Covering Olympic hockey for IIHF.com

Covering the Olympics for IIHF.com is going to keep me very busy for the rest of February. In fact, it already is, and we haven’t dropped the first puck yet.

Check out some of my latest pieces on the joy of jerseys, the historical home ice advantage for Canada’s women, and all the things to do in Vancouver beyond the rinks.

I also did a feature for the Georgia Straight, identifying 10 ways this Olympic hockey tournament will differ from previous ones.

Devils hopelessly misguided in Kovalchuk deal

What is Lou Lamoriello thinking?
When the New Jersey Devils general manager acquired sniper Ilya Kovalchuk from the Atlanta Thrashers on February 4, he made the following statement during a conference call about the blockbuster deal: “He [Kovalchuk] can do things that a lot of people can’t do, and put him into our lineup, he will […]

The Best Draft Ever?

Originally published in Prospects Hockey in 2009
By Lucas Aykroyd
The world was a tumultuous place in 1979. The Iranian Revolution, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and the Three Mile Island nuclear accident made headlines. But the annual NHL draft offered a ray of light for hockey fans with an unprecedented influx of talent, mostly from the […]

Sam Gagner preps for new season

Originally published in Eishockey News in 2009
By Lucas Aykroyd
Sam Gagner has a long way to go to catch up with his father Dave. To be precise, Sam trails by 791 career NHL games and 629 points. But the 20-year-old Edmonton Oilers center is gradually learning what it’ll take to match the consistency of the senior […]

London wins inaugural Euro-Can Cup

Originally published in Eishockey News in 2009
By Lucas Aykroyd
The London Pro Knights beat Switzerland’s EV Zug 7-4 on August 31 to win the final of the inaugural Euro-Can Cup. Hosted in London, Canada, the week-long, eight-game tournament also featured Austria’s Black Wings Linz and EHC Munchen of Germany’s 2nd Bundesliga, which finished third and fourth […]

Do deadline deals make a difference?

Originally published in Eishockey News in 2009
By Lucas Aykroyd
Nowadays, in a hockey-mad country like Canada, the NHL trade deadline gets the kind of news coverage more typically associated with giant earthquakes and Beatles reunions. On March 4 this year, TSN and Sportsnet, the two dedicated cable TV sports networks, went head-to-head as usual with hours […]

Stamkos starting to shine for Tampa Bay

Originally published in Eishockey News in 2009
By Lucas Aykroyd
If you compare the first NHL season of Steven Stamkos to the rookie campaigns of other recent top draft picks like Alexander Ovechkin (2004) or Sidney Crosby (2005), it might seem like a failure. But as the 2008-09 regular season heads toward its conclusion, the 19-year-old Tampa […]

Canucks finding their form in February

Originally published in Eishockey News in 2009
By Lucas Aykroyd
In January, the Vancouver Canucks looked like they were about to freeze to death. In February, the club has begun to smell as sweet as springtime flowers.
After an overtime loss to the Minnesota Wild on January 31, the Canucks had truly hit rock bottom, registering their ninth […]

Luongo injury could determine Vancouver’s fate

Originally published in Eishockey News in 2008
By Lucas Aykroyd
When Roberto Luongo strained his groin while making a routine save on Pittsburgh defenseman Philippe Boucher on November 22, Vancouver Canucks fans had genuine reason for concern.
Their superstar captain has amassed 11 wins, five losses, and two ties for his team so far this year, along with […]

A History of Success

Originally published in the official 2009 World Junior Program
From the 19th century to the 21st, Ottawa’s hockey heritage is legendary
By Lucas Aykroyd
Even if it was just about checking birth certificates, Ottawa’s contribution to hockey history would be huge. Dozens of NHLers were born in the host city for the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship, […]