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Adieu Coyotes

2010 April 14
Posted by Goon Squad

The Glendale City Council unanimously approved a Arena lease proposal with Phoenix Coyotes buyer Jerry Reinsdorf Tuesday night.

The decision means that Reinsdorf, a Chicago sports mogul, and his group of investors will work with the city to hammer out the details of the lease and that Ice Edge Holdings is essentially out of the running.

It also means that Reinsdorf is on track to owning the team, pending the approval of the NHL.

The lease agreements voted on Tuesday described each buyer’s plan for boosting team finances and compensating Glendale to play at Arena.
The city pays off $180 million in debt that it took on to build the arena in 2003 with the team’s payments.

The Coyotes have not turned a profit since moving to Glendale.
The team was bought out of bankruptcy last year by the NHL for $140 million.
The league expects to lose an additional $20 million this season.

Both offers would create a community facility district in Glendale’s sports and entertainment hub off Loop 101 and Glendale Avenue.
The independent taxing authority, which would likely surround the arena and include Westgate City Center, could sell bonds, levy property taxes and collect revenue in other ways to prop up the team financially.
It’s possible that the charges would trickle down to shoppers and hockey fans.

Wait! What the fuck just happened here?

They are now gonna raise taxes and charge for parking?

Those fucking fans people wouldn’t pay money for this shit when it was free!

Enjoy what you can from this post season, Coyotes fans. You are now solely responsible for your teams future…

…or the lack there of.

Rebekah L. Sanders

Phanless Coyotes

American Bad Ass

2010 April 10
Posted by Goon Squad

When and if he does decide to retire, be it at the end of this season or within the next few, he’ll retire as the greatest American hockey player of all time!

I for one would love to see him put in another season, but that’s just my greediness talking.

And for all of the attention that his Canadian counterparts have gotten – Wayne Gretzky, Super Mario, Mark Messier and Steve Y – Mike Modano had one thing going for him and it was that he hailed from Livonia, Michigan – USA.

Yes, he is a good old American boy and a guy who busted his ass just as hard as any of those Canadian’s ever did.

And he did it with the classiest of them all.

Thank you Mike Modano for all that you have done for hockey in America!

I’m proud to call myself one of your biggest fans and I wish you nothing but the best in what life has to offer.

NHL Career Totals:

1,458 Games played
557 Goals
802 Assists
1,359 Point’s
+ 119 (+/-)
918 PIM’s
156 Power Play Goals
29 Shorties
92 Game Winners

Mike Modano
Mike Modano – An American Bad Ass

Decisions, decisions…

2010 March 10
Posted by Goon Squad

After three days of golfing meetings in Boca Raton, Florida, the NHL’s general managers have finally put forward a recommendation for rule changes to address hits to the head in league games.

The following language was agreed to unanimously by the group:

“A lateral, back pressure or blindside hit to an opponent where the head is targeted and or the principal point of contact is not permitted. A violation of the above will result in a minor or major penalty and shall be reviewed for possible supplemental discipline.”

I read this to mean that as long as you are facing your opponent, you can hit him in the head.
I guess the argument is that the players are given a chance to defend themselves, as long as they know the hit is coming. (You know, ‘Keep Your Head Up and all.)
I am surprised that the definition of the infraction is so specific.

What criteria will on ice officials use to determine the difference between a minor or major if they can’t seem to make the proper calls now?!?

Usually an injury or intent to injure is used to dole out major penalties.
I am assuming the same will be used for contact with the head, again, assuming that 4 on ice officials can manage to spot such an infraction.
I was also hoping for a more well defined supplemental discipline stance.
More specifically, I wanted minimum suspension lengths and dollar amounts for fines, but I’m just a fan and am not privvy to such imformation.

There were two other recommendations made by the group.

The first tiebreaker at season’s end will changed to regulation and overtime wins, not overall wins as is currently the case.
It’s clearly all about priorities, like protecting the players well being and new marketing strageties.

The NHL will request that the American Hockey League to go to a four-man officiating system in 40 percent of their games.
The AHL currently uses three-man system for all games.
The final decision belongs to the AHL but the NHL is prepared to support it, financially and otherwise, because we’ve all seen how well that’s worked out for the NHL, haven’t we?

