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Former NHL Enforcer Says The League Is 'In Denial' On Concussions

The Huffington Post | Travis Waldron | Posted 12.01.2015 | Sports

More than 15 years after Rudy Poeschek played his 364th and final game in the NHL, and a dozen years since he gave up on the minor leagues and retired...

Pro Teams Overdue in Las Vegas

Leigh Steinberg | Posted 06.29.2016 | Sports
Leigh Steinberg

Las Vegas has a market population of 1.7 million with a combined metro population of almost 850,000. This would rank it around 13th among other U.S. cities. Yet, it doesn't have a major professional franchise. That is about to change.

Hockey Fights Cancer: My Story

Paul Stewart | Posted 12.15.2014 | Sports
Paul Stewart

October is hockey's official Hockey Fights Cancer month with special awareness nights held in every NHL arena. As someone with a deeply personal connection to the cause, I did not want to let the opportunity pass to acknowledge the important awareness the NHL has done.

Officiating by Bureaucracy and Fear

Paul Stewart | Posted 09.22.2014 | Sports
Paul Stewart

The NHL conditions its officials to fear the game and to avoid criticism. In more recent years, the NHL has tried to make its officials voiceless as well as nameless and faceless. Officials are also banned from being quoted in the media.

NHL Officials: Non-Canadians Virtually Need Not Apply

Paul Stewart | Posted 09.01.2014 | Sports
Paul Stewart

The NHL's officiating department has no inclination to reform the way it does things. They enjoy their virtual immunity from being held accountable, and aren't about to call attention to areas where they need to get with the times.

The Better Side of Bettman

Paul Stewart | Posted 08.18.2014 | Sports
Paul Stewart

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is a controversial figure in many circles. That includes not only among fans and segments of the media, but also among some on the playing and officiating sides of the game.

Dan Carcillo Suspension: Mixed Feelings on Reduced Sentence Heading into Stanley Cup Final

Paul Stewart | Posted 08.04.2014 | Sports
Paul Stewart

Hockey is an emotional game, especially in the playoffs. Nevertheless, there is a right way and a wrong way to handle the emotions. One thing a player can never do, however, is use physical force against an official.

The Calendar May Say 2013 but the NHL Remains in the Stone Age

Ken Reed | Posted 02.08.2014 | Sports
Ken Reed

Today, NHL bigwigs publicly downplay the importance of fighting while privately believing it's their biggest marketing draw. But is allowing fighting shortsighted when it comes to the long-term growth of the sport?

Changing of the Guard -- Why the NHL Needs a New Commissioner

Chris Koras | Posted 07.02.2013 | Sports
Chris Koras

Since Gary Bettman took office in 1993, no other major sports league has been as self-destructive as the NHL.

Lockout? What Lockout?

Terry Lyons | Posted 03.30.2013 | Sports
Terry Lyons

The lockout is in the rear view. That's official. That's a fact. Done. Finee. Kaput. You can bet your Tuuka Rask on it.

NHL Commissioner Bettman? Apology Accepted

Terry Lyons | Posted 03.23.2013 | Sports
Terry Lyons

Now that the deal is done, I refuse to look in the rear view mirror. I refuse to judge the owners or the players or try to decide if there was a winner or loser in this mess.


Evan Winiker | Posted 12.26.2012 | Sports
Evan Winiker

As Thursday's deadline came and went, both the NHL and NHLPA now find themselves further down a road neither wanted to tread, one that seems more and more likely headed to a cancelled season.

WATCH: NHL Lockout Inspires Taylor Swift Parody

Posted 09.17.2012 | Sports

The latest NHL lockout has begun. With no formal negotiations between the owners and players on the first day of the work stoppage, there is no tellin...

NHL Winter Classic Again Heats Up New Year's Day

Joe Favorito | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Joe Favorito

This past New Year's Day, the NHL staged it's latest Bridgestone Winter Classic. We asked NHL COO John Collins his thoughts on what it means for sports business as a whole.

The Hockey Gold Medal Game Heard Around the World

B.D. Gallof | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
B.D. Gallof

Will NHL League Commissioner Gary Bettman try to pull the plug on Team USA in 2014 after their showing this year -- after the Olympic final game was watched in houses that usually could not care less about the sport?

The Winter Classic Becomes the NHL's Cornerstone Event

Joe Favorito | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Joe Favorito

With the rink up earlier, more digital involvement, the inclusion of legends in a signature first puck drop before the holidays, this year's Winter Classic will have legs well beyond the New Year's game.

NHLPA: So What Is the Rumpus and Why is It Important?

B.D. Gallof | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
B.D. Gallof

No, this isn't the Coen Brothers gem of a movie. This is what has been happening to heads of the NHL's Player Association ever since Bob Goodenow stepped down.

Hockey Brawl: Owners Not Players

Diane Francis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Diane Francis

The Phoenix Coyotes hockey team should move to southern Ontario and BlackBerry billionaire, Jim Balsillie, and NHL commissioner, Gary Bettman, should both head for the showers.

Few Tickets For Blackhawks' Wrigley Field Game

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Final arrangements are still being made for the Blackhawks' New Year's Day game at Wrigley Field, but NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman told the Tribune t...