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from James McClure of Civilized,
To find out more detail on the NHL policy, we reached out to the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) - the labor union representing athletes in North America's top hockey league. The union handles grievances as well as negotiating with the league on rules and procedures, including guidelines for drug testing.
An NHLPA spokesperson - who spoke with Civilized on the condition of not being quoted - said that the league does not condone marijuana. However, it is not part of the NHL's testing for performance-enhancing substances. When testing players each season, one third (which is no fewer than 200 athletes) are randomly selected to be screened for stimulants like amphetamines, narcotics like cocaine, and cannabinoids such as marijuana and hash.
Players aren't identified - regardless of the results. And those who who test positive aren't disciplined. Instead, the anonymous stats are presented to the NHL and NHLPA's Performance Enhancing Substances Program Committee for review so that they can decide how to handle testing moving forward.
However, if a player is found to have a dangerously high level of a narcotic or cannabinoid, he is subject to mandatory assessment by doctors working for the NHL and NHLPA's Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program.
from Paul Lysenko of SovSport (roughly translated),
Just about the relationship between the leagues. Meeting with NHL, why?
- Just a courtesy visit. In the last 22 years we have a good relationship with the NHL. No problem! Of course, it's a completely different world - the North American League with a huge budget. Sports there - the entertainment industry.
We are a little different. But the NHL has performed in the last five Olympics. In June, we will hold two rounds of talks with the league and the union about the trip NHL players in Pyeongchang and Beijing.
And we in the Old World must have a strong hockey. If there is fragmentation - KHL, Finns and Swedes, Central Europe, themselves Czechs and Slovaks - nothing good will come. Only the strong can compete with North America.
- The IOC does not want to give $ 10 million to fly NHL players and pay their insurance. For NHL is - a stumbling block. It is because of such a small amount goes wrong such an ambitious project?
- A little? - Laughs Fasel.
- This is one of Ovechkin salary per year.
- Try to take away the money Ovechkin. Let's see what he will tell you! - Jokes Kukushkin.
- $ 10 million general - a lot of money for the IIHF. Our annual budget - $ 45 million - says Fasel. - In the Olympic season it increases to $ 70 million in a typical year, we spend $ 21 million to organize tournaments among men and women of different ages.. You also need to include the state of the IIHF, to pay various expenses, invest in the development of hockey.
Personally we can not put a third of the budget to pay this amount. Of course, we are slightly disappointed by the decision of the IOC, which was previously paid insurance and relocation of NHL players. But they have a reason, and we must accept them. And my goal - in the negotiations to resolve this issue.
from Rick Westhead of TSN,
The NHL Players’ Association and a former senior consultant are locked in a behind-the-scenes battle that has brought into question how the NHLPA pursues claims of NHL teams misreporting revenue and whether players are being kept properly informed of those claims.
Richard Rodier, a former NHLPA consultant, alleges the union’s executive director, Don Fehr, didn’t tell players about several cases where teams were potentially misreporting revenue – including one case that Rodier said could have resulted in a $400-million claim against the NHL.
Rodier, a corporate lawyer who was fired by the union in 2015, has shared his allegation against Fehr with at least two NHL team player representatives, three player agents, and staff at the union’s headquarters in Toronto, five sources familiar with the matter told TSN.
At least one of the team player reps contacted by Rodier raised the issue with NHLPA senior staff, who denied Rodier’s allegations.
Would the Washington Capitals be better off if forward Marcus Johansson had been unable to return to the ice during Monday night’s loss to the Penguins? No one would seriously hope for such an outcome. And yet the NHL’s disciplinary process for dangerous hits at least raises such questions.
-Dan Steinberg of DC Sport Bog where you can continue reading on this topic.
Important to note some of the information starting to come out regarding the expansion draft process.
via Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,
Sometime this week, the NHL and NHLPA agreed on expansion draft rules. No-move clauses are protected, and teams will not be able to expose those players. What’s next? A meeting of the NHL’s Executive Committee, the most powerful group of 10 owners. It’s chaired by Boston’s Jeremy Jacobs. It’s expected that group will be called together in the next week or two. If they approve, the final hurdle would be a full Board of Governors meeting. We’re getting close to knowing one way or the other.
from Gary Lawless of TSN,
The National Hockey League and the Players’ Association have agreed upon the rules of engagement for an expansion draft.
While the NHL’s executive committee has yet to recommend expansion, this is a major hurdle cleared.
The NHL has hundreds of steps to go through before expansion can potentially become a reality and getting an agreement with the NHLPA was viewed as near top of the list. The executive committee would not have recommended expansion to the NHL’s board of governors for the purpose of a vote without an agreement in place with the NHLPA, and in particular, a resolution on how existing no-trade and no-move clauses will be handled.
An NHL source confirmed the agreement on Friday morning but would not offer specifics on the expansion draft.
Time is getting tight for the NHL if it is going to expand. The league has stated if it is going to expand for the 2017-18 season it would have to inform general managers prior to this year’s upcoming entry draft in late June. A source said Friday if expansion is going to move forward, mid-May is the timetable for an announcement.
The NHL and NHLPA released a multi-page PDF explaining the ruling from the arbitrator, so here is the basic information you need to know.
NEW YORK (March 11, 2016) – The National Hockey League released the following statement today regarding the decision in the appeal of Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman’s 20-game suspension:
“We are in receipt of Arbitrator James Oldham’s Opinion in the appeal of Dennis Wideman’s supplementary discipline suspension and reducing the suspension from 20 to 10 games. We strenuously disagree with the Arbitrator’s ruling and are reviewing the Opinion in detail to determine what next steps may be appropriate. We will have no further comment until we have completed our review. In light of and in response to Arbitrator Oldham’s Opinion, Mr. Wideman will be reinstated and will be eligible to participate in his team’s games, effective immediately.”
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.”
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