1. The Other Side of NHL Relocation

    When Winnipeg regained its long lost Jets, the reaction of local hockey fans, most fans in Canada, and elsewhere was wild rejoicing...

    Steve Thompson Written by Steve Thompson about over 2 years ago 356 reads 14 comments

  2. World Junior Championships: The Russians Are Defending Champions for a Reason

    While it is a bitter blow for Canada to see its junior team come up short against Russia again, it's no surprise—or shame—to see it happen again...

    Steve Thompson Written by Steve Thompson about over 2 years ago 107 reads 1 comments

  3. What to Do with the NHL's Winter Classic

    The NHL 's Winter Classic has wrapped up again with a 3-2 New York Rangers victory over the hometown Philadelphia Flyers before 45,000 fans and good television ratings...

    Steve Thompson Written by Steve Thompson about over 2 years ago 227 reads 4 comments

  4. Winter Classic 2012: Goaltending the Difference

    The outdoor 2012 NHL Winter Classic in Philadelphia may have held an old, unpleasant potent for the hosts: The opponents have good goaltending and the Flyers don't...

    Steve Thompson Written by Steve Thompson about over 2 years ago 194 reads 0 comments

  5. 10 Worst Villains in Sports History

    There are lots more people who could be included on a list like this (Top 100? Top 500?), but these people have captured the imaginations of sports fans for their outrageous actions both in and out of their sports profession...

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  6. Professional Sports Leagues Don't Give Enough Back

    At this Christmas, the time of giving, there is an interesting occurrence going on in the NFL, something almost without precedent since it began its rise to the top of North American sports during the 1960s...

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  7. A Christmas Evaluation of the 2011 NHL Season

    While there is a short break in the NHL season, it is a good time to see how things have unfolded so far...

    Steve Thompson Written by Steve Thompson about over 2 years ago 445 reads 10 comments

  8. Montreal Canadiens Dissolving into Chaos of Burnt-out Nationalism and Mediocrity

    There are several NHL cities this year in which one does not want to be the coach or a fan. Sadly, one of them is Montreal...

    Steve Thompson Written by Steve Thompson about over 2 years ago 1,366 reads 16 comments

  9. 10 NHL Hockey Headlines for the Holidays

    There are several important issues that are on the NHL 's horizon for these holidays. In these momentous times, the state of NHL hockey is clearly moving into a period of crisis...

    Steve Thompson Written by Steve Thompson about almost 3 years ago 283 reads 0 comments

  10. Toronto Maple Leafs Sale May Help Hamilton Get an NHL Franchise

    The recent sale of the Toronto Maple Leafs to arch-media rivals—Rogers and Bell, who own Canada's two major sports-television networks, TSN and Sportsnet—may finally open the door for Southern Ontario relocation/expansion...

    Steve Thompson Written by Steve Thompson about almost 3 years ago 1,222 reads 12 comments

  11. NHL Realignment: Quebec Weighs Options to Bring Hockey Back

    Two cities emerged as big winners because of the NHL's new realignment plan. The Dallas Stars, whose fan support has dwindled in part from playing too many games in later time zones, ...

    Steve Thompson Written by Steve Thompson about almost 3 years ago 3,880 reads 17 comments

  12. Weighing the New NHL Realignment

    Did the NHL really realign or did it just shuffle the deck a little better? In fact, with the exception of Winnipeg moving to a different division, nobody is playing anybody else more often than they did before...

    Steve Thompson Written by Steve Thompson about almost 3 years ago 1,300 reads 28 comments

  13. Toronto May Seek an NHL Expansion Team Within This Decade

    There it was in all its glory: a three-page article, plus a front-page picture in a local Toronto newspaper about a proposed new arena-mall complex to be built north of Metropolitan Toronto in the GTA region of Markham...

    Steve Thompson Written by Steve Thompson about almost 3 years ago 1,877 reads 19 comments

  14. Alexander Ovechkin Sinking and the Washington Capitals with Him: NHL

    Question: Which team has been projected to win it all, but is really over-rated? Answers: 1. San Diego Chargers during the "Air Coryell" years and now during the Norv Turner years...

    Steve Thompson Written by Steve Thompson about almost 3 years ago 883 reads 15 comments

  15. Glenn Saves the Tiger Cats, His Coach, and Himself

    Kevin Glenn was playing for more than just trying to finally get the Hamilton Tiger Cats a playoff win. Defeat by two-time defending champion Montreal would probably have ended his stay in Hamilton and possibly that of his coach Marcel Bellefeuille...

    Steve Thompson Written by Steve Thompson about almost 3 years ago 89 reads 1 comments

  16. NHL Broadcasts Go Global

    Hard on the heels of its new television contract with Scandinavia, the NHL will see its games broadcast on two more continents and much more extensively in Europe...

    Steve Thompson Written by Steve Thompson about almost 3 years ago 92 reads 2 comments

  17. NHL Relocation and Expansion Is Entangled with Realignment

    There has been intense speculation in the Canadian media about the next NHL owners meeting in December. There are rumored to be several issues on the table that will be brought to the forefront...

    Steve Thompson Written by Steve Thompson about almost 3 years ago 1,333 reads 16 comments

  18. NHL: Three Canadian Sad Sacks Turn Things Around

    This year, Canadians wishing to see the Stanley Cup return to Canada may have more than the Vancouver Canucks to place their hope in—and it's not simply because the addition of the Winnipeg Jets has increased the odds...

    Steve Thompson Written by Steve Thompson about almost 3 years ago 371 reads 0 comments

  19. Edmonton on the Brink of Getting a New NHL Arena

    If all goes well, there will be two new NHL -size arenas in Canada that will open for business in 2015. Most of the focus recently has been in the east on Quebec, with its attempts ...

    Steve Thompson Written by Steve Thompson about almost 3 years ago 655 reads 3 comments

  20. Will Europe Eventually Become the NHL's Piper?

    This is an article about the long term, probably very long term, of possibly the NHL 's future. It is written after I thought about the possible implications that might result when ...

    Steve Thompson Written by Steve Thompson about almost 3 years ago 237 reads 2 comments

  21. NHL Takes Significant Step to Becoming More Europeanized

    For NHL hockey fanatics in Scandinavia, things just got a whole lot better. And for the NHL, it just took another step to becoming more European in a way its owners and officials love—with more money...

    Steve Thompson Written by Steve Thompson about almost 3 years ago 117 reads 10 comments

  22. The Future of the NHL

    In recent articles about the NHL , I've indicated that the league may change its structure to that of the NFL, with two conferences that have four divisions of four teams each...

    Steve Thompson Written by Steve Thompson about almost 3 years ago 4,509 reads 13 comments

  23. NHL: Detroit Red Wings to Move East—It's All over but the Rubber-Stamping

    Yesterday in a small article in a local newspaper, it was announced that Mike Ilitch, owner of the Detroit Red Wings , publicly stated that Commissioner Gary Bettman has told him ...

    Steve Thompson Written by Steve Thompson about almost 3 years ago 3,280 reads 41 comments

  24. NHL: Fate of Six Teams Will Be Decided at Owners Meeting in December

    When the NHL Board of Governors holds its main meeting in December, significant changes to the form of the NHL could result. Two issues are said to be on the agenda, and if both are addressed, they will affect six teams...

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  25. Winnipeg Jets: How Soon Will Dissent Rumble in Winnipeg?

    In the intense desire and excitement to get the Winnipeg Jets back at almost any price, few Winnipeg fans have cared about the conditions the returned team has landed in...

    Steve Thompson Written by Steve Thompson about 3 years ago 826 reads 12 comments