NHL could learn from free-flowing world juniors

The coaching at the NHL level has gotten so thorough and data-based that games have the blood drained from them

NHL could learn from free-flowing world juniorsCALGARY, Alta. Jan. 13, 2017/ Troy Media/ - For a tournament that didn’t have an under-23 team, I suppose the World Junior Hockey Championships were all right. I mean, those close games and dramatic finishes are nice if you like that sort of thing, but without Team Europe as your drawing card, it’s hard to…

Who’s the best of a great young crop in the NHL?

The horse race for the Calder Trophy, given to the season's top rookie, features a tremendous group of budding stars

Who’s the best of a great young crop in the NHL?CALGARY, Alta. Dec. 21, 2016/ Troy Media/ – It’s time again for Auston City Limits, our horse-race analysis of the 2016-17 contest for the NHL’s Calder Trophy, symbolic of the rookie of the year. We’re calling it Auston, of course, in honour of the Toronto Maple Leafs wunderkind Auston Matthews, the kid from the desert who…

Canadian NHL teams might just entertain us this season

A rivalry revival between Canadian teams marks a return to hockey fans can get excited about

Canadian NHL teams might just entertain us this seasonRED DEER, Alta. Oct. 16, 2016/ Troy Media/ – The new NHL season should give hockey fans plenty to get excited about – in great part because of the rebirth of some Canadian rivalries. It's easy to look at opening night, for example, as the coming out party for Auston Matthews, with a masterpiece encore by Connor McDavid. But the night had so…

Penguins could be first repeat Cup winners in a generation

The Metropolitan Division features two legitimate National Hockey League contenders with the Pittsburgh Penquins and the Washington Capitals

Penguins could be first repeat Cup winners in a generationThis is the fourth and final part in our [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/series/2016-nhl-preview/" height="1000" width="1200" scrollbars="1"]series[/popup] previewing the National Hockey League 2016-17 season. RED DEER, Alta. Sept. 30, 2016/ Troy Media/ – The National Hockey League's Metropolitan Division is top heavy, with two real threats for the Stanley Cup. Leading the way are the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins, who are good…

Tampa Bay will light up an otherwise dark and dreary division

This is the third in our series previewing the National Hockey League 2016-17 season

Tampa Bay will light up an otherwise dark and dreary divisionRED DEER, Alta. Sept. 29, 2016/ Troy Media/ – My first foray into the Eastern Conference starts with arguably the National Hockey League's weakest division. The Atlantic Division has only one team that can be looked at as a legitimate contender for the Stanley Cup. The teams are listed in the order I expect them to finish in…

Nashville Predators ready to take a bite out of opposition

This is the second in a series previewing the National Hockey League 2016-17 season

Nashville Predators ready to take a bite out of oppositionRED DEER, Alta. Sept. 28, 2016/ Troy Media/ – The Central Division is the National Hockey League’s most competitive group. Last year, the Dallas Stars were the, ahem, surprise stars of this seven-team grouping in the regular season. But they couldn't get out of the second round of the playoffs. Things will be a little bit different in…

On thin ice: can the San Jose Sharks make it back to the NHL finals?

The first in our series of NHL previews looks at the Pacific Division, including the Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks

On thin ice: can the San Jose Sharks make it back to the NHL finals?RED DEER, Alta. Sept. 23, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Who cares if fall has just arrived – a foot of snow has already fallen in Southern Alberta, so it's officially hockey season. That means it's time to preview the 2016-17 National Hockey League. We'll start with my predictions for the Pacific Division. The teams are listed in the order…

The World Cup of Hockey’s failure to launch

The NHL wants to prove it doesn't need the Olympics to grow the game and its brand internationally, but so far it hasn't been convincing

The World Cup of Hockey’s failure to launchRED DEER, Alta. Sept. 11, 2016/ Troy Media/ - I can't get excited about the World Cup of Hockey. Pre-tournament games are underway but my pulse has yet to go a tick over mildly interested. It's strange for a sports nut to roll his eyes at an event that pits the best against the best. But this tournament…

Diving head first into the concussion debate

If we can protect our own children, why can't we protect professional athletes?

Diving head first into the concussion debateRED DEER, Alta. April 10, 2016/Troy Media/ - I took two hard knocks to the head in the space of two weeks playing rugby when I was 16. After the second one, I was seeing double, had an overwhelming headache that made me nauseous and had serious balance issues. The doctor diagnosed a concussion, prescribed a…

We like the Blackhawks in six

The Chicago Blackhawks are on the verge of their third Stanley Cup championship in six years

We like the Blackhawks in sixDownload this column for your publication or website WINNIPEG, MB, Jun 2, 2015/ Troy Media/ - With Duncan Keith playing the best hockey of his career, Jonathan Toews at the top of his game and Corey Crawford doing the job that’s required, the Chicago Blackhawks are on the verge of their third Stanley Cup championship…