The Law of Jante

 

By Kevin Hartzell
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

The hockey season is reaching its annual climax. The Minnesota High School Hockey tournament is now over. College hockey is in the heart of its playoff run to the crowning of a new national champion. It is a fun time of year with the NHL just weeks away from the greatest team tournament in sport: the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Olympic observations

 

By Kevin Hartzell
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

The Olympic hockey venue in Sochi again brought out the best the world has to offer on ice. Like many hockey enthusiasts, I was glued to the TV to watch the drama play out. Following are a few of my thoughts.

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Richard Sherman and why more people should be fans of the NHL


By Kevin Hartzell
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

As we come into Super Bowl week, there has been much said about Seattle Seahawks star cornerback Richard Sherman. There have been a variety of reactions and stories written regarding his post-NFC Championship Game comments to sideline reporter Erin Andrews. I suspect you saw the interview and have seen some of the various articles written in response. You may have an opinion of your own on the whole ordeal.

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Reflections on coaching in Norway

 

By Kevin Hartzell
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

As of Feb. 7, we here in Norway and the Get Ligaen are on Olympic break. We do not play another league game until Feb. 23, a break of more than two weeks. Once we get back in action, the remainder of the regular season is just five games. We will play those five games over an 11-day span – basically every other day. The playoffs will begin shortly thereafter and again go mostly every other day. The remainder of the season, once started, is going to be a grind and very competitive.

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The three-point game

 

By Kevin Hartzell
Let’s Play Hockey Columnist

Hockey in America has come a long ways in the past 30 years. Really, hockey everywhere is making great strides. Skill levels are as good as I have ever seen. We have problems with costs and availability in allowing young people to begin their journey with the game, but all in all, it is a great game.

In coming over to Norway, I look at things through a prism all my own as anyone would. I am always looking at things to see what is best or better. I know we do lots of things well back at home, but there is one thing here that makes a lot of sense that folks back home should consider for their various leagues, including the NHL. It is the three-point game.

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