April 12, 2013 |
Maybe it really is as simple as it sounds. That for the NHL and its players, establishing a partnership with the You Can Play project — which fights homophobia and advocates for the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual athletes in sports — was born of fairness and logic and isn't really a big deal. "In talking to the guys and all the rest of it, I think the basic feeling was this is the right thing to do, so we oughta go do it. And that's the motivation," Donald Fehr, executive director of the NHL Players' Assn., said Thursday.
February 25, 2013 |
Despite winning three straight games and five of their last six, the Kings aren't the NHL's hottest team. They're not even the hottest team in Southern California. The Ducks, who will face the Kings on Monday at Staples Center, have the league's longest active winning streak at six -- all come-from-behind victories -- and have won 10 of 11 to rank second in the NHL with 27 points. But to have both the Kings and Ducks playing well as they meet for the second time this season should make this encounter far more than just another game in February.
March 5, 2012 |
Toronto may be the self-proclaimed Center of the Hockey Universe, but Anaheim has become the cradle of NHL coaches and executives, a position solidified last week when a former general manager of the Ducks fired a former Ducks coach and hired another former Ducks coach to salvage a sorry season. Maple Leafs General Manager Brian Burke , who put the final touches on the Ducks' 2007 Stanley Cup team, on Friday fired Ron Wilson — the Ducks' inaugural coach — and brought in Randy Carlyle , who coached Burke's Ducks to the Cup but was dismissed in late November during a season-sabotaging slump.
November 29, 2011 |
The NHL will be less colorful without Bruce Boudreau, who was fired by the Washington Capitals on Monday in the first of two coaching changes made by underachieving teams. Soon after Boudreau was replaced by former Capitals captain Dale Hunter, the Carolina Hurricanes announced they had fired Coach Paul Maurice and hired Kirk Muller, another former player who was an assistant coach in Montreal for five seasons before leaving to coach Milwaukee of the American Hockey League. Boudreau won raves when he took over in 2007 and installed a run-and-gun style that enabled Alexander Ovechkin to score a league-leading 65 goals.
February 24, 2010 |
The panel of general managers who built the U.S. Olympic team knew what they didn't have at their disposal. They didn't have a game-breaker like Canada's Sidney Crosby or Russia's Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin. They didn't even have at their disposal what's considered the best generation of American players, since Mike Modano, Jeremy Roenick, Doug Weight and their contemporaries have aged or retired. But they made sure they had one asset in ample supply. "One thing we said about this team is that it would play hard," said Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi, who was an advisor to Team USA General Manager Brian Burke along with Nashville's David Poile, Pittsburgh's Ray Shero, Atlanta's Don Waddell and Philadelphia's Paul Holmgren.
February 15, 2010 |
Sitting before a crowd of reporters at a news conference Sunday, Brian Burke was his usual blustery self as he detailed why the U.S. men's hockey team, which opens play Tuesday against Switzerland, is an underdog here. But while speaking to a small group Burke, the general manager of Team USA, dropped his guard and acknowledged he had been shattered by the death of his youngest son, Brendan , in a car accident Feb. 5. Asked how he's handling his grief, a haggard-looking Burke tried to compose himself but couldn't keep his voice from cracking.