In 1988, a 16-year-old boy by the name of Jaromir Jagr skated in his first professional hockey game as a member of HC Kladno, a team in the Czech Extraliga. More than two decades later, the talented winger has made a return to his hometown club—not just as a player, but as an owner, too.
Articles by: Andrew Hirsh
United States President Barack Obama voiced his opinion on the National Hockey League lockout on a Minneapolis television station this week, stating that he shouldn’t have to intervene to get a new collective bargaining agreement signed.
In the hockey world, there are few accomplished 19-year-olds with a lot to prove at the junior level. This is what makes Ryan Murphy such a rarity. After watching the World Junior Championships from home the last two seasons, Murphy’s talent—at least relative to his fellow teenage countrymen—has been called into question on many occasions, despite the fact that he was a recent first round draft pick in the NHL. But finally, after three long years of waiting, Murphy has been given the chance to show just how good he is on the international stage.
Ilya Kovalchuk is not one to show much emotion, but he got in front of the camera for the SKA hockey team’s recent music video and showed off some of his dance moves.
On April 12, 2007, the Atlanta Thrashers skated in their first ever postseason contest. The building was sold out that night, as over 18,000 Georgia residents packed the stands of Philips Arena, most sporting light blue attire. While that event took place more than five and a half years ago, I remember it like it was yesterday.
When the Carolina Hurricanes drafted Zach Boychuk 14th overall in 2008, they envisioned he would quickly mature into a quality NHL goal-scorer. While it’s taken longer than expected, Boychuk may be ready to live up to these lofty expectations.
Contrary to what anyone could have predicted back in 2005, the National Hockey League’s overall revenue has grown tremendously under the most recent collective bargaining agreement, reaching $3.2 billion last season—the most in league history. And yet, the majority of NHL teams continue to hurt financially, and very few are currently making real money.