The Stanley Cup Playoffs are ……

–   intense

–   physically and mentally grueling.

–   what the regular season is played for.

–   late nights at the game, or in front of the television.

–   where heroes are made.

–   when overtime means something.

–   sell-outs on a nightly basis.

–   where mistakes equal goals.

–   where officiating changes from the regular season.

–   when players sometimes lose their minds.

–   when slashing is legal

–   a time for white outs, rats, octopus, and green guys come out.

–   game 7 madness

–   where experienced veterans are so important.

–   a time for friends to gather in front of the television.

–   where tears of happiness and sadness are shed.

–   a time to make your power plays count.

–   a time when you not see a shoot-out.  Thank you

–   where unknowns turn into stars.

–   often dirty, and always gritty.

–   where defense takes on a new importance.

–   a time to drive the net.

–   where heroes turn to zeros.

–   63 nights of intense hockey.

–   what the sport is all about.

Is there anything better than the Stanley Cup Playoffs!

Jun 11, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) hoists the Stanley Cup after defeating the Nashville Predators in game six of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports


Brad Burud the owner/editor of the Inside Edge Hockey News. I am a huge fan of hockey, from youth hockey, to junior hockey, and of course professional hockey. I have played, coached, worked as statistician, and watched hockey all of my life. Hockey is not just a game, it is a lifestyle and family. The game of hockey is great! It can bring you nights of great enjoyment. It also brings nights where you feel like your team will never win. I am proud to be a journalist for the greatest game in the world. I have a degree in Business Administration, Psychology from Minot State University. I also have a Hockey General Manager and Scouting, and Sports Communications/Journalism degree from Sports Management Worldwide. I am also a member of the Sports Executives Association. Most of all I am a fan. Hockey is a huge part of my life and my families life.

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