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from Hillel Kuttler of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency,
Several years ago, Jessica Berman and her husband, Brad, bumped into her high school boyfriend.
“If you aren’t working as a lawyer in hockey, I’d be amazed,” Berman recalled him saying.
The ex had her pegged. Berman, 37, has been employed by the National Hockey League for nearly a decade and currently is a vice president and deputy general counsel. She fell for the sport as a teenager.
Some foresee Berman as the first female commissioner of a men’s professional sports league. She helped negotiate key labor agreements with the players’ union, including the deal ending the 2004-05 lockout and the 10-year pact signed two years ago.
But perhaps she’s made an even greater impact since a 2013 stroke left Brad, then 37, in a monthlong coma.
Besides tending to him and caring for their two sons, Berman has spearheaded efforts to benefit the Burke Rehabilitation Center, the suburban New York City institution that’s been instrumental in Brad’s continued recovery. Charity races – Brad is an avid runner who aspires to compete again in marathons – and retail promotions have raised $650,000, most going to build a lower-limb robotics clinic.
What message, if any, needs to be sent by the league to Kane, other players, franchises and, again, the public at large about such serious allegations, even if there are no criminal charges laid?
We ask because as the summer disappears into the fall, we honestly are unsure about the nature of truth and punishment and judgment.
But if there is one thing this summer has reinforced, it's how little we really know about the people we watch play the game of hockey.
-Scott Burnside of ESPN where you can read more on this topic.
from Eric Macramalla of TSN,
Richards was arrested when Canadian border guards found "some pills in a single bottle" during a random search of his car. According to Westhead's breaking report, it was small quantity intended for the hockey player's personal use.
That means Richards is looking at a simple possession charge rather than a charge for possession for the purpose of trafficking, which is a lot more serious. A trafficking charge means that a person was in possession of drugs for the purpose of selling or distributing. Richards is facing up to six months in prison and/or a $1,000 fine. Given the small amount, Richards is not going to jail assuming he's guilty of the offence (he may not be). Worst case scenario for Richards may include a fine and community service.
The issue being raised now is whether being charged will hurt Richards' likelihood of success in connection with his grievance against the Kings for unlawfully terminating his contract.
The short answer is no. Before criminal charges were filed against Richards, he stood a good chance of having an arbitrator overturn the termination of his contract. While Richards has now been criminally charged, nothing has changed as far as his chances of success.
from John Shannon of Sportsnet,
So Phase Three of the NHL’s expansion process has now begun for Las Vegas and Quebec City.
What does that really mean? Quite frankly, not as much as the title would indicate. As Bill Daly told The Associated Press last week, “It does not necessarily constitute the end of the process.”
Maybe, just maybe, we are not really close to a decision.
Some are saying that we probably shouldn’t get our hopes up for a while, which means there won’t be an announcement in the next three weeks that both cities — or either city, or neither city — will join the exclusive NHL club.
Phase Three means the two cities now have to file their last formal submissions by early September, after which the process becomes more interactive between the bidders and the League.
Not one but two hockey related emails from TMZ (no I did not sign-up for them, they just send them to me knowing I am a hockey guy)...
A former professional hockey player is suing the NHL -- claiming he was seriously jacked up from several fights during his career ... and blames the league for failing to look out for his health.
The man behind the lawsuit is Cam Severson -- who was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in 1997.
In his suit, Severson says he was involved in at least 10 fights during his career ... and specifically calls out an instance during the '03-'04 season where he was so badly disoriented, he skated to the wrong bench afterward and sat down with the wrong team....
Severson says the league glorifies dangerous bare knuckle fist fighting ... and cares about fighting even more than the actual game.
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NHL God Mike Bossy just got a HUGE assist from a famous rich guy -- Gavin Maloof -- who shelled out a fortune to reunite Mike with a legendary hockey puck ... TMZ Sports has learned.
We broke the story, Bossy lost his famous "50 in 50 puck" -- which he used to score his 50th goal in 50 games back in '81 -- 30 years ago, after his daughter mistakenly gave it away.
