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The Wrong Choice By The Hockey Hall Of Fame

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

At a time when diversity matters, and when the #MeToo movement is bringing more attention to the treatment of women, specifically women in the workplace, the hall of fame was handed a golden opportunity this week to demonstrate it has its ear to the ground and understands the changing culture around it....

Scotty Bowman, one of the greatest coaches in NHL history, ended his 15-year tenure on the hall’s 19-member selection committee on Dec. 31. This was a tremendous chance for the hall, led by chairman Lanny McDonald, to change the mix of the committee, to add a new and different kind of voice.

A woman. A person of colour. Someone to reflect the changing demographics of this great sport, to broaden the hall’s appeal and send a strong message that the game welcomes everyone, and includes everyone at the highest levels....

So what did the hall do with its opportunity to make a powerful statement on diversity with the opening made available by Bowman’s departure? It announced on Tuesday that high-profile broadcaster Pierre McGuire, 56, would take the legendary coach’s place on the selection committee.

Another older, white male.

Let’s be clear. This is not McGuire’s fault.


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No Crap

from Flora Carr of TIME,

An ex-NHL owner is in a rather sticky situation.

Tom Golisano, a billionaire and former owner of the Buffalo Sabres, is refusing to pay his local taxes, after taking a stand over the amount of goose poo left on the lawn of his upstate New York property.

Golisano, 76, is refusing to pay the $90,000 he owes until local officials deal with the problem at his summer home on Canandaigua Lake, South Bristol.


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Todd Bertuzzi On His Mental Struggles

from Megan Stewart at Sportsnet,

Todd Bertuzzi was sitting with teammates in a popular Vancouver restaurant mere minutes before he passed out in a hotel lobby.

“I remember sitting at the Cactus Club and, all of a sudden, I started getting the sweats really, really bad. All of a sudden, my heart started going like crazy and I wasn’t sure what was going on. I kind of got scared,” he said today about his final playing days in 2013-14.

He’d managed to call his trainers for help. And then medical staff from the Vancouver Canucks came to the aid of the visiting Detroit Red Wings winger. It was the veteran power forward’s last season in the NHL on what would be his last trip as an active skater to the city where he’d played eight seasons and also where he’d faced criminal charges for a violent on-ice incident 10 seasons earlier.


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Paul Ranger’s Personal Story

via TSN,

In 2009, Lightning defenceman Paul Ranger vanished from the NHL. The reason for his departure was a mystery. Darren Dreger sits down with Paul in this revealing and deeply personal TSN Original.

Watch at TSN and well worth the 14 minutes you will spend watching.

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Morning Line- Mike Fisher

As you get older, you never want your identity to be caught up in hockey – especially for me, it’s all I’d ever done. There is so much more to life than that. When it all ends, you try to figure out, ‘Well, what am I going to do; what’s your purpose.

-Mike Fisher, retired NHL player.  Roy Lang III of the Shreveport Times has more from Fisher.  He was in Shreveport for the Shreveport Mudbugs’ “Pucks and Prayers” event.

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Nicknames No More

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

In the general decline of pretty much everything these days (please send your “old man yells at the clouds” GIFs now), nothing has fallen off more than the art of the nickname, as the TSN segment proved. Calling Mark Scheifele “Scheifs” or Blake Wheeler “Wheels” or Carey Price “Pricer” is both lazy and lame.

Stu “the Grim Reaper” Grimson? Now that’s a hockey nickname. “Knuckles” Nilan. “Rocket” Richard. “Pocket” Richard. The Russian Rocket. Le Gros Bill. The Great One. Mister Hockey. The Golden Jet. The Flower. The Chicoutimi Cucumber. “Boom Boom” Geoffrion. “Newsy” Lalonde. “Gump” Worsley. The Dominator. Big Bird. Terrible Ted Lindsay. Nikolai Khabibulin, a.k.a. the Bulin Wall. Ken “the Rat” Linseman (a nickname that could also apply to Brad Marchand or Nazem Kadri today).

“Grapes” might be a sour guy, but would Don Cherry have become famous without a great nickname? OK, “Super Mario” and “Number Four Bobby Orr” were pretty lame, but you get the idea.

read on

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Angelo Esposito Today

from Julien McKenzie at The Sporting News,

Camille Gauthier-St-Germain is expected to pay rent for her Montreal apartment, located in the city's Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district, at the beginning of every month. Her landlord occasionally comes in and does small renovations to the place, which isn’t uncommon behavior.

Gauthier-St-Germain doesn’t really know much about her landlord, who is otherwise known as “the hockey player” in the area.

“At the beginning I didn’t realize he was a former hockey player,” Gauthier-St-Germain said. “He doesn’t really talk about it. I don’t know if he even really wants to talk about it.”

The landlord is 28-year-old Angelo Esposito, a former Canadian hockey prodigy who doesn’t talk much about hockey anymore, so he says. As the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship plays out in Buffalo, N.Y., the former first-round pick, who scored the game-winning goal for Team Canada in the 2009 gold medal game against Sweden, admits he hasn’t paid as much attention to the tournament as he did in the past.


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Video- Nathan Demsey On The Game He Loves

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Nathan Dempsey’s relationship with the game of hockey can be defined with one word: resiliency. See how he has overcome Parkinsons and maintained a role in the game he loves.


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A Conversation With Stephen Peat

from Douglas Quan of the National Post,

Connecting with ex-NHL tough guy Stephen Peat is an exercise in frustration. He’ll reply to some of your messages and completely ignore others. He says he will see you at Tim Horton’s in 15 minutes but then show up one-and-a-half hours late.

When he finally does show up though, frustration gives way to sympathy. How can it not? After slurping down an iced coffee and inhaling a chocolate-glazed donut, the broad-shouldered 37-year-old — once known for his explosive fights on the ice — hunches over the table and rests his head in the palms of his thick hands. His eyes flit left and right as he recounts his daily struggle to deal with headaches, memory loss and anxiety — symptoms he believes are related to repeated concussions.

Since spring, Peat has been homeless in the Surrey, B.C., area — rotating between motels, Airbnb rentals, his female companion’s parents’ trailer home and the cab of his 2005 GMC pickup truck.


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Evening Line- Tim Layden On Sports Journalism

The sports media industry has evolved with breathtaking speed and scope over the last generation. Most of the resulting innovations are obvious and fully baked into America’s daily sports consumption: digital platforms largely replacing paper; social media becoming a delivery service and free-form sports bar; televised shouting matches between pundits snagging ratings; celebrity-driven coverage and more. But that’s not all: The voice of sports media has changed as well. Increasingly, sports journalists have abandoned neutrality in favor of writing (or broadcasting, or podcasting) in the voice of the fan.

-Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated where you can read more on this topic.

thanks to Michael Farber's tweet for the heads up.

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