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THN.com Blog: NHL disciplinarian job should be done by committee

THN.com Blog: NHL disciplinarian job should be done by committee

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.


THN.com Blog: GMs turning their attention towards hitting from behind

THN.com Blog: GMs turning their attention towards hitting from behind

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.


THN.com Blog: All-Star Game gets major tweak

THN.com Blog: All-Star Game gets major tweak

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.


THN.com Blog: Women worth nod from Hall of Fame

THN.com Blog: Women worth nod from Hall of Fame

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.


THN.com Blog: Former NHL referee blames oversized goalie pads for low-scoring games

THN.com Blog: Former NHL referee blames oversized goalie pads for low-scoring games

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.


THN.com Blog: The King of Klagenfurt's long journey

THN.com Blog: The King of Klagenfurt's long journey

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.


THN.com Blog: Canadian comedian Tom Green still a hockey fan at heart

THN.com Blog: Canadian comedian Tom Green still a hockey fan at heart

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.


THN.com Blog: Hobby or horse?

THN.com Blog: Hobby or horse?

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.


THN.com Blog: Must-win games start in October

THN.com Blog: Must-win games start in October

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.


THN.com Blog: Four questions for the NHL's 2010-11 season

THN.com Blog: Four questions for the NHL's 2010-11 season

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.


THN.com Blog: Coaching, not shootouts, is the NHL's greatest evil

THN.com Blog: Coaching, not shootouts, is the NHL's greatest evil

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.


THN.com Blog: Lou Lamoriello keeps Devils strong with Kovalchuk signing

THN.com Blog: Lou Lamoriello keeps Devils strong with Kovalchuk signing

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.


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