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Braden Holtby has a new "old school" style Capitals mask

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Sep. 2, 2015 3:26 AM

The Washington Capitals rocked old school vintage jerseys during last year's Winter Classic game against the Chicago Blackhawks, and goaltender Braden Holtby liked the "old school" look so much he must have reached out to Swedish airbrush artist David Gunnarsson right away demanding a retro looking mask for the 2015-16 season.

Okay, maybe Holtby didn't demand a helmet right away, but his brand new helmet with the original capitals logo on each side made by Gunnarsson is truly a thing if beauty. It's simple, yet detailed with the U.S. Capitol building logo in black and white in the background. Check it out below:

Could Tyler Seguin play wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys? Let's find out!

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Sep. 2, 2015 2:33 AM

The National Football League season is right around the corner, and injuries continue to plague the preseason. Dez Bryant isn't one of the players who has gone down hurt, but if he happens to need a break at all this season we may have found a wide receiver who can step into his place on the Dallas Cowboys.

Dallas Stars' centre Tyler Seguin has been training hard this offseason, which includes some agility training in the form of football receiver drills. Seguin's out pattern may need a little work, but the centre's hands are clearly pretty good. After making his cut, Seguin makes a swim move around the defensive back and makes a nice grab on a ball thrown pretty far behind him. We're impressed, Seguin.

Just incase the @dallascowboys need my services at all this year #agilitytraining

A video posted by Tyler Seguin (@tseguin92) on

Check out the Winnipeg Jets 5th Year Anniversary logo

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Sep. 2, 2015 1:35 AM

Technically speaking the Winnipeg Jets organization has been in existence since 1972, but after moving to Arizona and becoming the Phoenix Coyotes in 1996 they lost their franchise. The Jets of today were formed in 2011 after the Atlanta Thrashers organization had financial troubles and moved to Winnipeg, so this time around the team is in it's 5th season.

Along with a 5th Anniversary comes celebration, and the Jets have put out a special 5th Anniversary logo for the upcoming season.

What do you think of the Winnipeg Jets 5th Anniversary logo? Like or dislike it? We dig it.

Connor McDavid takes on Jack Eichel in NHL 16 showdown

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Sep. 2, 2015 1:28 AM

On Tuesday night top NHL Draft picks Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel, Noah Hanifin and Dylan Strome faced off against one another in the new EA SPORTS NHL 16 video game. Having the brightest, young, up-and-comers in the NHL walk into a room and go head to head against each other in the hottest hockey video game on the market is the most fun way we can think of to get to know these rookies, and see how competitive they really are. It was McDavid and Strome versus Eichel and Hanifin, and we had our BarDown crew down at the competition to capture all the best moments on Snapchat.

Professional juggler takes on basketball with incredible trick

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Sep. 2, 2015 1:25 AM

What happens when a professional juggler tries his luck at basketball? He travels a whole lot. But along with traveling he pulls off some absolutely remarkable tricks.

That's what happened when juggler Josh Horton was given four basketball's to juggle. Four balls not impressive enought for you? Well when Horton was juggling four, his friend shoots another ball through the basketball hoop, which Horton goes on to snag as he's juggle, and begins to juggle effortlessly juggle all five balls. It's really something impressive, and Horton is clearly even impressed with himself as he celebrates after the trick.

??This might be my favorite basketball juggling trick ever?? ??Tag a friend!??

A video posted by ?? Josh Horton (@jugglinjosh) on

And if you're not a basketball guy, Horton juggles a whole boat load of objects!

Guy Lapointe didn't only punk teammates, he pranked the team's GM and president

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Sep. 1, 2015 9:58 PM

When National Hockey League general managers or owners take the long walk down to the dressing room, it can be a scary experience for the players. The first thought on most players' minds is commonly one of the players is in trouble, getting traded or even getting cut from the team, so when they see the bosses they're on their best behaviour.

Montreal Canadiens' Guy Lapointe, however, often flipped the script on upper management, pulling pranks on general manager Irvin Grundman or team president Ronald Corey whenever they made trips down to the Canadiens' dressing room.

