Why would an NHL star walk away from a lucrative contract to play for a lesser league? Former New Jersey Devil Ilya Kovalchuk will play for the Kontinental Hockey League next year, and the Wall Street Journal’s Mike Sielski says he’ll benefit from Russia’s lower tax rate.
In 1977, a recipe of minor league hockey, swearing and violence produced an enduring piece of sports cinema. 2012 marked the 35th anniversary of ‘Slap Shot’. Only A Game’s Doug Tribou looks at the staying power of the hockey comedy that starred Paul Newman and three bruising, bespectacled brothers.
The Chicago Blackhawks hoisted the Stanley Cup in Boston after rallying to beat the Bruins in Game 6 on Monday. After a lockout that nearly killed the season, the NHL roared back and closed out the campaign with the first Finals matchup of “Original Six” teams since 1979. Only A Game’s Doug Tribou reports.
Boston made quick work of Pittsburgh to win the NHL Eastern Conference Finals, but the Chicago Blackhawks aren’t going so quietly. Chicago took Game 1, and Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times thinks the Bruins have a big challenge ahead of them.
On a recent trip to Chicago, OAG senior producer Gary Waleik discovered an unusual piece of Blackhawks memorabilia featuring Boston Bruins icon Bobby Orr.
In the NHL’s Eastern Conference Finals, Pittsburgh is paired with Boston. As Only A Game’s Doug Tribou reports, the teams have some history…but a lot of it happened in another era. Just ask Jaromir Jagr.
The San Jose Sharks are on the brink of an early exit from the NHL postseason…again. Bill speaks with David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News about the Sharks’ chances of finally hoisting Lord Stanley’s Cup.
The seventh-seeded Ottawa Senators scored a major upset in the first round of the NHL playoffs, topping the Montreal Canadiens in five games. Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the team’s recent success.
The Los Angeles Kings need a big comeback if they’re going to defend their Stanley Cup title. The St. Louis Blues jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the Kings in their opening round playoff series. Helene Elliott of the L.A. Times joins Bill Littlefield for an update.
The You Can Play Project, founded in 2012 by former Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Brian Burke and his son Patrick, was created to promote tolerance in professional sports. Patrick Burke joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the group’s efforts and the impact of Jason Collins’s recent announcement.