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This Was Tom Webster

from Gare Joyce of Sportsnet,

Tom Webster was, if not a shy man, then at least an unassuming one, almost painfully self-effacing around those who didn’t know him well. That’s rare in the hockey business that is, like the game, built on confidence and the bluster of people too eager to exaggerate their influence. So it shouldn’t have been a surprise that his death in April wasn’t big news in the media, that #Webbie and #RIPHawkeye never trended. Across the NHL, players, coaches, scouts and executives mourned his passing in a way that escaped notice, at least in part because the COVID-19 lockdown deprived them of the opportunity to attend his funeral.

A lot of famous names would have made it out to pay respects and celebrate his half-century in the game. Many Tom Webster stories would have been shared. I have a few of my own but I’m going to go with just one here.

Back in February 2008, I headed down to Windsor with a very sad assignment: to cover the Spitfires’ first game after the sudden death of their captain, Mickey Renaud, at the age of 19. An outgoing, charismatic kid, a genuine live wire, Renaud had grown up in Windsor and seemed to know everyone in town. He drew his last breath when he was sitting down to breakfast with a couple of younger teammates. An autopsy would reveal an undiagnosed heart condition. A few games were cancelled in the wake of Renaud’s death. When the team again took the ice, against Belleville on a Thursday night, there was a ceremony before the game that no one in attendance would forget.


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A Demographic Snapshot


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Video- Brian Burke With A Memory Of 9/11

via Sportsnet,

Sportnet's David Amber joins Brian Burke in remembering the lives lost on September 11, 2001 and the lives it directly impacted in the hockey community.


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from the HDA,


  1. We will accelerate our efforts to ensure that no barriers exist to prevent Black individuals from getting hired by, and advancing within, the NHL and each of our member franchises (individually and collectively, the “League”) and hereby commit to increase:
    1. the number of Black executives in the NHL to 3.5% before the end of the 2024/2025 season;
    2. the employment of Black hockey-related personnel to 5% before the end of the 2020/2021 season; and 8% before the end of the 2022-2023 season;
    3. the employment of Black non hockey-related personnel to 10% before the end of the 2020-2021 season; and 12.5% before the end of the 2022-2023 season.

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NHL Considered Safe To Play By 146 Doctors

via Stephanie Apstein and Michael Rosenberg of Sports Illustrated,

Professional sports are back, but are they safe?

Leagues say yes. And the vast majority of athletes have chosen to compete. But doctors surveyed by SI tell a more complex story: They worry COVID-19 could cause many serious health problems down the road, and say that sports played outside a bubble are not worth the risk—even for young, healthy athletes who get paid millions to play.

Sports Illustrated asked doctors with expertise related to COVID-19 around the country: If your full income came from playing in one of the four major U.S. men’s professional sports leagues, how likely would you be to play?

The results were stark. Roughly 90% of the 146 doctors who responded to SI’s survey said they would definitely or probably play in the NBA (which has built a locked-down “bubble” in Orlando) or the NHL (which has two bubbles in Canada). But majorities said they probably or definitely would not play in the NFL (62%) or Major League Baseball (59%) under current protocols.

Regarding the NHL, 43.8% of the surveyed responded would definitely play, 47.9% said probably play.

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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...


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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.

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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.


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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.


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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.

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