samedi 21 juin 2014

Author Robert C. Medina posted on 11:47

A relook at the history of Hockey Cards


We all do collect hockey cards but we seldom know the origin and how it has become popular amongst the hobby enthusiasts. You may have read a long time back and probably forgotten some of the important events. Now let us have a relook at the origin and its history. Before we move ahead, let me brief you about how the NHL has been formed and when.






 


The National Hockey League was formed on 26th November 1917 after the suspension of NHA. Since then, it has been an unincorporated nonprofit association with many franchises and club members. The first NHL game was played on 19th December in the same year. Now moving forth to the point, the NHL issued the first hockey cards in the inaugural season by Imperial Tobacco of Canada. The first NHL issuance had 36 cards in the set which featured player's picture in the front and short description or history about the player on the back.


 


But way before that, it was first included in cigarette packages from 1910 to 1913 as soft cardboard inserts. Thereafter another cigarette set was issued during 1924-25 after the World War 1. One remarkable hockey card issued in the era to be recalled is of NHL player Billy Coutu. During that era, some were released by food and candy companies like Paulin's Candy, Holland Creameries and La Patrie.



 


During the 1920s, some hockey cards were printed by food and candy companies, such as Paulin's Candy, Maple Crispette, Crescent, Holland Creameries and La Patrie. Later the production was stopped in 1941 due to World War-II and hobby market was badly affected. Thereafter, the next appearance was during 1951-52 which was issued by Shirriff Desserts, York Peanut Butter and Post Cereal. It was followed by Brooklyn's Topps Chewing Gum in 1954-1955 and returned only in 1957-1958. Some of the major manufacturers of that era to be named are Pinnacle Brands, Pacific Trading Cards and Pro Set.


 


Now talking about 20's, the production and even the market was drastically changed after the lockout of the National Hockey League in 2004-2005. Before the lockout, only the Upper Deck, Pacific and Topps are licensing companies to manufacture the trading cards featuring NHL players. Right before the 2010-11 NHL season, Upper Deck renewed its license and so thus Panini. This is just short information I have shared. No doubt, I might have missed some important events. But I thought even this piece of information can help you enlighten.

Author Robert C. Medina posted on 11:47

Hockey and Indian hockey players


There was a time when people used to play sports and games in order to refresh their mind in their idle time, but today these games have turned to be competitions on national as well as on the whole international level. Hockey is one of the oldest games which was discovered 12 centuries ago among the people and has now become a global game and the national game of India. Earlier hockey was played among the people to develop their fighting skills and in order to become a strong warrior, but in today's world it has become a passion of many individuals and this competition has involved many nations.






Hockey was developed or discovered in India by the British and then later when it became the national game of India, it crazed the Indians with a high number of fans and spectators. But with time this national game lost its fans and spectators and for which cricket took its place. With time cricket earned a lot of fans and spectators which made them a religion of India while the hockey team India was somewhere forgotten. A point had even come when the cricketers were treated as gods while the hockey players didn't even get an introduction to the people.


But with time this scenario is changing by the current hockey players who are trying their best to increase their performance and at the same time have come along with an increased number of spectators along with huge fans from India. The current hockey players are increasing the rank of India in the international level hockey and at the same time trying their best to win as many matches they can. You can have a check on the photos of hockey players and get the details about them very easily on web.



The current hockey players of hockey team India have changed the style of playing and have come along with high degree strategies that have the ability to win maximum number of matches. After a long period hockey is gaining spectators and fans because of the performance of these hockey players and even got back the genuine attention that a national game deserves. Photos of hockey players are available in the web and you can have an easy access to the photos of the players to know the brilliants who are trying to bring back the attention for this game.


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Author Robert C. Medina posted on 11:47

World Famous Indian Hockey Player


From the inspirational Dhanraj Pillay to the legendary Dhyan Chand, Hockey league India has pleased hockey connoisseurs around the world. Below are mentioned some of the famous hockey players names and their achievements.






Dhanraj Pillay


Dhanraj Pillay born on July 16, 1968 at Kirkee in Maharashtra is one of the ace Indian strikers of the Indian team ever. This inspirational player has been awarded with prestigious awards like Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and Padma Shree which is one of the highest Civilian Award in the country.


Leslie Claudius


Leslie Claudius is one of the most famous players of the Indian hockey team. The player was born on March 25, 1927, and known as one of the best right-halves Indian hockey team ever had.


Balbir Singh Sr.


Balbir Singh was born on 10 October 1924 and was a member of the gold winning Indian team in the Olympic for three consecutive tournaments. Famous as one of the best centre forwards to have played for India


Ajit Pal Singh


Player Ajit Pal Singh was the captain of the World Cup winning hockey team in 1975 and one of the most outstanding centre-half the Indian hockey team ever had. Udham Singh An Arjuna Award receiver Udham Singh was one of the best hockey players and coach the Indian hockey team has ever had.



