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An Idiot’s Guide to the National Hockey League Trade Deadline

It is spring. The National Hockey League trade deadline is approaching. And it is clear that my favourite hockey team is not going win the Stanley Cup. Who am I kidding? Barring a miracle on ice, my team is not even going to make the playoffs this year. Again. So, the fans have begun demanding […]

Canucks Christmas

’Twas the week before Christmas, with the Habs in first place. And the Canucks? They had fallen far out of the race. The sticks were all stacked by the bench with great care, In hopes that some goal-scoring soon would be there. The fans still had hope as they filled up the stands. With visions […]

The Circle

Years ago, I lost a tooth after getting hit with a hockey stick while I was playing hockey—so I can claim to be a real Canadian. But I also broke a finger playing softball, so maybe I am just clumsy. In the interests of full disclosure, the stick in the mouth was not deliberate. I […]

What’s Wrong with the Stanley Cup Playoffs?

What’s wrong with the Stanley Cup playoffs? Several things, I think. Any championship should build to a climax. The Stanley Cup playoffs do the reverse. They start out with four games a night. There is nonstop action, excitement. The games are everywhere, on many TV channels, and everybody is talking about them. Then the playoffs […]

Lessons from Hockey

One of the reasons I enjoy watching hockey is that it offers an opportunity to observe human behaviour under pressure. Sometimes it is possible to learn things that are applicable to more of life. The National Hockey League’s website (www.nhl.com) offers a wide variety of statistics. One set of statistics is fascinating: the list of […]

Days of Orr

As a diehard Toronto Maple Leafs fan growing up, I didn’t have much interest in the big, bad Boston Bruins. But when I was recently given a copy of Bobby Orr’s new autobiography (Orr: My Story)—by someone unaware of that past history—I decided to try reading it. I found it surprisingly interesting. Orr says he […]