Topic: NHL

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.

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.

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 20, 2012

To the fans in Madison Square Garden, just like those in the shaking bleachers in the Boston Garden, St. Patrick’s Day was a special occasion game. Many, wearing green under their jerseys, were primed to sing and chant and hang all over their own “special” contest. The only problem was, it didn’t feel very special.