Being Shanny

Being Brendan Shanahan is a pretty good deal.  In a 20-year playing career, he won three Stanley Cups and two gold medals with Team Canada, along with a Canada Cup championship. When he retired in 2008, he led the NHL among active goal scorers. Upon retirement, “Shanny” took an executive position with the league, serving…

“Sean Avery’s A Sweetheart”

“Sean Avery’s a sweetheart.” No, that wasn’t NHL commissioner Gary Bettman commenting on one of his league’s highest profile players. That was John DeStefano after his horse won yesterday’s Grade 1 Vanderbilt Handicap. Oh, sure, the human and the equine have a few things in common. Both have had time on the sidelines, the hockey…

Saturday morning quick picks: NYRA notes

Hockey season is about a month old now, and there’s been nary a syllable written in this space about the Rangers. I’ve gone to fewer games than usual, and after a torrid beginning, the Rangers have settled comfortably into their usual mediocrity. Sean Avery won again the other day—not the one who wears the blue…