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Eavesdropping on the debate about physicality in the NHL in 2011 is not unlike flipping your TV to an episode of "Divorce Court." It only takes a couple seconds to gauge the emotional temperature in the room, which usually falls somewhere between "lukewarm" and "Elin Woods." The facts should...
It’s that time of year again. That time when HBO gives me and hockey fans everywhere an early Christmas present: its "24/7 Road to the Winter Classic" series, a present that I’ve been waiting for since last January. Last year, the Winter Classic featured Sidney Crosby and the Penguins facing...
Let's tank the season and get the No. 1 draft pick. That's a cockamamie plan, right? You'll hear it every year among delusional fans – never Red Wings fans, because we think logically and never have to worry about finishing dead friggin' last – but you'll hear it everywhere in...
If a puck drops in Indiana, does anybody hear it? It’s a question I’ve often wondered this past year. Last summer I started graduate school in Indianapolis, a place where hockey is almost completely dead. They have a developmental USHL team called the Ice, but most people in town don’t...
The 2012-13 NHL season stands to be a fair and balanced place, a throwback to the days when the league enjoyed its finest hour on the North American stage. The Winnipeg Jets are the responsible party, forcing a change in the league’s alignment when the franchise uprooted from Atlanta during...
  It takes a special person to deliver a eulogy. He must have intimate knowledge of the deceased, but also the ability to put their life  into perspective. He must not withhold emotion, but he cannot let emotion tell the story. I was tasked with delivering two eulogies the past two...
Fans of Seinfeld will recall that Cosmo Kramer once penned a "coffee table book about coffee tables," an over-sized hardback filled with images of celebrities' coffee tables. So who would own a copy of "Killer B's: The Incredible Story of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins" (Triumph Books, 2011)? Matt...

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It was often said that Kevin Dineen had a nose for the net. Dineen backed up the assertion, goal by goal, 355 times over a distinguished two-decade NHL career. And while there were a few tap-ins, and a few more empty netters to pad the count, most of those hundreds of...
It's time to channel my inner Martin Luther King. I have a dream. The NHL Board of Governors fires commissioner Gary Bettman and appoints Don Cherry, who fires chief disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan and immediately hires Scott Stevens. Then there's more collisions. More brawls. More excitement. More ratings. More fans. More old-time hockey. Hey....
Growing up in the Minneapolis area, I wasn’t always a hockey fan. I was raised on the other three major sports, mostly because all the male authority figures in my life had never played the game before. I moved from Dallas to Minnesota in 1991, the year the North...