Archive for the ‘Information’ Category

Toronto Ice Time: Fees Increase; Schedule Changes

Monday, November 28th, 2011

This just in, from the Rob Ford administration: Cuts to Toronto recreational programs, specifically Ice Hockey rinks in Toronto [Source: Tweets from Daniel Dale of the Toronto Star] (more…)

Grey Cup 2011: Kick Off Time, Online Streaming, More Details

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Hey Canada! Your 2011 CFL season is coming to a grand finale. Next week, Sunday November 27, is Grey Cup 2011 in Vancouver, BC (BC Place Stadium). (more…)

World Juniors 2010 Streaming Online and on Your Phone

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

If you’re like me and don’t shell out for TSN, note that you can watch every Canadian game of the 2010 World Junior Hockey Tournament (including all ‘playoff’ games) on their web site at tsn.ca. (more…)

Biking the Toronto Islands

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

If you’re looking for a nice relaxing bike ride in Toronto, head over to the Toronto Islands (yes, it’s a combination of many islands, but most are easily accessible by bike once you get there by ferry) – or sometimes referred to as Toronto Island Park. You’ll basically forget you were just in the hustle and bustle of downtown Toronto and will escape to something completely different, especially when on the south side of the Islands. (more…)

Player Profiles Now Sorted By Those Most Interested in Playing

Friday, January 29th, 2010

We just made a major upgrade to how player search results appear on sportaholik.com. Basically, those who provide more information on their player profile will rank higher. We think this makes sense because those players are likely more serious and interested in playing. (more…)

Watch Strikeforce Evolution and WEC 45 Free in Canada

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

Great news for us Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fans as tonight, there’s a couple of great events on also happen to be available free (with a cable subscription) and in HD. Those of us who subscribe to either Rogers or Bell cable will be able to take advantage and watch these events live.

WEC 45 can be seen on TSN2 (Ch 98 / 507)

Strikeforce Evolution can be seen on Super Channel 2 – SCHD2 (Ch 559 for Rogers, Ch 844 for Bell). Lucky for us, a free preview for Super Channel is available until Mid-Janaury.

Both have a 10pm start time.

How to Watch UFC Online – Live Streaming

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

For those interested in watching the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and other Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) events streamed live online to your computer, there are a number of options from justin.tv and other websites. The problem is you have to deal with signals dropping suddenly, poor choppy feeds and sometimes lots of popups.

Here at sportaholik.com, we’ve found from first hand experience a better solution that is more stable and reliable. Just follow these simple steps and get ready for the next event!

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Best Goalie Masks in History

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

Hockey goalie masks have changed dramatically over time. Fifty years ago tomorrow was when the first goalie mask was worn in the NHL. It was Jacques Plante of the Montreal Canadiens, after taking yet another bruising puck to the head. Red Fisher describes that night:

“What happened was that 3:06 into the game, Plante had been struck in the face by a short shot from Rangers right-winger Andy Bathgate, opening a deep, seven-stitch cut running from the corner of the goaltender’s lips through his nostril. Then, after a delay of 21 minutes, he returned to the ice wearing a full-face mask – the first goaltender in NHL history to do so.”

To me the best goalie masks are still the ones from the older days. Most had scarier looks and more simple paint jobs. Flipping through the retro goalie masks shown on hockeymasks.com (where, yes, you can order your own replicas!) and found some great ones. Clicking the link will take you to an image of the mask.

Top favourites:

Other notable goalie masks:

Mostly simple white masks, but still awesome:

The masks of today totally don’t compare to those above, in my opinion. Obviously goalie mask design had to change to keep up with harder shots and better sticks – for safety reasons. Unfortunately that took away from some of the sinister look and uniqueness of goalie masks being worn.

Below is the Jacques Plante story, as retold in a Canadian Heritage moment. He had to stand up to coach Toe Blake who wanted no part of him wearing a goalie mask due to reduced visibility.


Some interesting information on the history of the goalie mask, as told by a goalie mask historian.


The Great Toronto Squash Ball Debate

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

 

I was out playing squash over at the St. Lawrence Community Recreation Centre (video above) over the weekend with a few other sportaholik squash players. There has been a huge debate over which squash ball to use. I’ve always used the “double yellow” and one of the guys insisted on the “blue dot” because it’s fast.  Not that I am anywhere near pro level but I’ve always been told that the “double yellow” was the ones that experienced players use and the “blue dot” is for beginners. It also seems to be the only ball that is used in recreational tournaments and games I’ve been involved with at any skill level.The simple reason that the blue dot ball is fast is because it’s extra bouncy to allow beginners to rally back and forth as it sits up better and gives the player enough time to return the ball anywhere on the court.Of course for the “double yellow” ball to be effective, one must warm the ball up by hitting it hard back and forth a number of times before actually playing. I find this works well and makes the ball pretty fast as well.  What do you sportaholik squash players play with? Feel free to comment and let us know! 

Some more information on squash can be found here:

Connecting Sports Players Across Canada

Monday, February 16th, 2009

sportaholik.com soft launched more Canadian cities over the past few weeks: Now recreational sports players in Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Ottawa can meet up with other sports players via sportaholik.com. Enjoy!