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Enjoying hockey in all forms

I will be the first to admit, at some point last week, I walked into the office in the morning and started my day in what has become my tradition, stopping by to say hello to the news editor and to her boss. Her boss was kind enough to remind me that I had made a comment about a week earlier or ...

Super Bowl could be SUPER

In this age of glitter and glamour, it's possible the upcoming Super Bowl game between the Patriots and Falcons may be overshadowed. I would like to think otherwise, but we live in an era where style trumps (no pun intended) substance. Now, the hi-jinx for Super Bowls started many years ...

Building culture

Six years ago, the Michigan Tech Huskies hockey program was a shell of its former glory. Then-head coach Jamie Russell was coming off of a 4-30-4 season in which the Huskies closed the season on a seven-game losing streak. That was after a 15-game losing streak which was part of a larger, ...

Win streak ending means end of era

By the time this column appears in Wednesday's paper, the streak achieved by the Chassell High boys basketball team in 1958 will have been tied. In all likelihood, North Central will have won its 65th straight game (North Central did beat Mid Peninsula 76-24). The powerful Jets can set the ...

Thoughts from the penalty box

Over a weekend that saw the Michigan Tech Huskies hockey team earn four of a possible six points from the Minnesota State Mavericks in a key WCHA series, fans at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena had the opportunity to be witness to the Huskies’ offense breaking out in a big way. The Huskies ...

The slam dunk can change momentum

The dunk shot, with all of its pros and cons, still remains one of the things about basketball that sets it a part from other sports Now, I'm not a big fan of certain kinds of dunking. Mostly the kind practiced in the National Basketball Association where every player seems to auditioning ...

Being old school has boundaries

There's a feeling nowadays that being "old school" is simply a matter of yearning for the past. If that's true, count me in. Now, I was raised in an era when there were no such things as Facebook, Twitter and all that nonsense that has pervaded our society in the past 20 years. Come to ...

Extra excitement brings family together

In the game of hockey, overtime can be one of the most exciting experiences for both players and fans. Over the Christmas holiday season, I had multiple opportunities to either view or listen to overtimes and shootouts between the Great Lakes Invitational and the World Juniors. Each time, I ...

A most unsatisfactory weekend of football

As football weekends go, this past one could only be described as most unsatisfactory. First off, the bowl season started off Friday night with Michigan blowing a game against Florida State. After struggling almost the entire game, UM finally took a lead with two minutes to play. But the ...

2017 prediction: .500 in Motown

With another year just around the corner, there is certain to be endless predictions for Detroit sports teams. With a just a slightly jaundiced viewpoint, I can see a lot of .500 seasons in 2017 for the Red Wings, Pistons, Tigers and Lions. The Red Wings haven't been the same team since ...

Holiday Classic preview: Chasing Hancock

Much has already been made about the Hancock Bulldogs' hockey team's "Black" line of Alex Nordstrom, Teddy Randell and Lance Kangas this season. The trio have the Bulldogs cruising on nearly all cylinders heading into the MacInnes Holiday Classic, which starts Wednesday night. Looking to ...

Don’t bet against North Central

Just the other day, a local sports fan asked me if there was any chance that North Central High boys basketball team might not break Chassell's 65-game win streak. I thought for a moment, then told him there was little or no chance the Jets wouldn't break the esteemed Michigan prep record set ...

Strength of NHL’s Pacific Division

On Friday, a story published on Yahoo's NHL page carried the headline "Sharks happily under the radar and winning after playoff run." I found this story both intriguing and highly disappointing at the same time. As a San Jose Sharks fan, I am happy to see my team at the top of the NHL's ...

What happened to NMU sports?

Just this past weekend, the Northern Michigan University hockey team dropped a pair of home games to Alabama-Huntsville. Now, Huntsville isn't your typical college hockey powerhouse, although they have improved since they went something like 2-35-1 three years ago. But the double defeat ...

Murray having a strong stretch for Hancock

While it would be easy to sit here and write about how impressive the Hancock Bulldogs hockey team's "Black" line of Teddy Randell, Alex Nordstrom, and Lance Kangas is, there is another story which does not garner the same headlines, but might be even more important to the success of the ...

A time to reflect

Walking out of the Student Development Complex on a typically cold and blustery evening this past Saturday, I couldn't help but think about all the good memories I've had covering games there. The memories extend all the way back to the official opening game of the SDC in early December of ...

Blue Jackets streaking

For the past two seasons, the Columbus Blue Jackets have been the NHL's punching bag. Much of it they brought upon themselves through a rash of injuries similar to the one the Green Bay Packers' defense is going through right now. After reaching the playoffs in 2014 and putting an intense ...

Thoughts from the penatly box: Pearson hitting the century mark

Friday night, Michigan Tech head coach Mel Pearson did something only one other coach in Huskies' history had done: earn his 100th career victory. In traditional fashion under Pearson, the historic win was just a footnote of a key sweep by the Huskies over the Lake Superior State ...

Tigers face critical offseason

The Detroit Tigers are facing a critical offseason, one that could well dictate their future for years.The team made a decent run for a playoff spot before falling short in the final weekend when they couldn't win two out of three games against the lowly Atlanta Braves.As for the American ...

Michigan Tech volleyball is for real

Last season, those who followed the Michigan Tech Huskies volleyball team were captivated by their record-setting 10-0 start. Unfortunately, after that exciting beginning, the Huskies struggled to maintain that same level of excitement the rest of the season, going 9-12 over the remaining 21 ...