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Inevitable

So, pretty much, we’re going to have a lockout. I don’t keep up with all the chatter about it, but I was half-praying for a miracle when the first inklings of that horrible word started getting tossed around. Lockout. It’ll be my first. Lucky me. It’s hard not to be pissed off about it and to whom exactly do you aim your ire? The players? The owners? Gary Bettman? (I always have ire for him). Not that it does any good. The fact that there have been two previous lockouts does nothing to ease the rage. I’m so glad there …

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Friends in High Places

One of the cool things about living not in the South is that I run into more people who care about hockey. Sure, it’s still a small number when you compare it to football, but at least here, I can have a decent conversation about the NHL once a week or so. The man who does the marketing at the school I teach at used to work in journalism for the  Columbus Blue Jackets. He was a public relations assistant that helped launch the team in fact. He’s a wealth of information about the ins and outs of that side …

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Reviewing the Good

At the moment, I’m making my way through The Good, the Bad & the Ugly Philadelphia Flyers: Heart-pounding, Jaw-dropping, and Gut-wrenching Moments from Philadelphia Flyers History by NHL.com correspondent and former Philly-area beat writer Adam Kimelman. Right now, it’s all good. Stanley Cups, Broad Street Bullies, the Spectrum. The book reads more like a story than others I’ve read which makes it (to me) easier to digest. I do wish there were pictures of each of the players they mention because well, there’s a lot of names. But the beginnings of the Philadelphia Flyers has a lot of charm and obstacles …

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It Never Ends

Dear Hockey-dom, Students arrived back at school this week. And among those students, is the Toronto Maple Leafs fan. I’ve mentioned him before because he does seem to provide a fair amount of story fodder. Two seconds in seeing him again, he says, “Flyers suck.” If I was a jerk, I would remind him of his team and the lack of playoffs lately for them. But I am his teacher and I’d like to think a very nice person, so I don’t. Same kind of thing the second day (via the chat function on Google docs. The joys of being …

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