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.
This week the family of deceased former NHL player Derek Boogaard filed a wrongful death lawsuit, accusing the league of over-medicating Boogaard and ignoring the consequences of the concussions that he had suffered. Nathan Fenno has written about the case for the Washington Times and spoke with Bill Littlefield about it.
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.
After opening the season 5-12-4, the Columbus Blue Jackets have begun to turn their season around. Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the Blue Jackets’ rise to NHL relevance.
After a 2011 plane crash killed nearly the entire Russian pro hockey team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, the team is back on the ice. Tal Pinchevsky of NHL.com joins BIll Littlefield to discuss the team’s season.
Despite a lengthy lockout that led to a shortened NHL season, fans have continued to fill arenas. In fact, attendance has been up two percent across the league.
The Chicago Blackhawks are off to the NHL’s best ever start with a 17-0-3 record through their first 20 games. Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times joins Bill Littlefield to break down the keys to the team’s record setting streak.
Larry Kwong played just one shift in the NHL, but that shift made history. In 1948, Kwong became the first man of Chinese descent to play in the NHL. Kwong and writer David Davis join Bill to remember that milestone.