Category Archives: Hockey Towns

NHL Realignment Delivers the Long Overdue Demolition of the SouthLeast

Though there surely should have been, we had no mayoral proclamation, no triumphant, inspiring oratory from any of our region’s elected officials, Chambers of Commerce, or business luminaries, no acknowledgment of the Great Liberation that uniquely visited Washington this week. … Continue reading

Posted in Gary Bettman, Hockey Towns, Morning cup-a-joe, Much-needed realignment, Southeast Division, The Great Old Patrick Division, Washington Capitals | 6 Comments

Montreal: Hockey’s Highest Hockey Culture

Montreal has many merits, but among my favorite is this: in March, while Washington typically thaws, Montreal remains in a deep freeze. In fact, Monday night Montreal was a scintillatingly shivering 6 degrees. I find myself scanning the world’s weather … Continue reading

Posted in Ben Raby, Canada, Federal News Radio, Hockey Towns, Hockey weather, Montreal, Montreal Canadiens, Morning cup-a-joe, Radio, Toronto | 3 Comments

Taking a Wrecking Ball to Capitals Country Club (Part II)

Back in January 2010, Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, speaking of his team’s American League affiliate in Hershey, told the Patriot News (Pa.), “The excellence with which that organization is run washes up on us.” Umm . . . not . … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, American Hockey League, George McPhee, Hershey Bears, Hockey Towns, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, Ted Leonsis, The Great Old Patrick Division, Washington Capitals | 10 Comments

Cool Print Treatments of Outdoor Hockey’s Enduring Appeal

“The truth is with fickle winter weather and a lack of hockey tradition, real Maryland pond players are as far apart as Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin’s front teeth,” observes Candus Thomson, in her gorgeously written January 30 Baltimore Sun … Continue reading

Posted in Hockey Heroes, Hockey Towns, Media, Outdoor hockey, Print, Shinny | 7 Comments

Meet These Guys Under Mistletoe — If They Change Sweaters

Back by unpopular demand, another view of the Hershey Bears’ Christmas sweater from Sunday night. As this is a family blog, we’re not depicting any images of the accompanying socks.

Posted in American Hockey League, Hershey Bears, Hockey Towns, Sweaters | 5 Comments

Global un-Warming on the Potomac

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Must-see Saturday Night Puck on Long Island? Yes, for Nordiques’ Fans

I love stories like this: tonight the New York Islanders host the vastly improved but still seriously under-loved at home Atlanta Thrashers. As you might imagine, tickets on eBay for this battle not so royale are fetching something less than … Continue reading

Posted in Atlanta Thrashers, contraction, Gary Bettman, Hockey Towns, National Hockey League, New York Islanders, Quebec Nordiques, Quebec the Very Serious Hockey Town, Southeast Division, Washington Capitals | 2 Comments

In Quebec, a Saturday Sea of Blue Bolsters the Call Home for Les Nordiques

While 7,000 or so Washington hockey fans redded-out the D.C. Convention Center Saturday for Capitals Convention II about ten times that number — perhaps more — rallied in support of returning NHL hockey to Quebec City, in what’s quickly become … Continue reading

Posted in Hockey Towns, National Hockey League, Quebec Nordiques, Southeast Division | 1 Comment

A Mid-Summer State of the Bears

Barely a month ago, the town of Hershey was ensconced in celebration.  Again. A fitting conclusion to the best season in AHL history — and arguably one of the greatest in all of hockey — the Bears hoisted the club’s … Continue reading

Posted in American Hockey League, Hershey Bears, Hockey Towns, Minor Pro Hockey, Prospects | 3 Comments

My Kingdom for an Igloo

These are the times that try frozen souls. One hundred and two degrees outside today? And tomorrow? The high in Miami the next few days will be in the 80s. South Florida will be appreciably cooler than D.C. this week. … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Florida Panthers, Hockey Towns, National Hockey League, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals | 4 Comments