K. D. Singh Babu


Kunwar Digvijay Singh is one of the few hockey players to receive Pdma Shree which is one of the highest Civilian Award in the country. He is popularly known as K. D. Singh Babu was born in Bara Banki in UP.


Mohammed Shahid


Mohammad Shahid, was one of the best forwards of Indian hockey team ever was born in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. The amazing player has been awarded with one of the highest Civilian Award in the country Padma Shree as well as with Arjuna Award.


Gagan Ajit Singh


Gagan Ajit Singh Born on 9 December 1980, at Ferozepore in Punjab is one of the foundations of the present Hockey league India. This wonderful player belongs to a family of ace hockey players and one of the finest centres forwards the Indian hockey team ever had.


Dhyan Chand


Dhyan Chand was debatably the greatest player the game of hockey in the world. This incredible player won three Olympic gold medals and also been rewarded with the third highest civilian award of India-the Padma Bhushan. Intellect ability of him went beyond national boundaries and he is still remembered as the most talented player India ever had.

Author Robert C. Medina posted on 11:46

Benefits of encouraging your child to play hockey


The spirit of sportsmanship is very important for modeling a strong character of a child. Sports imbibe in them the right conduct and qualities, while redefining their interpersonal skills. The parents and educational institutes realize its impedance as well. They encourage sports as a hobby and as a part of the child's lifestyle. This notion has been reemphasized by child psychiatrists as well, they are of the opinion that sports is the best means to make a child understand the essence of values such as discipline, coexistence, team spirit etc. They experience it in a playground, and learn it themselves through the hard way. Moreover, outdoor games also keep a child healthy and fit, providing him the regular exercise. Thus, it is essential to encourage children to participate in sports.






Moreover, India is a country where everything, especially sports, is driven by passion. People follow their favorite games religiously, and children share the same passion about it. Indians are more fervent about team sports, and cricket and hockey are the two games that have been ruling our hearts ever since. Hockey is also our national sport, and it is an excellent game to encourage our children to participate into. Moreover the sport is also gaining popularity due to the upcoming HHIL event. The children can connect to the game quickly while cheering their local favorites such as the Delhi franchise in hockey. So it is easier to generate their interest. The game not only builds a healthy body but it also enriches their character. It imparts values that would help them as adults.



Some of the benefits of playing hockey are


• Hockey is a great cardio-vascular exercise. The contemporary lifestyle has led to problems like obesity. The game proves as a healthy exercise for them to remain fit. Thus watching a game between hockey franchise in Delhi and Punjab may motivate your child to live a healthier life.


• The sport contributes towards a strong character. It is the most fast paced game, the pivot points in the game teach your child to maintain his calm, reasoning and reflexes under control even in the most pressurized situations. Moreover, the essence of losing without feeling hostile towards the winning team is nowhere else to be seen.


• This game also improves the quick reasoning and motor reflexes of your child. The paced up and tensed environment calls for recognizing opportunity and utilizing it within a fraction of a second.This strengthens the sensory neuron coordination in your child. The quick decision making power is also developed, as the player learns to weigh the pros and cons of every action within a minute second. They also learn to take responsibility for their course of action.


Thus encouraging your child towards playing hockey can be beneficial for his health and conduct. The conventional game cricket can also be a good option, but hockey is unique in its spirit. Even your child will realize that, once he is a fan of the game. Thus by encouraging him to watch the forthcoming event and taking him to live matches of Delhi franchise in hockey and other winning teams, can get your child addicted to a very healthy habit, that is playing hockey.

Author Robert C. Medina posted on 11:46

View the most unique photos of Hockey players


Every passing time is coming with some new styles and techniques to live life in a different way. There was a time when people used to consider hockey as a way of enhancing the warrior skills by playing this game in their idle time and with passing time this game become the heartthrob of the nation and people were so crazed that it became the national game of India and now this national game has somehow disappeared.






These days cricket has somehow replaced the place of hockey and in fact, cricket is almost becoming a religion of India while there were days when young talents were inspired of becoming good hockey players and used to go through the photos of hockey players in order to learn and acquire some playing skills from those photos but now the entire scenario has changed.


There are more spectators for cricket and somehow people have forgotten hockey and hockey team India. At present, young players are back in action with their outstanding performances and are trying their best to occupy the same place in India and replace cricket at the earliest, after all the sport is second to none.


Young talents have already started increasing the pride of India in International matches and are well representing India. Even the woman hockey team India are on the right track and are performing very efficiently. The craze for hockey is rising at a slow rate now but with the evolution of the hockey league, the essence of hockey sports have again evolved and the youth is again falling in love with it.



