The lion Chronicle: What can McRae do in Tappara?

Philip McRae from when he got a chance in St Louis Blues. Source: ESPN. Tappara played the finals last season and lost against Pori Ässät. Some good players have left the team for new challenges after the season. New players have replaced them and will for sure try to make it even better this year. [...]
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July 21, 2013  |  Discuss

The lion Chronicle: The responsibility towards the game

The day has been full of talking and rumors how’s it going to be with Jokerit’s participation in KHL (Kontinental hockey league) or not. It has been more or less a total mess about the whole deal. Some say that there is a contract between the KHL and the team Jokerit. Other’s claim that there [...]
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July 16, 2013  |  Discuss

The lion Chronicle: What is hockey for you?

I reckon the big draft party is over for this time. Well, of course there will be some trades during the season, but that’s a later thing to deal with. I have to admit though that my heart and inner jumps up and down when such things happen like Ilya Kovalchuk is braking his contract [...]
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July 14, 2013  |  Discuss

The lion Chronicle: North American players in SM-liiga, Finland.

The Canadian and US flag. Source of picture: Twocentreholiday Let me put it this way: We need to swap players with each other. You might wonder now what the heck I am talking about? While Don Cherry for example always nag about the Europeans, that there’s too much of those in NHL, there’s experts and [...]
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July 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Chicago Blackhawks offseason roster juggles aren’t done yet.

  With the subtractions of Dave Bolland, Viktor Stalberg, Ray Emery, Jamal Mayers and Michael Frolik due to trade or free agency the 2013-2014 Chicago Blackhawks lines may look something like the following.   Bickell/Toews/Kane Sharp/Handzus/Hossa Saad/Shaw/Pirri Carcillo/Kruger/Bollig Outside looking in: Smith, Hayes, Morin, Leblanc and Beach As we know, Quenneville’s lines...
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July 11, 2013  |  Discuss

The lion Chronicle: Good luck Mr Boumedienne in Columbus

Mr Boumediennes new workplace, Nationwide Arena in Ohio. Source of Picture: Earthlink    Many clubs in Europe and North America he’s been involved as player.  Not sure if I counted right but Josef Boumedienne has been playing hockey for 22(?) different organizations. That’s a lot one other may think. It sure includes a lot of [...]
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July 09, 2013  |  Discuss

The lion Chronicle: Good luck Mr Boumedienne in Columbus

Mr Boumediennes new workplace, Nationwide Arena in Ohio. Source of Picture: Earthlink    Many clubs in Europe and North America he’s been involved as player.  Not sure if I counted right but Josef Boumedienne has been playing hockey for 22(?) different organizations. That’s a lot one other may think. It sure includes a lot of [...]
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July 09, 2013  |  Discuss

The lion Chronicle: Make hockey to a real competition

The Finnish olympic team in Vancouver. Source of picture: Olympic.org    I was supposed to write about the dirty twist around Jokerit’s affair and step towards KHL 2014-15. But I have to admit that it just make me upset and tired. Well, I give you a short review. First of all, no one is against [...]
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July 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Horton Hears A Cannon

On the 5th of July, in Boston’s great garden In the heat of the day, on the water that is hardened. He was skating, enjoying the garden’s great joys when Horton the Bruin heard a small noise So Horton stopped skating. He looked towards the sound. “That’s funn,” though Horton. “There’s no one around.” Then [...]
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July 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Alfie leaving the Sens?

After much consideration the long time captain of the Ottawa Senators has left the team, which has shocked all of the fans and members of the organization. He has chosen to leave via free agency which mean that the Sens get zero compensation for letting Alfie go. The team most are saying Alfredsson is headed [...]
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July 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Columbus Blue Jackets 2013 Draft Party

    On Sunday, the Columbus Blue Jackets hosted their annual Draft Party at Nationwide Arena. A day full of games, meeting players/promo teams, locker room tours, watching the draft on the jumbotron, and getting up close and personal with the Vezina.   While waiting for the draft to begin many fans headed on over [...]
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July 04, 2013  |  Discuss
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