An All-Star home run

 

By Kevin Hartzell
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

If you watched the NHL All-Star Game, I don’t need to tell you that the NHL hit a “home run” with this event. They needed to change the format and did … and I think it worked as well as anyone could have imagined; certainly that goes for me.

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A tribute to Lee Otis and host families everywhere

 

By Kevin Hartzell
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

This week’s column is motivated totally by the passing of a good friend and most importantly, a good man, Lee B. Otis. I got to know Lee while coaching in Sioux Falls. Lee and his awesome wife, Lynn, were the head of our housing families. Their contributions and the contributions of all host families are a major part of the junior hockey experience.

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Thoughts on the 2016 World Juniors

 

By Kevin Hartzell
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

The 2016 IIHF World Junior Championships has come to an end. I continue to believe that this tournament is the finest tournament of any kind in the world annually. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Masters golf tournament and I love the Stanley Cup Playoffs as well as a few others. But the World Juniors Tournament is such a great way to see the world’s best young hockey talent and the different styles of hockey played by different countries. It remains quite the spectacle and a tournament that can be won by any number of countries.

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Reflections on failure

 

By Kevin Hartzell
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

I was lucky enough to attend the Minesota Vikings game this past Sunday. As you all know, it was a cold day for football. But Minnesota fans came to support their team dressed like Minnesotans know how to dress. I am happy to have been a part of this great event. In my opinion, it was a great game played by two especially outstanding defenses. In the end, however, what most people were talking about was a missed field goal that would almost assuredly have sent the Vikings onto the next round of the NFL playoffs.

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We miss you, Paul Giel

 

By Kevin Hartzell
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

Not long ago, Paul Giel became part of the final chapter to my long thought-about commentary I have written and rewritten many times, but only in my head, entitled, “What Has Happened to Gopher Hockey?” It has four and maybe five chapters now to it and would be one of the better and more provocative commentaries I have ever written. I have never been able to allow myself to write it for a variety of reasons.

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