There’s no vaccine for what ails the NHL

 So much right. And so much wrong. In the past week, the National Hockey League has shown us both its faces. The infectious joy of young Cole Caufield after scoring not once but twice in overtime. The contorted visage of Tom Wilson as he grabs Artemi Panarin by the hair and slams him to the … Continue reading There’s no vaccine for what ails the NHL

Bilbo bags one

Until recently, the biggest excitement in the history of Mosinee, Wisconsin (pop. 3,988 in the 2010 census) came on May Day, 1950, when local residents acting as communist invaders seized control of the town. These were the darkest days of the Cold War, when the unhinged fanatic Sen. Joe McCarthy of Wisconsin was whipping up … Continue reading Bilbo bags one

The morning after the night before: Wait – Waite?

It’s as strange as Montreal without nightlife.             A day after goaltender Carey Price spends time working on a separate sheet of ice with goalie coach Stéphane Waite, after the organization decides Price should go back in nets against Ottawa despite his early season struggles.             Waite is fired. And his firing is announced after … Continue reading The morning after the night before: Wait – Waite?

The morning after the night before: the Carey bomb goes off in Winnipeg

It was time for Carey Price to do what GM Marc Bergevin suggested in a franglais phrase to make a Tongue Trooper weep:          “Steppez-up!”          If any player on the Canadiens roster needed to steppez in Winnipeg Thursday night, it was Price.          Instead, all he managed to do was to steppez on a … Continue reading The morning after the night before: the Carey bomb goes off in Winnipeg

After 31 years, the bitter memories remain: on the massacre at the Poly and its aftermath

It was late on a December afternoon, the early winter dark a gathering gloom, a light, wet snow beginning to fall.          I was in the large, well-lit newsroom at the old Gazette building on St. Antoine St., writing a city column on crack dealers working the area near the Georges-Vanier Métro when I saw assignment editor Catherine … Continue reading After 31 years, the bitter memories remain: on the massacre at the Poly and its aftermath