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from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
Saturday night, during the Wild-Dallas Stars game, Jack Jablonski led what was dubbed as hockey’s largest stick tap when 18,000-plus fans received thunder sticks so they could tap along with the 19-year-old affectionately known as Jabs.
A stick tap in hockey, as Jabs explained last week, “is when somebody gets injured — and we saw plenty stick taps in the Wild game Monday in New York. You tap your stick on the ice when that player gets up hoping that everything’s OK. It’s to show respect for people injured in a hockey game.”
Unfortunately, in December of 2011, Jablonski wasn’t able to get up after a check from behind while playing hockey as a sophomore for Benilde-St. Margaret’s. The injury left him a quadriplegic, but he has since become an inspiration to many.
Jablonski has devoted his life to helping others who are going through the same debilitating injury.
Below, watch the 'largest stick tap'...
from the CP at CBC,
The owner of the NHL's Dallas Stars will be sentenced next month for damaging a fish habitat during renovations to his vacation property in Kamloops, B.C.
Tom Gaglardi, who also owns the WHL's Kamloops Blazers, is scheduled to learn his fate on Dec. 12.
Gaglardi and his company, Northland Properties, were each convicted in August of two counts of harmful alteration of a fish habitat — 2,400 square metres of shoreline area on Kamloops Lake....
Crown lawyer Digby Kier told a sentencing hearing earlier this month that Gaglardi and his company should be ordered to pay a fine of $300,000, the maximum allowed under the law....
Defence lawyer Rob Bruneau has called for a fine in the range of $50,000 to $75,000, saying his client should not be penalized for being wealthy.
It’s often said that the mentality of a professional athlete and that of a poker player go hand in hand. That winning mentality. The never say die attitude. The sitting on a team bus for hours and hours making your way across country. It all transfers across from the rink and onto the poker table. No man can prove that more than Greg Mueller.
The 43-year-old has transferred his talents seamlessly onto the green velvet over the past few years since retiring from the sport in 2000, not only becoming an ex-pro who enjoys a hand like P.K. Subban and Mike Bossy, but a poker pro in his own right.
via TSN Tube,
Former NHL goalie Clint Malarchuk, joined by his good friends Steve Ludzik and Rick Dudley, shared his bouts with mental illness and the story about his road to recovery on Off the Record with Michael Landsberg.
from Mike Ozanian of Forbes,
Sources are telling me that Terry Pegula has won the bidding for the Buffalo Bills for about $1.1 billion.
It is a record price paid for a professional football team that does not own its stadium. The deal could be officially announced today by Morgan Stanley MS -2.12%, the banker conducting the sale for the trust of the team’s late founder, Ralph Wilson.
The owner of the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres beat out a Toronto Group and Donald Trump.
My source says the Toronto Group, which included rocker Jon Bon Jovi, Larry Tenenbaum, chairman and 25% owner of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, and the Rogers family, bid “around $1 bilion” while Trump’s bid did not top $900 million.
from Jessica Smith Cross of MetroNews,
The hockey player’s name is perhaps said more often than any other in Canada — no, it’s not Wayne Gretzky.
In all of the talk of what Burger King Worldwide Inc.’s acquisition of Tim Hortons means for Canada’s iconic brand, there’s little mention of Tim Horton, the man — a beloved Stanley Cup-winning defenceman for the 1950s and ’60s Maple Leafs, who died driving drunk near St. Catharines, Ont., in 1974.
“Horton is a ghost in the corporate machine,” said Douglas Hunter, author of a book on Miles Gilbert (Tim) Horton and another on Tim Hortons. “He has pretty much disappeared from the store that bears his name.”
Prior to his death, the coffee chain had begun to “disengage” Horton from the restaurant, said Hunter, as Horton was never comfortable as a “persona” and the company thought it was better business strategy to focus on the food. The phasing out of Horton the man continued in 1974 after the circumstances surrounding the Tim’s founder’s death mired the chain’s namesake in controversy.
On Feb. 21, 1974, Horton, who then played for the Buffalo Sabres, was heading to Buffalo for treatment after taking a puck to the jaw and stopped to meet with his partner in the doughnut shop chain, Ron Joyce, said Hunter.
At 4 a.m. Horton went off the road at high speed. Alcohol and pills were found at the scene, but at the time whether or not he was driving drunk was publicly disputed and unconfirmed.
Below, watch a Legends of Hockey feature on Tim Horton...
from Dareh Gregorian of the New York Daily News,
An ESPN anchor has filed suit against an upstate hockey arena after a promotional appearance there went bad.
"Listen Closely" host Linda Cohn — a former goalie at SUNY Oswego — was at the Brewster Ice Arena in March to face off against the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack when she says she suffered "severe and disabling injuries" in what the team described as a "freak accident."
The accident took place off ice, when "a heavy, large coin change machine fell upon her," her Manhattan federal court suit says.
Less than 1% of my writing is about advanced statistics. But more than 30% of response to my writing happen to be about analytics. Can you say overly sensitive?
-Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun.
How about five minutes of stand-up comedy with Dennis Hull?
In this video, it is Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper and a friend.
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