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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 […]

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 […]