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Fortune Cookies

Have you ever experienced opening a fortune cookie and finding a message that seemed very appropriate to your situation? A while back, I was in a Chinese restaurant. My dinner companion ate three fortune cookies and found three messages: • “You can be lucky today regarding your romantic enterprise.” • “Fun and excitement will soon […]

The Value of a Twelve Million Dollar Man

Imagine you’re a General Manager assigned the task of assembling a winning National Hockey League team. Would you pay two players $12 million each to produce 100 points (goals plus assists) in the 82-game regular season? Or would you rather pay four players $6 million each to produce 50-60 points in a season? Or would […]

Upset about the NHL Playoffs?

Sports fans are talking about the upsets in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Upsets? Well, maybe. And maybe not. The reality is that there is tremendous balance between National Hockey League teams. This is largely because of the salary cap, which limits the amount of money teams can pay their players. This […]

Stephen Harper’s Other Book: The Politics of Hockey

Stephen Harper’s Other Book: The Politics of Hockey

Stephen Harper’s new book, Right Here Right Now, is receiving widespread attention and stirring considerable debate. Even those who disagree with his political observations have to agree that it is a formidable book that cannot be ignored. That is far different from the response to his previous book. Reviewers never quite knew what to do […]

Away from the Puck

He is a young, professional hockey player, highly valued for his ability to score goals. For this reason, he has the potential to have a long and successful career as a professional athlete. He can be a star. But this season the coach has been constantly pressuring him to put more focus on how he […]

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 […]