Saturday, August 15, 2015

Game of the Week - Erie Otters vs Soo Greyhounds

I don't know what happened to the original version of this week's game. When I went back to listen to my commentary to see if everything worked, the audio was not on at the time and missed a lot of what I had said during the game. The video below is actually a re-taping of the live feed from my twitch broadcast.

This week's episode was inspired by the re-broadcast of my Game 4 appearance at the Erie Insurance arena.

If you would like to see an idea or a match-up for Game of the Week episode, leave a comment below or on the youtube channel page. Or through the proper social media channels.

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Game of the Week - Columbus Blue Jackets vs Detroit Red Wings

This week was a little difficult for me to get this out on time. This weekend was quite rough personally, but as my dedication to my readers and fans, here is the latest Game of the Week episode via twitch and uploaded to youtube.

I didn't really have an idea from the news or feedback from enough fans yet, so, the featured the Blue Jackets and I also wanted to see the Red Wings get featured at least once. And here went the match-up.

If you have a match-up possibility that you would like to see played out on NHL 15, then leave a comment below or in the appropriate social media channels.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Game of the Week - Pittsburgh vs Vancouver

In this episode, I decided that I wanted to feature my hometown team Pittsburgh Penguins. They've made some serious waves in the free agent signing period and off-season. They've "given up" on Sutter, while hoping that they can build a more defensive team that is strong on all 4 lines. I haven't heard what Vancouver has thought of the trade yet.

So, here is the game where all sets of players are on their new teams. What exactly would they do in this simulation? This game will explore that. Would Sutter get that "revenge"?

If you have an idea for a great match-up.. then leave a comment or two in the forum below or use the various methods of social media.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Game of the Week - Stars vs BlackHawks

You've probably heard about the blockbuster trade that hockey fans and bloggers have been talking about this summer - no.. the other blockbuster trade in which the Dallas Stars and defending Stanley Cup champions Chicago BlackHawks.

The video below attempts to simulate a game in which Patrick Sharp plays against his old teammates fresh off with a new start in the Big D. Would he want "revenge"? Would he say all the right things and not upset his friends and former teammates and fans in Chicago. Most likely the latter.

So, that's been your game of the week! Do you have a request for next week's feature game? Leave it in the comments section below or get in touch with me in the appropriate social media platforms!


Friday, July 10, 2015

Game of the Week - "Shark Week"

The first in hopefully a new tradition here at Confessions of a Hockey Fanatic that brings the hockey entertainment 365 days a year. Below is the first video of the "Game of the Week" in which NHL 15 simulates or has "Hockey Knight" playing in the video. I don't know what day of the week that other videos will arrive on time with, but with your help, we can make this a successful run. Keep an eye on this page or the official youtube channel for updates and where the fans will select the match-up of teams.
Since this week is "Shark Week" at another broadcasting company, I'll tie-in to the pop cultural reference. The San Jose Sharks are facing their cross-country AHL affiliate in the Worcester Sharks. I decided to challenge myself and handy-cap my efforts to see if I could lead the AHL Sharks to victory over their major league counterparts.

Did I win? Watch and find out!

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Canada Day Cup 2015

As the tradition continues to grow, the long historical Canada Day Cup Tournament will now be played live on the website (via Twitch). I had originally planned to do this last year, but thanks to my previous misfortunes with my latest laptop, I wasn't able to broadcast it. This year however, I was able to get things done in a more entertaining way.

I also did some preliminary matches with Team Canada and Team USA prior to the tournament. It got out of hand right away and Team USA won that one. We'll see if maybe Team Canada gets some revenge on July 4.

If you're not too familiar with the series, the tournament works like this. Each year, I hold a simulated tournament with each of the 8 Canadian NHL franchises. From there, I go through a match-up with the Provincial rivalries like TOR-OTT and MON-QUE with VAN-WPG and EDM-CGY. Of course it's quite an exciting breakdown and I keep up to date with the way that the Free Agent Frenzy on opening day plays out so that the teams are all square.

