Drop Your Gloves if You Love Hockey News!

by Jake Newman

ihl-logoWelcome to the former website of the International Hockey League.  The IHL was a minor professional hockey league that started in 1945 and after facing financial hardship, the league closed down for good in 2001.  Acting as an alternate farm system to the AHL (American Hockey League), the league ultimately had six franchises join the AHL upon closing it’s doors for good.  This website will reflect on the history of the International Hockey League as well as cover hockey news from around the globe.  Keep your head up, stick down, and skates tied, and you may just become a fan of ours!

I’m Jake, owner and chief webmaster.  You can learn more about me here.

To keep the site fresh with content for hockey lovers, I’ve started taking advertisements to help keep up with all my costs of maintaining this great hockey hub.  One of the industries that’s really stepped up is something that changed my life – the electronic cigarette.  Since I’ve come to know many people who have lost their lives to cancer, I thought it was a good fit and something worth promoting.  Along the way, I’ve become a huge advocate of these devices and I’ve been enjoying the free swag they throw my way.  Check out the brand I recommend:

I encourage user-submitted content, ideas, and commentary.  Fill out the form on this page and let me know any ideas, advertising proposals, or just general hockey banter on your mind!

How Flashlights Evolved into Tactical Products

by Jake Newman

People have been trying to make portable light sources as far back as we can remember. The first invention we know of was to light tree branches on fire, and after that it was candles, which were followed by kerosene lamps. The main drawback of all of these was that we had to depend on fire to create light, and this was not the best idea, as well as dangerous, in some situations.

The invention of the flashlight was to be the answer of all of these problems. Thomas Edison, in 1879, was the one to have the first impact in creating the history of flashlights, by inventing the light bulb. In the light bulb, Edison used a carbon filament to create light. This was later replaced by a tungsten wire filament, but the theory remained the same. At the same time, work had begun on making a battery that was portable, and Dr. Carl Gassner, a German scientist, created the first portable battery in 1888.

escape tactical

Escape Tactical is a new brand in the tactical products space.

These two inventions combined were the basis of the first flashlight, which was created in 1898 by Conrad Hubert, who worked alongside a man named David Misell, the inventor of tubular flashlights. The company created by Hubert was called ‘The American Electrical Novelty and Manufacturing Company’, and it patented the creation of flashlights in 1898. This company went on to become the company that we know now as ‘Eveready’.

A lot of the information I get come from GI Joes Survival Blog.  Check it out when you get a moment, it’s a great read.

The basic idea of the flashlight stayed the same, even though the physical form has changed many times. There are even flashlights now which do not even need to use batteries, meaning that they can be used anytime, anywhere! There are also LED flashlights, which use batteries, but can run for more time than a conventional flashlight, on the same amount of batteries. These are also brighter than other flashlights, and remain so even when the batteries are almost drained.

Now there are mostly just two types of flashlights. One of these are the flashlights that are extremely bright and are used by the military, security teams, and the police, and these can be very expensive and advanced. The other type of flashlights is the one that is more common and is used by most people, as it does not cost much and these come in almost every size and shape imaginable.

The creation of the flashlight has revolutionized portable lighting, coming a long way from what it was originally designed for. Battery-operated flashlights are expected to become obsolete in the near future, if the pace of advancements in technology continues at the same rate.

These days, it doesn’t stop there.  Enter Escape Tactical and their flashlight, which is called the Flamethrower.  I found about it by reading this page about tactical flashlights.



Website Rescue – The Best Internet Marketing Team I’ve Met

by Jake Newman

Just wanted to give a shout out to some guys who are making things happen here at Ihl-Hockey.com.

The gang over at WebsiteRescue.com Internet Marketing has given me so many tips, tricks, and ideas for my site, that’s unreal.

Website Rescue Internet Marketing

I reached out to them to find out more about working with them, and to get some ideas about how to run my site.  I love blogging about hockey, talking about hockey fights, and throwing in my occasional product reviews when a company decides to send some swag my way, but that’s not enough.  I want to make this site a full time job. I want to get advertisers interested in being listed on my site.  I’d like to be a go-to spot for content every day for everyone from the average sports nut to the guy who just wants to read another guys blog.  Sure, that’s a lofty goal, but after talking to the gang at Website Rescue, I don’t think I’m far off.

