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  1. Totally milking it too seem like Linden with the title and picture... Hockey, Sports Prospective Seattle NHL team hires former Canucks executive Rob WilliamsNov 05, 2018 5:43 pm7,237 Vancouver Canucks / YouTube Seattle’s future NHL team continues to take shape. Though they don’t officially have a franchise yet, NHL owners unanimously recommended a Seattle expansion team in October. The NHL Board of Governors are expected to approve Seattle as the league’s 32nd team in early December, with a new team likely beginning play in 2020. So it’s basically all systems go for the prospective NHL team, who announced a key hiring on Monday. Former Vancouver Canucks executive Victor de Bonis has been hired as OVG-Seattle’s Chief Operating Officer. As COO, de Bonis will work closely with CEO Tod Leiweke – another former Canucks exec – on the business operations side. “Victor has been a key player in the Vancouver Canucks’ operational success and is a longtime sports industry veteran,” said Leiweke in a media release. “I’m excited to bring on individuals that I’ve personally worked with and have seen their successes firsthand. I know they will keep the astounding momentum going as we continue on a path to make the case for Seattle to be awarded an NHL franchise.” With 32,000 season ticket deposits secured and $700 million in renovations upcoming to KeyArena, Seattle has the demand and the venue for an NHL team. “I am excited to be coming into Seattle Hockey Partners on the ground floor and to get the chance to work with Tod again,” said de Bonis. “There’s nothing like bringing a franchise to a new city, and having a second chance to do so is an honour, including being a part of the team.” De Bonis spent 23 years in the Canucks’ front office, including nine years as COO from 2007 to 2016, before leaving the Aquilini Group last year. This will surely further fuel rumours that former Canucks president and general manager Mike Gillis is destined for the Emerald City. “If [the new Seattle NHL team] flattered me enough by asking if I’d be interested in talking with them, I’d be most definitely interested,” Gillis said on Vancouver radio last month, before admitting that he’s known Leiweke for years. Gillis and de Bonis worked together and enjoyed great success during their time in Vancouver, which included a multi-year sellout streak and an appearance in the Stanley Cup Final.
  2. Didn’t see this posted anywhere so thought I’d open up the discussion of where he could land if he does end up coming back to the NHL this season or next Season. Former Los Angeles Kings defenceman Slava Voynov has applied for reinstatement, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly confirmed Thursday. “Voynov, 28, had his contract terminated by the Kings in the fall of 2014 when he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanour charge of corporal injury to his spouse stemming from an arrest on domestic violence charges. Following two months in prison, he returned to his native Russia voluntarily rather than face a potential deportation hearing with United States Immigration.” “Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reported Thursday that if Voynov is reinstated, he will still face a suspension upon his return to the league.” “Bill Daly commenting makes it relevant today. What we know is that the NHL is heavily involved in the fact-checking and investigating of the case," Dreger said on Insider Trading. "There’s no timeline as to when the league is going to conclude the investigation, nor is there a timeline as to when commissioner Gary Bettman will determine the length of discipline, other than the expectation is it will be extreme." “One team that apparently won't be pursuing Voynov at any time, is the Arizona Coyotes. Craig Morgan of The Athletic tweeted on Thursday that the Coyotes have "no interest" in Voynov.” Since his return to Russia, Voynov has spent the last three seasons with Kontinental Hockey League club SKA St. Petersburg and represented the Olympic Athletes from Russia at February's PyeongChang Olympics, winning a gold medal. He has not played this season. He appeared in 190 games over four seasons with the Kings, scoring 18 goals and adding 63 assists. Voynov was a member of the Kings' Stanley Cup-winning teams in 2012 and 2014. FULL STORY:
