Author Archives: Dan Breeman

Oh, Canada! Is it still Canada’s game?

Lemieux (l) and Gretzky (r) celebrate at Canada Cup

Lemieux (l) and Gretzky (r) celebrate at Canada Cup

Wayne Gretzky? Check. Gordie Howe? Check. Mario Lemiuex? Check.

While these legendary names say hockey and Canada, all it takes is a quick glance up and down any current NHL roster and a check of birth certificates to understand that the game does not belong exclusively to the folks north of the border anymore. Read more

Can NCAA Division-1 Hockey Boost Coyotes’ Staying Power in Desert?

ASU Sun Devils (thesundevils.com)

ASU Sun Devils (thesundevils.com)

By now, hockey fans are all too familiar with the soap opera that is the Arizona Coyotes. Since moving from Winnipeg in 1996, the National Hockey League franchise has struggled to develop and keep a solid fan base, establish a winning tradition, or simply find a place to call home in the desert. Read more

2015 NHL Draft: As Easy as One, Two…and Three?

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Will Don Maloney make a splash at the draft? (USATI)

The 2015 NHL Draft is now less than one week away, all eyes (and phone inquiries) are likely to be on the Arizona Coyotes, who own the third pick overall. That’s because unless you’ve been living under a Zamboni for the past year or so, the top two selections by the Edmonton Oilers and the Buffalo Sabres, respectively, appear to be locked in place more securely than the holding place for the Chicago Blackhawks’ next Stanley Cup. Read more

Detroit is where Mike Babcock belongs

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock lifts the Stanley Cup - REUTERS/Mike Cassese

Babcock lifts the Stanley Cup – REUTERS/Mike Cassese

The offers, many of them highly lucrative, will undoubtedly come Mike Babcock’s way if they haven’t already. And there are several potential intriguing landing places for the NHL’s current longest tenured head coach, who has guided the Detroit Red Wings for a decade since the 2005 season. Read more

Frozen Four: Can Providence Complete the Dance against Jack Eichel and BU?

Frozen Four Final (Twitter)

Frozen Four Final (Twitter)

Just a few short weeks ago, the Providence Friars were doing the math and crossing its fingers in hopes of simply qualifying for the NCAA Tournament. The last team to receive an at-large bid into the 16-team field only after Minnesota won the Big Ten Tournament, the not-so-little team that could is now just one victory away from its first national championship. Read more

Frozen Four: It’s Go Time

frozenfour_2015_340x190-9462If having Hobey Baker candidates Jack Eichel and the high-scoring Boston University Terriers squaring off against goaltender Zane McIntyre and North Dakota in a highly-anticipated showdown is indeed the Frozen Four main event on Thursday night at TD Garden in Boston (ESPN, 8:30 p.m. EST), then the opening semifinal battle featuring upstarts Providence and Nebraska-Omaha (ESPN, 5 p.m. EST) certainly serves as an appetizing undercard. Read more

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