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Peter Pocklington’s New Business Venture Is A Cannabis Company

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jennie Russell and Charles Rusnell of CBC News,

Former Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington still owes the Alberta government more than $13 million from an unpaid 1988 loan for a failed meat-packing plant.

In Arizona, Pocklington and an associate have so far reneged on restitution of more than $5 million US to settle a securities fraud case involving a gold-mining scheme.

And three months ago, the United States Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) charged Pocklington with securities fraud in California for allegedly defrauding investors in his medical-device company and misappropriating funds.

Undaunted by creditors owed millions of dollars and a looming court fight, Pocklington is seeking investors for a new business venture: a cannabis company.

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Chuck Kaiton, Long Time Radio Voice Of The Carolina Hurricanes May Be Replaced By A Simulcast

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from Brett Haensel of the News & Observer,

For the first time in 22 years, fans tuning into a Carolina Hurricanes game broadcast this fall may not hear Chuck Kaiton on the call. Instead, they’ll likely be met by the familiar voices of John Forslund and Tripp Tracy.

Due to the ever changing landscape of the local play-by-play radio broadcast industry and a new owner known for eliminating inefficiencies, it appears the Hurricanes radio announcer-- who has never missed a game in his 39 years calling games for both the Hurricanes and Hartford Whalers organizations -- could be replaced by a television simulcast for the coming season.

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Trademark Agreement Reached Between The Vegas Golden Knights And The U.S. Army

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

VEGAS (July 19, 2018) – Vegas Golden Knights Chairman and CEO Bill Foley announced today that the Vegas Golden Knights and the U.S. Army have entered into a trademark coexistence agreement regarding usage of the ‘Golden Knights’ mark and name.

“We are pleased that we have agreed to coexist regarding the use of the ‘Golden Knights’ mark and name,” said Foley. “Our discussions with the Army were collaborative and productive throughout this entire process. We are appreciative of their efforts and commitment to reaching an amicable resolution.”

The U.S. Army has used and will continue to use the mark and name ‘Golden Knights’ and variations thereof in connection with its parachute exhibition team. The Vegas Golden Knights has used and will continue to use the marks and names ‘Vegas Golden Knights’ and ‘Golden Knights’ in connection with its professional hockey team based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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The Latest On Artemi Panarin’s Contract Situation

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from Sonny Sachdeva of Sportsnet,

After initial reports of the Jackets testing the market for their star winger due to his unwillingness to negotiate an extension with the club, Panarin and Kekalainen met earlier this month to discuss the best course forward. Little was accomplished during that meeting, however, with the Russian’s agent, Daniel Milstein, characterizing the meeting as “a good conversation,” but with “no contract progress” made.

Now it appears Panarin and his representatives are making moves to nudge the situation towards a resolution. The winger has set a Sept. 13 deadline to discuss his current situation with the club, according to The Athletic’s Aaron Portzline, after which all off-ice discussions will be tabled.

That particular date — the start of training camp — means the Blue Jackets front office has roughly two months to either convince the winger to negotiate an extension (which still appears unlikely) or facilitate a trade. If neither occurs, it appears Panarin would prefer to play out the 2018-19 season with negotiations set aside, leaving all discussions of an extension until next summer, when he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

read on

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The Hughes Hockey Family

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from Lisa Dillman of The Athletic,

On a recent morning​ in​ early​ July, uber​ NHL​ prospect​ Jack​ Hughes​ was​ on​​ the ice at the Kings’ training facility, at an orientation camp hosted by CAA, the agency that currently advises the family. Weeks earlier, Jack’s older brother, Quinn Hughes, was taken seventh in the NHL draft by the Vancouver Canucks and the defenseman is mulling his future – whether to turn pro or return to the University of Michigan for his sophomore season.

The focus now shifts to Jack, the middle of three sons of Jim and Ellen Weinberg-Hughes, who is projected to go first in the 2019 NHL draft.

The camp in El Segundo was a chance to mix hockey with a bit of Hollywood before it becomes serious again with the World Junior Summer Showcase starting July 28 in Kamloops, British Columbia. Jack relished the chance to get some beach time and try his hand at volleyball on the sand.

“First of all, the weather in California is unreal,” Jack said in an interview with The Athletic. “The ocean, we don’t have that in Michigan or Toronto. Anytime you get the chance to come out here and learn new things, it’s really good. I love watching basketball, so I’d love to meet a guy like LeBron [James].  I love watching him.”

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Video- Mic’d Up During The Stanley Cup Playoffs

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Just short of 19 minutes long,

 

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Locked-Up Young Talent

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from Emily Kaplan of ESPN,

Given the average age of NHL players to begin the 2017-18 season was a shade over 27, we considered only players who are 27 or younger.

The rankings also factored in length of contracts -- the longer the better for young talent -- and accounted only for players who are inked for at least the next three seasons. For example, the New Jersey Devils might look strong at first glance, but Taylor Hall and 2017 No. 1 overall pick Nico Hischier are both signed for just two more seasons, leaving a lot up in the air.

Here are the top locked-in young cores in the NHL, when considering age and contract status.

