16 April, 2014

Category Archives: USA Hockey

American Icon: U.S. Thrashes Canada in WJC Medal Round Play

If you awoke real early this morning to follow semifinal play at the World Juniors, you were rewarded — another magical moment for American hockey: A trouncing of Canada by the Red, White and Blue, 5-1! And yes, it was every bit that decisive. This celebration moment courtesy of the USA Hockey Twitter feed:  

A Team That’s Tough to Play Against

In hockey, a litany of countries have left their trademark on the sport: you play a Russian style; you pass like the Swedes; you check like a Canadian. But are you as tough to play against as an American? In hockey, you work with a puzzle of 23 players, looking for the combination that cannot […]

A Midseason Moment Meriting Deep and Poignant Reflection

General Manager George McPhee met with media at Kettler Capitals late this week, in a bit of a State of the Capitals Union address. He shared significant reflections on notable topics, including the conspicuously terrific play of Capitals’ prospects at the recently completed World Junior Championships in Buffalo, the impact and atmosphere of the Winter […]

Costly Opening Win for the Americans at the WJC

The Americans came loaded for bear at the 2011 World Juniors. One game in — a 3-2 overtime triumph over Finland — they may have difficulty emerging out of the semifinals because of two costly injuries. Conventional wisdom was that the Americans not only would make a formidable defense of their 2010 WJC title — […]

Dateline, Muskegon: Where the Ascendancy of American Hockey Continues

It isn’t a particularly bad time for American hockey fans to stop and smell the roses a bit. Consider the unexpected silver medal performance by the Americans at the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, which for most portend another serious medal challenge in four years’ time. And few moments for hockey-loving Yanks were as stirring as […]

The Future on the Blueline Is Bright, and It Is Here

Even though Washington is still stuck in the grip of the crushing Game 7 loss, they shouldn’t be down in the dumps about everything.
How would Caps fans feel about a new defensive pairing next year?

Lisa Hillary Sits Down with Ted Leonsis

In a two-part interview series Comcast Sportsnet’s Lisa Hillary visited with Capitals’ majority owner Ted Leonsis this week and honed in on some real meat and potatoes issues with him: his satisfaction level with where the Caps are in the league and locally, the participation of NHLer’s in the Olympics, past and future, his role […]

Puck Daddy, at the Olympics: It Was Like ‘A Roman Orgy’

The story arrived on my eyes like a first centerfold does to the adolescent away at summer camp — an “emergency” shipment of condoms was headed to Vancouver during the second week of the Olympics. This after 7,000 Olympians had already been provided an initial cargo load of 100,000 prophylactics. At that moment I knew […]

Suddenly I Want To Grow a Mullet

You may have heard — in Pittsburgh last night, the hometown hero was anything but. Sidney Crosby, dagger driver into the hockey heart of America this past Sunday, was accorded a villian’s welcome at Mellon Arena before the Penguins’ 3-2 victory over Buffalo. Ryan Miller, meanwhile, the visiting goaltender, was showered with cheers. Suddenly I […]

Almost 30 Million Sets of American Eyeballs on Hockey Yesterday

Steve Lepore of Puck the Media offers a compelling contextualization for the American viewership numbers for yesterday’s gold medal game:  You have to go all the way back to Lake Placid 30 years ago to find numbers better than yesterday’s for the NBC broadcast. “Sunday afternoon’s USA vs. Canada gold medal hockey game, that NBC’s […]