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Single-digit-aged mite players everywhere are shrugging their shoulders and rolling their eyes every time coach says it: “Win the one-on-one battles.” Sorry, kids. Coach is right. You’ll have plenty of time to grasp the fact when you’re writing about it instead of playing. The amount of times a player beats an...
Among the line items on the NHL Board of Governors' agenda today is conference/divisional realignment. Come to think of it, I'm not sure if there are any other line items on the agenda. Maybe that's for the better. Realignment is a contentious issue rife with politics, and coming up with...
BOSTON Like the word “stanchion,” the term “quiet room” has managed to worm its way into the hockey conversation. While each of the NHL teams have now had to set aside a spot of serenity for suspected concussion sufferers, no such measure is really necessary in Boston's TD Garden. These days, the...
There's nothing like a good rivalry. Two talented teams that don’t like each other and two fan bases that despise each other make for exciting games and great atmospheres. It also makes for great storylines for sports writers. Unfortunately, the NHL is suffering from an extreme lack of rivalries right...
National Hockey League teams and their fans have a lot to be thankful this holiday season. Major labor problems are a thing of the past (at least for now). Until the NBA returns at Christmas, pucks are the only professional sport in town during the week, allowing unprecedented access to...
I love hockey. Not just the 60-minute game, which ticks away one second at a time. I love the process of hockey. The parts of the game that attacks the five senses – the unique smell of the dressing room, the unmistakable sound of sharp steel making slivers of crisp ice. Etcetera, etcetera. And...
I recently received an email asking if I would review the forthcoming book "The Championship Formula: How To Transform Your Team Into a Dynasty" by Dr. Jack Stark. The pitch: "The difference between winning and losing can be less than 1%. It’s almost always less than 5%." At first I...
This hasn’t been a very joyful year in the world of hockey. Three NHL players (Derek Boogaard, Rick Rypien and Wade Belak) died. A tragic plane crash in Russia decimated the KHL’s Lokomotiv team, taking the lives of former NHLers Pavol Demitra and Ruslan Salei among 44 victims. However, as...
Eleven days ago, Boston's Milan Lucic delivered a bull-rushing charge of Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, a devastating hit that resulted in a concussion, whiplash and an immediate need for retribution. The Sabres should've pounded Lucic when the hit occurred in the first period – yet they failed miserably....
So, we all know that money can’t buy love, right? What about a Stanley Cup? Turns out that’s the million-dollar, well make that the $64 million, … awww, what the hell – make that the $189 million question they've been asking about the struggling Buffalo Sabres since the start of the...