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from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,
He will not offer input on incidents involving the Flyers, just to be safe – just as Patrick Burke does not offer input on incidents involving Brian Burke’s team, the Calgary Flames. What about incidents involving other Metropolitan Division teams or even other Eastern Conference teams? Will his Flyers connection cloud his judgment?
“No,” Pronger said. “Absolutely not.”
Why should anyone trust him?
“They don’t have to trust me,” Pronger said. “They can gauge by what I do. But at the end of the day, I’ve got to be honest with you, none of this is my call. Stephane Quintal is the head of the player safety department. He’s the one that ultimately makes the decision. I’m not going to be able to go in there and make them do what I want.”
This could be a great story. Pronger knows what it’s like to be suspended, but he also knows the pain of brain trauma. Asked if his experience with concussions gives him a new appreciation for player safety, he said: “I think it does.” He started to talk about his lingering symptoms. But then he stopped.
NEW YORK (Oct. 10, 2014) -- Five-time NHL All-Star, two-time Olympic gold medalist and Stanley Cup champion Chris Pronger has joined the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety, NHL Senior Vice President Player Safety Stephane Quintal announced today.
The second overall selection in the 1993 NHL Draft, Pronger ranked among the League's most decorated stars over his 18-season playing career with the Hartford Whalers, St. Louis Blues, Edmonton Oilers, Anaheim Ducks and Philadelphia Flyers. He was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team with the Whalers in 1994, won the Hart Trophy (League MVP) and Norris Trophy (best defenseman) with the Blues in 2000, captured the Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007 and led the Oilers and Flyers to the Stanley Cup Final in 2006 and 2010, respectively.
Pronger appeared in five NHL All-Star Games, served as captain for three clubs (Blues, Ducks and Flyers) and recorded 698 points (157 goals, 541 assists) in 1,167 regular-season games from 1993-94 through 2011-12. Internationally, the Dryden, Ont., native skated for Canada at the IIHF World Junior Championships (1993), World Championships (1997) and in four consecutive Olympics (1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010), winning gold in 2002 and 2010.
from the CP at Yahoo,
WAYNE GRETZKY: In your memoir you write about participating in the puck-drop ceremony for the 2014 Winter Classic alumni game at Comerica Park. Could you tell me a little bit about playing outdoors as a child? What was your local rink like? What's your fondest memory of playing outside?
GORDIE HOWE: I loved playing hockey and looked forward to getting on the ice. If I wasn't home eating I was on the ice skating all winter. The rink was just boards and ice. In the Depression there was no money to do much — I think we were lucky there was man-made ice to skate on. I don't know that any memory stands out as the fondest, but I always liked to score and loved to win. That was what I lived for.
WG: Having mentored countless younger players, you are one of the most iconic father figures in the hockey world. You're also known for a mischievous streak and the chip on your shoulder. What's the piece of advice you've imparted that kids aren't likely to have heard from their teachers or other authorities?
GH: One of my rules was to do unto others before they do unto you, but that was never my first advice to youngsters. What I always started with was making sure they held their stick in the proper position. You should hold the top hand on the stick like you would hold a hammer when you're driving a nail. You have the most leverage and you won't get your wrist broken. The chip on my shoulder was earned over many years of hard knocks and each player has to earn that chip on their shoulder their own way.
No matter what safeguards are in place when the league is forced to suspend a Pittsburgh Penguin or a New York Islander or New York Ranger, there will be a shadow of doubt about Pronger's role. For a league that has had so much going for it on the ice and in the boardrooms, it is a curious move to make a hire that is already arching eyebrows around the NHL for its strangeness.
The league somehow managed to move beyond the sometimes embarrassing and at times potentially damaging situation of having former league disciplinarian Colin Campbell preside over supplemental discipline in spite of the fact his son Gregory played in the league.
Why the league would choose to court similar distractions and negative press is more than a little baffling.
-Scott Burnside of ESPN where you can read more on this topic.
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
The ref helmet cam is another piece of modern technology that provides a useful purpose within the game and I am pleased that it is being utilized. This camera shot not only enhances the television broadcast by taking the viewer directly onto the ice with sight and sound, but more specifically to gain a unique sightline on a play that is potentially shared by the referee. I offer the caveat "potentially" because while the helmet might be directed toward an area of the action it does not necessarily mean that the referee's eyes are 'lasered' into a specific location or segment of the play. Some of you might be rolling your eyes in disbelief at this suggestion but that is exactly what I'm talking about. Your head might not have moved as you rolled your eyes but I guarantee your focus of vision and attention most certainly would have changed.
A practical example how this might occur is during a scramble in the goal crease or as players crash the net. In this scenario the referee would drive toward the net along or preferably slightly ahead of the goal line from the corner to gain the best sightline on what might develop inside the crease. His various objectives would be to locate the puck and ascertain if it is playable; frozen; covered illegally by a defending player in the goal crease resulting in a penalty shot; goalkeeper interference or if another foul were to occur; and finally if the puck were to enter the net legally.
If you missed some of the video of the helmet cam in action, I did a post on it earlier today.
via Pierre LeBrun tweets,
Remember that NHL hockey ops is collecting video evidence, such as Kadri (off-side) goal last night, and will submit them to GMs in March.
Almost like a shadow operation but all the missed calls on goals, etc., are going into a big video file and will be presented at GMs meeting
The point will be to show GMs they have the video evidence if they choose to support extending parameters of video review for next yr
Watch the Kadri off-side goal below, scroll to the 1:45 mark for evidence...
So one’s initial response to the news that Pronger, not yet retired but unable to play again, is interviewing for a position with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety is to say, “Seriously?”
Gales of laughter might then ensue when it was confirmed that, yes, he’s a candidate to fill the position left open by the departure of Brian Leetch.
One all-star defenceman for another, as it were.
So what, was Todd Bertuzzi not interested? Were Bryan Marchment, Chris Simon and Dave (The Hammer) Schultz otherwise engaged?
If Dan Carcillo, Matt Cooke, Steve Ott and Maxim Lapierre weren’t still playing would they be getting interviews, too?
-Damien Cox of Sportsnet on Chris Pronger being considered for a Department of Player Safety position. Read more on this topic.
Now all we need is some play-by-play from the ref....
And another sample of rhe ref came below, this time on a waived-off goal which was overturned by Toronto...
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