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.
The NHL and the Players’ Association have been meeting again, so perhaps there will be some semblance of a pro hockey season after all. Bill Littlefield finds himself wondering if fans will be too disgruntled to recommit to the sport.
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.
Before the Iron Curtain fell, hockey players from countries under Soviet leadership defected for the chance to play in the United States. Tal Pinchevsky’s ‘Breakaway: From Behind the Iron Curtain to the NHL’ tells these players’ stories and sacrifices. He talks with Bill about this period in hockey history.
Last year, the New York Rangers named Jake Gittler as their “Ultimate Fan” and awarded him free tickets for the 2012-13 season. But, will there be a season? Bill talks with Gittler, who offers his hopes for Rangers’ success if the NHL ends the player lockout.
NHL hockey players are packing their bags for Europe, while NFL officials are watching games from home. Bill Littlefield discusses the motives and intentions behind the NFL referee and NHL player lockouts and the goals of collective bargaining.
Whether it’s the NBA, the NFL or the NHL, there have been plenty of lockouts and lockout threats in the past year. Bill Littlefield speaks with Matthew Futterman of the Wall Street Journal about how lockouts became so routine in pro sports.