Former Maple Leaf Eddie Shack Dies Aged 83

Ben Hamill - July 29, 2020

Former NHL veteran player and Maple Leaf Eddie Shack has died, Toronto announced on Twitter on the weekend. Shack was 83. Known for his colourful antics on and off the ice, his bruising playing style, off-beat skating gait, and huge pers...Read More

Domi To Enter Into Pre-Season Waiting Period

Ben Hamill - July 14, 2020

Training camp for the National Hockey League’s long-awaited return gets underway on Monday, but Montreal Canadiens forward Max Domi won’t be joining in – not immediately, in any event. Domi, who has Type 1 diabetes and c...Read More

NHL Shed Light On How The Season Will Work

Ben Hamill - July 08, 2020

It should be a relief to many that labour peace finally appears within reach within the ranks of the National Hockey League. The NHL and NHLPA (National Hockey League Players’ Association) earlier on this week announced having tenta...Read More

Vancouver Off NHL’s List Of Hub Cities

Ben Hamill - June 29, 2020

Choosing an NHL hub city at the time of a health crisis is, to say the least, precarious business. A concern over public health and safety is also the main reason behind the NHL’s decision not to include Vancouver on the list of hub...Read More

Canadian National Hockey Star Haley Irwin Retires

Ben Hamill - June 05, 2020

Canadian women’s national hockey team forward and two-time Olympic gold medallist Haley Irwin is retiring from national pro-hockey. The 31-year-old Thunder Bay, Ontario, native during her career playing Canadian pro-hockey compiled ...Read More

Betting Lines Changed After NHL Announcement

Ben Hamill - June 02, 2020

The recent confirmation received from Commissioner Gary Bettman regarding a changed-format season return plan to be applied to the remainder of the 2019-2020 season is having far-reaching consequences, including major changes to NHL bett...Read More

Bettman Reveals NHL Season Finale Format

Ben Hamill - May 28, 2020

The NHL’s Gary Bettman has reached an agreement with the Players’ Association (NHLPA) regarding the way forward for a possible season finale. The format will involve a 24-team playoff specifically designed so as to lead up to...Read More

Canucks Willing To Host Games Without Fans

Ben Hamill - May 07, 2020

While current circumstances remain far too volatile for actual in-person fan attendance, Canucks top doc Dr. Bonnie Henry is of the opinion that there may be a fine alternative to be found in terms of broadcast games being a solution to t...Read More

NHL Latest To Join The eSports Revolution

Ben Hamill - April 28, 2020

Present-day challenges have all but hastened the pace and extent of the digital revolution. It’s become increasingly clearer that the world needs an alternative to in-person professional sports leagues and that eSports is that alter...Read More

Cosmopolitan Drops $500k Suit Against Kane

Ben Hamill - April 14, 2020

The ’s Evander Kane is no goodie shoes. In fact, he’s exactly the opposite. And so, when in November last year the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino in Last Vegas instituted a lawsuit against the left winger for some $500,000 in...Read More

NHL Considers Resuming Play In Empty Arenas

Ben Hamill - April 08, 2020

Change is tough. And uncertainty a many-headed monster. Whilst it’s true that restoring at least some form of order and familiarity to the will bring about not only a measure of financial stability in world sports, but also provide...Read More

Jay Bouwmeester On The Mend Says Blues Cap

Ben Hamill - April 02, 2020

When St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester collapsed on the bench early in February during a game against the Anaheim Ducks, many feared for the worst. But according to Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo, Bouwmeester appears to be out of...Read More

Workers Say CSEC Move A Slap In The Face

Ben Hamill - March 18, 2020

The Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation took quite a bit of rap over the weekend on social media following a prior announcement and email to hourly staff informing of the fact that in view of a possible full-on season suspension...Read More

Deslauriers Pulls Hat Trick Win For Anaheim

Ben Hamill - March 12, 2020

He’s no stranger to grinding down the centre and raising mayhem on the enforcement front. And so, Nicolas Deslauriers would in all likelihood have laughed at a suggestion that his Anaheim left wing antics would one day ensure his en...Read More

