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The app itself has its flaws, but its expert analysis is what makes it worth a download. We don’t use it to track live scores or for video, but for hockey insight, it’ll give you plenty to read.
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You won’t be wowed by this app. But what it lacks in pizzazz and creativity it makes up for with its hockey knowledge and commentary.
The Hockey News is a magazine that has been writing about all things hockey since 1947. And it’s not just the NHL; the publication covers juniors, the Olympics and more. Their free app gives you a good bit, but not all, of the magazine’s content.
The app is very basic and opens with an overview of the latest scores, headlines, blog posts and features. There is also player news, transactions and injuries. Separate sections offer scores, stats and standings.
The highlight is the blogs and features areas, where you get to read from expert columnists. You’ll find commentary of hockey team trades, for example, or columns about being vigilant about player safety and analysis of key players. You’ll get about a dozen articles to choose from, so not everything that The Hockey News writes is accessible here. (They still have to sell subscriptions, you know!)
Another handy area lists player injuries. For those who play fantasy hockey, the app lists players who are currently injured, including a brief description of the injury and the severity (sidelined indefinitely is a bad thing).
Scores gives you the basic game summary, box score and article recap. At times, the live scores are a little slow to load, and we have seen where clicking on scores causes the app to unexpectedly close. The stats are just basic lists of more than a dozen different things, from goals scored to goalie saves. The standings are basic tables broken down by conference or division.
There isn’t any video in the app, though a banner ad takes you to the video section of The Hockey News mobile website.
Reviewed: Mar 26, 2012 | Michael Grossman