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Top 10 Hockey Action Figures

Before video games and fantasy hockey let us take control of our favorite NHL teams and players, people were left with nothing but actions figures and their imagination to live out their hockey dreams. While the toy business may not hold the same popularity as it used to, I decided to take the time and look back at some of the greatest mini-men to ever grace department store shelves. Below, I have compiled the ten most memorable, interesting, and funny hockey-related toys in recent memory.

Enjoy the list!

10. Dion Phaneuf

One of the most realistic hockey figures on the market, this Dion Phaneuf figure by McFarlane Toys perfectly mimics Phaneuf’s on-ice play style - standing still and doing nothing.

Dion Phaneuf (Macfarlane Toys)

Dion Phaneuf (McFarlane Toys)

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NHL Labor Talks Resume Today. Will Progress Be Made?

The NHL and the NHLPA are scheduled to resume labor discussions today, however the talks aren’t expected to touch on the items that are keeping the sides at bay.  Instead the two sides will discuss what the definition of hockey related revenue is.   HRR to you and me.  It was reported on that there are no talks scheduled beyond Tuesday, once again giving the impression that there’s no sense of urgency to to get a deal completed by either side.

As the week progresses, we will certainly start coming dangerously close to seeing the cancellation of regular season games.  I personally would expect by the end of this week if not sooner we’ll see at least two weeks worth of games taken off the schedule.  While both sides have made some headway in discussing “secondary” issues, the major concerns still hang in the balance.  Frustration is mounting among fans, and certain players (Krys Barch) have begun voicing their opinions.  There’s even a We Love Hockey petition that’s been started.

I have read over the past few days that unless the players are willing to take a 15% pay cut, the league has no interest in discussion HRR.   I’ve also read the the two biggest drivers of that are Gary Bettman and Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs.  The hardball stance that is taken by the league seems to be agitating the players, as they’ve offered to have serious discussions, yet the league has apparently avoided them.  Read the rest of this entry


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