Kukla's Korner

Kukla's Korner Hockey

Category: Hockey-Related-Stories

Happy Father’s Day

My dad loved sports.  He was an all-state catcher in high school at Fordson (Dearborn, Mi.), then WWII came about and off to North Africa to serve under George Patton.

Then 37 years at the 'Rouge' working for Ford Motor Company.

Retirement was brief for him, he died at age 68 with a brain tumor.

But his drive to succeed remains with me every day and I know he is up ther chatting with all the greats from the sports world.

My dad was great to me before this guy...

 

Filed in: Hockey Related Stories, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Morning Line- Kevin Paul Dupont

...if we’re going to continue trotting out Uncle Sam to throw out the first pitch or drop the puck, then let’s take some time now to create a song that works for all of us. One that’s relevant in 2020. One that plays to the better angels of our nature. One that is versed in inclusion, hope, trust, and equality for all. The e pluribus unum of anthems.

Obviously, not an easy one to write. But when have we had a better opportunity to hit pause and fix a song that just isn’t working for all of us?

-Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe where you can read more on the National Anthem debate.

Filed in: Hockey Related Stories, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Erik Gudbranson’s Thoughts On Racism

from Erik Gudbranson at Sportsnet,

I’d like to begin by saying that I hope everyone is doing all right during these difficult times. My thoughts over the past few months have been with you all.

But that is not what this article is about. It’s about an issue I’ve been wrestling with for a long time: the violence and systemic racism faced by Black people.

It’s an issue that has deeply concerned me, but one that I’m embarrassed to say I haven’t ever felt confident enough to speak about publicly. If I’m honest, I’m still nervous to write this, because I know there’s still so much for me to learn and I’m afraid to say the wrong thing.

So, why now? What’s changed? It’s a very fair question and my answer sucks. Basically, I was too consumed with what I was doing to act on my feelings, something I’m very disappointed about. But in the past three months, being away from hockey has allowed me time to reflect a lot. To learn more and talk about issues and the current state of the world unselfishly.

And now I’m determined to stop being quiet when I know that speaking up in the name of racial justice is the right thing to do. I’m hoping that by speaking up now, I’ll encourage other people to do the same.

continued

Filed in: Hockey Related Stories, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: erik+gudbranson

The Culture Of Hockey

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

The NHL, its teams and players have been speaking out against racism, and for racial justice since George Floyd, a black man, died while in custody of the Minneapolis Police Department on May 25.

William Douglas, a staff writer for NHL.com who writes The Color of Hockey blog, said on this week's episode of the NHL @TheRink podcast that he believes the statements, specifically from several prominent white NHL players, have made for a significant moment and a real chance for change in the League and society.

"You're getting players of all levels," Douglas told co-hosts Dan Rosen and Shawn P. Roarke. "Your Blake Wheelers and Alex Ovechkins joining players who have spoken out before, like J.T. Brown. To have those star players contribute their voices amplifies the issue and that helps things move forward."

Douglas said players speaking out also helps facilitate a conversation about the culture of hockey and the need for change that the NHL discussed at the Board of Governors meeting in December, when Commissioner Gary Bettman unveiled a multi-point plan for conduct aimed at promoting and fostering inclusion and diversity.

continued

Filed in: NHL Talk, Hockey Related Stories, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Certain Foreign Professional Athletes Allowed Entry Into The USA

Homeland Security Press Release on Friday, May 22nd.

In support of the Trump Administration’s reopening of the economy, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf signed an order that exempts certain foreign professional athletes who compete in professional sporting events organized by certain leagues, including their essential staff and their dependents, from proclamations barring their entry into the U.S.

“Professional sporting events provide much needed economic benefits, but equally important, they provide community pride and national unity,” said Acting Secretary Wolf. “In today’s environment, Americans need their sports. It’s time to reopen the economy and it’s time we get our professional athletes back to work.”

The order, signed on May 22, 2020, states that it is in the national interest to except aliens who compete in professional sporting events organized by certain professional sporting groups, including their professional staff, team and league leadership, spouses, and dependents, from entry restrictions laid out in Proclamations 9984, 9992, 9993, and 9996.

The Department will work with the professional sporting groups to identify the specific athletes, essential staff, team and league leadership, spouses, and dependents covered by this exemption, including Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, the Professional Golfers’ Association Tour, the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour, the National Hockey League, the Association of Tennis Professionals, and the Women's Tennis Association.

This order does not exempt individuals from inspection by Customs and Border Protection or any other agency requirements. The Acting Secretary may add or remove those exempted from the list based on assessments of national interest, including the plans of the relevant professional sporting groups to support sporting events in the United States that do not cause an unnecessary risk to the public health.

Filed in: NHL Talk, Hockey Related Stories, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Happy Mother’s Day

To all the moms who visit KK have a great day, an even better year and know without you we would not be here.

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

NHL players around the league recall their best hockey mom stories, giving a salute to the one who give so much on Mother's Day.

Watch below.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: KK Website Business, Hockey Related Stories, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Video- Talking With Laila Anderson

from NBC Sports,

Kathryn Tappen catches up with Laila Anderson, who updates her health status, discusses the importance of the "Be the Match" registry, the great time she recently had at the Couch2Cure event, and why she loves Joe Buck.

continue to watch the video or catch it below.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: NHL Teams, St. Louis Blues, Hockey Related Stories, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: laila+anderson

Afternoon Line- Canada Border Services Agency

Filed in: Hockey Related Stories, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Dr. Fauci On The Return Of Sports

from Mike Rosenstein of NJ.com,

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has a dire warning for sports fans: there might not be any more games in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Fauci, the face of the Trump administration’s fight against the coronavirus, gave an interview to the New York Times. In it, he warned that testing has not expanded “enough for major sports competitions to resume.”

“Safety, for the players and for the fans, trumps everything,” he said. “If you can’t guarantee safety, then unfortunately you’re going to have to bite the bullet and say, ‘We may have to go without this sport for this season.’ ... If we let our desire to prematurely get back to normal, we can only get ourselves right back in the same hole we were in a few weeks ago. ... I would love to be able to have all sports back. But as a health official and a physician and a scientist, I have to say, right now, when you look at the country, we’re not ready for that yet.”

continued

Filed in: Hockey Related Stories, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Afternoon Line- Kerry Fraser

 

update 5:25pm, as Tapeleg mentioned in the comments, the tweet is no longer available.

Filed in: Hockey Related Stories, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: kerry+fraser

 1 2 3 >  Last ›      Next »

About Kukla's Korner Hockey

Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

Email Paul anytime at pk@kuklaskorner.com

Feed

Most Recent Blog Posts