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From the Dub: Return of the Kings

Greetings from Portland, where an epic battle between the Portland Winterhawks and the Edmonton Oil Kings will begin this evening. This marks the third consecutive year the two teams will play for the Ed Chynoweth Cup. While the rest of the hockey world was gearing up for opening faceoff, I was recovering from illness that has thankfully disappeared just in time for the WHL Championship series. But a week of being out of the loop meant a week of watching my Lord of the Rings DVDs for the 100th time. That’s how I realized that the third installment of this epic trilogy is a lot like the third showdown with the Edmonton Oil Kings.

This link takes you directly to my take on this year's battle with the Oil Kings. If you'd like to keep up with the various Portland perspectives, you can also follow along with these blogs and podcasts:

News, videos, live chat with Dylan Bumbarger: www.oregonlive.com/hawks

Local Portland blogs and Podcasts:

Cell Phones and Plane Tickets: http://inmikewetrust.blogspot.com

Pucklandia: http://pucklandia.podbean.com

Hodge's Heroes: http://hodgesheroes.blogspot.com

For the wider view, these are a few of my favorite non-Portland centric ways to catch all the action from the Dub: 

For the Edmonton take on this series, Kukla’s Korner own Oil Patch has you covered. 

Buzzing the Net is covering the series from all angles. 

The Pipeline Show is also in town. Ditto for Corey Graham, the voice of the Edmonton Oil Kings.

And of course, you can follow the Edmonton Oil Kings on Twitter.

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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.

Follow me on Twitter: @AbovetheGlass

Email: samantha@kuklaskorner.com