Topic: Hockey

April 23, 2012

Cash-strapped communities routinely pay through the nose to keep a pro-sports franchise in town. The justification has always been that a pro team brings other business and economic development. Studies have shown that this argument is false. Places like Newark want a professional sports team because it offers them a source of civic pride.  But can Newark afford sports?

April 17, 2012

Henrik Lundqvist is handsome, successful, and trained in the same martial art form favored by Dolph Lundgren. The Rangers goalie is also brilliant and totally dull at stopping pucks from going into nets.

April 12, 2012

Do you know who the backup goaltenders are in the NHL postseason? Then prove it with this simple but exceedingly difficult quiz. (You can explain why you know this later, if you like.)

March 30, 2012

As Mike Dowse's hockey blockbuster makes it stateside, we're left asking ourselves whether the action of the sport is resistant to cinema—and whether that's necessarily a bad thing. Goon, which convincingly taps into hockey's ultra-violent culture, gets at the inherent paradox of putting hockey on the big screen.

March 21, 2012

Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Bernier was forced to remove the HOLLYWOOD sign from his mask after the sign's keepers, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, threatened legal action against him. Yep, this pretty much confirms every terrible stereotype about Los Angeles.

March 13, 2012

Over the weekend, Martin Brodeur won his 650th regular season game. It can feel at times, that he is infinite. But on his official website, you can see that Brodeur's past, right down to his OP gear and junior mustaches, has been carefully documented by his father, an Olympic goaltender himself, and famed hockey photographer.

March 7, 2012

Canadian Steve Thomas wanted to make show his design chops by pulling together some hockey logos, and he wound up changing the world. Or... well, at least he created some deliriously nerdy and seriously awesome Tolkien-inspired hockey logos for the Middle Earth Hockey League.

February 29, 2012

A list of every symbol appearing on NHL goalie masks. The more you know, et cetera. We're not sure how this will help you grow, but we promise it will.

February 8, 2012

1. Hockey 2. Math 3. Jokes. Basically all of our elective preferences were tickled by the Euler/Oiler shirt campaign by DC graphic designer/hockey fan Luke Atkinson. Do your torso a favor and cop one.

February 7, 2012

For some of the teenagers playing in the rough-and-tumble Western Hockey League, all those endless bus trips will eventually lead to a NHL city. For most of them, though, the ride's the thing. The second piece in our series, The Archetype.