Sports columnist for the LA Times. 2005 Elmer Ferguson Hockey Hall of Fame honoree.

Assistant coach Mark Madsen brings a positive charge to Lakers

latimes.com — In a Lakers season measured mostly by the number of tedious losses, while players sulked over losing their starting jobs and Kobe Bryant reamed out teammates for being softer than the cushiest of toilet tissue, one ray of sunshine has pierced the gloom.

The legacy of Landon Donovan

latimes.com — If Magic Johnson and Larry Bird came along at the right time to save the NBA with their skills and transcendent personalities, if Wayne Gretzky appeared to become the relatable face the NHL lacked and trigger a warm-weather hockey boom, Landon Donovan has earned a place on that short and special list, coming along at a time Major League Soccer needed a marketable American superstar to push the growth of the sport.

Helene Elliott: Fans on board as Winnipeg Jets rocket toward possible playoff spot

miamiherald.com — The Winnipeg Jets' departure from Winnipeg in 1996 inflicted a deep wound. The team was a source of civic pride from its World Hockey Association beginnings through its entry into the NHL, bringing major league status to a small prairie city.

Helene Elliott: Fans on board as Winnipeg Jets rocket toward possible playoff spot

sacbee.com — The Winnipeg Jets' departure from Winnipeg in 1996 inflicted a deep wound. The team was a source of civic pride from its World Hockey Association beginnings through its entry into the NHL, bringing major league status to a small prairie city.

Fans on board as Winnipeg Jets rocket toward possible playoff spot

latimes.com — The Jets' departure from Winnipeg in 1996 inflicted a deep wound. The team was a source of civic pride from its World Hockey Assn. beginnings through its entry into the NHL, bringing major league status to a small prairie city. All was forgiven when the Atlanta Thrashers were sold to Winnipeg-based owners and moved north in 2011.

NHL pluses and minuses: Fans pay tribute to Jean Beliveau

latimes.com — Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the past week: + It was fitting that the family of Montreal Canadiens legend Jean Beliveau, who died last week at 83, allowed fans to share the final public celebration of his life.

What we learned from the Ducks' 4-3 overtime victory at Winnipeg

latimes.com — What we learned from the Ducks' 4-3 overtime victory at Winnipeg on Sunday: Frederik Andersen probably needs a game off The young goaltender has started 15 consecutive games, but the Ducks' precarious goaltending situation dictates that he probably won't get a break for a while.

Ducks' Corey Perry's knee injury has a domino effect

latimes.com — Right wing Corey Perry said he doesn't believe his left knee was severely injured as the result of a hip check he absorbed from Minnesota's Keith Ballard on Friday, but he expects it will "take a little bit of time" to mend. "It's all right. A little stiff, but it will heal," he said Saturday.

Ducks' Corey Perry doesn't believe his knee injury is serious

latimes.com — Ducks right wing Corey Perry said Saturday he expect it will "take a little bit of time" for his injured left knee to heal but said he doesn't think it will be a long-term problem. Perry was injured during the first period of the Ducks' 5-4 victory at Minnesota on Friday, when Wild defenseman Keith Ballard hit him with a hip check and upended him.

What we learned from the Ducks' 5-4 win over Minnesota Wild

latimes.com — What we learned from the Ducks' 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Friday: 1. The Ducks' defense, battered by injuries and illness and left with a largely young group, can have some moments that are, um, adventurous. The return on Friday of veteran Mark Fistric, who had been out since Oct.
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Dec 17, 2014

RT @jprutherford: "@tomtimm: Brodeur will start Thursday. Gunnarsson not ready yet. Oshie will join team in LA" #stlblues

Dec 16, 2014

RT @latimespugmire: Ex-Ducks Daniel Winnik, Stephane Robidas fueling Toronto's rise fw.to/G7W8iZO

Dec 16, 2014

From colleague @reallisa Kings center Anze Kopitar trying to regain his scoring touch lat.ms/1BSxK47

Dec 16, 2014

according to Ducks PR guru Alex Gilchrist, on this day in 1977 Bruce Boudreau scored the only hat trick of his NHL career, for TOR vs. MIN

Dec 16, 2014

RT @reallisa: Kopitar: " But yes, in order for us to win games, I realize that I’ve got to be the guy."

Dec 16, 2014

RT @reallisa: Takeaway quote(s) from Anze Kopitar: "As long as we’re winning games, it doesn’t really matter who gets it done...." (more)

Dec 16, 2014

RT @reallisa: The Kings said they will not be speaking (or making statements) about the Slava Voynov matter while the legal case is ongoing.

Dec 15, 2014

Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby added to the list of mumps patients in NHL fw.to/AEGswvf

Dec 15, 2014

feature with weekly NHL column: NHL pluses and minuses: Ducks streaking; Oilers fire Dallas Eakins fw.to/AgOY0he

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