No More Skate-In-The-Air Rule For NHL

Ben Hamill - March 07, 2020

The has spoken: the time has come to do away with the old skate-in-the-air rule. According to Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Kris King, the general consensus among NHL GMs is that many a good hockey goal has been shot down be...Read More

The Canucks Celebrate 17 Seasons Of Sedin

Ben Hamill - February 15, 2020

Their unique chemistry was more often than not after a time lost on all who cheered them on. The fact that they were brothers playing for the same team initially seemed to border on the miraculous, but this too soon enough become just an...Read More

Coronavirus May Cause NHL Gear Shortage

Ben Hamill - February 14, 2020

It’s the unfolding of a plot not all that different to having read an entire mystery drama and with only five pages remaining in the book, there being not even the hint of an indication of how the author could possibly tie together ...Read More

Bieber & Binnington To Play For Charity

Ben Hamill - January 06, 2020

Ontario native and superstar pop sensation Justin Bieber made the best of his time of having been “home for the holidays”, and in true NHL style too. Bieber celebrated the last stretch of 2019 by not only announcin...Read More

Why Everyone’s Looking At NHL Coach-Player Dynamics

Ben Hamill - December 19, 2019

Coach-player interaction within the ranks of the NHL is in the spotlight following a series of potentially reputation-damaging events and revelations. Bill Peters buckled under the heat a short while ago and supposedly...Read More

PWHPA Waiting For The NHL World To Change

Ben Hamill - November 12, 2019

None of the members of the Professional Women’s Hockey Players’ Association (PWHPA) will be playing in North America in the 2019/2020 season. And as to why the some 200 players are having no supposed qualms sacrifi...Read More

NHL’s Evander Kane Sued By Cosmopolitan Casino

Ben Hamill - November 10, 2019

The NHL’s Evander Kane is allegedly not all that fond of paying his dues. This is according to the details of a lawsuit actioned by the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The San Jose Sharks forward appare...Read More

Ethan Bear Commits To The NHL

Ben Hamill - November 06, 2019

Edmonton Oilers defenseman Ethan Bear knows that change has to come from within; from a personal decision. The 22-year-old recalls a particularly difficult season with American Hockey League team Bakersfield Condors. T...Read More

Toronto Maple Leafs Save Kid’s Birthday

Ben Hamill - November 05, 2019

What had started out as a particularly dismal birthday celebration is about to be transformed into arguably the best party that 11-year-old Kade Foster has ever had, or even will have in future. When Kade’s dad Jason...Read More

John Tavares Named New Maple Leafs Captain

Ben Hamill - October 06, 2019

John Tavares never envisioned a “C” appearing on his jersey back in the days when playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs was but a dream. But life has a way of topping our dreams and desires and Tavares, for one, can ...Read More

Tkachuk Becomes Calgary Flames’ Top Earner

Ben Hamill - September 27, 2019

Matthew Tkachuk is Calgary Flames’ highest-paid player. This following Calgary having re-signed the NHL player to a 3-year contract valued at a fantastic $21 million. According to the information released about the f...Read More

Brock Boeser Signs 3-Year Deal With Canucks

Ben Hamill - September 19, 2019

Brock Boeser will be Canuck-ing it up for 3 more years. The restricted free agent has signed a 3-year extension deal to the tune of US$17,625M with the Vancouver Canucks. The 22-year-old forward was forced to miss trai...Read More

Mitch Marmer Glaringly Absent At Leafs Golf Day

Ben Hamill - September 13, 2019

Mitch Marmer leaves a gaping hole. When he isn’t in the mix, that is. Marmer was glaringly absent at Toronto’s recent annual golf tournament. But it was expected as such in camp Maple Leafs. Marmer is after all a c...Read More

