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Racism and the NHL

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...

Matt Cooke’s Dangerous Elbow

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.  And now, like ripples through a still pond, a...

Joe Sakic: The end of the franchise player?

We kind of knew it was coming, but the retirement of Number 19 still comes as a bit of a shock.  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. ...

Stanley Cup Goes For a Swim

Lord Stanley’s cup, purchased in London for 10 guineas, is said to be the most difficult trophy in sports to attain.    As such, it has been subjected to various indignities over the years.  It is rumoured to have spent a weekend on Guy Lafleur’s lawn...

Michael Jackson’s mystery appearance with the Canucks

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: It’s a pre-game faceoff between Stan Smyl and Mario Lemieux, with Michael...

NHL goalie salaries and playoff impact

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:  One lesson is starting to become clear in the new NHL is that...