Brian Burke, former GM in Hartford, Vancouver, Anaheim, and Toronto, and pride of PC* is Pittsburgh’s new President of Hockey Operations. Last week, Sportsnet posted this endearing little animated interview with him about his entrée into the Slap Shot era of minor league pro hockey. Enjoy: *Never forget the Providence College Friar consistently ranks among … More
Detroit’s up-and-coming forward Givani Smith recorded a Gordie Howe hat trick tonight in a 4-1 win against the Panthers. “I never heard of it,” he told reporters after the game. “I’m not sure what it is.” It is, of course, a goal, an assist, and a fight in the same game. A New York writer … More
Eight years ago tomorrow, on February 8th, 2013, an Andean condor named Queen Victoria escaped her handler during the pregame proceedings at a Bakersfield Condors game, delighting the crowd by strolling freely around the rink for a few moments before hopping into the home bench and heading for the locker room. Kudos to the evening’s … More
We’ve been thinking about five-goal games since posting recently about Sergei Fedorov. Only 62 times in NHL history has a player has notched five goals in a single game. Spectators at the first ever NHL game in 1917 probably thought it would happen more often: Joe Malone of the Montreal Canadiens did it that very … More
Nadine Arsenault, an art director and graphic designer in Toronto, made illustrations for all 226 fights of the 2018-2019 NHL season. You can see the complete collection in her aptly named “NHL Hockey Fights 2018-19” Instagram feed. Here’s her drawing of Will Carrier from Vegas against the Sharks’ Barclay Goodrow (see video of this fight … More
The Rangers put Tony DeAngelo, South Jersey native and noted locker room cancer, on waivers yesterday following DeAngelo’s reported “altercation” with teammate Alexandar Georgiev. Let’s look back at some career highlights from the offensively potent (and potently offensive) blueliner some are calling “a scumbag”: As an OHLer, DeAngelo is twice disciplined for violating the league’s … More
A piece this week on For The Win outlines what it calls the NWHL’s “Barstool problem.” For essential context, read Courtney Szto’s “Misogyny 101” on Hockey In Society. It has been fascinating to see the stream of bad-faith Barstool boosters reacting to this drama on social media. A common theme is dudes going “I never even … More
A frigid winter night in Winnipeg. Patrik Laine looks up into the cold, clear night sky and whispers his fondest wish to the stars. “Please get me out of this frozen craphole.” Meanwhile, 1,200 miles southeast and one spot down the 2016 NHL Entry Draft order, Pierre-Luc Dubois yearns for the same thing. “I hate … More
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