Saturday: Playoffs Problems

The winner of the COTW vote for April 14-20 is Lasse P!


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I always love a first time winner. Congrats on that Lasse. Jerseys would not have saved the Alaska Aces, but this one would have been a beauty. And we will see it again next week when it competes in the COTW-April vote. Good luck.


The new COTW nominees for April 21-27 have been listed on the side of the page. Sign-in to any type of Google account and vote. It's simple. Votes will be counted up until Friday at noon Eastern time.


I've gone over this a couple of times before and again I present my meaningless gripes about the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

  • This is a new one, however by the time the 2nd round begins Sportsnet should not be using the American television feed. I'm a Canadian and I want the Canadian broadcasters I know and a Canadian perspective! Sportsnet has enough broadcasters for each of the four series, this shouldn't be a problem! (Hughson, Cole, Randorf, Romanuk). But this just goes to show the sub-standard hockey broadcasts we've been getting in Canada for the last 3 seasons.

  • During the Stanley Cup Final both anthems should be sung. It doesn't matter if it's Edmonton vs Ottawa in the Final or Nashville vs Carolina, both anthems should be heard. Why? Because both countries bring in a large national audience (sometimes Canada's national audience is bigger than the US one) and that should be recognized.

  • The ads on the boards always get me aggravated. It really means nothing and has nothing to do with how I enjoy the game. However, when there is a game in Canada it seems really silly to me to have Discover card on the boards right near centre ice. We don't have Discover cards in Canada. It would be like Rogers getting prime advertising space during a Penguins/Capitals game.

  • This goes along with what I said above, but you usually see NBC or NBCSN ads in the corners when they are broadcasting the games. If the game in in the US then NBC will get both corners. And if the game is in Canada Sportsnet will get one corner and NBC will get the other. The Canadian set-up is how it should be for every playoff game! This goes back to the whole anthem thing where there are two large national audiences tuning in and both should be recognized.

Well there's my meaningless playoff gripes. I look forward to when I'm an old man and this stupid stuff makes me so angry that I write a carefully worded 3 page letter to the NHL expressing my dissatisfaction with the NHL product and laying out my demands.


I would like to welcome TC Moore to the writing team. TC will scribe his first post on Friday and I am looking forward to it. TC was brought on because he has the necessary skills and he brings a little bit of a different view. When building the writing team I try to choose people who would all see a concept in a different way. That way we aren't having the same messages being written on every post.

I would like to thank Steven G. for his time on the team. Everyone who writes for HJC does it because they want to. They all volunteer their time each week so that we can all have a little break from the real world each day. HJC doesn't stay fresh and keep moving forward without them!


The World Hockey Jersey Championship is coming up soon on HJC. There will be three divisions; Canada, United States, and World. There will be a vote for each division and the winners will have a Final vote. You can begin getting your international concepts ready now, but don't send them in until the competition begins and you read the rules. That will be Friday, May 12 after The Random Competition ends.


So how crazy am I with my Playoff gripes? Feel free to let me know in the comments. Are you looking forward to the HJC World Hockey Jersey Championship? We'd love to hear from you.

COTW April 21-27 vote (ends Friday @ noon ET)
The Random Competition entries (due Friday @ noon ET)

Saturday: Playoffs Problems Reviewed by Ryan on April 29, 2017 Rating: 5

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