Category Archives: NHL

Blackhawks Make NHL History

M Rivkin Hockey BlackhawkLightingIn front of a crowd of over twenty thousand at a rowdy United Center Tuesday, the Chicago Blackhawks tied an NHL record to go along with their 4-3 win over rival Vancouver Canucks. There was no shortage of excitement on the ice, which ended with Patrick Kane and Andrew Shaw scoring in a shootout for a nail-biting Chicago victory. With this win the Blackhawks join the 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks as the only teams to record at least one point in the first sixteen games of a season. The Ducks started that year at 12-0-4 and actually went on to win the Stanley Cup. Do the Chicago Blackhawks have what it takes to keep it going? Mark Rivkin doesn’t think so, and despite a loss to the Tampa Bay Lighting on Tuesday, the Toronto Maple Leafs are still our pick! Continue reading

Toronto Hockey News

Mark Rivkin Hockey reports on the latest news from the ice, and in this edition we wanted to cover our favorite team, the Toronto Maple Leafs. Nazem Kadri, a former first-round pick, has been increasing his stock lately with three goals and nine points in eleven games this season. His value to the team is certainly increasing and we expect this trend to continue with substantial power play time. Continue reading

Toronto Maple Leafs

Being an avid hockey fan as well as a Toronto native, Mark Rivkin is a loyal Maple Leafs fan. When he’s not competing on the ice during his free time, Rivkin tries to catch a game or two whenever he can; and we are all certainly glad that the NHL lockout is finally over so we can get back to enjoying the sport we love. Continue reading

History of the Stanley Cup

The Original Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup

The Original Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup

Continuing on with the Rivkin Hockey Review series delving into the history of the sport we know and love, let’s take a look at the history of one of the world’s most coveted trophies: The Stanley Cup.

The origins of the Stanley Cup can be traced back to a simple thought muttered aloud by Lord Stanley of Preston, Governor General of Canada, during an Ottawa sports banquet in 1892:

“I have for some time been thinking that it would be a good thing if there were a challenge cup, which would be held from year to year by the leading hockey club in Canada. There does not appear to be any outward sign of a championship at present, and considering the interest that hockey matches now elicit, I am willing to give a cup which shall be held annually by the winning club.” Continue reading

Top European Players in the NHL

Previously on the Mark Rivkin Hockey Review we mentioned how Europe has recently been staging a greater presence on the global ice hockey scene. This displays the ever growing popularity of our fine sport, as well as the increased availability of highly skilled players from a worldwide market. Not long ago ESPN released a preview of the top Europeans coming back for the 2013 NHL season; or what’s left of it anyway. This Mark Rivkin edition will only review the top five but check out the full report at ESPN’s website for reviews on all the best European hockey players. Continue reading

History of the NHL, Part Two

After being established in Montreal in 1917 with four Canadian teams, the National Hockey League competed with two rival major leagues, the Pacific Coast Hockey Association and the Western Canada Hockey League, for the coveted Stanley Cup. In 1918, Toronto won the first league title, then defeated the Pacific Coast Hockey Association’s Vancouver Millionaires, earning the right to hoist the Stanley Cup. The presence of the NHL spread across Canada, much to the credit of Foster Hewitt’s lively radio broadcasts, which were heard across the nation by 1933. The NHL would emerge as the top professional ice hockey league and the sole competitor for the Stanley Cup- which the league gained full control of in 1947 when the NHL made a deal with the Stanley Cup trustees. Continue reading

History of the NHL, Part One

A few of our previous posts have focused on the history of hockey and the origins of the sport we know and love. In this edition of the Mark Rivkin Hockey Review we wanted to take a look at one of the world’s top governing bodies in the sport of ice hockey and how it came to be. The National Hockey League is widely considered to be the world’s superior professional ice hockey league, although the International Ice Hockey Federation maintains worldwide authority. Headquartered in New York City, the NHL governs all play in North America, and it’s one of the top professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. Continue reading

NHL Lockout Finally Over

If you’re a fan of hockey like those of us at the Mark Rivkin Hockey Review, you’re probably pleasantly aware of the recent collective bargaining agreement between players and owners, ending the NHL lockout that has recently plagued our fine sport.

Sixteen hours of negotiations ended the in-fighting between the National Hockey League and its players, which for everyone, most importantly fans, wiped out a large part of the hockey season for the third time in less than twenty years. It should also be noted that this fiasco has resulted in at least 480 games being cancelled, which brings the total of lost regular-season games to more than two thousand during three lockouts under Bettman. Continue reading