Greg Wyshynski

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Greg Wyshynski is the editor of Puck Daddy. A former managing sports editor for The Connection Newspapers, he's written for Deadspin, AOL Sports and is the author of "Glow Pucks & 10-Cent Beer: The 101 Worst Ideas in Sports History." Born and bred in New Jersey, living in Northern Virginia. Did we mention he likes booze?

  • See adorable Playmobil NHL figures for 12 new teams (Photos)

    Last year, Playmobil made 16 NHL figures, and they were all very cute. 

    Now they’ve finally expanded the line to include a 12 more teams, including five in Canada, which sometimes gets the shaft when it comes to toy lines. (Luckily, Playmobil has a deal in the U.S. and Canada, the first time in the company’s history that it has licensed line in both countries.)

    Click here to take a look at the figures:

    The new teams, with one player and one goalie for each: Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Vancouver Canucks, Washington Capitals and Winnipeg Jets.

    From the good folks at Playmobil:

    As part of the expanded line, playsets inspired by 12 more NHL teams, including both player and goalie figures will hit stores this spring. Additional sets featuring NHL rivalry packs, Stanley Cup Presentation, Score Clock with Referees and an NHL holiday Advent Calendar will be

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  • Super Bowl on ice: The 15 times NHL and NFL collided

    The NHL and NFL share some commonalities. They’re winter sports. They’re perfect for tailgating. They have a multitude of equipment players wear. They both used to have hitting.

    But as the Super Bowl arrives on Sunday between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers – we repeat, the CAROLINA Panthers – we decided to look at 15 times the NFL was mixed with the NHL, and vice versa. The Winter Classic has certainly made this more frequent. 

    Here are 15 times the NHL and the NFL collided:

    1. Sidney Crosby attempts 70-foot ‘field goal'

     

    To celebrate the 2011 Winter Classic at Heinz Field, Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins decided to take some 70-yard field-goal attempts … with his stick and some pucks. Probably because, as usual, the Penguins didn't give him anyone to pass to.

    But there was another player who attempted an actual field goal.

    2. Andrew Shaw boots at a Bears game

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  • Columnist slams Blackhawks fans’ national anthem tradition

    Chicago Blackhawks fans have a tradition for the playing of our national anthem: They cheer. They holler. They applaud. Their volume at home games can drown out the words and music. It’s all rather inspiring. 

    Terry Frei, venerable columnist for the Denver Post, has a problem with it. Not in Chicago, but when Blackhawks fans are invading places like Colorado Avalanche games.

    But what bothered me Tuesday was that some — some — of the Blackhawks fans attempted to transfer the United Center ritual of hollering, hooting, cheering and applauding through the national anthem to the Pepsi Center.

    ... When Blackhawks fans at another arena, including in Denver on Tuesday, attempt to yell, hoot, holler and clap through the anthem in a place where quiet — or at most, singing along — is the norm, it comes off as boorish, discordant and disrespectful. You can bring Gino's East and White Castle to Denver ... but leave the hockey anthem ritual in Chicago.

    First, let’s get something straight: White

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  • (UPDATE: To the surprise of no one, the video has been removed, likely after a panicked phone call from D-Boss to E-Slayer on Sunday morning. Luckily, Winging It In Motown captured the following .gif that gives us endless "1-2-3 Let's Have Fun" moments.)

    Via www.wingingitinmotown.comVia www.wingingitinmotown.com

    Dylan Larkin is a rookie forward for the Detroit Red Wings who is pushing for the Calder Trophy and recently broke the NHL All-Star Game record for fastest skater in the skills competition. 

    But before that, he was ‘D-Boss,’ the dude who sniped pucks in a basement … sorry, “dungeon” net, wore a U.S. flag like a blanky and put over Patrick Kane as an American hero.

    This video, which Max Roberts helped unearth, is from 2012, which means we might be looking at a 15- or 16-year-old Dylan Larkin here. It was uploaded by Evan Gizinski, a defensemen playing pro roller hockey now who was Larkin’s teammate back in Bantam.

    This video … is amazing. Let us count the ways:

    - Larkin refers to himself as ‘D-Boss.’ Multiple times.

    - Larkin says

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  • Penguins, Flyers will play outdoor game in 2017: Report

    The scuttlebutt at the Winter Classic last month was that the 2017 edition of the event would either take place in Toronto, as part of the Maple Leafs’ centennial celebration, or feature a showdown between the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins. 

    The decision’s yet to be made, but ESPN’s Scott Burnside reports that the Flyers vs. Penguins game is all but booked for next season – likely at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, marking the first time the NHL has revisited a venue. The Penguins hosted the Washington Capitals in 2011 in the Winter Classic.

    (No, we’re not counting the New York Rangers’ two games at Yankee Stadium in the season month.)

    OK, we know what you’re asking: What happened to having this game at Penn State, the perfect neutral site and party zone?

