Voices of the Nation


Fatherhood is a blessing

I was 27 years old. I was in my second semester of the Radio & Television Arts Program at NAIT. It was a Friday evening and my good friend Jeff and I had gone to the Oilers preseason game, and then out on the town for some fun. We met up with our regular crew…


Lazar looking for an opportunity

Curtis Lazar had a fantastic WHL career with the Edmonton Oil Kings. He went to the Memorial Cup as a rookie in 2012. In 2013, he lost in the WHL final to Portland, and in 2014 he returned to the Memorial Cup and won.  He scored 99-69-168 in three seasons with the Oil Kings and…


NHL Review System needs an Overhaul

“After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Referee determined that the actions of Edmonton’s Darnell Nurse caused Anaheim’s Ryan Kesler to contact Talbot before the puck crossed the goal line. The decision was made in accordance with Note 2 of Rule 78.7 (ii) which states, in part, “that the goal…


A New World is Coming

Much like with any home, there comes a time when you have to throw some paint on the walls, replace broken fixtures, pull up the carpet, Febreze the place and do whatever you can to upgrade your living space. Why am I talking about renovations on a sports website? Well… Because, today, I’m here to tell…


Around The Pacific: San Jose rising

This is a weekly feature in which I’ll look at the performances and narratives of the teams in the Pacific Division.  Things have stayed largely the same in the Pacific Division, with the Kings sitting comfortably at the top, the Coyotes buried deep in the basement, and a jumble in the middle featuring the underachieving Oilers…


Nation Notebook: The aftermath of the Duchene trade

This a weekly feature that rounds up news, rumours, and interesting things happening around the NHL.  Last weekend, the Colorado Avalanche finally pulled the trigger on a deal involving Matt Duchene. The third overall pick from the 2009 draft has been wanting out of Colorado since last Christmas, and it was expected he would be…


Around The Pacific: The Coyotes finally won a game

This is a weekly feature in which I’ll look at the performances and narratives of the teams in the Pacific Division.  It took them nearly a month, but the Arizona Coyotes are in the win column. They’ve got a ways to go before they can catch the logjam of teams in the middle of the standings,…


Flames recall Gillies on emergency basis, no hearing for Giordano

After suffering a lower-body injury last night against the Anaheim Ducks, Chad Johnson has returned to Calgary for further evaluation. In lieu of the injury, the Flames recalled Jon Gillies from the Stockton heat on emergency basis. In his second full season with the Heat, Gillies has posted a 2.95 GAA and a .909 SV%….


Coyotes trade Stone to Flames for picks

Michael Stone is going to CAL for a third and a conditional 5th, pending no surprises — Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) February 20, 2017 Third-rounder is 2017. 5th is in 2018 if he re-signs in CAL. ARIZ retains 50 per cent of salary — Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) February 20, 2017 Michael Stone is now a Calgary…


The Nation Notebook: Roster Cuts, St. Louis Injuries, and PTOs.

‎The Nation Network Notebook is a regular feature that rounds up interesting news, stories, and rumours from around the NHL that don’t quite deserve their own article.  The regular season is just a few days away. Some 2017 draftees, including Nico Hischier and Nolan Patrick, are on track to make their NHL rosters. Jaromir Jagr…