In Ottawa, Jack Purcell Park proudly honors a local hero who repaired hockey equipment for neighborhood youths. But park officials had new sculptures installed to honor a legendary Canadian badminton champion, also named Jack Purcell. We do our best to sort out the confusion.
Nineteen-year-old Aaron Ekblad and 37-year-old Willie Mitchell are more than just NHL teammates. They’re roommates. Grantland’s Katie Baker tells Bill Littlefield how Ekblad came to live with Mitchell and his wife.
As the head coach of the University of Minnesota-Duluth’s women’s hockey team, Shannon Miller has led the team to five national championships. This December, she was told she would be let go at the end of the season for what the school calls “financial reasons.” Only A Game’s Dan Kraker reports.
Former hockey goalie Clint Malarchuk suffered a life-threatening injury in 1989 when his neck was slashed by a hockey skate. Off the ice, he’s struggled with mental health problems since childhood. He writes about both issues in his new book “A Matter of Inches,” which he joins Bill Littlefield to discuss.
The Edmonton Oilers currently sit dead last in the NHL. The Oilers also possess the league’s longest postseason drought — they haven’t made the playoffs since 2006, when they lost in seven games in the Stanley Cup Finals. Bill Littlefield speaks with John MacKinnon of the Edmonton Journal to find out what’s wrong with the Oilers.
In the 14-year history of the NCAA women’s ice hockey championship, no team from Boston has won a title. With five Olympians back from Sochi, the city now has three teams ranked in the top 10 and a chance to earn that first championship.
Attendance at Florida Panthers home games is bad. So bad, in fact, that beat writers for visiting teams have tweeted pictures of the half-empty arena for laughs. Bill Littlefield chats with Yahoo! Sports’ Greg Wyshynski about the Panthers’ attendance woes.
The 2014-15 NHL season is right around the corner. Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times joins Bill Littlefield to assess the Kings’ chances of repeating as champions and to explain why the NHL was wrong to eliminate the “spin-o-rama.”
At an ice rink just north of San Francisco, players are proving the game of hockey is both timeless and, well…ageless. KQED’s Dan Brekke reports on a senior hockey tournament with close ties to a beloved American cartoonist.
In the NHL, the Los Angeles Kings won their second Stanley Cup in three years with a 3-2, double-overtime win over the New York Rangers on Friday night. Reporter Susan Valot joined Bill Littlefield from Los Angeles after Game 5 to discuss the series.