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Todd Holt A Survivor

from Vicki Hall at the Calgary Sun,

The Todd Holt story, in many ways, is made for Hollywood.

A young hockey star ends up playing for a sexual predator. He drinks to the point of destruction. His life is spent numbing the pain in any way possible until, one day, he finally tells the world what happened, which leads to criminal charges against his tormentor.

In the Hollywood version, he lives happily ever.

But reality for survivors of sexual abuse often fails to follow such a romantic story arc. The collateral damage inflicted by the likes of Graham James spans generations, and the healing journey follows no set timetable.

But as Holt arrives in Swift Current, he’s more at peace than he has been in a long time.

“I used to look at Swift Current as a place with ghosts, a scary place,” he says. “But now it’s my second home. I gave 20 years of my life to the whole abuse situation. If I would have missed this opportunity, this experience, it would have been devastating all over again.”

By the time Holt arrived in Swift Current in 1989, Graham James had long since mastered the art of grooming victims for his abuse.

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All About The AHL Schedule

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League today released the complete schedule of regular-season games for the 2015-16 season, the league’s 80th year of operation. The season, comprising 1,120 games, begins on Fri., Oct. 9 and concludes on Sun., Apr. 17. 

All teams will play 76 games each (38 at home, 38 on the road) with the exception of the clubs which joined the AHL in January as part of the creation of a Pacific Division (Bakersfield, Ontario, San Diego, San Jose, Stockton); those five teams will play 68 games each (34 home, 34 road). 

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The Dropping Currency And Its Effect On Hockey

from Martin Merk of IIHF.com,

What do currencies have to do with hockey business? Quite a lot actually, the best hockey players are paid with money in many countries on three continents, and no salary is immune to the changing values of these currencies.

The weakening of the Canadian Dollar is an issue for Canadian NHL teams, one that is often reported whenever such discrepancies arise to the U.S. Dollar. However, the biggest impact of the global currency fluctuations of the last two years is felt elsewhere in hockey.

Among the large-scale currencies that weakened the most is the Russian Ruble which, same as some other currencies, dropped due to falling commodity prices but also due to sanctions and counter-sanctions that followed due to territorial conflicts with Ukraine.

Each Ruble a hockey player earns in Russia is worth less than half the U.S. Dollar value it was worth two years ago. Also in countries economically connected to Russia, such as Belarus and Kazakhstan, this crisis was to a less drastic extent felt in the form of a currency drop. Both countries are also part of the Kontinental Hockey League that also includes one team each from Croatia, Finland, Latvia and Slovakia. 

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Video- Mike Keenan Goes ‘Silent’

Watch below in a larger format...

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Red Army Documentary May Not Be Patriotic Enough For Some In Russia

from Vladimir Kozlov of The Hollywood Reporter,

The upcoming release of the U.S.-Russian hockey documentary Red Army has stirred controversy in Russia as some theaters turned it down, apparently unhappy with the way it portrays the Soviet Union.

Around 10 theaters refused to screen Red Army and claimed it was not "patriotic," said the film's Russian distributor Arthouse.

"The film was made by American director Gabe Polsky, which in many ways explains the attitude of many Russians toward the film," Abigail Honor, сo-founder and CEO of Arthouse's U.S.-based parent company Lorem Ipsum Corp., told The Hollywood Reporter. "They see the film as celebrating the negative American view of Russia in a time when the relationship between the two countries is so strained."

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Team Russia Fined For The Snub OF Canada At The World Championship

Converting the Swiss Franc to US Dollars would make the fine $85,000.

from IIHF.com,

The Ice Hockey Federation of Russia was fined CHF 80,000 due to an incident that occurred following the end of the gold medal game of the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in the Czech Republic.

The Russian national team and staff left the ice during the medal ceremony after Canada had won the gold medal game 6-1 and received the medals, but before the national anthem had been played and the flags of the three medal-winning teams were raised.

Supported by video footage of the ceremony, the Deciding Panel of the IIHF Disciplinary Board ascertained that the Russian team captain had discussions with team staff members, after which he talked to his teammates, at the same time moving his head towards the open gate; the gate had been open since the start of the ceremony. The majority of the players and the staff members left the ice immediately following the Canadian Players receiving their medals while a few players remained, eventually leaving the ice themselves a little later. 

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Alex Ovechkin Plans To Play In The 2018 Olympics

MOSCOW, August 19. /TASS/. NHL Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin is ready to play for the Russian national ice hockey team at the 2018 Winter Olympics even if the NHL bans him from coming to South Korea, he told journalists on Wednesday.

"The same situation was with the [2014] Sochi Games, they said NHL could not be allowed to come," Ovechkin said. "I hope the sides will reach an agreement."

"Anyway, I and other players will definitely come [to the Olympics2018]," he added.

The 2018 Winter Olympics will be held from February 9 to 25, 2018, in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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Video- You Know Hockey Is Getting Closer

Highlights from Day 2 of the BioSteel camp...

 

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Morning Line- Brian Burke

“I think we need to do a better job of tapping the hockey market in North America that has Irish ancestry. There are some pretty prominent hockey people from Irish families – their parents or grandparents were right off the boat. There have been a couple of players, like Owen Nolan from Belfast, who were born here. So that’s the number one thing. We haven’t really tapped that group for fundraising ability or interest so we’ve got to do a better job on our side of the water and the investors, the buildings – they’re things we’re working on in the gestation period.”

-Brian Burke, President of Hockey Operations for the Calgary Flames.  Burke was recently in Ireland to promote the game and Eoin O’Callaghan of Yahoo has more from and on Burke.

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Nottingham Panthers Sign Cam Janssen

from the Nottingham Panthers,

The GMB Nottingham Panthers have made their last signing of the summer in the shape of NHL star Cam Janssen.

The American had 336 games in “the show” most recently just two seasons ago with New Jersey Devils, before that he was at St Louis after starting his NHL career with the Devils who drafted him in the fourth round in 2002.

Last season he was on a two-way contract with New Jersey and their AHL affiliate Albany where he played taking his AHL games total to over 200.

Cam is a high energy player, who looks after his team mates, knows when to do his stuff, and who is very excited to join the Panthers roster.

Former players of the Panthers played a big part in recommending the club to him and the player to the club and head coach Corey Neilson couldn’t hide his enthusiasm for the signing when he spoke to Panthers Radio this morning.

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