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Canadian hockey fans are salivating at the possibility of an all-Canadian match-up in this year's Stanley Cup final. That's a lovely thought which should warm the heart of any true Canadian. And here's why it isn't going to happen.
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Arenas (ice-hockey or political) are the epicentres for unapologetic tributes. Accolades from the glory days are are embellished and exalted in a pursuit to replicate that power. As supporters, we are blind to the controversial changes implemented by the organization at hand, and refuse to acknowledge criticism from outside the bubble (myself included).
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When Rogers swooped in and paid billions for the NHL, the dazed CBC responded like a concussed defenceman. To compensate, CBC acquired the rights to the 2014 Sochi and 2016 Rio Olympics and even before the 2016 games were in the books, the public broadcaster agreed to pay the IOC until 2024.
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Some players are concerned about how the league handles players' health.
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The league has released a statement saying it "considers the matter officially closed."
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The change is stark and dramatic in a city whose downtown core has struggled for vitality. Those fortunes changed on September 8 - when Edmonton's sensational $480-million arena opened - and the newfound wealth of customers, foot traffic and enthusiasm only appears to be beginning.
Whichever way the ball bounces, they have both earned a lot of money over the course of their professional athletic careers, but they don't even come close to the highest paid athletes of all time (outside of endorsements). Indeed, the highest-paid athlete of all time isn't of our generation, or even our century.
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Written by Wayne Karl Spend a few minutes watching W Network's reality series Hockey Wives, and you quickly realize two things. One - it's not at all like any of those Real Housewives shows riddled wi...
"Everything I have in my life is because of the NHL and I'm thrilled to be back."
This is the hockey star's third concussion diagnosis.
I can see no benefit to allowing organized crime to collect one dollar let alone 10 billion. Legalizing marijuana and single sports betting will cripple their abilities to operate. Then there is the income it will produce to eliminate Liberal deficits crippling provinces and the country.
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The star defenceman will be exchanged for Nashville's Shea Weber.
Let's call it what it is -- young, black hockey players are few and far between in the National Hockey League. Rising to the top of his position in his short NHL career is also fairly unique. His parents immigrated from Jamaica to Sudbury, and PK did spend some of his childhood growing up in Northwestern Ontario. A minority there too, undoubtedly. He is one of three brothers playing in the NHL. Pretty unique as well. Subban is unabashedly different, and he owns it. That's worth admiring and emulating.
The stars seem to be aligning for the Toronto Maple Leafs as they head into their 100th anniversary season. The team won the NHL lottery and will have the first draft pick on Friday. In coach Mike Babcock, GM Lou Lamoriello and President Brendan Shanahan they have arguably the most impressive (and expensive) management cadre in NHL history.