I guess that 4 blind mice is better than 3.

It’s good to know the NHL is doing so good that it can pay for bad officiating in another league, before it gets the current morons re-trained.

Oh, and does this also mean that the league will no longer be supporting that fanless franchise in the desert?
I mean, c’mon. Really?

By the way, none of these recommendations will affect play this season.

All recommendations must get the approval of the competition committee, the Board of Governors, the NHLPA, President Obama, Donald Trump, the Keebler Elves and Simon Cowell.

This should all happen between now and next March…

If The Skate Fits…

2010 March 9
Posted by Goon Squad

Foreword: Soon after the United States of America won its independence — to be free and equal among all nations — John Adams and Thomas Jefferson paid an official visit to the Court of King George III.
The king literally turned his back on them.
Adams and Jefferson, having had their knowledge and notions of aristocratic mistreatment reaffirmed, were united in their hatred of the king and all his loyal subjects ever after.
They were right then, and they are right now…

Any resemblance to events, people or places in the following work of fiction is purely coincidental.

Slidsy Cornsbie of the Porkburgh Pinkins lies on the ice, his eyes barely open and already glazed over.
His right arm twitches slightly.
His legs don’t move.

The brilliant center, a national icon in Canada at age 22 and the most complete champion in hockey, never saw the hit coming.
Backing into the high slot to improve his shooting angle, an opponent attacked from the blind side.
The blow coldcocked Cornsbie.
His head snapped violently right to left, his body followed, and he fell in a heap.
Since he had released his shot and the puck was 50 feet away when he got hit, few actually saw the contact — not the four on-ice officials, not his coach, not even most of his teammates.

The replays show that the offending player was a marginal winger, thrice suspended.
He clearly targeted Cornsbie’s head.
The player came from an angle behind Cornsbie’s right ear (the absolute blind spot for a left-handed shot) and — even though he could have checked Cornsbie body-across-body, surely taking him down — elected to go right past the bigger and more proper target to hit him in the head.

The offending player, in hockey parlance, plays “on the edge.”
But his rap sheet is way past the edge.
His two most recent suspensions, both within the last 14 months, have been meted out for extraordinarily similar-looking hits — but this one on Cornsbie is easily the most vicious and the most blindsided.
It is as if the crimes are escalating after each sentence served, the picture of horrifying recidivism.

The player who delivered the hit said, in the dressing room, “It felt like shoulder on shoulder.”
His words stretched beyond the point of what is believable, even to his teammates — none of whom defended him on the day of the game.
Lying about a fact does not change the truth of the fact.
It just reveals the speaker to be a liar as well as a criminal.

The league’s rule book has several instances that seem to cover this kind of intentional contact.
Rule 21(i) calls for a match penalty for “an attempt to injure (in any manner).”
From Table 7, on page 135 of the rule book, Automatic Game Misconducts: “for a major elbowing penalty to the face or head.”
Shoulder? Elbow? The elbow definitely comes up in the replays. It’s hard to tell exactly what part of the anatomy made contact with Cornsbie’s head.
But the head was the target, and the offender’s aim was dead on.

Did the referees’ inability to see the infraction mean that the player should not be punished in any way?
The league can review and punish, regardless of infractions called or not called in the course of a game.

Giving a man a concussion is injuring a man.
There is little question for anyone of a balanced mind that, instead of targeting the body, the offending player targeted Cornsbie’s head, which certainly qualifies as “an attempt to injure (in any way).”
He hit Cornsbie not to separate him from the puck but rather to separate him from consciousness.
He fully succeeded.

Surely, the league would act quickly and decisively as the young icon of hockey lay in his woozy purgatory.

An hour after game, reporters call up video of the offender’s “priors” on their handheld devices.
It is believed that a certain senior league official also owns such a device and he certainly has access to extensive video resources.
Yet, in the first few hours, there is no word of any involvement in a disciplinary procedure from the league.

Canadian networks edit the two previous suspension incidents to the hit on Cornsbie and run the segments of video in succession.
There is a distinct pattern to the offender’s blindsided knockout attempts.
Some journalists even characterize them as “identical.”
Sentiment is unanimous among commentators, some of whom are former professional players, that this is exactly the kind of hit and the kind of player that should be banished.

