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NEW YORK -- New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic and Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds are the two finalists for the 2016-17 NHL Foundation Player Award, which is presented to "an NHL player who applies the core values of hockey - commitment, perseverance and teamwork - to enrich the lives of people in his community," the National Hockey League announced today.
from Kerry Gillespie of the Toronto Star,
The first scientific study to delve into the long-term impacts of concussions specifically among National Hockey League players has yielded some surprising initial results.
The Rotman Research Institute at Toronto’s Baycrest Health Sciences is collecting brain images and genetic data and conducting a battery of tests on retired NHL players.
On objective tests of cognitive functions such as memory, attention and processing information, the NHL alumni do about as well as the study’s comparison group, and it doesn’t matter how many concussions they had during their careers or whether they have the APOE4 allele, a type of gene that has been associated with increased dementia.
“If there was impairment, it was subtle and nobody was significantly cognitively impaired,” said Dr. Brian Levine, the study’s lead.
Given how much attention there has been lately on the long-term dangers of repeated hits to the head, particularly among football players in the NFL, that’s not necessarily what they might have expected to find.
from Joe Knowles of the Chicago Tribune,
Even if the International Olympic Committee sweetens its offer, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman insists that his league will not participate in the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea.
"We're not going," Bettman said Friday during his annual meeting with a group of sports editors at league headquarters. "That decision has been made."
The issues on the table included insurance and travel expenses for players, and the IOC appeared to be willing to soften its stance on both. But Bettman said who pays for what is just part of the equation.
"We're not anti-Olympics," Bettman said. "We're anti-disruption."
from Rick Westhead of TSN,
National Hockey League linesman Don Henderson has filed a $10.25 million lawsuit against Calgary Flames defenceman Dennis Wideman more than a year after Wideman hit Henderson from behind during a game against the Nashville Predators.
CTV News and TSN have learned that Henderson filed his lawsuit against Wideman on Apr. 18 in a Calgary court.
Henderson seeks general damages of $200,000, special damages to pay for housekeeping, yard work and hospital expenses of $50,000, and damages for loss of income and future loss of income of $10 million.
The Flames are also listed as a defendant.
According to his lawsuit, Henderson suffered injuries to his head, neck back, shoulder, and right knee. He also allegedly suffered a concussion, pain, numbness and tingling in his right arm and hand, shock anxiety and depression, headaches and permanent and partial disability.
If you need a refresher, watch the incident below...
from Frank Seravalli of TSN,
Of all the opponents to accidentally spear in the groin, Zdeno Chara would probably not be high on anyone’s list. But that’s who Ott caught with a crotch shot last October – on the first shift of a game, no less.
“I wasn’t out there going ‘Oh, I’m gonna spear Chara,’” Ott said, laughing, on Wednesday. “The puck got chipped in. I went to brace myself, my arms were out. He kind of let off. I followed through, thinking I’m pre-bumping, and I speared him right in the [groin].”
A scrum ensued. Ott and Chara were each given two-minute minor penalties for unsportsmanlike conduct. Ott said he apologized and nothing more was made of the incident.
“It wasn’t dirty or malicious,” Ott said. “I didn’t have any intent to hurt him. That’s a situation that just happens sometimes.”
The same can’t be said for every stick to the groin, especially recently. Ott couldn’t put his finger on why, but spears to the family jewels appear to be a growing trend – with at least four high-profile cases earning scrutiny in the last month.
That kind of stick work is one of the few on-ice incidents that can make 19,000 fans of both teams groan in unison in an arena.
NEW YORK (April 18, 2017) – The National Hockey League today announced that the 2017 NHL Awards™ will return to Las Vegas and include the NHL Expansion Draft™ in a two-hour television program. The 2017 NHL Awards ™ and NHL Expansion Draft ™ will celebrate the League’s top talent from the 2016-17 season and reveal the initial roster of the League’s 31st team, the Vegas Golden Knights™ on Wednesday, June 21 at T-Mobile Arena.
from Randy Boswell of CBC,
OK, quick: Where was the first NHL game played? And who scored the first NHL goal?
They're actually trick questions, because no one knows for sure — that is, until now.
For many decades, ever since the National Hockey League firmly established itself as the planet's premier professional circuit, neither hockey historians nor the sport's trivia-obsessed fans have been able to say with certainty where the very first NHL action took place or who recorded the league's first goal.
That's because the newly formed NHL launched its first season on the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 19, 1917, with two games — one in Ottawa and one in Montreal.
from Jenny Powers of the New York Post,
“It’s one of the greatest trophies in all of sports, The Holy Grail, the ultimate in power and achievement and what separates The Stanley Cup from all the other trophies is the tradition that each player has his name inscribed on it and gets to spend a day with it. No one is taking home the Lombardi Trophy,” Bruce Beck, lead sports anchor for WNBC-TV, told The Post. Beck has covered six Stanley Cup Finals.
At the ripe old age of 124 years old, weighing in at 35 lb. and standing three feet tall, the Stanley Cup is the oldest trophy competed for in professional sports and the only one with 24-hour supervision, in the form of a chaperone/bodyguard who has come to be known by fans as the “Keeper of the Cup.”
Prior to 1989, that job didn’t exist. Then one day the Cup needed to travel north of Toronto for an appearance with the Calgary Flames’ Colin Patterson. Phil Pritchard, a 27-year-old who had just started working with the Hockey Hall of Fame that week, raised his hand and volunteered to make the trip.
“After that, I just kept on raising my hand and after a while fans would see me and say, ‘Hey, that’s the Keeper of the Cup,’” Pritchard, who is now 55 and travels up to 170 days a year with the Cup and shares their adventures together on Twitter @Keeperofthecup, told The Post.
The Cup itself is on the road 300 days a year. During hockey season, there are three Keepers. In the off-season, when the Cup must make its way around to all the players on the championship-winning team, two additional Keepers join the crew.
According to tradition, Keepers wear white gloves when handling the Cup. Pritchard, who is the vice president of the resource center and the curator of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto in addition to his Cup-shepherding duties, says he’s kept every pair he’s ever owned in plastic bags with dates written on them. “My sock and t-shirt drawers are filled with them. I guess it’s the curator side of me.”
from Cathal Kelly of the Globe and Mail,
About a month ago, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was asked about the potential return of five Canadian franchises to the playoffs after 2016’s blank slate.
You knew the question irritated Bettman because of how broadly he smiled as it was being asked. He’s the sort of business executive who’s never more terrifying than when he’s trying to be gracious.
“So last year when everybody was saying it was the end of NHL hockey in Canada – what a difference a year makes,” Bettman said, in what sounded like a rehearsed line. “But that’s a testament to our competitive balance and how anything can happen any year, any night, and that’s what’s great about the game.”
The end of NHL hockey in Canada? There was plenty of whining and garment-rending, but I can’t recall “everybody” talking about packing it in on the national game and giving roller derby a try instead.
Bettman is confusing what happened with what he thought he heard – a common mistake made by people with an agenda.
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