Justin Bourne's Column

Justin Bourne's Blog: Visors must be made mandatory now

Justin Bourne's Blog: Visors must be made mandatory now

by Justin Bourne - March 29, 2010 11:20 AM EDT

The former pro player explains why there's simply no excuse for both the league and its players to not accept eye protection as a necessity.
It is inevitable the NHL will eventually implement a mandatory visor policy. So what’re we waiting for? On Monday, March 22, Canadiens left winger Travis Moen had a 50-stitch zipper installed in his face that YKK could’ve sponsored.


Justin Bourne's Blog: Banning head shots outright would be bad for hockey

Justin Bourne's Blog: Banning head shots outright would be bad for hockey

by Justin Bourne - March 10, 2010 7:05 PM EST

The former pro and son of Isles great Bob Bourne explains why taking head shots completely out of the game will have a detrimental effect.
The NHL's head-shot water has long since reached its boiling point and is fast approaching the overreaction phase.  You know, the one where GMs evaporate the issue entirely to appease those of us clamoring for change.


Justin Bourne's Blog: Why Canada wants the U.S. to lose and lose badly

Justin Bourne's Blog: Why Canada wants the U.S. to lose and lose badly

by Justin Bourne - February 26, 2010 1:30 PM EST

The former pro on both sides of the border explains the hatred that exists between the countries.
I’m a Canadian hockey fan and I’m going to explain to you why we want the U.S. team to suffer a horrifying, painful defeat at the hands of Canada in the gold medal game.


Justin Bourne's Blog: Tips on how to recover the morning after

Justin Bourne's Blog: Tips on how to recover the morning after

by Justin Bourne - February 15, 2010 10:05 AM EST

The former pro turned writer looks at some of the ways players keep it together after a night of...er..."team bonding."
If the recent photos of Patrick Kane and his Blackhawk buddies enjoying a night on the town taught us anything, it’s that sometimes the boys like to go out and blow off a little steam.


Justin Bourne’s Blog: Inside player-referee relations

Justin Bourne’s Blog: Inside player-referee relations

by Justin Bourne - January 15, 2010 9:25 AM EST

The former pro turned professional writer talks about his experiences dealing with officials and how the relationship works.
The player-referee relationship is fraught with difficulties. And, actually, it’s kind of…awkward. For a number of reasons. One is it helps to be friends, but if it doesn’t come naturally, you at least have to fake it.


Justin Bourne’s Blog: Psycho parents ruin the game for kids

Justin Bourne’s Blog: Psycho parents ruin the game for kids

by Justin Bourne - December 29, 2009 10:20 AM EST

The former pro and son of Isles great Bob Bourne talks about why overbearing parents need to back off and let their children have fun.
Sports parents, in general, have a tendency to take their child’s sporting life too seriously. These hyper-involved “helicopter parents” (a term used to describe the constant hovering) frequently suck the fun out of kicking a ball, chasing a puck or eating dandelions and picking your nose while wearing a jersey.


Justin Bourne's Blog: Entitlement vs. reality

Justin Bourne's Blog: Entitlement vs. reality

by Justin Bourne - December 8, 2009 12:15 PM EST

The son of former NHLer Bob Bourne writes about players touted as "great" from a young age who can't come to grips with the real world later on.
In every small town of every hockey-playing country, some kid is chucking up ridiculous numbers. Like, five-goals-a-game numbers. At least. And it’s only five because the coaches have tried everything they can to limit the mini-stud’s dominance – they’ve got him playing defense, playing wrong-handed, playing blind-folded, just anything so the other kids can play.


Justin Bourne’s Blog: When will players speak out against head shots?

Justin Bourne’s Blog: When will players speak out against head shots?

by Justin Bourne - November 18, 2009 9:44 AM EST

The former pro player and Islanders prospect asks why concussions aren't more of an issue for those who are affected the most?
The question of the day isn’t “what’s taking the NHL so long to act on head shots?” It’s “what’s taking the players so long?” Clearly, hockey players are aware the growing highlight reel of head shots has caused a bit of a kerfuffle.


Justin Bourne's Blog: Life after hockey

Justin Bourne's Blog: Life after hockey

by Justin Bourne - October 6, 2009 10:26 AM EDT

The former pro player explains what it's like to leave the game and why it's tough to settle into the bleachers.
It’s a weird feeling walking into a hockey rink these days. It’s like walking into your old apartment and remembering the person you used to be.


Justin Bourne's Blog: Put it on the board, Yes!

Justin Bourne's Blog: Put it on the board, Yes!

by Justin Bourne - September 2, 2009 11:08 AM EDT

It's not so much gambling as it is boosting morale for the team, but here's a game that can be found in dressing rooms all over.
For two decades Pete Rose has been blackballed for gambling on his own baseball team. Professional hockey players literally do it every single game.


Justin Bourne’s Blog: The summertime grind

Justin Bourne’s Blog: The summertime grind

by Justin Bourne - July 21, 2009 9:35 AM EDT

The former pro player and son of Isles great Bob Bourne explains why the off-season isn't the vacation some fans think it is.
Alright, so it’s summertime. It’s the absolute slowest point of all things hockey – the draft has happened, free agency’s over and even Sean Avery hasn’t done anything newsworthy in weeks.


Justin Bourne’s Blog: The art of slump-busting

Justin Bourne’s Blog: The art of slump-busting

by Justin Bourne - June 5, 2009 9:50 AM EDT

The former ECHLer and son of former Islander Bob Bourne writes about the mentality of a player struggling through a lull in point production.
Slumps are a bitch. After Game 2, the media tried to proclaim Sidney Crosby’s two-game drought a slump. It isn’t. The guy hit posts, pads, pants, people and pillows in Games 1 and 2, but the damn thing just wouldn’t go in.


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