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Monday, August 26, 2013

Malkin Fights 7 Year Old

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Shocking, disturbing video has been released from Russia as Evgeni Malkin fights a 7 year old after losing a charity game.

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Puck Daddy's League of Nations: Pittsburgh Penguins by @pensinitiative

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We would like to personally thank Greg Wyshynski for letting us do this year's Summer Project "The League of Nations" in which we were given the task to pick the best player to ever play for Pittsburgh under their particular nationality.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

@PensInitiative .com and @JAWPA Golden Ticket

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Throughout our lives, we are subjected to an onslaught of quotes. The general reason for this is summed up by the fact that they center around the most basic of truths. The drawback with using a quote too often is that they seemingly lose their impact because of the frequency with which we end up hearing them. They become cliche. However, those basic truths remain no matter how many times politicians or our favorite cartoon superheros utter them.

A few short months ago, was approached by Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania (JAWPA) to help promote their Golden Ticket program. While we here at Pens Initiative had discussed from the onset our desire to be as active in the community as possible, this "partnership" brought forth an opportunity for us to achieve that goal.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Why the Scuderi Contract Makes Sense by @PITmounD

9:32:00 AM 2

"The Piece"

In a recent article for the Boston Globe -- -- Fluto Shinzawa pointed out that some in the analytics community, including Michael Shuckers the co-founder of Stastical Sports Consulting, feel that the Penguins signing of Rob Scuderi this offseason to a 3-year, $13.5million contract was anything but informed. Shuckers points to Rob Scuderi’s 2012-13 Corsi rating (1.42 compared with Drew Doughty’s 14.84) as an indicator that $3.75 million is probably a bit too much, hinting that the Penguins might end up regretting  the deal by the end of Scuderi’s contract when the defenseman will be 38 years old.

I, however, hold a different point of view on the matter. Scuderi has been a top-4 fixture for the Penguins and Kings, and was an integral part of a Stanley Cup run with each team (2009, 2012), shutting down opponents and allowing defensemen like Gonchar and Jake Muzzin more “sheltered” minutes to produce offensively. Furthermore, Scuderi has only suited up in 585 career regular season contests in his career, despite being 34 years old. Age is just a number -- he has loads of good hockey left to give the Penguins. Pointing out Scuderi's on-ice Corsi in 12-13 is great and all, but these statistics should be viewed in context with other statistics and mitigating factors. But don’t take my word for it, let’s take a look at some numbers that paint a more accurate picture of Rob Scuderi’s contributions:

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Russia's Anti-Gay Laws, the Winter Olympics and the NHL: What is to be Done? by @ChrisRBarron

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It is rare that I don't have an opinion on something.  I tend to have an opinion on just about everything (even if no one shares that opinion).  As a gay man and a huge sports fanatic it is even more rare that I don't have an opinion on a subject that sits at the crossroads of sports and gay rights.  When it came to the controversy over Russia's deplorable anti-gay laws and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, however, I found myself in the surprising position of not knowing what I believed was the right course of action for the NHL.

After ruminating on the subject for a few weeks, however, I have come to a couple of conclusions (a special thanks to the boys at the Illegal Curve Hockey Show - their discussion of this on air a couple of weeks ago really made me start thinking about exactly how I felt about this complex subject):

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LeBron James shows Post-Gazette, Sidney Crosby What Real Superstar Treatment Is by @MadChad412

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So as you know, Amy Schaarsmith of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote an editorial on Sidney Crosby getting "superstar treatment" at the DMV. Schaarsmith whined and complained about how Crosby was able to skip the line to renew his license. In her article, she depicted it as if Crosby demanded to be given that sort of treatment. The DMV didn't want to delay the wait time anymore, nor did they want to deal with fans causing a stir with Crosby being there, so they had Crosby go to the front of the line to avoid any potential problems.
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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Hockey Night in Barrie by @ryannoble66

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On Thursday, August 15th I attended Hockey Night in Barrie which was held at the Barrie Molson Centre, home of the Barrie Colts (Yes, we are talking about the Canadas. Barrie, Ontario Canada). This is a charity hockey game held in Barrie every year to support the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH a local hospital. On hand were, several NHL stars from the past and present, celebrities from television and music and much more!

(Picture courtesy of Mark Wanzel/The Barrie Examine)
The event was a huge success raising $250,000 dollars which is the most in the 6 year history of the event! A respectable jump from the first event held in 2008 which raised $100,000.

This picture above is of the opening puck drop. In the photo from left to right is Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos, Barrie MP Patrick Brown, top fundraiser Melissa Browning from Barrie Ball Hockey, Walter Gretzky, RVH Foundation board chairwoman Arlette Utton and Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry.

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Friday, August 16, 2013

It's Time For The Pens To Pay Up by @ToonsBrian

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Lord Stanley's day at PNC.
In May of this year, the Pittsburgh Penguins were heading into the Stanley Cup Playoffs with some unexpected supporters from another major professional sports team, the Pittsburgh Pirates. During an early-season road trip for the city's Major League Baseball team, players proudly sported Pens jerseys in a show of unity, with then-Pirate Brandon Inge going so far as to don full gear and a Mario Lemieux jersey in the Windy City before a game with the Cubs.

Come to think of it, maybe this angered the hockey gods, thus explaining the so-called Southie Sweep.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Wonderful World of Advanced Stats and Fantasy Hockey by @PITmounD

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by Dylan O'Brien (@PITmounD)

Advanced statistics in the NHL may seem like a daunting concept, but it's not.

