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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.

NHL Salary Cap Going Up

AP | Posted 12.09.2013 | Sports

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The NHL salary cap is expected to rise to about $71 million next season, an increase of more than 10 percent. NHL Commi...

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.

'A Huge Waste Of Time'

AP | JOHN WAWROW | Posted 03.13.2013 | Sports

BUFFALO, N.Y. — After rejoining his Buffalo Sabres teammates on the ice for the first time in some nine months, goalie Ryan Miller had a few lin...

NHL Owners Approve New Deal

AP | IRA PODELL | Posted 03.11.2013 | Sports

NEW YORK — NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman secured unanimous ownership support for the pending labor deal, then apologized to everyone hurt by the...

NHL Sides Meet With Mediator As Deadline Looms

AP | IRA PODELL | Posted 03.06.2013 | Sports

NEW YORK -- The NHL and the players' association met separately with a federal mediator throughout Friday morning and well into the afternoon with no ...

NHL Labor Talks Continue With New Approach

AP | IRA PODELL | Posted 02.03.2013 | Sports

NEW YORK — The only early details that emerged from the latest round of negotiations aimed at ending the NHL lockout were the names of those in ...

Federal Mediators To Enter Stalled NHL Lockout Talks

AP | Posted 01.26.2013 | Sports

WASHINGTON — Federal mediators are entering the stalled NHL labor talks, with the season's first 2 1/2 months already lost because of the lockou...

NHL, Players Finally Return To Bargaining Table

AP | IRA PODELL | Posted 01.03.2013 | Sports

NEW YORK — After more than two weeks apart and the hockey season hanging in the balance, the NHL and the players' association are returning to t...


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.

Chance Of Full NHL Season Lost

AP | IRA PODELL | Posted 12.26.2012 | Sports

NEW YORK -- The NHL lockout has forced the cancellation of all games through the end of November. The NHL announced Friday that 326 regular-season ...

NHL Won't Negotiate

AP | IRA PODELL | Posted 12.23.2012 | Sports

NEW YORK -- Forget about a deal to save a full hockey season: the NHL and the players' association can't even agree to get together to talk. The un...

NHL Cancels More Games

AP | IRA PODELL | Posted 12.19.2012 | Sports

NEW YORK — The NHL wiped out the third week of the regular season Friday as the lockout dragged on, leaving no more wiggle room if the league ho...

NHL Attempts To Save Full Season With New Deal

AP | Posted 12.16.2012 | Sports

TORONTO — The NHL has made a new offer to the players' association that proposes a 50-50 split of hockey-related revenue and a full 82-game seas...

NHL Labor Talks To Resume Tuesday

AP | IRA PODELL | Posted 12.15.2012 | Sports

NEW YORK — The NHL and its locked-out players will resume negotiations Tuesday in Toronto after a four-day break following two days of meetings ...

NHL Begins Regular Season Cancellations

AP | IRA PODELL | Posted 12.04.2012 | Sports

NEW YORK — What seemed inevitable for the NHL has become reality. The league canceled the first two weeks of the regular season on Thursday, the...

NHL Lockout Talks Wage On

AP | IRA PODELL | Posted 11.29.2012 | Sports

NEW YORK — The best that can be said about back-to-back days of negotiations between the NHL and the locked out players' association is that the...

More Bad News For NHL Fans

AP | IRA PODELL | Posted 11.27.2012 | Sports

NEW YORK — The NHL canceled the rest of the preseason Thursday, just a day before negotiations were set to resume in an effort to end the lockou...