December 16 2011 02:49PM
Today, CBC hockey analyst Mike Milbury was charged with assault in relation to an incident that occurred with an opposing player as he helped coach his son’s pee wee hockey team.
How serious the incident was is not entirely clear; but from the reports today it sounds like it’s fairly unexceptional hockey parent behaviour. That may change depending on what exactly Milbury said – the reports also indicate he was charged with uttering threats, after all – but everyone who has spent any amount of time around the game has seen, heard or at the very least read about the line-crossing actions of hyper-competitive hockey moms and dads.
The actions alone weren’t the reason the internet quickly filled with Mike Milbury jokes this morning.
December 16 2011 01:00PM
The Good and the Bad of this past week.
It's Friday. So we close out the "Week That Was" with our latest volume of Cheers and Jeers.
This week, I praise AND cut down a member of the Chicago Blackhawks, show some love to a good BC kid and a Russian bizzaronaut, and bodyslam the G Man and Mr Poopy.
December 16 2011 12:00PM
Darren Haydar picked up his 700th career point this week
The Wolves re-found their scoring touch over the past week but the goalies still had to be spectacular. It's the same refrain: if the Wolves score, they tend to win, even if they are struggling in their own end. If they could ever sort things out defensively they'd be the dominant force many were predicting before the season.
December 16 2011 11:45AM
In the first part of a special feature to the Nation Network, we are proud to introduce a guest columnist - WJC Team Canada alumni Brian Sutherby. As a member of the 2002 Silver Medal winning Canadian team, he knows a thing or two about a thing or two. And throughout the 2012 WJC he will be sharing his thoughts on the tournament and memories from his run to the Finals. - WG
December 15 2011 09:06PM
Bieksa Score! Bieksa MAD!
The Canucks again failed to show up for a first period on the road, and even when they did turn it on they played poorly by their standard Thursday. So the result was predictable: another loss on the road to one of the NHL's premiere cellar dwellers. With Daniel Sedin scratched late, the team called up Mark Mancari from the Wolves, and threw Raymond onto the top line, where he was excellent. The Canucks controlled possession, and were the better team at even-strength, however, they couldn't buy a whistle, got mediocre goaltending from Cory Schneider and whiffed on some glorious chances late.
The team better shape up as they roll into their former GM's barn in the center of the Universe on Saturday evening. For a game in mid-December, it's a big one. After all, it's the early game on Hockey Night in Canada, and your author will be in attendance. A more detailed recap, and scoring chance data after the jump.