December 22, 2006

The following was submitted via’s feedback page earlier today:

December 22, 2006

To Whom It May Concern:

Seasons’ Greetings! I am writing on the subject of the league’s very innovative NHL Player Sites network promotional feature that is included at the top of every official NHL team and league Web site. I have followed closely the expansion of the network from its well-deserving original member, the oft-overlooked Sidney Crosby, to the current venerable lineup of Ed Belfour, Raffi Torres, and Kevin Weekes.

While the choices made thus far deserve nothing but accolades, I would like to submit a site as consideration for the next addition to the NHL Player Sites network:

Following are several reasons why I believe Alexander Steen and his Web site would be a stellar addition to the NHL Player Sites network:

  • Alexander is a young, fast-rising star-in-the-making with arguably the league’s most recognized and respected organization, the 11-time Stanley Cup champion Toronto Maple Leafs (13 if you count the two won by the Arenas and St. Pats).
  • In his two seasons on the club, Alexander has quickly established himself as one of the two best Swedish forwards on the team.
  • Alexander’s versatility epitomizes the type of values that the NHL embraces. For example, last year, he scored 18 goals and was a regular offensive force. This season, he has embraced a defense-first role with dogged determination, as evidenced by his recent run of 27 straight games without scoring a single goal.
  • Along with father Thomas, he is part of the first Swedish father-son team to score goals in the NHL.
  • The site loads very, very quickly.
  • Alexander and his site have broad appeal to the vibrant NHL fan base in Canada. Not only does Steen play for the country’s most celebrated and beloved franchise (the 11-/13- time Stanley Cup Champion Toronto Maple Leafs), but his site also comes in a Canadian version, available at
  • In closing, thank you in advance for giving careful consideration to my request to have Alexander Steen’s added to the NHL Player Sites network.


    Johnny Bluebud

    P.S. — If you ever expand the network to include retired players, I urge you to consider the very informative and content-rich

    P.P.S — I also see you have an Affiliate Sites network. I believe would be a strong addition there.


    Eyeing Sittler’s 916

    December 17, 2006

    Mats Sundin garnered much coverage as he skated by Dave Keon on the Leafs’ all-time scoring list this week with a three-point night at Carolina Friday. (He also got career goal no. 508 in that game, surpassing Montreal centre Jean Beliveau on the all-time list and officially putting an end to that debate once and for all.)

    Not to be out-done, Sundin’s linemate Kyle Wellwood continued his torrid pace. In Saturday’s 9-2 pasting of the Rangers, Wellwood potted a trio and added two helpers for a career-high five points, giving him an ice-melting 8 points (3g, 5a) in his last four games. That surge has pulled him to within 840 points of Darryl Sittler’s all-time Leafs mark of 916 career points. If he maintains his 2006-07 pace of .91 points per game and avoids major injuries, Wellwood would surpass Sittler sometime in the second half of the 2016-17 campaign.

    Honouring Number 28

    December 15, 2006

    What better way to start off this blog than by recognizing the five-year anniversary of a truly notable achievement in Leafs history. On December 15, 2001, Tie Domi passed Tiger Williams as the all-time Leafs penalty minute leader. As if that’s not enough to celebrate, the milestone came in a 6-4 win over the dreaded Club de Hockey Canadien–otherwise known as Montreal.

    Most people know Tie could play as well as fight. But few people realize how significant of a dual threat he was. Along with his 3,515 career penalty minutes in the NHL (third all-time), Domi hit the double-digit mark in goals three times (including a career-best 15 in 2002-03), and nearly had 30 points in two different seasons!

    A check of the numbers reveals that few wingers in post-Original Six history have displayed such versatility. Clark Gillies never had 100 penalty minutes in a season–Domi did that an amazing 15 times! Cam Neely could score and fight, but his 13 years in the league are five short of what the durable Domi accomplished. Keith Tkachuk put up some impressive stats in his Jets/Coyotes days, but he’s tailed off in the last few years; Domi was a consistent threat to pot 10 goals and spend 100 minutes in the sin bin right up until he hung up his skates.

    Congrats on a well-done career, Tie Domi. I fully expect to see your 28 take its rightful place next to Darryl Sittler and Frank Mahovlich’s 27 in the Leafs’ collection of honoured numbers.