September 17th, 2012 → 9:38 am @ Jamie Fitzpatrick
“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
September 5th, 2012 → 2:33 pm @ Jamie Fitzpatrick
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…
August 7th, 2012 → 12:21 pm @ Jamie Fitzpatrick
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…
June 24th, 2012 → 6:47 pm @ Jamie Fitzpatrick
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…
June 17th, 2012 → 12:48 am @ Jamie Fitzpatrick
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…
June 12th, 2012 → 7:01 am @ Jamie Fitzpatrick
“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”
June 12th, 2012 → 2:42 am @ Jamie Fitzpatrick
It’s been seven years since Jenny Gear released her debut album, Jenny Gear and the Whiskey Kittens. Now she’s finally back in the studio, working on a new recording with producer Bill Brennan and her longtime collaborator, Sandy Morris. That CD…
June 10th, 2012 → 1:30 pm @ Jamie Fitzpatrick
Can’t get excited about the Kings and Devils?
Already dreaming of next season, with its fresh start and unspoiled potential?…Read Full Post
June 4th, 2012 → 2:46 pm @ Jamie Fitzpatrick
Forty years on, Denis Parker is still confessin’ the blues. Since landing on these shores in the early seventies, he’s been one of the bedrock artists of the Newfoundland and Labrador blues scene. Denis has had his ups and…
June 3rd, 2012 → 9:21 pm @ Jamie Fitzpatrick
As the Kings close in on their first championship, the Stanley Cup prepares for its turn in the spotlight.
Having been passed around by celebrating hockey teams since 1893, the Cup has a storied and peculiar history….Read Full Post