Mattias Ekholm’s Eye-Popping Goal Ends Carey Price’s Shutout Streak

The Nashville Predators are blessed with a number of talented, well-known defensemen: Shea Weber and Roman Josi are garnering Norris Trophy consideration, while both Seth Jones and Ryan Ellis came to the NHL as familiar names to hockey fans across North America.

Tonight against the Montreal Canadiens, however, it was Mattias Ekholm’s time to shine. A rangy Swede in his second full NHL season, Ekholm has a strong pedigree of his own, having won Rookie of the Year and Defenseman of the Year honors in Sweden before crossing the Atlantic. With Carey Price working the longest shutout streak of his career, Ekholm picks up a puck at center ice, waits for his teammates to clear the zone, and attacks the net confidence.

Split the D, get hauled down, roof a shot from your knees to give your team the lead. Ekholm almost makes it look simple, doesn’t he?

4 Hockey Sales No Player or Fan Should Miss!

There's no need to fight - there are plenty of deals for everyone!

There’s no need to fight – there are plenty of deals for everyone!

Are you a hockey player thinking of trying out some new equipment this summer, or a fan who wants some new gear for the NHL playoffs? There are four sales going on this weekend that you should check out if you want to stretch your dollar:

20% Off Hockey Equipment

Pure Hockey has a sweet deal running the rest of this month, as you can save 20% site-wide by using the promo code MARCHSAVE. This is a great chance to grab some new shin guards or a pair of skates to break in over the summer, or load up on Clearance items and save even more money than usual. Do you have a favorite stick? Now might be the time to load up with 2 or 3 spares so that you’re left in the lurch when it breaks…

Reebok Customer Appreciation Sale

Running through Sunday, March 22nd, Reebok is offering 30% off sitewide!

Why such generosity, you ask? Because Reebok genuinely appreciates your business and wants to say thank you. That’s why the promo code for this spectacular sale is … wait for itTHANKYOU! The only exceptions to this offer are zPump’s and select new Nanocolorways. But when it comes to NHL fan apparel like jerseys, shirts, and outerwear, Reebok is stacked with all sorts of goodies.

So if you’ve been thinking about replacing those tired kicks, or retiring your holey gym shorts – now is the time to do it! Just use code THANKYOU and you’ll get 30% off sitewide at!

Save on Customized NHL Jerseys

cheap-new-york-islanders-jersey-reebok-nhl-authentic-replica-home-awayIce Jerseys is getting in on the act, too, as they are offering $30 off orders of $140 or more, now through March 22nd 2015. Just enter the promo code 30OFF140 at checkout to cash in on a great new NHL jersey, which you can have customized with the name & number of your choice.

Discounts – The Goaltender’s Friend

If you know a goaltender, you’ve heard their complaints about the high cost of goalie equipment. Pads, blockers, helmets, skates, etc., all cost a fortune compared to skater gear. This month GoalieMonkey is doing their best to help out, with a 15% off code (MARCH15) that your favorite netminder can use to save a few bucks in the hopes of saving some extra pucks down the road.

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So make sure to take advantage of the deal that best suits you, and spread the word with family or friends who need some new gear!

NHL Super Schedule 2014-15: Travel Miles by Team

For the first time since the 2008-9 season, when I first started analyzing NHL travel miles for each league season, the Phoenix Arizona Coyotes will lead the NHL in miles traveled during the upcoming 2014-15 season, with 49,818 miles. The NHL released the complete Regular Season schedule earlier today, so for the seventh straight year I’ve put together data on travel mileage and the number of games played on back-to-back nights by each NHL team, the main factors people use when talking about the burden of travel in professional hockey.

For all the details on this season, as well as how they compare to the last two full seasons, consult the table below (click on the column headings to re-sort the table by that value). If you have a blog or website and wish to use this information, feel free to copy & paste the table below, all I ask is that you include the sourcing information at the bottom.

