July 19, 2013 |
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.
November 25, 2004 |
NHL players will begin receiving pay from the players' association, which will amount to $29 million to $44 million if the lockout lasts the entire season. The 730 union players, who have been locked out since Sept. 15, will receive $10,000 for November and another $10,000 for December. Each player receives the same amount.
April 18, 2011 |
There's good news for the hockey world: The number of concussions has decreased in recent years among National Hockey League players. But with the good comes the bad: The number of days players have lost because of recurring concussions has gone up. Researchers examined data on 559 concussions suffered by NHL players from 1997 through 2004, with an average of 80 concussions per year, or 1.8 concussions per 1,000 player hours. With no concussion grading scale or rules for return to play, it was up to team doctors to handle the concussions based on their own judgment.
January 16, 2012 |
While the NHL and NHL Players Assn. squabble over last season's hockey-related revenue and future realignment, Rene Fasel watches from afar and hopes their disagreements won't spill over to include NHL players' participation in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Fasel, president of the Switzerland-based International Ice Hockey Federation and a member of the International Olympic Committee's executive board, avidly supports NHL players' competing in the Winter Games. He helped negotiate the deal that allowed NHL stars to represent their homelands for the first time at Nagano, Japan, in 1998, making it a marquee event there and in Salt Lake City; Turin, Italy; and Vancouver, Canada.
October 19, 2012 |
Two days of cautious optimism on the NHL labor front came to a screeching halt Thursday when the league summarily dismissed a trio of counteroffers made by the players' association during a negotiating session in Toronto that broke off after little more than an hour. "It's clear we're not even speaking the same language in terms of what they came back to us with," said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, speaking to reporters in Toronto. Bettman had spearheaded the latest round of negotiations Tuesday by offering the players a new proposal revolving around a 50-50 split of league revenue that the league said was designed to salvage the full 82-game regular season.
February 11, 2013 |
The countdown to the Sochi Olympics slipped beneath the one-year mark last week with a huge question looming: Will NHL players participate in Russia's first-ever Winter Games? The answer should be clearer after executives of the NHL, NHL Players' Assn. and International Ice Hockey Federation meet in New York on Thursday and Friday to discuss what would be the fifth Olympic tournament involving the world's best players. IIHF President Rene Fasel told "Hockey Night in Canada" he'd like an agreement to be in place by May. "I think there is a majority from owners and players that really want to come," he said.
October 18, 2012
A day after jolting stalled labor talks and steering public sentiment toward its side by making an offer that would preserve a full season, the NHL scored another coup Wednesday by releasing the complete text of its proposal. But the terms won little favor among locked-out players, who are expected to present a counterproposal when the sides meet Thursday in Toronto. "Simply put, the owners' new proposal, while not quite as Draconian as their previous proposals, still represents enormous reductions in player salaries and individual contracting rights," Donald Fehr, the NHLPA's executive director, told players in a letter obtained by Canada's TSN. "As you will see, at the 5% industry growth rate the owners predict, the salary reduction over six years exceeds $1.6 billion.
May 18, 1998 |
Despite the room-trashing in Japan by some Team USA players, participation by the NHL at the next Winter Games would be welcomed by the International Olympic President Juan Antonio Samaranch. "Too much has been made of the American players in Nagano," Samaranch said Sunday at Zurich, Switzerland, the site of the World Ice Hockey Championships. "These were young players, things happen. "We cannot approve of it, but you cannot condemn them to death.
March 28, 1991
The Associated Press reported erroneously Tuesday that NHL players would not be used in selecting the 1992 U.S. Olympic hockey team. In fact, Olympic hockey Coach Dave Peterson said he would make use of any NHL players available but that he did not expect many to meet that criterion because of conflicts with their professional teams' season schedule.
April 12, 2013 |
Maybe it really is as simple as it sounds. That for the NHL and its players, establishing a partnership with the You Can Play project — which fights homophobia and advocates for the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual athletes in sports — was born of fairness and logic and isn't really a big deal. "In talking to the guys and all the rest of it, I think the basic feeling was this is the right thing to do, so we oughta go do it. And that's the motivation," Donald Fehr, executive director of the NHL Players' Assn., said Thursday.