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It has been a traumatic week for veteran NHL referee Don Van Massenhoven. The former Ontario Provincial Police officer was right there when Jiri Fischer collapsed earlier this week at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit and last night in Florida, Van Massenhoven took a puck to the face and suffered significant facial injuries that will indefinitely keep him from working. The 45-year-old from Strathroy, ON had to undergo seven hours of reconstructive facial surgery for multiple fractures after a puck deflected into his face during last night's game between the New Jersey Devils and Florida Panthers in Sunrise, Fla.
As I mentioned yesterday, posting today will be kept at a minimum while many of us celebrate Thanksgiving. However, many people are still visiting, especially the Canadian readers, so this is for you. Feel free to post away, direct other readers to interesting articles or just sound off about the game of hockey. Just click on comments and post away. I don't expect many of you to respond, but I am sure someone will take advantage of this opportunity.
via Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail...Robert Lang of the Detroit Red Wings putting hockey in perspective after witnessing Jiri Fischer collapsing on the Wings bench:
"You get stressed by the little things, like not scoring or winning games, but then something like this puts your mind in the right place. You just go home and kiss the kids good night and be glad you're there."
from Terry Frei, special to ESPN,
The Flyers' Peter Forsberg recently pantomimed a diving motion to make fun of Sidney Crosby, implying the Penguins' prized rookie, in some situations, didn't exactly need to be struck by a wayward Zamboni to be sent to the ice. Crosby could shock Forsberg by coming back with this: "Om man förstår sig själv förstår man andra." (Which means, literally, "If one understands oneself, one understands others." Or "Oh, yeah? Takes one to know one, Foppa!") As great a player as he is, there are times the incredibly sturdy Forsberg can be knocked off the puck by anyone and anything.more
from Shawn P. Roarke of Fox Sports,
Hockey fans across the continent — and the globe, really — have much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. Most important, we should all give thanks that we have the game we love, being played at its highest possible level, back for our enjoyment. It wasn't easy and it wasn't very pretty, but somehow the league bosses and the players found a compromise that allowed the NHL to pick itself up off the mat and return with a vengeance.read on
According to Jim Nill, Wings assistant general manager, Fischer has been placed on long term IR, meaning at least 24 days. Nill mentioned they want to give Jiri a month to 6 weeks to get his health and life back together and then see what the next step would be.
via the AP,
Defenseman Wade Redden of the Ottawa Senators will be out at least one week after he sprained his left knee at practice today.
Sorry about the headline, getting close to Thanksgiving. from TSN,
Anaheim's Todd Fedoruk has been suspended three games for his hit Tuesday on Phoenix's Petr Nedved. Fedoruk publicly stated after the Coyotes 2-1 victory over the Ducks that he was exacting revenge for an earlier hit by Phoenix's Denis Gauthier on the Ducks' Joffrey Lupul and Todd Marchant.more
from Let's Play Hockey,
“You’re only a work-ethic away from the NHL.” Those are the words of one of the most experienced voices in hockey. Chuck Grillo (Pittsburgh Penguins and Minnesota Hockey Schools) has spent a lifetime helping coaches and players chase their dreams, and he knows first-hand there isn’t much difference between many who get to the NHL and some who don’t. However, this article isn’t about getting to the NHL — or to college hockey, to the high school varsity, or getting anywhere. It’s about enjoying hockey and being the best you can be — two ways of saying the same thing. Grillo’s advice is simple and basic: the more you invest, the more you’ll get back out of the sport.
from the St. Petersburg Times,
In a move that reflects the Tampa Bay Lightning's growing confidence in its brand name, the defending Stanley Cup champion may launch its own 24-hour cable TV channel on Bright House Networks. It would be just the second NHL franchise to do so, after the Toronto Maple Leafs. Although similar plans for a single-team station by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell apart last year, the Lightning and Bright House are hopeful hockey will succeed where football failed.
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