The 2004 movie “Miracle” dramatizes the United States’ win over the Soviet Union at the 1980 Olympics. In the film’s most famous scene, U.S. coach Herb Brooks, played by Kurt Russell, delivers a motivational pregame talk. But how accurate was that movie speech? Bill Littlefield tracks down some of the players who were in the locker room 35 years ago and finds a surprising answer.
Rogie Vachon is a Vezina trophy winner, a three time All Star, and a three time Stanley Cup winner. But once, he had to buy his own championship ring. He speaks with Bill Littlefield.
After more than four decades playing in Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum, the New York Islanders will move to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center next season. WNYC’s Jim O’Grady went to the Nassau Coliseum to find out what will be lost.
Bagel-throwing Michigan State basketball fans join the list of sports fans who celebrate in unconventional ways.
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.
Back in the day, every NHL team employed at least one fighting specialist, known as an enforcer. But now the position is becoming extinct. Former Boston Bruins enforcer Terry O’Reilly tells Bill Littlefield why that’s for the best.
NHL goalie Martin Brodeur announced his retirement after 21 seasons with the New Jersey Devils and a brief tenure with the St. Louis Blues. The Newark Star-Ledger’s Steve Politi regards Brodeur as the greatest NHL goalie of all time and he joins Bil Littlefield to make the case.
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.
The Florida Panthers topped the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night after a record shootout that saw players from both teams take multiple attempts before all was said and done.