So goes the maxim, as oft attributed to Mark Twain as to Abraham Lincoln: “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt”. Twitter is, for so many of us (yours truly included) the loudspeaker for a great deal of idiocy. Â It’s also a permanent archive. Â The […]Read more "Racism and the NHL"
Matt Cooke, who like most NHL players is actually a nice guy off the ice, seems to suffer from a disorder that makes his on-ice personality the target of the ire of not only his opponents, but even his team-mates.Â And now, like ripples through a still pond, a backlash is growing that may ultimately […]Read more "Matt Cooke’s Dangerous Elbow"
We kind of knew it was coming, but the retirement of Number 19 still comes as a bit of a shock.Â Joe Sakic averaged more than a point per game through his entire 20-year NHL career, even in the last season where he only managed 15 games due to constant back pain.Â With each goal […]Read more "Joe Sakic: The end of the franchise player?"
Lord Stanley’s cup, purchased in London for 10 guineas, is said to be the most difficult trophy in sports to attain.Â Â Â As such, it has been subjected to various indignities over the years.Â It is rumoured to have spent a weekend on Guy Lafleur’s lawn in 1978, unguarded, for all his neighbours to see.Â Countless […]Read more "Stanley Cup Goes For a Swim"
At the Canucks Fan Zone, blogger Derek Jory asks the question (of no one in particular — they don’t allow comments) whether the following photo, ostensibly from 1984, is real:Read more "Michael Jackson’s mystery appearance with the Canucks"
It’s such common wisdom to say that your team gets you into the playoffs but your goalie gets you to the final that the phrase has become a hackneyed cliche. But there’s a new cliche in town:Â One lesson is starting to become clear in the new NHL is that you’ve got to build it, […]Read more "NHL goalie salaries and playoff impact"
Once man’s recipe to salvage the Vancouver Canucks’ chances at a playoff run in 2009/2010Read more "The Armchair GM’s Rx for the #Canucks in 2009/2010"
Since the 1970s, Vancouver hockey fans have endured a club that has been roller-coaster at best and horrifyingly bad at its worst, often never making the playoffs and even more often getting drubbed in the first or second rounds by clearly superior teams.Â Since my childhood the team has withstood four different ownership groups and […]Read more "More NHL teams should salute their fans"
A kid in New Hampshire has developed stealth goalie pads, which he claims have increased his save percentage.Â Stupid, but novel…. not unlike Gary Bettman.Â What do I think, you beg?Â Over the years I have used many different leg pad designs including a white maple leaf inset, white triangle insets, slashes, and all other […]Read more "Miss Virginia needs some stealthy goalie pads"
The funny thing about Canadians is that we’re not very good at standing in the limelight.Â While our neighbours to the South take their star turns for such staggering feats as winning a game show, it is a uniquely Canadian attribute that some of our greater contributors tend to go completely unredeemed. For that reason […]Read more "Doug Alward Should Light the Flame in 2010"