The Playoff Poem

Well, it’s that time of year again – the time when it’s just so much fun to be a hockey fan – the time for some good, old-fashioned playoff hockey. The race for John Tavares has officially come to a close and the New York Islanders are the winners. The weaker teams have all been […]


The Progression of Eight

Following the 2004-05 NHL Lockout, Alexander Ovechkin entered the National Hockey League and it would never be the same again. On October 5, 2005 Ovechkin made his highly anticipated debut and immediately made an impact, notching two goals in a 3-2 victory. That, as they say, is a fine ‘how-do-ya-do?’ The Ovechkin Era had officially […]


Shedding some Carbs

History has a funny way of repeating itself. On January 14, 2006, Montreal Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey fired his head coach and assumed the role himself for the remainder of the club’s season. The fatality was Claude Julien. Three years, one month and 23 days later, he did the exact same thing – the […]


A coast by coast breakdown of Hockey Canada

It is said that Steve Yzerman has the toughest job in all of hockey. Yes, even tougher than captaining the Detroit Red Wings. As Executive Director for Team Canada, Yzerman has the dubious assignment of selecting Canada’s roster for international play. What’s so hard about that, you ask? After all, the talent pool in Canada […]


The art of the comeback

Exactly one year ago today – February 19th, 2008 – the entire hockey world bared witness to the single greatest comeback in the history of the Montreal Canadiens franchise. For a club that has been in existence for a full century, earning the greatest of anything is without question a remarkable feat. In a game […]


Recalibrating the NHL’s schedule

They say that the Stanley Cup is the hardest trophy to win in all of pro sports. Think about it: 82 regular season games, four gruelling rounds of playoff hockey, all over a period of eight months. While the playoff match-ups are determined by a simple formula – best versus worst and everyone in the […]


The tortured life of a Bills fan

It can’t be easy being a fan of the Buffalo Bills. Buffalo fans eat, sleep and breathe football and they worship the ground that their Bills walk on and the field that they play on. Every Sunday, Buffalo fans flock to Ralph Wilson Stadium – or the local bar should it be an away game […]


My brother, my keeper

During the opening month of this season’s NHL campaign, there happened to be an inter-conference battle between the Minnesota Wild and the Montreal Canadiens. The contest carried with it a wonderful aura inherent only when East meets West. Besides being the one and only Montreal-Minnesota clash of the season, there was an additional element of […]


Coming Home: Patrick Roy’s return to Montreal

Relationships are a funny thing. They are inherently complex in that many years of loyalty and dedication can quickly be forgotten in the event that one party breaks the trust of the other. Unpleasantries can ensue and, if cooler heads are not allowed to prevail, the relationship can cease to exist. Just ask Patrick Roy. […]


No Bail for O’Byrne

If you are not a fan of the Montreal Canadiens, it is quite likely that you have never heard of the name Ryan O’Byrne – prior to last Monday that is. Thanks to a regrettable slip-up Monday night against the New York Islanders, hockey fans have become much better acquainted with him, for all the […]