Articles

How Glen Metropolit Beat the Streets of Toronto’s Inner City

| Ben Eklund

Glen Metropolit’s unexpected rise from Toronto’s mean streets When Metropolit, now 40, was a teenager he saw it all. He saw crack cocaine being sold and smoked. He saw prostitution. He saw fights and he… Read more

Cody McLeod and Chris Thorburn Double Down

Cody McLeod and Chris Thorburn Double Down

| Ben Eklund

Cody McLeod and Chris Thorburn engaged in a pair of fight's in last night's Avalance–Jets game in Winnipeg. They had a short, even fight early in the first period as both players tried to set… Read more

Penguins Sing Former Teammate Deryk Engelland’s Praises

| Ben Eklund

Pittsburgh Penguins think highly of former teammate Deryk Engelland of the Calgary Flames Ask around the Penguins room, and you’ll hear about how ‘Eggo’ took care of them. Although Engelland’s off-season departure — he signed… Read more

Chris Thorburn Settles a Score with Daniel Carcillo

Chris Thorburn Settles a Score with Daniel Carcillo

| Ben Eklund

On January 16, Chicago's Daniel Carcillo was booted from the Jets-Blackhawks game for a blindside cross check on Winnipeg's Mathieu Perrault. Carcillo served a six-game suspension for his transgression. On Friday night, the two teams… Read more

The ’92 Jets Toughen Up: Revisiting the Acquisition of Kris King and Tie Domi

| Ben Eklund

Blue Collar Toughness: Made in Manitoba The following day the city was buzzing about the previous night’s loss on the scoreboard and in the fisticuffs. “I would rather wipe a cougar’s behind with sandpaper than… Read more

The Flyers Dismantle the Soviet Machine: Originally Published Jan 11, 1976

| Ben Eklund

When the Flyers beat the Red Army Jimmy Watson’s eyes were as bright as a British Columbia moonlit night as he said, “I’ve never been so happy. This compares with winning the Stanley Cup.” Dave… Read more

Tom Sestito Remains Confident his NHL Days are not Over

| Ben Eklund

Kuzma: Enforcers’ era may be ending, but Tom Sestito not giving up A total of 28.65 per cent of games this season have included a fight. In 2012-13 it was 36.67 per cent and in… Read more

The Metrics Behind the Islanders’ Revival

| Ben Eklund

The Rise Of The New York Islanders Over the seven seasons leading up to 2014-15 season, the New York Islanders were not just mediocre, they were the NHL’s second-worst team by winning percentage. They boasted… Read more

Dion Phaneuf Trying to Elevate the Collapsing Leafs

| Ben Eklund

Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf fights in back-to-back games as questions arise about his leadership On Wednesday, Phaneuf seemed intent on picking a fight. He gave Senators forward Milan Michalek a little slash in… Read more

Rick Tocchet Returns to Flyers-Pens Rivalry as a Coach

| Ben Eklund

Familiar face behind Penguins’ bench Rick Tocchet’s glimpse of hockey’s best rivalry over the past few years has been no different than that of just about anyone in the general public. He offered commentary on… Read more