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NHLPA Files An Appeal On The Behalf Of Dennis Wideman

TORONTO (February 3, 2016): The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) issued the following statement today regarding the National Hockey League’s (NHL) decision to suspend Dennis Wideman for 20 games:

“We strongly disagree with the League’s decision to suspend Dennis Wideman. Dennis has played in 11 NHL seasons and almost 800 games without incident. The facts, including the medical evidence presented at the hearing, clearly demonstrate that Dennis had no intention to make contact with the linesman. An appeal has been filed on the player’s behalf.”

added 7:33pm,

“We were informed earlier today that our player, Dennis Wideman, was suspended for contact with an official in last Wednesday’s game against Nashville. We disagree with the severity of today’s suspension ruling and maintain that Dennis’ collision with the linesman was unintentional and accidental. We agree that our officials’ safety and well-being is of extreme importance in order to allow them to perform their duties. They perform an invaluable but underappreciated role in our game. We support sanctions against players who make deliberate contact with any official. However, unintentional and accidental contact does occur at times in our game. We will have no further comment on the matter at this time.”

 Brian Burke

President of Hockey Operations

added below is the NHL explanation video of the suspension...

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All Donald Fehr

from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

These days, Fehr heads a union of approximately 700 NHL players and he has guided them through thick and thin. Here's what he said on a variety of topics, including the World Cup of Hockey, an eight-team international tournament set to begin in September in Toronto:

Will we see NHL players in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea?

Players would like to participate in the Olympics. You have to negotiate an agreement with the IIHF, with the IOC and between us and the NHL to do that. The reason is that the NHL, uniquely among sports that go to the Olympics, has to close its business down in order to do this. You lose a bunch of the games, you squeeze the schedule, you interrupt your momentum, you subject the players to additional injury risk and so on.

In the past, the agreement has come together sometime after the preceding Summer Games and over the next period of months. So we've had some very preliminary discussions with the NHL and the Olympic parties, but it's not at the stage where they're getting anywhere close to conclusion. It will take a while.

The players want to participate in the Olympics. It means something to them. And it's particularly true in the European countries, where the Olympic movement is so ingrained in all of the sports programs for kids that they've ever gone through. But it means a lot for everybody.

many more questions and answers...

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Video- NHL/NHLPA Extend Partnership With GoPro

SAN MATEO, Calif. / NEW YORK / TORONTO (Jan. 26, 2016) – The National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) today announced a renewal of its partnership with GoPro, Inc. (NASDAQ:GOPRO) to deliver hockey fans a behind-the-scenes look at the game. The partnership extension will feature NHL After Dark™, an 11-part series filmed and produced by GoPro that will give hockey fans an immersive look at what happens on the ice during after-hours training sessions.

“Our goal with the NHL After Dark™ series is to transport the hockey fan directly onto the ice with an up-close and personal look at some of the NHL’s most talented players,” said Bill McCullough, executive producer at GoPro. “These world-class athletes invest much of their time honing skills behind the scenes and we’re excited to give hockey fans an exclusive look at the personalities of these players, the fun they bring to the game and their commitment to mastering their craft.”

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Presentation Being Made To NHL Players On Domestic Abuse, Sexual Assault And Harassment

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

A year into the making, the NHL and NHL Players' Association have launched an education initiative that features presentations to players on all 30 clubs aimed at raising awareness of domestic abuse and sexual assault and harassment.

The presentations began with three teams Monday and will run through late February with a specific focus on prevention, said Jessica Berman, the NHL's vice president of special projects and corporate social responsibility.

The NHL and NHLPA have been working on the education initiative since last year. While the Ray Rice 2014 incident in the NFL raised the issue to new heights in pro sports, the NHL had its own cases over the past year and a half, including Slava Voynov's arrest while with the Los Angeles Kings.

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Teams Will Receive A Five-Day Bye Week Next Season

via Pierre LeBrun tweets,

As part of NHLPA signing off on all-star format, players scored a ``five-day bye week'' for next season for all 30 teams. 

The league will fit the 5-day bye break into schedules for each team between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28 next season

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3-on-3 For The All-Star Game?

