The Mighty Ducks: Hockey with Heart

It's a now-classic story. A successful lawyer that nobody liked turned hockey coach and mentor was the central character of a 1992 sports movie that has inspired viewers for more than two decades. Standing strong in the face of adversity, the once cocky dude drunk driving his fancy car and partying like there’s no tomorrow amazingly leads his team of untrained rookies to get over their hurdles – on and off the ice - and win the most important hockey match of their lives.

Top Three Dark Horse Calder Trophy Candidates For 2016-17

Auston Matthews lived up to his hype in his first NHL game, scoring four goals during a rookie performance that’s unlikely to be repeated. Patrik Laine also started his pro hockey career with a bang, earning a power play goal and an assist in his NHL debut. However, while these two Calder Trophy favorites for the 2016-17 NHL regular season are attracting the most attention, someone else may take the prize. Don’t be surprised if one of these three dark-horse candidates establishes himself as the best rookie this year.

ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?!: The Rise and Fall of Hockey Fights

Back in the 1990s, Bob Probert was one of the most-feared enforcers in the NHL. He played for both Detroit and Chicago but made his reputation playing for the Red Wings from 1985-1994. By the end of his career, he had amassed more than 3000 penalty minutes and bashed his way through 283 fights. Top players like Steve Yzerman scored goals that won games for the Red Wings in that era, but it was enforcers like Probert — along with his buddy Joey Kocur, the two better known as the "Bruise Brothers" — who did the dirty work that helped make the stars shine.

A Short History of Fancy Stats

Baseball is a stats-driven game, where players are judged by their batting average, fielding percentage and on base percentage, and where pitchers are judged by their earned run average and WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched). But several years ago, a new-school type of stat began to be applied to baseball players – WAR, or “wins above replacement” – that really attempted to judge the value of players by including all of their contributions in one statistic.