It’s the moment we’ve been waiting 4.5 months for.
Today in Edmonton and Toronto, the puck will drop on three exhibition games, kick starting the beginning of this bizarre and enticing hockey format that no one could have predicted at the onset of 2021.
Philadelphia and Pittsburgh will have the honor of getting things started at 1:00 pm PST in Toronto. That game will be followed up by the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens at 5:00 pm. Then, the Oilers and Flames will play the first game in Edmonton at 7:30 pm.
The games might not quite matter yet, but that shouldn’t quell your excitement.
Hockey. Is. Back.
- Only one more sleep until the Canucks hit the ice. That’s the news.
How about a little hype video to get you ready for it?
For those hoping to receive line-up updates, you’ll have to keep waiting.
Line rushes at #Canucks practice:— Thomas Drance (@ThomasDrance) July 27, 2020
- In actuality, the biggest news regarding the Canucks yesterday was Alex Edler being nominated for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy. For those who need a refresher on the award, it goes to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made a significant humanitarian contribution to his community.
As Daily Hive Editor Rob Williams mentions, the Canucks faithful should be familiar with this award. Henrik won it in 2016, while they both shared it following their retirement in 2018.
- Ben Kuzma talks about life inside the bubble. [The Province]
- The Canucks have unveil tiny outdoor penalty box patios for fans to enjoy. Season ticket holders get first crack at them. [NHL]
- Go check out the latest episode of Power of the Towel on the Nucks Misconduct Podcast Network, as host Nick Bondi continues to bring his A-game. This week, he had TSN 1040’s Matt Sekeres. [Nucks Misconduct]
- Columbus is the early winner of the NHL’s relaxed fashion movement. [NHL]
- Here are four teams that benefitted most from the 4.5 month break. [Yahoo]
- In case you need a refresher, here’s everything you need to know about the NHL’s restart. [CBC]
- 31 Thoughts is always worth a read, but the last one is chock full of details on John Chayka’s departure, along with some of the biggest burning questions before the puck drops once again. [Sportsnet]