Does success in the Playoffs translate to Fan loyalty?

As a spin-off of the conversation that Kyle’s post sparked regarding how the NHL can grow the game in non-traditional markets and as part of the ongoing debate surrounding the Phoenix Coyotes we look at the suggestion that if the Coyotes had had some playoff success then this would have translated into fans in the stands. Now we […]

Posted by David Minuk in Columns,Editorials on May 21, 2009

How the NHL Can “Grow the Game” In Non-Traditional Markets

The recent foibles of the Phoenix Coyotes have re-ignited the debate as to where NHL hockey teams should be located. The NHL officially states that they prefer to keep the teams in Southern markets to grow the game of hockey, but in reality its likely more a case of Bettman and Co. not wanting to […]

Posted by Kyle Kosior in Columns,Editorials on May 18, 2009

Dissecting the Conference Finals Schedule

Admittedly, I sometimes get bored having to re-hash the same foibles of the NHL over and over and over again. Poor scheduling of early round playoff games manifested itself into a glorious display of incompetence with last night’s two game sevens being played at the same time. In what has become sadly typical, the NHL […]

Posted by Drew Mindell in Cold Hard Rants,Columns,Editorials on May 16, 2009

A plea for Eric Duhatschek’s return to the Hot Stove

For our American readers (or those American readers who watch Hockey Night in Canada on Center Ice), every week on Hockey Night in Canada, Ron MacLean hosts a second intermission information session called the Satellite Hot Stove.  This season, MacLean has most often been joined in studio by Mike Milbury, Al Strachan and Pierre LeBrun.  Now, […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Columns,Editorials on May 11, 2009

I Got Wood

The topic of wood/aluminum sticks versus composites has been rolling around in my head for a couple years. I understand that there are pros and cons to each, and those pros and cons can change depending on whether you ask a player, a coach or an owner. In spite of the various arguments, I would […]

Posted by Kyle Kosior in Editorials on May 8, 2009

Pain and Loss of Losing a Franchise

  With the NHL Conference Semifinals in full swing we should be focussing on the intense battle between Sid the Kid and Alex the Great but instead we are drawn to the three ring circus which is surrounding the Phoenix Coyotes. Now a significant amount of material has been written about this issue in the […]

Posted by David Minuk in Columns,Editorials on May 7, 2009

WWYCF: Who Would You Cheer For?

Since the end of the regular season and the start of the playoffs, I have been thinking about how people approach the Stanley Cup Showdown if their team isn’t participating. I know several people that will only cheer for the Canadian teams or who specifically cheer against certain squads, while others will simply hop on […]

Posted by Kyle Kosior in Editorials on May 6, 2009

Glass Bangers: True Fans or Morons?

That is the question.  At least that is the question I’m asking myself after watching the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Do those people who sit in the first row behind the glass and actively engage in ‘glass banging’ constitute a segment of the fan base who you would consider to be true […]

Posted by David Minuk in Columns,Editorials on May 1, 2009