Duthie: Going 1-on-1 with the Maple Leafs' Kris Versteeg

Along with his columns, this season James Duthie will be talking hockey (and other things) with the biggest stars, newsmakers, and characters in the game. This week, Toronto Maple Leafs forward and part-time rapper Kris Versteeg. ...more

Duthie: Going 1-on-1 with Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos

This week, James Duthie begins a new feature on He'll be talking hockey (and other things) with the biggest stars and newsmakers in the game. This week features Lightning forward Steven Stamkos, who is coming off a 51-goal, Rocket Richard Trophy-sharing season. ...more

Duthie: Roberts' training being passed to new stars

Sure, elite athletes are supposed to train hard in the off-season. But as James Duthie notes in his latest column, Steven Stamkos and 24 other young hockey players took it to another level this summer at the School of Robs. ...more

Duthie: Coyotes' Taylor Pyatt discusses tragic accident

It is springtime in Canada, when we inevitably lose our minds about hockey, and talk about wins and losses as if they are life and death. They are, of course, nothing remotely close. And no one knows this better than Taylor Pyatt, a tall, bruising forward for the Phoenix Coyotes. ...more

Duthie: Boyhood pals Duchene and Hodgson now a world apart

You'd be hard-pressed to find two better young men than Matt Duchene and Cody Hodgson. But one is skating on clouds, playing big minutes on the NHL's surprise team while the other is at home, off skates until a doctor says otherwise, thinking next year can't come soon enough. ...more

Duthie: Premature Evaluation: An Embarrassing Problem

Yes, we sports fans suffer from the embarrassing medical condition known as Premature Evaluation (PE). One week into the NHL season and we residents of Hockeynation are already pretty sure of a few things. ...more

Duthie: The Wonder Years

Ideally, columnists and commentators (not to mention those disturbed creatures who attempt to do both) are supposed to provide answers. But this time of year, with 16 hockey teams about to start from scratch, there are none. Only questions. And so we are left to wonder. Which is what makes the playoffs great. For wondering is…wonderful. ...more

This Dog's Life

The greatest athlete I ever saw, pound for pound, slept beside my bed and drank out of my toilet. His size and spunk immediately reminding me of Tanner Boyle, the short-tempered shortstop from the original Bad News Bears movie. And so he would become Tanner, aka, "The Wonder Dog." ...more

Duthie: Geno comes out of the shadows

His Pittsburgh Penguin teammates call him "Geno", but there are a few other appropriate nicknames for Evgeni Malkin. Like, say: Robin, Garfunkel, Mr. Smithers, Ed McMahon (or Andy Richter, if you want to be more current). Malkin has spent the first three years of his brilliant young NHL career being hockey's ultimate second fiddle. ...more

Duthie: Mr. Kilrea's Opus

Hmm, this is a problem. How do you write an accurate Brian Kilrea tribute when all the good stories have too many expletives to repeat? If they ever film "The Brian Kilrea Story", HBO will be the only option. ...more

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