Articles by Chris Pope

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After NHL taste, Ryan Murphy storms back to Kitchener

The beginning of the NHL season is a fascinating time of year for hockey fans, especially those with vested interests in the game’s top prospects. To get a better understanding of the probationary trial period and how big level clubs sample their future stars before sending them back to Junior, TheGP Hockey caught up with Carolina Hurricane draft pick Ryan Murphy.

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Gabriel Landeskog: Getting drafted, making history

Before Gabriel Landeskog was old enough to obtain a driver’s license in Sweden, he was on the road to a career in the National Hockey League. In the land of beautiful blondes and IKEA, you have to be 18 years old to get your licence, but at the age of 15, Landeskog had already suited up in the J20 SuperElit in Sweden. A season later, it was the Swedish Elite League and then the Ontario…

Hall of Fame

Hockey community makes progress with concussions in sport

Concussions and head shots have taken over hockey at all levels. It’s something that the hockey masses think the NHL needs to deal with before someone dies. It has already ended careers (ask Eric Lindros) and is now the reason why hockey fanatics watched the Penguins in the playoffs without the game’s greatest player, Sidney Crosby. Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins have been extra diligent when dealing with his concussions. According to many reports, Crosby suffered his first concussion after a collision…

Hall of Fame

Embracing gay athletes in professional sports

Are professional sports taking away players’ rights when it comes to sexuality? In the fall of 2010, the United States military went from, “don’t ask, don’t tell” to “be gay, it’s okay.” It refers, of course, to a soldier’s sexual orientation. The Catholic Church, on the other hand, and Pope Benedict himself have denounced homosexuality. It’s deemed a moral sin. But what about professional sports? Why haven’t the major North American leagues dealt with homosexuality?…

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Marcus Foligno: Jumping for Janis

There are points in life when it’s nice to have your parents next to you; your first day of school, your first hockey game and graduations to name a few. For a professional hockey player, the list goes on. You can add to the mix your draft day, your first time representing your country and, of course, your very first NHL goal. Marcus Foligno grew up in a hockey home wanting to be a pro…