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Presenting the top 10 hockey stories of the year (not our list, someone else’s)

Dec 20, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT

Crosby hurt Getty Images’s Tim Wharnsby has come up with his list of the top 10 hockey stories of the year. It’s Canadian-centric, but we thought we’d throw it out there for comments.

1. Sidney Crosby and the NHL’s concussion saga

2. Return of the Winnipeg Jets

3. The deaths of Derek Boogaard, Rick Rypien and Wade Belak

4. Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash

5. Vancouver riot

6. Rule 48 expansion (head shots)

7. Tim Thomas

8. NHL realignment

9. Canada’s collapse at world junior

10. HBO’s 24/7


—- Hard to argue with No. 1.

—- No. 6 could probably fall under No. 1 to make way for other stories.

—- I’d have found room for the Washington Capitals. Another playoff disappointment. Alex Ovechkin’s decline. Bruce Boudreau’s firing. They’ve been a fascinating team to follow.

Otherwise, good list.

  1. govtminion - Dec 20, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    Not to sound overly homer of me, but… Vancouver’s riot makes the list, and Boston winning its first Cup in nearly four decades didn’t? I’d not give it top billing, even as B’s fan, but… to not have that on the list at all is a glaring oversight to me.

    • loinstache - Dec 20, 2011 at 6:06 PM

      Well I think they could be more explicit with it than just mentioning Thomas, but on the other hand a team is going to win the cup every year no matter what, and it’s not like Boston isn’t a storied franchise who is always relevant. How often do riots happen because of hockey?

  2. bostonhasrealhockey - Dec 20, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    Bruins cup victory??

  3. somekat - Dec 20, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    #7, Tim Thomas = Bruins cup. Stop whining bostonians. Your city gets more pub (especially on this site) than any city outside of new york and all you do is cry about how you don’t get recognition

    On the other hand, how does “concussion saga” and “rule 48 expansion (head shots)” get their own seperate slots, while Pronger (unquestionably the best defenseman of his generation) may be done for good and it doesn’t get mentioned?

    • ThatGuy - Dec 20, 2011 at 3:28 PM

      Nik Lidstrom may have a question about your use of unquestionably in the statement…

    • danphipps01 - Dec 20, 2011 at 3:29 PM

      Best defenseman of his generation? I’m sorry, Nicklas who?

  4. jdragon2 - Dec 20, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    The Octopi that are thrown on the ice in detroit, are slightly interesting then the bruins winning the cup.

    They are however infinitely more interesting then the current mindset of the common bruins fan…ie: Our team is full of gods. Bow before us…blah blah blah.

  5. pastabelly - Dec 20, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    First of all, Jason, you have my belated apology on the other thread for being anti-Bruins.

    Second, you prove it even more by criticising this list as Canada-centric. Nobody outside of Canada really cares about the collapse of the Canadian Junior team at the Worlds. Jason also pointed out that the two concussion stories could be related. Most people probably don’t subscribe to HBO. The 24/7 is good. But it’s a splinter story at best and the Vancouver riot may not even be a hockey story. I would throw in Bruins win Cup on the list as well as Brendan Shanahan getting tough on head shots.

  6. elvispocomo - Dec 20, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    Is it just me, or is Boston becoming the NHL’s most hated team? What with suspensions (or non-suspensions), fans looking for validation of worth, a bajillion cup celebrations, etc…

    It seems success does breed contempt.

  7. lsxphotog - Dec 20, 2011 at 5:03 PM

    4. Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash

    1. Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plane crash

    What’s a bigger story?

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