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NHL’s First Week Back Was Anything But Boring

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We are officially one week into the 2016-2017 NHL season and there is already so much to talk about. Devastating injuries, records, first goals and even the flu were amongst the top stories this past week.

Multiple Point Games

There has already been an abundance of highlight reel footage in the past week, but nothing has topped or been talked about more than Auston Matthews’ first NHL game. During his debut, Matthews scored his first 4 goals of his career. That’s right, 4! Matthews is the first player NHL history to have ever done that. He had such an unbelievable night during his first game as a Toronto Maple Leaf that he even made his mother cry.

After a great run at the World Cup of Hockey, Brad Marchand seems to have started the new season in Boston right where he left off. In the Bruins’ first game of the new season, Marchand had a 5-point-game night. He picked up an assist in his next two games, which have led to currently being in second place for point leaders across the league.

It should come as no surprise that Connor McDavid’s season is off to a great start. Before the season stated, McDavid was named the youngest captain in NHL history. In the Oiler’s first two games, the newly appointed captain scored 2 goals and earned an assist in each game respectively.

Clearly winning at the World Cup of Hockey has carried over into the new season for much of Team Canada. Ryan O’Reilly had a career-four points to help the Buffalo Sabres get their first win of the season. O’Reilly’s two goals and two assists added to the 6-2 final against the Oilers.

Injuries and Illnesses

The Pittsburgh Penguins are still without their star captain Sidney Crosby after he was diagnosed with a concussion 2 days before the regular season began. Crosby, who suffered the concussion during practice on October 7, has been skating most mornings, but his status is still day-to-day.

Jack Eichel also succumbed to a preseason practice injury. The morning before the Buffalo Sabres’ first game of the season, with 10 minutes left of practice, Eichel got his leg tangled up with a defenseman, went down and laid grasped his leg in pain. He was diagnosed with a high-ankle sprain and is out indefinitely.

The Sabres are not having a good start to the season. During their home opener on October 13, Evander Kane crashed into the boards hard. He had to be escorted off the ice and was taken to the hospital for further evaluation. Kane was released that night and it was announced that he will be out indefinitely with three cracked ribs.

Fresh off an amazing performance at the World Cup of Hockey, Vezina winner Carey Price has been sidelined again but this time with the flu. Although he is not expected to miss too many games, he was ruled out for the Canadiens home opener on Tuesday. Price missed 70 games last year due to injury making it 333 days since he had played for the Canadiens.

It has been quite the exciting week in the NHL It is hard to believe that it has just begun! We have been blessed so far with some outstanding performances and riveting games. If the first 7 days had already been this rewarding, it’s exciting to think about what the rest of the season could bring.

 

Since I am Canadian it should come as no surprise that I love hockey. My favourite team is the PIttsburgh Penguins. I love to write and love hockey so it only makes sense to combine those two passions.

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The New World of Sports Betting in the United States

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Earlier this year a monumental breakthrough was achieved when the United States Supreme Court ruled against the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, known as PASPA, allowing each state in the nation to decide if it wants to allows legal sports betting or not.

That led the nation, and all of the states, on a new path, with a lot of lucrative opportunities in an industry that has operated underground for decades.

With casinos and eSports thriving, sports betting adds a brand new element to the gambling industry and presents one of the richest outlets for businesses, the government, and the nation.

There will likely be a boost in employment rates, a growth spike in business, and an influx of money that no longer has to be hidden from the eyes of the government.

As of now, a number of states have already started their journey, and another, Utah, has decided not to act on the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of sports betting, opting to maintain their stance on forbidding sports betting, at least for the time being.

As the world of sports, eSports, and gambling embark on this industry shifting journey, let’s take a deeper look at what has been going down so far, and what is in store for the sports betting industry, thanks to an info graphic from NJGames.org.

The info graphic will take a look into the impact that sports betting legalization is expected to make on the nation’s economy.

The info graphic takes into account that the United States’ gambling industry already generates around $28 billion. The legalization of ports betting legalization is expected to increase tat number dramatically.

Additionally, sports betting operations will also result in a higher number of jobs, and the info graphic will provide you with an estimated number of both direct and indirect jobs that will open with the introduction of sports betting.