 Team  2014-15 Miles  2014-15 B-to-B  2013-14 Miles  2013-14 B-to-B  2011-12 Miles  2011-12 B-to-B
 Arizona Coyotes  49,818  13  52,633  12  49,192  13
 Dallas Stars  48,216  12  46,660  13  49,622  14
 Anaheim Ducks  46,967  13  48,568  14  50,296  13
 Edmonton Oilers  45,597  11  45,192  12  50,006  12
 San Jose Sharks  45,318  11  57,612  10  43,994  14
 Vancouver Canucks  45,173  12  48,510  17  46,826  11
 Colorado Avalanche  44,167  12  49,007  10  48,945  10
 Los Angeles Kings  44,100  9  48,432  14  55,591  15
 Florida Panthers  42,786  12  45,136  14  52,751  14
 Nashville Predators  42,096  11  39,810  15  39,534  11
 Winnipeg Jets  42,027  9  46,477  10  44,627  13
 Minnesota Wild  41,178  13  44,273  13  42,860  11
 Carolina Hurricanes  40,800  16  38,879  20  38,114  16
 Chicago Blackhawks  40,074  15  38,680  18  39,288  17
 St. Louis Blues  38,965  14  39,328  13  38,781  17
 Boston Bruins  38,938  16  42,389  17  33,770  13
 Calgary Flames  38,874  10  48,970  12  49,104  10
 Tampa Bay Lightning  37,221  12  43,102  12  43,717  10
 Montreal Canadiens  37,135  16  39,327  17  39,174  13
 Buffalo Sabres  37,022  19  34,812  13  35,911  21
 Washington Capitals  36,487  16  36,250  17  37,969  13
 New York Rangers  36,113  13  29,839  13  36,385  14
 Columbus Blue Jackets  35,139  19  36,597  17  42,831  16
 Detroit Red Wings  34,179  12  35,324  15  42,865  14
 Toronto Maple Leafs  34,020  18  35,975  16  32,239  17
 New Jersey Devils  33,597  18  33,151  22  28,597  15
 Ottawa Senators  33,421  13  34,850  16  33,915  17
 New York Islanders  33,214  16  29,933  18  32,410  13
 Pittsburgh Penguins  32,444  17  37,061  17  33,439  15
 Philadelphia Flyers  31,272  14  34,929  14  34,193  13
Source: Hockey Gear HQ

Note: The details behind this year’s Super Schedule are also available as a Google Spreadsheet, free to download & copy for your own use.
NHL fan gear official online storeFor the last several years I’ve posted the Super Schedule over at On The Forecheck, where you can find those previous editions. This year, I’m posting it here at Hockey Gear HQ, where I share information on sales and coupon codes for NHL fan apparel as well as hockey equipment, for both players and goalies. Take a look around, shop for a good deal on a hockey jersey, and make yourself at home!

Save 20% Off this month at HockeyMonkey! Use code MARCH20. From hockey sticks to helmets - Shop hockey gear now!

Where to buy L.A. Kings Stanley Cup Championship gear

The Los Angeles Kings have done it again! By winning their second Stanley Cup championship (following up on their 2012 win), the L.A. Kings have established themselves as one of the top teams in this era, since only they and the Chicago Blackhawks have multiple Cup championships in recent years.

Everybody loves a winner, so fans all over L.A. are loading up with Kings gear, and here are the best places you can go to find t-shirts, jerseys, hats, and other Los Angeles Kings 2014 Stanley Cup Champions apparel:


L.A. Kings shoesLet’s start off with something unique – Reebok Zig Tech training shoes with the colors and logo of the L.A. Kings! These shoes are the most popular item we’ve ever featured here at Hockey Gear HQ, and HockeyMonkey is the only place you’ll find them. Size availability is limited, so act quickly!

HockeyMonkey also has a strong selection of replica and authentic L.A. Kings jerseys, often at excellent prices, and they’re one of the rare online retailers which regularly offers various coupon codes to help you save money on your purchase.

