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Michael writes on the business of hockey and how it impacts the fan's enjoyment of the game. He is a PR and Marketing professional with a background in journalism and a love for hockey.

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Shea Weber (Flickr/Sarah Fuqua)

Playoff Ratings Are Up, But So Is The Goonery

The 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs are being broadcast nationally in their entirety for the first time ever. That’s great. Early returns show that ratings are up significantly when compared […]

Milbury's tenure as GM of the New York Islanders should be looked at from all sides. (NBC Sports)

The NHL Is Its Own Worst Enemy

There is a reason the NHL is seen as a third tier sport by most sport fans in this country. To the vast majority, the NHL is just boxing on […]

Gary Bettman (Kellen/Icon SMI)

Set Phasers to Negotiate – Bettman Ready to Meet With Players Union

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is ready, willing and able to meet with the players union in order to negotiate a new contract between the two, however, Bettman has stated that […]

by · March 23, 2012 · Comments are Disabled · News/Commentary, The Business of Hockey, Trades Contracts and Transactions
“Old-Time Hockey” is Killing the Game

“Old-Time Hockey” is Killing the Game

There is an epidemic in today’s NHL. Stars are dropping left and right and it is taking away from the game’s overall appeal. Sidney Crosby hasn’t played for the better […]

(Photo courtesy of the Pittsburgh Penguins)

You Don’t Wear Number 66

Retiring jersey numbers is a ritual in almost every sport. It is a gesture by a team or league to show appreciation to a certain player for their contributions to […]

Michigan's "Big House" will play host to the 2013 Winter Classic played between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs. (Photo courtesy of The University of Michigan)

2013 Winter Classic To Be Officially Announced Thursday

According to many sources and outlets, the NHL will make official Thursday what most hockey fans already know. That is, the site and teams of the 2013 Winter Classic. For […]

Future Venues Of The NHL Winter Classic

Future Venues Of The NHL Winter Classic

Another Winter Classic is in the books. Now let the speculation on future venues begin. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman in a post-game news conference made clear that there has been […]

2012 Winter Classic Ticket Prices Skyrocket

2012 Winter Classic Ticket Prices Skyrocket

Would you like to purchase tickets to this year’s Winter Classic game? There are plenty of tickets available, however, most are priced in the neighborhood of an arm and a […]

(Photo courtesy of SensTown.com)

Sneak Peak At All-Star Jerseys

This year’s all-star jerseys have been leaked over on a Ottawa Senators fan site. As you can see from the picture above, there is VERY little change from last year’s […]

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Is Gary Bettman That Bad?

There are many villains in sports. People that fans just love to hate. The NFL has Michael Vick. The NBA has LeBron James. The MLB has the entire Yankees organization […]

New York Rangers 2012 Winter Classic Jersey (photo courtesy the New York Rangers)

Another Great Looking Winter Classic

Each year the Winter Classic is one of the most anticipated events the NHL holds, perhaps second only to the Stanley Cup Finals. Fans can’t wait to see what outdoor […]