Vicki Hall

Freelance writer

Vicki has written about sports in Canada for more than 15 years for CBC Sports, Postmedia, the Calgary Herald and the Edmonton Journal. She has covered five Olympic Games, 10 Grey Cup championships and one Stanley Cup Final. In 2015, Vicki won a National Newspaper Award for sports writing and is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee.

Latest from Vicki Hall

Analysis

Fun to watch, almost impossible to defend, 'lacrosse' goal causing fits for NHL goalies

Carolina's Andrei Svechnikov dazzled the NHL in October when he scored the first "lacrosse" goal in the league's history, and then the second in December. When Nashville's Filip Forsberg repeated the feat in January, it would seem Svechnikov has started a trend.
Analysis

'The hatred is real': Oilers dominate Flames in latest chapter of Battle of Alberta

The Calgary Flames won the first three games this season in the renewed Battle of Alberta, but on Saturday it was Edmonton who got the upper hand. The 8-3 Oilers win was also notable as it included a historic first in the nearly four-decades old rivalry: a goalie fight.

Oilers' Kassian revels in calm as NHL braces for renewal of Battle of Alberta

Fresh off a two-game suspension for pummelling Calgary forward Matthew Tkachuk, all eyes are on Edmonton's Zack Kassian in the renewed Battle of Alberta as the two teams prepare to play twice this week.

McDavid-Draisaitl magic paying off in the standings for Oilers

The wizardry of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl amazes even their Edmonton Oilers teammates.

Tkachuk-Kassian feud adds fire to already heated Battle of Alberta

Edmonton Oilers sparkplug Zack Kassian is already scheming up a proper welcome for his Calgary Flames nemesis Matthew Tkachuk when the teams meet again Jan. 29 at Rogers Place.

Mark Giordano's non-traditional route to stardom offers lessons for others to follow

Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano knows how to gain ground the hard way.

West-leading St. Louis Blues see no need for Stanley Cup fairytale to end

From his perch in the St. Louis Blues’ dressing room, Ryan O’Reilly gushes with gratitude over the fairytale Stanley Cup run in 2019.

Atlanta bombing movie brings back memories of terror for Canadian Olympians who were there

Olympic champions Donovan Bailey and Marnie McBean are among scores of Canadians remembering the terror depicted in a new film about the bomb attack at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Montreal's Brendan Gallagher a case study for undersized players with big dreams

Montreal's Brendan Gallagher has heard the doubters most of his hockey life, but true to his trademark smile, the Canadiens forward chooses to focus on the folks who breathe positivity into his life.

Flames surging under new leadership while frustration growing for Oilers

The Calgary Flames of today are nothing like the group that went 11-12-4 before Bill Peters resigned amid racism allegations. The Edmonton Oilers, on the other hand, have sputtered in that same time.
Analysis

Nothing like a Flames winning streak to change the conversation in Calgary

The hockey headlines in Calgary these days have changed in tone from dark and depressing to levity and light.
Analysis

Geoff Ward has Flames playing in tune in wake of Bill Peters's departure

Happy is not a word anyone would use to describe the Calgary Flames through the first two months of this campaign, but interim coach Geoff Ward has worked quickly to change the narrative following the resignation of Bill Peters.
Opinion

Bill Peters' departure spells the dawning of a new era in hockey: Hall

The Calgary Flames hired old-school head coach Bill Peters, in part, to demand accountability from the team's star players. On Friday, the Flames announced Peters had resigned in the aftermath of allegations of racism and physical abuse. As Vicki Hall writes, his departure spells the dawning of a new era in hockey — one in which the coaches themselves are forced to be accountable.
Opinion

If hockey is for everyone, those in power need to listen — even if the message is difficult to hear

The NHL likes to say that hockey is for everyone. In fact, February is 'Hockey is for Everyone' month. Year-round, you can even buy a shirt with the words emblazoned across the chest. But as Vicki Hall writes, none of that matters if the reality doesn't live up to the slogan.

Wickenheiser optimistic women's hockey will have new pro league in 2 years

Ten-year-old Olivia Mack walked around Calgary's WinSport Arenas in a trance this weekend after meeting one of the newest members of the Hockey Hall of Fame: Hayley Wickenheiser.