Former No. 1 NHL draft pick is homeless
In 1986, Joe Murphy was the first overall pick in the NHL draft, selected by the Detroit Red Wings after a career at Michigan State. It was the first time an NCAA collegiate player had been taken No. 1.
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J.T. Brown said he saw a raised fist as a middle ground gesture for those who believed that kneeling for the national anthem, as some NFL players have done, disrespected the flag. His consideration of the matter didn’t spare him from the angry, racist backlash. Read more →
Time seems endless when you consider how long the playoffs have run. Why, I vaguely recall the Minnesota Wild even being in the postseason. Read more →
Cheap shot hockey fires up Wild
Tough hockey or cheap shot? Minnesota Wild defenseman Keith Ballard appeared to suffer a seizure of some sort after he was checked last night by New York Islander forward Matt Martin.
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Former Shattuck St. Mary’s hockey player Jack Johnson is tapped out, and mom and dad are to blame, the Columbus Dispatch newspaper says today.
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NHL star Vanek linked to gambling, money laundering case
The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports a bookmaker in New York has pleaded guilty to trying to launder a check for $230,000 that paid off gambling debts. The check was a New York Islanders paycheck and the paper is suggesting it might have been Thomas Vanek’s. He now plays for the Minnesota Wild.
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It was a tender moment on the ice Wednesday night before the Philadelphia-Pittsburgh hockey game. Read more →
Ice girls: poor pay, lousy conditions, great exposure
“Ice girls” face the same lousy pay, poor working conditions and exposure as other team cheerleaders. Read more →
What if hockey were a black sport?
What if hockey appealed to black fans? Would fighting go away? Read more →
A little sportsmanship is sometimes too much to ask
The end-of-hockey-game handshake is the epitome of good sportsmanship — most days. Read more →
The greatest tradition in sports
The handshake at the end of a Stanley Cup playoff series, sadly, occurred at the Xcel last night after the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Minnesota Wild 2-1 in overtime. Read more →
Black hockey player brings out the ‘burning crosses’ on Twitter
Take a sport played predominantly by whites and followed by predominantly white fans, add a city with a racist reputation, and mix in some social media and you have the ugly result in Boston this week when the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins began their playoff series. Read more →
Humor? There’s no humor in Stanley Cup playoffs
It’s a fine line that separates good-natured NHL playoff rivalries from you-need-to-get-a-life-status. Hello, Boston. The Bruins open their playoff series tonight against the Montreal Canadiens. It’s probably the biggest rivalry in hockey and there’s no rumor for humor, apparently. In Montreal, a liquor store plastered Montreal Canadiens logos over any mention of Boston on its Read more →
Checking in on Colorado karma after Wild win
Just checking in on the Denver sportswriter who criticized Minnesota Wild fans last week after the Colorado Avalanche appeared on the version of wiping the local team off the playoff map. He said Wild players were bellyachers, calling the coach duller than a fence post, and seemed to mock ‘The Great State of Hockey.’ Read more →
The state that knows what offside is gets its dander up
Did the Minnesota Wild lose a game because of a blown offside call? It’s too close to call. Read more →