Save 20% Off this month at HockeyMonkey! Use code MARCH20. From hockey sticks to helmets - Shop hockey gear now!

Save up to 60% on officially licensed NHL fan gear in the, the NHL’s official online store is of course a natural place to shop – they offer a wide variety of officially licensed apparel, all of which is immediately available for ordering. If you’re looking for the baseball cap the Kings wore during their Stanley Cup celebration, this is the best place to look.

Sports Memorabilia

la kings stanley cup championship 2014 memorabiliaIf you want a more tangible memento from this Stanley Cup Championship, like a signed puck or a game-used jersey, Sports Memorabilia has you covered. They, too, are running a special deal right now: $10 OFF orders of $100 or more with coupon code TENOFF14 through 01/31/2015 at SportsMemorabilia – SHOP NOW!

That should be enough to get you started – good luck with your shopping and get ready for that parade!

Father’s Day 2014 Hockey Sales & Coupon Codes

Father’s Day 2014 is just around the corner, and if the dad in your life is a hockey player or NHL fan, there are special sales and coupon codes you’ll want to take advantage of to land a great deal on the perfect gift.


fathers day sale 2014 hockey equipmentFor hockey players, HockeyMonkey is offering 10% off site-wide now through June 18th 2014, as long as you use the coupon code DAD10 while checking out. HockeyMonkey isn’t just an outlet for equipment such as hockey skates, sticks, helmets, and other gear, but they also have a great selection of NHL jerseys, and their selection of NHL-themed Zig running shoes is the single-most popular item we’ve featured on this site. Especially with the New York Rangers and L.A. Kings competing for the 2014 Stanley Cup, a pair of Rangers shoes or Kings shoes would make a great Father’s Day gift.


fathers day 2014 goalie equipment saleIf your dad’s a goalie, chances are that some of his equipment is older than you are, so it’s a good thing that GoalieMonkey is offering that same 10% off deal, now through June 18th, with the same DAD10 promo code. Discounts on goaltending equipment aren’t anywhere near as common as those on player equipment, so this deal is well worth jumping on.


FansEdge - home of everything for the FanFansEdge has recently launched a “Weekly Steal” section, a rotating selection of fan apparel which gets discounted on a temporary basis, and this week that category is Polo Shirts (marked down 25%), which is pretty ideal for a Father’s Day gift. Whether you want to pick up a polo shirt for a given NHL team or to represent just about any other pro or college team you can think of, FansEdge has a gigantic selection to pick from.

Ice Jerseys

NHL jerseys fathers day sale 2014In case it’s a customized NHL jersey that would make the perfect Father’s Day gift, Ice Jerseys is offering $10 off purchases of $75 or more as long as you use the promo code DADSDAY10, now through June 15th.

Memorial Day 2014 Hockey Sales & Coupon Codes

With Memorial Day weekend approaching and Father’s Day 2014 not too far behind, the hockey sales are being rolled out for both fans and players alike – whether you’re cheering on your favorite team in the playoffs, or getting ready for a summer league, we’ve got your opportunities to save money while shopping online.

Save an additional 30% on all sale priced items + receive Free Shipping on Orders over $75 at Shop.NHL.comAs the Conference Finals rage on and the New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Blackhawks and L.A. Kings fight for the 2014 Stanley Cup, the NHL’s official online store is taking 30% off all Sale items, and throwing in FREE SHIPPING on orders over $75, now through Tuesday, May 27th 2014. Make sure to use promo code NHL75FS when checking out to take advantage of this special offer.


Shop officially licensed fan gear at!Fanatics has slashed the price of their Sale items by an additional 30% now through Tuesday, May 27th, making this an ideal time to stock up on sports-related items for just about anybody (you know, Father’s Day isn’t too far off, hint hint!).


