Articles by Lori Lanoce

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Reconsidering the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan era

If you were to ask, many a Toronto Maple Leaf fan would tell you that the darkest days in franchise history came under the questionable guidance of the now infamous Harold Ballard. In his 18-year tenure as majority owner of the franchise, the Maple Leafs only managed to put together six winning seasons and set a club record with 13 consecutive losing ones. For a team that hoisted Lord Stanley’s Cup an impressive four times…

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Dark days in NHL jersey design

I can’t be the only one who’s noticed how jersey design in the NHL has taken a giant leap backwards recently, as though everyone responsible for coming up with creative crests coincidentally managed to save their worst work for the past few seasons. Case in point, the Columbus Cannons. Although they may have been trying to keep with the theme of paying homage to Ohio’s Civil War history, the resulting crest leaves much to be…

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Sean Avery, businessman

Under the direction of Ken Holland, the Detroit Red Wings have won eight Central Division titles, four President’s Trophies and three Stanley Cups; it’s fair to assume the man knows a thing or two about hockey. When asked about one of his former players – ex-Red Wing Sean Avery – in a 2008 interview with NHL.com, the general manager was quick to make note of what seems so obvious now in 2010. “Obviously we had…

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How bad are the Broad Street Bullies?

If you believe that behavior is influenced by your environment, and specifically the opinions and attitudes that surround you, then the fact that the Philadelphia Flyers have consistently held the title as the dirtiest team in the league should come as no surprise. After joining the NHL in the league’s first mass expansion back 1967, the Flyers and their equally inexperienced expansion-mates essentially served as the developmentally-challenged younger siblings of the NHL’s favored Original Six…