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Confessions of a Hockey Fanatic



This is an internet journal to give my opinion on anything regarding "the coolest game on Earth" from the NHL to the Stanley Cup and it's playoffs, from International hockey, to my thoughts about my hometown team Pittsburgh Penguins, to talking about matc



Updated: 2017-11-06T02:52:40.156-05:00

 



Confessions of a Hockey Fanatic Takes on NHL Trade Deadline Day 2017

2017-03-02T01:10:40.722-05:00

This year's Trade deadline day started off in the wee hours of Tuesday Feb. 28th with the Canucks starting their sell-off by sending the Jannik Hansen to the San Jose Sharks. It's still pretty taboo among teams and general managers to trade within the division. This will come into play later on in the afternoon. There were a few trades that happened before the last 24 hours window, I think



Game of the Week Season 3: Minnesota Wild vs Philadelphia Flyers

2017-03-07T04:39:53.717-05:00

Well, this week I decided to put two teams that I don't normally use in this week's Game of the Week. They don't meet each other much in the regular season, but the Wild and Flyers seem like a good match up where the Broad St. Bullies may be able to slow down the Wild's momentum in real life? Could a simulated scenario work just the same? I was intrigued by the way Coach Boudreau would help out



Toronto Hosts Centennial Classic in Memorable Style

2017-01-02T02:24:54.784-05:00

The NHL really knows how to make a big production of a big event and there is nothing bigger than the Outdoor game kicking off the NHL's 100th anniversary season. Of course, the league put the game on in "hockey's Vatican" believing it to be the most traditional site for a game like this to celebrate the history of the league. Starting off on a delay, the league post-poned the time so that the



Merry Christmas 2016

2016-12-25T11:00:02.733-05:00

In 2016, I had to overcome a larger role of my private family life as well as continued searching for more personal income. But my continued perseverance towards the Confessions of a Hockey Fanatic blog remain undaunted.So, this year, in light of my continued struggles, I've decided to go minimalist towards my Christmas decorations. But while I do this, I hope you're all enjoying the holiday



Thanksgiving (American) Tournament Tradition

2016-11-24T10:00:11.947-05:00

In the short holiday time that the kids get a break from school, those who choose to pursue their hockey goals and stuff.....



Game of the Week - Washington Capitals vs New York Rangers 9/11 Memorial Game

2016-09-11T11:00:17.964-04:00

It's been 15 years since that horrible day in September when the modern world saw the horror of an unprovoked attack changing all our lives forever. 9/11 is a day of continued mourning, but as the years go by, we are strengthening our national resolve to forge ahead to higher peaks of human fortitude. Once again, the Confessions of a Hockey Fanatic continues it's tradition of playing out a



Game of the Week - USA Hockey vs. Hockey Canada + Bonus Shootout

2016-09-11T04:50:20.448-04:00

As the old hockey season finally comes to a close, so too Confessions of a Hockey Fanatic turns the page on NHL 16 as the featured game simulator. I can't wait for NHL 17 to come out and have yet another Midnight Release Party of NHL 17 via Twitch.tv and later uploaded to Youtube. I wanted to feature Canada and USA in this last Game of the Week. I think it's an interesting story developing



Game of the Week - Hershey Bears vs Manitoba Moose

2016-09-07T04:14:30.389-04:00

Things are starting to really trend southwards for HockeyKnight vs the PS4's CPU. Eventually, I will get a win over it - but I need to learn some better defensive tactics. As you can tell in this series, I'm constantly getting scored on. Maybe NHL 17 will be better for me. But as the series comes to a close with the NHL 16 game, I wanted to choose two teams that I haven't used yet online. The



Game of the Week - Team Great Britain vs Team France

2016-08-18T14:40:30.491-04:00

I don't know if I should acknowledge the international competition going on right now this week in South America in a tie-in to this week's "Game of the week". The IOC is pretty strict on people siphoning off their brand. So, this is not such a thinly veiled attempt at aligning this week's game to reflect a certain International flavor.I chose to go with Great Britain this time around believing



Game of the Week - HC Vítkovice Steel vs HC Kometa Brno

2016-08-10T04:00:21.516-04:00

Well, since I was hoping to get this series some traction, I tried a little more diversity in the team selection. I noticed that I haven't used any of the teams in the Euro leagues, so here goes two of the random teams in the Czech Extraliga. I chose HC Vítkovice Steel vs HC Kometa Brno as I was also looking forward to the upcoming Slovak Day in Kennywood. Will my choice in team succeed or fail?



Amanda Kessel Drinks From Stanley Cup - And We're Okay With It.

