It’s going to be weird to see Patrick Marleau not in a Sharks uniform

I’m still getting over the news that Patrick Marleau is not coming back to the Sharks.

The news hit me and even though I knew there was a chance he might leave, I didn’t know how I would be able to handle the reality of it.

It’s an off feeling because I had been preparing myself for this for a while. It seemed like every offseason for the past decade was filled with rumors whether or not the Sharks would blow up the team, thus moving on from Marleau. But every year the team kept him around and I was hopeful that they would win the Stanley Cup last year. But it wasn’t meant to be.

Still, I always thought that if Marleau were to leave the Sharks, it would be a front office move. I never thought Marleau would leave on his own accord. I always believed that he would want to stay here for the remainder of his career.

But here we are and Marleau has taken a deal with the Maple Leafs that would pay him some good money the Sharks couldn’t compete with. (His new teammate Auston Matthews wasn’t even born when Marleau was drafted in 1997.)

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Court and ice projections should be mandatory for all NBA and NHL games

One of the biggest trends now in sports are the big projections they have on the court or ice for player introductions. This started not too long ago and it was a really cool idea at firs. There has been a lot of potential creative ideas that have come from this and as the months have come along, I have found myself in awe of the great visuals that have been produced on the floor.

Take a look at the Hawks video above. It’s not overbearing but the visual is phenomenal. It really transforms the floor into some kind of 3D adventure. Included are the sights and sounds of the city and the arena. The Hawks came up with a great way to incorporate the player introduction video from the scoreboard screen into a visually interactive projection on the floor.

What makes these so great for me is that there is no bad seat in the house to see this. It’s so big and so detailed that it’s a great way to pump up the fans before a game.

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Red Wings and Maple Leafs got Winter Classic look correct

Finally we get to see what the Winter Classic jerseys will look like. Modeled by the children in the video, we got exactly what we were expecting after initial leaks. Now that we know this, I am glad it turned out the way it was supposed to turn out. Color vs colors will be a great touch to the game and I hope this will be a great show.

Good job NHL. After blowing it with the lockout, at least you kept it right.

*** Those alumni jerseys don’t look bad either!

Was this the Maple Leafs’ Winter Classic jersey?

Toronto’s Winter Classic jersey?

Remember when the supposed Winter Classic shirts surfaced the Internet? Now this eBay listing has the entire hockey world abuzz. In the listing, it says that this is the Maple Leafs’ jersey that they would have worn had there been no lockout and the Winter Classic went as scheduled.

Knowing what the merchandise shirts looked like, this appears to be legit. Upon closer inspection of the photos provided, everything looks authentic. From the stitching to the placement of the Reebok wordmark, it looks real. The only question is the NHL logo at the collar and why it looks off-center. And it’s interesting to see black laces.

Aside from that, it looks like we have what the Leafs would have worn. But since the Winter Classic will be rescheduled for next year, do the Leafs keep this look? I think it looks great and would have set up a great visual matchup against Detroit.

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What would have the Winter Classic jerseys looked like?

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Yesterday was supposed to be the annual NHL Winter Classic. But due to the lockout, the Detroit Red Wings never got their chance to host the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Winter Classic is played outdoors and this was supposed to be played at the Big House at the University of Michigan. These games are played in throwback uniforms — although most times these uniforms aren’t historically accurate. But I was excited to see what these two classic teams would have worn.

The above photos were leaked and if the merchandise for the Winter Classic are any indication, we would have had a great look matchup at the Winter Classic.

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Too bad we’re not going to have the Winter Classic this year

Farewell Winter Classic.

With the NHL lockout, I was fearful of an entire lost season. Not only would the interest in hockey suffer a major blow, but now we’ve lost the Winter Classic.

As you may recall back in February when they first announced the upcoming Winter Classic, I was ecstatic for it and what it could lead to for the West Coast.

This annual matchup always brings the best out of hockey. Not only did the 24/7 series give us a glimpse of what a real hockey dressing room looks like, but it also was pretty sweet to see hockey outdoors.

Now with the Winter Classic gone, it is starting to hit me that we won’t have hockey this season. The NHL has grown on me since I lived in San Jose and every year I hope for the Sharks to finally win the Cup. Now I wait and hope for that chance to come around.

Big House to get next Winter Classic and false hopes of it coming West

Will the commissioner bring the game out West?

The big announcement today from the NHL was that next year’s Winter Classic will take place at the Big House, home of the University of Michigan Wolverines. This is a very nice venue and I expect it to be a great turnout.

They’ve held hockey games in this stadium before and have drawn over 100,000 in attendance. This Winter Classic should have no problem drawing that crowd since it is Hockeytown.

The matchup between the Wings and the Leafs should be good too. Well, the Leafs aren’t that great of a team but they are the big Canadian team and it will surely draw a lot of interest going up against one of the league’s most consistent teams.

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