October 18, 2013 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Wayne Gretzky doesn't know Peyton Manning well. Yet he knows Manning better than anyone possibly could. It was 25 years ago Saturday that Gretzky, as a newly minted member of the Los Angeles Kings, returned to Edmonton to face the Oilers, an NHL franchise he had led to four Stanley Cup championships over the previous five years. So he understands the emotions the Denver Broncos quarterback is confronting as he prepares to return to Indianapolis on Sunday, his first homecoming to a place where he won a Super Bowl and an unprecedented four NFL most-valuable-player awards.
August 7, 2013 |
Imagine a room full of serious hockey people speaking a common language - lifers used to evaluating talent in Medicine Hat, Alberta, and in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, on consecutive nights. Then the polar opposite of a hockey lifer shows up and says that the Los Angeles Kings could be acquiring the game's greatest player, Wayne Gretzky. He tells the scouts that the franchise might have to surrender several draft picks … so plan for the upcoming entry draft accordingly. Serious men, serious hockey people, thought then-Kings owner Bruce McNall could not possibly be serious that June day in 1988.
June 30, 2013 |
Dean Lombardi's face at the draft table did not give away much early in the second round Sunday . Would he start yawning? It certainly looked that way. But the Kings' general manager has a gift for crafting something out of nothing and he may have done just that at the NHL's entry draft in Newark, N.J., sending three draft picks to Edmonton for the Oilers' second-round selection, at No. 37. With that, they took a gifted goal-scorer, 18-year-old...
April 29, 2013 |
Pluses Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis, who will be 38 in June, became the oldest player to win the NHL scoring title. He took over the lead Wednesday from Sidney Crosby, who had held it since suffering a broken jaw on March 30. St. Louis finished with 17 goals and 60 points in 48 games, three points ahead of teammate Steven Stamkos (29 goals, 57 points). St. Louis previously won the scoring title in 2003-04. Undrafted, cut by two NHL teams, written off as too small, he's a great lesson in perseverance.
April 11, 2013 |
At 35, Kelly Oxford is Hollywood's latest "It" girl, a Twitter superstar with a following of more than 460,000, who last year sold her first screenplay to Warner Bros. (Drew Barrymore is in talks to direct) and will soon begin work on a television pilot. Now the Canadian-born mother of three has published a book of essays, "Everything is Perfect When You're a Liar" (It Books: 318 pp., $25.99), which chronicles her misadventures growing up in Edmonton. Oxford's writing is marked by the same wry voice that's made her a social media sensation.
April 8, 2013 |
The Ducks moved one point away from clinching a playoff spot Monday as a 36-year-old plucked from Switzerland last month saved the night with two goals. Radek Dvorak scored rebound shots past Edmonton goaltender Devan Dubnyk in the first and third periods, giving the Ducks a 2-1 victory at Honda Center. "Great play by the line, I just happened to be in a good spot," Dvorak said. "All through the night, we were putting nice shots on the net and [Dubnyk] was leaving nice big rebounds.