This article is based on a Grantland piece entitled, "The Faker's Guide to Advanced Stats in the NHL," which I recommend everyone read as a companion to this one. Some ideas are adopted from the Grantland article, but what follows is intended to be an introduction to advanced statistics, and more specifically how to use them in the realm of fantasy hockey. If you can't spare a few bucks to buy Rob Vollman's "Hockey Abstract," hopefully you'll learn a few things here.

When you want to analyze, compare, and project player performance in the NHL, you can't just watch a ton of hockey games and use "the eye test" to accurately depict a player's on-ice contributions. This is why we have statistics. Most people are familiar with the traditionally tracked player statistics in the NHL: Goals, Assists, +/-, Takeaways, etc., but a lot of these traditional statistics aren't the most accurate predictors of a player's contributions to his team.
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Monday, August 12, 2013

Update on the Sidney Crosby DMV Scandal by @ChicksDigHockey

5:48:00 PM 0

We've got an update on the story that has captivated the hockey world since the Pittsburgh newspaper that rhymes with “Must Forget” first broke it.

It seems as though PG reporter Amy Schaarsmith isn't the pariah she first appeared to be. She’s just a sensationalist. The REAL hack behind the non-news that Sidney Crosby didn't wait in a DMV line for his license renewal is the henpecked editor who assigned the story in the first place.

Mark Madden (washed my hands after typing that) tweeted that an editor assigned Ms Schaarsmith to muckrake on Crosby after said editor’s wife, a certified member of the Golden Vagina Club, became butt hurt that Sid got a bigger cookie than she did.

I would name names and out the editor in a heartbeat but it seems he has crawled up Ms. Schaarsmith’s skirt where he plans to cower until his wife performs the marital duty she promised or he is no longer in danger of being hit by the excrement hitting the fan.

Link to original article:

Link to our rebuttal:

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Crosby DMV Incident Impacts ... No one by @ChicksDigHockey

7:39:00 PM 2
Congratulations to The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on resorting to drama to sell papers. Post-Gazette beat writer, Amy McConnell Schaarsmith wrote a sensationalized piece about Sidney Crosby not being made to wait in a DMV line to renew his driver’s license. I’m sure Ms. Schaarsmith was rather proud of her rambling report of how the Duncan Manor DMV scathingly let Crosby renew his license without waiting in line with the common Pittsburgh resident.

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Pens Hire Martin as Assistant Coach

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According to various outlets, confirmed by the team, the Penguins have signed former St. Louis Blues, Florida Panthers, Ottawa Senators, and Montreal Canadiens coach Jacques Martin to an undisclosed deal to join Dan Bylsma, Tony Granato, and Todd Reirden behind the bench.

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State of the Penguins [August Edition] by @LCJS

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When last I reviewed the current state of the Penguins, it was back in June, just before the draft.  There were a decent number of unknowns that have since sorted themselves out.  Let’s look again at the current makeup of the team as we head into mid-August.  The upcoming season is a mere two months away.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Happy Birthday Sidney Crosby by @chicksdighockey

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Happy Birthday, Sidney Crosby!

By all accounts, Sidney Crosby has had a life-long love affair with hockey. Stories abound of Sidney as young as age two being able to hold a stick properly while hitting a tennis ball. At age ten he scored an incredible 159 goals in 55 games playing hockey in his hometown of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. He had a season point total of 280 points. While at Shattuck- Saint Mary’s Prep School in Minnesota, Sidney set new scoring records by getting 72 goals and 110 assists for a total of 182 points in just 57 games. He was also the only player under the age of eighteen to play in the Canadian Junior Hockey tournament and the youngest to ever score a goal in the championship. By the 2004-2005 season, Crosby was considered the best hockey prospect in the world.

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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Brian Dumoulin by @ChicksDigHockey

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Brian Dumoulin played NCAA Division 1 hockey for the Boston College Eagles men's ice hockey team. He was drafted by the Hurricanes in the second round of the 2009 draft but bundled as part of the Brandon Sutter trade to the Penguins for one of the Staal brothers….Jordan, I think. He’s a 6’3”, 220lb defenseman who shoots left.

During the 2009 – 2010 season, despite being one of the youngest freshmen in the country, Dumoulin appeared in all 42 games for the national champion Boston College Eagles – scoring 1 goal with 21 assists. Even more impressive was his plus/minus rating of +40. Dumoulin was selected to the Hockey East All-Rookie and Frozen Four All-Tournament teams. 

 Dumoulin was one of the top defensemen in college hockey as a sophomore for Boston College, which captured Hockey East's regular season and playoff championships. He also competed for the bronze-medal winning USA squad at the 2011 World Junior U-20 championships. In his junior season with Boston College, Dumoulin was once again one of the top defensemen in college hockey, managing eight goals, 21 assists, and a plus-27 in 44 games. He was also instrumental in his teams Frozen Four championship, assisting on the game winning goal over Ferris State.

Dumoulin will start the 2012-13 season in the AHL where he will likely play in a second or third pairing. He possesses the strength, size, and balance to keep the front of the net clear of traffic and is also an adept puck-mover with a hard point shot. Long-term, the blueliner projects as a potential top-four defender capable of playing in all situations. 
(References available upon request)
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