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October 5, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
One day after the NHL delivered a hit to players' wallets by canceling the first two weeks of the schedule, the top leaders of the league and the players' union met in Toronto on Friday to discuss where they are in their dispute. At least they're talking. But the question is whether they can have substantive and continuing negotiations and find a way to resolve the economic roadblocks that jeopardize the season and lift the lockout imposed by the NHL on Sept. 15. The league was represented by Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly.
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March 4, 2014 | Wire reports
NHL trade deadline day was widely expected to be busy. The day before might prove to be even wilder. Several big-name hockey players were on the move Tuesday, 24 hours before time for dealing runs out, including star goalie Roberto Luongo , who was ushered out of Vancouver and sent back to Florida eight years after he was sent packing. The Panthers, on their way to missing the playoffs for the 13th time in 14 seasons, dealt goalie Jacob Markstrom and forward Shawn Matthias to the Canucks for Luongo and forward Steven Anthony . "We're getting a great goaltender, a proven commodity," Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon said.
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April 11, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
The National Hockey League and the NHL Players' Assn. on Thursday announced they have formed a partnership with the You Can Play project, which promotes respect for athletes regardless of their sexual orientation. The league and the players' association have made a commitment to educate and train players, teams, media and fans that players should be judged for their abilities, not their sexual orientation, and that locker rooms should be inclusive. Many professional and college teams have supported the organization, and many NHL players have appeared in public service announcements that condemn homophobia.
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March 3, 2014 | Helene Elliott
Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the last week: + Jaromir Jagr on Saturday became the seventh NHL player to score 700 goals. The New Jersey Devils' enduring right wing joins Wayne Gretzky (894), Gordie Howe (801), Brett Hull (741), Marcel Dionne (731), Phil Esposito (717) and Mike Gartner (708) in the 700-goal club. + The Winnipeg Jets are 11-3-1 under Coach Paul Maurice, who replaced the fired Claude Noel. Their revival was well-timed - fans had become impatient with a team that seemed bound for another non-playoff finish, ending the love affair that began when the Jets moved to Winnipeg from Atlanta.
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August 29, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
Chief executives of the NHL and the NHL Players' Assn. met for about 90 minutes on Wednesday to discuss the league's second labor proposal but were still at odds over the definitions of "hockey-related revenues" and how the NHL would phase in a reduction of players' salaries over the course of its proposed six-year deal. Donald Fehr, executive director of the NHLPA, told reporters in New York that the union would deliver a response on Thursday or Friday after it had crunched numbers to determine how individual teams would be affected by the league's proposed terms.
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December 21, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
Members of the NHL Players' Assn. have voted to authorize their executive board to dissolve the union by filing a disclaimer of interest, which would pave the way for players to file anti-trust lawsuits against the NHL. Several sources who are knowledgeable about the decision but are not authorized to discuss it publicly said the voting by 700-plus players, which concluded on Friday, gave the NHLPA's board overwhelming support for the move....
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October 23, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
This post has been updated. See below. The NHL Players' Assn. on Tuesday requested a meeting with the NHL, but league executives have not scheduled another bargaining session. The league, which locked players out Sept. 15, last week set a deadline of this Thursday for having a new, written collective bargaining agreement in place and preserving a full schedule this season. Without any negotiating sessions planned, the prospects of a full season being played appear dim. “They have indicated a willingness to meet, but at this point there is nothing to meet about,” NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said by email Tuesday night.
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December 21, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
Members of the NHL Players' Assn. have voted to authorize their executive board to dissolve the union, which would pave the way for players to file antitrust lawsuits against the NHL. Several people who are knowledgeable about the decision but are not authorized to discuss it publicly said the vote by 700-plus players, which concluded Friday, gave the NHLPA's board overwhelming support for filing a so-called disclaimer of interest. Filing a disclaimer of interest is a quicker way to dissolve a union than decertification and has the same purpose: clearing the way for players to file a class-action antitrust suit against the NHL. The board has until Jan. 2 to make the filing.
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October 22, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
No negotiations took place between the NHL and the players association on Monday, and no new talks toward ending their labor dispute were scheduled -- but a group of NHL players maintained their routine of skating a few times a week at the Kings' practice facility in El Segundo. They rented the ice on their own and, because they're not allowed to use NHL facilities during a lockout, they used one of the small locker rooms usually occupied by kids' teams. The group was made up mostly of Kings: Dustin Brown, Kyle Clifford, Matt Greene, Brad Richardson, Rob Scuderi, Trevor Lewis, Jarret Stoll, Jeff Carter and Colin Fraser.
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July 21, 2005 | Helene Elliott
Members of the NHL Players' Assn. began meeting Wednesday in Toronto and will vote today on the proposed collective bargaining agreement. About 200 of 700 players were expected to attend, with the rest voting by e-mail. The union invited the league's top two officials, Commissioner Gary Bettman and Executive Vice President Bill Daly, to appear at a joint news conference after today's vote. NHL governors will vote Friday in New York. Agents predicted that players will ratify it.
