Author: Tim Wharnsby

The Stanley Cup playoff wait is over for Ron Hainsey

By: Tim Wharnsby

After 14 NHL seasons and 907 career regular-season games with five different organizations, the 36-year-old Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman made his postseason debut last Wednesday evening.

April 18, 2017

Grabner likes his change of scenery with the Rangers

By: Tim Wharnsby

If you give New York Rangers right wing Michael Grabner an inch of inspiration he will take a mile.

April 10, 2017

Blandisi and Quenneville having devil of a time in Jersey

By: Tim Wharnsby

Joseph Blandisi and John Quenneville met in a classroom, not on the ice. The exercise was to take 10 minutes to interview each other and then relay their partner’s story to the rest of the group. The two forwards liked what they learned and immediately became friends.

March 30, 2017

This goalie has never stopped dreaming

By: Tim Wharnsby

Jeff Glass’ spirit is shatterproof. He took time this week to reflect on his journey in a thoughtful e-mail exchange with

March 24, 2017

Filppula finding his way with the Flyers after first trade

By: Tim Wharnsby

The thought of being traded was strange for Valtteri Filppula, who had never been a part of a swap over his 12-year NHL career. Filppula spoke with a former Detroit teammate, and another Finn, who both spoke glowingly of the Philadelphia Flyers organization as he compiled a 16-team list of destinations.

March 15, 2017

Hockey, baseball, a perfect springtime mix for Petry family

By: Tim Wharnsby

Before Jeff and Matt Petry decided to give hockey a try, this time of the year meant spring training and the start of the baseball season was just around the corner. You see, their father Dan spent 13 years fooling hitters in Major League Baseball as a starting pitcher.

March 14, 2017

Hasek reminisces Czech golden moment

By: Tim Wharnsby

Dominik Hasek and the Czech Republic will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their own version of the Miracle on Ice a year from now. Hasek reminisces how he and his countrymen shocked the hockey world with a gold-medal victory in Nagano in 1998.

March 13, 2017

Mike Hoffman shares special bond with his father

By: Tim Wharnsby

Coaches come and go in a hockey player’s life. But when your father is also a coach, the wisdom keeps coming.

March 10, 2017

Eric Gryba dealt with his own case of fake news last week

By: Tim Wharnsby

Gryba’s trade deadline serenity took a hit when he looked at his phone to find an alarming series of text messages from his wife, Cate, last week.

March 9, 2017

Hamilton brothers stick together in Calgary

By: Tim Wharnsby

There is a silent bond between brothers. That special bond connects Calgary Flames defenceman Dougie Hamilton with his older brother and teammate, Freddie.

February 13, 2017

The difference two seasons can make

By: Tim Wharnsby

Tom Pyatt can’t wipe the smile off his face these days. His return to the NHL after spending two seasons in Switzerland, to hone in on his game while playing alongside his brother, has gone even better than expected.

January 25, 2017

Hockey still the life for Martin St. Louis

By: Tim Wharnsby

Most of Martin St. Louis' time these days are spent at a rink with his hockey-playing sons. So much so, that the first NHL game he attended since he retired was last week in Tampa Bay.

January 20, 2017

Steve Larmer: I have no regrets

By: Tim Wharnsby

Steve Larmer has played on some pretty big stages in his impressive career – and won. Yet returning to Chicago last month as part of the Blackhawks’ One Last Shift, in which the NHL original six club honours past legends with a pregame ceremony, had the 55-year-old Larmer feeling a bit nervous.

January 13, 2017

Outdoor games remind Glendening why he plays

By: Tim Wharnsby

Playing hockey outdoors never gets old for Detroit Red Wings third-line forward Luke Glendening.

January 3, 2017