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New Jersey Devils goaltenders get vintage masks for Retro Night

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Feb. 13, 2016 8:16 PM


The New Jersey Devils are having a special ‘80’s Retro Night on Monday when they host the Philadelphia Flyers. Since it’s a special night, both Devils goaltenders decided to get a custom vintage mask designed for the game.




NBA players have a tough time naming five Canadians

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Feb. 13, 2016 7:56 PM


Speaking in general terms, Canadians know more about America than Americans know about Canada. That’s not to say that Americans are oblivious to the fact that the Great White North exists, they just aren’t as concerned with what we are up to.

One group of people who seem to know a little less about Canada than everybody else, are NBA players. Don’t believe us? Just watch this video of NBA All-Stars trying to name five Canadians.



C’mon guys! Not even all of you could get Drake? He’s one of, if not the biggest star in North America.



Thankfully Klay Thompson stepped up to save face for the rest of his peers, restoring our faith in NBA players.

(H/T: ESPN)

Fans created custom sock designs and Dwyane Wade picked his favourite one

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Feb. 13, 2016 7:09 PM


Dwyane Wade, aside from being one of the best to ever step foot on a basketball court, is also known for his fashion, even though he doesn't want to be known for it.



In any case, Wade was at the Sportchek Studios Saturday with Cabbie and a mob of fans, which included some who created custom sock designs for Wade, who had the tough task of picking his favourite one.


Russel Westbrook wowed the crowd at Mountain Dew's Court Vision

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Feb. 13, 2016 6:10 PM


Art has come a long way since the days of Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. Back in their day, they painted with, well, paint, and made beautiful sculptures out of stone and marble. Today, thanks to the evolution of technology, we have many different ways of displaying our artistic ability and one of those ways is Google Tilt Brush.

Tilt Brush is a technology that lets you paint in a 3D space using virtual reality. You strap on a headset and use two hand-held controllers to paint the virtual space around you. Still not wrapping your head around the concept? We’ll let NBA superstar Russell Westbrook show you how it’s done with these videos we took at Mountain Dew’s Court Vision on Saturday.








Carrie Underwood adds the perfect music to this video of Ryan Johansen kissing his hockey stick

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Feb. 13, 2016 5:44 PM


Valentines day is, well, Sunday, in case you didn't know, like one of the people we work with, which means love is in the air, even though it should be every day.

Anyways, back to the point of this post, Carrie Underwood, who's married to Mike Fisher of the Nashville Predators, was in a loving mood, and sent a playful jab Ryan Johansen's way after he was caught kissing his hockey stick on the broadcast of the Predators and Lightning game.



The chirps didn't stop there though. Underwood added three other songs to the video that fit perfectly.


Selanne shares picture of himself and Leipsic as a child from Winnipeg days

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Feb. 13, 2016 4:58 PM


With all due respect to Brendan Leipsic, when we heard he’d be making his NHL debut tonight, the last thing we expected was a good luck tweet from Teemu Selanne. There you have it though, further proof that we don’t know anything and that Teemu Selanne just keeps adding to his resume of a complete class act through and through.

Leipsic will be making his debut tonight, so Selanne digs out this old picture from his days in Winnipeg (we presume based on how young he looks and the fact that Leipsic is from Winnipeg as well) and shares some kind words. It seems like this was some sort of photoshoot or commercial, but we’re not sure entirely. If anyone has the backstory, tweet us @BarDown and we’ll include your tweet in the post.




Kobe Bryant stops dead in his tracks to talk to a young fan

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Feb. 13, 2016 4:38 PM


Kobe Bryant's been playing in the NBA since 1996. Think about that for a second. Think about how many people gave watched the greatest since Michael Jordan play, even if it was just for a minute.

The amount of people that Bryant has inspired over the course of his career with his relentless will to win and be the best will always be remembered. After all these years, that's the one thing that hasn't changed, whether you watched him 1996 or your watching him now in his last season.

Only twice in his career has Kobe not been an All-Star, so the fact that he's in Toronto for his last All-Star game is special, not just for him, but for everyone who's watched him. While Toronto gears up to make this weekend an unforgettable for Bryant, he's doing his part to make it an unforgettable one for fans, too.

Saturday morning at Ricoh Coliseum after media availability, a young fan shook Kobe's hand and then Bryant stopped to talk to the youngster.

@kobebryant ALWAYS has time for a young fan. #NBAAllStarTO

A video posted by TSN (@tsn_official) on




James van Riemsdyk takes over TSN's Snapchat

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Feb. 13, 2016 3:43 PM


Toronto Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk is taking full advantage of NBA All-Star Weekend being in Toronto, as he wants to be front and centre for all the big moments. One of the biggest things you could be a part of over the weekend in our opinion is TSN’s All-Star SnapStory Presented by Mountain Dew. Don’t believe us? Give it a follow over at TSN_Official.

So, with all that in mind, JVR took over our account for a bit in the afternoon to take us through his experience at All-Star practice, but don’t worry, he’ll be back Saturday evening for the Skills Challenge.








Matt Bonner rides 'The Red Rocket' once again

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Feb. 13, 2016 10:42 AM
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With a ton of special events and things to do popping up all over the city of Toronto for the NBA All-Star Game weekend, people are relying on the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) to get them to where they’re going. Whether you’re taking the subway, bus, or streetcar, whenever you need to get somewhere in the 6ix, you can always rely on ‘The Red Rocket.’ Nobody knows this better than a man by the name of Matt Bonner, a two-time NBA Champion from New Hampshire, also known himself as, ‘The Red Rocket.’

For those of you who aren’t making the connection, Matt played 2 seasons with the Toronto Raptors where he notably played all 82 regular season games as a rookie in 2004. The only rookie in Raptors history to do so. In addition to his impressive stamina of play, Matt took on a nick name that has stuck since he left the 6ix over ten years ago. ‘The Red Rocket’ nickname was given to Matt by teammates because of his great head of red hair combined with the fact that he would take the TTC to avoid traffic in the bustling downtown core of Toronto to get to practices and home games at the Air Canada Centre.

Since 2006 Matt has been playing down in Texas with the San Antonio Spurs however he still holds a special spot in his heart for T.O., where some of his family still resides. So when he arrived back in town for All-Star Weekend, travelling his old route via ‘The Red Rocket’ was a must-do for Matt. And TSN was right there to tag along with him for the journey.



As you can see, Matt still feels right at home riding the TTC. He has absolutely no problem talking to fellow travelers or even shredding down to just his jersey and shorts despite the -13°C temperatures on Friday. Clearly, this current Texan and American native still has a lot of Canadian left in him.

Keep an eye out if you’re boarding ‘The Red Rocket’ this NBA All-Star Weekend, you might just run into the man himself.