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from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
Defenceman Ryan O’Byrne and Tom Kostopoulos were arrested yesterday, and the first thing that jumped out at me as I read the police report was the time and place of the incident - 3 a.m. outside a bar.
Over the years, we’ve seen numerous stories about athletes running afoul of the law. The offences have run the gamut from players urinating in alleys to incidents where people have been killed. The two constants in many of those cases have been alcohol and late hours.
How come these incidents nev er take place at 3 p.m. in a library?
The legal system will decide whether O’Byrne is guilty of third-degree grand theft and whether Kostopoulos was out of bounds when he went to the defence of his teammate and was charged with resisting arrest without violence.
But the two have already been subjected to the court of public opinion and they’re both guilty of being stupid.
from ABC Action News, FL,
Thomas Kostopoulos and Ryan Obryne were arrested early Monday morning at Whiskey Park in Tampa.
The victim was inside Whiskey Park and had set her purse on the bar counter top. She immediately noticed it missing and alerted the bar security staff. The security staff saw the defendent (Obryne) outside the club holding the purse in one hand and the victim’s cell phone in the other.
added 9:46am, A little more on this at the Montreal Gazette...
from Dave Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out,
Now, 55 games into this season, Kovalev is the powerful locomotive pulling the Canadiens Express, the creative right-wing on one of the league’s premier lines with centreman Tomas Plekanec and left-wing Andrei Kostitsyn.
It’s been a long time since the 16-year NHL veteran has had this much fun, showcasing his prodigious, highlight-reel talent with a mature completeness of game that sees Carbonneau use him in every situation. And he’s on pace to enjoy a career season in a few statistical categories.
KK friend Roman of eNHL.cz pointed me to a video of Kovalev talking about being the first hockey player in space. The first minute or so of the video is just that, video with no sound, but after that, we hear Kovalev speak about his intentions to go into space.
You can watch the original version of the video, with Kovalev speaking in English about his plans.
from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,
While speaking to Gainey recently about his rising star on defense, Mike Komisarek, I mentioned that the physical blueliner plays a rough and tumble game, yet doesn’t drop his gloves that often. Through 53 games, Komisarek had engaged in just four fights.
What bothers Gainey is the way Komisarek – and just about all NHLers, Gainey claims – is challenged to fight almost every time he dishes out a solid bodycheck.
“It’s goofy,” Gainey says.
That is an understatement.
via RDS (translated),
After the defeat of 5-3 that he suffered face the New York Rangers on Sunday afternoon, the team announced that goalkeeper Jaroslav Halak was ceded to the Hamilton Bulldogs in the AHL….
Therefore, it is expected that Carey Price was recalled shortly.
Alex Kovalev delivered an elbow to Holweg that was missed by the refs. Hollweg’s first shift after the hit, delivered a hit from behind on Sergei Kostitsyn.
Ryan Hollweg was given five for boarding and a game. According to Mike Emrick, this type of penalty also brings an automatic one game suspension.
Watch video of both hits…
from the CP,
Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur says being dumped into the media spotlight last week over legal trouble surrounding his son Mark has been a hellish experience.
But the former Montreal Canadiens star was philosophical over his legal woes in his weekly newspaper column in the Journal de Montreal on Sunday.
“No matter what happens to us in life, we must get back on our feet and continue on the path,” Lafleur wrote. “Yesterday there was a storm, today it looks good.”
Lafleur says a positive approach is the only way to get out of problems and nothing is worse than dwelling on things and feeling sorry for yourself.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
Nobody will ever convince me that criminalizing any and all minor ripple effects of someone’s physiological and/or psychological condition isn’t as barbaric and impractical as Canada’s court system gets.
The Lafleur family deserves our compassion, not any more punishment than their son’s poor choices have already delivered upon them.
They have been humiliated enough as it is, and the petty, spiteful charge Guy Lafleur faces today will do absolutely nothing to either end their misery or make the streets of Montreal safer.
from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
That’s not good judgment on Guy’s part. His son is facing a laundry list of very serious charges including sexual assault of a 17-year old, uttering death threats, kidnapping, forcible confinement, drug possession (more than one count) and assorted acts of mayhem that police thought endangered people’s lives. It’s one thing if Marc Lafleur violated the terms of his bail, it’s something else again if his father helped him do it.
more and other NHL bits from Jim…
Update 7:05pm ET: Lafleur turns himself in to the authorities a day earlier than previously announced. He was released without condition and is set to appear in court February 7th.
from Canwest via the National Post,
An arrest warrant has been issued for former hockey Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur over testimony at his son’s trial this year according to his attorney Jean-Pierre Rancourt.
Rancourt said an arrest warrant was issued for Lafleur for contradictory statements made during testimony in the trial of his son Mark. He said Lafleur was “devastated” by the warrant and could not understand why a summon had not been issued instead.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
“The goal (is) to finish as high as we can in the standings,” Christopher Higgins said. “That’s something we’ve talked about recently since we’ve been playing better. Before, we were talking about separating ourselves from the pack below but, now, it’s about catching who’s in front of us. That’s a healthy way to think about things.”
The reality is that, while the Canadiens have the second-best record in the Eastern Conference, they are as close to ninth place as they are to first. With 60 points, they are six points behind Ottawa with a game in hand, but only six points up on the ninth-place New York Rangers.
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