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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).”
from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,
...more often than not, the Bruins play right into the hands of the Canadiens. They see that fluttering red cape with the CH logo, and they lower their heads and charge.
Why don’t they ever learn? Well, if there is such a thing as wanting to win too much, the Bruins do. They have decades of paranoia wired into their system. They have lost so many times, in so many ways, that they buy into all that Don Cherry “da game is rigged” nonsense, and they end up finding new and creative ways to lose.
Fans here will never buy into this, but Lucic is an intelligent, thoughtful, complex guy. But put a CH jersey in front of him and his Mexican combo platter is about a taco short. Claude Julien might do well to bench him next time out, because in his zeal to turn some unlucky Hab into roadkill on the highway of life, Lucic inevitably trips over his own skate laces and makes a fool of himself.
It’s all part of what has to be the greatest rivalry in North American sports at this juncture in history: the Habs vs. the Bruins.
The Calgary Flames are expected to complete a contract extension with defenceman TJ Brodie on Monday. The deal is believed to be for five years, in the range of $23 million, according to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie.
The 24-year-old has three goals and four assists in seven games this season for the Flames, as well as a plus-5 rating.
The Flames selected the Chatham, Ontario native with the 114th pick in the fourth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Brodie made his NHL debut during the 2010-11 campaign and posted a career best four goals and 27 assists in 81 games last season.
from Allan Kreda of the New York Times,
The Islanders opened with four straight wins for just the third time in franchise history, and that momentum to begin their last season at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum — despite their first loss at Pittsburgh on Saturday — made Brett Yormark happy.
Yormark, the chief executive of the Nets and Barclays Center, the Islanders’ new home starting next fall, could not ask for better timing to embark on an extensive marketing plan to attract new fans in Brooklyn.
On Monday, Barclays Center will begin a “Brooklyn Scores” campaign through direct mail, social media, cable television commercials and print advertising to persuade potential fans in the city’s most populous borough to try live hockey next season. About 20,000 direct mailers — 75 percent in Brooklyn with the rest in Manhattan and Queens — will be sent out periodically over the next four months, with an emphasis on season-ticket sales.
via Hometown Hockey,
Most Canadian boy’s dream of one day playing in the NHL, even Jermaine Loewen has that dream. Born in Jamaica, Jermaine was adopted by a family in rural Manitoba at the age of 5. Got his first pair of skates at age 6, played his first hockey game at 10 and remarkably made the Kamloops Blazers at the age of 16. He hasn’t been drafted into the NHL yet but Jermaine’s rise in the hockey world is certainly dream like.
The Wild lost today to the Kings 2-1. The Wild had 41 shots at Jonathan Quick while the Kings had only 16 on Niklas Backstrom.
TAMPA BAY –The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled forward Jonathan Drouin and defenseman Luke Witkowski from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Drouin, who was assigned to Syracuse for conditioning on Thursday, October 16, played in two games with the Crunch this past weekend, recording a goal and two assists with a plus-4 rating. Drouin was assigned for conditioning after suffering a minor fracture on his right thumb, causing him to miss the Lightning’s training camp. Drouin, 5-foot-11, 178 pounds, was the third overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Witkowski, 6-foot-2, 213 pounds, has played in all four games this season for Syracuse, recording an assist and 15 penalty minutes. In his first professional season in 2013-14, Witkowski appeared in 76 games with Syracuse, notching two goals and 12 points with 204 penalty minutes.
But did get calle for tripping on the play.
He has returned to the game...
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: A CLOSER LOOK AT SATURDAY’S ACTION
* Eight of 11 games were tied or within one goal in the final five minutes of regulation, including four that required extra time (TOR-DET, FLA-WSH, NSH-CHI and PHI-DAL).
* Three captains scored in overtime: Henrik Zetterberg (DET), Jonathan Toews (CHI) and Claude Giroux (PHI).
* Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby (500 assists) and San Jose’s Joe Thornton (1,200 points) achieved career milestones in victories.
* Four teams -- San Jose (4-0-1), Chicago (3-0-1), Nashville (3-0-2) and Washington (3-0-2) -- extended their season-opening streaks without a regulation loss.
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