Tag: Hockey, Ice

American Players Rise to the Top in the N.H.L. Draft

The first round of the N.H.L. draft on Friday yielded one of the strongest showings ever by American-born players — and not just because Jack Hughes was selected at No. 1 by the Devils. Right behind Hughes were six other American prospects among the first 15 picks. Two more became the final selections of the […]

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N.H.L. Draft: The Devils, Sooner Than Expected, Have the No. 1 Pick Again

Only two years have passed since Ray Shero, the general manager of the Devils, made the No. 1 overall selection in the N.H.L. draft: Nico Hischier, then an 18-year-old center from Switzerland. Shero had not exactly planned on making another No. 1 pick this soon. But the Devils missed the playoffs for the sixth time […]

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The N.F.L. Has Been Consumed by the Concussion Issue. Why Hasn’t the N.H.L.?

The day after Mother’s Day was the eighth anniversary of the death of N.H.L. player Derek Boogaard. As usual, his mother, Joanne, spent a quiet day of reflection at home in Regina, Saskatchewan, and continued a tradition of writing a letter to her dead son to be published in the Regina Leader-Post. This year’s letter […]

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Boston’s Latest Would-Be Champs Are Truly Boston’s

BOSTON — The Bruins are two victories in the Stanley Cup finals from extending Boston’s reign of championship gluttony — 12 titles in an 18-year stretch that reached full-bloom obnoxiousness in February with, yawn, yet another Patriots triumph in the Super Bowl. They are also two victories over the St. Louis Blues from doing something […]

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When Detroit Was on Top of the Sports World

More than half a century before Boston goalie Tuukka Rask first stepped onto Finnish ice, Detroit staged one of its grandest banquets, a jubilant affair celebrating unparalleled sports excellence. On Saturday evening, April 18, 1936, limousines chauffeuring a parade of stars arrived at the majestic Masonic Temple. There were Tigers, Lions and Red Wings aplenty, […]

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How a Fourth-String Goalie Led the Blues to the Stanley Cup Finals

BOSTON — Before becoming an improbable catalyst for the St. Louis Blues’ improbable stampede to the Stanley Cup finals, Jordan Binnington had the coolest goalie mask in the ECHL. In 2013, he reported to the Kalamazoo Wings, two levels below the N.H.L., with an image of the actor Will Smith — circa “The Fresh Prince […]

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