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Wrong Decision On Ryan Getzlaf

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Hey, NHL. Rainbow tape isn’t enough.

Anyone can tape up a stick with pinks and reds and purples, use it at a skills competition, and then fall right back into our black-and-white hockey culture the next day. What’s hard is to look in the mirror and ask, “Why?”

Why have the other sports’ experienced players come out, but not the National Hockey League? Or Canadian Major Junior Hockey?

Why do the NHL, the NHL Players’ Association, the Anaheim Ducks and Ryan Getzlaf look at the “C” word spoken in the heat of the moment by Getzlaf in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final and not hear the word the way a gay man would hear that word?...

When terms hurt people, common decency dictates we stop using them.

And so it is time for the hockey world to examine the word Getztlaf used, one that has been accepted inside its dressing rooms for decades, and decide if it is acceptable anymore. It is a Top 10 swear word in the hockey vernacular. Maybe Top 5.

Getzlaf is a product of the Western Canadian hockey culture, as am I. He grew up in Regina and played his junior hockey in Calgary. I’m an Edmonton guy. We have both been desensitized to the word, the same way a doctor does not get squeamish at the sight of blood.

That is why the NHL, the Ducks, the NHLPA and Getzlaf all missed a golden opportunity this weekend to actually walk the gay rights walk. To not just tape a hockey stick for the LGBTQ community, but to identify and admit to a metaphor for homophobia that exists inside hockey’s DNA, and start down the path to removing it.

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Afternoon Lines- Bill Daly

via Liz Mullen tweets at a Sports Lawyers Conference,

NHL's Bill Daly: 1 thing they will look at in next CBA "our definition of hockey related revenues."

"From an owner's standpoint, anything that generates revenue is of interest."-- NHL's Bill Daly

NHL's Bill Daly wouldn't answer if players who go to the Olympics will be fined.

Bill Daly said sending players to Olympics is a cost-benefit analysis. "In this case we felt the costs outweighed the benefits."

added 12:47pm,

NHL's Bill Daly on hockey-related revenues in next CBA: Not a matter of expanding or shrinking but making definitions "more precise."

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Video- On-Ice Officials Mic’d Up For The Second Round Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs

3 1/2 minutes to watch.


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The President/CEO Of The Olympic Organizing Committee On The NHL

rom Lucas Aykroyd of IIHF.com,

Hockey is gaining momentum in South Korea – not just from the upcoming XXIII Olympic Winter Games, but also from the national team’s recent promotion from Division IA to the 2018 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Denmark (Copenhagen and Herning). Head coach Jim Paek and assistant coach Richard Park are former NHLers of Korean descent who are leading the charge.

South Korea will become just the fourth non-European country to host the Winter Games after the United States, Canada, and Japan. The already-completed hockey venues are the Gangneung Hockey Centre (capacity 10,000) and Kwangdong Hockey Centre (capacity 6,000).

This will be the first Winter Olympics in Asia since Nagano, Japan in 1998. The 2022 Winter Olympics will take place in Asia in Beijing, China. It’s part of what South Korean organizers are touting as a new Asian era in sports, with the 2020 Summer Olympics also coming to Tokyo, Japan.

Lee, who noted that the distance between PyeongChang and Beijing is less than the distance between New York and Chicago, emphasized that he remains open to negotiations to bring NHLers to South Korea next year.

“As long as the NHL intends to participate in Beijing, they should also participate in PyeongChang,” Lee said. “I don’t think they’ve made a final decision so far. We still have lots to negotiate. Nothing is concluded until the final conclusion is made.”


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Video- Coach’s Corner Last Night

The main topics of discussion by Don Cherry and Ron MacLean include: Phil Kessel, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, the Nashville 'points', confusing icing calls and Ovechkin and his bruise.


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Hockey Notes On A Saturday Night

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- Excuse me if I have no sympathy for Chris Simon, one of the recent opportunists to hop aboard the apparent gravy train that is suing the National Hockey League over concussions.

Simon played for eight different teams, fought more than 100 times, was suspended on eight different occasions, and ended up with 1,824 minutes in penalties. The worst aspect of his career was the indifference and lack of respect he showed both the game and those he played against.

On occasion, he swung his stick like a baseball bat. He stomped on players. He cross checked players across the throat. It often looked like attempt to injure was just part of his nightly regimen....

- Didn’t think Pittsburgh could win a Stanley Cup with Kris Letang heading up a thin defence last season. Now, without him, can they win with Olli Maatta, Justin Schultz, Brian Dumoulin, Ron Hainsey, Chad Ruhwedel and Ian Cole on the back end?

- If you don’t love watching Erik Karlsson dance, you don’t love hockey. But does that mean I’m loving the Senators? Ah, no.

more on Simon plus additional hockey topics...

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If The NHL Players Want To Play In The Olympics

from Tim Wharnsby of CBC,

The only way I see a turnabout happening is if the players begin to hold meetings with their respective team owners to express how important the Olympic competition is to them. It's a pie-in-the-sky scenario. But the only way Bettman changes his mind will be if the owners tell him to.

Imagine if Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa, who have worked so hard together to win three Stanley Cups in eight seasons, sat down with Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz.

Sidney Crosby could do the same with Pittsburgh Penguins owner Mario Lemieux. Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty could take a meeting with the Los Angeles Kings' ownership group, as could Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler with the Anaheim Ducks' brass.

Bettman works for the owners. But he often gets his way by telling his bosses what they should do. It would be interesting to see what would happen if the players pleaded their case personally to the owners.


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Teemu Selanne On The NHL And The Olympics

from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

So, yeah, retired star Teemu Selanne has an opinion on the NHL's decision not to take part next year in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

It's sad, short-sighted and bad for hockey, he said.

“It makes me sad,” Selanne, in Winnipeg for a speaking engagement, Wednesday, told the Winnipeg Sun. “I had a chance to play six Olympics, and I know it's every player's dream, too. Hopefully they're going to still change their minds.

“Because you can't always think about how it's going to benefit the market. There's a bigger picture about going to the Olympics. And I really hope they're going to change their mind and be part of it because it's a great experience for everybody.”

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Morning Line- Rene Fasel


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The Latest From Rene Fasel On the Olympics

from Nick Butler of inside the games,

A final decision on National Hockey League (NHL) participation at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics Games must be made by mid-July at the absolute latest, the head of the world governing body has claimed.

International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) President René Fasel insists that any later would make it logistically impossible to find hotels and accommodation for the NHL delegation....

"The IOC is at a crossroads," he said.

"It has to decide where it wants to go.

"If it wants stars and professionals, it must take over the [technical] costs for it."

He also criticised NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman for making "unrealistic" demands.

"He [Bettman] claims the same rights for the NHL as a TOP (The Olympic Programme) sponsor who pays $100 million (£77 million/€91 million)," Fasel added.

"He wants to use the Olympic Rings for the NHL.

"If the IOC says yes, what do we do with athletics, swimming, gymnastics, skiing, ice skating?

"Then we would have to grant these rights to all the big sports federations.

"It is also about the principle."


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