The day after the hit, the offender’s general manager reminds the media that no penalty was called on the play, efficiently attempting to spin his rhetoric to make the act seem as if it is something allowed within the normal course of events in a game.

The senior league official does nothing.
He is attending meetings that have to do with hits to the head.
The senior league official appears on several talk shows, spending at least an hour answering a variety of questions on television and radio.
But he apparently does not have time to issue a ruling on the hit that nearly crippled Cornsbie.

Cornsbie is examined by team doctors and found to have suffered a Grade 2 concussion.
Not only will he be out of action, but the team won’t even evaluate his condition for four to five days.
It is a long-term injury, jeopardizing the team’s season.

The senior league official enjoys the Florida sunset, not ruling on the status of the player who knocked Cornsbie unconscious.
There is outrage in Porkburgh. “What is keeping the league from making up its mind on what so clearly was a felonious act?” fans wonder.

Porkburgh’s organization seethes.
The offending player has hidden behind the instigator rule for his entire career.
He was suspended in 2004 for spearing.
He was suspended in January of 2009 for what the senior league official described as “a deliberate check to the head area” of a player.
He was suspended in November of the current season for what the league official described as a “result of a blow delivered to the head” of another opponent.
Previous punishment obviously did not change the offending player’s behavior.
Previous punishment had the same effect as making a wayward son pay for his own gas to drive Dad’s Lamborghini to the prom.
Son got a speeding ticket on the way home.
Dad told him not to do it again, again.
The state police radar clocked the boy doing 91.
Son said it felt like he was going 45.

How has a player such as this escaped the “un”official punishment, the kind that comes from his peers?
The offending player has taken full advantage of the commissioner’s surge to purge fighting from the game.
He is one of several examples of the species that hockey’s voices of reason warned would appear out of the primordial slime when the instigator rule came into being: dirty players who don’t have to be directly accountable for their cowardly actions.

Old hockey players, the ones with the great stories and the ugly scars of which they can be proud, told us this would happen.
A Cup winner once said, “The best form of negative reinforcement is to beat the shit out of a guy in front of 17,000 of his friends. That’ll stop that kind of behavior right away.” But league management, consisting of an outside-the-sport guy and his cronies, legislated frontier-justice fighting out of the game in a gauzy, lace-framed fantasy of drawing soccer moms to Sun Belt arenas.
Old hockey players were right.

The offending player, his record shows, has taken part in only 13 fights in an 11-season career.
Six of those fights have been against players from Europe, where pugilism is not part of their game.
Two of his opponents’ only career fighting majors are their bouts with the offender. Another of his opponents fought only twice in his career.
A Web site that polls fans on every fight in the league has the offender’s lifetime record at zero wins, eight losses, five draws and one “turtle.”

Cornsbie’s injury put the Pinks, fighting for a playoff spot, in the position of having to choose between what was right and what was necessary.
If they had exacted revenge right away, they almost certainly would have been assessed extra penalties, forcing them to play shorthanded in the final minutes of their game — virtually forfeiting their opportunity to win two precious points in the standings. Their retaliation also would have brought automatic suspensions and fines after the senior league official examined the video — whenever he got around to it.

Porkburgh tried to take the high road for two years, but saw the league do little or nothing to defend its players.
It saw one player nearly killed on the ice, another one having his face driven into the glass with five seconds left in a two-goal game, another cross-checked across the face in the closing minute of a playoff series — only to have the senior league official take little or no action.
And now this.

Justice delayed was so disrespectful as to be justice denied.

It was arrogance they would never forget.

Jack Edwards

Coyote Ugly – Deserted Dogs

2010 January 31
Posted by Goon Squad

Keith Jeffries of Huntsville Sports Ventures has been the owner of the Havoc, a member of the Southern Professional Hockey League, for all six years – the longest stint of the city’s four previous franchises.

Admittedly, he didn’t know that much about the sport before he became an owner, but he did love watching the game.

After selling his business several years ago, it was a search “for that second career” that led Jeffries to the front office of the minor league team.

Decorating the walls of the team’s main office are framed jerseys from past years.
His office, off to the side of the main office, is modestly decorated with bookshelves, pictures, a couple of hockey masks, pucks and a family picture prominently displayed.

