NHL

120 Minutes. That is all that separated me from being part of a Stanley Cup Champion organization when I interned for the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2014-15 season.

During the dog days of summer, a relative veil of silence falls upon the four major professional sports leagues: Major League Baseball (MLB) is in the thick of their season, but the National Football League (NFL) is in pre-season stages; games in the National Basketball Association (NBA) seem far away; and no one wants to think about the cold winter season associated with the National Hockey League (NHL). Although it may be a slower time of year, there are always storylines being played out on the field.

NHL franchises in Quebec and the maritimes are a viable option Of the four major professional leagues in North America, three have franchises in Canada: seven NHL teams, one NBA team, and one MLB franchise. Although the NFL doesn’t have a team north of the border, the Buffalo Bills do have an agreement to play …

Moussa Sangaré-Ponce defends patriotism and a sports fan’s right to choose You can question a person’s choice of their favourite sports team, but please don’t question that person’s love of their country. Of the four major professional leagues that dominate the sports scene in North America, the NFL is the only one that does not …

Parade planned to honour team’s ineptitude down final stretch of season Photo courtesy of ZMDigital (cc) Thousands of Toronto Maple Leafs fans flocked to downtown Toronto the night of March 30 to celebrate the lost season of their favourite team. The celebration lasted into the early hours of the morning, shutting down many of Toronto’s main …

An inside look at all the happenings in professional sports as spring approaches Every year, the president of the United States addresses the nation and gives a status update on the happenings in the country called the State of the Union I’m not the president of the U.S. But I am a sports reporter, and …

We expect ourselves to be the best nation at any competition, but must we tarnish the names of young athletes, some of which who just received their driver’s licence? Next time Team Canada does not perform well at the World Juniors, look at Twitter, web forums, and articles for comments about the tournament. The vitriol aimed at the young men who proudly represent us to the best of their ability is sickening.

Canadians should be outraged with this purchase. It signifies the end of competitive hockey programming in this country, furthers the monopolization of the entire Canadian sports and television industries, and effectively ends the relationship millions of Canadians have developed with HNIC since it began on the radio in 1931.

Many hockey fans have been livid over the past few months as the Fehr-Bettman duo have deprived them of their favourite Saturday night activity. Many have even said they will boycott the NHL for the rest of the season.

“At the most basic level, everyone knows a hockey fan … It’s intense to think about how popular hockey really is in this country and to see all the little ways it’s tied into our lives.”

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