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How an NHL Official Can Command Respect: 5 Keys

Paul Stewart | Posted 07.30.2014 | 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 07.02.2014 | 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 06.18.2014 | 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 06.11.2014 | 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 06.04.2014 | 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...

WATCH: Hockey Player's Unlucky Shot Hits Both Posts And Crossbar

Posted 03.25.2014 | Sports

Philadelphia Flyers center Vincent Lecavalier had some bad luck last night during a 1-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings. During the second period, Lecav...

Hockey Fan Will Never Bang On The Glass After This

Posted 03.22.2014 | Sports

A hockey fan learned the hard way that it's not always the right time to bang on the glass during a game. Just enjoy the game, ma'am. ...

Stars Forward Will Not Return This Season After Collapse

AP | By SCHUYLER DIXON | Posted 05.12.2014 | Sports

DALLAS (AP) — Rich Peverley will not play again this season after collapsing on the bench during a game. Whether the Dallas Stars' fo...

Rangers And Lightning Pull Off BlockBuster Deal

AP | By IRA PODELL | Posted 05.05.2014 | Sports

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning pulled off the biggest deal on NHL trade deadline day Wednesday, swapping captains Ryan...

WATCH: Penguins Goalie Makes Unreal Glove Save

Posted 02.04.2014 | Sports

Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made a "Save of the Year" candidate on Monday night against the Ottawa Senators. Mid-way through the 3rd period, Eri...

WATCH: Devils' Jagr Dishes Nasty Assist

Posted 01.27.2014 | Sports

Jaromir Jagr provided one of the few Devils highlights in their blowout loss to the Rangers at Yankee Stadium on Sunday with an incredible assist in t...

Facing Off With Zak

Anthony Romeo | Posted 02.12.2014 | Good News
Anthony Romeo

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

WATCH: Crazy NHL Rink Time Lapse

Posted 08.30.2013 | Sports

The NHL preseason is less than a month away. With that in mind, the Minnesota Wild posted a time lapse video on the team's official website showing ju...

Leafs Fan Chirping -- A Cartoon

Mike Spicer | Posted 07.07.2013 | Sports
Mike Spicer


Confident Sharks Cruise Into Postseason

AP | JOSH DUBOW | Posted 06.29.2013 | Sports

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Sharks have searched for an identity on their journey through this lockout-shortened season. The...

NHL Announces Groundbreaking Support For Gay Athletes

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 04.11.2013 | Gay Voices

The National Hockey League (NHL) has offered its support of gay rights with the announcement of a new partnership to combat homophobia in sports. ...

WATCH: Red Wings Suffer Own Goal During Blowout

Posted 04.02.2013 | Sports

It was just one of those days for Jimmy Howard and the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday. The 29-year-old netminder was in the crease for the Red Wings' riv...

Bruins vs. Pittsburgh -- Warner Bros. Style -- Cartoon

Mike Spicer | Posted 05.12.2013 | Sports
Mike Spicer