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Aaron Brophy

Aaron Brophy has written 24 posts for The Poke Check Diaries

Julius Hudacek Is The Best Goalie In The World Right Now

There’s a unwritten rule in professional hockey that says a player must never actually celebrate anything — a goal, a save, a hit, a fight, a victory — in any sort of exuberant manner that an opponent might somehow consider insulting. This is stupid. Hockey is a high-spirited sport and intentionally trying to stifle that … Continue reading

Clint Malarchuk On Mental Health: ‘It Doesn’t Matter How Tough You Are, It Can Hit Any Person’

Clint Malarchuk, the former NHL goaltender best known for suffering a gruesome skate-slash-to-the-neck injury in his playing days, recently attended the Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival to promote his new book The Crazy Game a showing of his ESPN 30 For 30 doc, Cutthroat. Throughout his playing days and into retirement Malarchuk dealt with obsessive-compulsive … Continue reading

How Gary Leeman Helped Me Find Myself

Since the beginning of time man has asked himself, “How good am I?” It’s why people compete in marathons, why they wrestle each other, and why they get into drinking contests with the Bytown Billionaires. It’s partially a test against one’s competition, but it’s just as much a test against oneself. Where do I rank? … Continue reading

That Time I Played Against Marcel Dionne And Dennis Maruk

Back in May I got the opportunity to help out for the ScotiaBank Pro-Am media day at St. Mike’s Arena. My job was pretty simple: according to organizer and charity hockey ninja Rob Weir I was to sit in the net and let random dudes take shots on me for an hour or two while … Continue reading

The Universality Of ’14 Minutes Of Pissed Off Goalies’

The big sporting viral video of the week is something called “14 Minutes Of Pissed Off Goalies.” The medley, which is exactly what the title sounds like, had an uncomfortable sting to it. That’s because when I was watching it I saw myself in those videos. Not literally. I wasn’t in any of them. But … Continue reading

That Time I Played For Team Argentina (Sorta)

A few months back on Super Bowl Sunday I got a call from my friend and international hockey ambassador/author of The Travelling Goalie blog Adrian Mizzi. He needed an extra goalie to play an exhibition game between his team the Ghetto Blasters and… Team Argentina. Sort of. “Team Argentina” was a group of about 30 … Continue reading

Hack H.C. At The 2013 Hockey Summit Of The Arts

My team the Toronto Hack H.C. will be making our ninth appearance in the 2013 Hockey Summit Of The Arts this weekend. The tournament, which features arts-based hockey teams from across the country, will take place Friday, March 29 to Sunday, March 31 with the Fri-Sat games at Westwood Arena and the finals taking place … Continue reading

13 Reasons To Hate The Parkdale Hockey Lads (A Reminder)

I wrote this list up about my team the Hack HC’s blood enemies the Parkdale Hockey Lads a few years ago. Some of these facts are outdated now, but it’s still worth a revisit. Check it. 13 Reasons To Hate The Parkdale Hockey Lads 1. Blue uniforms remind you of the Smurfs, except more “rape-y.” … Continue reading

A Semi-Scientific Study Of The Usability Of Various Lines From The Movie Goon In Real-Life Hockey Situations

Much has been made about whether new hockey movie Goon is as good as all-time classic Slap Shot. But what those people desperate to face the two off against each other don’t understand is that there’s lots of room on the bench for both of them. When you’re riding the buses and need something to … Continue reading

On-Ice Tragedy Leads To Hockey For Heart

One of the best players I’ve ever played with what a fellow named Scott Graham. He was in his 40s at the time and worked in advertising, but in his hockey past he had played pro in Europe. He organized a weekly high-end shinny game that I’d play in, until, one game he had a … Continue reading

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