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From the Dub: It’s been a long day’s journey into night

Whether you live in Portland or not, all of the hockey world now knows about the WHL's severe discipline against the Portland Winterhawks for recruiting violations. As the NHL lockout drags on, the Winterhawks have provided local fans here in the Rose City with hope and faith amid the darkness, on and off the ice. As a longtime fan of the team, I'm absolutely heartbroken by this news, for so many reasons. But as crazy as it may sound, I have the feeling this season may actually be the Winterhawks' finest hour. If you want to know why, you can read on. Or if you live in Portland and see us around at a game, you can just ask my mom.

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About Above the Glass

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.

Follow me on Twitter: @AbovetheGlass

Email: samantha@kuklaskorner.com