2016-08-18T14:56:43.005-04:00

Credit: The Score It's an unwritten rule of honor (or "code") that only those NHL players who actually WIN the Stanley Cup may lift it over their heads or drink beverages from it. I was previously made aware of the "rule" when the Stanley Cup had made it's way through my local area in 2009. But Amanda Kessel's time with the Stanley Cup accompanied her brother Phil, also included a sip from the



Game of the Week - "Shark Week" 2016

2016-07-01T00:48:42.098-04:00

It's that time of year where in the summer months, people relax on the beach, or stay at home and watch some hockey! Shark Week is very popular in the American culture. Of course, I had to tie in a game with EA Sports' NHL 16 recently. Here is the results of that game! Instead of giving myself the obvious favorites to win, I handicapped myself with the intent to give a challenge. The Cologne



Hockey Fanatic Awards 2016

2016-08-18T14:20:21.729-04:00

The Confessions of a Hockey Fanatic invented it's own Awards system on the hopes that it could be seen as an alternative to the NHL Awards since they always seem to get things wrong. The NHL Awards Show were on tonight with comedian Will Arnett as the host this time around. It was certainly yet another safe choice for the NHL productions as they tried to stay far away from negative social media



2016 Stanley Cup Playoff Predictions - Round 3

2016-05-13T13:00:32.765-04:00

I don't know if the Penguins are considered to be as a "shocking upset", but they did seem to upset a lot of Capitals fans and mainstream media personalities as well. It's amazing what the Penguins have been doing, because it's been without their top two stars. Crosby is 3g and 7a for 10p in 11 games played. Malkin is 3g and 6a for 9p in 10 games played. This is not going to get either of these



Coaching Carousel Creates Caustic Canadians Cantankerous Cacophony

2016-05-12T00:49:46.031-04:00

It didn't take very long for the Ottawa Senators and the Minnesota Wild to find replacements to their underachieving former coaching staffs. But there is a few glaring things that the mainstream media isn't quite talking about (or find enough reason to bring up) is that these two coaches hired within days of one another are retreads from other NHL teams. And then there are the Montreal Canadians



To Err Is Human, To Forgive is Divine...

2016-05-04T02:29:38.281-04:00

There was no further need to accelerate the vitriolic hate that permeates the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals rivalry. In this series, a new chapter to the Pens/Caps rivalry is written with many players switching teams. Capitals with 4 former Penguins while Pittsburgh has one key ex-Capital. During game two, a face familiar to both teams had thrust himself into the national



2016 Stanley Cup Playoff Predictions - Round 2

2016-05-03T03:01:12.169-04:00

Thank you, St. Louis Blues, for ruining my Stanley Cup predictions bracket for the second year in a row! Last year, I'd thought that it was finally going to be the Blues' year to get over the playoff hump and contend for further play. I'd even advised others on the Blues potential with the confidence of selecting them in my playoff brackets. They "screwed" me. This year, I was determined not



Frozen Four Pick Em 2016

2016-03-25T13:00:03.158-04:00

I recently read that the odds of picking a perfect bracket in the other sport is the virtually impossible one in 9.2 Quintilian. I would like to re-introduce you to the nation-wide phenomenon of prognosticating the tournament winners in this year's Frozen Four tournament aka the NCAA Division 1 Ice Hockey Championships. Confessions of a Hockey Fanatic Official Bracket for 2016 Above is the



Merry Christmas 2015

2015-12-25T21:34:30.057-05:00

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays in 2015! Thank you very much for reading and watching my video blogs over the past year. I've been spending a lot of time planning new and innovative ways to express my brand of hockey blogging across the internet in 2015 and hopefully you've enjoyed it.I'm going to continue a lot of more "Game of the Week" episodes as well as more cutting edge internet



Happy Thanksgiving 2015

2015-11-26T11:00:04.209-05:00

Once again, it's the annual tradition of The Pond Ice Arena Classic Hockey Tournament where young kids who travel from all around the area compete in the age-comparable groupings. I've been a fan of their graphic arts artwork, anticipating just what this year's design is going to look like. Courtsey of The Pond Ice Arena, Newark, DE The Pond Ice Arena






Weighing in on the Columbus Blue Jackets Hiring of Tortorella

2015-10-24T11:00:01.874-04:00

Courtesy: NHL.com Yes, you see that right. John Tortorella is back in the NHL with a new team - the Columbus Blue Jackets. Often taken in critical remarks as a controversial hockey personality, "Torts" will certainly bring about some change in order to salvage the season. A miserable 0-7 start is already starting to erode the fan base that started to gather from the 12-0 finish last season and



Game of the Week (Season 2) - Montreal Canadians vs Nashville Predators

2015-10-23T23:38:58.484-04:00

With thanks to the fans who voted on the poll this week, the Montreal Canadians are featured as the team I'll use in this week's "Game of the Week" Season 2. Do I have what it takes to get it back on track after an embarrassing loss to the CPU team last week?Of course, since it's October, I'm continuing to support the whole month long rally of Hockey Fights Cancer. Please give them support with



Game of the Week (Season 2) - Toronto Maple Leafs vs Pittsburgh Penguins

2015-10-18T19:14:01.452-04:00

This week's game is inspired by all the hype from this upcoming game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs. It's Phil Kessel's first game against his old Toronto friends. In this episode, I am trying to focus on telling you just how many memories I've gathered from attending Pens games vs Maple Leafs at both Pittsburgh Arenas. I've also kept up on the October "Breast Cancer



Western Conference 2015-16 Overview

2015-10-07T12:30:00.091-04:00

Seems like the Western Conference is always in the discussion as to who the Stanley Cup favorite resides. The CHI-ANA-LA combination seems to work well in the media. And with the recent shifting to So Cal as a "hockey hotbed", we may see another year of Western teams dominating the year. Will Chicago defend their Stanley Cup or will a new team rise up and usher in new superstar faces for a new