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The NHL And Marijuana Use

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from James McClure of Civilized,

To find out more detail on the NHL policy, we reached out to the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) - the labor union representing athletes in North America's top hockey league. The union handles grievances as well as negotiating with the league on rules and procedures, including guidelines for drug testing.

An NHLPA spokesperson - who spoke with Civilized on the condition of not being quoted - said that the league does not condone marijuana. However, it is not part of the NHL's testing for performance-enhancing substances. When testing players each season, one third (which is no fewer than 200 athletes) are randomly selected to be screened for stimulants like amphetamines, narcotics like cocaine, and cannabinoids such as marijuana and hash.

Players aren't identified - regardless of the results. And those who who test positive aren't disciplined. Instead, the anonymous stats are presented to the NHL and NHLPA's Performance Enhancing Substances Program Committee for review so that they can decide how to handle testing moving forward.

However, if a player is found to have a dangerously high level of a narcotic or cannabinoid, he is subject to mandatory assessment by doctors working for the NHL and NHLPA's Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program.

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NHL Players With Their Pick For The Stanley Cup

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from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Who is going to win? How many games?

Fortunately, Swedish journalist Per Bjurman of Aftonbladet has done the work for us heading into the Stanley Cup Final. He polled a massive swath of people from across the hockey world – including players, former players, agents and journalists – and received 147 responses.

The consensus choice from that group for this year’s Stanley Cup champion is San Jose by a margin of 90-57, or 61.2 per cent.

The list of current NHLers that picked the Sharks includes Nicklas Backstrom, Henrik and Daniel Sedin, Jacob De La Rose, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Hampus Lindholm and William Karlsson.

Henrik Lundqvist, whose New York Rangers were ousted by Pittsburgh in a five-game first-round series, touted the Penguins.

Henrik Zetterberg, Erik Karlsson, Loui Eriksson, Eddie Lack and Filip Forsberg are among those who agreed with him.

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Storylines From The Stanley Cup Final Yet To Be Writtern

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Here are five storylines that will determine in large part whether the Sharks or Pittsburgh Penguins hold that trophy high in the coming days. Game 1 will be at 8 p.m. ET Monday.

Sharks seeking redemption

The seven-year lapse between Stanley Cup finals for the Penguins' core of stars is well-documented. But in some ways that pales in comparison with to the road to redemption for a Sharks team that has never been to the finals and that two years ago epically blew a 3-0 series lead in the first round against the eventual Cup-champion Los Angeles Kings.

No two players have worn the heavy cloak of criticism over the years more often than Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau. The two former captains have played a combined 3,093 regular-season and postseason games and never once stood on this stage. When Marleau noticed the Cup sitting a few feet away on Sunday, he laughed. Yes. Close, but far.

"Four wins away and there's a lot of heavy lifting, a lot of hard work that's going to have to go in, in order to raise that Cup," he said. "Ever since you're a kid, when you know what it's all about, you want to win it right then when you're 8, 9 years old. So, it's a long time coming and [we're] just kind of trying to relish it and stay in the moment and just to have fun with it."

Which captain will prevail?

Sidney Crosby is the best hockey player on the planet. It's a refrain heard so often, it seems like an undeniable truth. For much of his career, it has been a statement easy to defend.

And this spring Crosby might be playing the best all-around hockey of his career. He scored three game winners in the Eastern Conference finals. He has 15 points in 18 games and has been dynamic at both ends of the ice, playing often against opposing team's top players....

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All Kinds Of SCF Odds

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via Bovada,

San Jose Sharks (Series Price)                          21/20    (+105)

Pittsburgh Penguins (Series Prices)                    4/5        (-125)


Odds to win 2016 Conn Smythe Trophy as NHL Playoff MVP

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Video- Goals Of The Week

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Sportsnet style....


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Memorial Cup Playoffs

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The Memorial Cup completed yesterday in Red Deer, Alberta.  This is the championship of the Canadian Hockey League.  This is my summary of the Memorial Cup playoffs.  My summary of the round robin portion of the tournament is here.

The round robin completed with the Red Deer Rebels and Rouyn-Noranda Huskies to meet in a semi-final with the winner to face the London Knights in the final.  The Brandon Wheat Kings had been eliminated.

SemiFinal Rouyn-Noranda 3 Red Deer 1.  Red Deer defeated Rouyn-Noranda 5-2 in the round robin.  This game was different from the round robin result.  Chase Marchand (undrafted) stopped 36 of 37 shots to get the win for Rouyn-Noranda.  Rylan Toth (undrafted) was the losing Red Deer goalie.  Rouyn-Noranda took a 3-0 lead with Francis Perron (Ottawa prospect) leading the way with a goal and an assist and Timo Meier (San Jose prospect) adding two assists.  Luke Philp (undrafted) then added the lone Red Deer goal.  This put Rouyn-Noranda into the final.

