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Spent my formative years breathing in the rarified air of the second balcony at Chicago Stadium. Refined my flair for colorful euphemisms in the blue seats at Madison Square Garden. Now a curmudgeon in the 300 level in the United Center. My musings can also be found at yes, I muse.

Blackhawks forward Brandon Bollig looks to see the ice on a nightly basis in 2013-14.

B-52 READY FOR TAKEOFF? Bollig Here To Stay

One of the unexpected incidents in last night’s exhibition game against Pittsburgh was the game-tying goal in the third period by Chicago Blackhawks’ forward Brandon Bollig. Bollig has been better known in his professional career for using his hands more for dishing out knuckle sandwiches and Hertz donuts than goals and assists. But at this [...]

Blackhawks' goaltender Corey Crawford figures to regale Chicago with another memorable victory speech.

THE GOLDEN AGE: Blackhawks Poised For Sustained Success

  This week the Chicago Blackhawks announced the contract extensions of goaltender Corey Crawford and defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson. Crawford signed for 6 years with an annual cap hit of $6 million. Hjalmarsson signed for 5 years with an annual hit of $4.1 million. This, combined with the signing of forward Bryan Bickell for 4 years [...]

Kane celebrating yet another goal, this time against Vancouver.

HART OF AMERICA: Can Patrick Kane Be First?

The National Hockey League has seen a player at every position win the Hart Trophy for Most Valuable Player. As for nationalities, we’ve seen Canadian-born players hold the franchise on the award until Sergei Federov in 1994. Since then, there have been players born in Canada, Russia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Sweden. There has [...]

Gary Bettman, appripriately, in an empty arena.


Recently, Gary Bettman marked his twentieth anniversary as commissioner of the NHL. I’m sure there would have been a commemoration of sorts, had there actually been NHL hockey played on that day. Instead, for the third time in his regime, we are looking at a league made dormant by the owners locking out the players. [...]

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Here we are, 2 months into what should have been the 2012-13 NHL season, and there is still no ice laid in NHL arenas. So how did we get here? There are a few different things at play, but we’ll try to get to the root cause of it all. First of all, it takes [...]

JR probably looking for Tony Amonte.


Since we;’re mired in the monumental stillness that is the NHL Lockout, this page has been more than a little quiet. Now that things are seemingly heating up, there is more hockey discussion showing up in various circles – including a report, later denied by the team, that the Vancouver Canucks were making plans to [...]

Stan Bowman, like Angie, can afford to wait.

HAWKS ARE WINNING THE WAITING GAME: No Bad Contracts Better Than Acting For Sake Of Action

The popular saying is that the early bird gets the worm. However, it’s also true that the second mouse to the trap gets the cheese. There have been some people paying attention to the Chicago Blackhawks this summer, and are getting frustrated at all the players who are changing uniforms, with only Sheldon Brookbank putting [...]

It was good while it lasted.

TIME TO CALL IT: Phoenix is Phlatlining

It never easy letting go of a loved one. As a hockey fan, especially when you’re passionate about it, you like to think the only reason there are people who don’t like the game is because they haven’t experienced it yet. Personally, I’ve lost count of the number of people I’ve taken to their first [...]

Photo taken seconds before the Rangers are told they don't get paid extra for overtime.

NYR 2 WSH 1 – 3OT

I’ve loved the game of hockey for over 40 years. Yeah, I’m old. But there have been a lot of times, particularly in the late nineties/early aughts that I felt the love was unrequited. Then there was last night in the Verizon Center. This was a game that really didn’t decide anything – it was [...]

Cats are chasing dogs!

WEIRD WEIRD WEST: Powerhouses On the Brink

  Before the season started, if you had asked anyone to list the top five teams in the Western Conference, you’d get the same five teams in varying order: Vancouver, Chicago, Detroit, Nashville, San Jose Maybe a Los Angeles thrown in occasionally, but you get the idea. Now the first round of the NHL playoffs [...]

Guys, how many straight years have the Hawks made the playoffs?

4 IN A ROW: The Blackhawks’ Playoff Run

When the Chicago Blackhawks clinched a playoff spot with their win over the Nashville Predators (same team they beat to clinch a spot in 2010, for those who look for harbingers), it marked the fourth straight year the Hawks are playing hockey beyond the confines of the regular season. In case you didn’t think that [...]

LOOKING BACK: Jordon Kaiser, Chicago’s Forgotten Hockey Pioneer

LOOKING BACK: Jordon Kaiser, Chicago’s Forgotten Hockey Pioneer

A few weeks ago, Jordon Kaiser, best known as owner of the Lakeshore Athletic Club, passed away at the age of 89. Of course, it went pretty much unnoticed within the hockey community. But for me, a fairly significant part of my childhood died with him. I remember when there was talk on the radio [...]

You know Dunc - there's a Supercuts justa couple blocks from here...

EXCLUSIVE: Duncan Keith’s Suspension “To-Do” List…

Tonight’s game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Nashville Predators marks the first game of Hawks’ defenseman Duncan Keith’s five-game suspension. Keith is the type of player who usually spends 25-30 minutes on the ice every night, so he’s not used to suddenly having this much free time on his hands. Fortunately, we’ve gotten a look [...]

LOOKING BACK: “Slap Shot”, 35 Years Later

LOOKING BACK: “Slap Shot”, 35 Years Later

 35 years ago, Universal Pictures took a huge risk. They took an Oscar-winning director, an iconic movie star, and what was to date the most profane, vile, and incredibly hilarious sports-related script to date and sent it out into the world. Director George Roy Hill and Paul Newman had enjoyed great success in their previous [...]

EXCLUSIVE: Inside the GM Meetings

EXCLUSIVE: Inside the GM Meetings

You know, having written for a two-bit hockey website for four years (I know it’s a two-bit site, I pay the bills) I never had any type of access to the inner workings of the game of hockey. Lo and behold, as soon as I cast my lot with a highfalutin’ site like Hockey Independent, [...]

Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here

Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here

Salutations, Hockey Independent readers. Allow me to introduce myself – the name’s Frank Nova. While the name isn’t that familiar to most (truth be told, probably any) of you, you may know me better by my nom de blog “Forklift”, over at Hockeenight. I’ve also shown up a few times in the Committed Indian, and [...]