The ‘doctor’ is in – pro player/professor chases pucks and PhD

Ronnie Shuker
(Photo by Scott Wiggins/Scott Wiggins Photography)

Pro hockey and doctoral studies don’t often go together for a player. And even when they do, it’s rare for them to mix mid-career.

As a forward with the Coventry Blaze and a PhD student at Coventry University, Russ Cowley is doing just that – juggling professional hockey in the British League along with his anticipated post-playing career in academia. He’s heading into his 15th season, and for the past five he’s been teaching sports management at his university. He’s earned two degrees, a bachelor in sports management and an MBA in international business, while continuing to play pro, and last season he entered the PhD program at his university to study consumer behavior in sports. So along with the usual physical rigors of training for a new season, Cowley has spent his summer doing a ton of mental lifting.

“It’s so much reading right now,” he said. “It’s just reading, reading, reading.”

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Is Australia a land of hockey opportunity? 20,000 showed up for a game in Sydney

Jason Kay
Canadian and American pros played in front of 20,000 spectators at Sydney's Allphone Arena.

Is Australia ready for NHL hockey? Don’t laugh. It might not be as far-fetched as you’d think.

Kerry Goulet, the brains and brawn behind the awareness and charitable organization stopconcussions.com, has returned from his second exhibition tour of the nation and has been blown away by the support the games have generated.

All matches on the four-city swing this summer were sold out, including a 20,000-fan throng at Allphones Arena in Sydney. Smaller venues in Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne were also jam-packed. And it wasn’t a cheap ticket; seats ranged in price from $74-$230 in Sydney.

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Josh Ho-Sang is brash and cocky – is that so bad?

Rory Boylen
Josh Ho-Sang was drafted 28th overall by the New York Islanders. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

Josh Ho-Sang has been a drafted member of the NHL for less than two months, but he’s quickly making a name for himself as an outspoken, opinionated, brash player.

What a wonderful thing.

“If I was a general manager and had first pick in the draft, I’d pick me No. 1,” Ho-Sang said in an interview with the Toronto Sun’s Steve Simmons just before the draft. “In three years, I’ll be the best player in this draft. And I have no doubt about that. I know myself. I know the other players. I believe in my ability. There are guys ranked ahead of me who are nowhere near me.”

Those kind of words and that kind of confidence will earn a player a lot of detractors. Read more