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New York Islanders Draft Swiss Star: Why Nino Niederreiter Will Be Great

June 28th, 2010
When my grandmother left the tiny northwestern Swiss hamlet of Niederbipp in 1899, she had a much more difficult journey than Nino Niederreiter did when he left his southeastern Swiss hometown of Chur 110 years later. Whereas Nino was 17 when he left home, my grandmother was not yet 4 and ...

Heart of a Champion, Part 1: Ken Morrow

June 21st, 2010
(Mock drafts are a dime a dozen. The best are educated guesses. The others...? I have decided to go another way. There will be many talented players chosen in this draft. A relative few will become regular NHL players. Fewer still will be known by that very special appellation: Champion. What ...

NHL: An Open Letter To Don Cherry

June 7th, 2010
I am a US citizen, married to a Canadian national, and living in Terrace, BC, the outgoing Hockeyville winner—for which thank you and the folks at Kraft very much. I always enjoy watching Coaches Corner during the Hockey Night in Canada broadcasts. I might not always agree with you, but you are always ...

Fight Of His Life: New York Islanders’ Rick DiPietro Tries To Save His Career

May 19th, 2010
April 4, 1998 is one of those days that will live forever in Ranger-Islander lore. That was the day the Islanders won the game but lost the fight. The fight specifically between goaltenders Dan Cloutier and Tommy Salo. Actually a fight involves two combatants. Salo just turned turtle and Cloutier used ...

Je Me Souviens (I Remember), Mr. Wang

May 7th, 2010
Quebec City is a lovely place. It is like a little slice of France that you can get without crossing an ocean and it is full of history. Most of that history relates to the period before 1759 when French rule of what became Canada ended. Eugène-Étienne Taché, a 19th century French-Canadian civil servant, coined the term ...