  3. November 1: Jake Virtanen tricks and treats in a 4-2 win over the Blackhawks
  4. Please do not buy this book Parents of Humboldt Broncos players involved in bus crash urge people not to buy new book about the team By Blake LoughDigital Journalist Global News 2WS: HUMBOLDT BRONCOS AND SASKATOON BLADES RAISE AWARENESS FOR BLOOD DONATIONX ABOVE: New book about the Humboldt Broncos hockey team is facing criticism from some of the victims' families. - A A + Listen Family members of players involved in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash are harshly criticizing a new book about the hockey team and are urging people not to buy it. “The story of our family members is ours to tell, either individually or collectively, as we choose,” read a post on Toby Boulet’s Facebook account on Monday. Boulet’s son, Logan, was one of the players killed in the crash involving the Broncos’ team bus and a semi-truck. The crash on April 6 claimed 16 lives and injured over a dozen others. On Sept. 5, Barry Heath, a former Saskatchewan coroner and veterinarian, published his book titled Humble Beginnings of the Humboldt Broncos and the 2017-2018 Team. It is listed on the Indigo-Chapters website and is shown to be available at multiple locations in Saskatoon. “Please do not purchase this book,” Boulet wrote. “Dr. Heath asked families for input and not one family agreed to provide input. He was told that the families were not ready to tell the collective story about the tragic day in April.” The mother of Ryan Straschnitzki, one of the Broncos who survived the crash but was left paralyzed from the chest down, tweeted her displeasure with the author on Monday as well. Twitter Ads info and privacy “Do not buy the book,” she tweeted. “It was in no way supported or endorsed by the 29 families! It is not Dr. Heath’s story to tell.” “A man by the name Barry Heath has written a book about the tragedy and nightmare we have all been living,” Christina George-Haugan, the widow of former Broncos coach Darcy Haugan who was killed in the April crash, posted on Facebook on Monday. “He has done this without the support and endorsement of any family involved in this. In fact he was specifically asked not to do this at this time as none of us felt ready for something like that. “Would you please do me a favour and not purchase this book and support him and share this so others don’t as well? I would appreciate that!” WATCH: Humboldt Broncos player Layne Matechuk leaves hospital after 6 month stay According to Boulet, Heath first sent letters to family members four to five weeks after the crash to pitch the book. In a Facebook post that has since been deleted, Heath said he “followed the proper channels” by also contacting former Broncos president Kevin Garinger and sending him chapters of the book before publishing. He admitted that Garinger did not provide feedback. Barry Heath Facebook comment. Facebook Because the families did not agree to participate in the writing of the book, Heath relied on details and interviews already published in various media outlets. Before the post was deleted and his account made private, many commenters criticized him for trying to profit off the tragedy. Toby Boulet post on Facebook. Facebook “Some may think I wrote the book for profit,” Heath wrote. “All the proceeds of the book go to the Humboldt Broncos Alumni Association, which was accepted by the Broncos as an umbrella group under them. One of the activities of the HBAA is to support hockey players by using funds for bursaries for young players. This is what I have agreed to do. $10 of each $20 book is going to the HBAA.” Barry Heath comment on Facebook. Facebook “Ask yourselves – have the newspapers and TV and radio stations given support to the families from the profits of the additional papers or advertising they sold? Or did they just keep hounding them for more interviews?” Heath wrote. Barry Heath comment on Facebook. Facebook According to the author, the book also focuses on the early history of the team, but the table of contents shows at least 16 of the 28 chapters are dedicated to the bus crash and its aftermath. Heath said the book took approximately 500 hours to complete and is his tribute to the team – adding that he believes he has “done justice to the emergency responders and the memories [of] the families of those lost and injured.”
