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I recently ran across a list of the top ten hockey movies of all time. Of course, any hockey fan will immediately say ‘Slapshot’. Why not? We’ve all seen the movie a hundred times and I’ll bet you can repeat many lines in the movie. Who can forget some of the lines: “You go to the box. Two minutes by yourself and ... you feel shame. You know ..... and then you get free” and “Anybody throws me against the boards, I’m gunna PXXS all over myself”. How about those Hanson Brothers, “None of that stinkin’ root beer!.”
On the list of the top ten, was a movie I had not seen called “Net Worth” , produced in the 1990’s by CBC. It basically tells the story of how the NHLPA was formed. I knew previously that Ted Lindsey was a key figure in forming the association (not union), because of poor treatment from ownership and management. What I did not realize was the rest of the story behind the scenes and the reputation of some of the original owners and the NHL Commissioner at the time, Clarence Campbell. The owners were making money hand over fist, cooking the books and paying the players a relative small sum even for that time. The head coaches manipulated and treated the players like dirt . (Yes, I know, players still get manipulated by coaches but nothing like this).
When the NHL rejected the original Ilya Kovalchuk deal, clearly more was at stake than a talented UFA left winger.
Numerous media members labeled this a serious test for the then—and probably still—rudderless NHLPA. That ugly seven-letter word ending in “out” started to appear again.
Part of the League’s motives were revealed when Arbitrator Richard Bloch named other contracts on the league’s radar.
Now, with the Larry Brooks story last night, it’s clear this isn’t as much about a contract as it is about the NHL taking the power back.