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Three Things We Learned in Week 18 of the NHL Season

Thatcher Demko had a night to remember, the Dallas Stars had a debate on hats and the Toronto Maple Leafs give praise to the Coloured Hockey League.

The second half of the season is in full swing, so let’s get the new week started by looking at some of the best moments from last week:

Demko’s unstoppable game

To keep it frank: it’s been quite a year for the Vancouver Canucks, on and off the ice. One good aspect, though? The play of Thatcher Demko, and he showed exactly why with a huge 51-save effort in a 3-2 win over Toronto on Saturday.

For reference, a performance like that hasn’t been seen by a Canucks goalie in 37 years when Richard Brodeur made 51 stops in a win. Together, they have the most saves in a Canucks win, but Dunc Wilson has the franchise save record after making 52 in a game in the team's inaugural season in 1971.

Dallas’ headwear debate

A toque or a beanie? What do you call the fabric garment that keeps your head warm on a winter day? 

It all depends on where you're from as players and staff, Canadians, Americans, and Europeans all had their takes on what to call it. The debate has been ongoing for the Stars going back to a January Twitter poll, and it’s not going to be done anytime soon. 

The Toronto Maple Leafs help promote the history of the Coloured Hockey League

Over the past couple of seasons, the Toronto Maple Leafs have been one of the more prominent teams to promote the history of Black pioneers in the sport. 

This past week, they once again stepped up by showcasing a video with Kwame Mason, the director of the Black hockey film, Soul On Ice and the host of the Soul On Ice podcast. Mason narrated the video that focused on the history of the Coloured Hockey League.

The Coloured Hockey League saw players bring many innovations to the sport, such as the slapshot and allowing goalies to leave their footing to make a save. The Maple Leafs continue to promote the Black history of the game and give praise to the great storytellers who know the diverse side of the sport inside and out.


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