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NHL: Fate of Six Teams Will Be Decided at Owners Meeting in December

September 30th, 2011
When the NHL Board of Governors holds its main meeting in December, significant changes to the form of the NHL could result.Two issues are said to be on the agenda, and if both are addressed, they will affect six teams.One that is for certain is the switch of Winnipeg from ...

Toronto Maple Leafs: Brian Burke Says Th-Th-Th-Th-That’s All Folks!

July 8th, 2011
A lot of Toronto Maple Leaf fans are praising Brian Burke's offseason work, but don't count me among them.My report card reads like this: Better team than last year's team: Yes. Good enough to make the playoffs: No.I'm forced to give this early grade because Burke recently stated that he ...

Hockey Concussions: NHL Players Are Suckers for Themselves

March 27th, 2011
The recent spate of concussions in the NHL has prompted a question that has been occasionally raised from time to time: What would happen if a hit were so hard that somebody dies? What do Nodar Kumaritashvili, Steve Moore and all the recent serious NHL injured people have in common? All ...

Dear Balsillie, Thomson, Chipman and Quebecor: Wake Up!

March 13th, 2011
It's too bad the four named people/organizations listed in the title, plus Ice Edge, and any other potential new National Hockey League Canadian franchise owner (and "honorary Canadians" Hartford), won't read this article because it is addressed specifically to them. For those readers who are unfamiliar with the above, Jim ...

Gary Bettman Contract Extension: Canadians Must Stop Being Suckers for the NHL

March 12th, 2011
Amid all the on-going clamor about head shots, concussions, and player safety in the NHL, one significant action was quietly enacted, arousing little attention: Commissioner Gary Bettman's contract was extended five years. That is bad news for Canadians who want more Canadian franchises in the NHL. It is often said that Bettman ...

It’s Time for Canada To Say Goodbye to the NHL

January 30th, 2011
If Quebec City, Winnipeg or any other Canadian city had hopes for government money, particularly from the Canadian Federal Government to build arenas or other facilities to get an NHL franchise, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has effectively killed the idea stone dead during this year's NHL All-Star festivities. On the two ...

NHL Back in Quebec? Nordique Bid Exemplifies Foolishness

October 3rd, 2010
An impressive crowd estimated between 75,000 and 100,000—almost double the number expected—gathered on Quebec City's infamous Plains of Abraham for a new battle, 251 years after the famous 1759 one, this time with the Canadian federal government and the NHL. Quebec mayor, Regis Labeaume, has staked his political career on getting ...

Quebec City Should Pay Attention to Oshawa

September 1st, 2010
There was a warning sign posted to Quebecor and those other supporters who are trying to get Quebec back into the NHL, when Oshawa City Council voted not to have a debate on building a new stadium to get the CFL's Hamilton Tiger Cats. Oshawa decisively turned down an opportunity to ...

Hockey Needs a FIFA-like Organization

August 26th, 2010
The current, irregular "International Hockey Summit" being held in Toronto shows the difference between international soccer and international hockey. This unusual gathering, perhaps the first in memory, is supposed to come to grips with thorny problems and launch new ideas and directions for hockey. It is being attended by the heads of ...

IIHF President Doesn’t Believe That the NHL Could Make It in Europe

August 25th, 2010
International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel doesn't believe the NHL will be successful if it tries to set up a European branch. Speaking at a hockey summit conference in Toronto, Fasel vowed to fight any attempt to start up a European branch of the NHL. He also claimed that the ...