(Ed. Note: It’s Thanksgiving time in the U.S., a.k.a. “Real Thanksgiving”, which means it’s once again time to reflect on what we’re thankful for in the world of hockey. Here are some of our favorite writers and hockey people, offering their picks for this year. As always, we give thanks to you, the reader, for supporting this blog. Consider these the tastiest leftovers you’ll have today!) Seth Rorabaugh , Empty Netters 1. Hockeyville When you cover hockey for a living, you get incredibly jaded. It's very easy to lose sight of the fact that your "work" involves going to practices, talking to players and coaches, eating free food and basically doing what just a lot of other people would kill to do for "work." Somehow, someway, you just lose a lot of joy you have for the sport. The Hockeyville game in Johnstown, Pa. restored a lot of lost perspective for myself about how much hockey means to many people. Johnstown was so grateful to have a real-life NHL game - albeit a preseason game - in it's tiny little rink, the venerable Cambria County War Memorial. It clearly meant a lot to the players involved as well. There were 13 rows of seats from the ice to the back wall and every one of them was filled with a captivated soul. Covering that event was easily the most fun I've had a hockey game in at least a half decade. 2. Old hockey arenas I was able to cover the Penguins' game in Edmonton this season, which was presumably their final game in Northlands Coliseum turned Edmonton Coliseum turned Skyreach Centre turned Rexall Place (assuming the Penguins and Oilers don't meet in a Stanley Cup Final). It's a dark, dank and cramp structure. It's barebones and utilitarian. But it's marvelous. So many of the "newer" buildings in the NHL are cookie cutters. Go from "Big Bank" Garden to "Big Airliner Center" to "Big Telecommunications Provider" Arena and you feel like you're in the same building. Buildings like Rexall Place, the Saddle Dome, Joe Louis Arena and to a lesser extent, Madison Square Garden, are so unique. You don't suffocate on the stale corporate environment newer buildings have. Rexall Place has a sign reminding you to use ashtrays in the press box. And I left my Marlboros at home: pic.twitter.com/TaoQg7nKsq — Seth Rorabaugh (@emptynetters) November 7, 2015 If your team still plays in an older building, cherish it why you still have it. 3. The Predators yellow helmets Traditions are a big part of hockey. Octopuses in Detroit. Cheering during the national anthem in Chicago. Rats in Florida. Yelling "Potvin sucks!" in Manhattan. The Predators yellow helmets have the makings of being the NHL's new great tradition. While teams in just about every sport try to incorporate a black jersey in order to make a quick buck, the Predators have doubled down on making yellow their identity, even if they claim it as being "gold." Part of that is with their yellow lids. And when you consider they only wear these helmets on Saturdays, it adds a quaint wrinkle to this new tradition. While they vaguely resemble the pre-Gretzky Kings, the Predators' new look makes Saturday nights in Nashville unique. Chris Johnston , Sportsnet 1. Family At the risk of being overly sentimental I'm thankful for the many people in the hockey industry that have become an extended family of sorts. During long hours, nights away from home and life's ups and downs I've found constant reminders of love and support. 2. Friends. Well not friends, friends, but friends of the media. In the NHL we're blessed to have some of the most accommodating athletes in pro sports. Sidney Crosby, despite being the most in-demand hockey player of the last decade. Nazem Kadri and James Reimer, no matter what crazy controversy is going on in Toronto. Victor Hedman, Steven Stamkos, Duncan Keith, P.K. Subban, Gabriel Landeskog, Erik Karlsson and Shane Doan are some of the others I've truly enjoyed dealing with. The list could be much longer than that, too. 3. A roof overhead. Preferably the Bell Centre in downtown Montreal, which for my money remains the best building in hockey. Attending games there is a feeling, an experience. It's like going to the Vatican if you're Catholic. The other NHL buildings on my personal top-five list? MTS Center, Winnipeg; United Center, Chicago; Madison Square Garden, New York; and Staples Center, Los Angeles. Jenny Scrivens, goalie, New York Riveters NWHL Of course we have lots to be thankful for at the NWHL! Here are just a few: 1. Paychecks in women's hockey, for the first time in North America Forecheck, back check, paycheck. Pretty cool to be a part of history! #HistoryBegins pic.twitter.com/rttDgitSe0 — Alyssa Gagliardi (@AGagliardi92) October 2, 2015 Just got paid for playing hockey! 🙌🏻 #HistoryBegins pic.twitter.com/CQTd4Az4aq — Jenny Scrivens (@JenScrivs) October 1, 2015 2. Future draft picks
(Ed. Note: It’s Thanksgiving in the U.S., a.k.a. “Real Thanksgiving”, which means it’s once again time to reflect on what we’re thankful for in the world of hockey. Here are the editors and writers from Puck Daddy and Yahoo Sports, offering their picks for this year. As always, we give thanks to you, the reader, for supporting this blog. Happy Turkey Day!) Greg Wyshynski, Puck Daddy Editor 1. Outdoor Games. There aren’t too many of them. OK, maybe there are too many of them that involve the Chicago Blackhawks. But if you go to one, you know what I’m talking about: 50,000 fans getting loaded and celebrating the game and, in some cases, just hoping the game doesn’t go to a shootout so they suffer hypothermia. 2. Barry Trotz Simply one of the most dedicated, smartest and level-headed hockey guys I’ve ever come across and I’m thankful that he’s behind the bench for a Capitals team that might have this thing figured out finally. Would love to see this lifer lift the Cup. 3. Every Single Person That’s Purchased And Read And Hopefully Enjoyed My Book, TAKE YOUR EYE OFF THE PUCK. I can’t thank you all enough. I’m so honored. Or if you bought it on Amazon.ca, honoured. 4. Hockey Podcasts So many options now and so little time, from the ones beat writers are putting out to the new weekly ones to the podcasts that come around a few times a season from fans. As an American, hockey talk on the radio is a rare bird. Now we can take it with us! Sean Leahy, Puck Daddy Editor 1. Jaromir Jagr. I'll never not be thankful for him. And now that he's bringing back the mullet? Immortal. 2. Teemu Selanne. He may be gone from hockey, but he sure is living the hell out of retirement. 3. Hilary Knight. Unstoppable . 4. David Backes' pig. Because it pooped in Ken Hitchcock's office. 5. Pranking rookies. Tricking rookies to go out on the ice for warmups by themselves will never get old. It's even better when the kids realize the joke and keep skating. 6. Greenville Swamp Rabbits .
Dobber launched his fantasy hockey website DobberHockey back in 2005 and has been Puck Daddy's resident fantasy hockey 'expert' since 2009. Happy Thanksgiving! [ Play Yahoo Daily Fantasy and get a 100% deposit bonus with your first deposit ] While you’re wolfing down your turkey, hold your phone just underneath the table so nobody can see you scroll down the following chart. The following is the Top 25 players of the past two weeks based on simply ranking them in each roto-league category and then tallying up the score. Not very scientific, but a nice, quick and dirty snapshot of how things are going. This report is one of many you can run for free over at the Frozen Pool section of the DobberHockey website: