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Bettman: Hall of Shame or Hall of Fame?

Does Gary Bettman belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame? | canada.com It was 20 years ago today that the NHL found an obscure NBA executive and anointed him as the first ever commissioner. Now before you start spitting in anger at the thought of this question, consider it carefully: Does Gary Bettman belong in the…

Kings fans are used to six months off between seasons

Usually, the summer break starts in the beginning of April and goes until the second week of October. Since our break started two months late — mid-June — we would only be getting to the end of our usual time off about now, mid-December. So we should really start feeling it about now.  

“Tattaglia is a pimp. He never could have outfought Santino. But I didn’t know until this day that it was Barzini all along.”

Every day I read that fans shouldn’t blame Bettman because Bettman works for the owners. I have no problem with that sentiment (except possibly for the words “shouldn’t” and “because”), but, to simplify matters, let’s just say that “Bettman” is not a person at all (a stretch, I know) but a synecdoche, standing for the…

Kings’ David Courtney Passes Away

Well, that’s just horrible. LA Public Address Announcer David Courtney Passes Away: LAist. According to the Los Angeles Kings, public address announcer David Courtney, 54, died. The cause of death has not been disclosed. [...] Courtney’s last tweet occurred on Wednesday when he told a follower that he was waiting to undergo an angiogram.  

My love for NHL hockey is not unconditional

In fact, it’s entirely dependent on access. If it’s there, I love it and follow it in absurd, time-consuming detail. And during the summer, I continue to attend to every delicious off-season detail. But if the league – not some natural disaster or other act of God, but the league itself — chooses to cease operation, I have no…

I Don’t Care How You’re Doing in Europe

I derive great satisfaction from following prospects, especially Kings’ prospects, playing in other leagues. But it turns out I don’t care at all how established NHL players are doing while playing in other leagues. Aside from an over-riding concern that everyone stays healthy for that distant day when the NHL returns, I don’t have an…