Puck Junk’s Top 5 Articles of 2014

First off, I would like to thank everyone who visits this blog, reads my stuff, trades cards with me, and generally enjoys talking hockey. 2014 was a good year for Puck Junk, with many new readers visiting and commenting on this site. So, I’ve taken a look to determine what were Puck Junk’s top five articles in 2014. There’s proof in numbers, so if you missed one of these the first time around, give it a read; you’ll probably like it.

los_angeles_sharks1. Hockey logos Inspired by Shark Week
This was by far the most-visited article on Puck Junk in 2014. Not only did it appeal to hockey fans, it appealed to shark fans — and I don’t mean just San Jose Sharks fans, but fans of the killer fish that live in the ocean. Let me tell you, shark fans are legion, and tweeted the heck out of this on Twitter. (Full story)

1989-90_brodeur2. Cards of Martin Brodeur in his new jersey
Fortunately, not all readers of this site are fans of bloodthirsty killing machines. They have a sense of humor, too, and enjoyed these fake cards of Martin Brodeur rockin’ his new Blues jersey. But don’t worry, Upper Deck will make “real” cards of Marty in his new duds, if that’s your thing. (Full story)

comcast_vs_dish3. Dish Network subscribers could lose Blackhawks, Capitals, Sharks games
This article details the battle between Dish Network and the regional Comcast sports networks over the dollars we spend to watch hockey. Fortunately, the cable TV provider worked out a temporary deal with the regional stations, so Capitals, Sharks and Blackhawks fans that are Dish customers can breathe a sigh of relief. For now. (Full story)

scary_header_image4. The 7 scariest hockey cards
One of the most popular articles on this list is a list unto itself. I dug through my collection and found seven of the scariest hockey cards ever made, just in time for Halloween. Apparently, the funny stuff gets a lot of traffic. (Full story)

not_raleigh_small5. Wrong City Lights
Written by guest contributor Jim Howard (no relation to the goalie) is this article about how Panini put the city wrong on Jeff Skinner’s “City Lights” jersey card, using Charlotte instead of Raleigh. Making Jim’s copy of the card even better, though, is the custom inscription Skinner inked on it. (Full story)

Soccer ScoreboardHonorable Mention #1 – 5 Reasons Why Hockey is Better than Soccer
The 2014 World Cup garnered this 2010 article a lot of traffic. It even got a new angry comment, too! (Full story)

boxHonorable Mention #2 – 2013-14 Upper Deck Series One Box Break
Out of all the box breaks I posted from late 2013 to late 2014, this one got the most reads. Not surprising, given Upper Deck’s perennial popularity. (Full article)

Question: Did any of these articles stand out to you as a favorite? And would you like to see more articles like this? (OK, that’s two questions.)

Author: Sal Barry

Sal Barry is the editor and webmaster of Puck Junk. He is a freelance hockey writer, college professor and terrible hockey player. Follow him on Twitter @puckjunk

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