18 April, 2014

Category Archives: NHL

Time For The Stars To Shine

If the Capitals succeed, it starts all over again… but for now, for tonight, all those “one game at a time” and “it’s a one-game series” cliches ring true.

Down and (Locked) Out

Derailing the NHL’s modest momentum with a lockout will reduce the money pot the owners and players share. So how is holding fans hostage helping their bottom line? It’s not—yes, the league needs a new CBA, but the chasm between the two sides speaks more to a clash of egos than a reasonable negotiation.

Hitting the Ice a Man Down

Some say one must embrace hockey from birth to really appreciate it. Oh, you can become a fan of this great sport no matter your upbringing — but if you didn’t grow up with it, then it’s something you learn to like, not something you breathe.
I breathe hockey. And I owe that all to my dad.

And the Winners Are…

Thanks to everyone who entered our fan chant contest, and thanks to Discover for providing the two $25 gift cards. All of the entries were terrific, so it was hard to narrow it down to two winners.

Win A Day With the Stanley Cup (or a $25 Gift Card)

Have you ever wanted to drink out of the Stanley Cup, sleep with it, or take a photo with it? Well, now’s your chance! Discover has partnered with the NHL to offer one lucky fan a day with the Stanley Cup: Discover invites you to compete to win a day with the Stanley Cup® (the […]

Hold Off On Unleashing the Drama Just Yet: Caps Still Just 2 Points Back

They’d lost 5-1, and had only five games left in the regular season. They were desperate for a playoff spot, and every win counted. They’d had a season full of “blown wins and devastating losses,” to quote one journalist. Guess who? The 2011 World Series Champions, the St. Louis Cardinals. Ironic, no?  My friend and […]

Kerry Fraser Makes One Final Call

Ah, the NHL referee: scorned as biased and incompetent, blamed for teams’ misfortunes, accused of sight deficiencies and births of questionable legitimacy.
Kerry Fraser’s paperback Final Call: Hockey Stories from a Legend in Stripes hit the shelves this week, and Fraser provide fascinating insights into being a professional referee. He shares some unique stories from his up-close view of thirty years of professional hockey.

For the most part, Ol’ Helmet Hair succeeds—yet he still missed some calls, as we Capitals faithful who chanted “Fraser Sucks!” might expect. And, as Fraser admits, he heard those chants loud and clear throughout his career.

The Second-Best Way to Watch an NHL Game

While I love watching the Caps on TV, I enjoy watching other NHL games as well. In the past I’ve had NHL Center Ice, which provides basic functionality but not much else. I was never a huge fan of it because there was always a dearth of HD games, at least through Verizon FIOS. So when I heard that NHL GameCenter was available via the PS3, I was intrigued.

Book Review: “My First Goal”

It’s been described as an exhiliarating moment, or to some, the monkey off their backs. When a player scores his first goal in the NHL, it’s one that he remembers forever (except for Gordie Howe, apparently). Hockey writer Mike Brophy’s “My First Goal,” released today, features interviews with current and former NHL players. I was […]

The Great One, Gordie Howe, and More

Want to see an in-his-prime Wayned Gretzky centering Alex Ovechkin? How about Ray Bourque anchoring the Caps’ blueline? Check out Legends Mode in EA Sports’ NHL 12.