by Rory Boylen - July 20, 2011 8:30 AM EDT
THN's Rory Boylen Russian adventure continues as he runs through the outdoor drills with pro trainer Jeremy Clark at Pavel Datsyuk's camp.
EKATERINBURG, RUSSIA - The rain fell hard and the thunder sounded Monday night at the Kurganovo Complex after a loud first day of workouts at the PD13 hockey school.
by Rory Boylen - July 19, 2011 9:10 AM EDT
THN's Rory Boylen skates with the youngsters at Pavel Datsyuk's hockey camp in his hometown of Ekaterinburg, Russia
EKATERINBURG, RUSSIA – The language barrier here is thick, but it doesn’t stand in the way of the English instructors connecting with their Russian students and vice versa.
by Rory Boylen - July 18, 2011 8:00 AM EDT
The first of many first-hand reports from Pavel Datsyuk's hockey camp in the Red Wings star's hometown of Ekaterinburg, Russia provides a lay of the land.
EKATERINBURG, RUSSIA – We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto. Welcome to the home city of Pavel Datsyuk and, more specifically, the Kurganovo Complex, which sits about 20 minutes outside of town down an unassuming side road lined by open land and small clusters of shanties with makeshift sheet metal fences.
by Rory Boylen - July 12, 2011 2:15 PM EDT
It was a nice story when the Coyotes were making the playoffs as their ownership was in question, but 2011-12 has the makings of a sad ending.
For all the promise shown from the Phoenix Coyotes over the past two seasons, it’s really a shame how everything is playing out and seemingly winding down in the desert for the 2011-12 season.
by Rory Boylen - July 4, 2011 4:10 PM EDT
Free agency is only a few days old, but it's not too early to start picking out which teams have come out on top and which have work to do yet.
Everyone is going to have their own opinions on what happened on in the first week of free agency, but, for the most part, the fans of the teams on the receiving end of players are feeling more optimistic today than one week ago.
by Rory Boylen - June 14, 2011 4:25 PM EDT
Rather than suspend players because someone gets injured, supplemental discipline should only be dished out for the most horrible incidents.
I think, generally, we can all agree it would be a good thing for the NHL to ratchet up the length of suspensions it hands out to better curb the egregious infractions no one wants in any hockey game.
by Rory Boylen - May 31, 2011 3:55 PM EDT
After years of calling for the return of the Jets, wouldn't it be soul-crushing if the new NHL Winnipeg team went by a different moniker?
After years of struggling to persuade the NHL to believe big-league hockey could once again work in Manitoba, the good fans of Winnipeg finally have their long-lost team back.
by Rory Boylen - May 17, 2011 2:06 PM EDT
How line matching can beat you; why is the NHL going on the offensive against its fans?; and a funny old-school story.
How valuable a tactic is line matching? In theory, this kind of chess game is supposed to give the home team an advantage since they have the last change and the opportunity to put their shutdown players up against the other team’s top line or their top line against the other team’s fourth unit.
by Rory Boylen - May 3, 2011 1:02 PM EDT
An NHL game is better when referees use judgment instead of calling each and every penalty by the book.
For the life of me, I can’t understand why anyone would be steadfast in the notion that the NHL fixes playoff games through its officials and then still watch.
by Rory Boylen - April 26, 2011 2:27 PM EDT
What's with all the whining over penalties?; a great, gusty charging call by Dan O’Halloran; and why Schneider was the right move in Game 6.
The Stanley Cup playoffs bring out the best of the hockey world with passionate play, incredible comebacks and thrilling overtimes. But it also brings out the absolute worst in hockey, too.
by Rory Boylen - April 23, 2011 10:51 AM EDT
Roberto Luongo's the undisputed No. 1 in Vancouver, but the Blackhawks are in his head and sitting him in Chicago is a no-lose scenario.
It wouldn’t be an easy decision, but if the Vancouver Canucks management lost their minds and named me coach of the team effective immediately, I’d turn to Cory Schneider in Game 6.
by Rory Boylen - March 29, 2011 1:52 PM EDT
While Keith Yandle, Shane Doan and Ilya Bryzgalov are known names in Phoenix, Lauri Korpikoski is just as important.
As much as the Stanley Cup playoffs are about the ascension of players such as Jonathan Toews and Sidney Crosby into the championship elite, it’s also about the Dan Clearys, Maxime Talbots and Dave Bollands awakening national consciousness to their integral, less-pronounced roles on strong teams.
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