Kukla's Korner Hockey
by George Malik on 10/13/06 at 07:13 AM ET
Bill Daly, deputy commissioner of the National Hockey League, said hockey's standard contract prohibits players "from engaging in other dangerous sports," but piloting can be negotiated individually. The Montreal Canadiens' Alexei Kovalev, for instance, is a licensed flyer, and the Habs do not stand in his way. "The way it works is you're responsible for everything you do in your life," Kovalev told the Associated Press. He goes to a safety school every year and constantly upgrades his ratings. The Vancouver Canucks have an "extraordinary danger" provision in their player contracts. Skydiving, mountain climbing and other rugged outdoor pursuits are covered, but not specifically piloting a plane, general manager Dave Nonis indicated. "It's open for interpretation," Nonis said. "I've never heard of issues over piloting."
Red Wings defenceman Mathieu Schneider told the Free Press that NHL’ers must exercise their common sense:
Wings defenseman Mathieu Schneider said he would love to go skiing, but he won’t attempt the sport until he’s done playing hockey.
“Skiing is one of the things I’d love to do,” Schneider said. “I always say that’s the first thing I gotta do when I retire. It’s one of those things, it’s just not worth it if you blow out your knee.”
Vladimir Malakhov got into quite a bit of trouble with the Canadiens for actively skiing despite knee problems, and the Uwe Krupp situation…was messy.
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