by Adam Proteau - December 10, 2009 1:23 PM UTC
The former NHL great and recently named NHL VP of development discusses developing new ideas, talking to the media, marketing and more.
Here’s a tip for any and all fledgling hockey writers: anytime you get an opportunity to speak with Brendan Shanahan, do whatever you need to – throw other journalists a rapid-fire succession of Gordie Howe elbows; threaten to launch lawsuits; hold your editor hostage – to make it happen.
by Adam Proteau - December 3, 2009 2:10 PM UTC
We like to think we're a forward-thinking bunch here at THN, but it's time we take that to the next level and start to address fans who haven't even been born yet.
Dear Hockey Fans Of The Year 2060, Adam Proteau here. In ancient times, I wrote for The Hockey News. And if for some reason I’m still writing for THN as you’re reading this, your most urgent priority is to locate my 88-year-old ass, arm me with an MP3 player that has some Magnetic Fields and Richard Thompson on it, then delicately place me on an ice floe and shove it out to sea.
by Adam Proteau - November 26, 2009 1:20 PM UTC
Despite being one of league's worst teams in recent years, copious amounts of fans continue to live and breathe the Blue & White. And what the people want, the people get.
Sometimes I get questions for my weekly Ask Adam mailbag that demand longer answers. Such was the case when Mitchell Foren of Halifax, N.S., submitted this earlier this week: Hey Adam, I understand that the Maple Leafs are really bad this season, but I never remember a team in last place being talked about this much.
by Adam Proteau - November 19, 2009 11:12 AM UTC
There have been a number of shocking surprises early on this season. Didn't predict them all happening? Well, duh.
Twenty-five percent of the NHL’s 2009-10 season is just about complete – and already, we know a handful of things. We know healthy NHLers have become an endangered species.
by Adam Proteau - November 12, 2009 11:00 AM UTC
The recent suicide of a German soccer star should open our eyes to the reality of depression in every walk of life.
Imagine the reaction throughout Quebec and the hockey community if, crippled by a depression he hid from virtually everyone outside his immediate family, Martin Brodeur laid down in front of a New Jersey train tomorrow morning and took his own life.
by Adam Proteau - November 5, 2009 1:20 PM UTC
The prime days of one of the game's greatest warriors are long gone and any GM thinking he can recapture that glory is far off base.
Remember that fantastic Dana Carvey character from Saturday Night Live? No, not ‘The Church Lady.’ I’m talking about ‘The Grumpy Old Man,' who redefined the word “cantankerous” before John Tortorella provided the definitive redefinition a few years thereafter.
by Adam Proteau - October 29, 2009 10:35 AM UTC
He doesn't get the hype of Ovechkin, Semin or even Green, but Nicklas Backstrom is a key cog in the Capitals success.
Often lost in the radiant aura of Alex Ovechkin are the equally mesmerizing, unfortunately under-admired talents of No. 8’s linemate in Washington, Nicklas Backstrom.
by Adam Proteau - October 22, 2009 2:20 PM UTC
Forget the bag skate, here's a half dozen ways coaches and GM could really get their troops to step up and perform.
There has been a renewed debate over the course of the past few weeks concerning the pros and cons of the “bag skate” as punishment for underperforming hockey teams.
by Adam Proteau - October 15, 2009 12:20 PM UTC
Are any of us surprised at the NHL's lack of 2014 interest?... One more for the HHOF... A new TV show... and the league's helping hand strikes again.
I catch a fair amount of crap in the comments section when I divert my writing focus away from the hockey world – and I’m sure that would feel like a knee in the nards if I allowed my editorial direction to be determined by the crap in the comments section.
by Adam Proteau - October 8, 2009 12:25 PM UTC
Clearing up Heatley's NTC situation in San Jose... another bad ownership idea... and why Andrew Ference doesn't deserve this treatment.
For today’s column, I present to you some random ramblings: • I’ve seen a couple of light-hearted references to the possibility of Dany Heatley demanding a trade out of San Jose should things not go well between him and the Sharks.
by Adam Proteau - October 1, 2009 12:20 PM UTC
The practice season puts players at risk and doesn't fulfill fan entertainment demands, so why not just do away with it altogether?
For the tally-challenged, here’s what the 2009-10 NHL pre-season has amounted to: 581 goals. Five shutouts. Three suspensions. And a handful of concussions.
by Adam Proteau - September 24, 2009 11:35 AM UTC
With the East out of the way, it's time to predict the order of finish in the tough Western Conference.
Pre-season predictions are the alcohol-fueled benders of the sports journalism world: they seem like fun before you decide to engage in them and they provide moments of levity and insight while you’re in the middle of them – but once the process is over, they leave you with painful, lingering reminders of what an ass you can be.