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The Ruhr Economic Paper, Blood Money: Incentives for Violence in Hockey [PDF] caught my attention yesterday. A sample of the paper’s abstract will give you an idea of the thesis:
Using publicly available information from several databases 1996–2007, the incentives for violence in North American ice hockey are analyzed. We examine the role of penalty minutes and more specifically, fighting, during the regular season in determining wages for professional hockey players and team-level success indicators. There are substantial returns paid not only to goal scoring skills but also to fighting ability, helping teams move higher in the playoffs and showing up as positive wage premia for otherwise observed low-skill wing players.
Worth a read if you’re interested in an economic and academic perspective on fighting in the NHL.
Sidenote: Whatever you might think of fighting in hockey, there are worse things in the world of sport, I figure. For instance, at no time in NHL history has anyone ever been suspended for beating their opponent with a kitchen ladle...
Update 10:46pm ET: Lena Sin at The Province provides more info on the article noted above.
From the AP via the Globe & Mail:
The Stanley Cup is okay after taking a tumble during the Red Wings’ celebrations in Detroit.
NHL spokeswoman Bernadette Mansur says Saturday the Cup got a “slight dent” Friday after some players took the trophy to Cheli’s Chili Bar, a downtown restaurant owned by Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios.
Mansur says a keeper of the Cup traveling with the trophy was able to smooth out the dent.
Update 2:18pm ET: A further comment from CBC.ca,
Over its history, the cup has been subjected to a number of indignities. There are actually three of them — the original bowl, the “presentation model” and the “replica” version that is used at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto when the presentation model is out partying.
The cup has been accidentally left on a street corner, pooped in by an excited infant, used as a doggie bowl by two players’ canines and dropped numerous times.
from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Once upon a time, the Blues and Red Wings had a pretty spirited rivalry.
Once upon a time, St. Louis possessed a more consistently competitive team than Detroit did.
More recently, though, the Red Wings have operated a juggernaut while the Blues struggled through an ownership change and the first prolonged funk in franchise history. While the Red Wings added more banners to the Joe Louis Arena rafters, the Blues started over from scratch.
It hasn’t been a happy time for local hockey fans. Watching Nicklas Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg and Co. hoist the Cup, again, had to be galling for those who bleed Blues
But you had to be happy for former Blues captain Dallas Drake, right?
from Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press,
The team estimated 1.4 million fans came downtown for the event, while the Detroit Police Department simply sized up the crowd at more than a million. Fans started gathering on Woodward Avenue early in the morning, with lines extending north of the I-75 bridge. The parade ended with thousands spilling into Hart Plaza for a 1:15 p.m. rally that lasted a half-hour.
The human mass stood seven or eight deep in most spots, with not a chunk of sidewalk to be seen along the route. Fans young and old flooded the avenue’s sidewalks with red and white.
They came from across Michigan, Ontario and the surrounding states, skipping work, missing school and just spending a day thanking their heroes for the enjoyment of the past season, and the two-month playoff run, in particular.
read on and the title of this post happened to be Babcock’s favorite word of the day!
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
It is over now. The Detroit Red Wings finished off the Pittsburgh Penguins and, three days later, there is that hollow feeling in the pit of the stomach. The next game isn’t until October, and even the draft can’t cover the expansive void. Scouts don’t check one another.
There is a particular letdown this spring because the final was so compelling. It’s tough get off the couch and clean the garage when all you want is more damn-the-torpedoes hockey.
“Having gone through deep runs a few times before, what happens is that by the end there is nothing left,” Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock said. “What impressed me this year was the level of play (in the finals). Both teams got through the first three rounds relatively rested, and relatively healthy. And it was a real good final.”
from Kevin Gorman of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Marian Hossa said for the first time Friday that he will entertain the idea of taking less money to play for a Stanley Cup contender, and believes the Penguins fit the bill as a great team….
“If I wanted to make a couple more dollars, I would probably just re-sign with Atlanta,” said Hossa, whose 12 goals and 26 points in the playoffs were exactly what the Penguins were seeking when they acquired him from the Thrashers on Feb. 26. “But I’m glad Pittsburgh got me here. This was a fun journey for myself, and a great experience. I hope I can stick with a great team like this. ...
Anaheim Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Brian Burke was named the General Manager of the 2010 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team today by USA Hockey. The 2010 Olympic Winter Games are scheduled to take place from February 12-28, 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia.
“I’m very grateful and honored to be part of the U.S. Olympic Team,” said Burke, whose previous international experience includes serving as General Manager of the U.S. Men’s National Team at the 1993 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championship in Munich and Dortmund, Germany. “We hope to put a team together for 2010 that Americans can be proud of.”
“We could not be more pleased than to have Brian as our General Manager,” said Ron DeGregorio, President of USA Hockey. “His record of accomplishment speaks for itself. Brian’s drive and fire for the game rub off on you and it’s that type of passion that will help lead us to our ultimate goal of winning the gold medal.”
from the Globe and Mail,
The Hockey Night in Canada theme song, considered by many as this country’s “second anthem,” has been silenced after talks between its creator and the CBC broke down late Friday afternoon.
“As of now, it’s over,” said Kevin Kemp, a lawyer representing composer Dolores Claman.
from Spector at Fox Sports,
In this era of free agency and the salary cap, dynasties — teams that win three or more consecutive Stanley Cup championships — are a thing of the past.
That being said, the Detroit Red Wings are the closest thing the NHL has to a dynasty.
Since 1994-95, the Red Wings have been to the Stanley Cup Final five times, winning four of them. They’ve also won the President’s trophy as the top regular-season team six times and the Clarence Campbell Bowl as the Western Conference champions five times.
Alexander Ovechkin is the winner of the 2008 Hart Trophy as the National Hockey League’s most valuable player to his team.
That is, according to the NHL’s online shop for a few hours on Friday.
The league’s official website briefly displayed a blue Reebok Washington Capitals T-Shirt of the Russian superstar, with the title ‘2007-08 Hart Trophy winner’ splashed across the bottom.
“The Hart Memorial Trophy, originally known as the Hart Trophy, the “oldest and most prestigious individual award in hockey,” is awarded annually to the Most Valuable Player in the National Hockey League,” the sales page read.
Update June 7th: From the CP via the Toronto Star,
A league source attributed the gaffe to a mistake by a third-party distributor, while pointing out shirts are created for every possible scenario. Should Ovechkin not win, the T-shirts would be destroyed.
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