Ice hockey http://michiganradio.org en Former Red Wing star Darren McCarty pulls no punches in new book http://michiganradio.org/post/former-red-wing-star-darren-mccarty-pulls-no-punches-new-book <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He calls himself a "hockey rock star" – and he's earned the right to do just that.</span></p><p>Whether it was his 15 seasons as an NHL enforcer, the four Stanley Cups he won with the Red Wings, the legendary "<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7DlAjrhm9s">Fight Night at the Joe</a>" when he took down Claude Lemieux of the Avalanche, or his rock band "Grinder," Darren McCarty has played hard and lived hard, coping with family issues and addiction even as he skated to NHL stardom wearing &nbsp;No 25.</p><p>He tells his story in an autobiography called "My Last Fight: The True Story of a Hockey Rock Star," written with the help of journalist Kevin Allen.</p><p>And, just like Darren on the ice, this book pulls no punches.</p><p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 21:59:03 +0000 Stateside Staff 16196 at http://michiganradio.org Former Red Wing star Darren McCarty pulls no punches in new book Watch as an NHL ice rink is built in Michigan Stadium http://michiganradio.org/post/watch-nhl-ice-rink-built-michigan-stadium <p><span style="color: rgb(54, 54, 54); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">The NHL Winter Classic will be held in Ann Arbor's Michigan Stadium on January 1, 2014. The Toronto Maple Leafs will take on the Detroit Red Wings. Tickets will cost... <a href="http://redwings.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=80663">a lot</a>.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(54, 54, 54); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">Right now, a hockey rink is being built on top of a football field.</span></p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 16:00:37 +0000 Mark Brush 15705 at http://michiganradio.org Watch as an NHL ice rink is built in Michigan Stadium Michigan Hockey: A salute to consistency, the most unheralded virtue http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-hockey-salute-consistency-most-unheralded-virtue <p>Sports columnist Rick Reilly once wrote that weekend golfers invariably claim, “I’m a good golfer.&nbsp; I’m just not <em>consistent.” </em></p><p>Well, he said, if you’re not consistent, you’re not a good golfer. &nbsp;</p><p>Americans are great at building things, and rotten at maintaining them.&nbsp;</p><p>We admire winners and celebrities, but we overlook the loyal spouse or the honest accountant or the people who <em>maintain </em>our bridges – that’s why they’re falling apart.&nbsp;</p><p>So, let this be a salute to consistency – that most unheralded virtue.&nbsp;</p><p>In 1984, Red Berenson took over Michigan’s moribund hockey program, which had not been to the NCAA tournament in seven years.&nbsp; Berenson thought it would be easy, but it took seven more years to get Michigan hockey back to the big dance in 1991.&nbsp;</p><p>Once they got<em> into</em> the tournament, they made it a point to stay there.&nbsp; Year after year, they kept coming back.&nbsp;</p><p>Finally, in 1996, they won Michigan’s first national title in 32 years – and they did it again in 1998.&nbsp; &nbsp;They’ve come close a few times since, but they have yet to win another.&nbsp;</p><p>This bothers Berenson, one of the most competitive men I’ve ever met.&nbsp; When he visited my class, I listed his many accomplishments on the board.&nbsp;&nbsp; Fri, 29 Mar 2013 05:00:00 +0000 John U. Bacon 11913 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Hockey: A salute to consistency, the most unheralded virtue A tip for amateur athletes: The pros are way better than you think http://michiganradio.org/post/tip-amateur-athletes-pros-are-way-better-you-think <p>A lot of amateur athletes think they’re not that far from the people who play their sports for a living.&nbsp;</p><p>Well, when Michigan Radio Sports commentator John U. Bacon tried out for Detroit’s minor league hockey team, he found out that just isn’t so – and he found out the hard way.</p><p>A few years ago – okay, a bunch of years ago – I bit on a bet I never should have touched.&nbsp;</p><p>I was writing for the Detroit News, and a top minor league hockey team called the Detroit Vipers played at the Palace.&nbsp;</p><p>So, I got to thinking: just how big is the gap, really, between the pros, and beer league players like me?</p><p>Good question. And even better if I didn’t try to answer it.&nbsp; But, being the hard-hitting investigative journalist that I am, I had to go down to the Palace, and find out. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 06:00:00 +0000 John U. Bacon 11462 at http://michiganradio.org A tip for amateur athletes: The pros are way better than you think Across the Detroit River, hockey history shuts its doors http://michiganradio.org/post/across-detroit-river-hockey-history-shuts-its-doors <p>If you&#39;re a Detroit hockey fan, you&#39;re probably celebrating <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120215/SPORTS05/202150440/Detroit-Red-Wings-3-Dallas-1-Wings-21st-straight-home-win-sets-NHL-single-season-record">the Red Wings&#39; recent record-breaking home win streak</a> at the storied Joe Louis Arena---a bit of magic for a veteran team in an aging building---but across the river there&#39;s a piece of hockey history that make&#39;s &quot;the Joe&quot; look like the new kid on the ice arena block.</p> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 17:20:05 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 6236 at http://michiganradio.org Across the Detroit River, hockey history shuts its doors U-M Wolverines in men's hockey championship http://michiganradio.org/post/u-m-wolverines-mens-hockey-championship <p><img alt="" src="file:///C:/Users/MPM-IN%7E1/AppData/Local/Temp/moz-screenshot-2.png" /><img alt="" src="file:///C:/Users/MPM-IN%7E1/AppData/Local/Temp/moz-screenshot-3.png" /><img alt="" src="file:///C:/Users/MPM-IN%7E1/AppData/Local/Temp/moz-screenshot-4.png" /><img alt="" src="file:///C:/Users/MPM-IN%7E1/AppData/Local/Temp/moz-screenshot-5.png" /></p><p>How&rsquo;s your bracket look?</p><p>The NCAA men&rsquo;s basketball tournament is over, but the men&rsquo;s hockey tournament is still going</p><p>And the Wolverines are in the final</p> Fri, 08 Apr 2011 21:02:36 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 1998 at http://michiganradio.org U-M Wolverines in men's hockey championship