Kukla's Korner Hockey
from Robert Cribb of the Toronto Star,
An unprecedented class action lawsuit striking at the economic foundations of junior hockey in Canada alleges the Canadian Hockey League and its teams “conspired” to force young players into signing contracts that breach minimum wage laws.
A statement of claim filed in a Toronto court Friday and obtained by the Star, seeks $180 million in outstanding wages, vacation, holiday and overtime pay and employer payroll contributions for thousands of young players given as little as $35 a week for practices, games, training and travelling that could add up to more than full-time hours.
The league and its teams “conspired and agreed together . . . to act in concert to demand or require that all players sign a contract which the defendants knew was unlawful,” the claim alleges. “Such conduct was high-handed, outrageous, reckless, wanton, deliberate, callous, disgraceful, wilful and in complete disregard for the rights of the (players).”
In the post previous to this one, I mentioned Sportsnet feature yesterday on The Worlds Greatest Hockey Factory/
Well, here it is...
note- I always try to credit the original source first, but sometimes it is not available, but thanfully for our sake others do supply...
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
Is it merely a matter of time before the National Hockey League moves to 3-on-3 overtime, or is jeopardizing the future of the shootout too risky?
The American Hockey League is currently testing an overtime formula that begins with the dreaded dry scrape before three minutes of 4-on-4, followed by four minutes of 3-on-3.
Through Friday, the AHL has had six overtime games - with three decided in the first three minutes and three decided in the new 3-on-3 window.
Yes, it's a small sample size, but not one AHL game this season has required a shootout to decide a winner.
The NHL, unwilling to embrace 3-on-3, is watching the AHL experiment closely.
continued plus a few more hockey topics...
Andrew Calof is currently playing his rookie season with Skellefteå in the Swedish Hockey League and will be providing updates on his experience. Calof, 23, spent four years at Princeton University where he finished as the third highest point getter in school history.
from Andrew Calof at Shnarped,
Starting my first year of professional hockey in Europe has truly been an incredible experience. Living in Skellefteå, Sweden and playing for a team with predominantly Swedish players has had its challenges but has also accelerated my learning of the Swedish language and culture. When I was offered a chance to play for Skellefteå, arguably one of the best hockey organizations in Europe, I jumped at the opportunity.
However, with this opportunity would come a number of potential challenges. I was moving to a new country where I did not speak the language and didn’t know if I’d be able to communicate well with my teammates and coaches. Luckily for me, the majority of the team, coaching staff, and members of the organization are fluent in English. With this language barrier comes some challenges, but there is also an aspect of excitement being immersed in a new culture.
Almost all team activities are in Swedish, whether it’s the practices, video sessions, meetings, etc. Since Skellefteå has had other players from North America that don’t understand Swedish, they were easily prepared to deal with this.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League today announced that Adirondack Flames left wing Trevor Gillies has been suspended for twelve (12) games as a consequence of his actions in a game at Rochester on Oct. 10.
Gillies was suspended under the provisions of AHL Rule 28.1 (supplementary discipline).
Gillies will miss Adirondack’s next 12 scheduled games. He will be eligible to return to the lineup on Nov. 15 at Lake Erie.
If you haven't seen the incident you can watch it below...
Rogers Hometown Hockey tells the story of a young man (from Michigan) with a promising hockey career whose life was tragically cut short.
When this tragedy happened, The Malik Report posted a few stories including the hockey world paying respect to Ian.
from Josh Weissbock of Shnarped,
Fans have been watching their top prospects develop over the last year or two and are now anxiously waiting to see how they perform at the next level. Most players end up with a stopover in the AHL for some development before getting a shot with the big club. Typically the players who perform well at the NHL level have performed well at lower levels; we’ve identified a number of potential AHL rookies who have had success in the past and will get their first chance at a full season in American Hockey League.
As October begins most hockey leagues in the world have started their regular season with one of the last holdouts being the American Hockey League (AHL). The AHL has a very dependent relationship with the NHL teams as the majority of rosters in the AHL are those that have been assigned by NHL clubs to their AHL affiliates. Changes in the NHL, through injury or trade, can quickly have a ripple effect that exponentially grows in magnitude to the effects in the AHL. Rosters are very dynamic and players may not spend an entire season in the AHL especially if they are performing well.
13 minutes of hockey commercials...
About Kukla's Korner Hockey
Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.
From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.
Email Paul anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org