May 4, 2013 |
An old coach named Fred "The Fog" Shero once described the relationship between Canadians and their national pastime this way: "Hockey is where we live. … Life is just a place where we spend time between games. " It could feel like that in Southern California over the next few weeks. This is hockey's time to shine with two local teams in the hunt for the Stanley Cup, the Kings fighting to repeat as champions and the Ducks riding one of the better records in the league. The way things have gone for the Lakers and Clippers, and with our baseball teams struggling, the sport from up north could win some new fans.
February 14, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - The mystique that surrounded hockey players from the old Soviet Union and Russia vanished when they began to populate NHL locker rooms and win many of the league's most important trophies. The team ethic prevails whether the guy sitting next to you is from Moscow or Moose Jaw. But if the mystery is gone, the contrast in their games remains strong and should be evident when Team USA and Russia face off Saturday before an expected raucous crowd at the Bolshoy Ice Dome.
February 26, 2010 |
Defending Olympic hockey champion Sweden was sent home in the quarterfinals by emerging power Slovakia. Russia, expected to score its way to a gold medal, was undone by its lack of passion and defense and was run out of town by Canada. Few events in this tournament have gone according to form, starting with host Canada straining to beat Switzerland and stumbling against the U.S. in the first round, which sent the team to a qualifying game that stressed an entire nation. But each of the four teams that will meet in the semifinals Friday has displayed one consistent trait through 10 pressure-packed days here.
April 16, 2012 |
Ever wonder how Staples Center switches from a Lakers basketball court to a Kings hockey rink? If so, wonder no more. You can see it all happen in the above time-lapse video shot by Jason Neubert. Some facts: It takes two to three hours for the conversion to take place. Ever wonder why it's always so cold in Staples Center during Lakers games? As you can see from the video, the basketball court is removed one panel at a time, exposing the ice, which is already in place beneath the court.
February 4, 1989
The difference between ice hockey and soccer: In soccer, the thugs are in the stands, and in ice hockey, the thugs are on the ice. MARSDEN A. THOMPSON Los Angeles
February 18, 2010 |
For Team USA and host Canada, the first game of the Olympic men's hockey tournament was about shaking their jitters. Each was a little disjointed Tuesday, with Canada blanked by Norway for 22 minutes and the U.S. scoring only once in the first 25 minutes. Each gained momentum and wore down an inferior opponent. Canada defeated Norway, 8-0, and the U.S. sweated a bit before beating Switzerland, 3-1. "I think we had a lot of nervous energy as a team. I know for my part, I did," U.S. goalie Ryan Miller said.
February 19, 2010 |
Sidney Crosby didn't know that Olympic rules permitted him a second shootout attempt after his first try for Canada caromed off the right leg pad of Switzerland and Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller in the teams' preliminary-round game Thursday. "I wasn't sure what the format was," the Pittsburgh Penguins' franchise player said. "Then the coach came over and said, 'You want to go again?' " Given a second chance by Coach Mike Babcock , Crosby didn't miss. He beat Hiller to the stick side to start the fourth round of the tiebreaker and Canada goalie Martin Brodeur stopped Martin Pluss to salvage a 3-2 victory and two points for Canada against the hard-checking and resilient Swiss at Canada Hockey Place.
December 29, 2009 |
Four Canadian television networks will provide live coverage of the announcement of Canada's Olympic hockey team Wednesday, and they'll be joined by the FAN radio network and live streaming on websites. The nationally circulated Globe and Mail newspaper plans to publish a 16-page supplement analyzing the roster Thursday. You think Canada is excited about the Vancouver Games? It is, and with good reason. Not only does the host country want to win at the game it claims to have invented, this could be the last Olympics to include NHL players.
February 19, 2010 |
Their record in the Olympic hockey tournament is perfect, but their performance has yet to be more than adequate, and members of Team USA knew it. They foundered through a sloppy second period Thursday and distanced themselves from persistent Norway only by scoring three times in the last six minutes of a 6-1 victory in a preliminary round game at Canada Hockey Place. Yes, they're 2-0 after defeating Switzerland and Norway, but their power play didn't click until its fifth try and they were victimized by Norway for a short-handed goal that cut their lead to 3-1 at 8:37 of the second period.
February 13, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia - Twenty years ago, in Slovakia's first Winter Olympics appearance as an independent nation, Peter Stastny was given the honor of carrying the country's flag into the opening ceremony of the Lillehammer Games. In an odd twist of hockey fate, Stastny's American-raised son, Paul, played against his father's homeland Thursday and confirmed the quality of his own international hockey credentials. Paul Stastny contributed two of six goals scored by Team USA during a frantic second period as the Americans went on to a 7-1 rout of Slovakia at Shayba Arena in both teams' Olympic tournament opener.