There are many good websites out there that started as small blogs.  Even TMZ, it started as something small that really grew into the massive news portal it is today. Admittedly, I can’t blog about the IHL, as the league is long gone.  But I can talk about hockey, sports, and guys stuff.  So being a guys blog, that has a lot of merit to it, don’t you think?

  • Hockey Fights
  • Pictures of great looking women
  • Cars, Trucks, and Toys
  • Fishing, Ice Fishing, Jet Ski’s

Do I sound like Kenny Powers?  Well, that’s my point.  If Kenny Powers had a blog, I don’t think I’d miss a single day.  In fact, it would be my home page.  So, that’s probably a good persona to model it after.  A guys blog.  A blog for guys who like hockey or just represent what a real man is.  That’s what I’m gunning for.

Anyways, back to my original rant…..

The guys at Website Rescue blew me away.  I have a proposal to re-design my entire site and make it have all sorts of bells and whistles.  Things I need to get the social shares I need to get this blog to that next level.  Sure, cash is tight, and being an up north guy, I don’t like parting with my money unless it’s for some cold beers or some tasty wings.  But this may be a stepping stone I need to take.  I already have a road map and plan implemented for search engine exposure, thanks to them.  So, I’m now deciding just how far the website will go.

I’ll keep you posted.  We’re almost to Football Season!

Five Important Skin Care Tips for Men

by Jake Newman

So, I’m back from vacation, and happy to be enjoying Summer still.  Football season is revving up, and I’m pretty amped to get back into following my favorite teams.  Today, I am going to unleash the “lighter side of Jake.”  Yeah, I just spoke in third person!

For now though, I’m going to shed some advice on some skin care tips.  I learned all my stuff from this link (Friends of mine – show some love) – http://www.liquidpub.org/skin-care.

Elite Serum Rx

This is the top anti aging serum on the market. I use it twice daily.

It is commonly perceived by men that they don’t have to take care of their skin and skincare is important for ladies only. However, this is absolutely wrong, as it is mandatory for men who want to maintain their healthy and youthful appearance to invest in a proper skincare routine.

If you are looking to improve your skin and woo the ladies, here are five important skincare tips that can be extremely helpful.


Skincare is not just about using the right skincare products. It also involves taking proper care of your skin on a daily basis. For starters, make sure you are washing your face at least twice everyday. Irrespective of whether you are using a regular soap or a cleanser, washing your face properly is vital for a fresher look. Moreover, along with washing your face twice a day, you should also apply sunscreen on your body and face before you go outdoors. Make sure you apply the product on all bald spots to avoid unwanted burns.


Moisturizing your skin is also another integral component of a good skincare regime. Whether it’s the summers or the winters, you have to add a moisturizer to hydrate your skin. For winters, try getting a moisturizer with shea butter as it helps in reducing skin discoloration and improves the overall appearance of the skin. Along with moisturizing your face, you should also use a glycolic facial cleanser before shaving to avoid razor bumps and dislodge ingrown hairs. A scrub also works wonders with ingrown hairs.

For Pores 

A lot of men struggle with the appearance of pores on the skin. Using over the counter products such as scrubs or toners can treat pores. It is best to get a toner or scrub that has salicylic acid.

Eye Care 

On the other hand, the skin under our eyes is affected the most by aging. Whether you are a male or a female, you should expect to experience dark circles and puffy eyes with aging, particularly if you fail to take proper care of it before time. While no one is an exception to aging, you can minimize its effects by using the right products. There are many eye creams or gels that you can find over the counter. Daily application of the cream is vital to reduce eye puffiness, eye bags and dark circles under the eye.

Of course, you can always use the product I use daily – the Elite Rx eye serum.  It’s the best product I’ve found for those pesky dark circles, eye wrinkles, and other signs of aging that surface on our faces as we grow older.

Back to sports in my next update!  

Summer Break

by Jake Newman

Hey everyone, thanks for your readership and long time support. I just wanted to let people know (since I was getting inquiries) that I’m taking a Summer break and will be back around July 15th. Thanks for all of your emails, support, and just inquiries in general. It’s cool to have such a nice audience and have a loyal hockey following.