As the fantasy football season is ready to kick off for many of you, we should start seeing a lot of changes to the sports betting landscape and it will be interesting to see just how companies in fantasy sports navigate through the implementation of these changes.

The future of the sports betting industry seems bright, and there seems to be quite the trickle down effect that will have an immediate benefit to numerous industries.

Whether you’re ready or not, legalized sports betting is on the way, if it hasn’t arrived in your state already, and big things are on the horizon.

 

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Capitals owner Ted Leonsis Pays for 200 Employees to go to Stanley Cup Final Games

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Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis is celebrating the team’s first trip to the Stanley Cup Final for the 1st time in 20 years in a special way.

According to the Washington Post, Leonsis surprised 200 employees of Monumental Sports & Entertainment with tickets and a chartered flight to Vegas for the first leg of the Stanley Cup Final.

The employees were chosen based off how closely they work with the Capitals, as well as seniority, and they received an email last week from a senior VP that had the subject line: “Let’s go to Vegas.”

The selected employees received tickets to Games 1 & 2.

“It’s truly amazing and out of this world,” Omar Castro, a guest relations manager, said.

“I never expected an owner of the company to do this. We get to share in this with them. … He’s thinking of us as part of a family, as part of the experience. There’s no reason for him to do it. All I can say is a big thanks to Ted and his family for the opportunity, and for truly making this into something memorable for all of us here in the company.”

Not only did Leonsis provide tickets, but he also organized two chartered flights and is putting the employees up at the Excalibur.

 

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How Will the Dallas Cowboys do in 2018?

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How will the Dallas Cowboys do in 2018? That is tough to answer. Last season, it was a turbulent season for the Dallas Cowboys. In 2017, the Cowboys finished with a record of 9-7 which placed them second in the nFC East. However they did not make the playoffs. RB Ezekiel Elliott missed five games due to his domestic violence suspension. When he returned, he was a very productive member of the team.

Entering the 2018 NFL season, the Dallas Cowboys are looking to return to the playoffs and ultimately looking to go to the Super Bowl. To start the 2018 campaign, the Dallas Cowboys had to go through Free Agency. During the Free agency period, the Cowboys signed six players which include Joe Thomas of the Green Bay Packers and Allen Herns of the Jacksonville Jaguars. OG/C Joe Looney re-signed a 2-year contract with the Cowboys while LS L. P. Ladouceur resigned with Dallas for a 1-year deal.

For the players that have departed, a total of 15 players have left the Cowboys. Since their departure from the Dallas Cowboys, some players have either signed with other teams, looking for work, or retired from the NFL. Here is the breakdown:

QB Kellen Moore, TE James Hannah, and Jason Witten retired from the National Football League. WR Bryce Butler, OT Benson Mayowa, and CB Bene Benwikere all signed with the Arizona Cardinals. FB Keith Smith, OLB/MLB Kyle Wilber and WR Ryan Switzer all signed with the Oakland Raiders. OG Johnathan Cooper signed with the San Francisco 49ers, OLB/MLB Anthony Hitchens signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, and CB Orlando Scandrick signed with the division rival Washington Redskins.  As for players looking for work, that honor goes to RB Alfred Morris and WR Dez Bryant. 

Once Free Agency had finally concluded, it was time for the 2018 National Football League Draft. This years Draft will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. It is the first draft to be done in a NFL stadium. For the Dallas Cowboys draft board, the Cowboys will have eight picks this year. During the draft, 6 out of eight players were offensive players. Also during the draft, the Cowboys traded their pick to the Los Angeles Rams for WR  Travon Austin. 

With the players the Dallas Cowboys wanted to draft now on the Dallas Cowboys roster, it’s time to take a look at the 2018 Dallas Cowboys regular season schedule. This season, the Cowboys will start the 2018 season on the road against the Carolina Panthers on September 9. The Cowboys first division test comes in the second week when the New York Giants come to AT&T Stadium. The Cowboys bye week comes during week eight. After the thanksgiving game against the Washington Redskins, the Cowboys will have another Thursday Night Football game. This time it’s at home against the New Orleans Saints. The Dallas Cowboy regular season finale will be on November 30, 2018 at MetLife Stadium against the New York Giants.

So after breaking down the 2018 offseason and upcoming schedule, I believe it will be a tough season but I believe that the Cowboys will do better in 2018.

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