If you want to elevate your game for next season, that process begins with off-ice work over the summer, and HockeyOT has everything you need to maximize your potential as a hockey player. Now through May 31st, HockeyOT is offering a discounted membership rate of $19.99/month for new subscribers as long as you use the coupon code GOALS2014!


hockey monkey coupon code may 2014Now through May 31 2014, you can save 10% on orders at HockeyMonkey by using coupon code MEM10. For those of you playing summer hockey, now you can save while getting some new skates or stick to try out before the next fall season starts up again.

May 2014 Coupon Codes & Sales

They say April showers bring May flowers, but better than that are fresh sales and coupon codes to help hockey players and fans save money on their favorite pieces of hockey equipment or NHL jerseys! Let’s get right to the good stuff… [Read more…]

How to cope with the Stanley Cup Playoffs: NHL team Puck Flasks

If your favorite NHL team is still in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, I’m guessing you’re pretty stressed out these days. Overtime games, controversial hits, sensational goals and bone-headed gaffes will send you on an emotional roller coaster for as long as two months, if you’re lucky.

For those of you who might need a little Liquid Courage in order to make it through, check out these NHL team-themed puck flasks, available for most teams in either silver or black. Whether you’re cheering on your hometown heroes as they drive towards the championship or coping with defeat as they get eliminated, these NHL Puck Flasks are the hockey fan’s way to raise a toast to their team. [Read more…]

The 10 Most Fascinating NHL Teams of 2013

It’s been an eventful 2013 for the National Hockey League, which opened the year in January by resolving a lockout and conducting a shortened 48-game regular season, followed by a remarkable Stanley Cup playoffs and NHL Draft. Between the opening of the new 2013-14 season with all of its outdoor games and the anticipation leading up to the 2014 Winter Olympics, there have been plenty of interesting story lines for hockey fans to dig into this year.

But which NHL teams have drawn the most interest from US internet surfers? Using data from Google Trends, here are the 10 most searched-for teams from the year gone by:

#10 – Buffalo Sabres

Buffalo Sabres jerseyNew owner Terry Pegula has set the Buffalo fan base abuzz with anticipation given all the free agency moves and trades the team has conducted over the last couple years, and 2013 was an eventful one for the Sabres. Longtime head coach Lindy Ruff was fired in February, forwards Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek were traded away, and the team continued to struggle in the standings, all of which drew attention from hockey fans.

What really pushed Buffalo on to this list, however, was the debut of their new third jersey, roundly criticized as one of the most spectacularly awful hockey sweaters in recent memory.

Next: #9 – A Star is Reborn

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Cyber Monday 2013 Hockey Sales for Players & Fans

It’s Cyber Monday 2013, which means many online retailers roll out great deals for the savvy hockey fan or player to take advantage of. Let’s get right to the good stuff and see how much money you can save!

If you’re shopping for a new jersey, make sure to use our new NHL Jersey Price Comparison Tool, which incorporates these sales!

HockeyMonkey & GoalieMonkey

HockeyMonkey & GoalieMonkey have rolled out a strong offer this morning, with three coupon codes saving you money based on the size of your order:

  • CM25 saves $25 on orders of $125 or more
  • CM50 saves $50 on orders over $250
  • CM100 saves $100 on orders over $500

FansEdge, Fanatics,

For those of you shopping for a new NHL jersey or other piece of apparel, these three outlets are offering very similar 15% off + Free Shipping deals, along with extra discounts for particular product categories like hats, t-shirts, etc.

Ice Jerseys

Ice Jerseys is running a nice 25% off sale on apparel and accessories (use code BFCM25), but sadly they’ve excluded their jerseys and customization services from this offer. You can still find good deals on sweatshirts, hats, and other goodies, however.

Pure Hockey

Pure Hockey is also jumping into the fray, with a 20% off site-wide coupon code (CYBER13) which you can use to load up on new equipment.

So get out there and start clicking, these deals are for today only!

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