Claude Julien was the fourth head coach to be fired during the 2016-17 season, this led podcast co-host Carl to ask the following question: In general, does firing a coach mid-season make things better? Mid-season firings are part of sport but the NHL’s GMs seem to drop head coaches with alarming regularity. Since the start of the 2013-14 season, 15 coaches have lost their job mid-season. Specifically Claude Noel, Kevin Dineen, Ron Rolston, Peter Laviolette, Randy Carlyle, Peter DeBoer, Dallas Eakins, Paul MacLean, Mike Yeo, Mike Johnston, Todd Richards, Gerard Gallant, Jack Capuano, Ken Hitchcock and Claude Julien. There’s a perception that bringing in aRead More →

Yesterday was National Women & Girls in Sports Day* so here’s a quick guide to the NHWL and why you should be watching it. Currently playing its second season; The NWHL is North America’s first professional Women’s hockey league.  The National Women’s Hockey League was formed in 2015 and is the first to pay its players and it operates a salary cap system.  The teams compete for the Isobel Cup, appropriately named after Lady Isobel Gathorne-Hardy, daughter of Lord Stanley. The league held an entry draft in 2015 and many of the league’s players have represented their countries at Olympic and other levels. In 2016Read More →