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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
The tap-on-wrist three-game suspension issued to the Maple Leafs’ Leo Komarov for his elbow to the jaw of Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh at 18:58 of the first period of Thursday’s match in Toronto is simply the last inadequate Department of Player Safety response to NHL headhunting.
The fault, though, lies not with vice president Stephane Quintal and his staff, bound to follow the DOPS’s own lenient precedent, but with both the NHL and NHLPA’s failure to adopt tough measures to combat such behavior.
Here are four suggestions for rules the league should adopt with full support of the players’ association:
1. Restore match penalties for deliberate injury to 10:00 in the box from the current 5:00. The NHL once had this rule, and at least as late as the 1983-84 season, when the Devils’ Bob Hoffmeyer served 10:00 for swinging his stick and hitting the North Stars’ Brian Bellows across the back in Minnesota on Dec. 17, 1983. I’m not sure why the rule was changed.
Elliotte Friedman joined Hockey Central @ Noon to talk about the Dennis Wideman suspension, and the wrinkle that text messages threw into the equation.
Some of the comments tend to suggest an internal battle is going on too.
TORONTO (February 17, 2016): The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) issued the following statement this evening regarding the National Hockey League’s (NHL) decision to uphold Dennis Wideman’s suspension for 20 games:
“We are extremely disappointed but not surprised that Gary Bettman upheld the decision of his staff to suspend Dennis Wideman for 20 games. This decision completely ignores the effects of the concussion that Dennis sustained when he was driven into the boards eight seconds before colliding with the linesman. We will appeal to the Neutral Discipline Arbitrator in order to have this decision overturned.”
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.”
“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.”
President of Hockey Operations
added below is the NHL explanation video of the suspension...
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...
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.”
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.
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
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.
continue for more topics (coaches challenge and the Olympics)...
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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