By Isabelle Khurshudyan The Washington Post Thu., March 7, 2019 Paul Stewart grew impatient waiting for Katie Guay to feel comfortable making history, so he finally did it for her. The director of officiating for the Eastern College Athletic Conference’s (ECAC) hockey programs, Stewart informed Guay he scheduled her to referee a game between Union and Sacred Heart in 2015. She figured it was a routine women’s college hockey assignment — until he told her it was actually a men’s game, a step she had been reluctant to take. “I don’t know if I’m ready,” she told him. “Now you’re second-guessing me?” he fired back. And just like that, Guay became the first woman to officiate in Division I men’s college hockey. Then last month, she served as a referee for a game between Harvard and Boston College in the Beanpot, the first woman official in the history of the prominent tournament. Might she also … [Read more...] about ‘It doesn’t take an X or a Y chromosome,’ female officials are coming to the NHL
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By Kevin McGran Sports Reporter Fri., Nov. 9, 2018 So how’s this for a statement? “Hockey without fighting does not make any sense.” Got me thinking. The speaker of those words, no doubt fuelled a little bit by a martini or two, was a good friend of mine, about as progressive/liberal a thinker we have at the Toronto Star. And he’s daring me to out him. It’s Vinay Menon – and you all now have to petition him on Twitter to write the “Why I miss fighting in hockey” column. You can tweet him at @vinaymenon but I’m not sure he’ll see it. He hasn’t tweeted since the Obama administration. Probably a mental health thing. Might do me a world of good, too. Menon used to do his own Leafs blog. Here’s a great Leafs piece he wrote on Brian Burke, way back when. Article Continued Below He laid down the gauntlet, saying he knew everything about hockey fights. Growing up, he kept a diary of the … [Read more...] about MAILBAG: Do you miss fighting in hockey?
By Kevin McGran Sports Reporter Sat., March 24, 2018 It’s 9:30 in the morning on a Saturday and Don Cherry is at his home in Mississauga when the phone rings. Cherry answers, as he has for 33 years: “Don’s Bicycle Shop, Big Wheel Don talking.” It’s Ron MacLean the other end, at his home in Oakville. He doesn’t have the foggiest idea why Cherry answers the way he does. But with Cherry — not surprisingly — there’s a story. “You know who told me that? I’ll tell you who told me that. Not to drop names, but I was coaching the Boston Bruins and the phone rang and Bobby Orr was in my office and he picked it up and said, ‘Don’s Bicycle Shop.’ And ever since then, I’ve been fooling around with that. Bobby Orr gave me that.” Cherry and MacLean talk for about a half-hour, supposedly beginning preparations for that evening’s Coach’s Corner, but really just catching … [Read more...] about How Hockey Night in Canada comes together, controlled chaos and all
By Kevin McGran Sports Reporter Fri., March 23, 2018 Let me ask my own question: If the Leafs bow out to the Bruins in the first round, will it be a disappointment? Last year, making the first round was a huge achievement for the Toronto Maple Leafs. That they went out in six games to Washington -- the Presidents Trophy winners -- was beside the point. The Caps were heavily favoured. The playoff appearance was something to build on. Fast forward to this year and the Leafs will face another team that will be favoured, thanks to the wonky divisional playoff system that will see either the third best team in the NHL (Boston), or the sixth-best (Toronto) exit after the first round. A first-round win over Boston would be a step forward, obviously. I am very curious to see how it will be viewed, how it will be framed, if the Leafs lose. Will there be calls for massive change? Will it be a failure of the Shanaplan? Will it be seen as a missed opportunity? Will it be … [Read more...] about MAILBAG: Will the Leafs beat Boston in the first round?
By Stephen Whyno The Associated Press Thu., March 22, 2018 Behind the mask is a mind filled with a web of a thousand thoughts, worries and a singular focus of what it takes to win a game. Then the next game, then the one after that. “There is no shut-off for a goaltender,” retired goalie Brian Boucher said. “The mind doesn’t shut off.” A starting NHL goaltender bears a burden unlike any position in hockey and few others in sports, and the resulting pressure builds up over the course of a season. By this time of year, with the playoffs on the horizon, No. 1 goalies who have grinded through almost six months of work must battle fatigue that threatens to derail their team’s hopes. Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning is going through it for the first time, and 2016 Vezina Trophy-winner Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals is used to it by now. Goalies of all ages have no choice but to manage the physical and mental hurdles. … [Read more...] about NHL starting goalies battle physical, mental fatigue