This years results were seen on Twitch and then later uploaded to YouTube where you can watch on the video below.

Since I've been doing it for 13 years, it's also one of the longest running traditions here on the Confession of a Hockey Fanatic weblog. I'm hoping to spin this off into a "matchup of the week" type video series were I upload a bunch of games to youtube for your enjoyment.

So, Happy Canada Day to all my Canadian readers! Please party safe and responsibly.

Previous Canada Day Champions
2002: Toronto Maple Leafs
2003: Edmonton Oilers
2004: Quebec Nordiques
2005: Montreal Canadians
2006: Montreal Canadians
2007: Winnipeg Jets
2008: Calgary Flames
2009: Vancouver Canucks
2010: Toronto Maple Leafs
2011: Quebec Nordiques
2012: Edmonton Oilers
2013: Ottawa Senators
2014: Montreal Canadians

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Hockey Fanatic Awards 2015

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 Bob Riggle as the host. Critics of the show through social media suggested that it wasn't a carefully thought out show as the bigger news actually happened before the show began. So, without hacky Vegas stand-up jokes, here are who COHF wants honored this year.

Note: Despite the NHL not regarding playoff performances in their awards, the COHF blog does.

Most Valuable Rookie: Johnny Gaudreau

He was the most stand-out Rookie this year and even got the nickname "Johnny Hockey". His meteoric rise to the top of his class and seemingly a fixture into the hockey highlights on just about ANY network should have earned himself an award for becoming what the Flames needed to turn around the franchise for the future.

Most Valuable Player: Jonathan Towes

With another Stanley Cup held over his head, he was truly a force the entire year as the BlackHawks Captain. He didn't get within the top three in scoring, but his team consistently won all the way though the whole season. I think the choice is obvious here.

Most Valuable Coach: Jon Cooper

He "shocked" the world (no pun intended) with bringing the Cinderella team Tampa Bay Lightning to the Stanley Cup finals. With a few unforeseen injuries, the Lightning are a young team trying to build around Stamkos.

Most Valuable Defenseman: Erik Karlsson

Despite some up and down inconsistent play as a team this year, the Ottawa Senators captain had the most points and was second in goals this season. As long as he continues to put up the scoring stats, he could have another long career as a blueliner in Canada's capital.

Most Valuable Goalie: Carey Price

This is the one instance that the NHL and COHF agree that Price was the best choice for this award. He not only dominated on the stats column, but he also scored very well in the CORSI type new age statistics. You can also look up a lot of highlights from him this year as he's made plenty of key saves that people still talk about even after the season is over.

Most Valuable NHL Slovak player: Tomas Tatar

This Slovak had the most goals in the NHL season most often paired with fellow Slovak Tomas Jurco.

Most Valuable Teammate Tandem: Kyle Okposo and Jon Tavares

These two NY Islanders were really in the grove all season long and got themselves back into the playoffs. They were a dangerous tandem to start the year, but I would have to project the stats due to Okposo getting injured.

Most Valuable General Manager: David Poile

The Nashville Predators have turned a corner and in their history went for a more balanced attack. Poile is re-designing the team away from what they've always known to be. He hired their franchise's second head coach and acquired a lot of talent through the draft an found some way to keep Weber as captain of the team.

Most Valuable Ice Girls: Colorado Avalanche Ice Girls

Mainly because they look like they worked very hard this year scraping the ice and still looking good doing it. Since the NHL no longer allowed for the Zamboni in OT, every crew hand was more valuable.

Most Valuable Fanbase: Chicago BlackHawks

This wasn't easy to pick. There were several other teams that could have been mentioned here. However, witnessing the pandemonium and the amount of fervor that is surrounding the team all through the season as well as the championship parade, the Hawks are back to being a real force driving interests to one of the biggest hockey markets in the US.

Can-Am Award (presented in recognition to a blogger or fan who have contributed positively to Canadian and American fan relations): TBA.