In 1977, a recipe of minor league hockey, swearing and violence produced an enduring piece of sports cinema. This year marks 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.
When Boston College men’s hockey coach Jerry York tied the all-time record for career victories, he wasn’t thinking about the mark. He was thinking about the rest of the season. As Only A Game’s Doug Tribou reports, four decades into his career, York keeps getting better.
As more games fall victim to the current lockout, author Jonathon Gatehouse talks with Bill Littlefield about his book, “The Instigator: How Gary Bettman Remade the NHL and Changed the Game Forever.”
With the NHL lockout showing few signs of ending, players are seeking ice time in Russia, Sweden, and elsewhere. Montreal Canadien center Scott Gomez is playing for a team in his hometown, Anchorage, Ala. and joins Bill to discuss how players are dealing with the lockout.
With the NHL lockout now extended through November, players and coaches find ways to fill their time—but how do the sports writers deal with this drought? Scott Brown, sports editor of the ‘Vancouver Sun’, spoke with Bill about what his staff is writing about while there are no games to cover.
While the NHL lockout drags on, minor league hockey players are having a typical season, minus one thing: the possibility of being called up. Only A Game’s Doug Tribou spoke with one player whose hopes of adding to his family’s hockey history are temporarily on hold.
The NHL lockout has prevented sanctioned practices and canceled games through November. Only A Game’s Daniel Potter reports from Tennessee on how members of the Nashville Predators are staying in shape.
The NHL labor negotiations remain as stagnant as ever, and the potential for more cancelled games looms near. Helene Elliott of the ‘Los Angeles Times’ speaks with Bill about key issues in the dispute and potential effects on the season and the NHL fan base.
In 2015, the New York Islanders will move from their current home in Nassau County to Brooklyn, where they will share an arena with the new Brooklyn Nets. New York Times columnist George Vecsey spoke with Bill how these changes will, or won’t, affect New Yorkers.
Boston University’s men’s hockey is one of the top programs in the nation, but after a number of players got into trouble off the ice, the university organized a task force. The school now describes a “culture of sexual entitlement” on the team. Only A Game’s Karen Given examines hockey culture.