Celtics had heart, determination and great coaching, but not enough talent

It’s hard not to love this hard-working, scrappy and determined group of Boston Celtics. What coach Brad Stevens’ club lacked in talent, they made up for with passion and determination. It personifies the toughness and grit of their city and an entire region. It’s something guys like LeBron James can most certainly learn from. The […]

Monday Hat Trick: Barron extension home run for UMaine women’s hoop

Two months ago, the University of Maine made the right decision in giving men’s hockey coach Red Gendron a two-year extension that will keep him in Orono through the spring of 2019. Last week, UMaine athletics made another excellent decision, this one concerning women’s basketball coach Richard Barron, whose contract had expired after the season […]

A coach’s lessons can extend off the court, away from the classroom

In this profession, it can be easy to develop close professional relationships with coaches. Over the course of my journalistic career, I’ve been spoiled to be able to work with numerous sideline generals who have made my job extremely easy. Some, like longtime Bangor High School girls basketball coach Tom Tennett, would be outside the […]

Monday Hat Trick: Bruins have nobody to blame but themselves for embarrassing finish

In Mid-March, the Boston Bruins headed for a West Coast road trip on top of the Atlantic Division, prime to be a lock for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Little did Bruins fans know that an 0-for-California swing would jumpstart another late-season collapse that appeared all too familiar. Boston’s season came to a crashing halt in […]

Bringing back Michuad is a home run for UMaine hockey program

Alfie Michaud’s performance in the 1999 Frozen Four will resonate with University of Maine hockey fans for a lifetime. Winning championships are sweeter when they come against your rivals, and thanks to Michaud’s efforts between the pipes in Anaheim, the Black Bears were able to defeat Hockey East nemeses Boston College and New Hampshire to […]