Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Maple Leafs can't let toxic environment dictate process

About three years ago, the Toronto Maple Leafs fired head coach Ron Wilson after what was coined by former general manager Brian Burke as "An 18-wheeler going right off a cliff"; in the midst of that madness, I wrote this piece -- which is still the most viewed column in Feels Like '93's history -- and considered it the lowest point in my time following the hockey club. 

Monday, December 22, 2014

Brandon Prust on 100 career points, fighting, and reaching veteran status in the NHL (Feels Like '93 exclusive)

Undrafted in junior to NHL vet, it's been a long road for Habs forward Brandon Prust
(Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

It's been a month of milestones for Brandon Prust, who played his 400th game on December 12th against the Los Angeles Kings, then recorded his 100th point on a goal Saturday night against the Ottawa Senators. Only, when he scored, it was the second time that Prust celebrated. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

MacTavish's transactions set Eakins up to fail

Oil gonna Oil...

News broke Monday that Edmonton had fired head coach Dallas Eakins, ending a tenure that saw the Oilers go 36-63-14 -- a winning percentage of .381 -- and currently find themselves sitting at the bottom of the NHL standings.

After a horrid start to the 2014-15 season, general manager Craig MacTavish held a press conference on December 5th saying he wouldn't make any knee-jerk moves and that the players "would be held accountable". 10 days later, Eakins is gone. 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Observations on the Leafs, Jays, and Raptors: December 12

After making the move to Toronto for college, it's impossible not to see the massive hype around professional sports in the city. 24/7 sports talk radio, free copies of the Toronto Star and National Post at school, combined with studying journalism and analyzing the news on a day-to-day basis has given me a front-row seat to the attention that the Maple Leafs, Raptors, Blue Jays, F.C., and hell, even the Marlies receive. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Remembering Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn joined the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1998
I came home for lunch one spring afternoon in 2006, heading straight to the living room to prepare my 12 o'clock routine. I turned on the television and flipped through the channels, searching for my go-to sports highlight package that recapped the previous night. The last few years leading up to that point were an on-the-fly evolution of sports fandom that defined my childhood. The days of Monday Night Raw and dressing up as Stone Cold Steve Austin for Halloween were over; my evenings were now spent watching hockey with my dad, learning the names of the stars that played the game, and dipping my toes in the waters of the other professional sports that made up North America.