Last week, Jeffries talked about the team and the sport with Times business editor Budd McLaughlin.
The conversation has been edited for space and clarity.

Q: What is Huntsville Sports Ventures Inc.?

A: It’s the parent company of the Havoc and I’m the only stockholder. We called it Huntsville Sports Ventures instead of the Havoc because we may go into other promotions in sports entertainment. We owned the (Tennessee Valley) Vipers (arena football team) for a couple of years and were involved in the Arenacross (motocross) at the VBC and were a small backer of the Big Spring Jam one year.

Q: Is there a relationship between the Havoc and the Vipers?

A: No. We’re tenants in the same building. That’s all. We get along extremely well, but there’s no business relationship.

Q: What is your relationship with the Von Braun Center administration?

A: I own the Havoc; they own the building. We co-promote the hockey games and share revenue and expenses. We’ve done it all six years. It’s a great way to do it.

Q: Why did you become an owner?

A: (Then-VBC Executive Director) Ron Evans wanted to get hockey back in here (the Tornado folded after its only season, 2000-01) and asked Donn Jennings if he knew anyone who was interested. He mentioned my name because I had inquired before about the Channel Cats but the timing wasn’t right, at that time. When I talked to Ron about it, it felt right.

Q: You are involved when other teams want to join the SPHL and you helped run another team a few years ago. What is your position with the SPHL?

A: My official position is treasurer, but for the first three years I was chairman of the board. I’ve always been able to be active for the league because of the staff here. (President) Kevin (Walker) and (vice president of business operations) Ashley (Balch) actually run the place, its day-to-day operations. Because I have the time, the commissioner would ask me to help out. In the first year (2004), the owner of Winston-Salem (Polar Twins) also owned Asheville (Aces), Macon (Trax) and Jacksonville (Barracudas). We didn’t think one person should have that many teams, so the league ran Winston-Salem. We were led to believe someone was ready to run it and I was listed as the owner, but Fayetteville, Columbus and Knoxville were in there with me.

Q: At the recent league meetings an ownership group met with the board, and the SPHL has two new teams this season (Louisiana and Mississippi). Has the recent (SPHL) expansion affected the team?

A: Long term, it will have a positive effect. But because with seven teams now, we’re not able to maximize our Friday and Saturday night games as much. Our biggest rival, Columbus, plays here on a Saturday (March 27) just once (the Cottonmouths have played at the VBC on a Friday and a Thursday and will also visit on a Tuesday – Feb. 16), and that’s the last game of the year. Our attendance was down – prior to Dec. 28 – but is up over last year, since then. It’s because of our success and a return to Huntsville-style, in-your-face hockey.

Q: What was the best moment – on- and off-ice – you’ve had as an owner?

A: Really, just enjoying the game and the excitement of the home crowd. But it was the second year of the Melissa George (Neonatal Memorial Fund) fundraiser in 2008 that really got me. The people spent $65,000 (in the auction of player jerseys and donations). They opened up their hearts and wallets. This year, with our economy, it was over $38,000. It was exciting and humbling.

Q: Do you have any advice for someone who would like to be an owner.

A: No matter how much money you have, treat it like a business – not a hobby. You may say you can afford to lose $200,000 or something, but eventually you won’t want to lose money anymore. The best chance for long-term stability is to run it like a business.

The Huntsville Havoc are in their sixth year of operation and are the fifth minor league hockey team in the city’s history, since the Huntsville Blast laced up the skates in 1993.

6 years.

6 years in Huntsville, Alabama.

6 years in Huntsville, Alabama, successfully.

The population of Huntsville, Alabama in July 2008: 176,645.

That has to be one helluva dedicated fanbase right there!

The Phoenix RoadRunners died in 4 years, and they were a part of a much bigger league – the ECHL.

The Phoenix Coyotes have been in place for 14 years and have never turned a profit, and they belong to the almighty NHL.

No, really. They literally belong to the NHL.

The Winnepeg Jets Phoenix Coyotes were scooped up by the league when they flopped for their 14th stright year in the profits column.

Why, you might ask?

I dunno. I’ve been trying to figure this out my damn self.

