I was happy to finally see a [regional] cover story about hockey in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. The Blackhawks' 24-game points streak was a delight for many fans, like myself, who were put off by the NHL's nearly four-month lockout. Commissioner Gary Bettman owes Chicago a big thank you for putting hockey back on the map.
Randy Hauck, Ocala, Fla.
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The Blackhawks may have brought hockey back (The Win City) for some parts of the country, but in cities like Detroit and Pittsburgh it never left. The Red Wings rank third in attendance (behind the Blackhawks and the Canadiens), and I recently went to the 270th consecutive home sellout for the Penguins—proof that while the NHL may be beleaguered elsewhere, in these cities it is alive and well.
Jim Brown, New Martinsville, W.Va.
I enjoyed Kelli Anderson's article on Canadian players in college basketball (Canada's Got Talent). Another name that should be added to the list is Boston College guard Olivier Hanlan. The Quebec native averaged 15.4 points on 45.7% shooting and is the 2013 ACC rookie of the year. He also set a conference tournament scoring record for freshmen with 41 points in an 84--64 win over Georgia Tech.
Matt O'Hara, Boston
Alexander Wolff's feature on the rise and fall of the Big East (Pearl, in the Lane, with the Kiss) left me with two feelings: anger and sadness. The demise of the best conference in basketball is just another example of the way football dollars dominate college athletics. To think that Madison Square Garden will never again have Connecticut, Georgetown, Pittsburgh and Syracuse square off in March in a conference tournament is heartbreaking.