Habs' defenseman Gaston Gingras, who was Lapointe's teammate for three seasons, recalled some of the antics:

"Back then, all of our executives used to wear these dark blue Canadiens blazers everywhere they went. Someone important like Mr. Grundman would come down to the room and Pointu would get to work. He would squeeze some baby powder into his hand, give him a big pat on the back and say something like ‘Nice to see you again! Poor Mr. Corey - Pointu got him a few times like that. He would be walking around for the rest of the day, going into meetings or whatever, with no idea that he had a big baby powder handprint right on his dark blue jacket. Guy would do it to Mr. Molson, Mr. Grundman, anyone - with Lapointe, no one was off-limits."

We love hearing stories where players play pranks on teammates, but this brings the idea to a completely different level. We wonder what the executives said when they finally realized Lapointe had tricked them completely.

(H/T Canadiens.com)

Only in Canada does improper use of 'hockey sense' get a verdict overturned

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Sep. 1, 2015 7:51 PM

When the NHL draft comes along each year, we hear analysts throw out terms like 'hockey sense,' and attempt to explain why certain players have it, and certain players don't. Every team wants a player with this so called 'hockey sense,' but nobody quite knows just how to measure if a player has this highly coveted tool or not.

A new trial was ordered in The Court of Appeal for Ontario on Monday when "hockey strategy" was said to not be a proper subject for judicial notice. A ruling pronounced a beer-league hockey player's trial judge "improperly used hockey sense to convict him," when he was charged with aggravated assault after a devastating body check left an opponent in critical condition with long-term injuries. Judge William Hourigan claimed "impermissible speculative reasoning" was used by Judge Diane Lahaie when she reached her decision, as she "appears to impose her knowledge of hockey on the facts of the case."

NHL General Managers and scouts can't quite put their finger on what 'hockey sense' is, but Judge Lahaie came to a verdict explaining the play in question was an intentional blindside hit. Lahaie said, the defendant "was a defenseman who was out of position both because he was deep in the other team’s zone and because he was on the wrong side [of the ice]. It defies logic that... a defensemen would have gone to the net in hopes of scoring a goal and that he would be skating with such lack of control.”

You be the judge; was Judge Lahaie imposing her own personal knowledge of the game of hockey to come to a conclusion of what took place on the ice?

As SI.com said in their article on the trial, this stuff would really only happen in Canada, eh? It's really all about the hockey up here, isn't it?

(H/T Sports Illustrated)

Drake calls out Djokovic and Ronaldo in IG videos

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Sep. 1, 2015 5:06 PM

Drake is an avid sports goer. We've caught him at basketball games to tennis matches and everything inbetween. But Drizzy has never been the type to stand on the sidelines. He's not just a fan in the stands; he's a player in the game too! The 6 God posted this awesome video to his IG Monday night of him playing soccer with his woes in the backyard. He's juuuuussst a bit outside!

@highlighthub @bleacherreport Crazy Lamp Trick Shot. @cristiano

A video posted by champagnepapi (@champagnepapi) on

Argonauts buy Tiger-Cats car off Kijiji, have special plans for it Labour Day week

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Sep. 1, 2015 4:28 PM

The Toronto Argonauts and Hamilton Tiger-Cats have one of the best rivalries in the CFL. The two teams usually meet each other every year for the Labour Day Classic, but this year with the two playing each other twice in the same week in a home-and-home series, the Argonauts are looking to heat the rivalry up even more than usual.

They asked fans what they should do to their recent purchase before the game on Friday, September 11, and just a few hours later they seemed to have come up with an idea, telling fans that they have some big plans for the car for Friday when the Tiger-Cats visit the Argonauts.

The Tiger-Cats have won three of the last four Labour Day Classic games and hold an overall record of 30-15-1 against the Argos on the special day, so perhaps the Argonauts are trying out a new strategy heading into the busy week. After all, the two are fighting for first place in the East Division.