  5. The TooToo Train

    Jordin Tootoo - a 5'9 hockey player from a small town in Nunavut to playing in the NHL for 13 years. Tootoo happy to share ups and downs from 13 seasons in NHL Hopes to use journey from Nunavut to League to motivate others by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / Staff Writer 7:51 AM Jordin Tootoo vividly remembers his first NHL shift. It was Oct. 9, 2003 against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. Tootoo, a 20-year-old Nashville Predators rookie forward at the time, thought he was going to have a great chance to score his first NHL goal. "I was right in the slot, and as the puck was coming to me I was like, 'OK, this is my shot,'" Tootoo said. "And as I went to shoot the puck it fumbled over my stick. It must have hit a rut in the ice and I didn't get a piece of it." Fanning on his first NHL shot attempt isn't the only thing Tootoo remembers from that night in Nashville 15 years ago. "I think the biggest thing for me was when I jumped over the boards I could hear kind of a roar in the crowd," he said. "I probably had over 300 people from Nunavut there and the flags were flying and all that. So it was a pretty special moment." Tootoo, now 35, said it took him a while to appreciate the significance of that moment -- a 5-foot-9 forward from Rankin Inlet, an Inuit hamlet in Nunavut, Canada with a population of fewer than 3,000, making it to the NHL -- and the impact he could have as a role model. He went on to play 13 seasons in the NHL with the Predators, Detroit Red Wings, New Jersey Devils and Chicago Blackhawks, and had 161 points (65 goals, 96 assists) in 723 games. "Still to this day, it was kind of an unbelievable experience and I'm hoping that I can pave the way for future indigenous, aboriginal kids coming up," he said. [RELATED: Read more Hockey is for Everyone stories] Tootoo understands the importance of sharing his story and how it fits into the NHL's Hockey is for Everyone initiative. As an Inuk growing up in Rankin Inlet, 200 miles south of the Arctic Circle, Tootoo didn't know if playing in the NHL was a realistic dream until the 2000-01 season with Brandon in the Western Hockey League, when had 48 points (20 goals, 28 assists) in 60 games as a 17-year-old. "The biggest thing for me is reaching out to a lot of these isolated communities where not a lot of kids have opportunities to leave home and pursue their dreams," said Tootoo, who was selected by Nashville in the fourth round (No. 98) of the 2001 NHL Draft. "I've been touring the north for the last 15 years visiting a lot of these communities and I see a lot of great talent. I try to educate these kids on getting out and seeing the world. "Because home is always going to be home, and in order for you to achieve your goals in whatever profession you want to go into at some point you're going to have to leave home to pursue it." There's more to Tootoo's story than hockey. He also openly talks about the suicide of his older brother, Terence, in 2002, mental health issues and his battle with alcoholism. He credits Predators general manager David Poile and former Predators coach Barry Trotz (now with the New York Islanders) with pushing him to get help and enter the NHL/NHL Players' Association Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program on Dec. 27, 2010. "Sometimes you have to let your guard down and ask for help," Tootoo said. "Sometimes that's part of growing up. As a professional we all fight a fight no one knows about. When you're comfortable and content in your own skin you're not afraid to speak up, and I think that's what really exemplifies a true man, showing emotion, asking for help, communication." Tootoo remains dedicated to sharing his story, but hasn't given up on playing yet. After sitting out last season -- he began it on long-term injured reserve with an upper-body injury and did not play after Chicago assigned him to Rockford of the American Hockey League on Nov. 30 -- he's hoping for a chance to play in Europe this season. He's been skating with a WHL team in Kelowna, British Columbia, where he lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their two daughters, while waiting. If no opportunity comes, he's grateful for the career he's had. "I look back and I reflect on my hockey career and what it's given me opportunity-wise away from the game," Tootoo said. "Personally I didn't think it would go this far. But I'm grateful for everything that's put in front of me. It's been a tremendous ride."
  6. Shanaplan update Looks to be an official update on Shanaplan. So he wants the youngsters to take discounts for the greater good similar to the Red Wings of old. Thing is there was no salary cap when the Wings were winning Cups Shanny. The Detroit model of old spent among the top teams in the NHL at the time. Also, you bring in a new guy at 11 million for 8 years and then expect others to discount. Nice plan Shanny and typical of TO arrogance.
  7. Sens join Tornado Relief

    Watching the local OTT CTV news tonight I was pleased to see the support of the Sens players of the tornado’s last night. Just curious if anyone else out there on the CDC was close or affected by the storm, locally here in Kemptville the odd tree was down and some power outages, but today the small town was bustling with activity as people drove the half hour to get gas to avoid line-ups that weren’t 60 plus cars deep and to gather supplies. It’s a bit surreal the damage, both in Ottawa and across the river in Gatineau. Wishing all those displaced Canuck fans that work and live in or near the nations capital and an the Sens fans the best, it’s a miracle that we are all ok after that. Was anyone here in the heart of the 30km catagory 3/4 storm or the smaller one?
  8. Leaked a day before unveiling. Confirmed by Icethetics. Rumour that the design and colour may have been influenced by their game in Finland against the Panthers.
