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$115,000 Raised in Honour of Luc Bourdon

From the NHLPA:

The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today that $115,000 has been raised in honour of the late Luc Bourdon. All proceeds raised will support scholarships and various youth-related initiatives through the establishment of the Luc Bourdon Memorial Fund.

“NHLPA members have shown exceptional support in paying tribute to Luc Bourdon, who was a great friend to many,” said Paul Kelly, NHLPA Executive Director. “The significant impact Luc’s life had on his fellow players is evident by the success of the players’ efforts to raise this money. The proceeds raised will further honour Luc through the Memorial Fund in his name.”

$55,000 was raised by the NHLPA’s online eBay auction; $50,000 from some of the proceeds from the SuperSkills event in Vancouver a few weeks ago; and another $10,000 contributed from the NHLPA.

Bourdon’s mother Suzanne Boucher will be officially instituting the Luc Bourdon Memorial Fund later this year.

Filed in: vancouver canucks, | Canucks and Beyond | Permalink
  Tags: luc+bourdon, nhlpa

Renewing the Vows in Vegas

Will Vigneault be fired in Vegas? The poll (below) indicates that most fans think so. But while I’m not a fan of the coach, I tend to agree (at least in part) with Iain MacIntyre via the National Post, who feels Viggy will get more time.

So, ask yourself: Would the GM include his coach in critical strategy sessions to finalize the Canucks’ entry-draft list, identify free-agent targets and generally plan for next season, then punt him? You know, so Vigneault could take his Jack Adams Trophy and the Canucks’ top-secret plans to another team?

Gillis is unconventional, but not mad.

Chances are the delay in clarifying Vigneault’s status is not due to the possible termination of his contract, but the possible extension of it. Vigneault has a year remaining and obviously would prefer not to be a lame duck, since the most recent one of those - Quenneville - will be pulling shotgun pellets from his rump for weeks.

Firing the Jack Adams-carrying coach is simply much riskier for Gillis than keeping him on another season.

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Filed in: vancouver canucks, | Canucks and Beyond | Permalink
  Tags: alain+vigneault, free+agents, mike+gillis, nhlpa, trevor+linden

The Bad Old Days

Saturday’s bickering and miscommunication between the NHL and NHLPA gave me momentary flashbacks to a time when all those fools in suits couldn’t work things out, leaving hockey fans everywhere in the lurch.  The Dark Days of 2004-05.

You remember that season—the one where you actually had to spend time with your wife?  A reminder…

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Filed in: dumb stuff, | Canucks and Beyond | Permalink
  Tags: lockout, nhlpa

Where the Money Goes

The sport of hockey always seems to be involved in some charitable cause or another.  On a league-wide level, for instance, Hockey Fights Cancer is an NHL and NHLPA project which has raised around $7 million to support related projects.  And on a community level, most (if not all) teams go to bat for various causes in their community. (*such as Canuck Place, being a well known one in Vancouver)

But while these causes collect money to help people, we seldom—unless we personally benefit from those charities—actually see where the money ends up.  So here’s one small-scale example of how, when you throw a buck or some of your time towards your favorite hockey-related charitable cause, you are making a difference.

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Filed in: business of hockey, | Canucks and Beyond | Permalink
  Tags: charity, hockey+for+the+homeless, nhl, nhlpa

A Good Day at the NHLPA

The work of Charlie Teljeur at CBC Sports this week:


Filed in: hockey media, | Canucks and Beyond | Permalink
  Tags: nhlpa

NHLPA’s Player of the Day

imageYesterday’s Player of the Day.... the Sabres must be so pleased.

I realize this sort of thing happens all the time, but seriously: no one can find a pic of this guy in a Flyers’ jersey?

The guy’s getting a bazillion dollars to play in Philly over the coming 5 years.  I think “franchise player” is a reasonable definition of Briere’s job at this point.

It just makes you wonder at the people doing the marketing around this league sometimes. The NHL’s own media guide also still promotes Briere with the same photo.

And what is really the point of “Player of the Day” if not marketing the league and the player?

Filed in: business of hockey, nhl general, | Canucks and Beyond | Permalink
  Tags: daniel+briere, marketing, nhlpa, philadelphia+flyers


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