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SBD/December 2, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
NHL Cap Likely To See Big Jump After Rogers Deal, But Is That Good For All Teams?
Published December 2, 2013
FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHTS: In Denver, Chambers & Dater write the NHL, "much like the NFL, has instituted several safety measures in an effort to curb head injuries." However, it has made "no head-on effort to ban fighting, in large part because fans, and players, consider it to be as essential to the game's fabric as the power play." But the "courts might ultimately have the biggest say if bare-knuckle fighting continues" (DENVER POST, 12/2).
WE ARE FAMILY? The GLOBE & MAIL's David Shoalts noted the NHL Alumni Association "calls itself 'Hockey’s Greatest Family,' but it is far from hockey’s happiest family." Many former players are "complaining about a lack of communication and support from an association they say only concerns itself with a small group of members in the Toronto area." Former NHLer René Robert said, "It's become a Toronto clique. We've got guys who don't know we exist. They've never been contacted and don't have a clue what this is about." A group of former NHLers is "unhappy enough" to have sent Exec Dir Mark Napier a "five-page list of questions concerning various matters" (GLOBE & MAIL, 11/30).