  9. CBA Discussions - Update You will need a subscription to read entire article but not more to it than what I have placed here. Two big issues for sure - I wonder if they are willing (the players and their reps) to die on either of these hills. Owners will be very reluctant to give in on either and I would be surprised if they gave in on both. Thoughts? LeBrun: Players focused on two big-ticket items in next CBA discussions — escrow and Olympic particiaption By Pierre LeBrun 1h ago 14 Escrow. No Olympics. If you want to make an NHL player make a lemon face, mention either, or if you’re looking for maximum effect, slide in both in one sentence. In the second part of our look at the NHL-NHLPA CBA question, which looms a year from now with the decision on re-opening for 2020, we take a look at the players’ two biggest bugaboos.
  10. September 2: will Elias Pettersson have a better rookie season than Brock Boeser?
  11. Sekera Injury Cripples Oilers - Leaves Defencemen's Future in Doubt Sekera injury cripples Oilers, leaves defenceman’s future in doubt Edmonton Oilers will be without Sekera after surgery Andrej Sekera is limping towards the finish line of his career. Literally. After losing most of the 2017-18 season recuperating from anterior cruciate ligament surgery, a tear that happened in Round 2 of the 2017 playoffs, the Edmonton Oilersannounced late Tuesday afternoon that Sekera had torn an Achilles tendon “in an off-season training session” and would be out indefinitely. He had surgery to repair the tear on Tuesday, the team said. GM Peter Chiarelli could not be reached for comment. The indefinite time frame on the injury infers that he could return this season, but even if he does, history tells us that this marks another lost season for the 32-year-old. As was the case with the ACL tear last season, Sekera may return after Christmas, but players traditionally require a full 12 months to regain form after an injury of this severity. From a team perspective, the loss of a second-pairing, veteran defenceman is crippling. Chiarelli will no doubt test the market but the market is all but closed at this time of year. More from Sportsnet Oilers defenceman Andrej Sekera out indefinitely with torn Achilles CANADIAN PRESS All that is left in a picked-over unrestricted free agent market are names like Toby Enstrom, Alexei Emelin and Jason Garrison, while teams with tradable assets have been trying unsuccessfully to move those players since before the June draft. More likely, the Oilers will have to make up Sekera’s minutes from within. Sekera often saw time atop the second power-play unit, and it should be noted that in his absence last season the Oilers power play floundered. Of course there were many reasons for that, but this season younger pros like Matthew Benning, the un-signed RFA Darnell Nurse, second-year pro Ethan Bear and perhaps even Evan Bouchard, drafted 10th overall by the Oilers in June, will all have to pitch in. As for Sekera, with three seasons left on his deal at $5.5 million per, he’ll have to be able to prove he can pass a medical after two seasons now lost to very severe injuries. In a game that gets faster each and every season, 32-year-old defencemen able to survive back-to-back lost seasons are rare. He played just 36 games last season, returning to the lineup on Dec. 21. But he had just eight assists (no goals) and was a minus-15, unable to find the pace of the game after ACL surgery. He played seven games at the world championships for Slovakia however, and appeared as if he would be back up to speed and ready to contribute on the Oilers blue line this fall. Now, who knows what lies ahead for Andrej Sekera?
