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More hockey books than you ever thought existed

TweetWhile the National Hockey League remains on ice, the Los Angeles Review of Books serves up this long, luscious compendium of hockey books, beginning with an excerpt from a 1955 Sports Illustrated article about a New York Rangers-Montreal Canadiens game at Madison Square Garden: “[The game] seemed discorded and inconsequent, bizarre and paradoxical like the […]

Making it hard to like hockey

TweetTwice in my lifetime, a National Hockey League team has absconded from Atlanta for the sport’s native environs in Canada. When the beloved Atlanta Flames — and they will always remain beloved to me, for they were a team of my youth — headed to Calgary, I paid little attention to the NHL for at […]

‘They are trading money for brain cells’

TweetThe heartbreaking death of troubled NHL tough guy Derek Boogaard, the subject of a three-part series that concluded Tuesday in┬áThe New York Times, reveals how the league isn’t terribly eager to talk about his damaged brain that shocked researchers who received it on request from his family. And it certainly hasn’t quelled the appetite some […]

Why the NHL waits for no young talented Europeans

TweetEuropean hockey coaches are complaining that their young stars are coming to North America’s minor leagues too prematurely in order to display their skills for National Hockey League teams: “If the (NHL) would be two or three years more patient, we would send over a better player.” Most interesting nugget here: “NHL scouts generally believe […]