The long, strange march to the Summer Cup

In all the long and sometimes undignified history of Lord Stanley’s Cup, there has never been a more improbable march to the championship of the National Hockey League. From the “play-in” games in July to the two southernmost teams battling it out for the Cup in the league’s northernmost city in late September and finishing … Continue reading The long, strange march to the Summer Cup

The Bettman game – an 82-game season beginning in early January? Uh, no…

&&&&& here we are on the World Wide Web, blurs & gams, where the planet’s largest Girl Scout Bake Sale is underway 24/7 and it seems like everywhere you go, SOMEBODY is trying to sell you cookies. … Where were we? Ah, yes – Gary Bettman’s plan to start an 82-game NHL season somewhere between … Continue reading The Bettman game – an 82-game season beginning in early January? Uh, no…

The night history came knocking – and the NHL failed to answer the door

History came knocking, loud and clear. And the National Hockey League pulled a pillow over its head and refused to answer the door. There is no other possible spin on the colossal gaffe the NHL and its players committed Wednesday evening. With the NBA, WNBA, MLS, some MLB teams and some tennis players boycotting or … Continue reading The night history came knocking – and the NHL failed to answer the door

This just in from the Department of Gladiator Safety: Klaus the Killer has received one game for decapitation…

Maybe it’s time to suspend George Parros. This is not a joke. The NHL Department of Player Safety has failed so many times, in so many situations, that it is clear Parros is not up to the task. Either Parros himself does not care to make the ice somewhat safer for those who earn their … Continue reading This just in from the Department of Gladiator Safety: Klaus the Killer has received one game for decapitation…