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Re Chris Pronger & NHL Dep't Player Safety: This is not difficult. He is a Flyers' employee. He is on Flyers' roster. End of discussion.
I know, maybe Brandon Dubinsky can fill in working for Dep't of Player Safety while he's on IR.
-Larry Brooks via Twitter.
added 6:06pm, also from Brooks..
This just in: Bobby Clarke is one of the refs for tonight's Flyers-B's opener in Boston.
from Nick Cotsonika of Yahoo,
The All-Star defenseman and Stanley Cup champion has interviewed for a job in the DPS and is at the top of Quintal’s list to replace the departed Brian Leetch. He would be part of the team that analyzes plays, participates in hearings and gives input to Quintal, who makes the final decisions.
Pronger would be a controversial choice for two reasons:
-- One, he racked up 1,916 penalty minutes in the regular season and playoffs combined over his 18-year NHL career. He was suspended eight times for a total of 22 games – 20 in the regular season and two in the playoffs. The infractions? Slashing. High-sticking. Leaving the bench to join an altercation. Cross-checking. Kicking (twice). Hitting the head (twice).
from Paul Stewart at The Huffington Post,
Tonight is opening night of the NHL regular season. For some guys, it will be the long-awaited night they make their NHL debut. That wasn't the case for me. My personal "opening night" as an NHL player came on Thanksgiving of 1979. I made my NHL refereeing debut on March 27, 1986.
Every player, coach and referee who has ever appeared in the NHL has his own story to tell about his first game in the League. The tale of my first game reffing in the NHL is an unconventional one. That's par for the course with me. For whatever reason, nothing major in my life ever seems to happen the "normal" way.
Both my NHL playing and refereeing debuts were made in my hometown of Boston. That was a special kind of thrill.
After my playing days ended, I enrolled in Bruce Hood's referee training school in 1983. I worked my way up the ladder over over the next three years. The first NHL game I worked was in my hometown of Boston, but it wasn't a game I was assigned beforehand to referee.
Expanded video review capabilities under Rule 38 will allow a broader discretion to Hockey Operations to determine the legitimacy of all potential goals and can include forward motion of the puck toward the goal line during a penalty shot or shootout. The process should now provide more acceptable legal parameters for the shooter to operate under, pitted against the ability of the goalkeeper to defend.
-retired referee Kerry Fraser of TSN where you can read more on the rule changes...
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
The NHL’s track record with negotiating contracts with its players without locking them out over the past decade has been horrendous. Thankfully, that hasn’t been the case with its on-ice officials. There hasn’t been a work stoppage with referees and linesemen since Doughnut-gate with Don Koharski in 1988 and there will not be one this season.
When the league opens the season with four games tonight, it will do so with labor harmony with it’s on-ice officials. Not that there was ever any doubt. For the past couple of months the league has been negotiating with its officials for a new deal and the talks were cordial and in good faith on both sides. And with the league and NHL Officials’ Association on the verge of signing a five-year deal, it is on the cusp of being official.
Even if it is not done in time for tonight, there was never any thought the officials would withhold their services for the regular season. All of them showed up for training camp and worked the pre-season games, largely because most of the issues had been settled by then.
from Cathal Kelly of the Globe and Mail,
Hockey season kicks off Wednesday, and we’ll spend most of the next eight months arguing about math. Welcome to the mainstreaming of the Analytics War.
The (very reductive) analytics explainer: If you see more of the puck, and more of the offensive zone, you will, in all likelihood, win.
This sounds pretty sensible, which may be why it upsets people so much. When it comes to the canons of the country’s best-attended church, we aren’t prepared for quiet revolutions.
This will be positioned as a fight about the future of the game. Which it isn’t.
What it is is an attempt to make hockey make sense. Which it doesn’t.
At its best, the NHL is about the physical mystique of a few men doing things the rest of us can’t. Once you begin to pick apart that process, you’re no longer a fan. You’re a foot soldier in the ice Crusades.
from Stephen Whyno of the CP at MetroNews,
The NHL is at the beginning of an analytics awakening.
Advanced statistics, such as the tracking of total shots attempted for and against, have been around for decades, giving teams a glimpse of information behind the final score and players’ goals and assists. As stats and the game have evolved, more hockey people are seeing their worth to wins and losses.
Over the summer, several teams, including the Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers, hired analytics specialists to get the most out of the data available. Recent Stanley Cup champions like the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks have had success with advanced stats, so it stands to reason that others will follow.
“You have to eliminate some of the noise and present the data or the information that’s going to best help the team in whatever regard that is: It’s scouting, it’s strategy, lineups,” said new Leafs assistant GM Kyle Dubas. “It’s taking what I know works and then incorporating that into the whole team structure and knowing that you’re dealing with a number of subjective pieces to the puzzle, as well.”
The most basic of the advanced stats are called Corsi, Fenwick, zone starts and quality of competition.
NEW YORK/TORONTO (October 6, 2014) -- The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL) announced today that the modification to Rule 1.9 – Face-off Spots and Circles will be implemented for the commencement of the 2014-15 Season. The rule change, which moves the hash marks at the end zone circles from three feet apart to five feet, seven inches apart, had been tested during the 2014-15 preseason.
NEW YORK / TORONTO (October 6, 2014) – As anticipation builds for the 2014-15 NHL® season, every aspect of the game will be at the fingertips of hockey fans around the world, courtesy of the newly redesigned, free NHL app available on mobile devices, and the NHL’s live cross-platform streaming games service, NHL GameCenter LIVE™. Hockey fans can expect more rich video content, seamless navigation, enhanced social media integrations and improved notifications among the many features that will create a more personalized experience.
The redesigned NHL app also includes a convenient integration for NHL GameCenter LIVE subscribers, which for the first time ever, has multiple camera angles for an enhanced viewing experience.
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