October 3, 2018

NHL PREVIEW: It’s time to shrink the regular season

by Dan Bilicki In: Ice Hockey, Picks

We’re at the start of another 82-game grind on the ice, which begs the question: Why?
With the exception of Major League Baseball, no sport’s schedule feels as long as the NHL’s. There’s no reason why a sport played on ice needs to stretch it’s regular season from September to April.
There’s also no reason why a [...]

October 5, 2017

The NHL’s Olympic hypocrisy and 2017-18 season preview

by Dan Bilicki In: Ice Hockey

It’s kind of funny, but the biggest story of the NHL season will likely be something that the league isn’t involved with at all: The Olympics.
With the league deciding not to send its players to South Korea for the Winter Games in February, it is missing out on a major opportunity. Gary Bettman and Co. [...]

June 21, 2017

What is the hardest trophy in sports to win?

by Dan Bilicki In: Football, Ice Hockey, Soccer

Last week we argued that, despite what commentators will tell you, the Stanley Cup is no harder to win than any other league’s championship. In fact, it might actually be a little bit easier than some.
But if the Cup isn’t the hardest to win, then what is?
Just to prove that we’re not biased against ice [...]

June 14, 2017

The Stanley Cup isn’t the hardest trophy to win in sports

by Dan Bilicki In: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Ice Hockey

A lot was made on Monday night after Pittsburgh defeated Nashville to win the Stanley Cup about how it was the hardest trophy in sports to win.
While many get wrapped up in the romanticism of the Cup and its history, it’s no harder to win than other major league sports.
Now, first off, I’ll state that [...]

April 12, 2017

Our official NHL playoff picks

by Dan Bilicki In: Ice Hockey

With the official Postmedia Network NHL playoff picks coming out today, there was little surprise that I was asked to make mine for our papers – probably because I refer to the sport by its proper name of ice hockey.
So, we’ll have to post them here, and I’ll even share some of my limited knowledge [...]

January 4, 2017

So long, 2016. 2017, you have a lot to live up to.

by Dan Bilicki In: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Ice Hockey, Soccer

You have to admit that 2016 was one of the weirdest, most unpredictable years there has been in recent memory.
While some would go as far as saying that it was one of the worst years on record, let’s not discount the horrors of the World Wars in the 1940s and 1910s. To compare the two
Also, [...]

October 12, 2016

Here we go again: An NHL 2016-17 preview

by Dan Bilicki In: Ice Hockey

It might be a little later than usual, but the puck is dropping on a brand-new NHL season that will slowly grind its way through 82 games before getting into the two further months when the games actually matter.
Starting a week or so later than usual is nice, but the reason why turned out to [...]

June 23, 2016

Why do we reward the worst in sports?

by Dan Bilicki In: Basketball, Ice Hockey

With both the NBA and NHL drafts upon on us, a time-honoured tradition will continue with teams restocking their squads from the youth ranks.
But while the draft itself is a fine idea that works well in distributing amateur players, the way that the order of picks is decided is not.
Why should the worst teams be [...]

April 13, 2016

Who do you root for in the NHL playoffs? No one.

by Dan Bilicki In: Baseball, Basketball, Ice Hockey

The NHL playoffs are upon us and for the first time in very long time, there are no Canadian teams remaining. Yes, despite being the country that undoubtedly cares about the sport of ice hockey the most, none of the seven teams based here could make it.
We’ve seen a lot of pieces since the final [...]

March 10, 2016

These outdoor Classics aren’t so classic anymore

by Dan Bilicki In: Ice Hockey

It’s getting to the point where the NHL could start advertising that they’re playing an indoor game.
With Wednesday’s announcement of three more outdoor games for the 2016-17 season, to go along with the previously announced Heritage Classic in Winnipeg in October, that’s another four to go with the 18 the league had already played in [...]

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