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Evening Line- Brian Lawton

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All About The Players Emergency Fund

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Established some 75 years ago as a financial safety net for ex-players, PEFA is funded solely by fines and suspensions to the current working help, as meted the last couple of decades by the Department of Player Safety. It’s there if needed, and scores of ex-players have been helped through the years, albeit through the unintended largesse of the bad characters who continue to make their donations....

Headed into the weekend, according to Daly’s figures, roughly $600,000 in fines and suspension were assessed in the first two months of this season....

As long as there are the Wilsons of the world, and a fan appreciation for violence, there’s little chance of a funding shortage. Some years just yield bigger bounties than others.

“The fund — which pre-dates me by many years — has been instrumental in helping a lot of players,” Daly said. “I think since 1990 we’ve had in excess of 400 players, or player families, or people from the NHL family, who have received assistance from the fund.”

Ex-NHL executive, and for years the league’s one-man disciplinarian committee, Brian O’Neill oversaw PEAF long into his retirement from his day-to-day administrative duties. His successor, Hall-of-Fame center Pat LaFontaine, now 56, is now president and runs the fund with six other board members — three each from the league and player union sides.

“Pat is perfect for this job,” Daly said. “First of all, he stays in touch with the all the players. He has it deep down in his heart, the right and wrong, and he’s very sensitive and sympathetic to issues that players go through. He’s been fantastic so far. And … he’s lived it.”

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The NHL/NHLPA Involved In Study Of COVID-19 Cardiac Effects

NEW YORK/TORONTO (March 4, 2021) – The NHL, MLB, MLS, NBA, NFL and WNBA today issued the following joint statement:

The study published today by JAMA Cardiology is an illustration of the collaboration among medical experts at MLB, MLS, NBA, NHL, NFL and WNBA and our respective Players’ Associations over the past year. Since the onset of the pandemic, we have worked more closely together than ever to share lessons learned to ensure the best possible care for players.

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Let Us In

added 1:05pm, Mark Scheifele chimes in

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Evening Line- Donald Fehr

“Assuming the Olympics go forward in the ordinary course, you can always envision scenarios in which something would happen that would change the equation," Fehr said, as reported by ESPN.

“But I don't see it. I expect that players will be there, and it will be a dramatic return to the international stage for us.”

-Donald Fehr, executive director of the NHLPA.  Neil Shefferd of inside the games has more.

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Donald Fehr Cautiously Looking Ahead

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

As Donald Fehr looks towards the new calendar year and all the promise of hope that it brings, the head of the National Hockey League Players’ Association is optimistic about what lies ahead.

Fehr believes that the shortened regular season will begin as planned on Jan. 13. He is confident that, with the global administration of a vaccine for COVID-19, more and more fans will be allowed into hockey arenas by the time the NHL playoffs start in the spring. And he expects that whatever is waiting around the corner — whether it’s a rash of positive cases or provincial closures or something even worse — that the league and the players will be able to adapt and roll with the punches.

At the same time, he’s also not leaving anything to chance.

“I’m keeping my fingers and toes crossed, as we all are,” Fehr said in a phone interview with Postmedia. “Stay out of harm’s way. Don’t do anything stupid just because things are starting to look better. But we’ve been through so much, it’s time for some good luck.”...

As much as the NHL would like to point to the success of the playoffs as proof that the league can begin the regular season in the middle of a pandemic, what the league has planned is not exactly bubble hockey.

There won’t be any hub cities this time around. Teams will be traveling across state and provincial lines, entering areas that have varying degrees of COVID-19. And they will be doing it for more than just a couple of months.

It seems inevitable that players are going to contract the virus and that some games will probably get postponed. But with the vaccine now available, it also seems inevitable that the cases within Canada and the U.S. will soon start to decrease.

Then again, it might not happen as quickly as everyone wants it to.

What if things don’t get better right away? What if they get worse? What if the players, who will be sharing buildings with the NBA, start contracting the coronavirus at levels that force the league into not only postponing games but also re-evaluating its plan on playing out the season?

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Video- Donald Fehr Confident There Will Be Hockey Played In Canada

via Sportsnet's YouTube channel,

NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr explains how the players and the NHL are confident as they work together, along with Provincial governments to allow hockey teams to safely play games in Canada.

 

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NHL Medical Protocols And Transition Rules

ORONTO / NEW YORK (Dec. 22, 2020) – The National Hockey League (NHL) and National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) announced today applicable medical protocolstransition rules for the 2020-21 season, which include information relating to critical dates and the formal approval of a change to NHL Rule 83 (Off-side).

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Statement From Don Fehr

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The NHL Regular Season Begins On January 13, 2021

NEW YORK / TORONTO (Dec. 20, 2020) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and National Hockey League (NHL) announced today an agreement to play a 2020-21 regular-season schedule of 56 games beginning Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, and concluding on May 8. As part of the agreement, the Stanley Cup Playoffs would feature 16 teams in the traditional best-of-seven, four-round format and conclude around mid-July with the plan of returning to a “normal” hockey calendar for the 2021-22 season (regular season beginning in October). The NHL and NHLPA will release the Health and Safety Protocols, transition rules and critical dates calendar as well as the 2020-21 schedule in the coming days.

Given the unpredictability of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NHLPA and the NHL intend to be flexible and adaptable in their approach during the coming weeks to ensure compliance with directives from both local and national governmental and health authorities focusing on the health and safety of the players, other game-related personnel and the communities in which we play. The priority will continue to be focused on the health and safety of our fans and Players and Club, League, NHLPA and arena personnel.

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