Veteran broadcaster Mike Toth is a freelance journalist in Toronto. He currently serves as the sports insider on the Global Television Morning Show and was a longtime sportscaster on TSN, Rogers Sportsnet, The Fan 590 and Newstalk 1010. Coaching and watching his two sons in the minor hockey ranks, Mike writes for HockeyNow about his views on the game and his life behind the bench and up in the stands in his weekly "The Cornered Coach" blog.
They know. When contacting the players who win the HockeyNow Minor Hockey Player of the Year awards, one fact clearly stands out.
You have to be of a certain vintage to remember 'Waikiki Hockey.' But check it out on YouTube, you crazy kids, and you'll be amazed to watch Wayne Gretzky, complete with an Elvis-style pompadour, starring in the campy skit featured on a famous 1989 edition of "Saturday Night Live."
One of the big benefits of living in a Canadian city that's located a stone's throw from the American border? The option of checking in with U.S. sports radio while you're driving your little tykes to the rink. In Toronto, we're fortunate to be able to tune into WGR Sports Radio from Buffalo.
"You don't know Jack!" Actually, if you hung around Toronto rinks last season and paid attention to the goings-on of the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL), there's a pretty good chance you do know something about Jack.
At the tender age of 22, Sean Monahan has already put together an impressive hockey résumé. A first round pick of the Ottawa 67's in 2010, the Brampton, Ontario native son was eventually bestowed with the honour of captaining the legendary OHL franchise.
We All know that famous insurance advertisement: "You're in good hands with Allstate." Well, it turns out young Canadian hockey goalies are in good hands with Brathwaite. 44-year-old Ottawa native son Fred Brathwaite is Team Canada's goaltending coach for the upcoming World Junior tournament, which is being cohosted by Toronto and Montreal.
It's not difficult to find successful people in the game of hockey. Sidney Crosby is coming off one of the best year's of his hockey life, capturing a Stanley Cup, a Conn Smythe trophy, a World Cup and a tournament MVP award.
The opening face-off. You can feel the anticipation in the air as a pair of steely-eyed centres square off on a pristine sheet of ice, ready for the start of a brand new game.
For the third time in hockey history the NHL Draft is shuffling off to Buffalo, with the big show slated for June 24th and 25th. In 1991, "The Big E" hit "The Big B,” as Eric Lindros was selected first overall at the first-ever NHL draft in Buffalo.
"Hockey... Here's Howe!" That was the title of a 1963 book that I took home from the school library dozens of times. It was an instructional guide written by Gordie Howe that contained a bunch of great hockey tips from Mr. Hockey himself.
I've got all the time in the world for Peter DeBoer. Prior to becoming a talented NHL bench boss, DeBoer had a tremendous run in the OHL, highlighted while serving as coach and general manager of the Kitchener Rangers when they captured the Memorial Cup in 2003.
Does he have a steady girlfriend? What are his hobbies and interests away from the rink? Would he vote for Donald Trump? These are some of the questions about Sidney Crosby, a notoriously private hockey superstar, that we don't have definitive answers for.
A football, a few baseball gloves and a pile of tennis balls. Not the collection of sports paraphernalia you might expect at a typical minor hockey practice. But with a lengthy season that seems to get longer every year, a coach sometimes has to shake things up to prevent tired young players from suffering a case of “hockey burnout.”
In his fourth season as head coach of the Western Hockey League’s Victoria Royals, Dave Lowry developed his coaching chops in Calgary. He worked as an assistant and head coach with the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen and as an assistant coach with the NHL’s Calgary Flames.
A 16-year-old Wayne Gretzky lighting it up in Montreal, leading the 1978 tournament in scoring with an amazing 17 points in six games. John Slaney, firing home the "shot heard 'round the country", as Canada beat the Russians to claim gold in Saskatoon in 1991.
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