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The NHL’s Senior Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations, Colin Campbell, had the following memo, obtained by TSN, posted in every NHL dressing room on Friday….
“We cannot and will not tolerate blows to the head that are deliberate, avoidable and illegal. Furthermore, both the history and status of the offender (first time versus repeat) and the nature of the injury caused (if any) will be taken into consideration as they have been in the past. The length of suspensions for illegal blows to the head will be increased if these incidents persist across the League. Taking steps to maintain the safest on-ice environment possible for the Players remains our most important priority.”
“Well, it’s like I said, it’s the “New NHL,” they want scoring, they’re supervising these referees…And, I mean, just compare it to basketball; how many times do you see a team get in foul trouble, you know, once they get up a bit? It’s almost like it’s controlled to a certain extent by the referees, the officiating, and the supervisors, so…I mean, it’s not like they’re keeping it a secret—they’re telling the referees to call penalties…”
-Chris Chelios. More at SnapShots…
Anaheim Ducks CEO Michael Schulman filed paperwork with the National Hockey League earlier today that would grant all teams permission to speak with former GM Brian Burke.
The league approved the documents and Burke is now free to speak to any team who inquires about his services.
from Kristina Rutherfordatf CBC Sports,
“You don’t get a concussion every time that happens, but you’ve got to ask yourself, ‘OK, did I get a concussion as well?’ Often that facial injury gets all the attention, and the brain injury tends to get put on the back-burner until later.”
Because it’s an invisible injury only the athlete feels, it’s one they’re too often “playing through,” Czarnota says.
“There’s a culture, certainly in hockey and in all sports, that you don’t sit down. Players want to play through it so they don’t get labelled as soft. Sometimes there’s a fear that if a player sits out, they may lose their starting position. Players don’t want to let the team down.”
But returning to the ice too early can hurt players not only in the short run, but also down the road, the doctor says. That’s what he tells parents, players and their coaches when he sits down with them to suggest the athlete take some time off to heal.
from Sean McCormick of Sportsnet,
Effective Wednesday, the NHL has increased the penalty for elbowing from two minutes in the penalty box to two games in the press box.
That is the reality of the situation following the two-game suspension that the league handed Jarkko Ruutu for his “elbow” on Maxim Lapierre last night in Montreal. For the record, Lapierre was not injured and Ruutu was penalized two minutes on the play…
By entertaining the whimpering Habs, the league has set a dangerous precedent. Bryan Murray said as much today, inferring that a precedent has now been set.
From Paul Kukla at NHL.com:
I admit it, there’s a soft spot in my heart when I hear or think of the Original Six. Those two words bring back so many fond memories because I am actually old enough to remember when only six teams played in the NHL.
Growing up in Detroit, I was lucky enough to have a father who worked in the auto industry and was the recipient of a boatload of tickets to all the sporting events, especially Red Wings games. I attended about 30-35 games a season for a span of about 10 years, and during that time, my love of the game was established.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
The Hall of Famers were finished strolling down the red carpet and most of the attending media was downstairs in the restaurant, Piazza Manna, which turns into the media center for the induction ceremony.
Of course, no matter where the media goes there has to be food, and there was here and it was good. Wings and pizza and lasagna and sandwiches and wraps and a salad. Good stuff, right?
Yeah, Steve Yzerman thought so….
If you think it was strange to have a hockey legend come into the media center for a meal, you’re not alone.
“You guys invade our territory all the time,” Yzerman said, “so I figured I’d invade yours.”
read on for coverage of the induction ceremony…
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
“Can the Ontario market support another team? Probably,” Bettman told an audience at a sports business conference in Toronto. “But you can’t base a decision on probability. You have got to study the market closely.”
Bettman went on to say that relocating an existing franchise to the Toronto area to compete with the Toronto Maple Leafs would not happen because all 30 of the NHL’s clubs are in good financial shape. Then he said expansion was not on the horizon, either, because of “uncertain economic conditions.”
The only way the league would consider relocation of a franchise, Bettman said, is if an owner decided, with the agreement of the league’s governors, that his team could not survive in its market.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
If you could make one change to the NHL, what would it be?
From a poll of hockey broadcasters, the most cited change was: reduce the number of regular-season games.
“I think it would prove to be a boon to the quality of the game and the longevity of the players,” the CBC’s Mike Milbury said.
Milbury and Nick Kypreos of Rogers Sportsnet say ideally the 82-game schedule would be reduced by at least 10.
from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,
Time for the 34th annual (okay, 2nd), highly anticipated (by my Mom), critically acclaimed (Mom again), Hockey of Fame Induction Ceremony Blog….
7:51—Igor Larianov is inducted and calls Canada the Mecca of hockey (or something to that effect…I’m a lousy transcriber). Hope Putin doesn’t get a hold of this speech. He will not be pleased.
8:02—Ray Scapinella, one of the nicest men you’ll ever meet, is inducted in the referee/linesman category. Confession: until I read his name in the paper this week, I always thought there was an “m” in his there. I’ve met the man several times. He’s “Scampy”, not “Scappy”! I, like everybody else, have been calling him Scampinella for 20 years. I never got a chance to ask him where the extra “m” came from. It will keep me up tonight.
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