The Circle | Face-off, the World Series and the return of the Nordic

Another nice set of reader questions this week, which we are happy to answer. We look forward to the next ones!

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In hockey, how are faceoff wins counted? Is it where the puck is going, towards team A or team B, or does the team taking possession of the puck win the faceoff?

Jean-Francois Morin

Response from Simon-Olivier Lorange:

The faceoff is the team that takes full possession of the puck, so a center player can send the puck to a teammate, but if that teammate touches it and fails to control it and an opponent grabs it immediately, the faceoff will happen. be considered lost.

World series

It is correct that the World Series of Baseball was first organized by a newspaper of the time, The worldwhich pitted the champions of the two major leagues, which he becameThe world championship ?

Ruggero Valois

Response from Simon Drouin:

This information, which circulates a lot, is apparently inaccurate. The newspaper New York worlda Democratic newspaper published from 1860 to 1931 at the beginning of the 20th century covered the first “World Series Championships”, the original name.And century, but never organized or sponsored them. So where does the name “World Series” come from to designate the competition involving mainly American professional baseball teams? The authors disagree. Marketing application to attract more viewers, says one. The feeling of Americans to dominate the world at that moment, says the other. Originally, the two finalist teams were indeed the best two in the world, suggests a third. Perhaps it is simply the invitation addressed by the owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates, the best team in the American League, to his counterpart of the Boston Americans (predecessors of the Red Sox), the best team in the National League, to play a first “World Series Championship” in the 1903.

Ottawa or Quebec?

With the Nordics back apparently in the news, here’s my question: What do you think are the reasons why the NHL considers Ottawa a viable market while Quebec is not?

Francois Courteau

Response from Richard Labbé:

François, this is a very good question, especially when we learn that François Legault’s government is still in seduction mode; on May 19, Minister Eric Girard had a “courtesy” meeting with Commissioner Gary Bettman. One can also wonder if the Senators could have returned to this league with Bettman in the lead (they returned in 1992, a year before Bettman’s reign began), since the current commissioner doesn’t seem very fond of small Canadian markets. , as evidenced by his funeral when he announced the Thrasher’s move from Atlanta to Winnipeg in 2011. So a market is viable until it isn’t, and if ever senators can’t afford a new arena soon enough, they too will be in trouble. I also believe that the only chance for the Nordics to return is through a potential move by the senators. Meanwhile, Quebec only serves as a scarecrow against threatened transfer clubs. It’s a shame, but it’s the reality.

An effect that cannot be measured in numbers

The loss of Nick Leddy to the New York Islanders had the same effect as the loss of Phillip Danault to the Canadiens: a fall in the rankings. Some of these discreet players bring an unquantifiable dimension to paper, but a very real dimension to the ice.

Dany Leduc

Response from Miguel Bujold:

You are absolutely right and the best organizations know this very well, starting with Lightning. Players like Anthony Cirelli and Ryan McDonagh, to name just two, have an effect that is not measured in numbers. Also, it always makes me laugh when reporters base their analysis only on a player’s stats or advanced stats. A sports team is a puzzle, with pieces of all shapes. And sport is first of all emotion. If only talent and offensive skills weighed on the scales, the Maple Leafs would not have lost in the first round for six consecutive years.

question of sticks

Could it be that NHL players’ composite sticks have improved the speed and accuracy of wrist shots? We see more and more crack shots entering the net at very high speed.

Robert Leendre, a hockey fan since the good times of Sherwood

Response from Nicholas Richard:

It goes without saying that several factors have contributed to improving the quality of the NHL footage, you are not dreaming. On the one hand, when it comes to the speed of the shots, there is obviously the strength of the players that comes into play, but there is also the flexibility of the sticks. The new composite sticks allow players to use their stick almost like a whip. Hence the curved shape of the sleeves when players are photographed taking a shot. The lower the flex number, the softer the stick and the softer it is to easily push the disc out of the blade. For example, Auston Matthews and Alex Ovechkin’s stick flexibility is 80. On the other hand, the sticks used by defenders are often stiffer, because it’s to their advantage. This is why the flexibility of the Shea Weber or Zdeno Chara sticks is quite between 120 and 150. In terms of accuracy, players now have the luxury of using custom sticks. Often it is the curve of the racquet that will improve a player’s accuracy and ease. The more curved the paddle, the easier it is to lift the disc. This is why pro players spend dozens of hours with manufacturers to find their curve. For example, Ovechkin’s palette is very curved. However, Sidney Crosby’s is almost straight. It depends on individual preferences. Other players are also inspired by curves already made. Like Auston Matthews, who practically plays with the curve that Joe Sakic has evolved with.

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