How to watch the men’s Olympic hockey tournament

Men's ice hockey begins play at the Sochi Olympic Winter Games tomorrow at Noon ET. It may be the last time we see the best-on-best version of the tournament, at least if noted baby Ed Snider has his way. That said, much like every other Olympic hockey tournament, you're hoping it'll be the best one […]

2014 Winter Olympics: Team USA women, Noora Raty shine in Olympic debut

While a lot of the women's hockey tournament at the Olympics can feel like sheer prelude to the incredible rivalry that is USA-Canada, it's important to remember that there are players worth highlighting beyond those two teams if the sport is going to keep growing. Exhibit A: getting to watch Noora Raty of Finland try […]

Hockey must overcome hockey fans to gain mainstream acceptance

Craig Finn, the lead singer of indie rock band The Hold Steady, once tweeted "I feel like hockey believes in magic more than other big sports." While we're not here to debate the existence of magic, it's a fun little sentence that I often point to whenever people ask why I love hockey so much. […]

Winter Olympics 2014: TV schedule for men’s and women’s hockey

We are but 29 days from the first puck being dropped in Sochi for the women’s hockey tournament. Four days later, the men (led by mostly NHLers) will get revved up. I’m already so overexcited for this that I can’t wait for it to be over. The networks of NBC Universal will televise pretty much […]

Team USA names their roster for the 2014 Olympic Games

After the Winter Classic between Detroit and Toronto, the roster for Team USA hockey at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia was revealed in front of 100,000+ fans.  Before you read, we may as well link you to the only story that seemingly matters in its wake: the comprehensive, insider back story from ESPN's […]

GIF: Ilya Bryzgalov has had about enough, thanks

Some days aren't the best for Edmonton Oilers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov. Sure, he'll make combined $3.47 million this season between his bought out Philadelphia Flyer contract and the one he's earning now in Edmonton, and he's mostly played well with the Oil (a .916 save percentage in nine games despite a losing record). But some […]

A primer for the 2014 World Junior Championship

While still comparitavely small to the NHL and Olympics, the World Junior Hockey Championship has grown in profile in the past five years in the United States. Between NHL Network's commitment to televising much of the tournament and providing an American spin on things, to the Americans growing more successful as that coverage has grown. […]

Shawn Thornton gets satisfactory 15-game suspension

You figured the NHL was going to make an example out of Shawn Thornton for what he did, and it appears the league will do just that. The Boston Bruins' forward will be suspended 15 games for his actions toward Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik. Thornton slew footed Orpik from behind in a scrum, and […]

Picturing a reborn World Cup of Hockey

The World Cup of Hockey is coming back. That seems to be the one thing every person at a certain level of the National Hockey League's hierarchy can agree on. The only question, however… is everything else. When is it going to happen? Where is it going to be played? Who will play in it? […]

NHL’s next step into reality TV should involve the playoffs

I was at the NHL's announcement on Monday that they were going forward with NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other, a seven-part series providing inside access to the nine teams involved in the Stadium Series and Heritage Classic. It was an impressive presentation in New York City. I have complete faith in the league's partners […]

Martin Brodeur is the symbol of a confounding Devils team

The first time I met Martin Brodeur, I was seven years old. My mother and I were in the dystopic confines of a KMart in Parsippany, New Jersey, where the then 24-year-old Brodeur was signing autographs. He still had a thick French accent, but he signed everything and was nice, according to my mother.  17 […]

NBCSN getting everything right but the games

Sometimes, it's fun to pick up on how NBCSN is doing. We don't write about it much as we (and by we, I mean both myself as someone who's covered the NHL on TV forever, and hockey fans in general) used to. I think part of it is the 10-year contract. We all know the […]