The NHL draft has passed, and free agency has begun. If you're not sure of where to go or who to follow online in regards to stories and information about the NHL, then here's a list of some of the significant sites and/or people. You might want to keep this handy as we get closer to the start of the season. Players report for training camps in September.
Let's start with TV. ESPN has no love for the NHL. So you might as well get used to either being frustrated that SportsCenter shows almost nothing hockey related, or just not watch SportsCenter at all for hockey. This has been a major complaint among hockey fans for years now, and most have just moved on to other sources of news and information.
There's the NHL Network, but not all cable and satellite companies carry it. If you get it, then enjoy it, because not everyone does. After that, the NHL has an agreement with NBC and its collection of channels to broadcast some games during the seson, but you're probably better off buying the NHL Center Ice package (if you can get it), or going online for GameCenter though NHL.com. NBC Sports on TV isn't necessarily a go-to spot for league news, however.
The majority of hockey fans in the United States tend to get their hockey news fix via the internet. A problem with that, however, is that much of the hockey news comes out of Canada. Which means, if you're not a fan of a Canadian-based NHL team, you may not find a lot of news that you're interested in. Or, if you happen to become a fan of the Montreal Canadiens, it may not be in English.
The best sites to visit for general NHL news are TSN, ESPN (they're pretty decent about online content), The Hockey News, Yahoo! Sports, Sports Illustrated, and naturally, NHL.com. After that, it really comes down to the team you're following. If you like an American-based team, then seek out the newspapers from that city, as well as search online for blogs.
If you're on Twitter, here are some people/sites to start following. There are many, many more people to follow than this, of course, and these are just the people that I personally trust the most. But this will get you started, at least.
- NHL - @NHL
- Gary Bettman, Commissioner - @Commish_Gary
- Brendan Shanahan, Senior Vice President of Player Safety - @NHLShanahan
- Schuyler Baehman, Senior Manager of Communications - @NHLschuylerb
- Shawn Rourke, Managing Editor - @srourke_nhl
- Brian Compton, Deputy Managing Editor- @BcomptonNHL
- Adam Kimelman, Deputy Managing Editor - @NHLAdamK
- Corey Masisak, Editor - @cmasisak22
- Dan Rosen, Senior Writer - @drosennhl
- John Kreiser, Writer - @jkreiser7nhl
- Dave Lozo, Writer - @DaveLozo
- Mike Morreale, Writer - @mike_morreale
- NHL Players Association - @NHLPA
- USA Hockey - @usahockey
- USA Hockey Updates - @USAHockeyScores
- Hockey Canada - @HockeyCanada
- International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) - @IIHFHockey
- Eliotte Friedman, Hockey Night in Canada - CBC - @FriedgeHNIC
- Jeff Marek, Sportsnet Host - @JeffMarek
- Bob McKenzie, TSN - @TSNBobMcKenzie
- Darren Dreger, TSN - @DarrenDreger
- Dmitry Chesnokov, TSN - @dchesnokov
- Kevin Allen, Hockey Writer - USA Today - @kausatoday
- Chris Botta, Hockey Writer - New York Times - @ChrisBottaNHL
- Michael Farber, Sports Illustrated - @MichaelFarber3
- James Mirtle, Reporter - The Globe and Mail - @mirtle
- Chris Johnston, Lead Hockey Writer - The Canadian Press - @reporterchris
- Adam Proteau, Writer - The Hockey News - @Proteautype
- Lyle Richardson, Contributer - The Hockey News - @SpectorsHockey
- Scott Burnside, NHL Columnist - ESPN.com - @ESPN_Burnside
- Pierre LeBrun, NHL Columnist - ESPN.com - @Real_ESPNLebrun
- Craig Custance, NHL Writer - ESPN.com - @CraigCustance
- Joe Yerdon, Managing Editor ProHockeyTalk - NBCSports.com - @JoeYerdonPHT
- Nick Cotsonika, Yahoo! Sports - @cotsonika
- Greg Wyshynski, Puck Daddy Managing Editor - Yahoo! Sports - @wyshynski
- Justin Bourne, Backhand Shelf Managing Editor - The Score - @jtbourne