From the Archives: Overtime and Split Gates Divide Owners
Overtime or not? That was the question when the Lords of Hockey convened at Manhattan's Park Lane Hotel on Dec. 11, 1952. And it was an important issue; especially to teams in Boston, New York and Chicago, writes Stan Fischler.
Bluelines: There's a Powerhouse Hidden Behind the Palm Trees
From a purely hockey perspective, Florida is a scary place to visit and not because of the Gators; but because of those nasty, skating-in-your-face, refuse-to-disappear Panthers.
From The Archives: Red Wings First Team to Win Eight Straight in Playoffs
When the Red Wings broke a record in 1952, Stan Fischler was there to witness it. He shares his thoughts on one of the proudest moments in Detroit's hockey history.
Fischler Report: Why the New York Rangers Need a Captain
The Rangers have all the ingredients for a Stanley Cup team, except one key piece. Stan Fischler looks at that, continues his chat with Doc Emrick, shares more thoughts on the NHL on TV and more.
From the Archives: Maurice Richard's Greatest Goal
If you're wondering why the National Hockey League presents an annual Maurice Richard Trophy, Stan Fischler is here to present why.
Bluelines: Quick! Someone Invent a New Goalie Machine; It's Needed!
NHL goalies either are going down left and right, or being sidelined by attrition, salary cap-ism or some other insane issue. Stan Fischler shares his thoughts on goaltending, Jack Hughes, Alex Ovechkin, Cale Makar and more in this week's Bluelines column.
From the Archives: A Clamor for Three Referees in the NHL
The NHL moved to a double-referee system for 1998-99, but it wasn't the first time such a change was considered. Stan Fischler looks back at an idea thrown around back in 1952.
Fischler Report: The Crowded Race That Not Even You Can Figure Out
The toughest awards race to call in the NHL right now is for the Adams Award as coach of the year. Stan Fischler gives his top choices and more in this week's Fischler Report.
Bluelines: Why the Leafs Will Win the Stanley Cup
The way the season is going, Stan Fischler believes the Toronto Maple Leafs will finally break the long-standing playoff curse. He gives his reasons why, talks about the Olympics and has a lesson for Jon Cooper in this week's Bluelines column.
Fischler Report: Challenges Are Nothing New for the NHL
Throughout history, the NHL has had to deal with a little bit of everything -- wars, lockouts and such -- and the COVID-19 pandemic is nothing different.
From the Archives: 1951 Leafs Go to the Movies and Win the Cup
Today, NHL teams have video review departments to go over games and analyze plays. But back in the 1950s, Conn Smythe got the whole concept started – and it worked, even with some hilarious hiccups along the way.
Fischler Report: Hey, Goalies! Time to Wise Up and Ditch the Butterfly
The butterfly goalie style is an unmitigated disaster because it inherently forces goalies into contortions that damage the groin area not to mention – as Ben Bishop notes – the knees. Maybe goalies need to rethink the position.
Bluelines: Butting Heads Over NHL Olympic Participation
We all know that Connor McDavid and his Brotherhood of Stickhandlers want to play in the Olympics. Whatever the final decision, we can only hope that it results in the good of the game. Stan Fischler discusses that and much more in this week's Bluelines column.
Fischler Report: Give the Refs a Break, Already!
Rod Brind'Amour isn't alone with his ref-rage. It's as commonplace now as it was when Hall of Famer Patrick wrote that missive to then-president Frank Calder. The difference, of course, is that contemporary officiating is far more complicated than it's ever been.
Bluelines: Connecting Connor McDavid to Hockey Legends
In this week's Bluelines piece with Stan Fischler, he compares Connor McDavid to some of the greatest of all-time, discusses how to enjoy watching the Leafs, weighs in on Montreal's GM search and more.
From the Archives: The Day Max Bentley Joined the Toronto Maple Leafs
A young Stan Fischler remembers the day his favorite NHL player joined his favorite NHL team and how Max Bentley became a big contributor for the Leafs.
Stan Fischler: How I Came to Know and Love The Hockey News
Stan Fischler has seen just about everything in his hockey writing career. He's joining the team now, and he shares his memories of reading the magazine throughout his life.