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All About Concussions In Hockey

Signs, symptoms and playing safe!

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Lester Patrick Trophy Recipients Announced

NEW YORK (September 18, 2009) – Hockey Hall of Fame center Mark Messier, New York Rangers goaltender Mike Richter and Detroit Red Wings Senior Vice President Jim Devellano have been named recipients of the 2009 Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

The award, one of the most prestigious in hockey, was presented to the National Hockey League by the New York Rangers in 1966. It honors the memory of Lester Patrick, who spent 50 years in hockey as a player, coach and general manager and was a pioneer in the sport’s development.

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NHL Hockey Back In Quebec City?

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

Today comes word that Guy Lafleur, the Démon Blond of blessed memory, is convinced NHL hockey could soon be reborn in Quebec City.

This one’s a bit like picking a scab for the author of these here lines. It’s taken years of therapy, but I now recognize that what I experienced in the 1980s, watching my childhood hero suit up for the Nords after retiring from the Habs in a huff - screw you Jacques Lemaire! - was cognitive dissonance.

But that’s all melted into the mists of time, the Flower is still the Flower, and says exactly what he thinks at all times and under all circumstances (well maybe not all circumstances, as in the sad episode of R. v Lafleur).

Lafleur has told the Journal de Quebec that he’s certain the league will soon come back to Quebec City, provided plans go ahead for a new arena.

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NHL Charter Flight Issue Appears To Be Resolved

Canadian PM Harper met with Pres. Obama today and word is a tentative agreement has been reached to resolve the issue.

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What To Do With Fake Twitter Accounts?

from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post,

...as more people turn to Twitter to keep in touch with friends and follow their favorite celebrities, impostor accounts are becoming a concern for image-conscious athletes and causing confusion for others.

“My buddy Googled my name a while back, and he stumbled across [the fake account],” Schultz said. “He asked, ‘Do you have a Twitter account?’ I was like: ‘No.’ The fans, I’m sure, all know about it. What if someone puts up the wrong thing? People might get the wrong impression of the type of person you are or the things you do in your free time.”

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Up Late?

I will be on The Knee Jerks - Detroit Sports Talk with Eno and Big Al around 11:00pm tonight if you’d like to tune in.

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A Fateful Day In Canadian Sports History

from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,

“There are three things that it takes to be an owner of an NHL franchise,” argued NHL attorney Tony Clark, as passionate as he was condescending.

“One, you’ve got to be wealthy. ... Two, you’ve got to love hockey. And Mr. Balsillie, he has got both of these in his favour in spades. Nobody’s denying that. But No. 3, your Honour, you’ve got to play by the rules that bind NHL owners. You know, there’s an old rock and roll song by Meat Loaf.”

“Meat Loaf ?” interrupted Judge Redfield T. Baum.

“Meat Loaf,” continued Mr. Clark. “He’s a big fat guy. He actually had a good voice. He may actually still be around. And I apologize to Meat Loaf, maybe he’s slimmed up. The name of the song was Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad. Well, that doesn’t cut it for the NHL.”

This was the kind of keen legal argument that defined this fateful day in Canadian sports history.

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The Game Can’t Return Soon Enough

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The Capitals symbolized a dynamic year for the NHL, on the ice. The season featured three engaging playoff rounds including the Caps’ seven-game loss to eventual champion Pittsburgh in the second round, the revitalization of a pair of Original Six teams (Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks), a successful Winter Classic, and the emergence of a genuine rivalry – Sid the Kid versus Alex the Great.

Since June though, most of the news has focused on the boardroom and courtroom dramas, including the battle for control of the bankrupt Phoenix Coyotes, the Toronto Maple Leafs’ alleged veto power, the Tampa Bay Lightning’s ownership implosion, the NHL Players’ Association axing its third executive director since July of 2005, Dany Heatley’s pending divorce from the Ottawa Senators, and an unexplainable purge in the Blackhawks front office.

Forever it has been said the NHL must be great to survive the people who run it.

And mercifully for the league, the summer of discontent ends this weekend as training camps open for the 2009-10 season, with the Vancouver 2010 Games on the horizon.

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All Craig Leipold

Let’s Play Hockey does a Q & A with Minnesota Wild Owner Craig Leipold…

LPH: There have been media reports of a possible lockout/strike when the current CBA expires which stems from the unrest within the NHLPA ranks, what are your thoughts?

CL: We have a great relationship with their union. There may be some unrest within the NHLPA. The NHLPA cannot do anything for two years when the existing CBA expires. The current issues with the Players Association have nothing to do with the current CBA or ownership.

LPH: The Phoenix Coyotes’ situation seems to be ever changing, do you believe they will play in Glendale, AZ all season?

CL: Yes. I believe they will be playing NHL hockey in Glendale, Arizona, this year.

LPH:  Any news on the National TV front?

CL: The NHL and VERSUS made a commitment to each other. The NHL likes VERSUS. Other opportunities may come up in the future and we will take a look at those broadcast opportunities at that time.

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Day 2 In Phoenix Court

Follow along at TSN and CBC.

You can also follow these people on Twitter for updates throughout the day.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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