The Triumvirate of the Modern NHL

March 11th, 2013 → 8:45 am @

If you’re new to hockey, you’ll want to get acquainted with the giants of the game.

That search will inevitably lead you to Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr, and Mario Lemieux.

Are they the best players in hockey history?…Read Full Post

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Does An “All-Time” NHL Record Really Tell a Story for All Time?

February 25th, 2013 → 1:53 pm @

After winning a couple more on the weekend, the 2013 Chicago Blackhawks have claimed a place in the NHL record book….Read Full Post

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My Goon Can Still Beat Your Goon

January 30th, 2013 → 8:45 am @

Not everyone was in peak form when the 2013 NHL season finally began….Read Full Post

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A Beginner’s Guide to the Summit Series of 1972

September 27th, 2012 → 12:55 pm @

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Billy Burch, Shorty Green, and the NHL Labor War of 1925

September 17th, 2012 → 9:38 am @

“It used to be a game. Now it’s all about money.”

With the NHL on its fourth labor shutdown in 20 years, expect to hear that refrain among the many complaints from frustrated fans….Read Full Post

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Seen It All Before: A Brief History of NHL Strikes and Lockouts

September 5th, 2012 → 2:33 pm @

Gary Bettman gets prickly when people don’t hang on his every word.

We know the NHL will lock out the players if a new collective agreement isn’t reached by September 15.

Last week, the commissioner had to remind us that this is very bad….Read Fu…

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Five Great Hockey Novels for Summer Reading

August 7th, 2012 → 12:21 pm @

I’ve written at length elsewhere about the fundamental differences between hockey and baseball as portrayed in fiction.

Among sports books, baseball is known for sweeping, romantic epics like Shoeless Joe.

Hockey novels tend to be more grounded, an…

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The Dirty Dozen: 12 All-Time Busts of the NHL Draft

June 24th, 2012 → 6:47 pm @

The Quebec Nordiques could have taken Teemu Selanne or Jeremy Roenick at the 1988 NHL Entry Draft. But they wanted Daniel Dore.

Darryl Sittler and Billy Smith were still on the board when Montreal’s turn came up in 1970. The Canadiens took Ray Marty…

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Hits and Misses at the NHL Entry Draft: Remember These Guys?

June 17th, 2012 → 12:48 am @

It’s remembered as the “Crosby Draft” not the “Pouliot Draft” or the “Brule Draft.”

But dedicated followers of pimply-faced hockey heroes will know that the Minnesota Wild picked Benoit Pouliot fourth-overall at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, behind Sidn…

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"We Got Through It"

June 12th, 2012 → 7:01 am @

“All year was a journey. There was a lot of good, a lot of bad. But we got through it.”
– Mike Richards, Los Angeles Kings.

Previous Stanley Cup Moments:

2011: “For the Rest of My Life”
2010: “Better Than Kissing the Prettiest Girl”
2009…

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