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from the CP at Sportsnet,
Rock ‘em-sock ‘em hockey may give many fans a thrill, but researchers estimate that resulting player injuries cost the NHL more than $200 million a year — a hit to the league’s bottom line they suggest is likely recouped from the public’s wallets.
In a study published Monday, researchers at Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital estimate that NHL owners paid out at least US$653 million over three seasons to players who missed games due to injury.
The study found that more than 63 per cent of the 1,307 NHL players who laced up skates during the 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 regular seasons missed at least one game because of a hockey-related injury.
Within a single season, 51 per cent of all players were out with injuries for at least one game, representing a salary cost of US$218 million a year.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Over time, Dodger Stadium has played host to Pope John Paul II and the Beatles, Real Madrid and Juventus soccer. Fleetwood Mac recorded there and movies from Transformers to Rock of Ageswere filmed there.
But on Jan. 25, Dodger Stadium will go back to being a playground of sorts when it plays host to perhaps the most unusual event in its history: an outdoor ice hockey game between the L.A. Kings and Anaheim Ducks.
Last Monday, after the world’s largest mobile refrigeration truck had pulled into the parking lot,3rd Base, Dodger Stadium had already been converted from baseball’s hot corner to the boundary of an elevated, highly engineered floor that will eventually form the base of the rink where the Ducks and Kings will play the 782nd game of the NHL season against a backdrop of palm trees and the San Gabriel Mountains.
There is some thought the NHL might be killing the golden goose by scheduling six outdoor games this season instead of just the one or two, but it is hard to dispute the appeal of this one – a warm-weather game played in California, which is suddenly the new state of hockey south of the Canadian border.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
Its mission is to help former players and their families who are in financial distress. Reasons vary, from failing health to salary mismanagement. Approximately 75 to 100 receive assistance from the fund at any time.
In 2009, former Montreal tough guy Chris Nilan received help from the fund. Nilan was living in Oregon after undergoing treatment for alcohol and painkiller abuse. Nilan accepted approximately $1,000 per month for about eight months.
“It wasn’t a lot of dough,” Nilan said. “But it was much-needed at the time. It really helped me out a lot the first few months.”
This season, under the guidance of senior vice president of player safety Brendan Shanahan, the NHL has identified 33 acts worthy of fines or suspensions. The amount of fines is $1,574,204.01.
from Stan Fischler of The Fischler Report,
* You'd need a team of shrinks to figure out why there remain hockey journalists in Canada who still resent Bettman. Then again, I'm not a shrink and I know why although Gary is head and shoulders the best leader the NHL ever had.
* There's a lot to learn from the annual NHL Disaster Area known as Edmonton. Lesson Number One is that no matter how many flashy top draft picks a team has, it guarantees them nothing. And nothing is what Oilers fans have been receiving in return for their congenital loyalty.
* These days you never can rule out the Red Wings as they strive for a playoff berth but this year? I don't know. If ever there'll be a test for the Mike Babcock-Tom Renney coaching staff it will be getting the Motor City skaters into the playoffs this Spring.
“The fights where guys come onto the ice and just drop their gloves don’t really have a place in the game for me.
“I still believe intimidation is a big part of all sports, whether it’s golf or hockey, and you have to have a mechanism to police things and you can’t rely on the ref to do that. You have to be able to send a message. But guys have to play the game and do their job.
“There’s nothing wrong with two guys getting together in the heat of the battle and settling a score by duking it out — the spontaneity of it is a beautiful part of the game. But the game has digressed with — they call it staged fighting, I don’t. If that’s all you’re going to do, do it between periods and call it a stage show.
“My goal was to be a hockey player, not sit on the bench and have one fight.
“I’m quite proud I can say I played against everyone in my day and managed to contribute in different ways. The teams that aren’t successful today are the teams using guys (as a pure goon). You have to use guys, let them bang bodies and grind it out — it sets the tone for the rest of the team and it calms things down at the same time.”
-Tim Hunter, retired NHL player. More from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun.
Kerry Fraser of TSN answers a question about the Brendan Gallagher no-goal last night...
The very simple answer is that, in the collective judgment of the men staffing the NHL Situation Room last night where majority rules, it was decided that Brendan Gallagher used his right skate to kick the puck into the net!
I, like you Brad and many other fans that tweeted their confusion following this decision, am still attempting to find clear evidence of the 'distinct kicking motion' that Brendan Gallagher is claimed to have used to boot the puck into the net. This review further demonstrates the wide differences in judgment that can result from one person to another when making officiating specific decisions.
from Sean McIndoe of Grantland,
As part of Grantland’s ongoing dictionary series here are some of the key words and phrases you’ll encounter in your travels as a hockey fan.
Bettman Point (n.) — an extra point awarded to the losing team in a game decided in overtime or a shootout. Also commonly known as theloser point, since hockey fans use the words Bettman and loserinterchangeably.
Big Ice (n.) — the international ice surface, which is 15 feet wider than the standard North American rink. It’s often credited with increasing offense, speed, and excitement by people who have never watched an international hockey game that wasn’t part of the Olympics.
Day-to-Day (adj.) — the term used for any injury where a hockey player has not had a limb amputated.
NEW YORK (January 14, 2014) – The Florida Panthers® will host the 2015 NHL Draft™ at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., the Florida Panthers, Sunrise Sports & Entertainment, and the National Hockey League announced today. Next year’s Draft will be held over two days, Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27, 2015. NHL club executives, scouts and coaches will be present on the NHL Draft floor while more than 15,000 fans and 500 print, television and radio media are expected to attend.
The 2015 event will mark the second time the Panthers and Broward County host the NHL Draft, as the Panthers played host to the 2001 NHL Draft, where Ilya Kovalchuk was selected first overall. The arena was also the home of the 2003 NHL® All-Star Game.
A look at NHL Scout B.J. MacDonald.
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