Who needs spring when you have playoffs?

Plenty of talking points as the NHL and NBA start their marathons in search of champions

Who needs spring when you have playoffs?April is best known for playoffs and spring. Seeing as how spring has failed to make an appearance so far, we shall content ourselves with the playoffs, National Hockey League and National Basketball Association variety. 1) Under Brendan Shanahan, the Toronto Maple Leafs have done most everything right. Tank. Draft well. Hire the best managers…

Humboldt Broncos tragedy shakes Kindersley

From far and wide, tributes, offers of help and money pour in after devastating accident

Humboldt Broncos tragedy shakes KindersleyKevin McBain of The Clarion In the blink of an eye. Friday, April 6 will be a day that won’t be soon forgotten in Saskatchewan. A tragic accident occurred between a semitrailer and a bus carrying members of the Humboldt Broncos headed to Nipawin for game five of their Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League playoff series.…

Ashton Sautner makes NHL debut

Derek Dorsett nominated for the Bill Masterton Trophy, given to those who demonstrate perseverance and commitment to the game of hockey

Ashton Sautner makes NHL debutClarion staff Huge congratulations to a couple of locals. Ashton Sautner of Flaxcombe played in his first National Hockey League game Sunday for the Vancouver Canucks. [emember_protected for="2" custom_msg='For more on this story, please see the Mar. 28 print edition of The Clarion.'] The 23-year-old defenceman recorded two hits and two blocked shots in the…

On thin ice: the NHL’s Canadian teams are mostly a mess

There's plenty of blame to go around but only one certainty: the nation will rally around the Toronto Maple Leafs – right?

On thin ice: the NHL’s Canadian teams are mostly a messThis has not been a vintage winter for hockey in the country that worships the game. Consider the wreckage: Canada’s National Hockey League stars were not allowed to participate in the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. The Replacements may be a swell movie, but it wasn’t a happy tale for the apple scruffs we…

Skipping Olympics a bridge too far for Bettman?

The NHL commissioner has kept the wolves at bay for years, but this season finds Bettman with nothing new to offer and much to lose

Skipping Olympics a bridge too far for Bettman?Don’t look now but Gary Bettman may be running out of second acts. The National Hockey League commissioner for life has spent a good deal of time pushing off the dodgy reality of his league’s place in the broadcast universe. He’s kept a marginal attraction afloat when ESPN and others ignore the league. But could…

Klippers finish week with win over Bruins

Captain nearing return from injury; cutting back on penalties remains a focus; new additions have an impact; local players shine at showcase

Klippers finish week with win over BruinsKevin McBain of The Clarion The Klippers finished off a three-game Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League road trip Saturday on a positive note, defeating the Estevan Bruins 2-1 on Saturday night, after losing to the Red Wings 3-1 on Friday and to the Bruins 3-2 in overtime last Wednesday. On Tuesday, the Klippers were scheduled to…

An Oil slick of disastrous proportions

There’s a clock ticking on the Oilers’ monopoly on Connor McDavid’s affections

An Oil slick of disastrous proportionsMaybe Edmonton NHL fans should record a song called How Do You Solve A Problem Named The Oilers? Because someone has to figure out what in the name of Bep Guidolin is going on with their hockey team. As we near the all-star break (once called the Olympic break), the hockey heroes from northern Alberta…

Can sports go back to spitballing on the big calls?

Video replay in football is a perfect example of the law of unintended consequences. And each sport has similar problems

Can sports go back to spitballing on the big calls?Al Michaels was nettled. The star NBC announcer had watched yet another officiating tire fire at the end of Saturday’s Los Angeles Rams/Atlanta Falcons playoff game. He asked: Why do the final two minutes of a hockey game take two minutes, but the final two minutes of a National Football League game take 20 minutes…

Luck plays a big part in creating a winning athlete

Fire the coach. Yell at the players to motivate them. Or accept that luck plays a significant role in the outcome, no matter how valiant your efforts

Luck plays a big part in creating a winning athleteNow is the winter of sports discontent. National Football League coaches are being primed for the chop. National Hockey League and National Basketball Association coaches, too, are trying to stay one step ahead of the grim reaper as their teams’ rosy prospects dim. In the NFL, we hear that longtime Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis…

Double D forced to hang up the skates

Back issues force Kindersley product Derek Dorsett to leave the NHL after more than 500 games

Double D forced to hang up the skatesClarion staff Health problems are forcing Kindersley’s Derek Dorsett to hang up his skates. The National Hockey League’s Vancouver Canucks announced last week that due to the health risks associated with playing, the 30-year-old must retire. Dorsett has played 515 NHL games through 10 seasons (with 51 goals and 76 assists for 127 points) with…