Jack Adams Arena: A fragile island of hockey diversity

By E. Martin Nolan Including an interview with outgoing Detroit Hockey Association President Will McCants. Take Lyndon East from Greenfield in northwest Detroit and you’ll go through a neighborhood of detached bungalows and then random industrial parks and warehouses. It’s a quiet, non-distinct stretch of road in an often eerily quiet city. To your left…

Hockey simulates the modern world: A speculation

By E. Martin Nolan “Transition is a becoming. In the sphere of logic transition is mute, in the sphere of freedom, it becomes.” -SØren Kierkegaard on the metaphysical ramifications of hockey (20-21) Like your life, hockey is a game of uncertain certainties. Puck possession, while attainable and incredibly important, is always in doubt. So if…

What Obama could learn from Brian Burke

By E. Martin Nolan How to make a civil rights statement with vigor Compare these two quotes: “It has become abundantly clear to me that NHL players, coaches, and management agree completely with our ideals: talent matters, sexual orientation does not. If you can play, You Can Play.” “At a certain point, I’ve just concluded…

These Brutal Playoffs: Is Hate the Right Word?

By E. Martin Nolan An Open Letter to NHL Players Brad Marchand: “The more we play each other, the more we hate each other.” Sidney Crosby: “I hate everyone on their team.” Dear NHL Players, Think about how people see you for a second. From the most skeptical perspective, you are grown men playing a…