The hockey league has reminded people about the forgotten national game and has given a wide opportunity for any fresher to showcase their talent and even for experienced players to learn some new techniques and practise even more. This league gained a lot of new players who have outstanding skills and some spectators who have shown interest in this game, again. The young talent got an opportunity to learn the secret techniques and skills of hitting the ball the right way to score a goal and in this manner, the skills of all players are enhanced which gives a brighter shape to their career and even a boost to international matches.


The current hockey player are trying their best to enhance their hockey skills and are playing very efficiently by hitting some of the most beautiful goals. You can now go through the photos of hockey players and can learn their style and tricks of hitting goals and can even get the entire list of information about the hockey players. The fan followings of these hockey players are constantly increasing.

Author Robert C. Medina posted on 11:46

Hockey: A deep sense of national pride


Hockey, started more than 1200 years before the games of Olympia, played all over the world and the national game of India is one of the few games which has brought our nation great joy and pride. The game has been dominated by Indian national team for decades. Many great Indian hockey players like Dhyanchand and Roop Singh are shinning legends from the history of Hockey.






India is the only nation to have won 8 Olympic gold medals in this ancient sport. But today, Indian Hockey has reached its all time low ranking 9th among all nations. This poor health of Indian hockey team can be attributed to a few points.


• Emergence of cricket:


After Kapil Dev won the world cup for India in 1983; Indian cricket has risen head and shoulders above all the other games. The craze for cricket has never seen a downfall since that eventful day and the craze was taken to even higher heights by presence of new heroes starting from Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble to the present generation Dhoni and Kohli. These players and Indian success in cricket has diverted the youth over the last few decades turning their focus only towards this newly developing game. Today not only cricket draws the maximum attention, but also it has drawn the maximum amount of finances, sponsors and government attention decreasing the scope for hockey.



• Lack of facilities for India's hockey players:


Facilities are required to boost up any sport or game, but over the last few decades, there has been no work done towards development of Hockey or its promotion in India. Indian hockey players don't even have money to purchase their hockey gear. The government has failed to provide the hockey talents of India with proper training, coaching and infrastructure. There is even no scholarship or special job quota and moreover no training schools for budding hockey players. Furthermore to add to their misery, there are no big sponsors who want to invest their money in the declining sport of hockey.


But all is not lost for the game because of some new developments that have taken place rekindling the lights of hope and enthusiasm for hockey. The development of new Indian Hockey Premier League and India hosting last Hockey world cup has been able to draw some youth into this ancient game. These beautiful events have strengthened the bench for Indian hockey team and have shown a way for a better future of Indian hockey.

Author Robert C. Medina posted on 11:46

Inflation in the Nhl?


Inflation in the NHL?

This year there has been an increase in the need for defenseman.  This differs from every other year because the focus is now on an offensive defenseman, or a puck moving defenseman.  Because of increased need for offense, the salaries are beginning to increase more and more for these defensemen and forwards.





            To examine what the basis for these salaries are, I ran a regression and included the number of games played, goals, assists, points, and the player's plus/minus rating.  Since the game is being played in an offense concentrated way, these statistics were the best for understanding why the salaries are raising and the players are demanding more.

            After running the regression, all the r-squares were fairly low, but points and assists were the highest of all the categories.  This would make sense because this is what many of the general managers are looking for in the players.  What strikes me as odd is the r-squared of the plus/minus.  This is the lowest of all the categories.  Since the plus/minus is the best way to understand how a player is on both sides of the puck (when only looking at statistics), one would think that this r-squared would be the highest.  There are quite a few players who are making a large amount of money and have a very low plus/minus rating.

When just looking at the numbers, it is clear which players are producing the most offense.  Brain Campbell (defensemen) and Marian Hossa (right wing) were the top two free agents on the market.  Because of their offensive abilities, they were both able to command over seven million dollars in salary.  They both are among the leaders in all categories except plus/minus.  Campbell has a decent plus/minus at eight, but Hossa is at negative fourteen.  This number presents the question, are you really willing to gain a player for offense if he is going to be a defensive reliability?

Where basing salaries on offensive abilities becomes a problem is when a team signs an unproven defensemen to a large salary.  The Toronto Maple Leafs signed Jeff Fingers to a contract worth 3.5 million dollars a year.  Last year Fingers played for the Colorado Avalanche.  During the regular season, he had a good plus/minus, but his offensive production was nowhere near 3.5 million dollars worth.  This increase in salary is driving up numbers, and it is making it hard for other teams to sign there restricted and unrestricted free agents. 

The deal Toronto gave Fingers looks ridiculous when comparing it to other defensemen near his production levels.  Randy Jones at 2.75 million and Brookes Laich at 2 million are both making considerably less money.  Both of these defensemen were able to put up over thirty points and were signed for less money.

