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New Flyers G Michal Neuvirth gets Rocky-themed mask

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Sep. 3, 2015 9:21 PM

On July 1st earlier this summer, goaltender Michal Neuvirth signed a two-year deal with the Philadelphia Flyers. We’re sure Neuvirth wants to get off to a good start with his new teammates and new fans and his mask may be the first good step towards gaining that notoriously tough Philly respect.

Neuvirth decided to get the legendary movie character, played by Sylvester Stallone, Rocky Balboa painted on his mask. Not just one portrait of the fictional Philly boxer, however, much like Sergei Bobrovsky’s old mask when he played for the Flyers or Ray Emery's, but Neuvirth got a full Rocky-themed mask.

ICYMI : Check out Michal Neuvirth's Rocky themed mask.

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This kid hit a trick shot and his enthusiastic celly is electric

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Sep. 3, 2015 8:12 PM

There’s something cool about watching guys like Sidney Crosby score, who seemingly keep a business as usual attitude for most of their goals. There’s also something equally cool, but completely different, about watching a guy like Alex Ovechkin score, who celebrates like it’s the first time he’s ever beat the goalie. Both are great in their own way.

This kid featured on Bauer Hockey’s Instagram took the Ovechkin approach and celly’d hard after saucing the puck into the bucket a few slabs of sidewalk away. Great to see a kid’s enthusiasm after he nails something he’s been working hard at.

Celebrate as hard as you practice. #Repost @rgjackets10 ··· #Nexus1N #setyoursights #THATCELLYTHO @bauerhockey

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Thursday Night Trick Shots: Snap Stand With An Alley-Oop

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Sep. 3, 2015 7:19 PM

Stamps long-snapper Randy Chevrier and wide receiver Eric Rogers combine for a dazzling trick shot called 'Snap Stand With An Alley-Oop''. Chevrier incredible snaps the ball with one hand, while doing a handstand and not only pulls it off, but does it with laser accuracy for Rogers to finish off the play. Check it out.

Don't forget to submit your own trick shots that could be featured on Thursday Night Football.

Jose Bautista answers fan questions on Periscope

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Sep. 3, 2015 7:03 PM

In an event at Jean Machine in Toronto on Thursday evening, we got the chance to hang out with Toronto Blue Jays star slugger Jose Bautista, or known on Twitter as Joey Bats. With our time, we decided to give the mic to our followers and Blue Jays fans to allow them the opportunity to ask Jose some questions in the midst of one of the most dominant and incredible runs in recent Toronto sports history.

You can watch the full stream on TSN’s Periscope stream below.

Pavel Barber shows exactly how he feels about "Ball Hockey Prohibited" signs

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Sep. 3, 2015 6:00 PM

A few weeks ago, we saw a street sign that we weren’t very enthusiastic about and we shared it with you all, who then pretty much shared our sentiments. Friend of BarDown, Pavel Barber, who shares with us some of his favourite hockey highlights from around the globe each and every week, also feels similar to how we do about the signs.

So, Barber took to the streets and showed exactly how he feels about “Ball and Hockey Playing Prohibited” signs.

Thursday Night Football Soundtracks: Polista

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Sep. 3, 2015 5:56 PM

Thursday nights will never be the same. This year, Thursday night CFL action on TSN has been turned up a couple notches, and what better way to celebrate Canada's football league than to feature some of the best indie bands this nation has to offer.

Each week on Thursday Night Football a new musical act will showcase their talents during the CFL on TSN broadcast. This week, Montreal's Polista serve up their song "Spitfire" as the theme for tonight's Thursday Night Football game between the BC Lions and the Montreal Alouettes.

The band features Mat Joly, who was the former lead singer of the Juno Award winning band Mobile, and Alex D., who formed in the summer of 2014 and have been creating a sleek and swift sound with built-in elements of surprise. Along with the big guitars and electronic beats, Polista has a unique twin vocal attack not many bands possess.

The two share the same influences and goals, which includes writing music they believe has the potential to be timeless. That music comes in the form of their self-titled debut EP, featuring the song 'Spitfire' from the Thursday Night Football broadcast. Polista comes rushing onto the music scene with this album, and hope to continue sharing their brainy and ballsy rock with as many people as possible.

Also, make sure to give the band a follow on Facebook and Twitter.

If you think your band, or a band you know, would be great for a Thursday Night Football broadcast, all you have to do is send a maximum of two demo tracks to music@tsn.ca (it can be in the form of mp3 files or in video form, as long as we can hear the music). Submissions are not limited to Canada, as everyone from around the world is welcome to contact us, however, you’ll need to mention which city your band is from.

Mighty Ducks 4 is rumoured to be in the works according to Averman

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Sep. 3, 2015 3:22 PM
People, the day we've been waiting for has finally come -- sort of. It seems as if the long awaited fourth installment in the Mighty Ducks franchise is in the works. While speaking on the "Quack Attack" podcast, Matt Doherty -- the man we all know as Averman -- spilled the beans, stating that a sequel to D3 is "definitely" in the works.

When asked if he knew any info on whether or not the film was in the midst of production at this point in time, Doherty stated that "I do know that there are definitely people that are working on that."

It was at that very moment that we spilled our coffee all over our Adam Banks jerseys (sorry Charlie, Banks had the real hands). Doherty later went on to state that there has definitely been "more than talk" on the production of a fourth film and that a number of studios and groups have already done work in getting the project off the ground (and into a V formation, obviously).

And now the question that is weighing on all of our minds. When can we expect to see the film. Unfortunately, that is something Doherty does not know, stating "I have no idea of how or where, or all that stuff." Oh please be more than a rumour...don't play with our emotions Averman!

To listen to the full interview, check out the Quack Attack website.

Some of these NHL team logo mashups are better than the team's current logo

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Sep. 3, 2015 3:20 PM

National Hockey League fans seems to continuously have a tough time deciding whether they love or hate their team's current logo. They give suggestions on how a logo could be improved, but almost always end up saying how much better the old design was if the team goes through a re-brand. Team's logos look pretty sharp these days and are done by professionals with a vast amount of knowledge in design, but it's never a bad time to talk about changing some NHL logos.

For those fans struggling with how they feel about their team's logo design, a Reddit user by the handle @rems18 has mashed up different team logos from the team's histories for our personal enjoyment, and some of them are legitimately better than the team's current logo.

See the NHL logo mashups below:

Toronto Maple Leafs

Montreal Canadiens

Vancouver Canucks

Phil Kessel sends Toronto one last goodbye on Instagram

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Sep. 3, 2015 1:52 PM

While Phil Kessel's time in Toronto came to somewhat of unceremonious and premature end, the winger's recent social media postings would certainly suggest that there's still a special place for the city in his heart.

Last week Kessel took to Twitter to thank Maple Leafs fans for their support during his time in Toronto. Thursday, Kessel sent one last special goodbye on Instagram, taking a picture of what seems to be the view from his humble abode in downtown Toronto, with an attached message expressing his fondness for the city.

Gonna miss this place

A photo posted by Phil Kessel (@phil_kessel_81_) on

While Kessel may be sad to leave the city of Toronto, you can certainly bet that the thought of playing on the same line as Sidney Crosby in Pittsburgh will be a enough to lift his spirits on moving day.