In sports everyone loves a good rivalry, and the National Hockey League is no exception. From Bruins-Canadiens to Red Wings-Avalanche, the NHL has a rich history of intense rivalries between teams and fan bases that love nothing more than to hate one another. Well, the league’s next rivalry might be brewing out in the Western […]
In the early years of sports broadcasts, when CBS, NBC, and ABC ruled the airwaves, networks used a lot of “T & A” to attract and please their mostly male audience. It was most definitely sexist and alienating to female fans. Sadly, times haven’t changed much since then. Almost every sport has some kind of its own […]
One of the biggest novelties in the sport of hockey is fighting. It’s the heart and soul of the “goon” mentality that has been immortalized in movie classics like “Slap Shot.” Fighting remains very popular with both fans and players, but, it’s use to sway the momentum of the game or to enact revenge, is declining. And that’s a good thing.
When Patrick Marleau netted an overtime winner in the first round of the NHL playoffs to put the San Jose Sharks up 3-0 in their series with Los Angeles, very few still envisioned the Kings hoisting their second Stanley Cup in three years.
Announcers are like soundtracks to movies. If they are great, they become more than just background noise – they become an integral part of the larger whole. Pat Foley, longtime announcer for the Chicago Blackhawks, is they kind of announcer that adds a whole other level the game with his play-by-play and personality.
Too often in sports, people, myself included, will get caught up in the moment of a great game, series, or performance and declare it as “epic” or “legendary,” even if it really didn’t quite live up to such a billing.
However, the Western Conference Finals between the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks was one of the best series in recent memory, not just in the NHL, but in all of sports.
Mike Yeo is the right man to lead the Minnesota Wild in their quest for a Stanley Cup, at least in the minds of the franchise’s front office. On Saturday afternoon Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher announced that Yeo has agreed to a three-year contract extension that’s believed to be worth around $3 million.
Things are bad if you’re the Chicago Blackhawks.
After taking an early 1-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals, the ‘Hawks now find themselves down 3-1 and have been soundly beaten in every important aspect of the game. The Los Angeles Kings have outplayed the ‘Hawks defensively, in the face-off circle, and on the power play.
During Game 3 of the NHL’s Eastern Conference finals, New York Rangers forward Derek Stepan took a vicious hit from Montreal’s Brandon Prust. Stepan was face-down on the ice for several minutes following the hit and on Friday Rangers coach Alain Vigneault announced that the 23-year-old has a broken jaw.
There are few things in sports that can match the excitement and intensity of overtime in Game 7 of an NHL playoff series.
On Wednesday night, hockey fans were treated to three Game 7s to cap off what has been a memorable first round of the playoffs.
Now that the puck has been dropped in the first games of the playoffs, let’s hand out the hardware to the best (and worst) in the NHL in the 2013-14 regular season.
Brendan Shanahan has been a key part of the NHL league office since 2009, and became the NHL’s senior vice president of player safety and hockey operations in 2011. But his time with the league office will reportedly end soon, as he will reportedly resign his position and become the president of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Outdoor hockey games are the best thing to happen to the NHL in a long time. You may think differently, but the ratings and attendance numbers don’t lie.
Coming into the 2014 Winter Olympics, it was no secret that NHL owners and commissioner Gary Bettman had been strongly considering disallowing NHL players from participating in future Olympic Games.
On Monday the NHL suspended Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella for 15 days without pay for his conduct following his team’s Saturday night brawl with the Calgary Flames.