Rory Boylen's Column

Fans welcome back NHL hockey with open arms

Fans welcome back NHL hockey with open arms

by Rory Boylen - January 15, 2013 4:00 PM EST

To expect all hockey fans to hold a grudge against the NHL is a fool's game. Now that the NHL is back, all will be forgotten.
If you became numb to the mere mention of disclaimer, revenue sharing and contract term limits, you’re not alone. If you turned to poker, junior hockey or the American League for post-work television or live-action entertainment, you’re not alone.


Shortened season no less legitimate than full season

Shortened season no less legitimate than full season

by Rory Boylen - January 8, 2013 12:20 PM EST

Think the shortened 2013 season should be considered tainted? Results from 1995 say otherwise.
When the expected 48-game NHL season kicks off Jan. 19, the margin for error will be slimmer than we’re used to. Whereas a five-game losing skid could be just a blip on the radar for a playoff team in any other year, it could spell the end of its Stanley Cup hopes in a shortened season.


NHL, NHLPA so close, yet so far

NHL, NHLPA so close, yet so far

by Rory Boylen - December 18, 2012 4:55 PM EST

So much ground has been made in the CBA negotiations is it really worth losing a season over? In the NHL, any outcome is possible.
I was a big-time pessimist from the beginning of this labor dispute, but I’ve (foolishly?) come over to the optimists’ side in recent weeks.


Owner-player meeting, big markets and board of governors

Owner-player meeting, big markets and board of governors

by Rory Boylen - December 4, 2012 3:05 PM EST

Lockout thoughts, from the big markets to Wednesday's board of governors meeting.
Thank goodness for the opening of the outdoor rinks in Toronto and the World Junior Championship at the end of the month. The lockout was starting to wear down my hockey soul, but those two pieces of entertainment will rejuvenate it some.


No reason to believe mediation will break NHL lockout

No reason to believe mediation will break NHL lockout

by Rory Boylen - November 28, 2012 9:45 AM EST

The federal mediators are a welcome addition to the NHL labor negotiations, but will unlikely be able to break the deadlock.
There have been a few up and down moments during this NHL lockout. For one, the players’ acceptance of a move to a 50-50 revenue split with honored contracts caused a bit of a buzz – only to be met with an out-of-hand dismissal from the nonsensical owners.


Brampton Battalion relocation proves Toronto isn't a hockey town

Brampton Battalion relocation proves Toronto isn't a hockey town

by Rory Boylen - November 6, 2012 3:54 PM EST

Toronto has proven incapable of supporting major junior teams and that big-league hockey is all that sells.
The Toronto St. Michael’s Majors of the Ontario League used to play games in Maple Leaf Gardens. I remember making the hour-plus journey with my dad and brothers into the city to catch one of those games in the afternoon.


NHL lockouts undermine efforts to grow in United States

NHL lockouts undermine efforts to grow in United States

by Rory Boylen - October 31, 2012 3:23 PM EDT

The NHL has talked about growing the game for the past two-plus decades, but each lockout derails those efforts.
A major struggle the NHL has faced in its history is transitioning from a niche sport to a big-league show that attracts fans from markets that can’t sustain an outdoor rink.


J.C. Lipon driven to become NHLer

J.C. Lipon driven to become NHLer

by Rory Boylen - October 23, 2012 3:55 PM EDT

Nobody sticks in the NHL on skill alone - determined drive is what keeps them there. That's why scouts are closely watching the Kamloops Blazers scorer.
“He’s paid his dues and got here with hard work and compete and a lot of teams respect that and appreciate guys like that.” – Kamloops Blazers GM Craig Bonner on J.


Where is hockey's inspirational leader?

Where is hockey's inspirational leader?

by Rory Boylen - October 9, 2012 4:50 PM EDT

Doom and gloom clouds the ongoing NHL-NHLPA battle, but at some point the two sides have to get serious.
I’m not optimistic. The league I’ve loved since childhood and the players I follow haven’t given me any reason to be. Two weeks of the season have already been cancelled and when the NHL and NHLPA met recently, it wasn’t to discuss the core issues that are driving a wedge between them.


Barrie Colts' Gregg Sutch stuck on the sidelines

Barrie Colts' Gregg Sutch stuck on the sidelines

by Rory Boylen - October 2, 2012 1:37 PM EDT

The overager decided to not attend training camp after being informed he'd be traded, but five games in and he's still waiting at home.
Ontario Leaguer Gregg Sutch is caught between a rock and a hard place. The Barrie Colts right winger, who hasn’t taken to the ice yet this season, is at home while the major junior squad tries to work out a trade to send him elsewhere.


Overbearing parents ruin minor hockey for kids

Overbearing parents ruin minor hockey for kids

by Rory Boylen - September 11, 2012 5:15 PM EDT

When parents let their emotions get the best of them and clash with coaches, it does nothing to help the children.
There’s nothing quite like the start of a new season for a minor hockey player. It’s like the first day of school, except you’re eager to get it started.


Bring sanity to CBA outrage

Bring sanity to CBA outrage

by Rory Boylen - September 4, 2012 4:48 PM EDT

Fans, rightfully, are riled up because of the threat of another lockout, but beware of misleading information.
That the NHL is on the cusp of sinking into its second lockout in seven years is disgraceful and hockey fans are fed up with the business end of the sport.


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