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Patrick Kane is off the cover of NHL 16! How far will the fallout go?

Previous cover of NHL 16 (EA)

Previous cover of NHL 16 (EA)

Due to the ongoing rape investigation on Patrick Kane, EA Sports has decided to remove Kane from the cover of their latest NHL 16 video game, leaving Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on the cover alone. This could be the first of many sponsorship losses for Kane, should more details come out of the investigation. Read more

FTHN Fashion: The jersey stylings in the Pacific Division

As part of a ongoing series, Full Tilt is going to list off the best and worst current NHL Jerseys by each division. Today, we feature the jerseys of the Pacific Division.

Edmonton Oilers 

Connor McDavid (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Connor McDavid (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

This might sound bias as I am an Oilers fan, but the Oilers do have one of the nicer looking jerseys on this list. It’s the retro 80’s throwback that we all know and love. What’s old is new. And the 3rd orange jersey are absolutely beautiful. They pay homage to the early WHA days from the 70’s. Connor McDavid is going to look great in those threads. I know that the Oilers have finished at the bottom almost every season for the past five years, but at least they can be number one at something else for once!

LA Kings

It’s sort of a throwback to the 90’s during the Wayne Gretzky days. They are bringing back the black and silver. The lines make it look less like a practice jersey. I know they were ugly, but if the Kings could bring back the infamous “Burger King” jersey, that would be awesome! But I would stay away from the Stadium Series jerseys from last season. Gross.

San Jose Sharks

The Sharks jerseys have a plain but simpler design. The teal home jersey bring back memories of their first jersey. I did enjoy their previous iteration of their jerseys with the shoulder lining. Apparently the look was considered too “heavy” and the Sharks opted with a more minimalist design.

Vancouver Canucks

Do we really need “Vancouver” on the jerseys? Seriously, any serious hockey fan knows who the Canucks are and having “Vancouver” on the jersey is insulting. The third jersey is a little better but they should bring back the 90’s Pavel Bure jerseys if they want to win people back.

Arizona Coyotes

The new Coyotes jersey are a bit of an upgrade from their last jersey, which was uncreative at best. They do have a Minnesota Wild feel, especially along the sleeves. Although they are trying to be modern, they could have used more traditional stripes.

Calgary Flames

Time to call a spade a spade: the Calgary Flames jersey is awful and looks too busy. Please don’t accuse me of prejudice just because they’re my rivals. The lines ruin jersey. It tries to make the players look like Tron characters. The third jerseys are also awful. Like Vancouver, it just says “Calgary” on them, like we don’t know where they’re from. The design of the third jerseys looks like those cheap rip-off jerseys you can buy at Wal-Mart or Canadian Tire. I’d recommend going retro, but God forbid they want to be like the Oilers and live in the past. I may be in the minority, but the flaming horse jersey was kind of cool.

Anaheim Ducks

Once again, the lines ruin the jersey. Anaheim had decent looking jerseys before. I really don’t know what happened. Even though it had “Anaheim Ducks” on them, the Anaheim part was small and not as blatant as Vancouver or Calgary. The black jersey was a perfect ugly third jersey that could’ve been retired in a few seasons. But no, they’re stuck with them now for at least a few seasons. I’d recommend the Ducks find some way to use their colour scheme and design a retro Mighty Ducks version. That would put them up on the list.

Update: Apparently the Ducks introduced a third jersey featuring the classic logo.

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Assessing the Stanley Cup hopes of the Canadian NHL Teams

Stanley Cup Champs Blackhawks 2015 (Getty)

Stanley Cup Champs Blackhawks 2015 (Getty)

Another season is in the books and another Stanley Cup has been raised. It’s been 22 years since the 1993 Montreal Canadiens lifted Lord Stanley’s Holy Grail. This year Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver had a shot to go deep in the playoffs, but the Stanley Cup drought continues for Canada. Let’s take a look at the Canadian teams that could win it all next year or possibly in near future. Read more

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