Topic: NHL

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.

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 21, 2012

Notes from the brief and bizarre career of a fan photographer in Madison Square Garden. 

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.

January 12, 2012

The Kings are the worst offensive team in the NHL by a wide margin. They have failed to score goals under three different coaches and probably 30 different lineup combinations. None of this would be interesting, except for the fact that their impotence feels somewhat unmerited.

January 11, 2012

Tom Scharpling continues his quest to get into the NHL, even though his beloved NBA is back and kicking. Today: the need to pick a team, the lure of tradition, and an upcoming field trip. 

December 19, 2011

Everyone knows about the slow-motion tragedy of concussions in sports. But no one, including the players who suffer, seems to know how to talk about it—which is a big reason why this particular epidemic isn't going away anytime soon.