  12. Are Canadians Really Going to Allow This? Found this on World News. Hard to fathom people in Canada supporting this. That money could be so much better used for everything from health care to actual environmental programs let alone just allowing people to get along with their lives. I can see why some have labeled Env Minster with the "Climate" adjective. TRUSTED 6:00 / 09.07.2018NATIONAL POST Ottawa hides its carbon tax math while Saskatchewan crunches the numbers By Todd MacKay If Canada were a classroom, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would be the kid who forgot his carbon tax homework and Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe would be the keener working for extra credit. Ottawa is telling every province to impose a carbon tax. If any province fails to follow the edict, the federal government will impose its own tax that will increase incrementally until it hits $50 per tonne of carbon (11 cents per litre on gasoline) by 2022. It doesn’t matter what other environmental policies a province implements — the price at the pump must go up. Prudently, Saskatchewan asked what impact the tax would have on the province, and the University of Regina recently released the results of a comprehensive analysis. The conclusions are striking: Ottawa’s carbon tax could cost the Saskatchewan economy $1.8 billion per year, according to the research. That knock is equivalent to 2.4 per cent of GDP. Saskatchewan also cited a recent University of Calgary study that puts the carbon tax in more personal terms and estimates it could cost each household about $1,000. Those are the costs, but what about the benefits of Ottawa’s carbon-tax scheme? Ottawa’s carbon tax would reduce Saskatchewan’s emissions by 1.25 per cent, according to the study. In a global context, that’s not very much. Canada produces 1.6 per cent of global emissions. Saskatchewan is responsible for about a tenth of Canada’s emissions. That means that Ottawa’s carbon tax will reduce Saskatchewan’s share of global emissions from about 0.173 per cent to 0.171 per cent. Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe, seen on March 9, 2018, is taking the federal government to court in an attempt to block the carbon tax. Michael Bell/CP Predictably, Premier Moe is unwilling to ask Saskatchewanians to sacrifice thousands of jobs in their economy and thousands of dollars in their family budgets without any realistic prospect of impacting what is a global challenge. In fact, Premier Moe is taking Ottawa to court to block the scheme. The University of Regina’s research will clearly form the cornerstone of Saskatchewan’s arguments in court. But what if Saskatchewan’s numbers are wrong? Maybe a carbon tax won’t deliver a blow to the provincial economy’s fragile recovery. Maybe it will deliver world-changing results. Maybe Ottawa has better numbers. Unfortunately, the proverbial dog ate the prime minister’s homework, or, more literally, the censor’s black marker blotted it out. The Canadian Taxpayers Federation submitted access-to-information requests for federal analysis of a carbon tax’s impact on Saskatchewan. The government heavily redacted virtually every page and completely withheld many pages. It gets worse. The Office of the Information Commissioner took a look at the documents. That prompted the government to raise the veil of secrecy a fraction of an inch. A second set of documents included the word “pricing” in email subject lines (where it had been studiously blacked out in the first edition) and gave a few other glimpses into the government’s inner workings. While Ottawa did its damnedest to paper over any transparency, one fascinating chart squeezed through. When fully implememented, the federal carbon tax would cost 11 cents per litre of gas. Graham Hughes/CP The provinces all charge fuel taxes to fund roadwork and general government spending. By federal logic, a fuel tax of any kind should work as a carbon tax, with a higher tax having a greater impact. The fugitive chart shows Manitoba’s effective carbon tax is currently $59.80 per tonne on gasoline, while it’s $70.50 per tonne in Newfoundland and Labrador. This would be critically important information if Ottawa has pinpointed the price necessary to reduce emissions. But the current price matters not and Ottawa’s demand remains uniform for all provinces: the price must rise. Canadians deserve to know the numbers behind a carbon tax. They deserve to know whether it will help the environment. And they deserve to know how much a carbon tax will cost. Saskatchewan has turned in its homework and Ottawa needs to do the same.
  13. July 1: Canucks sign Jay Beagle, Antoine Roussel, and Tim Schaller
  14. Rick Nash Done? May be a good move for a guy who has made a ton of $$ but also had a few concussions. I wonder if we will be seeing more of this with players now that more about head injuries is learned. Free agent Rick Nash unsure if he’ll return to NHL next season Play Video Play Mute Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% -1:59 ShareFullscreen Rick Nash to skip free agency, NHL return in question HC at Noon reacts to the developing news that Rick Nash is unsure whether to return to the NHL, needs time to figure things out, and will not engage with teams when free agency starts. Chris Johnston@reporterchrisJune 28, 2018, 12:13 PM Free-agent winger Rick Nash is unsure if he’ll return to the NHL next season, agent Joe Resnick told Sportsnet on Thursday. The 34-year-old needs time to consider his options and won’t engage with teams when free agency opens on Sunday. “He’s not ready to make a decision and teams need answers for personnel decisions,” said Resnick of Top Shelf Sports Management Inc. “He wants to be fair to the teams.” Nash finished last season with the Boston Bruins and suffered a concussion after coming over in a deadline day trade from the New York Rangers. The former first overall pick is believed to have received multiple offers for significant dollars since the free-agent interview period opened on Sunday. Nash has a young family and is expecting another child.