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February 23, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia - Sidney Crosby again proved that he's a big-time, big-game scorer. Crosby, held without a goal in Canada's first five games at the Sochi Olympics hockey tournament, scored on a breakaway in the second period of Sunday's gold medal game against Sweden to cement Canada's 3-0 victory at the Bolshoy Ice dome and clinch its second consecutive Olympic title. Crosby scored the “golden goal” at Vancouver in 2010, scoring in overtime against the U.S. This time, Canada didn't need to go to sudden-death play to become the first repeat men's Olympic champion since the old Soviet Union teams won in 1984 and 1988.
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January 6, 2014 | Helene Elliott
The Czechs went old, Slovenia chose its only NHL player to lead its Olympic hockey debut, and Switzerland ensured its defense will be more solid than its famous cheese by selecting six NHL players for its Sochi roster. Those federations announced their 25-man rosters Monday, a few days after Team USA unveiled its picks. The remaining teams, including defending champion Canada, will announce their choices Tuesday. Jaromir Jagr , who will turn 42 during his fifth Olympics, 42-year-old former NHLer Petr Nedved and 37-year-old New Jersey forward Patrik Elias will skew the Czechs' average age high in a tournament that puts a premium on youth and speed.
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December 24, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on Tuesday upheld the 15-game suspension of Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton that had been imposed by the league on Dec. 14. Bettman said he found “clear and convincing evidence” to support the ban, which was issued by NHL Senior Vice President Brendan Shanahan after Thornton slew-footed and punched Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik on Dec. 7. Orpik suffered a concussion and has not played since...
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November 25, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
VANCOUVER, Canada - Ten former NHL players are contending in a class action lawsuit that the league concealed information regarding the consequences of repeated blows to the head and hasn't adequately protected players from head trauma. The players, represented by two law firms - one of them being Namanny, Byrne and Owens of Laguna Hills - seek damages to be determined at trial. Here's a link to the suit. The 10 were identified as Gary Leeman, Brad Aitken, Darren Banks, Curt Bennett, Richard Dunn, former Kings center Warren Holmes, Bob Manno, Blair Stewart, Morris Titanic and Rick Vaive.
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October 7, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the past week. Pluses + Fans in Winnipeg came out to greet Teemu Selanne when the Ducks arrived at their hotel at 1:30 a.m. Sunday and gave him a standing ovation when the Jets showed a tribute video during Sunday's game. It was the last regular-season visit by Selanne, who began his career there by scoring 76 goals as a Jets rookie in the 1992-93 season. + Start planning the Stanley Cup parade in Toronto.
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September 30, 2013 | Staff reports
Former U.S. Open winner Rory McIlroy and 2012 British Open winner Ernie Els are among the 18 golfers scheduled to play with Tiger Woods in Woods' charity tournament in Thousand Oaks in December. The Tiger Woods Foundation on Monday announced the field for the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge, a four-round event at Sherwood Country Club scheduled for Dec. 5-8 and paying $1 million to the winner. Woods, who last week was selected PGA Tour player of the year, is a five-time winner of the World Challenge, whose proceeds benefit Woods' charitable foundation.
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March 27, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
  Mr. Hockey, the man of so many milestones, has one very big birthday coming up Sunday. Yes, Hall of Famer Gordie Howe will be turning 85. To acknowledge that memorable day, the Hallmark Network crafted a birthday video, paying homage to the legendary Howe.  The Hallmark Channel will soon be showing, “Mr Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story,” set to debut on May 4. The birthday video has greetings from several NHL players, including...
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July 19, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
The NHL and its players announced Friday that they have struck an agreement allowing the players to participate in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The men's hockey competition, won in 2010 by Canada on a goal by Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby against the U.S., is scheduled for Feb. 12-23. It will be the fifth consecutive Winter Games with NHL players participating. The Olympics will leave the NHL dark Feb. 9-26. “The NHL features the most international player population in professional sports, and our outstanding athletes take tremendous pride in representing their homelands on the global stage,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a prepared statement.
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September 30, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
Hybrid icing, which was used on an experimental basis in exhibition games, will be adopted for the upcoming season after it was approved on Monday by the NHL Players' Assn. Hybrid icing eliminates potentially dangerous races to the end boards when icing appears imminent. Under the new rule, the linesman must judge whether the offensive player or defensive player would win a race to the faceoff dots and touch the puck first. If the linesman judges that the defensive player would reach the puck first, the play will be blown dead.
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September 29, 2013 | HELENE ELLIOTT
A year ago, the NHL was a few weeks into the third labor stoppage of Commissioner Gary Bettman's reign and fans vowed they would never come back. Now, it's all sunshine and blue skies for the league and a firmly entrenched Bettman. A settlement in January that guaranteed labor peace for at least eight years -- and possibly 10 -- kick-started an intense, 48-game schedule. The 30 teams played to a cumulative 97% of capacity, with 16 teams selling out all 24 home games and 10 more playing to 90% or more of their arena capacity.
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