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  1. Good luck swinging it past the league. YOU'RE WELCOME.
  2. Hockey culture is adopting a leadership style that nurtures skilled communicators, system thinkers and compassionate collaborators who build teams and community. At least that’s the aspirational view University of Victoria leadership studies researcher Carolyn Crippen puts forward in her new study of servant-leader philosophy in the NHL, as exemplified by Henrik and Daniel Sedin and key members of the Canucks organization. A Case Study of Servant Leadership in the NHL, published in Interchange, a Quarterly Review of Education, provides evidence of the influence of the Sedins, Trevor Linden, Pat Quinn and others on the changing culture of the Vancouver Canucks, and provides expert comment on how their example could influence the NHL, aspiring professional hockey players, and sport in general. “This study is about a side of hockey that’s often overlooked,” Crippen says. “Today, especially with our knowledge of concussions, it’s critical to change hockey’s image.” Servant-leadership, a term coined by management researcher Robert Greenleaf in 1970, is described as a more humane, value-based and creative management style whereby the leader focuses on the needs of the followers first. “There’s this evolution in the structure of management worldwide,” Crippen says. “There’s more awareness of leadership being lateralized, being spread out. The top-down style is dying.” "Daniel and Henrik lead by example with strong values and an unparalleled work ethic,” said Trevor Linden, Vancouver Canucks President of Hockey Operations. "They demonstrate the finest qualities of character both in the game and as community leaders to future generations of players and fans." The leadership philosophy that Crippen studies mostly within corporate and organizational cultures, she hadn’t expected to find in hockey, until the Sedins and their playing style caught her eye when she moved to BC from Manitoba in 2009. As she described in an earlier study in 2013, the Sedins stood out for their civil, respectful approach to their teammates, coaches, opponents and officials. She came to see them as the “culture carriers” of the team, a term used by Canucks GM Jim Benning in an interview with Vancouver sports writer Ed Willes. A self-funded research project seven years in the making, Crippen’s qualitative study includes: hundreds of hours of close observation and analysis of games broadcast between 2009 and 2016, as well as a number of live games and practice sessions; a lengthy interview conducted with the Sedin twins and, more recently, with Trevor Linden—Canucks President of Hockey Operations—and two Vancouver sports writers; archival news research; and data analysis. Daniel and Henrik Sedin, she found, demonstrate accountability, responsibility, proficiency, diligence, empathy, civic values, inclusivity and continual growth of self and others. “All of these traits contribute to building better serving communities, both on and off the ice,” she says. The original beliefs, values and norms established by Pat Quinn and then disseminated by Trevor Linden during his time as a player, team leader and now as an executive, continue through the Sedins. Because of their lengthy and stable history (18 years) with the team, she asserts that they’ve disseminated and reinforced a culture of civility and skill-based play that’s now embodied within young players. “Youth, aspiring professional hockey players and those involved in hockey and sport in general, may be influenced by their willingness to serve the team and their community through relentless hard work, integrity and accountability, and caring for children, special needs, and outreach to the local and provincial community,” Crippen says.
  3. It doesn't matter about being 100%. Players play all the time when they're not 100%. What matters is being medically cleared to play, which he obviously has been. It's up Dorsett himself to some extent and how he feels once cleared by the medical staff. He hasn't played in some time. I don't blame him for easing into it to get the feel of it as it is just preseason. YOU'RE WELCOME.
  4. Well go ahead and start a TL thread and see if it gets anywhere near 500 pages. That's why this thread is pinned - it's an epic thread started 8 years ago beginning with an incredibly foolish first post proven to be so wrong there's a record number of negatives on it. You are of course welcome to ignore this thread if you choose.
  5. I think that had more to do with the franchise wanting a family friendly arena rather than a drunken obnoxious one.
  6. How does Dorsett go on LTIR when he's not only been cleared to play he is playing? A player actually does need to be injured to be put on LTIR. lol
  7. You have it backwards. There haven't been any prospects good enough to make it for years.
  8. Ok, that made me lol at work.
  9. Patience grasshopper. This year we'll actually have prospects in Utica worth calling up. Can you remember that last time that was the case?
  10. No worries. I've become accustomed to the overreaction here. I don't get it, many here say much worse than the media. But at least complain about something that is actually a criticism. This wasn't any claim or criticism. He simply posed a question, a valid one at that, and look the reactions in this thread. It makes me shake my head.
  11. I will say this, Virt has shown well in preseason. I'm actually surprised how well he's played and there may still not be a spot for him despite it. Gaunce won't be ready to play until November I hear. By then I really doubt there's a spot for him. If 4th line is his cap I'm not worried about losing him to waivers. Really 4th line guys are the least of our worries.
  12. True. His car may still parked under the arena.
  13. Still won`t change your life Alf. Are you a season ticket holder who will continue paying through that crap no matter how long it takes? Or do you just change the channel when the game is over in the first period? I suspect the majority of those crying for the full on tank are not buying season tickets and only buy an occasional ticket when the team is good. They don`t put their money where their mouth is. We`ve finished and 2nd and 3rd from the bottom the past two years. How many top 3 picks have we got for it? Just how many years would you be willing to tank and pay to go to games. Then you still need to build a team. Many teams have a proven a couple of stars won`t get it done. It takes a complete team. Since 1999 the Islanders have had 12 top 10 picks, 6 of those were top 5 and 2 of those were 1st overall. How many cups Alf? The better question is actually how many playoff appearances. No guarantees of success. I`ll take the team trying to win rather than the team set up to fail thank you very much. Luckily for me Benning agrees. I think he`s well on his way to building a good team. Btw, championships is the goal, it`s not what sports are all about. There`s a difference. Sports are about competion. Not trying to lose in the hopes of winning years later.
  14. Worry less about the cup and more about good hockey. The cup won`t change your life. Good hockey is a full season of enjoyment.
  15. I don`t care Alf. LA didn`t tank and won the cup as well. They got a top 3 pick after an injury riddled season that caused them to crash and burn. There`s plenty of stars in this league that weren`t top three picks. I don`t believe you have to tank to build a contender. We didn`t tank to get the Sedins after all. It really just comes down to building a complete team. The real Alf would know there`s more than one way to skin a cat.