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NEW YORK (Nov. 18, 2015) – National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today released the following statement regarding the passing of Hockey Hall of Famer Bert Olmstead:
“The National Hockey League family mourns the passing of Bert Olmstead – a fierce competitor and a five-time champion who played in the Stanley Cup Final 11 times in his 14-season career with Chicago, Montreal and Toronto. Bert’s passion for the game earned unwavering respect from his teammates; his knowledge of the game once earned him a role as a playing assistant coach; and his skill led to what then was an NHL single-season record for assists: 56 in 1955-56. We send heartfelt condolences and comfort to Bert’s family and friends.”
Right before a faceoff between the Edmonton Oilers and Chicago Blackhawks a piece of the roof of the United Center comes lose and falls on the ice.
Chicago broadcast version is below...
from Dan Herbeck and Lou Michel of the Buffalo News,
Patrick Kane’s attorney says the Blackhawks hockey star learned some painful lessons during his three-month ordeal as the subject of a rape investigation.
And Paul J. Cambria Jr. predicts that Kane will not get in such a situation again.
“Even though the investigation showed that Patrick did nothing wrong, he knows he put himself into a situation where someone could make a claim against him,” Cambria told The Buffalo News. “He’s a good kid from a strong family. He’s very close to his two sisters and his parents. He would never put them through something like this again.
“Going forward, I don’t think we’re ever going to see him as the subject of a controversy like this, ever again,” the defense lawyer added.
NEW YORK (Nov. 5, 2015) – National Hockey League Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly today issued the following statement in response to the decision reached by the Erie County District Attorney’s office concerning the Patrick Kane investigation:
“In light of the statement issued today by the Erie County District Attorney’s Office, as an internal League matter, we intend to promptly review the information that may now be available to us.
“We will have no further comment until we have completed that review.”
added 12:34pm, Blackhawks and Kane statement below...
The totality of the credible evidence -- the proof -- does not sufficiently substantiate the complainant’s allegation that she was raped by Patrick Kane and this so-called “case” is rife with reasonable doubt. Accordingly, the Office of the Erie County District Attorney will not present this matter to an Erie County Grand Jury.
-The District Attorny of Erie County. Read more on this topic.
from Dan Herbeck, Lou Michel and Tim Graham of the Buffalo News,
Nearly three months after a local woman told police that Patrick Kane raped her in his Hamburg home, it appears no criminal charges will be filed against the Chicago Blackhawks hockey star, according to three sources closely familiar with the investigation.
Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III declined to discuss his plans for the case, but other sources said doubts have emerged about the woman’s allegations and make criminal prosecution highly unlikely.
The three sources also said they do not believe the case will be presented to a grand jury.
“This case is going nowhere,” one knowledgeable source told The Buffalo News when asked about the possibility of criminal charges.
“I was told…the case will be administratively dismissed” without being presented to a grand jury, a second knowledgeable source added.
via Kent Youngblood at Russo's Rants,
If you watched the game, you saw the hit that Chicago’s Andrew Desjardins put on Justin Fontaine early in the second period. Fontaine was skating along the blue line when Desjardins appeared to lunge at him, clipping him and sending Fontaine to the ice. He needed help getting to the locker room and is, according to Yeo, “week to week’’ with a lower body injury.
Asked if he thought the 2-minute tripping call was correct, here’s what Yeo said: “You don’t like a knee-on-knee hit,” he said. So, I know it’s a tough one for the refs, and I kind of understood what they were saying. But certainly I felt it warranted a 5-minute major.’’
Two more bac hits below...
from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,
Michal Rozsival never saw his ankle wrenched 180 degrees, his toes pointing backward for a brief, horrifying instant. After he caught that rut in the neutral zone while backtracking at Minnesota’s XCel Energy Center and went flailing to the ice — his left foot gruesomely torqued under the weight of his falling body — Rozsival’s only instinct was to get up and try to chase down Thomas Vanek.
“I tried to get up and chase the puck, and I realized I basically didn’t have a left leg,” Rozsival said. “It was like I had no leg at all. That’s when I knew something was very, very wrong, because I had no control over my ankle. It was just loose down there. At that point, I knew I was pretty much done for the season.”
Not just the season. Given Rozsival’s age (he turned 37 last month) and the severity of the injury, most fans, teammates, coaches and front-office personnel had to wonder if he was done for his career. The thought crept into Rozsival’s mind, too.
Watch how the injury occurred below...
from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,
In just one overtime shot, Jonathan Toews did what the Ducks couldn’t do with 39 against Chicago or the many others they’ve had across prior games. The Blackhawks captain scored 51 seconds into the extra session for a 1-0 victory at United Center....
The Ducks (1-5-2) continue to make history of a different kind. They’ve become the first team since the 1930-31 New York Americans to be shut out in five of their first eight games. They’re stuck on six goals for the season, with a new scoreless streak up to 128 minutes, 35 seconds.
And yet it was a moral victory for a confidence-shaken group. The Ducks put up a far more competitive effort from start to finish in the first game between the teams since Chicago eliminated the Ducks in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals.
A template had been created on how they have to play going forward, starting with another game Tuesday night in Dallas.
“That’s the best game we’ve played all year,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. “We didn’t get the end result that we wanted. I mean, that’s the way we can play. We have to build on that now and not get disappointed by it.”
Game highlights are below...
from Brian Sandalow of the Chicago Sun-Times,
Now the Hawks – already thin along the blue line – will have to find a way to stay afloat in a competitive Central Division without their franchise defenseman. He’s earned that title because he ignites the offense, is strong in his own end, plays a ton of minutes, provides leadership and can be trusted in all situations and all over the ice.
Yeah, not a typical absence.
“I don’t think we want to change too much in our approach going in and preparing for a game. Guys are going to know they’re going to get more responsibilities,” Quenneville said. “But in our team game, we’ll try to emphasize the importance of playing the right way and taking care of business.”
Doing that without Keith won’t be easy.
It will be especially difficult because of the current state of the blue line, which includes youngsters Trevor van Riemsdyk and Viktor Svedberg and import Trevor Daley. David Rundblad, who hasn’t played since Oct. 7, should get back into the lineup while the Hawks will be looking forward to the return of Michal Rozsival, who could be ready to play when he’s eligible to return from long-term injured reserve on Oct. 30.
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