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Pro Stars: Reboot

Pro Stars

“I’m tired of your renegade ways Gretzky.”


Don’t tell me you forgot again this year? It’s like you just don’t care…about cereal.

Honestly as a kid, I wasn’t a huge cereal eater. Occasionally, Cap’n Crunch or Corn Pops, but there was one that I demanded my mom buy for me: Pro Stars. Largely because at the time of production it featured my hero, Wayne Gretzky, on the box. Now the cereal wasn’t anything great from what I recall, but it did have The Great One.

A few years later, the Pro Stars brand expanded to encompass a Saturday morning cartoon featuring the aforementioned Gretzky, teaming up with Michael Jordan and Bo Jackson to fight evil in the world. This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the cartoon, so I thought it would be fitting to think about who would star in the contemporary version of the show. Read More…

AI Getting Smarter in NHL 12

Love how this will bring the game to a more realistc level. Hopefully its application is as smooth as decribed in this clip.

Silver and Bronze for NB on Day 3 Canada Games

Andrew Brideau and Evan Brideau show their silver and bronze medal with Canada Games Mascots Sammi & Anni

Andrew Brideau and Evan Brideau show their silver and bronze medal with Canada Games Mascots Sammi & Anni

It was successful day at the 2011 Canada Games for New Brunswick speed skating. Not only did their 3000 meter male relay team qualify for the finals on Thursday, but they put two athletes on the podium of the Men’s 500m event.

At first it seemed like Andrew Evans would be the only Maritime on the podium with gold medal winner Alexandre St-Jean from Quebec, as the tight race finished with Maxime Gauthier of Quebec in third place. Following the race however Gauthier was disqualified for a violation during the race, bumping Evan Brideau, aged 17, up into the bronze medal. Watch the full race below along with some of Evans and Brideau’s post-race celebration in front of very pro-New Brunswick crowd at the St. Margaret’s Bay Centre.

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Nova Scotia Opens Games with Loss

2011 Canada Games logoThere was a great crowd on hand at the Metro Centre Saturday evening, as the host team Nova Scotia took the ice against a perennial favourite from Ontario.

It looked like it was going to be a close game as it was scoreless late into the first period. With less than a minute left in the first Team Ontario got on the board with a goal from David Perklin.

Team Nova Scotia had prime chances to draw even with an early powerplay chance in the second period, but were unable to capitalize. That seemed to set the story for the entire evening for the Bluenosers.

Led by the highly touted Nathan MacKinnon, Nova Scotia generated opportunities, but never seemed able to mount prolonged pressure on the Upper Canadian squad. MacKinnon showed flashes of the talent that has him projected as the first overall pick in the upcoming QMJHL draft, but he just couldn’t get one by the Ontarian netminder.

At the other end, Jacob Fancy made a number of stellar saves to keep his team in the game. While it was still 1-0 in the second, Fancy faced several odd-man rushes, but stood tall and made a spectacular glove save to keep Nova Scotia close.

But Ontario was able to consistently put pressure on the defense of Nova Scotia and inevitably the puck began to go in.

Jordan Maletta (1G, 1A) and Bo Horvat (2A) both had multi-point games in leading Ontario to a 5-0 win over Nova Scotia.

Both teams get right back into the action tomorrow as Nova Scotia face British Columbia, while Ontario takes on Quebec.

Full Results from Saturday:

PEI – 10
YUK – 1

NFL – 7
NWT – 1

MAN – 4
NB – 6

BC – 4
QUE – 5 OT

ATLA – 4
SASK – 0

NS – 0
ONT – 5

MacKinnon Making his Mark at U17s

Nathan MacKinnon of Cole Harbour, NS


Nathan MacKinnon is taking another step toward introducing himself to the National hockey audience. The 15-year-old Cole Harbour native is currently the leading goal-scorer for Team Atlantic, and third overall at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge going on in Manitoba.

Team Atlantic currently sports 2-2 record in the tournament, following a 7-2 victory over the German squad on Sunday. The East Coasters only other win came Friday against the team from Finland. They have dropped games to Team Quebec and Team USA.

MacKinnon’s five goals in the tournament are good enough to put him right behind, Halifax Moosehead Luca Campini and Team USA standout Henrik Samuelsson who lead all with six. He is also only behind another Moosehead, Andrew Ryan (9) and Samuelsson (10) for the tournament overall lead in points.

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