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Two Recipients Named For The Lester Patrick Trophy

NEW YORK (Oct. 10, 2017) – The National Hockey League today announced Peter Lindberg and Dave Ogrean have been named the recipients of the 2017 Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

The annual award, one of the most prestigious in hockey, was presented to the National Hockey League by the New York Rangers in 1966. It honors the memory of Lester Patrick, who spent 50 years in hockey as a player, coach and general manager and was a pioneer in the sport’s development.

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Videos- From Derek Sanderson To Hayley Wickenheiser

I tweeted this last night but should have posted it in KK instead.

Sometimes it is just so easy to hit RT instead of actually posting.

 

 

Need some motivation?  Watch Hayley Wickenheiser below...

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Watching Hockey And Heart Issues

from the CP at Sportsnet,

With hockey season now underway, here’s something for fans to take to heart: a new study suggests the excitement of watching one’s favourite team, either live or on TV, can have a profound effect on the cardiovascular system, in some cases even doubling the heart rate.

The study by the Montreal Heart Institute, which monitored the heart rates of Montreal Canadiens fans during games, found that those watching on TV had an average increase of 75 per cent, while those attending a live game saw an average spike in their heartbeats of 110 per cent.

"Our results indicate that viewing a hockey game can be the source of an intense emotional stress, as manifested by marked increases in heart rate," said cardiologist Dr. Paul Khairy, the study’s senior investigator.

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This Could Turn The Sports World Upside Down, Including The NHL

from CBSBoston,

The biggest hurdle in the study of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) has been the issue of it only being discoverable in the brain of a deceased patient. That may not be a problem for long.

Researchers from Boston University’s CTE Center announced Tuesday that they may have found a way to detect CTE in living patients.

If the method proves to be reliable, testing could seemingly save innumerable athletes — from high school through the professional ranks — from enduring undue head trauma in their lives.

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Allan Walsh (NHL player agent) tweets,

Is this why the NHL refuses to acknowledge tCTE even exists let alone is caused by repetitive head trauma?

What happens if top players in the NFL or NHL test positive for CTE? Will team/league allow them to keep playing? What about insurance co?

This is a game changer. What happens if certain pro sports leagues discover 70%+ of their players test positive for CTE?

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Kevin Stevens On His Opioid Addiction

from Fox25Boston,

A man who entered the darkness of opioid addiction is traveling around sharing his story with hopes of stopping others from following his path.

“If you're an opiate addict and stuck in addiction bad things are going to happen,” Kevin Stevens said.

And bad things did happen to Stevens, a former NHL all-star who went from winning the Stanley Cup twice, with the Pittsburgh Penguins to facing jail time in a federal court.

“I was at the bottom. I couldn't see no purpose in my life. There really was no purpose,” he said.

Stevens’ life had fully unraveled in May 2016 when federal agents busted down his door and arrested him for conspiring to sell oxycodone.

For more than twenty years, Stevens, who had a brief stint with the Bruins, struggled with addiction to opiate painkillers after incurring a devastating facial injury during a game. 

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Almost $2M Worth Of Leafs Memorabilia Headed To The Museum Of Canadian History

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

The Maple Leafs don’t just belong to Toronto, they’re part of Canadian lore and a significant slice of the national hockey pie.

That’s what Mike Wilson kept telling himself, so as not to throw himself in front of the truck that carted away a lifetime of Leaf collectibles from his 1,000-square foot Forest Hill man cave to a new home in the Museum of Canadian History in Gatineau, Que.

Three years of negotiation with museum officials on how to best document, display and of course set a price for the bulk of Wilson’s 2,000-plus items will be finalized at a Friday announcement, believed to be the largest private stock of sports memorabilia ever sold in Canada. The MCH will pay ‘The Ultimate Leafs Fan’ a bit south of $2 million, says Jenny Ellison, curator of sport and leisure for the museum, a figure reached by averaging several independent appraisals.

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Back To The Wood Sticks For The North Korean Hockey Team

from Nandini Krishnamoorthy of the International Business Times,

The North Korean ice hockey team had to return high-tech carbon fibre sticks to the organisers because of the expanded UN sanctions against the Kim Jong-un regime for conducting repeated missile tests defying the Security Council resolution.