    Writes Burnside:

    The two state rivals have been talking for months about a plan for an outdoor game or series of outdoor games. There was discussion about playing an outdoor game at Penn State, but it’s believed financial

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  • Flyers lose Sean Couturier for month in big blow to playoff chase

    Sean Couturier will miss up to four weeks with a lower-body injury, which is not very good news for the Philadelphia Flyers. 

    How much does Couturier mean to Philly?

    According to Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Flyers are 2-6-1 without the center, getting outscored 31-20; when he’s played this season, they’re 20-12-7, with a goal differential whittled down to a minus-5.

    So he means a lot. Especially when you consider how thin the Flyers are at forward this season.

    The real bummer here for Couturier is that he was starting to put it all together. He’s played at a Selke level as a defensive forward for the last two seasons, but he was starting to find an offensive groove this season: 12 points in his last 12 games, and giving the Flyers valuable minutes on their second line with Brayden Schenn, as the Flyers loaded up their top line with Jakub Voracek, Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds some time ago.

    The Flyers remain in the playoff race with 54 points, which are four in

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  • Will MLB Advanced Media shut down NHL fan videos, GIFs?

    Major League Baseball Advanced Media, whose partnership with the NHL led to an overhaul of that League’s digital properties, has earned a reputation for a few things. Like high quality streaming capabilities. Like state-of-the-art mobile apps. And, in the eyes of some fans, a draconian approach to user-created content from copyrighted broadcasts. 

    The stories from BAM’s crackdown on baseball videos are many. The “electronic minions” who would have YouTube delete users’ accounts for uploading classic MLB game clips. The Twitter suspensions for those who create GIFs of baseball games. Cracking down on baseball podcasts for using team colors in their logos.

    And so on.

    When BAM and the NHL partnered up, there was concern that hockey content would be next. Or should we say, there’s ongoing concern: None of the prominent hockey GIF, YouTube or Vine creators to whom we reached out for this story wanted to comment, even on background.

    So should they be concerned, fingers trembling on

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  • This 'Legend of John Scott' storybook is absolutely adorable

    After he scored two goals and was named MVP of the NHL All-Star Game, John Scott likened his journey to something you might read in a storybook. 

    And now you can.

    “The Legend of John Scott: The Storybook Version” hit the web this week and went viral among hockey fans. The digital storybook includes the entire John Scott tale told in verse, with amusing animations, many of them Gary Bettman-centric.

    Sample prose:

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    The storybook is the work of Kathy Polo, a freelance writer and artist. She said she doesn’t have a background in formal design, but is building a portfolio after “fooling around on Photoshop and other programs” since she was 13.

    She’s also a huge hockey fan, so using her talents to create “The Legend of John Scott” was “a no-brainer,” she said.

    “The entirety of the situation read like a book or Disney movie. For someone who loves to write, it didn’t take too long to piece it together in a ‘storybook’ form,” she said.

    Give it a read here. John Scott, in a whimsical storybook.

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  • Minnesota Wild are fragile, afraid and falling fast in West

    (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    NEW YORK – The two-goal lead evaporated in a New York minute. Well, technically, a minute and 20 seconds. 

    The Minnesota Wild had beaten New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist twice in the first period. A victory in Madison Square Garden, which hasn’t been a kind place for the Wild, could have been transformative for a slumping team.

    Instead, they witnessed another blown lead after scoring first, something they had done in their previous two losses to Arizona and the New York Islanders. They witnessed another loss, 4-2 to the Rangers, their ninth in 10 games (1-8-1) and their 12th defeat in 15 contests (3-9-3).

    And they’re trying to shake the notion that they’re witnessing a season slip away.

    “We’re a very fragile team. They get one, and we kind of go into a shell. That’s a team that has no confidence,” said defenseman Ryan Suter. “So we have to figure it out and figure it out fast.”

    Their slump has relegated them to the wild card hunt, with the Central Division’s top three teams

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  • Dave Mirra, BMX legend, dead at 41 of apparent suicide: Police

    Dave MirraDave MirraDave Mirra, one of the most successful BMX athletes in history, was found dead of an apparent suicide on Thursday, said Greenville (NC) Police.

    Mirra was 41 years old. He is survived by his wife and two children.

    According the police report, officers responded to the 200 block of Pinewood Road for an apparent suicide. They found Mirra, who police said was in the area visiting friends, sitting in a truck with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

    Mirra helped turn Greenville into one of the biggest producers of BMX athletes in the U.S., while becoming an icon in the sport himself. Mirra also drove for the Subaru rally car racing team.

    "We mourn the loss today of a great friend and wonderful human being who touched the lives of so many around the world with his gift," said City of Greenville Mayor, Allen Thomas, in a statement. "He called Greenville, North Carolina, home and was as humble a guy talking with kids on a street corner about bikes as he was in his element on the world

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