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Keep Your Head Up

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

For all the words spent on the National Hockey League’s growing problem with concussions, Sheldon Souray figures you can get rid of 90 percent of them with two words:

“Heads up!”

“I do it — and guys have done it for me,” Souray said this week. “As a matter of fact it happened at the end of (Saturday’s Washington) game, against Ovechkin. I was going to hit him and said, ‘Head’s up!’ You know. ‘It’s comin’!’”

He’s fine with a hard hit, and like most NHLers, Souray says of Mike Richards’ hit on David Booth “there is an element of risk to this game.” Injurious mistakes — like Jarome Iginla’s inadvertent trip that cost Souray 16 games with a concussion — are never going to be eliminated from the game.

But it is time for the players to put an end to the needless, high hits that happen along the boards and in the corners, delivered by players who need to know better.

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Well Wishes

At my NHL.com blog today, I look at the media who provides us with all the content we need.

I didn’t mention this in the blog, but I wanted to say how lucky I am to be able to do what I love and actually making a living doing it.

I still can’t believe the ‘run’ I have had at NHL.com and thank my lucky stars every single day.

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S(t)anta Comes With Gifts

Who knew the Maven could sing?

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Defining Moments

from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

Oct. 5, 2005: The “new” NHL debuts—Following the work stoppage that wiped out the 2004-05 season, the NHL made its return for 2005-06 by having all 30 teams start on the same night. The fans who turned out from coast to coast saw a game that was faster and more skilled than ever. With the debut of new faces like Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby accenting the renewed emphasis on speed and skill, the “new” NHL was an immediate hit. If there were any doubts that things were different, they were wiped out by a single game: Los Angeles grabbed a 4-0 lead at Dallas, only to see the Stars rally for a 5-4 win—the kind of big rally that had almost ceased to exist.

From an entertainment factor, we held up our end tonight,” Stars coach Dave Tippett said after his team’s comeback.

With new stars and more scoring, the NHL had unquestionably entered a new era.

read on for more Moments of the Decade…

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Something To Think About

from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,

Ultimately, perhaps, the final word on workplace safety, specifically head injuries, won’t belong to commentators or even the NHL. TSN’s Bob McKenzie said during the Friday night show, “Whether the NHL likes it or not, it’s going to be dragged kicking and screaming into an era of legislation because this is becoming an athletic pandemic.

“What’s going to happen with (U.S.) Congress being involved, medical authorities being involved, it’s going to go beyond the game of hockey. It’s going to become societal, and, when that happens, people in hockey are going to lose a little control about how the rules are governed. It’s going to become illegal. Within five years, you are not going to be allowed to hit anybody in the head.”

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What Could Have Been

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

So we’ve been doing research for All Decade lists that will appear in this space next week, in the final Slap Shots of the 2000s, but while reviewing the best and worst first-overall Entry Draft selections, this single Draft Day deserves special mention:

It was June 24, 2000 in Calgary, when Mike Milbury went Mad. Holding the first overall selection, the Islanders’ GM first traded young netminder Roberto Luongo and Olli Jokinen to the Panthers for Mark Parrish and Oleg Kvasha, thus opening a hole in goal that Milbury filled by selecting Rick DiPietro at No. 1 overall, ahead of Dany Heatley and Marian Gaborik.

Thus, instead of the Islanders presenting a lineup that would have included Luongo, Jokinen and either Heatley or Gaborik, Milbury chose one with Parrish, Kvasha and DiPietro.

more topics from Larry, includeing Bill Guerin should be Team USA captain…

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Hockey Topics On The Hotstove

The conversation on the HNIC Hotstove turned to head shots, Team Canada, the Wild Fire, a few players who are available for trade in the NHL, Marty Turco contract, Carey Price contract, the Coyotes and Islanders situation.

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Concussions Related To Damaged Brain In Deceased Hockey Player

from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

Even in death, Reggie Fleming’s brain is sending messages.

Researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine have determined the former NHL player, who endured multiple concussions during his career, suffered from degenerative brain disease at the time of his death. This marks the first time a hockey player has been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and adds to the growing concern about the long-term effect of concussions in hockey and the price exacted by the game’s physical nature….

Fleming also suffered from strokes and a heart attack in his later years but his brain tissue showed “typical CTE pathology,” according to McKee.

“The changes in [Fleming’s] brain were very similar to the changes we’ve found in [12] football players and [five] boxers,” McKee said. “This case also points out that individuals who suffer from CTE are often misdiagnosed during life and may be told that they are suffering from a psychiatric disorder, such as bipolar disease, or later in life, from Alzheimer’s disease.”

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Day 2 Of The BOG Meeting

from Chris Stevenson at the Toronto Sun,

With the momentum of a speeding forechecker, it seems a rule change penalizing checking to the head is steaming ahead for the NHL.

Concussions and headshots were discussed at length at the two-day NHL’s board of governors meetings that wrapped up today. Videos were shown of blindside hits and shots from the side to bring the governors up to speed on what was discussed at the general managers’ meetings last month.

continued with more topics…

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Think Players First

from John Shannon of Sportsnet,

It’s a good thing for the NHL that there are a great many positive distractions at this time of year. The Olympics announcements, the Winter Classic and the Olympics have fans drooling for more big events for the league and the game. However, it all comes with a cost.

Multi-purpose arenas, a contracted schedule and poor travel schedules are causing a great deal of stress in the locker rooms, the boardrooms and on the ice. Too many teams and too many players are playing the game at the highest level, at well below 100 per cent health, and that leads to injuries and less than entertaining hockey.

The new stat du jour is “man games lost to injury.” Throughout the NHL, teams have inserted this stat to their daily news releases. Teams like Edmonton, Detroit and Washington are zeroing in on 200 games lost by their injured players. And we aren’t talking about H1N1, or Selanne’s broken wrist, or Khabibulin’s back. This is about guys playing at full speed from game one to 82, playing hurt, playing tired and causing more injuries because of the really wacky schedule that has been foisted on the game.

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