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Added September 23rd, 2014 by Ian

Toronto Maple Leafs named worst sports franchise in North America

For the second time in the last three years ESPN has named the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League as the worst sports franchise in all of North America. ESPN ranked 122 professional franchises across the continent and once again, to nobody’s surprise, the Leafs once again came in dead last in 2014, the same position they finished in 2012. The club finished as high as 119 last year as they reached the playoffs for the first time in nine years.

ESPN’s Ultimate Standings publication ranked all of the clubs in various categories such as ‘bang for the buck’, fan relations, ownership, coaching, players, affordability, stadium experience, and the number of wins per fan dollars spent. The Maple Leafs came in last in several of the categories and close to last in the rest of them. With the team making the playoffs just once on the last 10 years and charging the highest ticket prices in the NHL it’s easy to see why the franchise ranked so poorly. The average ticket price for a Leafs home game is $122.20, which is 34 per cent higher than any other NHL club.

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Added September 8th, 2014 by Ian

Pro hockey teams agrees to wear the ‘Puffy Shirt’ to honour Seinfeld

Poor Jerry Seinfeld was duped into wearing the ‘Puffy Shirt’ by Kramer’s low-talker girlfriend, but a professional ice hockey team out in California is going to wear the shirts voluntarily. While Seinfeld said he didn’t want to be a pirate, the East Coast Hockey League’s (ECHL) Bakersfield Condors don’t have a problem with it. The club, which is based out in California, is an affiliate of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Edmonton Oilers.

The Condors plan on wearing a version of the Puffy Shirt when they play at home on November 16 as their unique way to honour and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the debut of the Seinfeld show. Most readers may know all about the Puffy Shirt, but for those who have never seen the episode, Jerry inadvertently agrees to wear a shirt designed by Kramer’s girlfriend since he couldn’t hear a word she was saying.

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Added September 2nd, 2014 by Ian

Swedish NHL player finally awarded Olympic medal after six-month wait

After a long six-month wait Swedish center Nicklas Backstrom of the Washington Capitals has finally been awarded with a silver medal from last winter’s Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Backstrom didn’t actually play in the gold-medal contest as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) suspended him for one game for failing a drug test. It was revealed that Backstrom’s level of pseudoephedrine was elevated when he took the test. According to the player, he had been taking an allergy medication daily for the past seven years.

Sweden was beaten 3-0 by Canada in the Final and the IOC refused to give Backstrom a medal due to the doping investigation. A few weeks after the Games, the IOC said it handed Backstrom just a one-game suspension because it felt he didn’t take the medicine to gain a competitive advantage and they’d give him a silver medal after all.

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Added August 26th, 2014 by Ian

ESPN host sues arena after slicing her arm open

Linda Cohn, an anchorwoman for America’s ESPN sports network is taking an American ice arena to court over an accident she suffered while making a promotional appearance for the Hartford Wolf Pack American Hockey League (AHL) club. Cohn said she suffered a huge gash in her arm after a freak accident and it required 25 stitches to fix. Cohn hosts the television networks “Listen Closely” show and she used to play ice hockey as a goaltender for SUNY Oswego.

The 54-year-old Cohn said she showed up at the Brewster Ice Arena in Brewster, New York back in March to play with the Wolf Pack team in an exhibition promotion event. The club is the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s New York Rangers. She says she then suffered disabling and severe injuries when a large, heavy coin changing machine fell on her. She said in her negligence lawsuit that several children were playing in the arena’s arcade area and they were responsible for the accident.

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Added June 23rd, 2014 by Ian

New York Rangers buy out Brad Richards

Added May 27th, 2014 by Ian

Edmonton Oil Kings capture Memorial Cup

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