Editor’s Choice

The Forum. The Olympia. The Stadium. The names of the Original Six’s arenas were instantly recognizable to hockey fans around the world, shorthand or not. Well, for fans of the Montreal Canadiens, Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks, at least. Fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs (the Gardens), New York Rangers (the Garden, singular. One
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As naturally as many families become associated with specific industries that they work within, it’s become commonplace for families to become associated with specific sports in specific parts of the world. Within the hockey world, arguably the most influential family in history – with apologies to Maurice and Henri Richard – is the Sutter family.
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Few players in the NHL have dealt with a rollercoaster-like career quite like the one Phil Kessel has. From being drafted high in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft to his battle with cancer and subsequent trade to the Toronto Maple Leafs, Kessel’s career started off with as many peaks as it had valleys. After a
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We’re two-and-a-half months into the 2017-18 NHL season and things really couldn’t have gone much better for John Stevens’ Los Angeles Kings so far. They’re enjoying a nice bounce-back campaign after missing the playoffs under Darryl Sutter a season ago and are once again getting solid contributions from veterans like Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown,
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In their last home game before Christmas, the Washington Capitals found themselves in strange and unfamiliar territory against the Anaheim Ducks; heading into the third period, the Capitals were trailing 2-0, unable to solve the mystery of Ducks netminder John Gibson. Not only that, Washington’s first two periods were highlighted by an overwhelming amount of
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The losses keep piling up for the Sabres. After 25 games, Buffalo is officially tied for dead last in the league with a record of 6-15-4. The team is in the express lane to the golf course – its seventh consecutive season without seeing postseason action. They’ve become boring, depressing and unwatchable. The atmosphere in KeyBank Center
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Ever since Miikka Kiprusoff hung up his pads, the Calgary Flames have struggled to find goaltending consistency. While Mike Smith has emerged as the dependable starting goalie the team has desperately needed, backup goaltender Eddie Lack has struggled mightily. The Flames put Lack on waivers and sent him to the American Hockey League’s Stockton Heat
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Despite winning back-to-back Stanley Cup Championships, the Pittsburgh Penguins are being anything but complacent. Currently occupying the first wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference (and one game out of the third playoff spot in the Metropolitan Division), the Penguins know that they’ll need to play their best hockey all season if they plan on turning
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Though a Stanley Cup Championship in 2011 was probably worth it, Peter Chiarelli’s tenure with the Boston Bruins is (for better or worse) largely tainted by miscalculations. Swings-and-misses in free agency and at the draft. Rash, compromising, franchise-altering trades. Egregious misappropriations of precious funds which served to dismember one of the league’s elite franchises. You
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Possibly more than any other sport, there is a unique culture that surrounds hockey. It’s a tightly knit group that is as dedicated to their sport as any in the world. As a result of this relationship, a unique corresponding ‘hockey slang’ has developed among players to describe hockey-specific things or events. If you’re not a
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Although it’s been a slow week, it’s been a good one for the Chicago Blackhawks. They only suited up for two games, but won them both. Wednesday night saw the Hawks victorious over the New York Rangers, 6-3. On Saturday, they beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 at PPG Paints Arena. It marked their eighth straight
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He is among the best American-born goalies ever. The award for the most outstanding goaltender in NCAA men’s hockey is named after him. The old school (Ed Giacomin) and new school (Henrik Lundqvist) fans may disagree, but he’s arguably the best netminder in the history of the New York Rangers. Mike Richter is Hall of
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His nickname was “Nifty”, and if you ever saw Rick Middleton play you would understand why. Few snipers could skate in on a goaltender or dangle the puck the way that he could. In fact, the term “dangling” in hockey might best belong to Middleton. It was the way he did it. When lovers of
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