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Bob McKenzie’s Final Draft Rankings

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

In this most unprecedented of National Hockey League seasons, it’s been said the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs will require an asterisk for posterity’s sake.

To which the 2020 NHL draft says, “Hold my beer.”

A whole boatload of asterisks is required for this one.

Let us count the ways:

* No one knows exactly when the draft will be held. Probably October, if all goes well, maybe November. We just don’t know.

* We know the draft lottery is this Friday (June 26, 8 p.m. ET) but even when it is concluded that night, we still won’t know the actual order of selection. That’s because eight of the 15 teams in the lottery won’t be known until we see which teams lose in the best-of-five play-in qualifier series, probably in August, sometime after which a second lottery will be required.

* We don’t know when, where, or even if many of the top prospects for the 2020 draft will be playing to start the 2020-21 season because there is so much uncertainty as to whether junior or college hockey leagues in North America will be playing games this fall.


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Lawsuit Filed Against The CHL With Numerous Charges

from Rick Westhead of TSN,

The Canadian Hockey League and its three major junior leagues have been complicit for decades in rampant hazing, bullying, and abuse of underage players by coaches, team staff and senior players, alleges a proposed class-action lawsuit.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Ontario Superior Court in Toronto by former CHL players Dan Carcillo and Garrett Taylor. The filing doesn’t specify what sort of damages the plaintiffs are seeking.

“Survivors of such abuse have come forward and continue to come forward to this day,” the lawsuit alleges. “However, the defendants have stubbornly ignored or failed to reasonably address this institutionalized and systemic abuse. Rather than respond to or make meaningful attempts to prevent such abuse, the defendants have instead perpetuated a toxic environment that condones violent, discriminatory, racist, sexualized, and homophobic conduct, including physical and sexual assault, on the underage players they are obligated to protect.”

CHL president Dan MacKenzie did not respond to an email requesting comment. The allegations against the CHL have not been proven and the league has not filed its defence to the claims.


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The AHL Announces A Return To Play Task Force

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today the formation of a Return to Play task force, established for the purpose of providing expert leadership and strategic direction to the AHL in planning for the league’s return to play in the 2020-21 season.

The members of the Return to Play task force have exhibited a strong commitment to the AHL and are experienced and respected NHL general managers, AHL team presidents and ownership representatives. The group will be chaired by outgoing AHL President and Chief Executive Officer David Andrews.

The Return to Play task force will not have any operational or management responsibility for executing the AHL’s return to play, but rather will provide strategic leadership to the league in developing or identifying opportunities for a return-to-play process that can gain widespread support in both the AHL and the National Hockey League.

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Annual Coaches’ Clinic Takes It Online

from Carol Schram of SportsMoney,

When the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of the NHL’s 2020 draft weekend event in Montreal on June 26-27, the annual coaches’ clinic that was scheduled to take place one day earlier became collateral damage.

Undaunted, clinic organizers took their event online. This week, that virtual program is reaching more coaches than ever before, with an expanded five-day program and a true global reach.

“We were all set to have 500 coaches join us in Montreal this June, right before the draft,” said NHL Coaches’ Association president Lindsay Artkin. “Obviously, the world is a drastically different place now, related to Covid.

“We made the decision toward the end of March to not kibosh the continuing education opportunity that the clinic provides, but rather just bring it online and restructure the agenda so that we had a way to deliver all of the knowledge and expertise that our NHL coaches have, just in this new digital online format.”

On Monday morning, more than 900 participants from around the world tuned in as Anaheim Ducks head coach Dallas Eakins kicked off the week with his presentation, “Creating Team Culture: How to Build and Cultivate a Strong Dressing Room.”


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Introducing The Henderson Silver Knights

HENDERSON (May 28, 2020) – Vegas Golden Knights Chairman and CEO Bill Foley announced today, May 28, that the AHL Henderson franchise will be known as the Henderson Silver Knights. The Silver Knights’ NHL parent club, the Vegas Golden Knights, shared the team name, logo and brand story during a one-hour live show on KSNV NBC Las Vegas that was also streamed across their social platforms on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Twitch. The announcement comes after Black Knight Sports and Entertainment, LLC, who also own and operate the Golden Knights, purchased an AHL membership in February 2020.


