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from Curtis Rush of the Toronto Star,
One day, he woke up alone. His wife was gone and his three children — Alexa, 16, Hayden, 14, and Farrah, 10 — were with her (they have shared custody).
On the outside, it looked like a perfect life. A home in Phoenix. A family. But when the marriage ended, there was a house to sell, assets to split. A new place to live.
He was losing hope. But suddenly something clicked in him, and he thought that if he changed his thinking, something good would happen.
He tried it. Days went by and, he thought, this isn’t working. But he kept at it. Positive thoughts.
Little blessings were there, but he discounted them.
“We’re always looking for the big things,” he said. “There are a ton of good things that happen. We’re healthy and (in his case) I got to watch my daughter dance.”
Through Twitter, he found a great supporter in Stacy Lymber, who is a transition and lifestyle strategist who works mostly with ex-hockey players.
“He’s inspiring,” she said on the phone from Buffalo, N.Y., “but the sadder part about it is there are thousands out there more like him, not just hockey players. They’re lost, basically.”
Canadians will be in the perfect position to honour one of their favourite Valentines this Saturday, Feb. 14, as the country’s annual hockey tradition, Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada, descends on Halifax, NS to celebrate the nation’s beloved game. Coverage begins at Noon ET/9 a.m. PT and continues all day and night long with live game action on CBC, City, Sportsnet, and Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE.
The 13.5-hour broadcast will be headlined by an NHL tripleheader, featuring five national game broadcasts with all seven Canadian NHL teams in action. George Stroumboulopoulos will be front-and-centre hosting from the Hockey Central studio in Toronto, while Ron MacLean will be on-location at the Outdoor Oval in Halifax. Kelly Hrudey, Elliotte Friedman and Nick Kypreos join Stroumboulopoulos in Toronto, with Don Cherry, Cassie Campbell-Pascall, Jennifer Botterill, and NHL alumni including Wendel Clark, Lanny McDonald and Guy Carbonneau joining MacLean in Halifax.
US viewers can watch most of Hockey Day in Canada on the NHL Network US starting at 12:00pm ET on Saturday.
via Hometown Hockey,
The best part of Coach's Corner tonight was Don Cherry talking about Evander Kane which is at the end of the segment and includes this from Cherry...
“You are the fork in the road right now. You are a jerk right now and don’t think you can fool me with the operation. The operation is they didn’t want you around.”
Other topics but not all- the terrible first period of the Edmonton/Toronto game and the fourth line of the New York Islanders.
from Raju Mudhar of the Toronto Star,
The World Cup of Hockey could be the kind of best-on-best tourney that fans eat up. Speaking of leverage, it also gives the NHL an alternative and way of wresting away control from the Olympics. Hockey is considered one of the jewels of the Games, but it disrupts the regular season, and most importantly, at least from the NHL’s point of view, it does not add to its bottom line. That’s basically what Bill Daly, NHL deputy commissioner, said on Sportsnet’s Hockey Central @ Noon on Thursday.
“I do think that the success that we are going to have with the World Cup does bear on the equation of future Olympic participation, it has too,” said Daly. “Because I think the tournament that we’re designing jointly with the Player’s Association is going to be fantastic and in my opinion, the best hockey tournament with the highest level of hockey talent that’s ever existed in the world.”
“There are exciting opportunities to promote the sports around that tournament, and obviously there are some financial rewards, that will come out of that tournament, and some of those things are not available through the Olympic vehicle,” he added....
Even without official confirmation, most sportsmediaoutlets in the U.S. welcomed the reports of ESPN’s potential return to professional hockey. For all the criticism it receives, there is no doubt having the U.S. behemoth have some stake in hockey is good for the sport south of the border.
via Hometown Hockey,
PJ Stock tells the story of his brother Dean, who was recently diagnosed with ALS. PJ and Dean want to bring the fight against ALS back into the forefront, much like it was this summer, and help raise awareness for this disease.
via Hometown Hockey,
This Stephen Brunt essay recognizes the life and career of Dick Irvin.
Elliotte Friedman sat down with newly-retired goalie Martin Brodeur and asked what he would change about the NHL in its current state.
Few of the topics discussed by Don Cherry and Ron MacLean were the bad goal Bernier gave up a few days ago, sticking up for a teammate and few more...
So good for the league that additional and advanced statistics will be available soon on NHL.com.
But if the NHL truly wants to do the public a service, it will introduce a salary cap component featuring information that essentially has been unavailable since the invaluable web site, capgeek.com, went off the grid at start of the calendar year.
Upon further review, if the NHL truly wants to do the public a service, it would eliminate “cheerleader” from the job description of anyone and everyone working for the NHL Network.
-Larry Brooks of the New York Post where you can read more topics including the salary cap and the Canadian dollar...
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