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Toronto, Ont.
Sports Columnist — Toronto Star

Toronto Star sports columnist, father of four, regular on The Reporters on TSN and TSN Radio. This is my brain in a jar.

The Phil Kessel era in Toronto is over: Arthur — When Brendan Shanahan was a kid he'd go out into the driveway and play lacrosse, alone, and he'd almost enter a trance. It was the same with hockey, with chasing his brothers, with competing. He needed it. One of his own kids has that drive. He can see it.

Pan Ams can be more than the HOV Games: Arthur — Stop! You might have Pan Am Games fever, Toronto! Oh, some of you are already stopped, I see. Apparently it's the new temporary HOV lanes, which are threaded along the Don Valley Parkway, Lakeshore Boulevard, the Gardiner, the QEW, the 401, the 404, the 427, and oh my god this column has become a traffic report.

Leafs wait and watch the blockbusters: Arthur — Before the draft, the explosions came. Hockey as a sport favours player stasis when it matters, and there are only a few days per year when the gates are really open. The draft is one, and in some ways it's the best one. The draft is where everybody starts again.

NHL set to change OT gimmick but doesn’t fix the real problem: Arthur — Behold hockey's Gordian knot, which was probably named because Gord is such an archetypically popular Canadian name, or something. Gord, eh? He could really tie knots, Gord. Good fisherman, too. So, once approved by the Board of Governors, the NHL will change its overtime format next season.

Steve Nash is easy to find if you’re looking: Arthur — Steve Nash couldn't watch every game - life got in the way, as it does - but oh, he wanted to. He wanted to see every part of the Golden State Warriors versus LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA final. It was, in a way, a little personal.

The puck has its way of deciding Stanley Cups: Arthur — CHICAGO-The moments after a Stanley Cup are dizzying, a rush, a blur. The winners throw away their gloves and their sticks and their helmets and hug one another with ferocity, and eventually their families spill onto the ice into a cauldron of joy. The losers shake hands and skate away and feel their guts fall out.

Hawks prove to be a team for the ages: Arthur — CHICAGO-"You need to want to win more than having the fear," said Johnny Oduya of the Chicago Blackhawks in the morning, as a prescriptive. In the biggest games, when consequences can creep into your mind one way or the other, that was his solution, and he thought, Chicago's edge.

Historically close Stanley Cup final impossible to call: Arthur — CHICAGO-The difference? There is a difference, and you can tell because the Chicago Blackhawks can win the Stanley Cup on Monday night. It will be in the building, in its travel case, waiting to see if it's needed. Pretty big difference. That's about the only one, though, in what has become a historically close Stanley Cup final.

Hawks eke out Game 5 victory, one win away from Stanley Cup: Arthur — TAMPA-We are the stories we tell ourselves, if we're lucky, if we're good enough. This Stanley Cup final had jousted back and forth, attacks and counterattack, and nobody could escape the other. Game 5 was going to provide some separation. It had to. And the Chicago Blackhawks were the ones who got it.

Pressure ratchets up as Stanley Cup final nears finish line: Arthur — TAMPA-Tyler Johnson sat there, practice jersey still on, fresh-faced, and he lied in a very friendly manner, because that's what you have to do at this stage. Why aren't you taking faceoffs in the Stanley Cup final? "(Ondrej Palat) beat me in practice, and he's just better than me, so .
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@TheKOB_ @_JoshDGraham yeah, I said I was a celebrity, champ. Good luck with your brilliant career!

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