I am all for it, anything to change it up...

from Darren Dreger of The Dreger Report at TSN,

The NHL All-Star Game needs an overhaul and Nashville is as good a place as any to introduce change.

Sources tell The Dreger Report that 3-on-3 hockey is being discussed as a replacement to the traditional game which has historically been high scoring, but void of emotion, intensity, or any form of competitiveness. 

It's tired, it's old and on a special weekend largely designed to market its stars, needs a facelift. 

It's still somewhat unclear how the concept will be implemented, but a series of 3-on-3 games in a mini-tournament format is a likely scenario and should occupy centre stage on Jan. 31.

And for those who enjoy the NHL skills competition, fear not. Regardless of change to the actual game, this All-Star staple will remain a focal point of the weekend and will hold down its usual Saturday slot.

Discussions are ongoing with all involved - including the NHL Players' Association - who some say could endorse the changes as early as next week.

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Zack Kassian Has Been Placed In Stage Two Of The Substance Abuse & Behavioral Program

TORONTO/NEW YORK (October 5, 2015) -- The National Hockey League Players’ Association and National Hockey League announced today that forward Zack Kassian of the Montreal Canadiens has been placed in Stage Two of the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program (SABH) of the NHL and NHLPA.

Under the terms of the joint program, Kassian will be suspended without pay until cleared for on-ice competition by the program administrators.

Kassian's care will be administered pursuant to the NHL/NHLPA SABH Program.

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A Cocaine Issue In The NHL?

from Rick Westhead of TSN,

The National Hockey League, responding to what it says is a possible increased use of cocaine among its players, has kick-started talks with the NHL Players Association to add the drug and others like it to the list of banned substances for which the league regularly monitors.

"The number of [cocaine] positives are more than they were in previous years and they're going up," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told TSN in an interview. "I wouldn't say it's a crisis in any sense. What I'd say is drugs like cocaine are cyclical and you've hit a cycle where it's an 'in' drug again.

"I'd be shocked if we're talking about a couple dozen guys. I don't want to be naïve here … but if we're talking more than 20 guys I'd be shocked. Because we don't test in a comprehensive way, I can't say."

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The NHL/NHLPA Relationship

from Stephen Whyno of the CP at the Brandon Sun,

At this time in 2012, the NHL season was on hold as officials from the league and Players' Association were embroiled in tense lockout negotiations. More than three months of hockey were lost before a 48-game season was salvaged.

Three years later, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Don Fehr rave about the quality of play — some of the fastest and most exciting hockey they believe the sport has ever offered. Not only is the on-ice product thriving, but the relationship between the NHL and NHLPA is stronger than it has ever been.

"There have been times in the past where some might get the feeling that the union was working against us," Bettman said during a sit-down interview in his New York office. "Don and the union, people who work with him have been extraordinarily constructive, professional, in working on things that make sense to both of us.

"It doesn't mean we're not going to have disagreements about some things. But the places where we can work together, we are, and I think that's great for the game."

Bettman and Fehr are at the forefront of the friendlier NHL-NHLPA partnership. The two men have known each other for over 30 years, Bettman said, and there's at least a high level of respect in peace time and during labour talks.

In a phone interview last week, Fehr echoed Bettman's caveat that there are philosophical disagreements between the league and the players and also the feeling that the two sides can work together now to accomplish some positive things.

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The Profitable World Cup Of Hockey

from Rick Westhead of TSN,

The World Cup of Hockey is shaping up to deliver a million-dollar payday to each of the NHL’s 30 team owners, some of which could come from advertising on team uniforms for the first time.

When the tournament was conceived, NHL and NHL Players’ Association executives believed they might be able to generate $90 million in revenue from a two-week tournament. Now, after selling rich TV rights to ESPN in the U.S. and Rogers Communications in Canada, and thanks to strong interest from corporate sponsors, NHL team owners and NHLPA executives have been advised the September 2016 event may raise as much as $130 million, according to a source who said NHL team executives have been briefed on the profit projections.

Costs are estimated to be about $65 million - including $10 million to $15 million budgeted for player insurance - meaning owners and players, who are jointly staging the event, will split a profit of about $65 million.

That would be a far cry from the $4 million profit the last World Cup of Hockey event generated in 2004.

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