Glendale, Arizona – Population in July 2008: 251,522.
Phoenix, Arizona – Population in July 2008: 1,567,924

There is a pretty substantial difference of people between the Alabama hockey market and the Phoenix market, yet the Coyotes give away tickets, with all the trimmings, (free parking, free transportation, free food, buy 1 get 1 free deals) they are kicking ass this season, yet they still can’t pack the house.

Why are they still in the desert, sucking on the teets of the NHL?
How are they entitled to any profit sharing when the NHL is paying their bills?
Why don’t we, the fans, have a say so in this?

It is our money afterall that is being spent on this failed experiement.

Our ticket prices went up.
Our parking fees went up.
Our beer and food prices are utterly ridiculous, yet these lazy, ungrateful sand creatures are handed the world but they refuse to embrace it.

Mr. Bettman, we have had enough!

Get them out of the desert and remove yourself from office!

By the way. I here that Toronto is looking for a team…

NBC – Olympic coverage

2010 January 26
Posted by Goon Squad

Looking to get your Olympics fix?

If you’re one of those people who can’t get enough of Olympic competition, you’ll be glad to know that this year NBC Universal is providing more Olympic coverage than ever.


NBCU says you’ll have access to over eight hundred hours of programming, and in more ways than ever!
That’s over fifty hours a day of crappy coverage, useless Pierre Mcguire style commentary, and the stations most clueless idiots talking about sports they know very little or nothing at all about!

Almost two hundred hours worth of programming will be on NBC proper.

Things kick off with the opening ceremony on February 12th at 7:00 EST.
They’ll be covering it in the afternoon, primetime and late night time slots, and focusing on Olympic Speed Reading, Olympic Snow Shoveling and Olympic Style Border Crossing.

Olympic Boarder Crossing

The USA network will feature, as you may have guessed, Team USA coverage.
They’ll hit up a few other sports, but Ice Hockey and Curling will be the go to for USA.

It’s all USA, and it’s all live!

If you don’t get a chance to see it live, you can swing on over to Universal HD to pick up the replays.
MSNBC picks up hockey as well, though they’ll be showing other countries primarily, but MSNBC’s got the USA vs. Canada men’s hockey game.

You can also find the Childrens Archery event and the the mens Olympic Ring Toss on MSNBC.

Childrens Olympic Archery

CNBC will be a sort of jack-of-all-trades this year.

They’ll pick up the sports that other channels didn’t and provide long form coverage instead of the quick hits the other channels will focus on, such as the men vs. children Sumo event.

Olympic Sumo Wrestling

Over four hundred hours of live coverage can be viewed online too. will host not only ten work weeks worth of shitty live events, but over a thousand hours worth of moronic on demand access to full event replays.

You’ll also find recaps, montages, and athlete-specific reels, such as the great sports coverage NBC has provided us in the past:

NBC will cover the games like never before, sending thousands of reporters, producers, and technicians to Vancouver Canada to bring ignore the very best the world has to offer.


And if you’re planning to attend the games, be sure to visit the V.O.C.’s Official Site.

From Russia, with love.

2010 January 23
Posted by Goon Squad

Did I say love? My bad!

A huge fight that stopped a KHL Championship game just after four minutes of play has led to a criminal investigation being launched into the reasons behind the major brawl at the game between Vityaz Chekhov and Avangard Omsk on January 9th.

Match officials struggled desperately to separate the teams and eject the offending players before the game resumed, but another fight broke out after just seven more seconds of play.

The officials finally scrapped the match, with only seven and eight players, respectively, left on each team.According to the Moscow Region’s Prosecutor’s Office, the teams will be probed for disorderly conduct. “The players of both teams – using hockey sticks as tools to sort out their relationships – disturbed public order and the rules of the game, hurt each other and broke sporting rules. The match was stopped due to the fight and a lack of players in the teams due to penalties. As a result of the fight, ten Avangard players and three Vityaz men were injured, as well as the referee,” the statement by the Prosecutor’s Office said.

After interviews with on-ice officials and witnesses to the game, and what the league’s press release termed “the review of videotapes,” the following sanctions were issued by the KHL: Both teams have forfeited the game and were fined one million rubles. (That’s an American equivalent of $33,500.)
Since it was determined that – in playground parlance – the Vityaz team started the fight, the franchise was fined an additional three million rubles ($100,750) for “harming the reputation of the KHL, its partners and Russian hockey in general.”
Vityaz was also “formally warned of a possible expulsion from the KHL in the event of a recurrence of similar violations,” according to the KHL announcement.

