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from Stan Fischler of the Hockey Journal,
Commissioner Gary Bettman should immediately put a stop to one of the most ridiculous off-ice practices, which is spreading across the NHL. That happens to be the issue of dressing room carpets, of all things.
More and more teams have oversized team logos on their rug. That is fine in theory, but the nuttiness, which started in Tampa several years ago, has it that nobodyis allowed to step on the logo.
Violators – usually unknowing media types – face a shouting down from trainers, p.r. people or the players themselves. What’s the fuss all about? Isn’t a rug to be walked on?
“It’s a respect thing,” says Blackhawks forward Adam Burish.
If that’s the case, hang the darn thing on the wall. And by the way, what about all the center-ice logos that players skate over endless times during a game? The commissioner should have the rug hung on the wall or the ceiling or – better still — have the silliness stopped once and for all.
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from P.J. Stock of Blogs and Columns at CBC,
...The game has changed. The players have changed and so has the perception from the fans watching the game. I think it’s a direct reflection of our changing society. We live in a world of always worrying to be so PC (politically correct, folks). The game has changed because our society’s influence on it has almost forced some of its changes. No more so than in interpretation of the game’s physicality.
What used to be a battle along the boards, a fight for the puck, a mano-a-mano confrontation is now called like a basketball game. Two minutes for illegal use of the hands or two minutes for being too strong or too tough. I believe the game needed changes to get out of the trap era, but why interfere with what so many people have fallen in love with? The toughness of players playing the toughest game out there….
Fighting is a no-no now, hitting someone who is watching their pass is a crime and body checking someone in the head … purgatory.
I loved the game the way it used to be. I’m worried about the direction the game is going in.
A profile of 2009 NHL Entry Draft prospect John Tavares.
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The National Hockey League Draft Drawing, to determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the first round of the 2009 Entry Draft, will take place on Tuesday, April 14th. The result of the Draft Drawing, and the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the 2009 Entry Draft, will be announced at 8:00 pm, Eastern Time on on TSN (Canada) and Versus (U.S.) as part of a 30-minute live Draft special from TSN’s studios in Toronto, which will also be streamed live on NHL.com.
from Bob Condor of NHL.com,
The National Hockey League took its first shift Monday in this sun-drenched city during a press conference to highlight its move of the 2009 NHL Awards here June 18. While explaining this year’s event will feature more players, celebrities, business partners and fans than ever before, the League also announced it will be staging an all-day celebrity/pro athlete charity poker tournament June 17.
“For years there has been a charitable component to the Awards program,” said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman at the Ghost Bar outdoor patio in the Palms Hotel Las Vegas high above the famed strip of hotels and casinos. “I am pleased to announce today that the NHL will team with Pokerstars.net and the NHL Players’ Association to present [the poker tournament] in connection with the 2009 NHL Awards.”
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The Hockey Hall of Fame announced new voting procedures beginning with 2010 that will allow the process to be less restrictive and more inclusive, specifically as it relates to female candidates. It’s a welcome change.
But this is the year for the 18-member panel of voters to remedy what in my mind its most glaring omission to date and one that cannot be defended.
This is the year for the committee to elect Fred Shero, the coach who only helped revolutionize the game during the ‘70s on Broad Street, to the Hall of Fame.
This is also the year for the committee to honor the great Pat Burns with election and induction in November so he can receive his plaque and enjoy the tribute he so richly and unambiguously deserves.
On Inside Hockey Radio today:
With our studio under construction this weekend and unable to broadcast a live show, we decided to tak a look back at one of, if not our best shows this season, the All Star weekend show live from Montreal. It was a great lineup for that January 24 show as we welcomed in person, Senators forward Dany Heatley, Devils forward Zach Parise, Hall of Famers Pat LaFontaine and Clark Gillies, Conor McKenna of the Team 990 and Dave Pagnotta of the Fourth Period. Enjoy what was one great experience for us!
from Joe O’Conner of the National Post,
It was not his fault. Not entirely. He did not start it. He was just trying to defend himself from an angry mob of Boston Bruins. They were coming at him in waves: Terrible Teddy Green, Johnny (Pie) McKenzie, Johnny Bucyk and Gerry Cheevers. Everybody. The Boston bench was empty. Even the Bruins fans were coming at him, throwing punches and beers and God knows what else over the glass at the old Boston Garden.
It was hockey mayhem on April 2, 1969. It was the last NHL game Forbes Kennedy would ever play.
added 3:36pm, Thanks to a pointer left in the comments, I have added a video of the start of the incident below…
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