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Last Chance For NBA Labor Talks

It is now two years since labor negotiations first began between NBA  union leaders and league officials, and time is running out with this year’s 82-game regular season of basketball on the line.  A meeting today in New York is expected to be one of the last opportunities for a deal to be made between the two parties.  “I’m focused on let’s get the two committees in and see whether they can either have a season or not have a season,” said NBA commissioner David Stern. The NBA lockout has been in position for 92 days, with owners claiming to have lost more than $300 million last season.  Owners are demanding shorter contracts, reduced maximum salaries and raises, and a more restrictive system for dividing revenues.  Players earned 57 percent of … Read entire article »

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Shanahan Imposes NHL Suspensions, Season’s Not Even Started

Ex-NHL player Brendan Shanahan has not only taken the position with the National Hockey League as the VP of Hockey and Business Development, but has already implemented some tough penalties – and the regular season has not even started yet. While Shanahan’s predecessor, who was Colin Campbell, had a career which was marked with inconsistencies, Shanahan is looking to make a bold clear statement upfront, and has better tools with which to implement it. He has been given the okay from the National Hockey League to give stiffer suspensions for illegal hits, and Rule 48, which is illegal hits to the head, has also been given more leeway this season. Shanahan, whose statistics as a player included 600 goals and approximately 2,000 penalty minutes, is able to identify with the majority of … Read entire article »

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Galimov, 37th Member Of Hockey Team Dies In Hospital After Plane Crash

On Monday Alexander Galimov, the lone survivor of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Men’s Hockey Team died on Monday of the injuries he received five days ago in the air plane crash which killed the rest of his team members and coaches, along with seven crew members. He suffered from severe burns over 90 per cent of his body. An eighth member of the crew, Alexander Sizov, survived the flight but remains in hospital in stable condition after being in a medically induced coma for a while. He will be questioned by investigators when the doctors allow this, based on his health. The plane which the team had chartered to take them to the first game of the season for the Kontinental Hockey League club against Minsk in Belarus on 7 September, … Read entire article »

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Russian Ice Hockey Team Including Demitra And Salei Killed As Jet Crashes In Russia

This summer has been bad for deaths in the NHL, with Derek Boogaard dying from an accidental overdose of drugs and alcohol, and then Rick Rypien and Wade Belak both committed suicide in separate incidents, but now a Russian ice hockey team has been wiped out when a plane they had chartered crashed shortly after take off, killing 43 people. The plane apparently had trouble gaining altitude after take off in sunny weather, and it slammed into the banks of the Volga River, 150 miles north east of Moscow at Yaroslavl. Remarkably two people have survived the crash, the Russian player Alexander Galimov and a flight engineer, but both have serious injuries. Pavol Demitra, 36 years old from Slovakia played for the Vancouver Canucks in the 2009-2010 season before moving to Russia … Read entire article »

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NHL Mourns Death Of Wade Belak, 3rd NHL Player To Die Since May

On Wednesday the body of Wade Belak who was a popular National Hockey League forward and defenceman, was found dead in a hotel room in Toronto, Canada. Belak was 35 years old, and was a 6 foot 5 inch player weighing 230 pounds and had played with five different NHL teams in his hockey career, namely the Colorado Avalanche, Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs, Florida Panthers and, most recently, the Nashville Predators.  before he retiring in April. His latest venture was to have been as a reporter for Nashville television broadcasts starting this season, and he was said to be happy at the prospects. Police have said that foul play is not suspected. This untimely death follows 2 others since May when the former New York Rangers enforcer Derek Boogard, 28, was found … Read entire article »

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Kesler May Miss Start Of NHL Season Because Of Hip Surgery

It was announced on Tuesday that Ryan Kesler of the Vancouver Canucks had arthroscopic hip surgery a week ago, and with an expected recovery time of around 3 months, Kesler may well miss the opening game of the national Hockey League 2011-2012 season. That game is on 6 October in Vancouver and is against the Pittsburgh Penguins. This report clears up the mystery of why Kesler, who was the winner of the NHL’s Selke Trophy as top defensive forward, and scored 7 goals with 19 points in 25 playoff games only had one assist in the final series against the Boston Bruins for the Stanley Cup. Most fans realized he had to be injured, and saw the likely time of the injury in the Western Conference final game 5 against San … Read entire article »

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Guardian Project And NBC Reach Marketing Agreement

A deal has been struck with NBC Universal and the Guardian Project which is a group of 30 comic-book hockey-theme superheroes, to promote a marketing and equity deal. Each of the 30 National Hockey League teams has its own superhero and is a project launched by Stan Lee, and owned by Guardian Media Entertainment (GME) which is a company which was formed with the NHL Enterprises and POW! Entertainment of which Lee is the leader. The NBC has recently extended its broadcasting deal with the NHL for airing NHL games on both NBC and Versus the cable network. These two companies are seeing these hero characters as a way to connect with younger audiences, and the NHL has been selling clothing and other merchandise starring the comic characters already this year. The … Read entire article »

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Canucks Win Game 1 Of The Stanley Cup Playoff Final

