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The Ice Breaker

The New Yorker | Ben McGrath | Posted 12.09.2014 | Black Voices

In late September, several weeks after signing a long-term deal that gave him the third-highest average annual salary in the National Hockey League, P...

Jump in the Fire: My Opening Night in the NHL

Paul Stewart | Posted 12.08.2014 | Sports
Paul Stewart

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.

5 Things the Leafs Have to Do to Make the Playoffs...

Emily Cornelius | Posted 11.29.2014 | Sports
Emily Cornelius

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.

Officiating Machines (or Back to Humans)

Paul Stewart | Posted 11.17.2014 | Sports
Paul Stewart

In my post-active career as an officiating supervisor and trainer, I have absolutely seen officials whom I can instantly tell are letting fear control them rather than confronting that fear by letting the game take shape and calling it accordingly.

How Hard Is It to Make It to the NHL?

Emily Cornelius | Posted 11.11.2014 | Sports
Emily Cornelius

As hockey fans, one of our favorite things to do is criticize the players. But are we giving these players enough credit? How hard is it actually to 'make it,' to 'go to the show,' to 'get the call?'

Canoe Paddles, Trash Picking and Banana Curves

Paul Stewart | Posted 11.10.2014 | Sports
Paul Stewart

Hockey is a sport of trends as well as evolution. That includes the enforcement of the rulebook and the development of the rules themselves. But the enforcement of some rules is stressed more than others.

3 NHL Sleeper Teams That Just May Wake Up This Season

Emily Cornelius | Posted 11.07.2014 | Sports
Emily Cornelius

With the NHL Season Opener just over a month away, hockey fans everywhere are gearing up and placing their expectations.

You Have to Spend Money to Make Money and the Leafs Have Money

Emily Cornelius | Posted 10.31.2014 | Sports
Emily Cornelius

Following the trend of "Moneypuck" - how can the Leafs spend more money, to see the highest ROI? The cap is the cap - you can't change that. So where else can they invest in?

If Hockey Players Pulled a LeBron and 'Went Home'

Emily Cornelius | Posted 10.24.2014 | Sports
Emily Cornelius

Ontario would probably have to expand from two teams to about five teams to accommodate the talent, and London, Ontario -- just 200km west of Toronto -- would be able to put one of the strongest teams on the ice.

5 Breakout NHL Players to Watch this Year

Emily Cornelius | Posted 10.21.2014 | Sports
Emily Cornelius

A new hockey season is a wonderful thing - it provides a blank slate for all players new and old alike. Players like Steve Stamkos of the Tampa Bay L...

Should the Red Wings Sign Daniel Alfredsson?

Emily Cornelius | Posted 10.13.2014 | Sports
Emily Cornelius

Much to the disappointment of his grand plan - Alfie didn't win a cup by signing with the Red Wings in July 2013 for one year. He did record a respectable season, with 18 goals, and 49 points in only 68 games.

Uncle Buck and Me

Paul Stewart | Posted 10.13.2014 | Sports
Paul Stewart

Earlier this week, I was sitting at a hockey game in Matyshi, a suburb of Moscow. I was there to watch three young officials work a junior league game. I had just settled in to watch the start of the third period when my phone rang.

Make-Up Calls: Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right

Paul Stewart | Posted 10.06.2014 | Sports
Paul Stewart

Hockey is a human game. No one wants to fail, and it can be an internal mental struggle to avoid dwelling on a mistake. A missed call can cause an official to lose his poise. He is more focused on what already happened than what's going on now.

How an NHL Official Can Command Respect: 5 Keys

Paul Stewart | Posted 09.29.2014 | Sports
Paul Stewart

Steve Yzerman was one of the greats. He also evolved into a player who commanded a lot of respect among fellow players as a team leader. That does not mean, however, that most officials enjoyed dealing with him.

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.

Skate, He Said: Positioning Sells Calls

Paul Stewart | Posted 08.11.2014 | Sports
Paul Stewart

I remember one time I worked a game in Los Angeles where I kept going to the non-congested areas with the best angle of the slot and net. Inevitably, I bumped into Wayne Gretzky as he arrived at the same spot.

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.

10 Things To Watch For In Stanley Cup Finals

AP | LARRY LAGE | Posted 06.03.2014 | Sports

The Stanley Cup finals will be a coast-to-coast matchup featuring teams within the nation's largest TV markets: New York and Los Angeles. It looks ...

Curbing Cheapshots: Hold Coaches Accountable, Too

Paul Stewart | Posted 07.28.2014 | Sports
Paul Stewart

Another Stanley Cup playoff night has passed, and there's another headshot and impending suspension to discuss. Once again, the NHL will pay lip service to taking a "tough" stand on the type of hits that are a blight on the game.

HIGHLIGHTS: Kings Beat Blackhawks To Take 3-1 Lead

AP | GREG BEACHAM | Posted 05.27.2014 | Sports

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Marian Gaborik took a momentary break from the usual businesslike atmosphere in the Kings' dressing room and allowed himself one ...

NHL Rulebook Is a Mess: 3 Needed Fixes

Paul Stewart | Posted 07.21.2014 | Sports
Paul Stewart

Before the current Stanley Cup playoffs started, I predicted that Rule 69 (Goaltender Interference) was going to be a trouble spot in the postseason. It didn't take a psychic to successfully make that prediction.

The Art and 'Science' of Hockey Officiating

Paul Stewart | Posted 07.14.2014 | Sports
Paul Stewart

When people complain about the "subpar" officiating in the NHL, I always tell them to look first at the coaching and instructions the officials receive. The NHL Rule Book is a messy, poorly written document.

WATCH: The Saddest Face You'll See In The NHL Playoffs

The Huffington Post | Arman Walia | Posted 05.01.2014 | Sports

San Jose Sharks star Joe Thornton showed us what it felt like to be on a team that blew a 3-0 series lead in the playoffs with just his facial express...

WATCH: You Won't Believe How This Hockey Fight Ends

The Huffington Post | Arman Walia | Posted 04.14.2014 | Sports

New York Islanders rookie Justin Johnson took on the much taller Sabres winger John Scott at First Niagara Center on Sunday night. Listed at 6'1'', Jo...