While the evidence against the players is clear for all to be seen, the President of the Russian Hockey Federation and legendary goaltender Vladislav Tretyak doesn’t believe any of them will end up behind bars. “I’ve seen a lot of fights like this and, of course, it’s not good for the Kontinental Hockey League. It wouldn’t be good for any league – because any mass brawl brings bad press,” he says.
There are clear rules from the KHL stating who and how the players should be disciplined.”
(Yes, the ‘Double Standard Rule’ has expanded beyound the NHL.)
A criminal case has never been opened before for this type of incident. A criminal investigation was opened in Canada when a player deliberately hit an opponent over the head with a hockey stick. He was left with an injured skull, was hospitalized and was lucky to be alive. That’s a horrible act against an opponent, and that’s when criminal proceedings should take place,” Tretyak stressed before adding: “Regarding the players from Vityaz and Avangard, I don’t think a criminal case is necessary, as they’ve already been fined and suspended, and no one was badly injured.”

Four players, including former American Hockey League enforcer Brandon Sugden and former Tampa Bay Lightning first round pick Alexander Svitov, were fined 150,000 rubles. ($5,042.71)

Five Vityaz players, including Sugden, and one player from Avangard were suspended for one game for their participation in the brawl.

Even Jaromir Jagr, a future Hockey Hall of Famer, was forced to participate in the fight.

Vityaz, called an “embarrassment” to the KHL by Avangard’s team president, has responded by signing former NHL enforcer Josh Gratton, and brought back notorious (infamous) former NHL’er fighter Chris Simon.
(Is there a message being sent here?)

Monkey See, Monkey Do?

A hockey game for 9-year-olds in Russia also turned into a violent brawl.

Players of two Russian youth ice hockey teams – The Penguins and the Northern Stars – were trying to keep pace with pro hockey, in all aspects, when a regular game between these ‘Mini Goons’ turned into all-in massive fight on ice:

These bad ass 9-year-old future stars have proven that ice hockey is one of the toughest games to play, no matter what age you are!

As a result of the ‘mini brawl’, 707 penalty minutes were handed out to the little guys. (Take THAT, QMJHL! – pussies!)

Now, I don’t really condone violence among 9-year-olds, but I actually found some of the footage kinda entertaining.
(The future of ice hockey in the Olympics is finally starting to look pretty fucking interesting!)

It’s probably a good thing that these kids don’t really know how to fight, yet, but they are learning, and it’s pretty obvious that they are very passionate about their hockey!

Rage on, young Goons to be, and don’t take any shit from ANYONE!

Goons Gone Wild – Jr. Edition

2010 January 19
Posted by Goon Squad

I really hate to call this kid a Goon.
I think punk ass bitch fits him better!

Patrice Cormier, Team Canada’s World Junior captain and forward for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies was ejected from a QMJHL game in overtime on Sunday when he came off the bench for a line change, cut through the faceoff circle at center ice, and layed an elbow to the face of Quebec Remparts defenseman Mikael Tam.

The 18-year-old defenseman suffered trauma to the skull and brain and lost many teeth.
He is now hospitalized in stable condition and is expected to be released possibly as early Tuesday.

A Remparts spokespesron said a brain scan was taken after the game, and a second scan Monday showed “everything normal.”

The Remparts’ official team website says fans can send “get well” messages to Tam.

Cormier, a 19-year-old native of New Brunswick, was traded to the Huskies on January 7th.
The little bastard who was playing in just his third game with the team, has not yet been heard from publicly.

Remparts head douchetard/coach, Patrick Roy, filed a complaint with the Quebec Provincial Police following the game.
They are now handling the incident and have collected several witness statements. (I guess video proof isn’t enough these days.)

Could this be Karma coming back at Roy for the shit he’s encouraged his own children to do in the past?

The QMJHL released a statement on Monday saying that the incident is under review.

Commissioner Gilles Courteau says he won’t be commenting on the situation today, but the statement said that once the disciplinary process has been completed, the Disciplinary Prefect, Raymond Bolduc, will announce the sanctions.

