Brandeis cross country takes part in UAA championships

On Oct. 29, the Brandeis University men’s cross country team placed eighth overall and the women’s cross country team placed seventh overall at the 2022 University Athletic Association (UAA) championships hosted by Emory University at Nash Battlefield Farm in Atlanta.  The men’s team was paced by senior Matthew Driben ’23. Driben placed 50th overall with […]

Swim and dive Vassar opener recap

On Saturday afternoon, Oct. 22, the Brandeis University men’s and women’s swim and dive teams traveled to Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York for their first dual meet of the year. The men won their matchup 183.5 to 97.5, while the women’s score was 165-119 in favor of Vassar. On the men’s side, the Judges […]

Arber Xhekaj: From Costco to pro

Twenty-one-year-old Czech Canadian Arber Xhekaj (pronounced jack-eye) made headlines for being the youngest undrafted defenseman on the Montreal Canadiens to score a point in the National Hockey League (NHL). There was no draft before 1963, and from 1963 to ’69 it was only used to supplement teams’ roster pools, as most of the best prospects […]

A busy week for Judges volleyball

On Sept. 29, the Brandeis volleyball team used a balanced attack on both offense and defense to win their fourth-straight match, 3-0, over Clark University. Set scores were 25-18, 25-21, 25-14. The Judges led wire-to-wire in both the first and third sets, scoring seven of the first eight points in each. In the second set, […]

Judaism’s impact on the NHL

While hockey is the most secular sport compared to the main four, it is still a sport that is largely dominated by Christianity. However, one religion is slightly growing in number, albeit on a small scale, within the National Hockey League: Judaism. “We’re probably looking at a record number of Jewish players in the league […]

2022-23 Boston Bruins season preview

With a swift first round exit in this year’s playoffs and star players on injury reserve, the Bruins’ upcoming season is not looking up. However, with the one-year addition of captain Patrice Bergeron and Bruins veteran David Krejci, the team might not be as down on their luck as expected. Offseason recap Bergeron received a […]

Brandeis sweeps Wellesley at cross country meet

The Brandeis University men’s and women’s cross country teams both ran to victory Friday at Wellesley College. The men’s team had the top 11 runners to defeat Regis College, 15-50, while the women edged the host Blue, 40-43, and two other teams.  In men’s highlights: Senior Matthew Driben ’23, picked up the win of the […]

On the edge of the gold

Canada against Finland. It seems like almost a locked-in landslide win, with Canada seeming the dominant force in the first period, setting an almost unfairly fast pace against the winded Finns. But as the game progressed, something changed. In the Edmonton air, with an arena full of Hockey Canada fans, the Finns fought back and […]

2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs Predictions

With the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs officially underway and the NHL Playoff Bracket Challenge open, it is time for every hockey fan and analyst to share their playoff predictions. With an eventful season and many teams climbing up the league with key players smashing multiple records, this year’s playoffs and Stanley Cup race will be […]

The New York Rangers clinch their first Stanley Cup playoff spot in five years

The New York Rangers have not only clinched their first playoff spot in five years on Saturday night, but they also got their ticket to the Stanley Cup tournament with nine games left in the regular season. With a 5-1 win off the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden, the Rangers defied all odds. Behind […]

The next best team: the Minnesota Wild

Founded in 2000, The Minnesota Wild was the first expansion team of the millenia and it would take decades for it to find its footing. The only National Hockey League (NHL) team based in Minnesota, it had a duty to fill the hearts of Northern U.S. hockey fans. The Wild’s first few seasons as an […]

The Seattle Kraken is a bust

Sorry to the NHL, but the Seattle Kraken is a bust. When I watched the Seattle Kraken draft in July 2021, I was hopeful that this would be a fun new addition to the NHL lineup. A fresh expansion to the Pacific division with good promising players on the roster, high hopes were in the […]

Jack Eichel, the overlooked hockey golden boy

Jack Eichel was once described at the age of 17 as “the new face of American hockey.” He is considered a member of the steadily growing crew of young talents in hockey, along with fellow 2015 draftee Connor McDavid. Now, 25 year old Jack Eichel of North Chelmsford, Massachusetts, is a center for the Vegas […]

The forgotten indigenous roots of hockey

While the roots of ice hockey have been debated by historians over the years, many North American First Nation tribes played a version of the ice hockey we know today. Ice hockey was first observed by Europeans being played by Mi’kmaq (or Micmac) people in Nova Scotia, Canada in the late 1600s. It was called […]

The Colorado Avalanche’s Road to the 2022 Stanley Cup

When you think of excellence in hockey you probably think of Wayne Gretzky, Sidney Crosby or Alex Ovechkin or maybe even Connor McDavid. Gretzky and McDavid: heroes of the Edmonton Oilers. Ovechkin: the star of the Washington Capitals. Crosby: the Pittsburgh Penguins golden boy. They are what makes their teams “great” in the general sense. […]