In a battle of goaltending, the Vancouver Canucks came out ahead, winning their first game of the National Hockey League Stanley Cup finals by 1 goal to nil against the Boston Bruins in Vancouver, Canada, but with both keepers making good saves. The goalies, Roberto Luongo of the Canucks, and Tim Thomas for the Bruins, have both been nominated for the Vezina Trophy, and have different styles of play. Luongo likes to be in the butterfly style in the blue paint in front of the net, whereas Thomas plays outside the blue paint a lot of the time. Both were effective tonight, with Luongo stopping all 36 shots for the Canucks giving him his first shutout in this Stanley Cup final series. Thomas stopped 33 shots, with the 34th shot going … Read entire article »

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Tampa Bay Lightning And Boston Bruins Play Game 7 On Friday

With the Western Conference final being won by the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday, the National Hockey League is awaiting the outcome of the Eastern Conference final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Boston Bruins who completed game 6 on Wednesday. The outcome was a 5-4 win for theTampa Bolts, who tied the series 3 games each, and forced a game 7 in Boston on Friday night. The Bruins were leading the game 2-1 after the first period, but the Bolts pulled back and their stars got points and the win. Martin St. Louis had scored two goals and one assist by the end of the evening, Steven Stamkos a goal and an assist, and Vincent Lecavalier had two assists. Milan Lucic opened the scoring for Boston in the first with David … Read entire article »

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Tampa Bay Lightning Fans Show Support For NHL Hockey Team

On Sunday morning some 400 to 700 Tampa Bay Lightning fans showed their support for their hockey team by forming a human lightning bolt which was visible from the Tampa Bay Lightning’s plane as it took off from the Tampa Bay International Airport on its way to Boston for the next game in the series against the Boston Bruins. The marketing staff for the team organized the event, setting out the outline, then having the fans fill in the bolt so that the shape would be visible by the players as they took off for the next game in their quest for the Stanley Cup. There were supporters of all ages, including a couple with their infant, and all were decked out in their blue Lightning jerseys and shirts. For the first … Read entire article »

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Funeral For Boogaard, NY Ranger, Held In Saskatchewan

On Saturday, the funeral for Derek Boogaard was held at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Chapel in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, to remember the New York Ranger hockey player who died last week. Boogaard’s father was an officer for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and one of his brothers is a current member. The medical examiner’s office in Hennepin County, Minnesota where Boogaard was living for the summer released a statement on Friday, giving the cause of death as being from an accidental dose of oxycodone mixed with alcohol.It is noted that oxycodone is both a powerful and addictive painkiller, which can result in a bad reaction if mixed with alcohol. The family had released a statement on Friday that Derek had been undergoing rehabilitation for substance abuse with the full support … Read entire article »

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Philadelphia Flyers Eliminated From Stanley Cup Playoffs

In a surprise result, the Philadelphia Flyers were eliminated from the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs on Friday by the Boston Bruins who swept the series 4-0 in this second round playoff match up. This came as a shock because the Flyers were within 2 wins of winning the Stanley Cup just last year, and even in December and January they were winning 17 out of 24 games, placing them at the top of the Eastern Conference. In the opening round of the playoffs against the Buffalo Sabres the Flyers did rally from being 3-2 down to win that series 4-3, but the series against the Bruins was a very different story. General Manager Paul Holmren from the Flyers said to reporters following their elimination that “We lost the game because their … Read entire article »

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Concussion Study Group Announced To Make Sports Safer

On Monday, the National Sports Concussion Cooperative was announced, consisting of the American Football Coaches Association along with the Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center of North Carolina, the Matthew Gfeller Foundation and Rawlings Sporting Goods. This group will be made up not only of doctors, but also of coaches, parents and equipment manufacturers, and is hoping to make all sports safer when it comes to concussions. The Matthew Gfeller Foundation was formed after Matthew Gfeller, a high school sophomore died in 2008 as a result of brain injuries sustained as a result of playing football, and Matthew”s parents formed the foundation to help others. There is presently far more awareness of the impact concussions can have on a person’s brain and as a result their quality of life, and a great deal … Read entire article »

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2 NHL Players Finished For The Season

On Monday it was announced that 2 NHL players are out for the remainder of the regular season, Manny Malhotra and Matt Cooke, but for very different reasons. Manny Malhotra from the Vancouver Canucks was injured last week when a puck deflected off the hockey stick of Erik Johnson of the Colorado Avalanche and went straight into Malhotra’s eye. As a result of this injury, the medical specialists have indicated that Malhotra will not be playing for the rest of the season. Malhotra was not wearing a visor, like many NHL players who find it interferes with their vision and play. It is causing other players to think again about wearing visors when they play hockey. However Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins has been suspended for the rest of the regular season … Read entire article »

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New NHL Concussion Plan

Gary Bettman, the National Hockey League commissioner, announced a five point plan on Monday, aimed at addressing the issue of concussions which are plaguing the hockey league at present time. Bettman is meeting with the NHL general managers this week, and the GMs are understandably concerned about the rising number of head injuries. As more becomes known about the effects that concussion have on the brain, the more worried and concerned hockey players and all associated with the sport are becoming. Here are the main points: Any player who is showing any signs or symptoms of concussion must be removed from play. This includes unconsciousness, problems with coordination and balance, disorientation, visible facial injury, and a slowness to get up from the ice. The player must be examined by a doctor, rather than … Read entire article »

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