Bo Horvat Ready To Take the Reigns

Ben Hamill - September 09, 2019

The Vancouver Canucks are currently sans captain, but 24-year-old Bo Horvat says that if the stars were to so decide, he is able and willing to take on the responsibility of wearing the “C” on his attire. It would ...Read More

Current NHL CBA To Run Its Course

Ben Hamill - September 06, 2019

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has decided to shake the labour plague by having opted in on a cease-fire of sorts. Labour issues have afflicted the league ever since Bettman joined its ranks in 1993 and so the irony of ...Read More

Markov Wants To Return “Home” To Montreal

Ben Hamill - August 11, 2019

Russian national and NHL star-player Andrei Markov is a man on a mission. Markov left the Canadiens two years ago but has now set his hopes on making a return to Montreal. He hopes to be offered a 1- year contract by a...Read More

The Oilers May Find A Saviour In Ken Holland

Ben Hamill - August 05, 2019

Money talks. And $25 million in the bank is enough to more than just budge the immovable object. Or at least it is in Edmonton-Oilers-valley. But then again, moving from a pretty cushiony job onto a rock-hard Oilers to...Read More

Casino Owner Buys The Arizona Coyotes

Ben Hamill - July 01, 2019

Las Vegas casino owner and businessman Alex Meruelo is officially the first Latino to have purchased a National Hockey League team. This following the National Hockey League (NHL) having granted Meruelo its official ap...Read More

Pettersson Wins Rookie Of The Year Trophy

Ben Hamill - June 26, 2019

Elias Pettersson has become the first Canuck to win the prestigious NHL’s Calder Trophy for rookie of the year in almost 3 decades of NHL history. The 20-year-old Swede and Vancouver Canucks centre staked out his cla...Read More

Raptors Now Most Profitable Team In Canada

Ben Hamill - June 14, 2019

In 2014 Forbes valued the Toronto Raptors at $520 million. But a lot has changed since 2014 and so has that particular figure because as it stands right now, team Raptors is worth more than Kylie Jenner. The official f...Read More

Tiidal Gaming Selects Modano As Ambassador

Ben Hamill - May 13, 2019

Canadian eSports giant Tiidal Gaming Group has a new investor and brand-ambassador, and its none other than NHL star and one of hockey’s ultimate hall of famer’s, Mike Modano. Modano is one of the most celebrated players ever ...Read More

Women’s Hockey League Wants In On NHL

Ben Hamill - May 12, 2019

The United States Women’s Hockey League wants to be officially incorporated with the NHL. And to show that they’re quite serious about the matter, captain Meghan Duggan and 200 of her fellow players have decided to...Read More

Clever Weber Ad Revisits 2016 NHL Trade

Ben Hamill - April 18, 2019

Downtown Montreal is abuzz with speculation after a life-sized billboard advertising Weber Grills at the Ville-Marie Expressway appeared to have sprung up out of nowhere. The billboard forms part of Weber’s latest Qu...Read More

William Hill US To Sponsor NHL

Ben Hamill - April 04, 2019

London’s William Hill is one of the few operators whose name is linked almost exclusively to sports betting. William Hill is a bookie first and an online casino operator second. The sports betting giant last Thursday revealed via a ...Read More

Toronto’s Auston Matthews Makes The Big 100

Ben Hamill - February 22, 2019

It’s a great occasion to be responsible for leading your team to a golden victory, but it’s the making of a legendary year when during that same game, you reach one of the NHL’s most celebrated career-milestones:...Read More

Auston Matthews Signs 5 Year Maple Leaf Contract

Ben Hamill - February 11, 2019

Star-center Auston Matthews says that he is proud to be a Maple Leaf. Matthews has just signed a 5-year extension contract with the team, just shy of his becoming a restricted free agent on July 1st. But listening to Matthews d...Read More

NHL Season Heads In To Last 10 Weeks

Ben Hamill - February 05, 2019

Now that its all-star break has concluded, the National Hockey League’s regular season has just 10 weeks remaining. The Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets and Calgary Flames are among the league’s most powerful gro...Read More

