Archive for January, 2017

Coach’s Corner at the 2017 NHL All-Star Game Rewind

If you didn’t see the CBC broadcast of yesterday’s All-Star Game, here’s what happened on a special edition of Coach’s Corner from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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Coach’s Corner Rewind: January 21, 2017

In case you missed it, here’s the last Coach’s Corner before the All-Star break.

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Coach’s Corner Rewind: January 14, 2017

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Coach’s Corner Rewind: January 7, 2017

Here it is — the first Coach’s Corner of 2017! And the big story is Canada fell short of winning World Junior Gold as the expense of their North American rivals, Team USA. How does Grapes explain all of this? Watch and find out.

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Coach’s Corner Rewind: December 31, 2016

I forgot to post this last week, but here’s last week’s Coach’s Corner — the final one for 2017. In just a few hours from now, the first Coach’s Corner of 2017 will be posted. Stay Tuned!

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Countdown to the 2017 NHL Winter Classic: 1 Day

In the long, bitter rivalry that is the Chicago Blackhawks vs. the St. Louis Blues, there have been very memorable moments. Brett Hull sweeping Crazy Eddie Belfour and the Hawks in four straight games in 1993, Jonathan Toews’ Game 5 breakaway overtime winner in 2014, and last year, Troy Brouwer sends the team he won a Stanley Cup with to a first-round exit in a memorable Game 7. But if you ask any fan from both sides, the most memorable moment occurred on March 17, 1991.

The Blues and Blackhawks had a weekend home-and-home set. They were also both battling for the top spot in the Norris Division. On March 16, the Blackhawks beat the Blues 3-2 at the St. Louis Arena. The next night at Chicago Stadium, things got ugly. VERY UGLY. Some say it began with a check on Garth Butcher on Troy Murray. Some say it began when Jeremy Roenick checked Harold Snepsts. But when Glen Featherstone took liberties on J.R., Keith Brown had other ideas and all hell broke loose on the Stadium ice.

In the aftermath of the brawl, twelve players were ejected from the game, and both teams combined for a total of 278 penalty minutes. Both teams were fined $10,000, Scott Stevens was suspended two games, and both Mike Peluso and Kelly Chase each got hit the hardest with a 10-game suspension. Oh, and the Blackhawks won that game 6-4, en route to another Norris Division crown and the Presidents’ Trophy.

Well, that’s concludes the countdown to the 2017 NHL Winter Classic. I hope you enjoy the game, and I hope that your 2017 is a good one.

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Countdown to the 2017 NHL Winter Classic: 2 Days

Busch Stadium as we know it was first planned back in 1995 when Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt Jr. led a consortium to purchase the team from Anheuser-Busch for $150 Million. Busch Stadium was built to be a retro-modern ballpark that blended classical ballpark architecture with modern amenities. Some of the quirks that transferred from the previous Busch Memorial Stadium to this Busch Stadium was the World Series Banners (which now hand on top of the out-of-conference scoreboard in right field( and the manually-operated scoreboard (which is located in the third-rate concourse near left field).

Busch Stadium was built to have a view of the Gateway Arch and the Old Courthouse in mind. Construction of Busch Stadium began in 2004 after the World Series, and was completed in March 2006. Gate 3, which is located on the third base/left field features the signature entrance of the ballpark, which is based off of the famous Eads Bridge. Located outside Gate 3, a statue of Cardinals legend Stan “The Man” Musial stands guard to welcome everyone at the ballpark. Out in the left field entrance, statues of other Cardinals legends, like Dizzy Dean, Red Schoendiest, Lou Brock, Rogers Hornsby, Bob Gibson, and Ozzie Smith also welcome everyone to Busch Stadium. The field is almost symmetrical with the left field foul pole measured at 336 feet instead of 335 feet, which is where the distance between home plate and the right field foul pole. Since 2009, the grounds crew at Busch Stadium hand mow the Gateway Arch on to the outfield grass.

Out past left field, St. Louis Ballpark Village is a destination within a destination. Home to numerous restaurants and bars, this entertainment complex,developed by the Cordish Company, is also home to the Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum, Budweiser Brew House, and the studios of FOX Sports Midwest; the home of the Blues and Cardinals on television.

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