Monday, December 18, 2017

Do They Make Maple Syrup Kale Chips?

Hockey excellence has moved south and way, way west. Written by Kyle Magin Forget what you’ve heard about the resurgence of our neighbors to the north under new, progressive Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. On Sunday, as the Calgary Flames were getting wiped across the California ice on a 65 degree day by a team named after a Disney movie, Canada died. To...

How Hockey is Your Potential NHL Expansion City?

Who's it gonna be? Vegas, Quebec City, Seattle or Toronto—the NHL's potential suitors rated. By Kyle Magin By August 10, we’ll know who’s submitting bids to become the NHL’s 31st and 32nd teams now that the hockey league has opened up its formal expansion process. Let’s look at the probable culprits to submit a bid packet and a $1 million application fee...

Objectives for the Las Vegas NHL Team

Las Vegas’ probable hockey team should take the ice beginning in 2017. There’s a ton of work for the franchise to do between now and then. By Kyle Magin The NHL is coming to Las Vegas. For the first time ever, major professional team sports will have a franchise in Sin City. Led by owner Bill Foley, who will pay $500 million...

What did you do with your life by 27? Here’s what Jonathan Toews has done

Chicago Blackhawks Captain and center Jonathan Toews just raised his third Stanley Cup in five years this week. He was born in 1988 and is probably the world's most accomplished athlete.   Let's compare what he was doing at the ages leading up to his 27th year to what you were doing: 0-16 • Toews: Learned to wipe, talk, skate, skate backwards, score at...

The Case for Better Expansion

MLB, NHL and NFL expansion teams fail more often than not and even teams that break even are often mired in the loss column for decades. How a gradual, multi-season approach leading up to the first pitch, puck drop or kick off would ensure the growth of a fan base and the maturation of a team  Written by Kyle Magin When...

Let’s Name the Probable Vegas Hockey Team!

Las Vegas is one of two cities to submit a bid to host a new NHL team beginning next year. Let's find a name for it.  By Kyle Magin Sin City and some arctic outpost were the only two locales to submit bids for NHL expansion teams, we found out yesterday. Las Vegas and Quebec City (both refuting and affirming, respectively, our...

In Defense of True Amateurism: College Hockey’s Troublesome Heart

College hockey is being held back by it's own blithe spirit of the actual joy of sport. But how long will it stay uncorrupted? An examination. Written by Kyle Magin College hockey displays all the telltale signs of desiring major sport status. New arenas, brawny new leagues, TV deals and rosters chock full of pro prospects make the sport as viable,...