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“Hey, Steve, who’s ballpark is this anyway?” “You know what, Tom, at this point I couldn’t even tell ya. Attendance today has got to be 50/50. At least. I’d say more of ’em.” “And the team shop? — ridiculous.” “Huh?” “You haven’t seen?! Man, they’ve got Toronto stuff in there!” “Jeeeez” “It’s embarrassing, really.” “I […]

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What more is there to say about Jackie Robinson? His story has been told in films, books, magazines, and newspapers, through exhibitions and online media. Major League Baseball has retired his number league-wide and celebrates Jackie Robinson Day every year on April 15th. He is not only a sporting star but a hero of social […]

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It’s been a small, but long-standing regret that I never made it to Joe Louis Arena for a hockey game. Right now it feels like a much larger one. Tonight the Red Wings will play their final game at the Joe before moving on to greener, more modern pastures. Next season Little Caesars Arena will […]

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You step outside, onto your doorstep, and instantly a biting chill hits. The small amount of exposed flesh between toque and scarf takes the blow and tenses up. It is definitely below zero, most likely snowing — tearing tends to impede vision. There is snow. It is not only falling down from the clouds, but […]

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The 2016-2017 season is a special one for the Toronto Maple Leafs and the NHL. Both venerable establishments turn 100 this year, and there are celebrations to be had. The Leafs will host the Red Wings in the Centennial Classic on New Year’s Day, a birthday party of sorts. The outdoor game (played at BMO […]

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In 1915, the National Hockey Association’s Ottawa Hockey Club took a five day railroad trip to Vancouver to play the Millionaires of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association. The matchup would mark the first time that the Stanley Cup would be contested between the champions of two leagues, the trustees of the chalice deciding that the […]

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Let’s play a quick game of word association. When you hear, “Canada,” what comes to mind? Hockey, you say? But of course. As Ron MacLean and those at Hockey Night remind us in their latest commercial, “You want to teach someone about Canada, you go to the television Saturday night, and it becomes crystal clear.” […]

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It was always inconceivable to Honus, whose baseball instinct was so natural, that anyone had to be told how to play baseball. Nobody had ever told him. You caught the ball and threw it where it was supposed to go. You hit the ball and ran like hell. You thought of the right thing to […]

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Hockey is an intense sport. As spectators we’ve become accustomed to the nature of the game itself – so much so that we soon forget the risks involved during each 60 minutes of play. The truth is, much respect is in order for the men and women who can play the sport and appear to […]