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from Andrew Duffy of the Ottawa Citizen,
A new study suggests the Mounties had a powerful pacifying effect on the Canadian West that continues to be felt more that a century later — even in the NHL.
In research published this month by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, economist Pascual Restrepo shows that violent crime rates remain much higher in prairie communities that were founded far from an RCMP fort during the settlement of the West between 1890 and 1920.
What’s more, he says, the Mounties’ civilizing effect extends to the NHL: Statistics reveal that prairie-born players from areas historically outside the reach of the RCMP spent considerably more time in the penalty box during the past three decades.
Restrepo examined data from 737 NHL players from Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta who were active between 1980 and 2007.
Those who were born in communities first established more than 100 kilometres from an RCMP outpost were penalized, on average, 24 seconds more per game. That adds up to about 100 additional penalty minutes during a typical career.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Don Lynch, a 34-year-old Marine captain at the time, was sitting in the back of the plane as the rest of the passengers boarded the flight at Logan.
“Last row, cramped, sitting right next to Fred Cusick,’’ Lynch recalled the other day from his home in North Dallas. “All of a sudden, I look up, and here they come . . . Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito . . . the whole Bruins team, loading up the plane for the game in Minnesota.’’
Lynch, now 75 and nearly 20 years retired as a Marine major general, still holds the proof of his memorable, serendipitous encounter. At the urging of Cusick, then the voice of the Bruins on Channel 38, Lynch grabbed a copy of the March 1974 Playboy magazine, walked it up the aisle, and asked the boys in Black and Gold if they would sign the cover....
Random episodes such as Lynch experienced rarely, if ever, exist anymore in the pro sports industry. The Bruins, like most sports franchises, shifted exclusively to charter flights by the mid or late ’80s. In the late ’70s, when I often booked the same commercial flights as the Bruins as a beat reporter, I witnessed dozens of those chance, in-air autograph sessions.
Fans loved it. Players, for the most part, accepted it as part of the landscape, even an obligation. Most of them seemed to like it. Not hard to imagine the fun-loving Esposito gleefully unfurling the centerfold and scratching out his name.
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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