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from Craig Custance of ESPN,
Things have gone well for Boucher in Switzerland, and now Boucher has emerged as the best available candidate for NHL teams looking to make an in-season change at head coach. There are certainly other notable and worthy candidates, like John Tortorella, Ron Wilson and Randy Carlyle, but nobody who offers the mix of youth, intelligence and now international experience that the 44-year-old Boucher provides.
Reached by phone in Switzerland on Monday, Boucher said coaching for Bern has been an incredible opportunity and learning experience for him.
“You see things differently. I look at what Paul Maurice had done going to Europe and coming back. Bob Hartley just won coach of the year and he did the same thing. You ask all those guys and they’ll tell you their experience overseas helped you become better coaches,” Boucher said.
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from Lori Ewing of the CP at the Toronto Sun,
Patrick O'Sullivan has a strong aversion to baked beans. The smell of freshly-cut grass can send him into an emotional tailspin.
And even when he played in the National Hockey League, and the days of being beaten by his dad were behind him, he still instinctively scanned the crowd for his face in the arena every night.
The 30-year-old O'Sullivan seemed destined for hockey greatness, but it all went horribly wrong at the hands of his father.
In "Breaking Away: A Harrowing True Story of Resilience, Courage and Triumph," O'Sullivan writes in unflinching detail about a childhood of physical abuse and emotional cruelty. His hope is that people start talking about what happens in some homes after the lights of the arena of turned off.
NHL Live is joined by legendary photographer Bruce Bennett to discuss his new book “Hockey’s Greatest Photos”.
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Watch as Toronto Blue Jays infielder Munenori Kawasaki meets the Edmonton Oilers.
I woke up from the operation without a stitch of clothing on me, and I’d gone in there fully clothed. Nothing on me, no wires or equipment, no blanket or pillow. I tried to get up, which hurt, and I kind of made a noise. Ten people in the room stopped, looked at me, and then came over in a rush.
Two weeks after that, they let me out of the hospital because I could walk on my own. I went to the rink and started getting ready for practice. In my mind I thought, “I can at least go out there and push pucks and stay involved.” The trainer started freaking out, waving his arms, and I had no idea what he was saying. Finally, one of the managers who spoke English and Croatian came in and told me to back to the hospital. I listened but nobody had told me anything.
We had a sit-down meeting with the operating doctor who told me that I had lost so much blood that during the procedure I flatlined and they couldn’t get me back.
-Jamie Rivers at Slapshot Diaries where you can read more on this story...
Rivers played for six NHL teams during his NHL career
The Finnish national hockey team has asked people to stop wearing Finland hockey jerseys to anti-immigration demonstrations. Over the weekend hockey shirts were spotted at several protests, but now the hockey federation has asked people to stop wearing its merchandise at protests.
Finland’s national hockey team does not want to be associated with anti-immigration protests. The team’s official Twitter account asked on Wednesday for people attending demonstrations to avoid wearing Finland hockey jerseys.
"Attention fans: Can we agree that hockey jerseys belong in the stands and not on demonstrations," read the tweet.
from Realty Today,
Hockey living legend Jeremy Roenick could not sell his house in Scottsdale, Arizona so he is trying a different approach: For $30,000 a month, he will be glad to rent out his home.
After sitting idle in listings for over a year, Roenick has decided to put a "for rent" sign on his 10,000-square-foot residence instead and hopes that renters are willing to pay the $30,000 a month price tag attached to it. The mansion sits on 19 acres of land just outside Pinnacle Peak and has its own private baseball field....
The house has seven bedrooms with eight baths and two of them are master suites. There is a swimming pool and spa outside, as well as a mini golf course. There is also a 2,000-square-foot stand-alone guest house complete with its own kitchen and a garage that could fit four cars.
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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.
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