On March 8, 1971, heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier met former champ Muhammad Ali in the first of an epic three-fight trilogy. Appropriately dubbed the “Fight of the Century,” the bout hung in the balance until Frazier floored Ali with a vicious left hook in the 15th round to earn a unanimous decision.
A different type of slugger-vs-bo [...]
He’s been skating in Sidney Crosby’s considerable shadow for most of the season. Hiding in plain sight, as the old saying goes.
Well, don’t look now. But Evgeni Malkin has quietly been stealing the spotlight of late. Not to mention the club scoring lead.
It’s a welcome turnaround from an uneven start to the campaign, when questionable decisi [...]
Aside from the fact that they both hail from western Canada, Justin Schultz has little in common with his lone Penguins namesake. Indeed, Dave “the Hammer” Schultz was a ferocious left wing of modest ability who brawled his way to 535 penalty minutes in 113 games with the locals back in the day.
Justin is quite the opposite—a sublimely skill [...]
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are presently tied for first place in the AHL Atlantic Division under coach Clark Donatelli with a record of 17-5-3 (37 points). The Baby Pens have scored 82 goals (fourth-best in the league) and allowed 52 (third fewest).
Youngsters Oskar Sundqvist and Jake Guentzel are tied for the team lead in scoring wi [...]
Back in the day, the Italian-American Mafia and Jewish mob carried out their nefarious activities with the aid of well-established enforcement groups. Headed by notorious gangsters such as Louis “Lepke” Buchalter and Albert “The Mad Hatter” Anastasia, “Murder, Inc.” was believed to have iced as many as 1000 unfortunate souls during the 1930s [...]
It’s a question I’ve posed—and had posed to me—by numerous hockey pals. Especially over the past year.
What’s the Maatta with Olli (pun intended)? Or more to the point, what’s the matter with Olli Maatta’s skating?
A puzzler, to be sure. While the 22-year-old Penguins defenseman still possesses keen instincts and skills, not to mention the c [...]