I have been increasingly disappointed in the opinions expressed by The Hockey News. I am a 20-year-old from the US and there is very little hockey coverage where I live. I live and breathe hockey, so five years ago when I saw an ad for the magazine I immediately subscribed. I haven’t always agreed with all of their writers, especially Ken Campbell, but I respected the wide range of opinions in the publication. I was very disappointed when Eric Duhatschek stopped writing the Overtime page forcing me to read Ken Campbell’s insulting pieces every week.
Still none of these things made me particularly upset at the magazine as a whole, just Ken Campbell, who I still recognize as a skilled writer. What has brought me to this point of overwhelming frustration is the recent piece on 100 People of Power and
Influence in Hockey. Mike Milbury, who I believe to be either a blow-hard while on CBC or a puppet during his shifts on NBC, a person who has no real use on national television, was given credit for “stirring the pot,” while not-surprisingly Don Cherry was criticized and disrespected for the n’th time. Still none of this surprised me enough to write about or complain, but the comments regarding Ron
MacLean, who apparently “fawns over Cherry” crossed the line.
MacLean is the most intelligent, insightful and devoted host of any hockey broadcast in North America, including TSN, Sportsnet, (both of which I regularly watch even though I live in the United States) and any excuse for a hockey broadcast in the states.
He regularly promotes Canadian culture and does a tremendous job covering our game on Hockey Day in Canada every year. He has earned eight Gemini awards for his work on CBC and all that The Hockey News staff could come up with to fill his section is that he is “an effective point guard” and that he hosts Battle of The Blades. The magazine is becoming more and more biased, not only against fighting, hitting, and toughness in hockey, but also the people in our sport who support these things that have helped define our game since March 3, 1875.