The NHL needs to be concerned able these rising salaries.  Player's salaries are inflating fast and if they are not careful, they are going to start to lose players to the KHL (an international hockey league).  Many times, it is a result of one player being sign for more then he his is worth, such as Jeff Fingers.  Once one player receives this bump in salary, everyone else believes they are worth the same.  If the player's salaries keep inflating, the NHL is not going to be able to sign star players and they may lose them to international leagues.  This will not help a league which is already lacking the support it needs.  With increased salaries and the decline in the value of the dollar, many players many start to look overseas to play hockey. 

To stop the salaries from increasing, it is on the General Managers.  Many managers, such as Paul Holmgren (Philadelphia) and Ken Holland (Detroit), have done a great job in spreading the salary and signing the necessary players.  Others are thinking too brash and are signing players to large contracts, which the player has not earned nor has he shown the potential for.  This needs to change.

This issue is going to make it harder for the NHL to survive.  General Managers need to be more careful with how they are spending their money and where they are spending it.  In my opinion, it would be smarter to look are plus/minus to get a better idea of the player's offensive and defensive abilities.  Then, after this is examined, look at the players other statistics to see how they can produce for the team.  This will help teams spend wisely and create more space for up and coming prospects.

2008 NHL Free Agents

GP

G

A

P

 +/-

Avery

LW

3,875,000

57

15

18

33

6

Bertuzzi

LW

1,950,000

68

14

26

40

8

Blake

D

5,000,000

71

9

22

31

-19


Campbell

D

7,142,000

83

8

54

62

8

Carter

C

5,000,000

82

29

24

53

6

Commodore

D

3,750,000

67

3

11

14

-7

Cooke

LW

1,200,000

78

10

13

23

1

Demitra

LW

4,000,000

68

15

39

54

9

Ehrhoff

D

3,100,000

77

1

21

22

9

Fedorov

C

4,000,000

68

11

30

41

-5

Fedotenko

RW

2,250,000

67

16

17

33

-9

Finger

D

3,500,000

72

8

11

19

12

Foote

D

3,000,000

75

1

15

16

2

Gaustad

C

2,300,000

82

10

26

36

-4

Gorges

D

1,500,000

62

0

9

9

0

Green

D

5,250,000

82

18

38

56

6

Hagman

LW

3,000,000

82

27

14

41

4

Hainsey

D

4,500,000

78

8

24

32

-7

Holik

C

2,500,000

82

15

19

34

-14

Hossa

RW

7,450,000

72

29

37

66

-14

Huselius

LW

4,750,000

81

25

41

66

10

Jones, M.

D

550,000

45

0

2

2

-13

Jones, R.

D

2,750,000

71

5

26

31

8

Kalinin

D

2,100,000

46

1

7

8

-7

Kostitsyn

LW

3,750,000

78

26

27

53

15

Laich

C

2,033,333

82

21

16

37

-3

Laraque

RW

1,500,000

71

4

9

13

0

Liles

D

4,200,000

81

6

26

32

2

Malone

RW

4,500,000

77

27

24

51

14

Mara

D

1,950,000

61

1

16

17

1

Miettinen

RW

2,333,333

69

15

19

34

4

Morrison

C

2,750,000

39

9

16

25

-3

Naslund

LW

4,000,000

82

25

30

55

-7

Nolan

RW

2,750,000

77

16

16

32

6

Orpik

D

3,750,000

78

1

10

11

11

Perry

RW

5,320,000

70

29

25

54

12

Recchi

RW

1,250,000

72

14

34

48

-18

Redden

D

6,500,000

80

6

32

38

11

Rolston

LW

5,062,500

81

31

28

59

-1

Ryder

RW

4,000,000

70

14

17

31

-4

Salvador

D

2,900,000

64

1

10

11

12

Satan

RW

3,500,000

80

16

25

41

-11

Smith

D

2,600,000

77

1

9

10

-4

Stajan

C

1,750,000

82

16

17

33

-11

Streit

D

4,100,000

81

13

49

62

-6

Stuart

D

3,750,000

82

4

4

8

2

Tucker

RW

2,250,000

74

18

16

34

-8

Vrbata

RW

3,000,000

76

27

29

56

6

Walker

D

600,000

43

1

1

2

-3

Weight

C

4,300,000

67

10

15

25

4

Witt

D

3,000,000

59

2

5

7

-8

Wolski

LW

2,800,000

77

18

30

48

10

*Number gained from www.hockeybuzz.com

*This list does not include all free agents for various reasons

Slope

56272.12

61283.99

80900.58

49416.22

40876.22

Intercept

-695754.07

2591953.28

1648200.63

1695907.73

3347784.14

R-Squared

0.16

0.15

0.38

0.35

0.06

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