Canada Hockey

The Dastardly Darryl Sutter is L.A.'s King of Kings

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 08.06.2012 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

Darryl Sutter, for all intents and purposes, is the best coach in the National Hockey League. His hand is ever-steady. He controls his players through some kind of impenetrable Jedi mind trick. But Sutter doesn't even seem to care. His acceptance of the Kings' coaching job a few months ago seemed like charity work. Yet, here we are again, with the Kings leading a series 3-0 and showing no signs of letting up.

New Jersey Devils Can Climb Back from Hell

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 08.04.2012 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

New Jersey seems to be heading down the same road as the L.A. King. Not with a bang, but a whimper. So how do you come back? You fight back. You claw back. You beat them because you know you can, and you know you should.

Tim Thomas Makes the Puck Political

Michael Raine | Posted 07.30.2012 | Canada
Michael Raine

Less than a year ago the thought of Tim Thomas donning a Leafs jersey would have implanted a CN Tower-sized grin across my face. But then he went from Tim Thomas, hockey god, to Tim Thomas, Tea Partier. This kicks down the mental door that separates two of my unwavering, and usually frustrating, passions; hockey and politics.

Canada's Most Important National Pastime? It's not Hockey

Doug Knight | Posted 07.01.2012 | Canada
Doug Knight

Canada is a hockey nation and always will be a hockey nation. But we are a big country with a lot more going on. While hockey is in the penalty box, perhaps it's time to embrace our winners already at the podium. As a country we punch way above our weight in the arts. This weekend the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards celebrates its 20th anniversary as the nation's highest honour for our most notable artists.

If Ovechkin Can't Play, it's Soccer on Ice

Mark Leiren-Young | Posted 07.02.2012 | Canada
Mark Leiren-Young

There are officially eight teams playing for the Stanley Cup in round two -- but with the exception of the Philadelphia Flyers I'm not sure what game they're playing. I just know that if Alexander Ovechkin isn't allowed on the ice, it can't possibly be hockey.

Caps: The Worst of Teams and the Best of Teams

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 07.01.2012 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

No team is this much fun to watch lose. No team is this much fun to watch win. I'm talking of course, about the Washington Capitals.

NHL-Ready Arena Approved Just North Of Toronto

CP | Posted 06.26.2012 | Canada

MARKHAM, Ont. - A Toronto-area town is one step closer to building a sports complex that could accommodate a professional team.Officials in Markham ha...

Phoenix Coyotes' Torres Suspended 25 Games

CP | John Marshall, The Associated Press | Posted 06.21.2012 | Canada

GLENDALE, Ariz. - A blindside hit, a history of violence and a league-wide crackdown on rough play earned Raffi Torres one of the longest suspensions ...

Former Habs Captain Dead At 92

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.14.2012 | Canada

MONTREAL - Emile (Butch) Bouchard, a longtime Montreal Canadiens captain and four-time Stanley Cup winner, died Saturday. He was 92.Friend and sports ...

Canucks v Canucks: Fighting the Old Devils

Mark Leiren-Young | Posted 06.13.2012 | Canada
Mark Leiren-Young

Yes, this was a strange season to be a Canucks fan -- and I think it's going to be the best post-season ever. The Canucks kept racking up wins, but they weren't flashy, fun, wins. They were ugly, nail-biting, old-time New Jersey Devils one goal, frequently in extra time with a "lucky bounce" wins.

Canucks, Senators Hope For Long Playoff Run

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.09.2012 | Canada

Better get those beers chilled and those razors put away. The NHL playoffs start this Wednesday, April 11th with three first-round games: The Detroit ...

A Sports Tale Of Two Cities: The Worst Of Times

CP | Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.06.2012 | Canada

MONTREAL - In this sports tale of two cities, there are no best of times.It's been only the worst of times lately for the teams in Canada's two bigges...

What We Talk About When We Talk About Hating the Leafs

Mark Leiren-Young | Posted 06.03.2012 | Canada
Mark Leiren-Young

The Toronto Maple Leafs have fallen out of the NHL playoff race now for six years straight. So why do Canadians still love to hate a team that doesn't matter? Because even when they're not a factor in the playoff race, the damn media won't stop talking about... oops.

Canadiens Fire GM After Dismal Season

CP | Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.29.2012 | Canada

BROSSARD, Que. - Whoever takes over as the next GM of the Montreal Canadiens faces a long list of challenges — and even heavier expectations.The win...

What Were The Most Memorable Stanley Cup Playoffs?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.05.2012 | Canada Living

Chalk it up to a thrilling and heart-breaking seven-game series, a majority of Canadians have picked the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs as one of the most ...

Graham James: Coming to a Neighborhood Near You in Two Years

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 05.20.2012 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

A two-year sentence for a man as putrid as Graham James is as close as you can come to condoning the actions of other sexual predators in Canada who are living, working, and continuing to commit their heinous acts.

They Now Drop the Puck Where We Used to Drop Artillery

Peter Worthington | Posted 05.10.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

It's unlikely that Don Cherry has ever heard of it, even though it's the sort of thing that would appeal to his sense of history: rough, tough, no frills, no tears, and lots of guts.

Hold Them Back So They Can Get Ahead

Erica Diamond | Posted 05.09.2012 | Canada Living
Erica Diamond

Today at 8.5 years old, he is still at the top of his class academically, but I can tell you, he's not as socially mature as his peers. He's been known to suck his thumb a time or two, and he is still very attached to us. But, he makes the A team in sports, he's got a ton of friends, and seems to fit right in with his 3rd grade peers.

(Don) Cherry-Picking Local Hockey Players Won't Work

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 05.06.2012 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

Listen, if Don Cherry believes that the Leafs should sign players from Ontario just to sign them, he's wrong. There is no benefit to trying to kid yourself that somebody will help your team just because he's from your neck of the woods. The Wings win with Swedes, not Michiganders. The Bruins won with Canadians, not Bay Staters

Canucks to Cody Hodgson: It's Not You It's Me

Mark Leiren-Young | Posted 05.03.2012 | Canada
Mark Leiren-Young

I remember reading, years ago, a rumour in the now defunct Frank Magazine claiming that one of the Canucks' top defense-men was traded because he was caught "banging the twine" with the goalie's wife. I have no idea if the rumour was true, but it made more sense than the official story in the papers.

Can He Save The Leafs?

CP | Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.03.2012 | Canada

MONTREAL - The Toronto Maple Leafs are counting on a coaching change to get them out of a tailspin and back on course for the NHL playoffs.Randy Carly...

Teen Dies At Hockey Game

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.06.2012 | Canada

OTTAWA - A 15-year-old boy has died in hospital after collapsing during a hockey game in Carp, Ont.Ottawa police say the boy collapsed Sunday evening ...

Budweiser Ad Surprises Rec League Hockey Teams

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.03.2012 | Canada

Two rec-league teams in Port Credit, Ontario, a suburb outside Toronto, got a once-in-a-lifetime surprise when thousands of screaming fans descended o...

Should Bodychecking be Banned?

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 04.01.2012 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

A local Canadian association has banned bodychecking from hockey and some kid is feeling cheated. Come on, guys. You're not helping your sons (or daughters) with this initiative. You're only trapping them by stripping the game they love of one of its most essential assets.

Crosby's Return Timeline Still Unclear

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 03.14.2012 | Canada

SUNRISE, Fla. - Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby skated Friday for the first time in more than a month, and his teammates left little doubt they...