  15. A good move for a Canuck division rival. Hakan is a smart dude and follows a lot of hockey outside of North America. Expect to see the Flames even use some of his smarts in the late rounds as that is all they have this year. Also he may be a big part of some SHL veterans signing UFA contracts too. Calgary Flames Hire Hakan Loob As Head European Scout JUNE 18, 2018 AT 11:19 AM CDT | BY GAVIN LEE The Flames are bringing a familiar face back into the organization. Today the team announced that they’ve hired Hakan Loob as their head European scout, giving the IIHF Hall of Fame player another opportunity to contribute to the NHL. Loob had been serving as either General Manager or President of Farjestads in the SHL since 1996, but retired from his position with the team in 2017. GM Brad Treliving released a statement on the hiring: It’s not just in Europe that Loob should be well respected. Selected in the ninth round by the Flames in 1980, he would become the first Swedish-born player to score 50 goals in an NHL season and was a huge part of the team’s 1989 Stanley Cup victory. After an incredible 429 points in 450 NHL games, he returned to Sweden and continued his career as one of the best players the country has ever seen. After retirement from his playing career, he quickly moved into management and has brought an unparalleled level of success to the franchise. The Flames have no picks in the first three rounds of the draft this season, but it will be interesting to see if Loob can have any impact on some of their later selections right away. His greatest impact could be felt just in convincing young players to head to North America, allowing Calgary to spend late-round picks on players who might otherwise stay in Europe.
  16. Thought this was interesting for those of us that remember all the shenanigans that went on after the 'Wideman Incident'. Did he get greedy or was he done wrong by the league and the courts?
  17. NHL reportedly asked Brad Marchand to stop licking people Steven Psihogios Puck DaddyApril 26, 2018 Boston Bruins’ Brad Marchand has been warned, stop licking people. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) Yes, you read that right. And if you watched Game 1 between the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs you know exactly what I am talking about. In case you missed it, in Game 1 between the Bruins and Maple Leafs, Toronto forward Leo Komarov was closely embraced by Boston’s Brad Marchand. The NHL was not a big fan of that, apparently. According to Elliotte Friedman in his 31 Thoughts column, the Bruins received a phone call from the National Hockey League. “After Game 1 of the Toronto/Boston series, the Bruins got a, “We’d prefer if you could tell Brad Marchand to stop licking people” phone call from the NHL,” Friedman reported. I can imagine the NHL has not been forced to make too many of those phone calls over the years. Was what Brad Marchand did weird? Completely, but it was technically within league rules. Now that the Bruins agitator has been handed a warning, I am sure you will not see him pulling the same stunt on Steven Stamkos or any members of the Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 2. Or maybe he will, it is Brad Marchand. Found this hilarious and in need of it’s own thread! Once a scumbag, always one.
  18. My condolences to EK and his wife on this tragic news. No one should have to bury their child. My thoughts are with them on this sad day.
  19. Bo Horvat is signing autographs and taking pictures today at the Rogers store upper floor of metrotown next to bell! Ends at 1pm so hurry down there!
  20. Hard not to shake your head at those sheep who follow these puppeteers and attend rallies that are essentially undermining their own country's ability to provide them with social programs INCLUDING money for environmental management programmes. Sure, let's mess up Canada as easy pickings and Trudeau will help us The latest proof is in, although the facts have been obvious for many years. Foreigners are financing and organizing opposition in Canada to natural resource development, part of an anti-fossil-fuel campaign that is costing our economy an estimated $15 billion this year, due to lack of access to international markets, and much more in lost capital investments. Perhaps the most recent little gem will finally get the chattering class to acknowledge reality: A leaked U.S. document preparing mass-action protests against Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. It sets out goals and operating principles for a clandestine organization designed to drive political resistance under the guise of an independent rank-and-file protest movement. “Action Hive Proposal” was written by Cam Fenton, an employee of, a California-based NGO “building a global grassroots climate movement.” Using insect analogies (theirs, not mine) the “Hive” contributes money, action and organizational experience and technical know-how, while a “Swarm” will generate mass action. Fenton is explicit about its “Purpose & Shared Goals: This group is coming together to support mass popular resistance to construction of the Kinder Morgan pipeline.” This is not the only U.S. organization devoted to blocking development of Canada’s oil and gas reserves that, incidentally, would compete with America’s own resources. Vivian Krause, a Vancouver-based researcher and writer, has documented the money funnelled through Tides Foundation, New Venture Fund and the Oak Foundation to impede Canadian hydrocarbon growth, especially the oil sands. These organizations are bolstered by a coterie of narcissistic celebrities whose vacuous certainty is outdone by their ignorance of science and economics and their extravagant carbon-intensive lifestyles.
