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Bruins/Penguins To Meet Thursday Night: Will There Be Blodshed?

March 14th, 2010 No Comments

Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter Fresh off the dangerous hit from Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke on the unsuspecting Marc Savard of the Boston Bruins NHL fans await a rematch between the two sides this Thursday night in Boston. To say everybody has an opinion about the Cooke hit would be an understatement. Opinions range from fans suggesting Savard should have been more aware to Cooke needing to be suspended for twenty games. Given the NHL’s current rules Cooke was not disciplined for his actions, hell, he didn’t even get a penalty on the play, which shows just how inadequate NHL referees can be on most nights. The funny part about all of this is the fact that the NHL rule book does have a rule that the Refs could have imposed on Cooke, a rule that most


Ritter’s Rant: NHL News and Notes, Stajan and Ott re-up, Cote Placed on Waivers

March 1st, 2010 No Comments

Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter Just hours after Canada celebrated their gold medal victory over the United States, The Florida Panthers and Pittsburgh Penguins pulled the trigger on the first trade since the Olympic break. In what many perceive as a depth move, the Penguins have acquired defenseman Jordan Leopold form the Panthers in return for the Penguins 2010 second round draft choice. Leopold, who registered seven goals and 18 assists in 61 games with the Panthers, gives the Penguins another decent shot on the power play and a guy who, on most night’s, plays a solid NHL game. The trade may very well set in motion a ton of movement. It is believed that, while unable to pull the trigger on any deals that NHL GM’s were busy during the Olympic break, making phone calls and inquiring


2010 Winter Olympics: Ritter’s Rant—Canada Needs To Be Better

February 20th, 2010 2 Comments

Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter I have tried to watch all of Canada’s athletes participate in their respective events at the 2010 Olympics, I really have. Through it all I have held high hopes for Canada and it’s athletes, yet on far too many occasions I have been left disappointed, embarrassed and frustrated with the lack of results. To be fair, thus far, there has been plenty to cheer about—Alexandre Bilodeau’s gold medal effort in the Men’s Moguls, Kristina Groves’ gutsy Bronze medal performance Ladies 3000m speed skating, Maelle Ricker’s gold medal in Ladies snowboarding and Marianne St. Gerais’ exciting silver medal in the Ladies 500 m on the short track, all stick out as exemplary performance—performances both the athletes and Canada can be proud of. Despite Canada’s success in many events there has been a multitude of


2010 Winter Olympics: Should The Shootout Be Abolished?

February 19th, 2010 No Comments

Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter Every four years hockey fans from coast-to-coast tune into the Olympics to watch what many experts term as the greatest hockey ever played. This year, Russia has assembled arguably the best set of top six forwards in the history of the game. Alex Ovechkin, Ilya Kovalchuk, Pavol Datsyuk, Evgeni Malkin, Alexander Semin and Maxim Afinogenov are six of the games most intimidating snipers on the planet, the fact they have been assembled on one team is just incredible. Comparatively, Team Canada is made up of one of the most impressive group of players we have ever witnessed. Sidney Crosby, Chris Pronger, Scott Niedermayer, Martin Brodeur, Ryan Getzlaf, Drew Doughty, Roberto Luongo and Joe Thornton‑ to name a few, help make up a virtual all-star caliber roster for Canada, one that, despite it’s struggle


Olympic Games: Can We Trim The Fat On Hockey?

February 17th, 2010 2 Comments

Written By: Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter If you are a Canadian or a fan of hockey, you have taken the time to tune into the Olympic Hockey Tournament. Thus far, we are yet to witness anything that resembles a real hockey game, in fact, for the most part, we have witnessed a select few teams dismantle their opponents, most notably in the Woman’s tournament; especially Canada’s 18-0 record breaking drubbing of Slovakia. To be fair, the men’s tournament hasn’t exactly been riveting thus far either. Tuesday marked the beginning of the men’s games featuring Team USA vs. Switzerland, which, despite its 3-1 outcome, was a complete bore, followed by an 8-0 win for Canada vs. Norway and a convincing 8-2 win for the Russians over Latvia. Needless to say, if you are a fan of Russia and Canada on

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