The guy who ended up with the puck put it up on eBay back in May -- and when Maloof caught wind of the sale, he tells us he felt compelled to take action to help Bossy get it back.
"I said, 'We need to get this puck. It means a lot to Mr. Bossy,'" Maloof tells TMZ Sports.
from Cari Grieb at The Sporting News,
The NHL, like other professional sports leagues, has become mired in controversy over domestic violence and sexual assault without taking a strong stand. Much of this league detachment can be attributed to the media and the Internet, which has overly-sensationalized athlete controversies in the Post-Ray Rice era, and has made fans equally desensitized.
Last September, Commissioner Gary Bettman took an active stance against domestic violence and sexual assault while speaking in Toronto. In the months since, he has expressed no interest in negotiating a domestic violence and sexual assault policy with the NHL Players Association; to the Commissioner’s Office, its current laissez faire approach to discipline is working fine.
The ongoing investigation into rape allegations facing the Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane and the lack of action on both the league-wide and team level, illuminates the acute, pervasive issue for America’s fourth most popular professional sport.
Since the commencement of the Kane investigation, the NHL has sat idly by, waiting for a charge to be filed against the three-time Stanley Cup champion before taking any disciplinary action.
from Lyle Richardson of Spector's Hockey,
The dog days of the NHL offseason are now into late-August and training camp is less than a month away. Here’s a look back at some takeaways from some of the notable offseason news.
The behaviour of some NHL stars gave the league a black eye. There’s an enduring belief among hockey fans that NHL players are wholesome, clean-cut young men who don’t have run-ins in the law compared to athletes in other pro sports. For the most part, that’s true, but that myth suffered serious blows this summer due to off-ice incidents involving several NHL players.
Former LA Kings center Jarret Stoll was busted for drug possession in Las Vegas. Buffalo Sabres center Ryan O’Reilly was charged with DUI. The Los Angeles Kings terminated center Mike Richards contract after he was involved in an incident at the Canada-US border. And the worst of all, the ongoing rape investigation involving Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane.
Of course, we shouldn’t tar all NHL players for the actions of a handful. Still, these incidents are a black eye for a league which likes to promote its players as upstanding, law-abiding citizens.
Threats of an offer sheet can scare a GM into trading a promising free agent.
Due to a demand by the National Hockey League, the Company has changed its symbol on the Canadian Securities Exchange ("CSE") from "NHL" to "EAT". In the U.S. the company continues to trade under the symbol "SPLIF" on the OTCQB.
Nutritional High CEO David Posner commented: "We're honored to follow in the footsteps of the Nordiques, who were also asked to change their name upon their move from Canada to Colorado. The Avalanche won the Stanley Cup that year, so we figured why fight a winning formula? While we don't believe anyone would confuse our respective products, we decided to make the symbol change to avoid possible legal costs, despite being on solid legal ground."
if interested in the company, read on...
from Jack Han of Eyes On The Prize,
First, you want a player with long arms. Longer arms for a skater means more range for stickhandling, more power for shooting, and more leverage in corner puck battles. For a goalie, long arms means a better ability to take away the top of the net when down in a butterfly stance.
Second, you want a player with a big, heavy torso. This is much more important for goalie than for skaters, since a goaltender with a big torso can use a bigger chest protector and cover more of the gap between his shoulders and the crossbar.
Third, you want a player with short legs. Longer legs means a higher top-end speed, as Usain Bolt has demonstrated in sprinting, but shorter legs means better acceleration,as almost every other sprinter in Olympic history has demonstrated. In hockey, a skater reaches top speed for a brief moment, before needing to stop, change direction, and accelerate in the opposite direction. Goalies with shorter legs have a better push-off angle when going across the crease, and can be quicker to close the five-hole.
Anecdotally, it may help for a player to have smaller calves. Less weight at the extremities means more efficient movement, mirroring and amplifying the benefits of lighter skates. Wayne Simmons and Daniel Briere's lower legs look like they belong on a distance runner.
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