June 11 2016 08:17AM
So much has been written about Gordie Howe's hockey legacy over the past 24 hours, and what more can be added, truly? A week after boxing's greatest icon passed away, one of hockey's most iconic figures lost a long and difficult battle with dementia, at age 88.
I've always noted how fortunate I've been to have just caught glimpses and "windows" of some great athletes' careers before they ended. I don't remember Johnny Unitas or Joe Namath, but I do recall Hank Aaron as a very small boy (and had a Topps baseball card labeling him as a "DH") with the Milwaukee Brewers. I don't remember Wilt Chamberlain but obviously, I was front and centre and paying attention for the beginning of the careers of Bird, Magic, and Isiah.
June 06 2016 07:09PM
There's things you want to do and things you have to do sometimes, and rarely, in one's personal or professional lives, do they collide. Sure, there's the odd occasion. You might like to go for long jogs to keep fit, fulfill goals, test yourself, and it just happens to be great for your body. Not quite the same as pounding back kale milkshakes instead of steak and baked potatoes, is it?
May 19 2016 11:05AM
It's an odd marking of an anniversary - and it will probably make you feel as strangely old(er) as it does me. I hadn't had a full-time job yet in May of 1996. I was heading into my second year at Fanshawe College for journalism, after a full four years at UWO (sorry, I can't call it "Western University", ain't happening) for a degree in Political Science. I hadn't been to Europe yet, but was due to go for five weeks while Euro 1996 was on in England to work at BBC Greater London Radio, thanks to my good friend, Simon Crosse, for setting that up so I could get some practical experience.
But before all that came the start of something that, at the time, we just thought was another quite interesting NHL playoff series between two relatively deep teams in the Western Conference. It almost overnight, became much, much more than that.
May 09 2016 05:54PM
This is a big next six months or so for 24-year old Teemu Pulkkinen.
Picking up an assist today in Finland's 3-2 win over the USA, the goals are considerable for the Red Wings forward.
April 22 2016 12:04PM
So that's that. That giant "25!!!!!!!" logo at centre ice at the Joe Louis Arena barely had time to settle in and feel a part of things. As hokey and it was embarrassing to push the marketing of a playoff streak to a fanbase which hasn't seen a Conference Final game in seven seasons and counting, maybe it still ended a whole lot sooner than anyone imagined.
Regardless, the Red Wings in a 1-0 loss in Tampa, are now 13-24 in their past 37 playoff games, have been knocked out in the first round in four of the past five seasons (three of those four defeats in five games), and will have their toughest task yet to make the postseason a 26th straight season in the spring of 2017. It's also the second time in the past five years, the Red Wings have had the ignominity of being the first of the sixteen teams to have to offer congratulatory handshakes to a conquering opponent. They were that team against Nashville in 2012, and were the second team to be eliminated in 2014, when they lost Game 5 to Boston, just two days after the very same Lightning squad were swept out by the Montreal Canadiens. There's tons of big-picture stuff I'll attempt to get to over the next several days, but let's stick to last night's Game 5, and some slightly larger-scope issues for the entire series, now that it's complete.