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from Robert Cribb of the Toronto Star,
Former NHL referee Dean Warren is taking the league to the Ontario Labour Relations Board claiming he was wrongfully fired for his union advocacy on behalf of his black-and-white striped colleagues.
Warren, a Toronto native who learned the ropes officiating in the Greater Toronto Hockey League, will appear at a labour relations board hearing tomorrow.
He is alleging the league fired him in April 2008 for his “union activity” with the National Hockey League Officials Association.
The NHL argues in written submissions that Warren was fired for “substandard performance.”
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
...here are 10 things I hope to see this season (wink, wink):
5. Saku Koivu wakes up at home in Anaheim in mid-January. His Ducks team is leading the Western Conference standings, he’s had to do six media interviews all season long and not one of them involved asking him why he didn’t speak French. He drives to the rink in his convertible in 85-degree weather, looks to the guy sitting in the passenger seat and says, “Teemu, I should have done this years ago.”
1. The San Jose Sharks win the Stanley Cup, ending years of playoff frustration. Joe Thornton brings the Stanley Cup back to Boston to celebrate, Dan Boyle brings it to Tampa and Dany Heatley rents a boat to ride along the Rideau Canal in Ottawa with Lord Stanley’s mug on display. Me? I finally get it right after picking San Jose four years in a row.
from Joe O’Conner of the National Post,
He is Canada’s newest celebrity, and a legal saint in the making depending on what decision he ultimately makes. Judge Baum even has his own Wikipedia page, created, it seems, right around the time the money-bleeding Coyotes entered the orbit of his Arizona bankruptcy court.
Several people have remarked to Toby Baum about his father’s renown in the hockey-mad country to the North. He even heard directly from a handful of Canadians on his Facebook page after his father neglected to rule in Mr. Balsillie’s favour and ship the team to Hamilton at the outset.
“People sent me some pretty derogatory comments about my dad, hate mail and stuff. And I thought: Really? What are you doing? You don’t even know me,” says Toby Baum, who is the judge’s son from his first marriage (he has three step-siblings).
Indeed, we don’t know much about his newly-famous father, although in a case where the two sides do not agree on much, most courtroom observers can agree that Judge Redfield T. Baum—with his Hang-‘Em-At-High-Noon name, folksy delivery and desert-dry wit—has been the star in the latest installment of the serial drama involving the NHL and the Canadian billionaire who will not take no for an answer.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
According to team principal Charlie Jacobs, the Bruins still hope to include members of the club’s triumphant 1970 Stanley Cup team in a charity event, perhaps a game, while the ice is in place at Fenway Park for the Jan. 1 Winter Classic….
A couple of issues here: 1. Given other civic and charity plans, possibly even public skating, the base paths could be a bit crowded to work in an event of this scale. 2. If it’s not a charity gig, the NHL could raise an objection to a large-scale pay event being staged on its sheet prior to the Winter Classic.
All that said, it would be one fine sight to see Bobby Orr, now 61 years old, take a skate through the Back Bay. Imagine the memorabilia shots of No. 4 cruising through open ice, with the Green Monster in the background.
more topics including Boston GM had no choice but to move Kessel…
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
• The Rangers’ Sean Avery won a settlement in his libel case against Toronto radio reporter Howard Berger following mediation earlier this month, Slap Shots has learned. The suit was brought in the aftermath of the pregame incident in Toronto on Nov. 10, 2007, after which Berger alleged that Avery had made comments to Jason Blake relating to the Leaf winger’s previously diagnosed cancer. Terms of the settlement are confidential. Avery has at least one more pending suit relating to the incident.
• The Coyotes, we’re told by an interested party, have received deposits on 1,800 season tickets and full payment on exactly, um well, on exactly none for the coming season. Gary Bettman’s check must be lost in the mail.
• Seems that Calgary’s Dion Phaneuf could have been given a match penalty for intent to injure on his mean, blind-side blow that concussed the Isles’ Kyle Okposo on Wednesday, but neither the league nor PA seems to have a clue how to legislate against technically legal hits to the head, even ones that appear premeditated.
from Jane Taber of the Globe and Mail,
Here’s what went down: Transport Minister John Baird and Air Canada’s chief operating officer Duncan Dee were working closely together, realizing that their only window of opportunity to fix the issue before the start of hockey season was during the 90-minute meeting between the two leaders. Air Canada is one of the biggest air-charter suppliers to NHL teams.
Some heavy-hitters weighed in, including former U.S. ambassador to Canada Gordon Giffin (an Atlanta Thrashers fan) and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman .
Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon was also working the phones trying to push Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to have the State Department push the Department of Transport to the table, says a source. And it took a lot of pressure from the NHL for U.S. officials to realize that their hockey teams were affected, too.
Signs, symptoms and playing safe!
NEW YORK (September 18, 2009) – Hockey Hall of Fame center Mark Messier, New York Rangers goaltender Mike Richter and Detroit Red Wings Senior Vice President Jim Devellano have been named recipients of the 2009 Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.
The award, one of the most prestigious in hockey, was presented to the National Hockey League by the New York Rangers in 1966. It honors the memory of Lester Patrick, who spent 50 years in hockey as a player, coach and general manager and was a pioneer in the sport’s development.
from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,
Today comes word that Guy Lafleur, the Démon Blond of blessed memory, is convinced NHL hockey could soon be reborn in Quebec City.
This one’s a bit like picking a scab for the author of these here lines. It’s taken years of therapy, but I now recognize that what I experienced in the 1980s, watching my childhood hero suit up for the Nords after retiring from the Habs in a huff - screw you Jacques Lemaire! - was cognitive dissonance.
But that’s all melted into the mists of time, the Flower is still the Flower, and says exactly what he thinks at all times and under all circumstances (well maybe not all circumstances, as in the sad episode of R. v Lafleur).
Lafleur has told the Journal de Quebec that he’s certain the league will soon come back to Quebec City, provided plans go ahead for a new arena.
Canadian PM Harper met with Pres. Obama today and word is a tentative agreement has been reached to resolve the issue.
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