Topic: Hockey

February 10, 2014

Our Sochi correspondent checks in with sketches on living, working, slurping eel soup, and destroying bathroom doors at the Winter Olympics.

November 6, 2013

NHL teams, like NHL fans, want to remember the good times. But in hockey, as elsewhere, too much nostalgia can be toxic.

November 4, 2013

Holly Wendt wrote about Semyon Varlamov in the most recent issue of The Classical Magazine. Shortly after the issue came out, Varlamov was charged with some very ugly crimes. Stories seldom stay still long enough for us to know how to feel about them, let alone tell them right. Reprinted from Holly's blog.

October 2, 2013

Years after his last game with the Charlestown Chiefs, the team's reluctant star has stripped away everything he didn't need. What's left is just Ned Braden. A selection from the upcoming issue of The Classical Magazine.

September 30, 2013

The New York Islanders have been both great and greatly sad during their decades on Long Island. What they'll be after making the move to Brooklyn is anyone's guess, but the transition is already happening.

June 27, 2013

My t-shirt was soaked in sweat and my hands were covered in axle grease, but I couldn’t resist the urge to check on the Stanley Cup celebrations via Twitter. I read reports of smashed storefronts and packs of marauding bros in Lincoln Park and Wrigleyville as I walked up the quiet, tree-lined streets of Beverly. The only celebration I witnessed was the dog barking like a maniac. He does that every time I come home, Stanley Cup or no Stanley Cup.

May 31, 2013

At any given moment, and sometimes for games on end, the Pittsburgh Penguins can be the best and most exciting team in the NHL. This doesn't sound like a problem, but it can feel like one.

May 15, 2013

A young John Wayne. A chicken farm in peril. A hockey team that's sort of like the New York Rangers, and John Wayne playing hockey for that team to save his chicken farm. It's 1937, and it's about as weird as it sounds.

May 7, 2013

In part two of an ongoing series, an Islander fan reflects on the past, prepares  for the future and tries to live in the present.

April 26, 2013

Late-season games between teams at the bottom of the standings are never easy to get through. When the second-to-last Flames visited the last-place Avalanche, things got dull on the ice. Off the ice, they got really real. A play in verse seemed like the right way to figure out how things went down.