When the team came to Auckland, New Zealand, in April for a tournament it was provided with the sophisticated sticks as the players reportedly had only battered wooden sticks, the AFP news agency reported.

Taking back the equipment would have meant violating UN sanctions, which ban export of luxury goods to Pyongyang. The definition of banned luxury goods extends to "recreational sports equipment"....

Jong Kwang Rim, a sports ministry official who was with the North Korean players in Auckland, apparently protested and wanted the team to be allowed to carry the hockey sticks with them, but to no avail.

He blamed "hostile US forces" for the situation and said his country would not be cowed by the international pressure.

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The Story Of Pia Sterner

from Joe Pack of Sportsnet,

Pia Sterner is not much of a drinker. She never has been. She has a glass of wine now and then. That’s it.

So, when former Soviet national team coach Anatoli Tarasov said to her in 1974, “If you want to be a really good coach, you have to drink vodka,” Sterner’s first thought was, “Shit.”

Sterner was out with Tarasov and a full room of Russian hockey players celebrating the end of a coaching symposium, the punctuation on her eight months under Tarasov’s tutelage in Moscow. She looked down at the glass of vodka in front of her and then turned to her translator and switched it for his water. Nobody else took notice. The day after, confident in Sterner’s ability to put back a drink, Tarasov told her she would “become one of the best coaches in the world.”

In the years that followed the prediction, hockey would take Sterner across Europe and North America. She would coach elite men’s and women’s teams, bringing them to new heights, and catch the eye of some of the brightest minds in the game. And just two years after her tall glass of water with the Russians, she would get the chance to prove Tarasov right when the Philadelphia Flyers offered her the chance to become the first female coach in National Hockey League history.

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Shayne Corson On Living With Anxiety

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

“I was sweating,” the former NHL player said. “I was shaking. I got down on my hands and knees beside the bed and I start saying goodbye to everybody in my mind. I’m thinking ‘I’m dying right now. This is it.’

“That was the first time it ever happened. It didn’t really hit me until I was trying to decide whether to stay in Montreal or play for the Leafs. I was a free agent. I was torn. I didn’t say anything to anybody. How do you explain that? My dad died at 45 and I’ve always been afraid of dying young. I think about that a lot. And then this happens and you’re trying to figure out — what’s going on with me? Why is this happening to me?”

For almost his entire NHL career, the 19 years, the 1,156 games for five different teams, Corson kept his anxiety problem to himself. His coaches didn’t know. His general managers didn’t know. His agent didn’t really know. The odd teammate, the close ones, knew, and his mom knew, and maybe a few family members.

“I was afraid to tell anyone,” said Corson. “I was afraid and embarrassed to show weakness. I probably should have opened up to someone like (Pat Quinn). He was the kind of guy who would have understood. I probably should have told people. I can see that now. I couldn’t see it then. If you’re trying to figure out what’s wrong with you, how can you expect others to understand?”

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The Oake Family Driven To Make A Late Family Member’s Life Meaningful

from Randy Turner of the Winnipeg Free Press,

As a boy, Bruce Oake was a precocious kid. He was outgoing, friendly and impulsive.

"He spoke baby gibberish for a long while, and one day he just started talking," says his father, Scott Oake. "And he never shut up, ever after."

As a teenager, Bruce was a prankster. He and his brother, Darcy Oake, would play a game where they’d walk down the street holding hands to see who would let go first.

"If it wasn’t fun, he wasn’t interested in it," says Bruce’s friend Bret Olson. "He never wanted the day to end and couldn’t wait for it to get started again. That’s what stands out for me: just that tireless, ‘What are we doing next?’"

As a young man, Bruce had a booming voice. He craved to be around people. He was charismatic, persuasive and fearless.

"He had this way of connecting with people so easily," his brother says. "It was effortless. It was infectious."

At the age of 25, Bruce, by then a heroin addict, died alone on the floor of a washroom stall.

It’s not an easy story for his father, a longtime fixture on Hockey Night in Canada broadcasts, and his brother, a world-famous illusionist, to tell. But they tell it unflinchingly, if only because they learned the hardest way possible drug addiction doesn’t discriminate and that there are thousands of other family members out there experiencing the same agony.

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