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Why They Play The Game

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from Pascal Dupuis at the Players' Tribune,

One leg was twice the size of the other. It was a few hours before the game. We were in Edmonton last November. I was warming up in the hallway, doing some band work, some quick-feet stuff. At some point I looked down and saw that my right leg was really swollen.

When you are dealing with blood clots, this is the moment you always fear. Your body is betraying you. You can’t deny it. You can’t fight through it.

I took my equipment off and put on a tracksuit to go to the hospital to get checked out. As I was walking out of the locker room with the doctor, one of my teammates gave me a hug and just broke down in tears.

“Not again, Duper. Are you kidding me? Again?”

That’s the moment I realized that I needed to draw the line. People weren’t just worried about me playing hockey. They were worried about me playing with my life.


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‘Two Things’: Joe Thornton’s recollection of 97 and a quick interview with Sadowy

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. This story is not what you'd expect from Joe Thornton, but NHL.com's Nicholas J. Cotsonika relates a surprising tale about the one time Thornton's seen the Stanley Cup awarded on NHL ice...

It was 1997, and he was 17, a top NHL prospect. Agents Mike Barnett and Eddie Mio had an office in Detroit and season tickets in the lower bowl behind the net at Joe Louis Arena. Mio said he thought it would be a good experience for him to see the Red Wings face the Philadelphia Flyers in the Final.

He went to Game 4 with his brother John, a huge Steve Yzerman fan and the reason he started wearing No. 19. They witnessed the Red Wings end their 42-year championship drought, arena rocking, confetti falling. They saw Yzerman -- the guy critics had said couldn't win, the guy the team had almost traded -- lift the Cup for the first time at age 32.

John said they were "bawling" at the sight of it.

"I didn't know his struggles or anything like that at the time," Joe said. "I just thought, 'This guy's the man, and he won it.' That's all I thought, 'Wow, that's Stevie Yzerman, and he's hoisting the Cup. What a special moment.' "

Cotsonika continues...

2. And this comes to us via the Red Wings Redditors on Reddit: Dylan Sadowy gave a short interview to CTV Barrie, and both Sadowy (Sad-o-way) states that he went to the same high school with Andreas Athanasiou, he thanks the Barrie Colts for his time with them, and he looks forward to beginning his pro career.


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Seven Years Later The Pittsburgh Penguins Have Another Shot At The Stanley Cup

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from Jonathan Bombulie of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

As the champagne sprayed and the Stanley Cup was passed around on that legendary June night at Joe Louis Arena in 2009, the Penguins knew they had just completed a spectacularly difficult task.

They survived an epic seven-game battle of superstars with the Washington Capitals. They dethroned a respected Detroit Red Wings team in seven more games in the final. They played through the potentially debilitating injuries and draining fatigue that all teams must overcome to win 16 games in a single postseason.

It was hard, they learned painfully that spring, to get to the top.

It was even harder, they learned even more painfully over the next six springs, to stay there.

Now, as Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Chris Kunitz, Kris Letang and Marc-Andre Fleury — the five players from the 2009 title team that remain on the roster — prepare to lead the Penguins into the Stanley Cup Final again seven years later, they have a chance to show the hockey world exactly what they've learned.

“We did a great job of becoming a certain style of team,” Kunitz said. “We grew as a group. We had our struggles. When you go through struggles and can come out better on the back end, we've been playing some of our best hockey because of what we went through.”


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Reasons To Watch The Stanley Cup Final

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from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

There is a palpable letdown around here when the New York-area hockey teams are done for the summer. With no dog in the fight, it’s hard to garner interest in the national stage as the warmth of summer approaches.

But after all the Memorial Day barbecues and fireworks are done, Monday night brings with it Game 1 of what is an intriguing Stanley Cup final between the Penguins and the Sharks. There are stars and storylines that reach into the fandom of the Rangers, Islanders and Devils, and ones that should grab any sports fans attention.

Here are The Post’s top five reasons to watch:

1) Sidney Crosby

The Penguins captain has reasserted himself as the best player in the world — just in case he ever lost that title. In Game 6 of the East finals against the Lightning, facing elimination, Crosby scored arguably the best goal of the playoffs, just the kind of play that makes you love hockey. Weaving through traffic and finishing a swift snap shot, Crosby gave his team a 3-0 lead in a game they would win, 3-2, to force Game 7.


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