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from Vicki Hall at the Calgary Sun,
The Todd Holt story, in many ways, is made for Hollywood.
A young hockey star ends up playing for a sexual predator. He drinks to the point of destruction. His life is spent numbing the pain in any way possible until, one day, he finally tells the world what happened, which leads to criminal charges against his tormentor.
In the Hollywood version, he lives happily ever.
But reality for survivors of sexual abuse often fails to follow such a romantic story arc. The collateral damage inflicted by the likes of Graham James spans generations, and the healing journey follows no set timetable.
But as Holt arrives in Swift Current, he’s more at peace than he has been in a long time.
“I used to look at Swift Current as a place with ghosts, a scary place,” he says. “But now it’s my second home. I gave 20 years of my life to the whole abuse situation. If I would have missed this opportunity, this experience, it would have been devastating all over again.”
By the time Holt arrived in Swift Current in 1989, Graham James had long since mastered the art of grooming victims for his abuse.
from the New York Daily News,
For 13 years, Phil Kenner and Tommy Constantine were unaccountable to the hockey players and Long Island cops who trusted their hard-earned money to a “lifestyle coach” and a playboy race-car driver who squandered the money on their own worthless personal investments, private jets, luxurious homes and outrageous attorneys’ fees, perpetuating one of the most shocking scams in sports history.
Finally, there is accountability.
A jury of 12 took three days to convict Kenner on six counts of wire fraud, conspiracy and money laundering and Constantine on all seven counts he was charged with. The verdict, reached Thursday afternoon, wrapped up a grueling, emotionally charged 10-week trial in the Alfonse M. D’Amato United States Courthouse in the Eastern District of New York.
Jurors heard from dozens of witnesses that included former NHL players Bryan Berard, Joe Juneau, Michael Peca, Tyson Nash, Steve Rucchin and Darryl Sydor describe the years of deceit, threats and sheer theft the players endured at the hands of the con artists who prosecutors say stole at least $30 million from the players, and possibly much more in their labyrinthian schemes. Kenner was found not guilty on three counts of wire fraud.
via TSN YouTube,
Fourteen-year-old Jonathan Pitre from Russell, Ontario is an avid hockey fan. He loves his hometown Ottawa Senators and dreamed about playing the game. But he never had the chance. TSN's James Duthie tells Jonathan's painful, and inspiring story. Viewer discretion is advised.
Being an NHL fan can be expensive business. The average standard ticket for a game now costs more than $60, making the sport almost $10 more expensive to follow than the NBA. An official jersey can set you back more than $100.
Image via Wikimedia Commons by Orlandkurtenbach
However, some NHL merchandise can be an investment. Below you will find a list of the most valuable hockey jerseys of all time. If you have any of these lying about in your closet, you could be sitting on a small fortune.
from Geoff Kirbyson of Canadian Lawyer,
Jim Rossiter isn’t afraid to get his elbows up with some of the most important figures in the NHL and if he doesn’t get his nose dirty, he knows he’s not doing his job.
Fourth-line enforcer for the Winnipeg Jets? The job description sure sounds like it, but the Toronto-based hockey wars veteran has never lined up for a single professional face-off. Instead, he’s the team leader of Dentons’ sports group, overseeing a global crew that works on buying and selling teams, financing them, and developing, building, and financing the venues they play in.
Rossiter began his career as a tax lawyer but once he got pulled into a tax-flavoured financing for the Ottawa Senators in 2000 — he represented Lehman Brothers — he was hooked.
A quick check of Rossiter’s career statistics shows assists on more than a dozen acquisitions and/or financings of NHL teams in the U.S. and Canada, amounting to more than $1.6 billion worth of deals. They include the financing of the Edmonton Oilers and its arena, Rexall Place, and similar work for the Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues, Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens, Florida Panthers, and Arizona Coyotes. He doesn’t score every time, however. Another 10 or so hockey deals that he acted on got away. You win some, you lose some.
from Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star,
Rob Ford loves sports. Oh, how he loves sports. During that lurid lurching farcical fever dream when he was mayor, 158 of the 535 words in his official City Hall bio talked about football; how he played, how he coached at Don Bosco, how he had a football foundation, how he coached in the summer, too. Rob Ford, whatever his faults, loved football. And sports.
Maybe that’s why the city council, in another one of its fits of wisdom, appointed the former mayor to the Hockey Hall of Fame’s board of directors, in one of three city-appointed spots. They probably thought, well, we have to put Rob somewhere, because Ford Nation is still a factor in this city. And, the sports thing.
Of course, maybe they remembered the time he got drunk and was abusive to other fans at the Air Canada Centre — he yelled out, “you right-wing Communist bastards,” a little confusingly — before lying about it to several newspapers and then finally admitting, yep, that was me.
Maybe they recalled that the night then-police chief Bill Blair confirmed there was a crack tape, Ford was trick-or-treating in his No. 11 Ford Leafs jersey. Or that the first time he was photographed with Sandro Lisi, his pal, consigliere, driver, and alleged drug dealer who is currently on trial for extortion, it was at a Leafs game, in the same jersey. Or that Don Cherry attended the mayoral inauguration in his pinkest suit and told onlookers, half-prophetically, “I say he’s going to be the greatest mayor this city has ever seen as far as I’m concerned. And put that in your pipe, you left-wing kooks.” Or that late-night talk-show host Craig Ferguson once cracked, “The real reason police knew Ford was smoking crack is that he predicted that the Leafs would win the Stanley Cup.”
added 10:06am, from Lance Hornby and Joe Warmington of the Toronto Sun,
Elliotte Friedman and Damien Cox discuss the latest news around the hockey world, including Rob Ford’s nomination to the Hockey Hall of Fame board of directors and much more.
Also discussed was Jim Nill expected to be named GM for Canada for the World Championship and what may happen in San Jose.
from Adam Miller of the CP at CTV,
Toronto City Councillor Rob Ford has been appointed to the Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum's board of directors.
Museum spokesman Kelly Masse says that Ford was elected to the board for the first time at a member's meeting on March 25.
Masse says Ford won't be on the committee that selects inductees to the Hall of Fame.
from Shawn Roarke of NHL.com,
For years, Rob Suggitt dreamed about visiting every rink in the NHL.
Finally, he acted this year and finds himself in the midst of a whirlwind, month-long tour of hockey across North America.
Suggitt, a self-professed hockey fanatic from Edmonton, is on a quest to visit 30 different NHL rinks in 30 consecutive nights. It is part bucket-list adventure and part charity fundraiser. It has also been an unforgettable experience.
"For me, it's going to be the memories of this trip," Suggitt said as he sat at the Prudential Center before a game Sunday night between the New Jersey Devils and the Anaheim Ducks. "Right now, they are just incredible. As I finish it, I'm going to remember this for the rest of my life."
TORONTO (March 25, 2015) – Jim Gregory, Vice-Chair of the Hockey Hall of Fame, announced today that one of hockey’s most renowned team leaders, Lanny McDonald, will become the next Chair of the Board effective July 1, 2015. This appointment to fill the vacancy left by the untimely passing of Pat Quinn on November 23, 2014, was confirmed at the Board of Directors meeting held this morning in Toronto with the effective date to occur following McDonald’s final meeting as a member of the Selection Committee in June.
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