Josh Smith

Josh is a life-long hockey fan. He grew up as a fan of the New York Rangers, but thanks to their general mismanagement and years of mediocrity, has developed a great appreciation for every team across the league. He’s been writing about hockey on various sites since 1995. In addition to his work at The Hockey Writers, he also keeps tabs on the referees over at

Recent Articles by Josh

Linesman Lonnie Cameron (Image: Kelly Iwona/Flickr)

Ref Roundup: Playoff Refs, Respect, Retirements

It’s playoff time, and that means 14 teams have seen their respective seasons come to an end.  The same is true for a large number of on-ice officials. Of the […]

by · April 16, 2015 · 0 comments · News/Commentary
Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdeklader (Bridget Samuels)

Ref Roundup: Broken Sticks, Russian Bribes, Dollars for Diving

Before rounding up the latest in ref-related news, there’s one particular goal that needs a second look: Justin Abdelkader’s game-winning overtime goal was illegal. Players are not allowed to play […]

by · March 26, 2015 · 0 comments · News/Commentary
(Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports)

Ref Roundup: Rule Changes, Russian Ref, ‘Boom Boom’ Goes Ballistic

With the NHL’s GMs wrapping up their meeting in Florida, a look at the proposed rule changes leads off this week’s Ref Roundup:   While there’s always concerns about the […]

by · March 19, 2015 · 0 comments · News/Commentary
Caps' Jason Chimera Disputes Call with Referee Francois St. Laurent (Clyde Caplan/

Ref Roundup: Post-Whistle Goals, Russian Ref, & Lindros Lawsuit

Always play until the whistle, right? Sometimes, though, you can still score a goal even after it blows. In Sunday’s game between Vancouver and St. Louis, the whistle blew as […]

by · March 4, 2015 · 0 comments · News/Commentary
NHL goaltenders donned helmet cameras for the 2014 Stadium Series games

NHL Coverage Hits Ice Level with Helmet Cams

Hockey has long benefited from technological improvements in television broadcasts.  High-definition TV, along with then-revolutionary widescreen TVs – improved the home viewing experience. The new proportions of the broadcasts better framed […]

by · October 3, 2014 · 0 comments · News/Commentary, Videos
(Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)

Who Will Step In for Stepan?

The New York Rangers were already coming into the 2014-15 NHL season with a lack of center depth. Though ineffective in the playoffs, Brad Richards was a top-line mainstay in […]

by · September 25, 2014 · 0 comments · Injury Report, New York Rangers
(Image: Bridget Samuels)

From Geneva to the Garden: Matthew Lombardi Joins the New York Rangers

His exile to the land of chocolates, fine timepieces, and movie-villain banking accounts is over.  Matthew Lombardi is back in the NHL. The native of Hudson, Quebec, will now be playing […]

by · July 16, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · New York Rangers

Which Los Angeles Kings Players Will Be Left Off the Stanley Cup?

With the Los Angeles’ Kings hard work having earned them their second Stanley Cup in three years, they get to some well-deserved time off.   Not so for long-time Stanley Cup […]

by · June 16, 2014 · 1 comment · Los Angeles Kings
(Bridget Samuels)

Should Bettman Outsource the Cup Presentation?

The Stanley Cup is the NHL’s ultimate prize.   It’s too bad that, every spring, it gets welcomed by an overwhelming chorus of boos. It’s not the Cup’s fault.  Everyone revels in […]

by · June 5, 2014 · 2 comments · News/Commentary
Martin St. Louis would be a key cog on "Canada 2" (Icon SMI)

Rangers Pay Steep Price in Captain Swap

The New York Rangers made a big splash at the trade deadline, sending captain and pending unrestricted free agent Ryan Callahan to the Tampa Bay Lightning.   In return, the Bolts […]

Callahan has served as the Rangers captain since 2011-12 (Rich Kane/Icon SMI)

Rangers Trading Their Captain? It’s Happened Before

If the Rangers send Ryan Callahan packing at the trade deadline, it wouldn’t be the first time the Blueshirts traded away their captain. Of the 25 team captains throughout their […]

by · February 27, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · Hockey History, New York Rangers
The Olympics' best players come from the NHL (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

Olympic Injuries Impact Playoff Races

With all the concern over Olympic injuries, many were questioning whether the NHL should send its players to Pyeongyang for the 2018 games. While that’s still up for debate – […]

by · February 25, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · Injury Report, Olympics