Joe Murphy was selected No. 1 overall in the NHL draft. Then he became homeless.

Joe Murphy was selected No. 1 overall in the NHL draft. Then he became homeless.

KENORA, Ontario — Joe Murphy hunches over, unable to speak, unable to respond.   His eyes float to the back of his head. His forehead creases with wrinkles. Frozen in place.  Still strong and athletic, the muscles in his arms tense. His hands contort, his fingers curl and lock in place, becoming…

League finally gets punishment right for longtime NHL goon

League finally gets punishment right for longtime NHL goon

Welcome back for another season of The Backcheck, where apparently we have walked into an alternate NHL reality where Tom Wilson is actually handed a lengthy suspension for doing something completely in line with his regular, buffoonish behavior. For all the bad…

Ex-NHL goalie Ray Emery dead after swimming accident

Ex-NHL goalie Ray Emery dead after swimming accident

Former NHL goaltender Ray Emery has drowned in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario. He was 35. Hamilton Police said Emery was identified as the victim of the swimming accident Sunday morning. Staff sergeant Paul Evans said police received a call just after…

Ranking the greatest saves in Stanley Cup playoff history

Ranking the greatest saves in Stanley Cup playoff history

It was a spectacular save all right, perhaps to be remembered as the series-changing event that kick-started the Capitals to their first Stanley Cup championship. But only recency bias (or in this case, immediacy bias) can account for folks calling Braden Holtby’s lunging…

What was Team USA thinking in hiring Vanbiesbrouck? Or was it?

What was Team USA thinking in hiring Vanbiesbrouck? Or was it?

USA Hockey’s decision to make John Vanbiesbrouck one of its most prominent faces and forces by hiring the former Rangers (and Islanders and Devils) goaltender as assistant executive director of hockey operations is, at best, a tone-deaf call and, at worst, a…