Adam Proteau's Column

Hockey culture lingers in the past

Hockey culture lingers in the past

by Adam Proteau - October 27, 2011 1:05 PM EDT

The recent hazing incident, the visor debate and more are examples of where hockey is behind modern society.
Sometimes I think of the hockey establishment/culture and society at large as two neighboring tectonic plates, squeezing up against each other from time to time and causing the game’s ground to quake when they do.


NHL trade verdicts best left to history

NHL trade verdicts best left to history

by Adam Proteau - October 20, 2011 3:55 PM EDT

Phil Kessel, Semyon Varlamov, Dany Heatley and Brent Burns were all part of controversial trades, but in the end, we won't know who won for years.
Last year, a former NHLer and alumnus of the Toronto Maple Leafs called me to talk about Phil Kessel, who at the time was stumbling through a scoreless streak and, as usual to that point in his career, was an absolute non-factor in terms of backchecking and defense.


NHL should do away with divisions

NHL should do away with divisions

by Adam Proteau - October 13, 2011 1:31 PM EDT

Realignment is coming and it's time the slow-moving NHL picks up the pace and moves into the modern era by ditching divisions.
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Welcoming the NHL back with open arms

Welcoming the NHL back with open arms

by Adam Proteau - October 6, 2011 12:15 PM EDT

After a difficult summer, it's great to finally have the game we all love back for another year.
Spend enough of your life covering the professional hockey business and you’re bound to get a little jaded. We don’t forget how fortunate we are, but it’s only natural the demands of your job encroach on and dilute the love for the game you had as a kid.


My NHL predictions - East

My NHL predictions - East

by Adam Proteau - September 22, 2011 3:22 PM EDT

After running down his picks for the West last week, Adam Proteau tells you who he thinks will make the playoffs in 2012.
Yes, it’s time for my pre-season predictions - the time when many of you write in angrily accusing me of hating your team (or jinxing it by praising it too much) and when I giggle quietly to myself at the lather many of you have worked yourself into.


My NHL predictions - West

My NHL predictions - West

by Adam Proteau - September 15, 2011 2:46 PM EDT

Who's bound for the playoffs and who's bound for the basement? Who the heck knows for sure...but here's what Adam Proteau thinks.
Yes, it’s time for my pre-season predictions - the time when many of you write in angrily accusing me of hating your team (or jinxing it by praising it too much) and when I giggle quietly to myself at the lather many of you have worked yourself into.


Current NHL issues vindicate Eric Lindros

Current NHL issues vindicate Eric Lindros

by Adam Proteau - September 8, 2011 2:50 PM EDT

Once a can't-miss prospect, Eric Lindros dealt with concussions and injuries his entire career that ended up foreshadowing what was to come.
As part of Sidney Crosby’s health update press conference Wednesday, the Penguins superstar came out with his strongest condemnation of head shots in the game.


The reality behind hockey players

The reality behind hockey players

by Adam Proteau - September 1, 2011 1:05 PM EDT

Far from being the untouchable idols they're often painted as, NHLers face the same difficulties any of us do.
I remember the first time I realized NHL players weren’t superhuman immortals: the day Pelle Lindbergh died in a horrific car crash. It was November of 1985 and I was a 13-year-old who thought the world of guys who could play the game at its ultimate level.


Concussions a concern long before Sidney Crosby

Concussions a concern long before Sidney Crosby

by Adam Proteau - August 25, 2011 1:46 PM EDT

While the topic of head trauma has come to the fore with 'Sid the Kid' out for an extended period, it should have been that way already.
As the hysteria surrounding Sidney Crosby’s future approaches Justin Bieber-possibly-breaking-up-with-Selena-Gomez levels, there is no shortage of hockey fans ready to burst into tears and melt their mascara at the thought of losing the game’s matinee idol thanks to ongoing concussion symptoms.


NHL likely to adopt goal verification line

NHL likely to adopt goal verification line

by Adam Proteau - August 18, 2011 11:10 AM EDT

At the NHL's second research and development camp many new rules are tested, but this year it appears as though the first of these will be implemented in the regular season.
A serving of news with a side of views is on the menu today. SERVING OF NEWS: The first session of the NHL’s two-day research and development camp showed how important the process has become to the league in only its second year of operation.


NHL teams need to have an image

NHL teams need to have an image

by Adam Proteau - August 11, 2011 2:19 PM EDT

Instead of being defined by the logo on the jersey, NHL teams need to do a better job of finding a unique way to brand themselves.
In hockey, as in life, image counts, often in large amounts. Ask Gary Bettman, Sean Avery, or the Islanders’ abominable old Captain Highliner jersey.


van Riemsdyk head of the new pack of power forwards

van Riemsdyk head of the new pack of power forwards

by Adam Proteau - August 7, 2011 8:40 AM EDT

An injection of confidence is helping James van Riemsdyk establish a big-man presence and has him primed step up for the Flyers.
In the NHL’s days of yore, when men were men and men who stood in front of the opposition’s net were very sore men, the standard power forward was a big, bulky type whose strength was strength.


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