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Afternoon Line- Aaron Ward

"When I was in college and I was 17 and 18, I was sexually abused by a doctor who was at the University of Michigan who’s currently publicly under investigation," said Ward, later confirming Dr. Anderson's identity. "Listen, I was married 20 years and my ex-wife did not know that, not an ounce of that. But you come to a place of realizing that when you finally let go of these things and when you share with people, whether you deem them embarrassing, whether you can’t come to grips with the reality, if you take the chance and you verbalize it, you can quickly find out that people can either kind of relate to what you’re going through or they can just be there (for you).

"So as I admit that on radio, that I was sexually abused by a doctor in a professional environment at the University of Michigan and suppressed it forever, it is liberating as you drop these things from your conscience. I spent, since I was 17 years old when that happened, trying to figure out why I gambled since I was 17. That’s not the only reason, but it’s a contributing factor."

-Aaron Ward, former NHL player.  97.1 The Ticket has more on Ward who did an interviw with TSN 690 in Montreal.

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Travis Roy Has Passed Away

A week and 25 years after he was paralyzed while on his first shift as a Boston University hockey player, Travis Roy has died of complications from his paralysis. He never wanted to be a burden, and he never was.

from Kevin Cullen of the Boston Globe,

As Oct. 20, the 25th anniversary of the hockey injury that left him paralyzed, approached, Travis Roy received some bad news.

He had to go in for surgery, for complications arising from his being a quadriplegic all those years.

But last month, shortly before the surgery, when we met for what would be the last time, at his Vermont home overlooking Lake Champlain, he didn’t want to talk about that.

He didn’t want people to worry about him. Not the paralyzed people and their families whom he had counseled and helped. Not the young hockey players, boys and girls, who had met and been inspired by him.

After so many years in a wheelchair, getting through and healing from such surgery posed many serious risks to his health. He wanted to engage in this fight with only his family and closest friends knowing of the threat it posed to his life.


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Challenges Facing College Hockey Players

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Jack Rathbone put up 31 points in his 28 games as a sophomore defenseman for Harvard this past season, and the Crimson had every reason to be excited about him returning to campus in the fall.

All of that joy was swept away this past week when Rathbone, 21, opted to turn pro with Vancouver, the club that drafted him 95th overall in 2017. No telling if he sticks in Vancouver, but he certainly won’t be hanging around the Square anymore.

Don’t be surprised if more Division 1 programs suffer a talent drain in the coming weeks, with more schools and leagues undoubtedly delaying starts or potentially canceling seasons outright because of the pandemic.

It’s hard enough for teenagers and young twentysomethings to remain patient and delay signing bonuses and the start of their career paths to fame and fortune. Now a substantial number of them, if leagues pull the plug for 2020-21, are left to wonder how their games will develop if they are forced to miss a season.

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Morning Line- A College Hockey Player

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Morning Line- Mike Legg

“I had my life threatened. I had a bounty on my head. At the start of games, guys would come up to me and say, ‘If you’re going to try that tonight, we are bench-clearing-brawling you. Like, we will jump you.’ I’m like, ‘Oh okay, that’s nice to know.'”

“If somebody on the other team knew it was me that had scored that goal, somebody would definitely come out and have a little chat with me. ‘You try that in the game, you’re dead. I remember — I won’t mention any names, because it was a different time back then — but I remember I did it against one team and nothing really happened. And then the next time we went and played in their building, I knew a guy on the team and he gave me a heads up, he said, ‘If you try that in the game, whoever’s on the ice that doesn’t jump you after you attempt it — score or not score — they’re not getting paid this week.'”

-Mike Legg.  Sonny Sachdeva of Sportsnet has much more on and with Legg.

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Should College Hockey Players Be Paid?


added 8:46pm, Below a statement by the NCAA on the action today by the Governor of California.

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Cale Makar Wins The Hobey Baker Award

He'll be with the Avs soon.


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The NCAA Is Serious About Hockey Headshots

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Because college hockey actually takes the issue of headshots seriously, University of Massachusetts freshman Bobby Trivigno will be suspended for the biggest game of his life. It’s an enormous price to pay for a hit that wasn’t even penalized at the time, but if you want to send a message of zero-tolerance for hits to the head, there’s no better way than making an offender sit out a championship game.

This is what happens when you have a governing body that actually considers blows to the head to be a serious issue. There is no grey area in college hockey when it comes to hits that affect grey matter. You make contact with an opponent’s head for any reason, you get a five-minute major and you’re kicked out of the game. It happened to three players Thursday night in the Frozen Four semifinal game between UMass and Denver, which UMass won 4-3 in overtime. The stakes don’t get much bigger than that.

And that’s where this situation takes a rather inopportune turn.


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A Well Deserved Honor For Red Berenson

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

He was a trailblazer, tough mentally and physically. With a few words and a piercing stare, he could make you uncomfortable, make you think, challenge you. But he did it to bring out your best, and he walked the walk.

Many who followed his example reached their destination, and that goes beyond hockey.

Berenson will be inducted into the U.S. Hall of Fame mainly because of his 33 years as coach at Michigan. He won 848 games, fourth in NCAA history, and two national championships, helping college hockey become a viable route to the NHL so players didn't have to choose between getting an education and chasing their dreams.

"It just reassures me that I did the right thing for all that time, and it should reassure other people that college hockey is the way to go," Berenson said. "If you go with the right attitude, you really get the best of both worlds. I think this induction is a reassurance that this has been good for college hockey and good for U.S. hockey."

Berenson could have turned pro after high school in Regina, Saskatchewan, but wanted to find the U.S. college with the best combination of academics and athletics.


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Video- Red Berenson Joined The NHL Network Today

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