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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Jenny Gear’s Next Move

June 12th, 2012 → 2:42 am @

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…

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Hope Springs: Draft Day Approaches

June 10th, 2012 → 1:30 pm @

Can’t get excited about the Kings and Devils?

Already dreaming of next season, with its fresh start and unspoiled potential?…Read Full Post

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A Bedrock Artist of Newfoundland Blues

June 4th, 2012 → 2:46 pm @

  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…

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Not Just Another Silver Bowl

June 3rd, 2012 → 9:21 pm @

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

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