1. Edmonton Oilers

Core: Connor McDavid (Center, 21 years old, $12.5 million AAV, through 2025-26); Leon Draisaitl (Center, 22 years old, $8.5 million AAV through 2024-25); Oscar Klefbom (Defense, 24 years old, $4.167 million AAV through 2022-23)

The Oilers might require some refinement before they ultimately win, but it's hard to argue with the core they have drafted and subsequently locked in for the next five to eight years. Then again, it's not exactly high-level managing to commit to a player like McDavid when given the opportunity. However, the pledge to McDavid's sidekick, Draisaitl, is a nice touch, and Klefbom's low cap hit will keep the salary cap at bay for some time, which lands the Oilers here at No. 1. And that's before you even mention that the Oilers also just signed their 2018 first-rounder, Evan Bouchard, adding another young asset on the blue line.

read on for ten more teams...

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Chris Chelios Is Leaving The Organization

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

Detroit, MI…Chris Chelios, a legendary member of the Detroit Red Wings since 1999 as a player, advisor and ambassador for the team, announced today that he will be leaving the organization to return to his hometown of Chicago to be closer to family.

“I would like to thank everyone in the Red Wings organization, starting with the Ilitch family – Mrs. Ilitch, Chris Ilitch, and, of course, the late Mr. I.  There’s a reason the Red Wings are so revered around the National Hockey League and it starts at the top with ownership.  The Ilitch family’s dedication and passion for both the Red Wings and the city of Detroit is second-to-none.  I would also like to personally thank Ken Holland for everything he has done for me.  I’ve learned so much from him, both as a player and during my time on the management side.  Ken is a world-class general manager and he’s an even better friend and mentor.  I have no doubt the Red Wings will be Stanley Cup contenders again in the near future.

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Ken Kal Threw This Out Last Night

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It forced me to think, who is #2-5?

Any Wings?

 

 

John Niyo of the Detroit News of the topic at hand...

Few owners in professional sports understood that better than the late Mike Ilitch, who spent hundreds of millions of dollars chasing big-name talent and box-office draws with the Tigers and Red Wings.

As ex-Tigers manager Jim Leyland often explained, “Mr. Ilitch always refers to ‘stars.’ Mr. Ilitch likes stars.” He liked them because he was as much a fan as he was a businessman, and Ilitch knew what resonated, packing Joe Louis Arena and eventually Comerica Park not just because his teams won, but also because he packed his lineups with high-profile players.

Those memories are starting to fade, though....

Dylan Larkin, a homegrown talent who made a big splash as a rookie All-Star and expects to sign a contract extension after an impressive 2017-18 campaign, is the best bet to grab the torch carried by Henrik Zetterberg the last several years. And the most recent first-round pick, 18-year-old Czech forward Filip Zadina, a goal-scoring winger brimming with confidence, probably carries the greatest hopes. 

more includes Lions, Tigers and Pistons...

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Alex Ovechkin And The U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team Earn Awards At The ESPYs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has been named the recipient of the Best Male Athlete at the 2018 ESPYS, becoming the first NHL player to win the award since the inaugural ESPYs in 1993. Ovechkin beat out Jose Altuve (Houston Astros), James Harden (Houston Rockets) and Tom Brady (New England Patriots).

Following a 49-goal season, Ovechkin won the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy as the NHL's top goal scorer for NHL-record seventh time. Ovechkin is tied with Bobby Hull for the most times a single player has led the NHL in goals in a season. This postseason, the Moscow, Russia, native captured his first Conn Smythe Trophy and became the first Russian player to captain a Stanley Cup champion. Ovechkin ranks first in franchise history in goals (607), points (1,122), power play goals (229), game-winning goals (102), overtime goals (22), shots (4,896) and multi-goal games (120). Additionally, since entering the NHL at the beginning of the 2005-06 season, Ovechkin leads the NHL in goals (607), points (1,122), power-play goals (229), power play points (436), game-winning goals (102) and shots (4,896). Ovechkin leads the NHL in goals since 1998-99 and shots since the 1994-95 season despite beginning his NHL career in 2005. Ovechkin, 32, became the second player since the 1967-68 expansion era to lead the NHL in goals at the age of 32 or older (Phil Esposito led the NHL twice in goals just before his 33rd and 34th birthday).

Ovechkin recorded his 1,100th career point (592g, 508a) on Feb. 15 against the Minnesota Wild and became the 61st player in NHL history to reach the 1,100-point milestone, reaching the feat in his 978th career game. Only 23 players required fewer games to accumulate 1,100 career points, with Jaromir Jagr (825 games, played on Nov. 30, 2001 as a member of the Capitals) the last to hit the mark in less than 1,000 games. Additionally, Ovechkin, who on Jan. 11, 2017, became the lone Capitals player to compile 1,000 career points (880 GP) and became the 26th player in NHL history to require fewer than 100 contests to move from 1,000 to 1,100 (98 GP).


LOS ANGELES – The gold medal-winning 2018 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team earned the 2018 ESPY for Best Game for its 3-2 shootout victory over Canada in the gold-medal game at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. The team received the honored here tonight at the 2018 ESPYs at the Microsoft Theater.

The ESPYs (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) is an annual award show that honors sports and athletic achievement, both on an individual and team basis.

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  Tags: alex+ovechkin, usa+hockey

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