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PHT Morning Skate: Seinfeld’s ‘puffy shirt’ meets hockey sweaters

Sep 4, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Gather your “Seinfeld” references both common and obscure, as the ECHL’s Bakersfield Condors are set to roll out “Puffy Shirt”-inspired uniforms.

The team’s feed has a few fun references, with this being one of the more amusing entries:

Those who mourned the death of stats site Extra Skater are in luck: there are already two new places to find “fancy stats” in ways that are a little friendlier on the eyes than some of the more established advanced stats sites.

First, there’s War on Ice, which at the moment seems the most reminiscent of Extra Skater, at least visually speaking. (War on Ice beta)

The second is Progressive Hockey, another nice source. (Progressive Hockey)

Note: these sites just came out, so be easy on them when it comes to needed improvements and try to be patient if those pages go down for a while.

Speaking of number-crunching, long-time blogger Kent Wilson takes an “outsider’s view inside the NHL Stats Revolution” at NHL Numbers. (Part 1, Part 2)

How far is your team from getting the job done next season? Adam Gretz presents way to look at it. (

Who has a better chance to replicate their 2013-14 success: Semyon Varlamov or Ben Bishop? (Sportsnet)

Here’s Ryan Miller‘s new mask:

Need more Pac-Man.

  1. ibieiniid - Sep 4, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    i think this is worthy of another post here…

    • patthehockeyfan - Sep 4, 2014 at 9:22 AM


  2. ibieiniid - Sep 4, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    oh and the extra skater thing: there was a pretty cool mention on RussianMachineNeverBreaks (I believe it’s the Capitals SB Nation site, or maybe just a fansite) of starting an open-source data gather program to replace extraskater too. I’m just learning of these two other advanced stats site in this post so I don’t know their pros/cons yet, but if anybody knows databasing and wants to try to get hired by the Leafs, RMNB was accepting all the help they can get. from what it sounded like, they were willing to pay their developers via crowd funding too.

  3. patthehockeyfan - Sep 4, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    A Seinfeld reference that comes to mind every time I see an ice bucket challenge, especially Ryan Kessler’s, is George Costanza’s remark about shrinkage. No wonder Kessler pumped up his shorts with air before being deluged.

    • 7mantel - Sep 4, 2014 at 9:35 AM


      Happy you enjoyed Barracudas and the crab cakes ! Next if you haven’t been there yet is Little Havana for some good cuban food !

      • dipthatchip - Sep 4, 2014 at 11:11 AM

        whoa whoa whoa, Baltimore PHTers? Nice!

        Workin’ in Tide Point as we speak

      • 7mantel - Sep 4, 2014 at 12:50 PM

        Watched the fireworks there this past 4th . LP is great,good bars and restaurants all in walking distance .

      • patthehockeyfan - Sep 4, 2014 at 11:20 AM

        7mantel is a New Yorker who visits family in Baltimore occasionally. He recommended Barracuda’s to me.

        I’m in Baltimore – working in beautiful downtown as we speak. (Yeah, I know. Beautiful downtown Baltimore? Never heard of it. 😉

        Glad to see you, dip!

      • 7mantel - Sep 4, 2014 at 12:55 PM

        Hey where else can you take a bus or water taxi for free!

  4. dontbebitter - Sep 4, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    But I don’t wanna be a Condor!

  5. billiam55 - Sep 4, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    holy crap hockey needs to F’ING startttttt!

    • DED - Sep 4, 2014 at 12:14 PM

      Pre-season starts two weeks from this Sunday.

  6. cantescapekarma - Sep 4, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    I have to admit, it is strange to see Miller’s mask painted in the colors of another team.

    Anyway… Check these goalie masks out, the detail this dude does with an airbrush is amazing.

    • ibieiniid - Sep 4, 2014 at 1:06 PM


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