I would would throw the book at this fucker and make an example out of him!

Cormier was in the news back in December for a shot he put on Sweden’s Anton Rodin where he used, as the announcers says, “a lot of elbow” on Rodin’s nose as he headed to the bench in a pre-tournament exhibition game!

A classy mother fucker, isn’t he?

Action in the QMJHL is, without a doubt, highly competitive and hard-hitting, but these types of situations in the minor leagues have gotten way outta control lately!

If these kids aren’t fuckin retarded from these head shots they take, by the time they become pro hockey players they’ll be nothing more than Goons and expert cheap shot artists.

Hockey was supposed to be trying to get away from this kinda bullshit, but when our kids are leading in an area like this, it shows that the major leagues need to set a better example.

In a study to be published in the February issue of the journal Pediatrics, Carol DeMatteo, an associate clinical professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science, found that children who receive the concussion label spend fewer days in hospital and return to school sooner than their counterparts with head injuries not diagnosed as concussion.
“Even children with quite serious injuries can be labelled as having a concussion,” said DeMatteo.
“Concussion seems to be less alarming than ‘mild brain injury’ so it may be used to convey an injury that should have a good outcome, does not have structural brain damage and symptoms that will pass.”

But despite the benign terminology, a concussion is actually a mild traumatic brain injury which could have serious repercussions.

“Our study suggests that if a child is given a diagnosis of a concussion, the family is less likely to consider it an actual injury to the brain,” DeMatteo said.
“These children may be sent back to school or allowed to return to activity sooner, and maybe before they should. This puts them at greater risk for a second injury, poor school performance and wondering what is wrong with them.”

I am all for bone crushing hits, knock-out punches and ass kicking line brawls, but this shit has to be regulated and the rules must be enforced accross the board!

Maybe the Powers That Be can institute a new form of conduct code where violations of this nature will be placed on some form of permanent record that will follow a player through his entire career.

We’ve all worked very hard promoting this great sport just to revert to the old stereotype that hockey players are nothing but stupid Neanderthals like Daniel Carcillo or Donald Brashear.

We’d be better off feeding our kids paint chips!

It is time for the great and powerful Gary Bettman to assemble all of the hockey league commisioners and start another ‘Task Force’ to look into this very serious problem, again, before they end up with nothing more than violent pumpkins skating around in circles, looking for dance partners…..

Uh Oh, Skettio’s!

2010 January 17
Posted by Goon Squad

Officiating has become so intolerable that one general manager filed a protest in a league that doesn’t allow protests and several coaches have talked about reading the rulebook again to see if it had changed.

Bettman has put out many fires in his time as NHL commissioner.
On Tuesday, with the Burrows allegations, it was just a spark – and now smoke can be seen coming from Detroit.

NHL rules state that if a call on the ice is to be overturned there must be substantial video evidence to back up overturning a call.

In this case there was none whatsover–just the word of Mike Leggo, the trailing official who claims he saw what no video camera could–the puck crossing the goal line.

What is the point of having video replay if it’s not going to be used for it’s intended purpose?
With two teams battling for a very important extra point, assuming the puck crossed the line and going against standard practice, which is substantial video evidence, is absurd. Yet, for the second time in a few days, we have an officiating controversy.
Maybe the call was correct, but the point is that we cannot assume a puck crossed the line.
It was an injustice to the Red Wings, who for the second time this season have been on the wrong end of, plainly stated, an incorrect call.
Coincidentally or not, both games were against Dallas:

I do support the instant replay and getting the call right; but if the replay can’t show it, one official who is eighty feet away should not be able to determine a point in the standings, especially when the official who is two feet away in correct position very emphatically said the goal was no good.

I’m sure hope that the Wings GM Ken Holland will have something to say about this at the next GMs meeting.

I think the officials need a meeting too, especially after the last few days, to set the record straight and get back to making the correct calls.

The officiating in the NHL this season is an absolute nightmare.
Worse than head shots.
Worse than concussions.
Worse than bankruptcies in unsuitable non-traditional markets.
Worse, dare I say, even than Jim ‘The Ballsack’ Balsillie’s unwanted overtures to join the club.

