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Cord Article - Red Wings Lead All-Star Disappointment

Our own budding (real-life, not just on the internet!) journalist Tieja MacLaughlin is working hard for Wilfrid Laurier University’s paper, The Cord Weekly. We’ve posted a few of her pieces before, and here’s one more - a nice look at this year’s NHL All-Star Game compared to those of year’s past. Tieja thinks it’s lost some luster.

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Cord Article - The Origin of the Hat Trick

Tieja has thrown down a new article for The Cord: The Origin of the Hat Trick!

Cord Article - Burke and bunnies have NHL hoppin’

Tieja has a new piece up for The Cord: Burke and bunnies have NHL hoppin’!

The Never-Ending Debate: Crosby vs Ovechkin

They’ve been talked about, hyped up, analyzed, critiqued, and exhausted to all ends for the past three years, but when it comes to these two all-stars, we can all agree on one thing: that the controversy will be everlasting, just as some of the greatest rivalries in history.

On one hand, you have Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins; the earnest, all-Canadian 2005 first overall draft pick, and the youngest captain in NHL history. Considered to be a legend since the age of 12, Crosby is highly regarded as the next “Great One”. He is best known for his humbleness, work ethic, and play making abilities.
Then there’s Alexander Ovechkin; the Russian born assistant captain of the Washington Capitals, whom although fresh to North America, has demanded attention and been deemed a force to reckon with. He is continually charming the press with his rock star ways, and broken English. Overshadowed by Crosby’s mass media influence, and the long forgotten lockout, it is often overlooked that Ovechkin was also the first overall pick; in the 2004 draft.
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A Word With Three NHL Draftees

This article has been submitted by Tieja MacLaughlin.

Working our way into mid-July, unrestricted free agency continues to be the only real hype the NHL garners at this time of the year. With all the trades, deals, and new contracts being signed, I thought I’d focus on gaining some insight into the league’s future stars. I got the chance to speak with three fresh NHL draftees last week; Zac Dalpe, Justin Schultz, and Brandon Burlon, and each was eagerly excited about their up and coming careers in the National Hockey League.

Justin Shultz went 43rd overall to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Zac Dalpe to the Carolina Hurricanes 45th, and 52nd to the New Jersey Devils was Brandon Burlon. Since being drafted, the boys have been busy getting a lot of attention. Aside from celebrating and receiving much praise and congratulations, they’ve been lending their time to answering interview questions, have witnessed their Facebook accounts light up with many new requests, and already have friends thinking they owe them free tickets. But they don’t seem to mind it at all, Dalpe is nonchalant, saying it comes with the territory and, “it’s flattering”. Justin Schultz would agree, “it’s all been fun”.
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Hockey Night in Canada’s Last Song

This article has been submitted by the debuting (and female) Tieja MacLaughlin.

So it‘s official…CBC has dropped its legendary Hockey Night in Canada “dunt-da-DUNT-da-dunt” theme song, and in turn, killed a small piece of each and every Canadian. No longer can we Canucks look forward to the excitement of getting all jacked up at the first sound of this heavenly music; because there will be no more humming along, there will be no more intoxicated sing-alongs, and lets just face it, you might as well just loose the Saturday night hockey hype all together without an anthem we can all get excited about.
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About Tieja MacLaughlin

Name: Tieja MacLaughlin
Role: Sexy Female Writer/Gossip Columnist
E-Mail: [email protected]
Aliases: T-Mac
OnDeckCircle Debut: June 24, 2008
School & Program: Wilfrid Laurier, English
Favorite Teams: Detroit Red Wings, New York Yankees
Favorite Sports Movie: Friday Night Lights, Mighty Ducks, Slapshot
Favorite Topic: Anything controversial and/or requiring stark criticism
Most Likely Non-Sports Topic: Dance, music, literature, theatre
Fan Clubs/Affiliations: OOOOverbay Fan Club, Sexy White Quarterbacks of the NFL
Claimed Expertise: Lord of the Dance
Career Aspirations: Professional puck bunny/Jay Cutler’s mistress
Favorite Quote: “Real men play real hockey.” Steven Baldwin in Slapshot 2. And anything quoted by Matthew Good.

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