Hockey writer for USA TODAY since 1986.

Old Navy changes return policy for plus-sized clothes, promises further change — Earlier this month, we highlighted criticism targeted at Old Navy for charging $12-$15 more for plus-sized women's jeans, while charging nothing extra for large men's jeans. It seems like the criticism worked, and Old Navy is looking to make some changes.

Canucks’ Jim Benning early leader for GM of the year — If the voting was conducted today for NHL general manager of the year, wouldn't Vancouver Canucks rookie executive Jim Benning have to be the favorite? Benning is having a better rookie season than even Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg. In the preseason, no one was projecting the Canucks to be one of the best teams in the Western Conference.

Maple Leafs players show poor timing in skipping stick salute — The Toronto Maple Leafs have become such a soap opera that what happens after the game now receives as much attention as what occurs during the game. Fans around North America are curious to see how Toronto fans will react to their team tonight when it takes the ice at 7 against the Detroit Red Wings at Air Canada Centre.

Marriott and Hilton announce cancellation fees — Hotel companies Marriott and Hilton are in for a potential onslaught of negative social media chatter. Both recently announced plans to boost revenue through fees by making it costlier to cancel bookings at the last minute.

East-leading Canadiens use the little details to get big results — The world has phenomena that we don't understand. Easter Island. The Bermuda Triangle. Crop circles. And the Montreal Canadiens owning the best record in the Eastern Conference. The Canadiens won another big game Thursday, beating a hot St. Louis Blues team. The Canadiens are 16th in goals per game, and 12th in goals against.

Tiger Woods criticizes magazine satire column, draws big attention to it — The Streisand effect has claimed its latest victim, and it's golf superstar Tiger Woods. The Streisand effect, of course, occurs when a person or entity draws attention to something that most people wouldn't have known about by trying to suppress or discredit that thing. Woods, of course, is the world's former No.

Toronto Maple Leafs are maddeningly inconsistent — The Toronto Maple Leafs are taking inconsistency to its highest level. After going 6-1-1 over an eight-game span, the Leafs have lost three in a row and have been outscored 15-4 in their past two games against Buffalo and Nashville. The 9-2 loss to the Predators marked the team's worst defensive effort since losing Dec.

The Red Wings are proving they don’t need a superstar defenseman — Sometimes the best acquisitions are those you don't make. The Detroit Red Wings went after the top free agent defensemen last summer and struck out. Detroit general manager Ken Holland took a verbal beating in fan chat rooms because he didn't change up the blueline mix.

12 goalies playing starring roles in their NHL team’s success — It's the year of the horse, according to the Chinese zodiac. It's the year of the goaltender in the NHL. At least a dozen NHL goalies are having career seasons, or are playing a starring role in their team's success: Pekka Rinne (Nashville Predators): Now fully past the hip injury ...

4 Basic Steps to Turn Web Visitors Into Brand Ambassadors (Infographic) — The brand ambassador is a highly coveted but oft-elusive tool in the marketer's arsenal; the golden snitch of the marketing world, if you'll forgive a "Harry Potter" reference. If brand ambassadors are what you crave, you're in luck.
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Nov 26, 2014

RT @ByMikeBrehm: Stars' Ryan Garbutt faces hearing over kneeing incident via @usatoday

Nov 26, 2014

RT @ByMikeBrehm: It's tough to gauge how Lightning fans will react to Marty St. Louis' return tonight. via @forthewin

Nov 26, 2014

RT @ByMikeBrehm: Watch: Stars beat Oilers goalie on shot from center ice via @forthewin

Nov 26, 2014

RT @ByMikeBrehm: Touching tributes by Canucks, Maple Leafs for Pat Quinn via @forthewin

Nov 25, 2014

5 NHL players who could draw trade notice via @forthewin

Nov 24, 2014

Surprising leader in the GM of Year race via @forthewin

Nov 24, 2014

Canucks' Jim Benning early leader for GM of the year via @forthewin

Nov 24, 2014

Later today it will be announced that the USA Hockey Foundation will buy the Compuware Arena. The US NTDP teams will play there.

Nov 24, 2014

Sad day in hockey: Longtime NHL coach Pat Quinn dies at 71 via @usatoday

Nov 24, 2014

Soviet hockey coach Viktor Tikhonov dies at 84 via @usatoday

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