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Sophia Jurksztowicz and the GAMEPLUS crew go behind-the-scenes and between-the-benches with Sportsnet analyst Glenn Healy at the Air Canada Centre.
20 Questions from Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post.
Early in your broadcasting career, you told a reporter: “You can’t be Don Cherry, you can’t be Harry Neale.” Who did Glenn Healy turn out to be?
GH: Honest. I think the fans deserve it. In this country, they are so educated about our game, our sport. And they deserve some honesty. I’m not going to show up to a game with a ‘Captain Obvious’ hat on.
The green men in Vancouver, John Tortorella, Roberto Luongo, Alexander Ovechkin and his mother: Is there a criticism you’ve made on air that you would take back?
GH: [pauses for 10 seconds] Um, no. No. No. No. You can’t stick a crotch in a guy’s face in the penalty box, can you? Was I wrong about Tortorella? No. And you know, quite frankly, I met the Green Men after, and the one thing I said to them is: ‘Don’t let anyone know who you are, because if they find out who you are, you’ll never get hired.’ Like, job qualification? ‘I stick my crotch in another man’s face.’ Sorry. Doesn’t work.
from Katie Strang of ESPN,
"I think they have certainly reshaped their team in a huge way," Healy told ESPN.com in a recent phone conversation. "They've added some players, particularly in the bottom-six position, to give them more balance and more depth. The players they picked up are Western Conference players. They've reshaped their focus."
Healy thinks they've also bolstered their defense -- the Leafs acquired Roman Polak via trade and added Stephane Robidas in free agency -- a necessity given the fact they spent too much time in their own end "whether that was systems [related] or execution."
Healy thinks they have more mobile, puck-moving players who should help in terms of lessening the load on captain Dion Phaneuf and star forward Phil Kessel, who played monster minutes throughout the season only to see their productivity decline when they needed it most.
That drop-off wasn't exclusive to those two, considering the entire team seemed to wilt down the stretch to fall in stunning fashion out of a playoff spot.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Healy, a former NHL goaltender and broadcast analyst who joined the NHLPA under Kelly 14 months ago, was especially critical of an internal office review that he said attacked his credibility.
The woman who conducted the review, Anne Marie Turnbull, accused Healy of misleading players regarding the role of former superstars Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux in previous union matters, Healy said.
“I would never and have not misled or told any untruths to any player. I can not [sic] sit back and continue to perform my duties when my Players’ Association co-workers unjustifiably impugn my credibility in front of the players I represent and fire shots against Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux, two of the greatest players in the game, who have benefited every player in this Players’ Association,” Healy wrote in a letter to the members of the NHLPA executive board, which was obtained by ESPN.com.
added 3:25pm, Also check out Scott’s report on all things NHLPA. A fascinating read I must say.
via Darren Dreger of TSN,
Sources tell TSN Glenn Healy has resigned as director of player affairs for the NHLPA.
Healy informed interim executive director, Ian Penny of his decision this afternoon.
Healy was tightly linked to Paul Kelly who was fired early Monday morning during PA executive board meetings.
Details to follow…
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
Don’t get me wrong – I’m all for NHLers, who have an extremely limited window in which to capitalize on decades of hard work and dedication, defending themselves vigorously against some of the big-time money-grubbers who own teams.
However, when you bring aboard a guy like Healy, who still believes Goodenow’s every utterance should be carved on stone slabs and displayed at the Smithsonian Institution, you run the risk of setting up a needless showdown that could be more about massive egos clashing – which many now believe was at the root of the ’04-05 lockout – than the good of the game.
You can also listen to Healy talk about his new position with the NHLPA. He appeared on Fan590 in Toronto yesterday morning.
From William Houston at the Globe & Mail,
Hockey analyst Glenn Healy is leaving TSN for a high ranking post with the National Hockey League Players’ Association, sources have confirmed.
Healy, who was active with the association as a player, is expected to be involved in a player liaison capacity.
The former NHL goalie has built a successful career in television, first with the CBC from 2001 to 2004 and, for the past four seasons, with TSN.
Update 2:36pm ET: TSN,
Glenn Healy has been named the new Director of Player Affairs for the National Hockey League Players’ Association.
Healy will fulfill a wide range of responsibilities for the Players’ Association. In his role, he will focus on player relations, coordinating his efforts with the NHLPA’s Ombudsman and Divisional Representatives, along with working closely with the NHL Alumni office.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail (Tuesday edition),
Hockey Night in Canada’s Hotstove panel on Saturday, composed of journalists for the first time this season, was provocative and entertaining — something it hasn’t been when retired players Scott Mellanby, Sean Burke and P.J. Stock made up the panel.
Al Strachan, who made his first appearance since 2005, when he was bounced from the show (some NHL club officials had complained to the CBC about the quality of his information), reported that TSN hockey analyst Glenn Healy is rumoured to be the leading candidate to replace Toronto Maple Leafs general manager John Ferguson.
It seemed like a trip into fantasyland, but was it? Sources say the Maple Leafs wanted to hire Healy about a year ago as Ferguson’s assistant.
more hockey media talk…