Crosby Dubbed NHL’s New All-Star Game MVP

Ben Hamill - February 01, 2019

Canadian hockey star and Olympic gold medalist Sidney Crosby has been named the most valuable player (MVP) of the National Hockey League All-Star Game for the very first time in his career at the NHL. Crosby, who origi...Read More

Canadian Sports Predictions For 2019

Ben Hamill - January 08, 2019

With the start of a new year comes another twelve action-packed months for the world of Canadian sports. 2019 will no doubt be filled with new possibilities, big hopes and dreams, successes, heartbreaks, and everything...Read More

Steven Stamkos Hits 700 Points

Ben Hamill - December 15, 2018

A hat trick, a 700 points career personal best, and a 7-in-a-row victory sprint for your team. This is what happens when one finds one’s “groove”, according to Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper. Cooper was of course ref...Read More

US Sports Leagues Embrace A New World

Ben Hamill - December 07, 2018

A gold rush. This is how Sharon Otterman, Chief Marketing Officer for major bookmaker William Hill, describes the scramble by professional sports leagues to get a spot on the sports betting bus. These are the very same...Read More

Abuse Allegations Surface Against the OHL

Ben Hamill - December 03, 2018

According to David Branch, the commissioner of the Ontario Hockey League, his organization has failed the players it sought to protect. According to Branch, he had no idea how bad the hazing was for iconic players like Daniel Carcillo. C...Read More

NHL Open To Cannabis Treatments

Ben Hamill - November 03, 2018

As of October 17, 2018, recreational marijuana use is now legal across Canada. Interestingly, the NHL has one of the most lenient cannabis policies of any major team sports in North America – but when combined, those...Read More

Seminole Hard Rock Hosts Rock ‘N’ Roll Open

Ben Hamill - November 01, 2018

This November, the Florida-based Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino will act as the host of the Seminole Hard Rock ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open’ with the assistance of the World Poker Tour (WPT). The 2018 edition of...Read More

Rio Casino May Become an MLB Ballpark

Ben Hamill - October 16, 2018

The focus of the rumor mill in Las Vegas lately has been the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino, located off-Strip, and best known to Canadians as the home of the Nevada leg of the . Rekindled reports abou...Read More

NHL Goalie Equipment Shrinks

Ben Hamill - October 03, 2018

NHL goalies are going to have to keep their reflexes sharp or toughen up. Their equipment has become the most recent to change since the hockey league began streamlining players’ gear. The thinking behind the shrinkage...Read More

Brian Gionta Retires From NHL

Ben Hamill - September 27, 2018

Former captain of the legendary Canadiens Brian Gionta has officially announced his retirement as an NHL player after a rich 16-year career. Gionta will now return to the Buffalo Sabres as a part-time devel...Read More

NBC Shakes Up NHL Television Schedule

Ben Hamill - September 20, 2018

NHL, or the National Hockey League, is widely seen as the staple of Canadian sports entertainment. In fact, the reputation is so widely imprinted that when most think of Canada, ice, skates and fistfights are normally not far behind. Whi...Read More

US Leagues Call for Betting Integrity Fee

Ben Hamill - August 13, 2018

According to new reports, New York could become the first American state to regulate its through a clause involving a specialized fee. This proposed fee, dubbed an ‘integrity fee’ by its attached legislative bill, would be pa...Read More

Nylander In It For The Long Haul

Ben Hamill - August 12, 2018

William Nylander, the restricted free agent who is the first of the Maple Leaf team’s younger starts to play out a deal at the entry level, has made it more than clear that he would prefer to stick with Toronto for the near future. It is ...Read More

NHL’s Jarome Iginla Hangs Up His Skates

Ben Hamill - August 09, 2018

Jarome Iginla had always dreamed of winning a Stanley Cup, throughout the duration of his career in the National Hockey League while playing with the Calgary Flames and even since leaving the team in his twilight years. The closest the f...Read More