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from Chloe Fedio of the Ottawa Citizen,
Former NHL player turned deputy leader of the Green Party, Georges Laraque, fended off an accusation of fraud made public Monday morning in a press release from a company in the United States, claiming instead that the real fraud was committed by his Canadian partner.
Florida-based Global Synthetic Ice announced Monday that Laraque’s company, Super-Glide Canada, has been dropped as a distributor after an internal investigation revealed “unethical business practices” involving $54,000 worth of funds and products.
Company president Perry Boskus said he decided to sever ties with Super Glide based on allegations of fraud from Laraque’s partner Marc Filion. Filion and Laraque are both listed as directors of Super-Glide Canada, which was incorporated in Nov. 2009.
from the CP at Castanet,
A former Edmonton Oiler’s plan to build a permanent hockey rink isn’t going over well with some of his neighbours in a subdivision northwest of Edmonton.
Some residents of Riverstone Pointe, north of St. Albert, have taken their concerns about Fernando Pisani’s rink to the Sturgeon County subdivision and development appeal board.
Don McGeachy, a county councillor who sits on the appeal board, says he’s never seen a complaint like this before.
McGeachy says several of the neighbours have had backyard rinks before with no complaints, but adds those have been temporary.
Some neighbours say the 15 metre by 27 metre rinkabout half the size of an NHL one,”- will create a noise problem and lighting will interfere with privacy late at night.
The rink will have permanent boards, Plexiglas ends and six three-metre tall light standards.
from Linda Massarella at the Toronto Sun,
In a romantic face-off between wild child Paulina Gretzky and the seemingly mild-mannered Jarret Stoll (now apparently dating for almost a month), which one would come out with their heart still intact?
On one side is Paulina. She certainly looks like a handful of oozing fun from all her racy tweets and Instagram photos.
A real heartbreaker, right?
But, remember, she’s still an impulsive kid, a 23-year-old who isn’t doing very much out of the ordinary to get attention in Tinsletown. To top it off, she doesn’t really date much.
On the other is Jarett, the very handsome professional hockey player from Melville, Sask. Jarett is a serious athlete, just having helped the Los Angeles Kings win its first-ever Stanley Cup.
“My golden rule is nobody rides for free. We all have to pay. Look, I’m married 30 years to the same girl, the girl I wanted to marry. I have two great kids, and Father’s Day will be great here.
“I’d never change a darn thing. I was born and raised to tear at life, and I don’t intend to stop.
“I want people to realize that it’s just a diagnosis. I want them to know I’m still on the north side of the sod. You need to tell people I’m still here.’’
-Steve Ludzik who is battling Parkinson’s disease. More from Barry Rozner of the Chicago Daily-Herald.
via CBC News,
from Chris Jones at ESPN The Magazine,
Some secrets are really hard to keep. I asked the National Hockey League if I could have the Stanley Cup for a day; the league said yes, so long as I didn’t tell anybody. You have to understand: I live in a small Canadian town called Port Hope, about an hour east of Toronto. For us up here, the Stanley Cup is close to a religious artifact; it might be the one inanimate object that every single Canadian could recognize instantly, even though we don’t win it anymore….
Mike Bolt, one of four Keepers of the Cup, called when he was 10 minutes away. I ran around flapping my hands. When he arrived, I made him hug me. The 43-year-old Toronto native has been watching people turn into puddles for 12 years, and now he was smiling again. “Seeing that happiness never gets old for me,” says Bolt, who logs 250 days each year with the Cup. “It’s amazing, really, the power of this trophy.”
He opened the black traveling case in the back of his SUV. There it was, 35 pounds of shining silver. My honest reaction: hysterical laughter. Since I was a boy, I’ve watched that trophy being hoisted into the air by giants. Now it was on my front step. I sat beside it and laughed until my eyes filled with water.
“Hockey was such a part of my life, as well as my family’s, that I knew we were all going to miss it. For the first few weeks my son was in tears sobbing, ‘I miss you being a Red Wing daddy.’ I didn’t know what to say so we just cried together. Nobody prepares you for that kind of stuff.”
-Kris Draper on retirement. Robert Laura at Forbes did a story on star athletes retiring and Al Iafrate was also quoted.
“It’s hard to replace the passion you have for a sport. There aren’t many jobs that you retire from where you get to prove that you are the very best of the best in front of thousands and thousands of people every night.”
CHELMSFORD, Mass., May 21, 2012 — A new global survey commissioned by The Workforce Institute™ at Kronos Incorporated and conducted by Harris Interactive reveals that employees around the world have, to varying degrees, called in sick to work over a sporting event. Whether they stayed home to watch it on television, attended it live, played the sport themselves, or needed a day off after staying up late to watch, sports have a significant impact on attendance at work. The Kronos “Sidelined by Sports” survey also looks at which sports are most likely to keep employees from their jobs in each region and how guilty – or not guilty – people feel about calling into work sick.
Australia, Canada, China, France, India, Mexico, the U.K., and the U.S. were represented in the survey.
• Significant numbers of employees around the world admit to calling in sick to work so they could stay home and watch or attend a sporting event. China led all surveyed regions with 58 percent, while in France only one percent answered yes. Other countries polled included India with 48 percent, the U.K. with 24 percent, Mexico with 21 percent, Australia with 19 percent, Canada with 13 percent, and the U.S. with 11 percent.
• High numbers of respondents also said that they had called in sick the day after a sporting event because they were up late watching/attending it: 54 percent in China, 41 percent in India, 23 percent in the U.K., 19 percent in Australia, 16 percent in Mexico, nine percent in Canada, seven percent in the U.S., and one percent in France.
• Which sports were most likely to cause employees to miss work? In Australia, France, Mexico, and the U.K., football (referred to as soccer in the U.S.) took the top spot. In the U.S., it was American football, China was basketball, Canada was hockey, and India was cricket. International Competition was also in the top three sports mentioned for six of the eight regions polled – only the U.S. and India did it not rank as high.
The New York Mets are in Toronto for a weekend series and “themed” their trip by wearing their favorite hockey sweaters.
from Shelley Youngblut of the Globe and Mail,
Back in the days of the Original Six, when an NHL star wanted his story told, he’d turn to Stan Fischler, the crusty New York sportswriter with more than 90 books to his credit. Today, however, it’s a Calgary mother of five who’s the top draft pick for co-writing hockey tell-alls.
How did you become the go-to gal for hockey autobiographies?
I don’t think of myself as a hockey writer. I write people stories, set in the world of hockey. It’s a world that has not traditionally been open to women, and peeking behind the curtains is a real thrill.
The perception that the NHL gives out is that we’re dealing with a bunch of professional athletes who are young gentlemen, choirboys. And it’s true – they are exceptional athletes. But the NHL is not full of choirboys. These are guys who live on the edge. They’ve got money, they’re got fame, they’ve got exceptional ability and they live as hard as they play on the ice. Which is not to say they don’t have strong beliefs or weren’t faithful to their families, but the boys on the bus had a hell of a good time. And that’s a time I love to hear about.
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