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Slava Fetisov Says NHL Players Will Not Risk Their Contract By Playing In The Olympics

from RT.com,

One of the most respected National Hockey League (NHL) players of Russian origin, Viacheslav Fetisov says NHL players will not risk losing their club contracts to play at 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

Former Detroit Red Wings and NHL All-Star Team defenseman Fetisov commented on the NHL’s decision, according to which the league will not allow its players to participate in the upcoming Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) head Rene Fasel also recently said, talking to Russian outlet Sport-Express, that his federation “respects and will respect the NHL contracts” and will not back players wanting to compete at the Games despite the ban.

"No idiot will terminate the contract with the NHL club to play the Olympics,” said Fetisov to RT.

“For Alexander Ovechkin, the current situation is an unpleasant thing. He will miss his chance to become an Olympic champion. Although in 2022 at the Games in Beijing, Alexander might get another chance," added Fetisov.

Fetisov, a member of the legendary Russian Five of Detroit Red Wings, also stressed that the absence of the NHL players will negatively affect the level of competition at the Olympic tournament.


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Bill Daly’s Day

from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic,

It is around 9:15 am as Bill Daly approaches his seat before a news conference is set to begin, and he greets the NHLPA’s Steve Webb and Columbus Blue Jackets star defensemen Seth Jones with an important piece of information.

“You should have been here for breakfast, the bacon was off the charts,” chuckles the NHL’s deputy commissioner.

Don’t let the warm smile and relaxed demeanour fool you, though, it's already been an active day for the busiest man in hockey.
Just like every day is.

“It’s endless,” Al Young, Daly’s security detail, said Wednesday. “His days flow into the next.”

Most days begin with a 5:15 a.m. workout in his suburban New Jersey home before a 6:30 a.m. departure for Manhattan.

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Report- George Parros Will Have A Major Role With NHL Player Safety

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

Changes are coming in NHL Player Safety, with sources indicating George Parros will emerge as a major voice in the decision-making process.

Current Senior Vice-President Stephane Quintal is expected to stay in the department for the time being to help with the transition. But it would not be a surprise if he looks for something else, either within the NHL or an individual club.

“Three years was enough for him,” one source said. “That job eats away at you.”

A very popular teammate during his 474-game NHL career, Parros won a Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2007. He’s known for his fists, accumulating 1,092 career penalty minutes and more than 150 fighting majors.


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Penalty For Incorrect Offside Challenge And Cracking Down On Stick Work

via John Giannone tweets,

 Hockey tweeps: interested in  thoughts on new NHL rule: if team challenges offside call & is wrong, that team will be assessed penalty

So that means, the challenging team will have allowed a goal AND will be headed to penalty kill. So teams better be right. Interesting

NHL also committed to cracking down on stick use on hands/body. "Forceful-powerful chop" on radar; players must make effort to go for puck.

added 5:%2pm, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet has more....

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You Will Be Able To Bet On The Vegas Golden Knights

via Emily Kaplan of ESPN and her Twitter.

News: The NHL did not request for Golden Knights games to be removed from Nevada's legal sportsbooks, deputy commissioner Bill Daly told ESPN.com.

"What we're most interested in is making sure we get equitable treatment with the NFL in terms of how teams are dealt with on the book," Bill Daly told me. "We had discussions both with the club and MGM, with respect to betting around the arena. There may be some steps done in respect to that, but we didn't feel like it was an appropriate time to make the global request."

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Stay True To The Declaration Of Principles

from Chris Hine of the Chicago Tribune,

The “Declaration of Principles” looks good on paper, and it appears the NHL is serious when it says it wants to make hockey more inclusive for everyone. But it must back up these flowery words with its actions.

That means promoting an atmosphere of inclusion at the highest level, not just at youth levels. Young players take their cues from the pros, and the NHL made an unfortunate misstep last season when it did not suspend Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf for using an anti-gay slur during the postseason. This came a year after the league rightly suspended former Blackhawks winger Andrew Shaw for using a different homophobic slur in a playoff game.

The discrepancy between the two should not have mattered, yet in its handling of the incidents the NHL was saying one was OK while another wasn’t. Truth is, both words are used to demean and emasculate gay men, and if Getzlaf has a closeted gay teammate, that word could foster an atmosphere of hostility in which that player might not feel comfortable coming out.

If the NHL is serious about its “Declaration of Principles,” then it needs to act when a player acts outside of those principles.

It’s not going to be easy. Hockey traditionally has crude language, and after the Getzlaf and Shaw incidents some argued the league should not have suspended the players because that language was always a “part of the game.”


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All Peter Stastny

Lucas Aykroyd of Billy.com did an interview with the great Peter Stastny covering numerous topics, here is one...

Do you think Quebec City will get an NHL team again?

It’s just a question of time. It’s all set. It’s all done. It’s all written. It’s all approved. It just doesn’t fit right now with the situation. We need some team to do poorly on the East Coast … They’re just waiting for the right moment to come, and Quebec will get an NHL team again. And deservingly so. I really believe [the announcement] could come as soon as next summer.

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Hockey’s Declaration Of Principles

NEW YORK/ TORONTO (Sept. 6, 2017) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL) today unveiled hockey’s Declaration of Principles – developed by and for hockey stakeholders – to advance policies, programs and initiatives, while inspiring fans, players and communities to create the best possible experience for the entire hockey community. This joint statement advocates the game of hockey as a powerful platform for participants to build character, foster positive values and develop important life skills that transcend the game.

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Pat LaFontaine On The Game

from Pat LaFontaine at NHL.com,

Hockey has given me so much, but now it's about giving back. I am part of the development efforts by the NHL and NHLPA to grow the game, and every day I have the honor of speaking with people at all levels of the sport. What excites me most about these conversations is the consistency with which people talk about what they love about the game. They appreciate the speed, skill and artistry the sport demands athletically; but, more often, they talk about the people and values that embody the game. As we share the Declaration of Principles with the global hockey community, I wanted to share what the game has meant to me.

Many people who follow the game might know my hockey story.

The highlights -- the goals, the assists, the wins, the near misses, the injuries and triumphant returns -- are all there, not only in hockey fans' memories, but in articles and videos housed across the internet.

Those, though, are merely snapshots of my life in hockey.

Life, in or out of hockey, is all about crossroads. The decisions we make -- or are made for us -- end up defining who we become and the story we write.

Hockey, and its values and lessons, started at home early from my mom and dad. Hockey became a sport I loved to play when I was a young boy. I've been very fortunate to have the game reinforce those values many times over throughout my life.


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A Sixth Grader With Some Advice For The NHL

from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

Sabrina Solomon visited the NHL offices in Manhattan on Aug. 18 for a day of meetings with League officials, among them chief marketing officer Heidi Browning and Commissioner Gary Bettman.

She presented ideas about how the NHL could better appeal to younger fans through several avenues, such as family-friendly ticket packages, kids-themed online trivia contests and a "Welcome to Hockey" educational app.

Did we mention that Sabrina is an 11-year-old who is starting sixth grade Wednesday?

"To meet with so many people that took my ideas seriously and asked me questions and getting to present my presentation was really special," she said.


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