Along with the rest of the hockey world and the countless people whose lives Gordie Howe has touched either directly or indirectly, my thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Hockey and the entire First Family of Hockey after Gordie suffered a serious stroke on Sunday morning.
I invite you to try something totally new and different and think about what lessons you can learn and apply to your business. I would love to hear your results in comments below.
One of the great debates among NHL fans is whether certain referees tend to favor or go out of their way to penalize a specific team. Many fans think -- and some are truly convinced in their hearts -- that the officials are "out to get" their favorite team.
Red Army is a documentary about so much more than just hockey. It's a window not just into the world of elite athletes, but also into the Cold War -- its oppression, its defections, its KGB trickery, its era of indefatigable distrust and ever-simmering antipathy between them and us.
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.
While you can pinpoint with some accuracy who the likely contenders for the Stanley Cup are, there is still quite a bit of variance in the actual winner once you narrow down the field.
Every player, coach and referee who has ever appeared in the NHL has his own story to tell about his first game in the League. The tale of my first game reffing in the NHL is an unconventional one. That's par for the course with me.
What are the numbers?
Over the years, there have been numerous attempts by the game's powers that be to reduce the amount of criticism that officials get subjected to. You know what they say about where the road paved by good intentions often leads.
Pre-season is well under way for the Leafs and there are highlights and unfortunate low-lights. Kessel, Bozak and JVR are showing great strides as the cohesive first line.
First of all... any Leaf fan will tell you... haters gonna hate. Being scoffed at, criticized, mocked, poked, prodded and scrutinized is a daily occurrence for a Leaf fan.
The Leafs are four games into the preseason; including two games against the Flyers and a split-squad pairing against the Sens. Players were fighting to show their skills... some of them quite literally.
After many years, I am finally starting to figure out what my impact is and why I have lasted so long in this sport and this world after being counted out by others more times than I care to remember or count.
The seemingly endless saga of Ray Rice and his fellow miscreants raises some fundamental questions about the role of athletes in American culture.
Today, every sport is troubled by violence on and off the field, sexual predators, illegal drug usage, and corrupt practices. In the United States alone, one need only mention names - Bonds, Sandusky, Armstrong, Rice - but the list is endless.
Training camp is among us and with that comes all kinds of excitement, speculation and a whole whack of skeptics. The Leafs welcomed 64 players to this year's camp.