by Adam Proteau - November 18, 2010 3:08 PM EST
The NHL's chief disciplinarian Colin Campbell has been in the news lately, which has led to questions about his job.
Modern society is of two minds when it comes to authority figures. On the one hand, we regularly sneer at and deride people who wield power over us and/or the things and people we love; think of the hapless principal in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, the chorus of Rage Against The Machine’s “Killing In The Name Of” and the general animus towards Gary Bettman.
by Adam Proteau - November 11, 2010 1:20 PM EST
With the new blindside hit rule receiving positive feedback, the league's decision makers are looking at another area of concern.
Over the years, one of the biggest problems I’ve had with establishment NHL people is their willingness to blame the victims of on-ice incidents.
by Adam Proteau - November 9, 2010 6:23 PM EST
Many ideas - coach's challenges, 3-on-3 OT - were shot down at the GMs meetings, but the group was in favor of changing up the annual showcase to make it more entertaining.
The format of the NHL annual All-Star Game is in for a significant restructuring. That was the most significant news coming out of the NHL GM meetings in Toronto on Tuesday.
by Adam Proteau - November 7, 2010 9:05 AM EST
Comparing female hockey pioneers to NHL greats misses the point of Monday’s long overdue enshrinements.
At long last, the Hockey Hall of Fame is inducting its first female members Monday. For its entire history, the HHoF’s induction committee treated the Hall’s highest honor as the sole property of those with both X and Y chromosomes.
by Adam Proteau - November 4, 2010 12:05 PM EDT
Former NHL official Andy Van Hellemond talks about how goalie pads have a bigger effect on scoring than the old problem of a lack of obstruction calls.
Andy Van Hellemond hasn’t worked for the NHL for more than six years. And although he doesn’t follow the pro game nearly as closely as he did as an on-ice referee or the director of NHL officiating, he doesn’t lack forceful opinions about the direction of the sport at its highest levels.
by Adam Proteau - October 28, 2010 12:55 PM EDT
Andrew Verner was a draft pick of the Edmonton Oilers, but went on to have a long and successful career in Europe before retiring this season.
Because the Fall marks the beginning of another cycle of hockey, the season never fails to inspire feelings of rebirth and renewal among observers and players alike.
by Adam Proteau - October 21, 2010 2:30 PM EDT
Even though he has lived in Los Angeles for 10 years, Tom Green remains passionate about hockey and is hoping to get more involved with the NHL.
Tom Green became a mega-star for his boundary-stretching style of comedy. However, he remains a humble, friendly Canadian – and a hockey-loving Canadian – through and through.
by Adam Proteau - October 14, 2010 1:35 PM EDT
Adam Proteau talks to an NHL player development figure about players who are dedicated to the game or who don't work with desire.
A high-ranking player development figure for an Eastern Conference team had an interesting way to describe a key conundrum that faces every franchise: “I call it the hobby/horse decision,” said the figure, who spoke on condition his name not be used.
by Adam Proteau - October 7, 2010 4:15 PM EDT
The NHL season is underway, but rather than ease into the competition, teams have to start strong to keep their playoff dreams burning.
Once upon a time, the beginning of the NHL’s regular season was like your typical horse race. It would begin with a few seconds of intense pomp and excitement out of the gate, then be followed by a long stretch in the middle where the horses were as far from the fans as possible, and conclude with a furious battle at the end.
by Adam Proteau - September 20, 2010 1:40 PM EDT
Taking a page out of the NHL's new marketing campaign, we ask and answer four questions that will be answered this season.
According to Sports Business Journal, “Questions Will Be Answered” has been selected as the theme for the NHL’s latest marketing campaign.
by Adam Proteau - August 23, 2010 1:42 PM EDT
At the NHL's Research and Development Camp there was a lot of frowning directed towards the shootout. But this scribe doesn't see what the big fuss is about.
Of all the themes that came out of last week’s NHL Research and Development Camp in Toronto, arguably the biggest was the near-rabid anti-shootout sentiment.
by Adam Proteau - July 19, 2010 1:50 PM EDT
If time has taught us anything, it's to never underestimate the Devils' GM and the Kovalchuk signing is the latest example why.
It isn’t easy to fall for the style of game Lou Lamoriello has created and honed in New Jersey. It’s even more difficult to be a fan of the rigid, arm’s length, colorless approach he’s taken with the media.