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Crashing the Crease: Release Points

In my last post, I touched upon the concept of a release point and what it means to a goaltender when it comes to stuffing a breakaway attempt. This concept was also briefly touched on in my first post about Ilya Bryzgalov. The release point is pretty obvious: the location on the ice where the puck comes off of the stick of the shooter. For a clapper from the point, it’s right before the follow through, as the puck’s velocity carries it away from the stick. For a snap shot in tight, it’s that instant where the shooter’s arms stop …

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Review: Goon

I saw Goon this past Saturday when it finally showed up in a theater within driving distance. I went with a hockey friend of mine who plays men’s league, mostly because we’re buds, but also because he knows infinitely more about hockey than I do.  We also saw The Hunger Games afterwards which in retrospect is a really weird combination of movies to see in one day. It’s not Slap Shot. I don’t expect anything will ever replace that film in both humor, hockey and honesty. Deadspin recently did an article on it. Take a look. So if you decide …

Z is for Zamboni

It’s that time again. Another book and another review. (taken from google images) Z is for Zamboni is written by Matt Napier and illustrated by Melanie Rose (the same team who did Hat Tricks Count). And like the first picture book I brought to you, this has the same set-up. A four-line rhyme using the letter of choice and a great illustration. Then on the sidebars of the pages is more information about the term or person described in the rhyme. Here’s a peek: L is for Lord Stanley’s Cup, every team’s true quest. Its winners hold it high and …