Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/18/05 at 02:54 PM ET
Jim Breidenbach, an office official for the National Hockey League, didn't get his job back when the league's lockout ended this fall - and now he's $10,000 behind in rent and facing eviction from his Riverdale apartment tomorrow. "I'm desperate at this point, I'm about to lose everything," said Breidenbach, 58, who has worked for the NHL since 1990. "Hockey was maybe the biggest part of my life, and now it feels like some of me is missing." Like all members of the Rangers off-ice officials crew - who work as goal judges, penalty box operators and timekeepers for the team's 41 home games - Breidenbach lost his job when the lockout began in the summer of 2004. But when play resumed this fall, 12 of the 13 officials were rehired. Breidenbach was not. Breidenbach claimed that an NHL supervisor told him he lost his job because he violated a league rule by talking to the media about his famed hockey memorabilia collection and his dire employment status - an account that two NHL sources confirmed this week.more
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