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A fairly shocking story in Macleans today, where Charlie Gillis details the behind-the-scenes relationship between Howe and his business managers:
Still, the court filings afford a view of Gordie Howe’s world in recent years that will dismay his adoring fans. With his wife and former business guru Colleen immobilized by dementia, hockey’s avuncular senior statesman found his affairs in the hands of men she’d trained to run his life. Reddy and Howard described the relationship as “more like family than business.” But behind the scenes, the Howes alleged, Del Reddy had become a domineering, at times volatile figure who on more than one occasion physically assaulted Gordie by shoving him—the last time being during their argument over pay.
Thanks to George James Malik at Snapshots for the pointer.
from Pamela Holley-Bright of Carolina Peacemaker,
When it comes to hockey, many feel like it’s a White man’s sport. But not Willie O’Ree. O’Ree who started his NHL career in 1958 as a winger for the Boston Bruins, has been dubbed as the Jackie Robinson of ice hockey….
“I feel that the NHL isn’t doing enough to reach out to us,” said Larry Ervin, a High Point resident. Look at motorsports. They have programs at Winston-Salem State and at A&T. That sport has reached out to us. And if we had more African American players in the hockey league, African Americans could find someone who they could relate to,” Ervin said.
Eighteen-year-old Christopher Thorpe agreed that the NHL isn’t doing enough to reach out to Blacks.
“Our Black youth are not exposed to the game, so our interest in it seems to be very low. The only Blacks who get a chance to experience hockey are the ones who are raised in northern states and in Canada….
from Michael Buteau at Bloomberg,
The Las Vegas Strip, Yankee Stadium and California’s Rose Bowl are on the list of potential sites for the National Hockey League’s annual outdoor game, NHL Chief Operating Officer John Collins said.
The league is evaluating potential locations of future outdoor games two weeks after this season’s edition, between the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks at Wrigley Field on Jan. 1, drew the highest television ratings for the NHL in 34 years.
“This is really kind of becoming a destination event for hockey fans, but also sports fans,” Collins said in a telephone interview. We want to “open it up to the masses.”
from Rand Simon at the Hockey News,
The National Hockey League announced its Eastern Conference reserves today for the 59th annual NHL All-Star Game to be played in Las Vegas on Jan. 25.
After overzealous New York Islanders’ fans voted John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Kyle Okposo, Mark Streit, Chris Campoli and Rick DiPietro (currently sidelined with a lower body injury) to the starting lineup, the league had a challenge in filling out the Eastern Conference roster as the NHL requires every team be represented by at least one player in the game.
With the league’s expansion to 32 teams this season and the move of the Detroit Red Wings to the Eastern Conference, there was room to name exactly one player from each remaining team to the squad.
from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,
If you’re a fan of elite international competitions, you’ll be happy to hear the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association are working toward staging another World Cup of Hockey tournament in the not-too-distant future.
According to an informed source, the sides are looking at two dates, the most probable being late August/early September of 2011. Another possibility is Feb. 2012. That date, however, is less likely because of the need to shut down the 2011-12 NHL regular season to accommodate the tournament. The owners aren’t thrilled with the idea of dimming the lights during the season for any reason. They do so grudgingly to allow the players to participate in the Olympics. In this case, I believe they’d be wise to at least consider it.
After an in-between period player interview, the host will say to the the player- “Thanks for that and good luck the rest of the way.” Just once I would love a player to say something besides “Thanks”.
The color commentator guy- “Taking away their time and space is key.” Just not Pierre McGuire either, others are now using the phrase too.
“My source told me.” It is 2009, you can no longer hide behind a source!!! New fans of the game may believe you at first, but if you have no credibility, good luck with the ‘source’ material.
“The NHL does not have a shootout when the playoffs roll around.” We know, we know and if they don’t know, they will find out soon enough.
“A left, a right, another left, right…!” A ‘homer’ fight call, as if he opponent is just standing there, taking all the punches.
“He’s one ot the top 10 players at his position.” Most likely in the top 30.
How about you, any phrases starting to rub you the wrong way?
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Shame on Don Cherry, who referred to and embraced “the culture of hockey” at Sanderson’s funeral in Port Perry, Ont., while talking about how the deceased’s father “knows [fighting] is a part of the game,” as if the Whitby defenseman had died on the battlefield for some greater cause rather than on the ice for no reason whatsoever.
Bench-clearing brawls were once part of the culture of hockey. So were wood sticks, bareheaded players and barefaced goaltenders. But time moves on. Time leaves people like Cherry behind….
Shame on those who would argue against eliminating fisticuffs from the sport because “only one person” has died as a result of a fight. Only one? As in, one is acceptable? What about when that inevitably becomes “only” two? Will two be too many or will “only two” fatalities be regarded as an acceptable price of maintaining “the culture of hockey?”
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from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
It was a rule change that came with little fanfare, one that has been barely noticeable to some fans.
But the effect on scoring is indisputable – having the faceoff after a penalty is called in the defensive zone of the penalized team has led to more power-play goals.
As the NHL heads today to its official halfway mark – game 615 of the scheduled 1,230 is Pittsburgh vs. Colorado – power-play effectiveness across the league is up.
On average, teams are scoring 18.6 per cent of the time they have a man advantage, a marked jump over the last three seasons – 17.7 per cent efficiency – and the 16.5 per cent in 2003-04. If the pace keeps, teams will score about 100 more power-play goals this season.
“We have found this rule change to be a very positive influence,” said Mike Murphy, the league’s senior vice-president of hockey operations. “Players feel it’s a huge advantage for the power play and a difficult play for the penalty killers.”
from Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail,
...Because of a lease that makes it virtually impossible to move the team out of its publicly financed digs in Glendale, without entering Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and because the team seems doomed to lose huge amounts of money there in perpetuity, it is hard to imagine anyone buying the Coyotes while the team is tied to its current home. That means the league doesn’t have to worry about Jim Balsillie riding to the rescue and making things complicated, but it does have to wonder whether there’s anyone out there who is rich enough and irrational enough to buy the franchise and keep it in Arizona in the teeth of a deepening recession.
So there are no obvious Band-Aid solutions here. And the other NHL club owners, who are all dealing with their own challenges, can’t be thrilled at the prospect of throwing good money after bad (the Coyotes, or at least their lender, cashed a $15-million revenue-sharing cheque last year) to keep the team going beyond this season in what seems by definition a hopeless situation.
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