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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Given the ongoing train wreck that is the NFL and its mishandling of issues, it's natural to look to other leagues and wonder how they deal with these kinds of issues and what kinds of safeguards are in place.
This isn't about smugness or suggesting that the NHL is immune to these problems.
The NHL has more than 700 players. There are another, what, 400 to 500, coaches, GMs and other executives related to hockey operations. It is a small town. Stuff happens in small towns. People get sick. They commit a range of criminal acts. They drink too much. Some do drugs. And, of course, there are domestic issues.
That is life and no one is suggesting that life doesn't take place in the National Hockey League.
But if there is a way to explain why the league's discipline issues have been for the most part restricted to on-ice behavior, perhaps it's in the fact that the league's policies governing personal behavior have been drawn up with and are administered jointly by the players themselves through the National Hockey League Players' Association and the league itself.
The number of domestic-related issues are so small both historically and within the recent past that it is difficult to suggest any real trends regarding the problem as it relates to NHL players, deputy commissioner Bill Daly told ESPN.com. Exactly why the number is so small could be related to a variety of factors.
from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,
Hawks coach Joel Quenneville called the new trapezoid dimensions "an important thing" and it is likely to change teams' strategies. Like all teams, the Hawks either dump the puck into the offensive zone with a long shot from inside the red line or carry it across the blue line. Now, goalies who handle the puck well will have more room to do so and forechecking and breakouts will be affected.
"I like to play the puck so it gives me a little more space to give it to our 'D,'" Hawks goalie Corey Crawford said. "Pucks (that) last year you weren't sure (about), we'll be able to get to before their guy (does)."
Quenneville said the Hawks' frequency of dumping pucks into the zone won't change much but they way they do it certainly could. For a team that thrives on retrieving the puck and then possessing it in the offensive zone to create scoring chances, it's an important aspect of the game.
from Geoff Hendry at MR PORTER,
Maybe you met her while shopping in Camden Market. Your heart was stirred by her doleful Alanis Morissette eyes and sweet, nasally Canadian accent. Fast-forward a couple of years and you’re sharing a flat, a dog and – God help you – spending Christmas at her parents’ house in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
It is here that you experience your first Canadian Saturday night. While the prairie snowpocalypse rages outside, you sit by a crackling fire eating Nanaimo bars and sipping Bloody Caesars (tomato juice + clam broth + vodka = delicious). Soon, the whole family congregates around the tube to watch the nation’s longest-running TV show: Hockey Night in Canada.
Feeling overwhelmed? Relax and allow me to provide this brief guide to watching ice hockey in the Great White North.
thanks to Allan Muir for the pointer....
from Lucas Aykroyd of IIHF.com,
RANKIN INLET – In the grand scheme of pro hockey, Jordin Tootoo is a hard-working agitator with 539 career games in 10 NHL seasons. But in the Canadian North, he’s a legend.
There’s a huge billboard featuring the first Inuit-born NHLer in his hometown of Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. Adorned with caribou antlers, it depicts the now-31-year-old veteran in the Team Canada sweater he wore at the 2003 IIHF World Junior Championship in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
When you spend time in the small, isolated communities in the Canadian North, you soon realize that passion for both IIHF tournaments and the NHL is just as deep-rooted up here as in major urban centres like Toronto or Montreal, which will co-host the World Juniors in 2015 and 2017.
In some ways, that passion is even stronger among the traditionally nomadic peoples of the North. There are so many other diversions and distractions in the cities. In Nunavut – Canada’s newest territory, created in 1999 – there are only 33,000 people in an area that’s eight times the size of Great Britain. Here, amid the endless waters of Hudson Bay and the stark, forbidding Arctic tundra, there is plenty of time to think about hockey.
When you’ve finished browsing through soapstone sculptures, bone carvings, and a children’s hockey book entitled Atausiraaallarumaluuunniit! at the Ivalu gift shop in Rankin Inlet, you come outside to the dirt road and a native man in a Hockey Canada T-shirt drives by on an ATV.
from Stan Fischler of The Fischler Report,
* The Boss of All NHL Bosses is not Gary Bettman; it is Jeremy Jacobs.
* As longtime Chairman of the league's Board of Governors JJ is the NHL's Godfather.
* So when Double J says there'll be no expansion in the foreseeable future, you can figure that Quebec City, Seattle, Toronto and other points east and west just ain't gonna be in Bettman, Inc. for a long time.
* My money is on Ryan Malone as the best, underrated pick-up of the off-season.
* Credit to Glen Sather who -- throughout his managerial career -- has been willing to gamble on rehabs where other execs fear to tread.
NEW YORK, NY (September 23, 2014) – Premium TV network EPIX and the National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today that they have formed a partnership to produce and distribute a two-part original series, debuting on EPIX in December 2014, that will bring hockey fans onto the ice and behind-the-scenes with the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals as they prepare to compete in the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, and the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks on their road to the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™.
Produced by 52-time Emmy award winner Ross Greenburg, the series will offer viewers an exclusive look inside the world of the NHL, with strategically placed cameras and microphones providing an all-access pass to players’ homes, locker rooms, training rooms, and the arena.
Gary Bettman and George Strompolos were at the Canadian Club of Toronto today and discussed numerous topics including expansion.
You can watch more videos on different topics today at Sportsnet's YouTube page.
from Michael Babad of the Globe and Mail,
“The opening of National Hockey League training camps … will be welcomed by a range of Canadian businesses including stadiums, bars and clothing retailers,” associate economist Alexander Lowy said in a weekly report on Canada by Moody’s Analytics, a sister company to the well-known ratings agency.
“Canada’s favourite professional sport often has a measurable impact on economic activity,” he said, noting part-time employment as arenas hire, and the boost for food and shelter as “fans gather in bars and restaurants” to take in the games.
In Canada, the total output in sports and performing arts is “particularly tied” to hockey, Mr. Lowy said.
via Renaud Lavoie tweets,
Pre-season games will start tomorrow with the regular on ice officials even if they don't have a new CBA yet.
The on ice officials have no intention to go on strike and as of right now they will be their for the start of the regular season.
from Scott Stinson of the National Post,
NHL training camps opened on Thursday, so there was the requisite talk about working hard, making the best of opportunities and, of course, “compete level,” since a law was passed two years ago that prevented anyone associated with the league from saying “competitiveness.”
There was little talk of luck. No one really wants to open a 10-month slog by saying their team needs luck, but it remains that every team in the NHL does. Luck matters more than it should in this league, because it still settles regular-season games with the shootout.
Rather than eliminate the game-ending coin flip, the NHL instead chose to tinker around the edges: a quick scrape of the ice after regulation time to improve ice quality and a change of ends for overtime that will force each time to have to use the further bench, which increases the chances of poor line changes that lead to odd-man rushes.
Will these moves have a noticeable effect on cutting down the number of games — almost 15% of them — that are decided by hockey’s version of a home-run hitting contest? Possibly. But the changes aren’t going to catch teams by surprise. Having to make long changes just might encourage teams to be extra cautious when making them, rendering overtime periods less exciting than they already are, when too often it seems that both sides are willing to take their chances with the dice roll at the finish.
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