Topic: NHL

February 28, 2013

Finally, buddy-cop movie that's secretly a long satirical skit about the NHL, in which a mismatched pair of francophone and anglophone Canadian cops team up to solve a murder and realize, in the process, that they both really hate Gary Bettman.

February 20, 2013

Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals seem a lot further from their years of happy near-transendence than they actually are. With both wins and the old joy now scarce, it's worth wondering why a great team and its great player have gotten so dull and so serious, and what got lost in the pursuit of a Stanley Cup win.

January 7, 2013

When the puck drops in a couple weeks after four months of lockout, even less people are going to watch the hockey than did before. It's time for the NHL to finally embrace its status as a marginal sports league. Only then can hockey find its place in the sports ecosystem.

November 5, 2012

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, currently overseeing the third prolonged labor dispute in less than 20 years, makes for an easy villain. But the awful paradoxes with which he has presented fans—a league that hurts its fans to grow its fan-base and foregoes games to increase revenue—have had an unusual effect: they've reminded fans, in the game's absence, of how much hockey is really worth.

October 3, 2012

The NHL lockout looks likely to go on for some time. Based on this (imaginary) pilot, the exceedingly nasty and fraught fashion critique television show featuring unemployed NHL buds Sean Avery and Ryan Callahan may not last very long at all. But have you ever had an imaginary television show? Like, even one episode of one?

September 25, 2012

The second and final part of our look into what NHL captains are doing without NHL hockey finds some players becoming vampires, others eating cheese with weird hair in it, and a goodly percentage working on recuperating from concussions. The usual offseason stuff, in other words, but with no actual season in the immediate future.

September 24, 2012

With the NHL locked out for, let's say, forever, the league's foremost leaders of men will have to find new ways to pass their time. These are probably not those, but considering this question may be the last hockey any of us get for some time.

July 16, 2012

What is Theo Fleury doing singing a bunch of hokey-ish country songs on stage in the same arena he used to light up as a NHL star? Finding his voice, refusing to be quiet, and other admirable things, it turns out.

June 8, 2012

The Stanley Cup Finals come to Los Angeles, and with them the elusive  prospect of a fan's perfect moment. But so much reality stands in the way.

June 6, 2012

A non-fan makes a pilgrimage to a local sports bar, in search of beer and the secret to what he has always missed about hockey. The beer helps, somewhat.