Ross Bonander

Ross Bonander
Ross Bonander is a freelance health writer and quotations editor. He is the editor of 12 quotation collections, including Hockey Talk, a collection of memorable hockey quotes, as well as collections focusing on Mario Lemieux, Patrick Roy, Steve Yzerman and Mike Modano. He also writes extensively about blood cancers and other health issues. His homepage is

Recent Articles by Ross

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Hockey Violence in Quotations

The NHL’s legal problems are beginning to pile up in the form of class action lawsuits filed by former players accusing the league of encouraging its players towards on-ice violence […]

by · March 3, 2015 · 0 comments · The Business of Hockey
Gordie Howe scored both Red Wings goals.

Stem Cell Treatment and the Exploitation of Mr. Hockey

No. 9 Gordie Howe has always been something of an outlier. His frame was made for hockey: Short, powerful legs gave him a low center of gravity and made him almost […]

by · February 9, 2015 · 2 comments · Archives, Player Profiles
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Jaromír Jágr the Spacemaker

On the ice, Gordie Howe was an incomparable hockey player. Off it, he’s endlessly quotable. When asked to explain how and why his infamous elbows broke so many noses, Howe […]

by · December 8, 2014 · 0 comments · Player Profiles
Hockey’s Real Iron Man

Hockey’s Real Iron Man

Recently, St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester sustained an injury and was forced to miss a game, ending the longest active “Iron Man” streak in all of professional sports, a […]

by · December 3, 2014 · 1 comment · Player Profiles
Jean Béliveau, Miracle of Modesty

Jean Béliveau, Miracle of Modesty

The hockey world, and all of Canada, mourns the loss of Jean Béliveau, a man of miraculous talent and total modesty, who played the game better than almost anyone ever has, […]

by · December 3, 2014 · 2 comments · Montreal Canadiens
Review – Showtime: One Team. One Year. One Step from the NHL

Review – Showtime: One Team. One Year. One Step from the NHL

Showtime: One Team. One Year. One Step from the NHL by Ed Arnold (HarperCollins Publishers, Toronto. 2016) Of the three Major Junior hockey leagues that fall under the umbrella of […]

by · September 16, 2014 · 0 comments · Hockey Books, OHL
Top 10 Scoring Enforcers Before They Turned Pro

Top 10 Scoring Enforcers Before They Turned Pro

The role of the enforcer in the NHL appears to be dwindling, and whether you take that as a good thing or a bad thing is wholly subjective. What is […]

by · May 10, 2014 · 1 comment · Top 10 Lists
Brett Ritchie is coming of age. (Ross Bonander/THW)

Brett Ritchie Dominates on Mike Modano Night

Back on September 4, 2013, the Texas Stars released the team’s promotional calendar for the upcoming season. Friday night April 4 2014 at the Cedar Park Center was slated as […]

by · April 7, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · Dallas Stars, Texas Stars
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Mike Modano Night … in the AHL

Recently, the Texas Stars announced that on April 4 2014, the team would be honoring Mike Modano at the Cedar Park Center. Never mind that Modano never played for Texas. […]

by · March 26, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · Dallas Stars
All I Needed to Know About Hockey I Learned from Stan Fischler

All I Needed to Know About Hockey I Learned from Stan Fischler

There is no substitute for experience. This is especially true for a difficult sport like hockey, where the best education is in playing as often as you can. But sometimes […]

by · March 7, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · Hockey Books, Hockey History
Martin Brodeur (Flickr/LindseyAAkiyama)

Martin Brodeur in Quotations

Right now perhaps not even Martin Brodeur knows the professional fate of Martin Brodeur, the most accomplished goaltender of his generation and arguably one of the top two or three […]

by · March 6, 2014 · Comments are Disabled · New Jersey Devils, Player Profiles
The Burkes supporting the You Can Play project

Will Michael Sam’s Announcement Affect Hockey?

On 23 February 2013 professional soccer player Robbie Rodgers wrote on his blog, I’m a soccer player, I’m Christian, and I’m gay. On 6 May 2013 professional basketball player Jason […]

by · February 11, 2014 · 4 comments · News/Commentary