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from Mike McIntyre and Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press,
Byfuglien, who lives in Minnesota and is an American citizen, is not currently under any type of bail restriction. But his ability to cross the border and move about Winnipeg could be severely impacted in the future.
Lucy Perillo, who operates Canada Border Crossing Services in Winnipeg—a company that works with offenders on both sides of the border to assist in travel—said it’s possible Byfuglien could be refused entry into Canada based simply on pending criminal charges such as third-degree boating while intoxicated and the refusal of a blood or urine test. He would also be obligated to disclose the fact he’d been arrested and fingerprinted.
“He’s technically not inadmissible into Canada, because he hasn’t been found guilty of anything. But they do have the right to refuse. Typically, though, Canadian officials at the Emerson border are very fair, as are those at the Winnipeg airport,” Perillo told the Free Press.
Perillo said Byfuglien’s life would become much more complicated if he was ultimately convicted.
After yesterday’s big news about the TV/radio deal struck by True North Sports & Entertainment and Bell Media, there was definitely a buzz about this coming season - especially among those of us unable to score season tickets. Today comes the hangover - figuratively for fans and, it would seem, literally for Jets d-man Dustin Byfuglien.
via Darren Wolfson tweets,
Got a tip that Dustin Byfuglien was at the Hennepin County Jail last night.
BWI test refusal. Here it is.
Re: Byfuglien - told now refusal of BWI (boating) test. Also told he weighed in at 286 lbs. Holy crap! He played at about 245 lbs last year.
As summer draws to a close, Winnipeggers are hungrier than ever for hockey. The chance to host the best in the game has Jets fans salivating – especially those lucky enough to get season tickets.
To: Whom it may concern at the National Hockey League
From: Rob Williams, Winnipeg Free Press music critic, and Bartley Kives, reporter and former music critic
Re: The possibility of Nickelback performing at NHL FaceOff
Dear Gary Bettman et al.,
According to our intrepid sports reporters Gary Lawless and Ed Tait, the 2011-12 NHL season is going to kick off in Winnipeg with a big show at The Forks, dubbed NHL FaceOff, on Oct. 6. This will be the first of four days of festivities leading up to the Winnipeg Jets’ home opener against the Montreal Canadiens on Oct. 9.
That is a fantastic idea, and both of us are thrilled to have the Jets back. We are ready for a party to launch the season. We both are part of groups who purchased season tickets so quickly back in June that Winnipeg may never reclaim its reputation for being cheap and miserly.
Anyway, the word in last Sunday’s paper was there’s talk of having a “major Canadian concert act” perform at the FaceOff event, with the possibility Nickelback is in the running to perform.
As people who love music and love Winnipeg even more, we have a request: Please ensure this does not happen.
from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,
So the NHL is contemplating using their newfangled nets in pre-season games. Hey, anything that makes the game better should be welcomed with open arms.
The new nets are shallower, have a clear plastic strip along the top and built-in high definition cameras to make goal reviews easier, and has thinner mesh….
The problem is the changes the NHL are proposing do not address the real problem facing the league: a lack of goal-scoring….
The answer to more goals is quite simple and not exactly new: Make the damn nets bigger.
Now before you start spewing your hate mail about how some things are never meant to be tinkered with, consider that just about everything that has to do with hockey—including the equipment, markings on the ice and training techniques—have been altered over the years so why are the nets off limits? Players are bigger than ever and yet the nets remain the same size. It makes no sense.
“When he first got called up, he sat beside me in the locker-room for a long, long time, and was a great kid,” Morrison recalled Tuesday from his off-season home in Tofino, B.C. “He had a tremendous amount of respect for all the guys in the locker-room. He respected the game, the coaching staff, everybody.
“Everybody liked him because he had a great heart and was a fantastic teammate. He’d do anything for his teammates.
“It’s a tragedy.”
-Brendan Morrison of the Calgary Flames, speaking about former teammate Rick Rypien. More from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun.
via James Mirtle tweet,
Police confirm former Vancouver Canucks tough guy Rick Rypien has been found dead in his Alberta home. More to come.
added 9:35pm, via Rick’s cousin Angela Rypien tweet,
R.I.P Rick Rypien, I love you so much and will miss you more than anything!
added 9:43pm, from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,
Former Vancouver Canucks tough guy Rick Rypien was found dead by a family member on Monday in Crowsnest Pass, Alta.
Rypien, who signed with the Winnipeg Jets in July, had missed most of last season because of a leave of absence from the Canucks for personal issues.
Local RCMP told The Globe and Mail on Monday night that the death was not suspicious.
added 11:00pm, Vancouver, B.C. - The Vancouver Canucks issued the following statement today in regards to the passing of Rick Rypien:
“It is with tremendous sadness that the Vancouver Canucks confirm the passing of Rick Rypien. Rick has been a beloved member of the Canucks family for the past six years. Rick was a great teammate and friend to our players, coaches and staff. We send our deepest condolences to the Rypien family at this most difficult time.
...Bogosian, like Doughty and Schenn, appears to have a very bright future no matter where he lands. But in a day and age when some general managers are over paying certain players, they seem to be the victims of a little common sense.
-Mike Brophy of Sportsnet where you can read more on the three RFAs.
from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,
Winnipeg: NHL heaven or NHL hell—depends on who is doing the talking.
Bob McCown says three members of the Winnipeg Jets are actively trying to get out of Winnipeg. Jets captain Andrew Ladd says let them go.
What Ladd says about the issue is far more important.
Keep in mind, Ladd just signed a five-year contract extension to remain in Winnipeg and he’s the leader of this team. He’s put his money where his mouth is and not just opened his yap to let it roar.
McCown, the entertaining, witty and respected host of a sports talk radio show in Toronto, from time to time likes to say snarky things about our town. Sometimes he’s right, but this time he’s missed the mark.
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