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From the Dub: Attention Nashville, About Brendan Leipsic

If you saw the Portland Winterhawks' hot play this past week, you might never know the team was operating under heavy sanctions from the WHL. Those penalties certainly aren't stopping Nashville Predators prospect Brendan Leipsic from his appointed scoring rounds. The same day he was named WHL Player of the Week, he singlehandedly saved Tuesday's game against the Everett Silvertips by himself, digging the team out of a three-goal deficit with a natural hat trick and the game tying goal. The Winterhawks went on to win 7-5. Alas, the team's hot streak temporarily slowed down last night in a heartbreaking 3-2 loss to the Tri-City Americans. The good news is the Winterhawks mounted a thrilling comeback in the third period with a little help from Brendan, who kept his point streak alive with an assist on the team's first goal. You can visit www.oregonlive.com/hawks for the latest coverage of Brendan's feats of derring do, including my personal favorite by Paul Buker (after the jump). And stay tuned, as I have a strong feeling the best of Brendan Leipsic is yet to come.

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Welcome to Above the Glass, a definitive anti-expert’s guide to hockey. I started blogging in 2009 as part of an effort to learn all 87 rules in the NHL Rulebook in 107 days before the 2010 Olympics, 30 years after I discovered the sport. You can peruse the archival results here. Growing up in Arizona, I didn’t even know hockey existed until February 22, 1980, when the USA played Russia in the Olympics. And just like that, the game of the century changed my life. I still don’t quite understand the icing rule or which faceoff circle goes with what offense, but I do know that every aspect of hockey has something to teach us about life. That’s what you’ll find here, along with my unadulterated passion for the game.

I live in Portland, Oregon, home of the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks. I invite anyone who wants to know more about hockey in the Rose City to visit here, where I blog exclusively about the Winterhawks. I’ll post an occasional musing about the Hawks, the WHL and junior hockey here as well.

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