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The only person who seems to understand Colin Campbell’s pattern of punishment is Campbell himself. The suspensions he hands down are arbitrary and erratic—swayed by non-evidence, hunch, gut feelings, anecdotes and back-channel influence peddlers—and they are almost never clearly explained. He establishes precedent and contradicts it. He makes exceptions based on flawed premises and then concludes his arguments illogically and capriciously. No one, no one, knows what is allowed and what is not allowed. It is Dartboard Justice.

-Jack Edwards of NESN.  More from Jack…

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Now The Players Must Decide

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Mark it down: March 10, 2010.

It was on this day that the National Hockey League took its foot off the macho gas pedal of all-out combat, and told its players that it’s OK to tap on the brakes once in a while, when a hit starts looking like it might be a little too dangerous.

Now, how long until we see the first Matt Cooke or Colby Armstrong bear down on a first-liner from the other team, then suddenly pass the hit up?

That’s one we’ll have to see to believe, because culture shifts don’t happen over night. And this is a major culture change inside the National Hockey League.

“Yes,” confirmed the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Brian Burke. “Now, if you’re the hitter you have to make a choice. You can still hit that guy, but you can’t target his head. And sometimes, you’re just going to have to avoid the hit altogether.”


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Can You Drink Champagne Out Of A Chocolate Stanley Cup?

March 10, 2010, Toronto, ON – Today, Hershey Canada Inc. and the National Hockey League (NHL), unwrapped the details of their new agreement - an exclusive three year partnership in Canada. In celebration of this new partnership, Hershey Canada and the NHL® unveiled the one-of-a-kind Hershey’s Chocolate Stanley Cup®, a milk chocolate replica of the Stanley Cup®.

“Hershey Canada and all our Canadian employees are so excited to be teaming up with the NHL here in Canada,” says Matt Lindsay, Vice President and General Manager of Hershey Canada.  “We’re looking forward to working with the NHL to bring great promotions and experiences to our Canadian hockey fans through this new partnership. The introduction of the Hershey’s Chocolate Stanley Cup® is only the beginning, there is so much more to come.”

“Hershey, like other leading consumer brands, is strategically investing in the NHL because we have a relevant and robust fan demographic, and large scale traditional and digital activation platforms on which to showcase its leadership brand portfolio,” said Laurel Walzak, NHL Director of Integrated Sales. “This partnership brings together two things Canadians love – hockey and Hershey’s chocolate and candy.”

The new multi-year partnership will begin with a consumer promotion to support the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®. The promotion, which will be in stores August 2010 through February 2011, will feature prizing including a trip to the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, to attend a team practice and to skate on the official NHL ice.

Watch the folks make a chocolate Stanley Cup below…

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Media Brought Attention To The Head Shots Issue

from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,

My sense of this is that neither the general managers, certainly not the NHL and most certainly not vice-president Colin Campbell, the guy who suspends players, wanted anything to do with this.

  Some NHL players are beginning to speak out now, but for months they’ve parroted the league’s line: We don’t want to take the physicality out of the game (Ottawa’s Jason Spezza this week). Or, you have to be aware of who’s on the ice. Or, well, it was a tough hit, but it was a good hockey play, too.

  No, what was needed to bring a degree of sanity to the NHL’s thought process was the media, or at least some in the media. Stu Hackel, who blogs for The New York Times, has been writing about head hits for a long time. Damien Cox of The Toronto Star has as well. TSN’s Bob McKenzie has done some good work on it.


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The Lateral, Back Pressure Or Blindside Hit

from TSN,

After three days of meetings in Boca Raton, Florida, the National Hockey League’s general managers have put forward a recommendation for a rule change to address hits to the head in league games.

The following language was agreed to unanimously by the group:

“A lateral, back pressure or blindside hit to an opponent where the head is targeted and or the principal point of contact is not permitted.

A violation of the above will result in a minor or major penalty and shall be reviewed for possible supplemental discipline.”


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Looking For Hockey On The Web?

from Mike Halford of KurtenBlog at the Vancouver Province,

As you’ve probably gathered from our two-plus years of blogging and pasty complexions, we spend a lot of time on the internet. Over that time, we’ve seen a lot. Read a lot. Wrote a lot. Watched a lot of YouTube videos. For the lack of a better term, we’ll call that research. And most of that “research” focused on a singular theme: hockey.

The interweb has no shortage of hockey insight, analysis and opinion available for general consumption. Some of it is good. Some of it is not. The object of this post, however, isn’t to separate the cream from the crap, but rather to share with our readers some “required reading”—the writers/websites/blogs/snuff films that help shape the KB….


Globe on Hockey—James Mirtle took everything that made From The Rink a success and applied it here. Definitely worth checking out if you like numbers, charts, statistical analysis and David Shoalt’s headshot.

Kukla’s Korner—No evidence of this, but we believe Paul Kukla was blogging about hockey before the internet was invented. As such, he’s had lots of time to build his massive stable of writers, a big reason why why the site is updated every 37 seconds.

Puck Daddy—Wyshynski’s written-words-per-day count is somewhere around 11,392. He’s also the 99th most powerful man in hockey, so we have to include him on this list for fear of retribution.


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GMs Discuss Numerous Topics

from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

And while the group of eight GMs tasked with tackling the head-hits issue took center stage again Tuesday, the other breakout groups were discussing other proposals that could improve the game.

“Everybody is trying to accomplish the same things—try to make the game better, make the players safer and make the game more entertaining for the fans,” Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero told NHL.com.

Shero was part of “Breakout Group D,” which was charged with examining ways to improve ice conditions and looking at revising the definition of charging currently in the NHL rulebook.

read on

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Blindside Hits Will Be Banned If Approved

via David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The NHL’s general managers will recommend the adoption of a new rule to ban blindside hits to the head by a player’s shoulder.

The new rule will also subject repeat offenders to supplementary discipline like lengthy suspensions. But the details have yet to be worked out.

The proposal was the result of a morning meeting on Tuesday by an eight-man committee of GMs. In the afternoon, the recommendation will be presented to the full group of 30 GMs. It is expected there will be further refinements to the rule change, so GMs were reluctant to discuss the matter in detail when they broke for lunch.

The recommendation, if it is approved by the NHL’s competition committee and the governors, will probably take effect next season.

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All Those Emails

As KK continues to grow, the emails I receive on a weekly basis also grows.

I answer a few of them today at NHL.com.

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Why The Delay?

from Jack Edwards of NESN,

Any resemblance to events, people or places in the following work of fiction is purely coincidental.

Slidsy Cornsbie of the Porkburgh Pinkins lies on the ice, his eyes barely open and already glazed over. His right arm twitches slightly. His legs don’t move.

The brilliant center, a national icon in Canada at age 22 and the most complete champion in hockey, never saw the hit coming. Backing into the high slot to improve his shooting angle, an opponent attacked from the blind side. The blow coldcocked Cornsbie….

Porkburgh tried to take the high road for two years, but saw the league do little or nothing to defend its players. It saw one player nearly killed on the ice, another one having his face driven into the glass with five seconds left in a two-goal game, another cross-checked across the face in the closing minute of a playoff series—only to have the senior league official take little or no action. And now this.

Justice delayed was so disrespectful as to be justice denied.

It was arrogance they would never forget.


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