On September 20, 2010, In Hockey, By Big Mouth
There are six Canadian teams in the NHL, but only two will be worth watching this season – the Edmonton Oilers and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Watching rookie Taylor Hall play this season might make Edmonton fans forget the last four, long years AP Photo/Reed Saxon
You can throw a sack over the other four and, maybe, check on them next year. That doesn’t mean that the Oilers and Maple Leafs will light the world on fire, make the Stanley Cup Playoffs and still be playing in June. It means that, of Canada’s six, Edmonton and Toronto will be the most entertaining – on and off the ice. (more…)
Pat Burns is dead. That was announced at around 11:00 AM Friday. Pat Burns isn’t dead. That announcement came around noon.
Former NHL head coach Pat Burns must have been shocked to learn that, according to TSN, he'd passed away
What the heck is going on? How did Pat Burns feel? Why was everyone so hell-bent on being the very first Canadian sports media outlet to announce Pat Burns’ demise? That’s easy. It’s because the narrow-thinking, myopic individuals who inhabit sports directors’ and executive producers’ offices across this nation think that the most important thing in sports television these days is to get it first – no matter what “it” is. And, until that ridiculous train of thought is broken, we’re going to have to endure more and more of exactly what happened Friday. (more…)
On September 15, 2010, In Hockey, By Big Mouth
After a fifteen-year absence, Gary Bettman has made it clear that the NHL would like to be back in Québec City...but not without a new rink
Under no circumstances should public money be used to help build arenas or stadiums anywhere Canada. Whatever team or teams play in these facilities are/will almost certainly be privately owned. Every Canadian NHL team is privately owned. Just three CFL teams are owned by the community – the Edmonton Eskimos, Saskatchewan Roughriders and Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Canadian Hockey League teams are almost exclusively privately owned. Private ownership must equal private funding for new facilities. Period. (more…)
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