NHL Week in Review (March 3-9)

The NHL is full of debates like any other sports league and like any other sports league these debates go silent until something happens. An event has to take place for the debate to fire up and there are plenty of talks just lingering in the wings until that happens. This week one would come up after Marc Staal would go down with what seemed to be a very serious injury.

NHL Week in Review (Oct. 9-15)

Fighting in the NHL is an essential part to the game no matter what anyone would like to say about fighting being unnecessary in the game. Much like hitting in the NHL Fighting has been much maligned over the past years as the NHL tries to make their sport fan friendly for the audience. Removing fighting has been discussed many times but repeatedly has been met with resistance from players and fans. I am on the side of keeping fighting as it serves a purpose in hockey as a way to instantly change momentum by winning the fight or at least putting on a good show for your team and the fans.

What is Wrong in the NHL?

It all started in the late spring 2011 when I was sitting at a local Toronto bar and saw a report on the TV that was a little shocking. I saw a picture of Derek Boogaard and underneath it had the report that Derek Boogaard, the New York Rangers enforcer, had been found dead in his home. Later it was revealed that the death was a result of an accidental mix of alcohol and painkillers, to which Boogaard was addicted. I thought to myself, what a sad story that an NHL player passed away well before his time. It has not been completely unusual to see this every now and then in professional sports, especially as a fan of the NFL, but then something else happened.

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