1. Pittsburgh—Washington Game Seven: Lost by the Caps

    As I watched Pittsburgh's third unanswered goal stroll past Simeon Varlamov within a minute of the third period last night, I thrust my beer to one side with abject despondency. That one bottle of Leffe was making a mockery of me...

    Heather Parry Written by Heather Parry about over 5 years ago 110 reads 2 comments

  2. Why I'm Hoping For a Washington v. Vancouver Stanley Cup Final

    If years and years of watching the Stanley Cup Playoffs has taught me anything, it's that miracles can happen. And by "miracles" of course, I mean unexpected upsets resulting from hard work, determination, and just a little bit of luck...

    Heather Parry Written by Heather Parry about over 5 years ago 226 reads 3 comments

  3. What Is Up With the Playoffs?

    You would think that having ten years of avid NHL fandom behind me would give me a slight advantage over my rookie housemates in the annual Stanley Cup prediction game. You'd be wrong...

    Heather Parry Written by Heather Parry about over 5 years ago 47 reads 2 comments

  4. Crosby Vs. Ovechkin: Youth and Young Manhood

    The recent Pittsburgh-Washington games have dragged up the overdone yet always entertaining Sidney Crosby versus Alexander Ovechkin debate...

    Heather Parry Written by Heather Parry about almost 6 years ago 430 reads 19 comments

  5. Vesa Toskala: Worst Goalie In The NHL?

    As a pseudo-Torontonian, I know the list of excuses spouted by Leafs apologists like the back of my hand. They're in a tough division; they've just lost Sundin; they're laying low for the draft picks; they're in a transition period...

    Heather Parry Written by Heather Parry about almost 6 years ago 696 reads 7 comments

  6. Martin Brodeur's Return: Blessing Or Curse?

    Like all New Jersey Devils fans, for the last few years I've lived in perpetual fear of the day when Martin Brodeur finally decides to hang up his skates...

    Heather Parry Written by Heather Parry about almost 6 years ago 188 reads 1 comments

  7. NHL All-Star Absentee Suspension: Warranted or Bettman's Arrogance?

    The NHL All-Star weekend seems to have been the most controversial weekend of the season, and most people's gripe with the '09 All-Star Game has been the players involved. My gripe, however, is with how they're dealing with players who aren't involved...

    Heather Parry Written by Heather Parry about almost 6 years ago 108 reads 2 comments

  8. The Curse of Leafs Nation: Why Toronto Marlies Are Criminally Under-Supported

    I've only lived in Toronto for three months. I've never had a poutine, I don't own hockey skates, and I still pronounce the last 'T' in the city's name. In short, I'm still a foreigner in these here parts...

    Heather Parry Written by Heather Parry about almost 6 years ago 309 reads 8 comments

  9. Don Sanderson: Let's Not Turn A Tragedy Into A Farce

    Yesterday morning, a 21-year-old Ontario hockey player died following three weeks in a coma. Don Sanderson played for Whitby Dunlops of the OHL, and fell into the coma after hitting his head during an on-ice fight...

    Heather Parry Written by Heather Parry about almost 6 years ago 1,992 reads 1 comments

  10. Turning to the Blue Side: How Leafs Nation Got Me

    Since moving to Toronto just three months ago, I've been fairly ambivalent about the Toronto Maple Leafs. As a New Jersey fan, and longtime NHL-watcher, the Leafs have always been something of a comedy team for me...

    Heather Parry Written by Heather Parry about 6 years ago 191 reads 12 comments

  11. A Beginner’s Guide to the Blue Jays; or Why Baseball Isn't As Bad As You Think

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    Heather Parry Written by Heather Parry about 6 years ago 355 reads 3 comments

  12. Open Mic: The Real Cost of the 2008 Olympic Games

    As I sat down to consider this week’s open mic topic – the relevance of the USA/China rivalry at the Beijing Olympic games – something unusual stirred within me...

    Heather Parry Written by Heather Parry about over 6 years ago 661 reads 1 comments

  13. Open Mic: Hockey Players Could Beat Up My Dad

    I guess everyone whose friends like different sports has had this conversation before. Its kind of an adult version of the 'my dad could beat up your dad' idea: Which sports players ...

    Heather Parry Written by Heather Parry about over 6 years ago 613 reads 3 comments

  14. Chris Osgood, Tomas Holmstrom: Respect Your Elders in Penguins-Red Wings Series

    One look at the benches in game one of this season’s Stanley Cup finals series was enough to tell you which team was the older of the two...

    Heather Parry Written by Heather Parry about over 6 years ago 916 reads 1 comments

  15. The Glasgow Rangers Riots: Was Manchester to Blame?

    As a non-football fan living in Manchester city centre, this week was always going to a be a tough one for me. Manchester United winning the league at the weekend was bad enough in terms ...

    Heather Parry Written by Heather Parry about over 6 years ago 3,348 reads 15 comments

  16. Unsportsmanlike Conduct in the NHL: What’s the Big Deal?

    Sean Avery’s laughable yet annoyingly affective screening technique against Martin Brodeur on April 13 might have been forgotten after a few hundred angry blog posts and a season’s ...

    Heather Parry Written by Heather Parry about over 6 years ago 65 reads 2 comments

  17. New Jersey Devils Bow out of the Playoffs with Their Heads Held High

    It’s easy enough to fall into one of two traps when your team crashes out in the first round of the postseason: the angry-at-the-team trap, or the angry-at-everyone-else trap...

    Heather Parry Written by Heather Parry about over 6 years ago 526 reads 1 comments

  18. Realism over Optimism: Why the Montreal Canadiens Will Take the Stanley Cup

    If you’re any sort of NHL fan, the end of the season signals the time to start arguing with your friends and relatives about who’s going to raise Lord Stanley this year...

    Heather Parry Written by Heather Parry about over 6 years ago 639 reads 4 comments

  19. Communication Breakdown: The Problem with British Hockey Officials

    Having a drink in the Nottingham branch of Hooters between matches this Playoff finals weekend, the conversation came around to the state of refereeing in British hockey...

    Heather Parry Written by Heather Parry about over 6 years ago 422 reads 0 comments

  20. Dan Tessier Skips Golf to Help Sheffield Steelers Take the Elite League Playoffs

    Last year’s Elite League Playoff Finals weekend was memorable for all the wrong reasons for Sheffield Steelers fans...

    Heather Parry Written by Heather Parry about over 6 years ago 862 reads 1 comments

  21. New Jersey Devils: Has Martin Brodeur Lost His Mojo?

    With their team currently sitting at a comfortable fourth in the conference following a minor end-of-season slump, New Jersey Devils fans might now be considering their chances for the post-season...

    Heather Parry Written by Heather Parry about over 6 years ago 732 reads 4 comments

  22. The Real Reason Alexander Ovechkin Is "Better" Than Sidney Crosby

    The hockey community has been split ever since those commercials showed Alexander Ovechkin ordering tons of room service in the name of Sidney Crosby—who of these two prodigies is really ...

    Heather Parry Written by Heather Parry about over 6 years ago 5,019 reads 18 comments

  23. Lord Stanley Would Be Proud: the British Playoff Finals Come Round Again

    To our cousins across the pond, playoff time means sold out arenas, best-of-sevens, and general hockey mania. Over here in Britain, it’s not quite so extravagant...

    Heather Parry Written by Heather Parry about over 6 years ago 549 reads 1 comments