When Jim Peplinski entered the NHL more than three decades ago, players didn't look to the officials to solve their problems. Rectifying disputes wasn't the referee's strong suit, and the players policed themselves.
Of course there are the stories that revealed the brutal and often ugly nature of the games and their athletes. These are the stories that can stay in 2013 and hopefully never come back. But let's start with The Good.
While the NHL operates an anti-counterfeiting program throughout the year, its focus shifts in the time periods surrounding its large-scale events, including the Winter Classic and Stanley Cup.
With an adherent to old-school hockey's philosophy of shedding the mitts and playing to the final buzzer, this NHL enforcer piled up 1,424 penalty minutes in 890 career regular season games. A handful stand out in the annals of hockey tussles.
The constraints of popular society, with its omni-present need to always say and do the right thing, didn't seem to apply. Zak was living a life that was authentic and honest to himself. When you treated Zak well, you were treated well in return. Love Zak, Zak will love you. That seemed too easy
I had my surgery. They put a metal box in my chest the size of a deck of cards. I was lying in the recovery room, numb. Not upset, not anxious, not thinking about what I was doing that weekend. I was just numb and alone.
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?
For just one night he lived in my world and I, in his.
Two weeks ago the University of Minnesota was defeated 3-2 in hockey by the University of North Dakota. Twenty-two months earlier on February 17, 2012...
I was only married a short while when I realized something was wrong with me. It happened when I heard myself mumbling obscenities as I pushed the vacuum, powered entirely by resentment.
The single most important thing we can do to address the urgent ecological challenges we face is change cultural expectations and attitudes about how we relate to the planet. The motivation for sports to engage in greening is simple.
By offering engaging, entertaining, image-rich or problem-solving content on the right channel at the best time, brands can deliver impactful marketing that people love.
This book reads like a fast-paced adventure and you don't have to have an ounce of interest in hockey to love every sentence and period. In fact beyond the pads and pucks you'll find one of the most relatable and lovable Canadian tales of growing up a bullied nerd.
Sport properties, please be clear: if your app is just a collective portal for your press releases, videos, social media and ticket office, you're leaving big money on the touchscreen.
"We in science can dot the line between blows to the head, brain degeneration and all of these other issues. So, in my view, it's time for the leagues to acknowledge this serious issue and take steps to reduce blows to the brain."
What a difference a year makes. This year, Bloomberg Link Sports Business Summit, held at the Paley Center for Media in midtown Manhattan, got all the...