When Alex Burrows opened his mouth Tuesday night in the aftermath of a 3-2 Vancouver Canucks’ loss to the Nashville Predators to complain about the work of referee Stephane Auger, he said what a lot of people have been thinking for a lot of years: That NHL referees do hold grudges; they do carry out vendettas; and they can affect the outcome of games with their calls.
The third point is perfectly fine by the way, provided a referee’s erroneous call is simply an honest mistake.

Look, I understand missing a call every now and then, but really?
This is one of the worst phantom calls I have ever seen!
It’s amazing this guy still has his job!
As a fan of the NHL, with concerns for the integrity of the game, I want to see him lose it!
(Or have him officiate the games in Phoenix only, – no one even goes to those games anyways.)
It’s like that old saying goes, “if a bad call is made in an empty arena, does anyone notice?”

Integrity is the bench mark of what the NHL sells – the notion that any team on any given night can win, fairly and squarely.

If that perception ever falters – and suspicion arises that forces beyond the players on the ice are dictating the outcome – it would undermine the industry in a major way.

Just about everybody can remember back to a game in which a referee appeared to have it in for a player – in which he was unduly singled out for committing a series of phantom infractions, but this douchetard doesn’t even seem to hide it.

So, now that the cat is outta the bag, a deeper investigation will have to follow.
It will need to be conducted with the highest levels of transparency, given how damaging the Burrows allegations were, and the clear video proof that Detroit was robbed. Again.

Auger was a part of the officiating team that disallowed a Red Wings goal that clearly should have been allowed earlier this season, (see above video) and a few seasons back he gave Coyotes captain Shane Doan a 10 minute misconduct when a linesman accused Doan of saying slurs about Auger (Auger is French-Canadian), which Doan denies ever occurred.

Yes, a linesmen played “he said – she said” and a player was penalized for it.

Why not just slap orange arm bands on the linesmen too?
Maybe then the ‘Four Horsemen’ can properly police the ice and make the correct calls without the need for video reviews that obviously aren’t working out to well anyways….

Hockey For The Hood

2009 December 29
Posted by Goon Squad

As a kid growing up in the inner-city, Flint’s Rico Phillips didn’t know a whole lot about hockey until he was a sophomore at Southwestern High.

He recalls watching a game at Perani Arena. “I remember being in awe of the guys that were skating around.”

Phillips had only seen a few games when he became the SW hockey team’s student trainer in 1984, and it didn’t take long before he was hooked.

After getting his first pair of skates that Christmas, Phillips slowly began getting the hang of the game.

He’d sneak into the Memorial Park rink after hours to hone his skills and eventually began playing competitively.

He still plays in two men’s leagues these days, coaches a 12-and-under team and has been a referee for 22 years.

Now, he’s hoping to pass his love of hockey onto fellow inner-city kids through the Flint Police Activities League. (PAL).

The goal is to get the group going on the ice by January 30th — that’s “Hockey Day.”

“This is going to be a golden opportunity,” said Phillips, who has been playing, coaching and refereeing games in Flint for years.

Phillips admits that hockey isn’t a sport that inner-city youth would necessarily know.

“Those who have never been exposed to the sport other than watching a little bit on television,” said Phillips, a 40-year-old Flint fire fighter. “On Saturday afternoons, our plan is to teach the kids to skate first and eventually how to play hockey.”

“Our goal by early spring is to actually have them play in a game.”

He says he wants others kids, minorities like him, to have that same awesome experience, and he promises the team will come watch a game.

“If we don’t show them, they won’t know it,” said PAL Director and police officer Jesse Carpenter.

“We need everything, including manpower.”

The goal is to attract at least 20 kids.

“We’re also looking for some coaches to come and help us out on Saturdays,” Phillips added.

Phillips says they’ll first have to teach the kids how to skate, then the ins and outs of the sport, and eventually, they should be able to play against each other.

“We’re hoping that we’ll be able to do it here at this facility at Perani Arena,” said Phillips.

First they need all that equipment needed to play.

Phillips and the people at PAL are asking for donations.

New and used hockey equipment can be dropped off at Play it Again Sports on Miller Road.

Officials with the 2009 Bikes on the Bricks event donated nearly $5,000 to PAL, and that money will be used for this hockey team.

If you would like to donate time or money, please call Officer Jesse Carpenter with Flint PAL at 810-577-7810.