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Super-Eeli breaks the net



One of the biggest differences among many between the KHL and the other European leagues is that when a player is just a bit above everyone else, it so crystal-clear obvious in Finland, Sweden or Switzerland.

In the KHL, there are 50-60 other players at least who possess the same level of skill, and a very talented player is pretty much only one among other prospects, same as in the NHL.

Some higher, some lower, but still a very high level of skill.

Another difference, to speak purely technically, is the skill of shooting, especially those so-called “one-timers”. In the NHL and the KHL, the skill to shoot direct shots on a pass is something that is certainly required.

There is not so much time and space to begin to stickhandle with the puck because if you do, you will lose it most certainly faster than in a wink of an eye.

One player, a very young prospect who can master that skill already on a very high level is Jokerit’s Eeli Tolvanen.

Most of us have talked about Patrik Laine and his shot the last 2-3 years, but I’d say that Tolvanen’s accuracy is pretty much the same, it breaks the net.

The Canadian site Future Considerations say this about Tolvanen: “Elusive with the puck on his stick…likes to shoot and has an impressive accurate shot with an absolutely deadly release, “

And, the site Hockey Prospects follows with the same judgement: “He has the full arsenal of quick release snapshot, a powerful wrist shot and accurate one-timer on the power play,

One can only agree with these sentences because they are true. Or you could say that “Super-Eeli breaks the net”.

Of course, he is talented, but behind that shot of Super-Eeli, there are hours of practising. Nothing you master over a night.

But, this is the future of the game; beyond the high-level handling of the one-timer, there is the speed on the skates as well.

Yet, there is another thing to mention in all of this if we speak of differences between the leagues, a very crucial factor, perhaps the most important thing of all:

It’s actually two-fold, but not separate, and one side is the ability to comprehend the game and the situations on the ice, the other side is to think and act as simple as possible in first hand.

In the NHL and the KHL, most players handle the “ABC” of hockey while in other leagues the players make it unnecessarily difficult for themselves on the ice or have misguided illusions and just try to show off, which leads to mistake after mistake.

Super-Eeli knows and follows the “ABC” as well if anyone wonders.

What’s the future of Eeli Tolvanen?

As it is now, I don’t see any end to his hockey career as a successful player. Yet, it is not easy to achieve titles, which is something we all have to remember as many great players have ended their long careers without a single cup.

However, Eeli Tolvanen has all the possibilities to be among the best players in the world within a 10-year range.

I hope myself that he will remain a humble and hard-working player, then I am quite sure that he won’t be without a title the day he chooses to switch career to something else.

Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do

Pele, former Brazilian football star, born 1940.


Eeli Tolvanen was drafted by Nashville Predators 30th overall in the first round.


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Arto Palovaara, Sunday Chronicler for Sports Rants Europe. Previously, he contributed for the betting company Betsafe, Svenska fans, Get real hockey and Ice nation UK. He is also an educated archaeologist and life coach who loves literature and history. Not to forget: probably he is the only sportswriter that plays the banjo.


Flyers Remove Statue of Kate Smith



The Philadelphia Flyers have joined the New York Yankees in the removal of ties to singer Kate Smith, whose famous rendition of “God Bless America” was played at both Flyers and Yankees games.

Earlier this week, the Yankees decided to suspend the use of Smith’s rendition, which was played during the seventh-inning stretch, while they investigated allegations of racism against the later singer.

According to a report from the New York Daily News, there are conflicting claims about Smith’s 1939 song “That’s Why Darkies Were Born” which
originated in the 1931 Broadway revue “George White’s Scandals” and was considered satire but includes racist language, including the line;
“Someone had to pick the cotton. … That’s why darkies were born.”

The song was recorded by Smith and Paul Robeson, who was black.

The Flyers put out the following statement on Sunday (h/t ESPN):

“The Flyers have enjoyed a long and popular relationship with ‘God Bless America,’ as performed by the late Kate Smith, a woman who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Honor for her patriotic contributions to our nation.

“But in recent days, we learned that several of the songs Kate Smith performed in the 1930s include lyrics and sentiments that are incompatible with the values of our organization, and evoke painful and unacceptable themes.”

Smith, who was popular during the WWII era, recorded the offensive jingle, “Pickaninny Heaven,” which she directed at “colored children” who should fantasize about an amazing place with “great big watermelons,” among various other treats. 

Smith also endorsed the “Mammy Doll” back in 1939 which was based on a racist caricature of a black woman similar to Aunt Jemima.

“The Yankees have been made aware of a recording that had been previously unknown to us and decided to immediately and carefully review this new information,” a club spokesman said. “The Yankees take social, racial and cultural insensitivities very seriously. And while no final conclusions have been made, we are erring on the side of sensitivity.”

The odds aren’t good that Smith’s songs will return to their prominent places during sporting events such as they were with the Yankees and the Flyers.

There is a lot of cleaning up to do when it comes to racism in sports, and weeding out songs attached to artists with questionable, and controversial, backgrounds such as Smith’s, is important in pushing forward towards the future.

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The New World of Sports Betting in the United States



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

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



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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