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NHL and Players Squabbling Over Money is a Really Bad Look

NHL and Players Squabbling Over Money is a Really Bad Look

Since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, more than 260,000 people have died in North America. On Thursday, a mind-boggling 1,962 people died in the United States alone. That’s 1,962 families that lost a loved one. The job losses have been staggering. Businesses are closing and people are facing a fearful and uncertain future. Twelve million Americans – 12 million! – face the possibility of losing their pandemic unemployment benefits the day after Christmas. According to modeling charts prepared by the Public Health Agency, Canada could face a worst-case scenario of 60,000 new cases a day by...

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Nov 20
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One Year After Don Cherry's Firing, the Hockey World is a Better Place

One Year After Don Cherry's Firing, the Hockey World is a Better Place

One year ago today, Rogers Sportsnet fired Don Cherry over a rant that singled out immigrants for not honoring Canada’s fallen soldiers by buying poppies. Forget that Cherry had not one shred of tangible evidence to back up his claim, his rant about “you people that come here…you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey…these guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada,” was divisive and, at best xenophobic, at worst racist.Hockey Night in Canada, meanwhile, has survived. Ratings dropped slightly for a short time, not enough to alarm executives at Rogers, but it’s...

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Nov 11
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Howie Meeker was Hockey's Renaissance Man

Howie Meeker was Hockey's Renaissance Man

Back in 1968, Howie Meeker was in Montreal for a sporting goods convention when a chance meeting with Ted Darling, then the play-by-play man for a local television station, changed the landscape of hockey broadcasting forever. Darling took the liberty of booking Meeker as a between-periods guest analyst for the Montreal Canadiens game that Saturday night, unbeknownst to producer Ralph Mellanby, who had already booked legendary Montreal writer Red Fisher for the broadcast.Mellanby bumped Fisher for Meeker, who joined Dick Irvin in the studio that night, and a star was born. Or in the case of...

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Nov 9
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How Alex Trebek Almost Became Host of Hockey Night in Canada

How Alex Trebek Almost Became Host of Hockey Night in Canada

If not for the small thatch of facial hair that became his signature, there’s a good chance the only Jeopardy! that would have been part of Alex Trebek’s television career was when Game 7 of a Stanley Cup playoff series went into overtime. And he would have spent his career talking about who won the Jennings Trophy instead of presiding over Ken Jennings and his 74 consecutive wins on the iconic game show.The year was 1971 and Hockey Night in Canada had just fired Ward Cornell and was looking for a younger and more dynamic replacement. The way former executive producer Ralph Mellanby tells...

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Nov 10
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Led by Coyotes, UND and USA Hockey, the hockey world failed Mitch Miller

Led by Coyotes, UND and USA Hockey, the hockey world failed Mitch Miller

When it comes to the Mitch Miller saga – and I sincerely hope this is the last time I write about it – it’s important to note that there is, has been and always will be only one victim in all of this. And that is a young man by the name of Isaiah Meyer-Crothers. For him to endure what he did at the hands of Miller and another boy and come out the other side is remarkable.That being said, there have been a whole lot of people in the hockey world who failed Mitch Miller, the two most prominent being the Arizona Coyotes and the University of North Dakota, with USA Hockey running a close third....

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Oct 30
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Will QMJHL Change its Fighting Rules to Get Government Money?

Will QMJHL Change its Fighting Rules to Get Government Money?

The Quebec League, which recently convinced four provinces to change their employee standards laws to keep it from paying its players minimum wage, has its hand out again and is looking for millions of dollars in relief money from the Quebec government to cover the cost of playing next season in empty arenas. And the government is listening, but there’s a caveat. If junior hockey operators want the money, they’re going to have to do a better job of protecting the young players to whom they pay poverty wages by changing their fighting rules.According to the excellent reporting by Alexandre...

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Sep 23
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'We're Going to Miss That Smile': Cooper, Maroon Enter Game 3 With Heavy Hearts

'We're Going to Miss That Smile': Cooper, Maroon Enter Game 3 With Heavy Hearts

Over the past decade, you’ve probably come to realize that Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper doesn’t often struggle to find the right words. But on Thursday night, he did. He struggled with a lot of things, not the least of which were his emotions. Grief will do that to a person.And Jon Cooper is grieving. Heavily. So is one of his players, Lightning veteran Pat Maroon. That’s because they learned Thursday morning that the night before, just a few hours before Cooper’s triple fist pump celebrating Nikita Kucherov’s goal with 7.8 seconds remaining in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference...

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Sep 11
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Carcillo's former teammates back up hazing and sexual assault allegations - TheHockeyNews

Carcillo's former teammates back up hazing and sexual assault allegations - TheHockeyNews

It was midway through the 2002-03 season and the Sarnia Sting were on a road trip. Rookie goalie Ryan Munce remembers sitting at the desk in his hotel room and scrawling a note. He had just been bullied and abused, again, by his veteran teammates and was jotting down some of his thoughts and emotions. It was then that he admitted he was suicidal.At that moment, the same veterans barged into his hotel room and grabbed the note from him. Not long after, Munce found the note crumpled up and shoved under his door. It was never mentioned again, not by his teammates and not by Munce.“I’m pretty...

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Jun 19
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More explosive and shocking allegations against junior hockey in newly filed lawsuit - TheHockeyNews

More explosive and shocking allegations against junior hockey in newly filed lawsuit - TheHockeyNews

Note: There are allegations made in the following story that may disturb some readers.Just three days after a former major junior hockey player alleged that he was forced to do cocaine in a bathroom as a rookie with the Kitchener Rangers in 2016, two former CHL players have launched a class-action lawsuit alleging that players aged 15 to 17 were, “routinely victims to hazing, bullying, physical and verbal harassment, physical assault, sexual harassment, and sexual assault.”The lawsuit, launched in Toronto on Thursday afternoon against the Canadian Hockey League, the Western League, the...

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Jun 19
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Brendan Leipsic's days in the NHL are almost certainly over - TheHockeyNews

Brendan Leipsic's days in the NHL are almost certainly over - TheHockeyNews

Probably one of the last things anyone is, or should be, concerned about at the moment are the hockey futures of Washington Capitals fourth-liner Brendan Leipsic and Florida Panthers prospect Jack Rodewald. Actually, the more pressing concern is that someone out there – namely Leipsic and Rodewald and perhaps others – could ever think it was acceptable to behave in such a misogynistic way, either privately or publicly. Then to portray yourself somehow as a victim in your apology? Man, that’s very difficult to swallow.In any event, it’s difficult to fathom any circumstance under which Mssrs....

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May 7
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