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3ICE, An Aptly Named League

from Chris Bumbace of USA TODAY,

A few years ago at Pittsburgh Penguins rookie camp, E.J. Johnston observed the delight among a couple thousand fans as they watched a tournament of 3-on-3 contests.

"It was electric," Johnston recalled. "It was end-to-end action. It was all the creativity, and goal-scoring and tic-tac-toe passing that hockey fans love."...

Johnston is now the CEO and founder of "3ICE," a new 3-on-3 hockey league set to debut next year across North America, with several big-name coaches (six of them Hockey Hall of Famers) serving as the coaches of the eight inaugural teams. Craig Patrick, the assistant to Herb Brooks on the 1980 U.S. men's Olympic gold squad, is the league's commissioner....

The eight coaches are: six-time Stanley Cup winner Bryan Trottier; three-time champion Guy Carbonneau; five-time All-Star John LeClair; four-time Olympian Angela Ruggiero; four-time Stanley Cup winner Larry Murphy; three-time champion Joe Mullen; and Ed Johnston. Johnston and LeClair are the only members of the group not selected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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Remainder Of AHL Season Has Been Canceled

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … American Hockey League President and Chief Executive Officer David Andrews announced today that the league’s Board of Governors has voted to cancel the remainder of the 2019-20 AHL regular season and the 2020 Calder Cup Playoffs due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis:

“After a lengthy review process, the American Hockey League has determined that the resumption and completion of the 2019-20 season is not feasible in light of current conditions.

The League’s operational focus has turned toward actively preparing for the 2020-21 season.

We are very grateful to the National Hockey League and its teams for their support and leadership in navigating through the challenges faced over the past two months.

The AHL continues to place paramount importance on the health and safety of our players, officials, staff and fans and all of their families, and we all look forward to returning to our arenas in 2020-21.”

The AHL’s standings – sorted by points percentage – and statistics as of March 12, 2020, are considered final and official, and will serve as the basis for determining league awards for the 2019-20 season.

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Statement From The Charlotte Checkers

via the Charlotte Checkers,

While we are aware that the Carolina Hurricanes are nearing an affiliation agreement with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves, the Hurricanes have had little dialogue with us regarding this matter.

In an era when NHL teams are placing great value on affiliations with closer proximity between the two clubs, we understand the confusion that such a move would cause.

We will explore other options for our affiliation and look forward to continuing in the American Hockey League when play resumes.

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All Brian Burke

from Emily Kaplan of ESPN,

Burke joined Greg Wyshynski and I on the ESPN on Ice podcast this week to discuss his view on the NHL's potential return this summer, how the suspension of games could affect the league financially, why he got rid of "Brass Bonanza" in Hartford, what other U.S. cities could support the NHL and more -- including doubling down on his Joe Thornton-to-Anaheim proposal 15 years ago....

ESPN: Do you see teams taking the extra step, slashing prices for season tickets and that sort of thing?

Burke: I think it'll depend on the market. If we get to play, and say there are eight playoff teams, they're not going to cut their prices. Teams that were in a playoff position but did not get to play because of a different format, I don't think they do much discounting. But non-playoff-team markets might have to.

We'll wait and see how long this goes and how quickly the economy comes back. It'd be lovely to come back to just what we left. Unemployment instantly restored to what it was. Everyone back to work. Open your doors. Let's go. I just don't think that's realistic.

more Q & A...

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Player Agents Keeping Busy

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

The world’s new practice of social distancing can take on many forms, as Ritch Winter learned through a phone call earlier this week.

“One player I reached on the phone was driving somewhere and I said, ‘where are you headed?’ and he said ‘I don’t know, but my wife needed me to get out of the house as much as I needed to get out of the house,’” said the Edmonton-based player agent.

“I had another player ask me, ‘how can we have a season – we can’t even work out? How can we even think about proceeding without a training camp?’”

NHL player agents have long worn many hats. It’s the nature of the gig.

But some of the ones they’re wearing these days are significantly different given the unknowns the world is facing with COVID-19 and the abrupt halt it brought to pro sports.

“I would say I’m as busy as I’ve ever been,” said Allan Walsh from his home office in Los Angeles where he deals with a large clientele of Europeans.


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