I thought about covering the World Cup, which has been tremendous (USA, USA), but it’s just a lot of time. I’m with family, spending time outdoors, just relaxing.

So, please enjoy a happy fourth of July Holiday, and know that your favorite hockey blog will return during the slow Summer season and be back in action very soon.

All my best,

Game 3 Stanley Cup Prediction

by Jake Newman

Sorry everyone, I haven’t been able to cover the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs for one reason:  the Cup has been insane!

I mean seriously, overtime games are keeping me up late, over-worked, and over-tired, and without time to do the little things like update this site.

So, Kings vs. Rangers, game 3, from New York.  What’s the prediction?

My gut says, there has been two gritty games that could have easily gone to the Rangers, so I have to take them at home in game 3. They may not win this series, but they will make this a series.

They have great fans, and have a serious home ice advantage.  If the Kings win tonight, I STILL won’t call it over.

Should be a good one, but I have New York winning 5-3 tonight at home.



Kings Advance, Will Meet Rangers

by Jake Newman

In yet another bar burner, the Los Angeles Kings overcame the mighty (at home) Blackhawks of Chicago to win in overtime, 5-4.

Marion Gaborik tied the game with only 7 minutes remaining in the third period, and Alec Martinez slapped a shot from the point that was deflected before finding the back of the net almost six minutes into overtime to secure the win in Chicago.

The Kings won three game 7’s on the road, and almost have to be considered the favorites versus the waiting New York Rangers.

In what will be an epic final to a very solid season of hockey, I’m going on the limb and saying the Kings are the stronger team and will prevail.  I do have a rooting interest in New York, and will cheer for them, but LA’s road wins are something nobody can discount.

Kings in six is my call.

Bourque’s Hat Trick Lifts Habs, Cuts Gap

by Jake Newman

Don’t count them out, even without their starting goaltender out for the series.

No sir!  Rene Bourque scored a hat trick and led the Habs to a 7-4 victory at home against the New York Rangers.  The win cut the series deficit to 3-2.

I personally thought New York would wrap up the series, but that was NOT on the watch of the Montreal Canadiens, who took an early lead in a very high scoring affair and never looked back.

The series shifts back to New York on Thursday night for an 8 PM melee.

Will the Rangers wrap it up, or will Montreal force a game 7?

Price Out for Rest of Playoffs

by Jake Newman

As the Montreal Canadiens attempt to avoid another drubbing at the hands of the New York Rangers, they will have to do it without their starting goaltender, Carey Price.

Price was injured in Game 1 and will not return for the remainder of the NHL Playoffs.

In his place will be Dustin Tokarski.  Game two just went underway and Montreal is in full attack mode!  An early scrap has led to some penalties.

Prediction:  there will be some fights tonight!


Rangers Whip Habs, 7-2

by Jake Newman

“Why not us,” was the famous question posed by Rangers goaltender  Henrik Lundquist.

He may be on to something.  In what wasn’t even a fight from the exhausted Canadiens, the Rangers whipped Montreal on the road, 7-2, to take a 1-0 series lead.

Not much further needs to be said about that ass kicking.

Today, the 2014 NHL Playoffs continue with the much anticipated battle between the last two Stanley Cup Champions happens at 3 PM EST when the Chicago Blackhawks play host to the Los Angeles Kings.

Get your popcorn ready.  The Miami Heat also open up their series today versus the Indiana Pacers.

Sports Sunday at it’s finest!

Hawks Advance, Rangers Complete Comeback

by Jake Newman

The Blackhawks finally took a game from the Wild, who were unbeatable at home until last night.  The 2-1 win sends Chicago to the next round.

In another epic comeback, the New York Rangers overcame a 3-1 series lead to the favorite Pittsburgh Penguins and went on to the next round themselves.

What gives in Pitt?  Seriously, is this the players, the coaching staff, or what?  Every year they have a banner regular season and just lay eggs in the playoffs. It’s like every time they have had playoff hockey since winning the 2009 Stanley Cup, Sidney Crosby has just  checked out.

Tonight, we see Montreal and Boston in what will be an epic Game seven, as well as game six of the West Side’s Anaheim vs. Los Angeles.  The Ducks lead that one 3-2.

Continued coverage after this vapor smoke break!