CALGARY, CANADA - OCTOBER 26: Cody McLeod #55 of the Colorado Avalanche knocks the pucks to the ice as he prepares to warm up against the Calgary Flames on October 26, 2011 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Dale MacMillan/Getty Images)
The Hockey Writers want us to know that Colorado needs to score at home.
In the words of Avalanche defenseman Shane O’Brien, "the boys love playing on the road."
The only problem is, that half the season is at home. I am all for the Colorado Avalanche waltzing into other buildings and wiping the smiles off of the faces of their doubters. I am 100-percent in favor of them proving themselves the hard way, as long as they’re proving themselves – and they have more than done that so far. They’re carving out a place for themselves in this league and they’re holding their own.
But the wins have to come at home, too.
John-Michael Liles is a native of Indianapolis and, not surprisingly, a car enthusiast. The Maple Leafs' defenseman is the proud owner of a 1969 Camaro. During the summer, he was acquired by Toronto GM Brian Burke from the Colorado Avalanche just before the Entry Draft in a move designed to give the club more punch from the blue line.
So far, things are going pretty well for Liles in his new home.
A hockey team in Manitoba is in a bit of trouble after some hazing occured.
The Manitoba Junior Hockey League and officials with one of its teams are refusing to talk about reports that players were forced to walk naked around their locker room with water bottles tied to their genitals as part of a hazing ritual.
Earlier this week, the Neepawa Natives junior hockey team was fined $5,000 and some of its coaches and players were suspended for the incident, but the league refused to reveal details about what went on.
An assistant coach was suspended for five games along with the team's captain, while 15 other players were suspended for between one and three games.