Even in the best of times, the National Hockey League doesn't generate much news compared to other sports. Now the NHL is mired in a bitter labor dispute that has cancelled all games so far this season, and for hockey fans, it's the worst of times, as hockey has completely dropped off the radar. An interesting little side drama is playing out in the Hockey Rumors blog. This site offers fascinating inside info, hot rumors, and optimism that's missing from more conventional media outlets.
The purveyor of the site claims he is "a hockey freelance writer for 15 years, and have been published in The Hockey News, NHL.com, and several other trades. I've worked in two different NHL team offices and for the NHL itself." But is he really what he claims to be? The readers of the site aren't sure, and they battle it out in the comments. The blogger, who calls himself Eklund, has been almost relentlessly positive in the rumors he unearths, reporting on secret meetings and frequently predicting that the lockout is about to end while most other media stays with the gloom-and-doom theme. But so far, the lockout drags on, and the NHL must start an abbreviated season soon, or become the first North American pro sport to lose an entire season to a labor fight.
In other, more positive news about hockey, Angela Ruggiero greatly advanced the cause of women in sports by becoming the first woman skater (that is, non-goalie) to truly take part in a "men's" professional hockey game. The article contains a nifty summary of women in pro hockey, a history that includes the names of several pioneers and keeps getting longer.