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Erik Gudbranson’s Thoughts On Racism

from Erik Gudbranson at Sportsnet,

I’d like to begin by saying that I hope everyone is doing all right during these difficult times. My thoughts over the past few months have been with you all.

But that is not what this article is about. It’s about an issue I’ve been wrestling with for a long time: the violence and systemic racism faced by Black people.

It’s an issue that has deeply concerned me, but one that I’m embarrassed to say I haven’t ever felt confident enough to speak about publicly. If I’m honest, I’m still nervous to write this, because I know there’s still so much for me to learn and I’m afraid to say the wrong thing.

So, why now? What’s changed? It’s a very fair question and my answer sucks. Basically, I was too consumed with what I was doing to act on my feelings, something I’m very disappointed about. But in the past three months, being away from hockey has allowed me time to reflect a lot. To learn more and talk about issues and the current state of the world unselfishly.

And now I’m determined to stop being quiet when I know that speaking up in the name of racial justice is the right thing to do. I’m hoping that by speaking up now, I’ll encourage other people to do the same.


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The Culture Of Hockey

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

The NHL, its teams and players have been speaking out against racism, and for racial justice since George Floyd, a black man, died while in custody of the Minneapolis Police Department on May 25.

William Douglas, a staff writer for NHL.com who writes The Color of Hockey blog, said on this week's episode of the NHL @TheRink podcast that he believes the statements, specifically from several prominent white NHL players, have made for a significant moment and a real chance for change in the League and society.

"You're getting players of all levels," Douglas told co-hosts Dan Rosen and Shawn P. Roarke. "Your Blake Wheelers and Alex Ovechkins joining players who have spoken out before, like J.T. Brown. To have those star players contribute their voices amplifies the issue and that helps things move forward."

Douglas said players speaking out also helps facilitate a conversation about the culture of hockey and the need for change that the NHL discussed at the Board of Governors meeting in December, when Commissioner Gary Bettman unveiled a multi-point plan for conduct aimed at promoting and fostering inclusion and diversity.


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Certain Foreign Professional Athletes Allowed Entry Into The USA

Homeland Security Press Release on Friday, May 22nd.

In support of the Trump Administration’s reopening of the economy, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf signed an order that exempts certain foreign professional athletes who compete in professional sporting events organized by certain leagues, including their essential staff and their dependents, from proclamations barring their entry into the U.S.

“Professional sporting events provide much needed economic benefits, but equally important, they provide community pride and national unity,” said Acting Secretary Wolf. “In today’s environment, Americans need their sports. It’s time to reopen the economy and it’s time we get our professional athletes back to work.”

The order, signed on May 22, 2020, states that it is in the national interest to except aliens who compete in professional sporting events organized by certain professional sporting groups, including their professional staff, team and league leadership, spouses, and dependents, from entry restrictions laid out in Proclamations 9984, 9992, 9993, and 9996.

The Department will work with the professional sporting groups to identify the specific athletes, essential staff, team and league leadership, spouses, and dependents covered by this exemption, including Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, the Professional Golfers’ Association Tour, the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour, the National Hockey League, the Association of Tennis Professionals, and the Women's Tennis Association.

This order does not exempt individuals from inspection by Customs and Border Protection or any other agency requirements. The Acting Secretary may add or remove those exempted from the list based on assessments of national interest, including the plans of the relevant professional sporting groups to support sporting events in the United States that do not cause an unnecessary risk to the public health.

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Happy Mother’s Day

To all the moms who visit KK have a great day, an even better year and know without you we would not be here.

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

NHL players around the league recall their best hockey mom stories, giving a salute to the one who give so much on Mother's Day.

Watch below.

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Video- Talking With Laila Anderson

from NBC Sports,

Kathryn Tappen catches up with Laila Anderson, who updates her health status, discusses the importance of the "Be the Match" registry, the great time she recently had at the Couch2Cure event, and why she loves Joe Buck.

continue to watch the video or catch it below.

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Afternoon Line- Canada Border Services Agency

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Dr. Fauci On The Return Of Sports

from Mike Rosenstein of NJ.com,

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has a dire warning for sports fans: there might not be any more games in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Fauci, the face of the Trump administration’s fight against the coronavirus, gave an interview to the New York Times. In it, he warned that testing has not expanded “enough for major sports competitions to resume.”

“Safety, for the players and for the fans, trumps everything,” he said. “If you can’t guarantee safety, then unfortunately you’re going to have to bite the bullet and say, ‘We may have to go without this sport for this season.’ ... If we let our desire to prematurely get back to normal, we can only get ourselves right back in the same hole we were in a few weeks ago. ... I would love to be able to have all sports back. But as a health official and a physician and a scientist, I have to say, right now, when you look at the country, we’re not ready for that yet.”


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Afternoon Line- Kerry Fraser


update 5:25pm, as Tapeleg mentioned in the comments, the tweet is no longer available.

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NHL Teams Help Out With Sanitizing Machines Needed In Making Protective Masks

from Emily Kaplan of ESPN,

When General Motors repurposed one of its dormant plants in Warren, Michigan to produce masks for frontline workers, it needed some help for a crucial step: disinfecting.

So the company turned to the hockey community for an assist.

GM called the Ilitch family, which owns the Detroit Red Wings. Christopher Ilitch then called Paul Boyer, the Red Wings head equipment manager.

"They were trying to get their hands on a sanitizing machine," Boyer said. "What we use them in the sports industry for is killing the bacteria, and making that wonderful sports odor go away. You put anything in it that touches the skin: skates, shoulder pads, helmets. They're designed to sanitize an entire bag of hockey equipment in one shot."

The Red Wings couldn't provide one, because when Little Caesars Arena opened in 2017, it got a modern upgrade; the sanitizing machine is built into the HVAC system in the locker room. But Boyer called five equipment managers around the NHL.

"The machines were just sitting idle in the locker rooms, so it was a no-brainer," Boyer said. "Our guys are very generous. I could have gotten more. Some were willing to donate it, but they couldn't get into their rinks."


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Play Or Not

from Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press,

While TV revenues dominate big time games, ticket sales still account for around 37% of the NHL’s money, 30% in baseball, 22% in NBA basketball, and 15% in the NFL. The figures vary year to year, but it’s a significant chunk of the pie.

Would owners want to operate under such reduced intake (remember, no stadium merchandise sales either), or would they rather shut down operations and use a force majeure clause not to pay the players? Some leagues have already reduced payroll by a certain percentage, in hopes they can salvage part of the season. But what if no season is better than a fanless one?

Let’s say, for discussion purposes, they plow ahead. Let’s play ball! OK. How do they pull it off?

Even if you have players in empty venues, they still have to get there (airplanes), stay somewhere (hotels) and interact with a minimal number of non-teammates (equipment men, trainers, stadium personnel).

If these players are coming back and forth from home, they are transporting whatever germs they might be exposed to with them. As soon as one player tests positive for COVID-19, can a team, in good conscience, continue playing? Or does it shut down, as the Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert’s positive test shut down his team and quickly the league?

Let’s face it. Even without fans, you have players tackling, checking, and generally sweating all over one another. The only way disease doesn’t get spread under those conditions is if you have a controlled environment.

Which means locking the players in somewhere.


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