 All this brings to mind when, as minister of natural resources, I wrote an open letter labelling certain environmental groups as “radicals,” financed in part by non-Canadian donors. The derisive outcry was deafening from media, opposition parties, ENGOs and even a few timorous senior executives in the oil and gas business. I defined radical as opposition to every major resource project. Moreover, I issued a challenge to any environmental organization to name a single pipeline project that it supported. The silence was deafening. Possibly because my definition sounded too reasonable, the media never reported on my explanation of the definition or the challenge, which I reiterated numerous times. What I said was factual then and has been conclusively proven to be true over the past six years. Trying to shut down fossil-fuel development is not viewed as radical to many environmentalists, even though the economic consequences would be disastrous. Or perhaps it was impolite in Canada to use the “r” word. It was obviously politically incorrect. Irrespective of terminology, we have undoubtedly reached a crisis resulting from unrelenting opposition to pipeline construction, abetted by foreign funding and a federal government obsessed with green ideology. It is telling that opponents are unimpressed by governments’ efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. They understand that Canada cannot make a meaningful difference to international emissions, since our output represents only 1.6 per cent of the global total. Their focus is on the oil sands, which they claim can measurably add to the global supply of oil, so keeping fossil fuels in the ground is their goal. The fact the oil sands only represent a minuscule one-thousandth of global emissions makes it the wrong target. But symbolism is everything. Militants are indifferent to the terrible damage they are inflicting on our economy, First Nations and the poor, all without any measurable impact on global warming. Further, they assert that Canada has a moral responsibility to make costly but ineffective sacrifices, even though other countries are not doing their share. The B.C. government’s campaign against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion proves there is no point in succumbing to extortionate demands or making costly concessions to achieve an elusive social licence. The goal posts keep moving. By now, that must be evident even to Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and federal Natural Resource Minister Jim Carr, though they will never admit it. At what point might Kinder Morgan headquarters in Houston cancel the project in frustration with its mounting financial and reputational risk? That would landlock Canada’s energy for a very long time, a disastrous result, which is the goal of opponents. It is time for Parliament to declare the pipeline a work “for the general advantage of Canada,” thereby removing most dilatory tactics (but not social resistance). Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should also tell foreign agitators to butt out of Canadian affairs.
  21. NHLPA Poll Results

    The players have spoken: Crosby, McDavid headline NHLPA Poll The players have spoken and Sidney Crosby stands above his peers as the most difficult NHLer to play against. The National Hockey League Players' Association revealed the results of its 2017-18 Player Poll on Wednesday and the three-time Stanley Cup Champion of the Pittsburgh Penguins received almost 30 per cent of the votes in the category. Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid was second at 23.7 per cent. More than 500 players were surveyed by the NHLPA on more than 20 hockey-related questions during their annual team meetings between the preseason and last month, covering topics regarding skills, coaches, officials, arenas, teams and on-ice matters. Other highlights include Washington Capitals centre Nicklas Backstrom voted as the league's Most Underrated Player and Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens voted as the goalie who is most difficult to score on. Crosby took the most categories in the poll, as he was also voted the best role model and the player who would be a great coach once he retires. McDavid led in two categories - for fastest skater and player you would select to start a franchise. The players were polled on several other questions, such as which player they would want on their team to win one game, which coach they would most like to play for, which team has the best fans and their opinions about some of the game's all-time greats. The full results of the Player Poll are as follows: Who is the league's fastest skater? Connor McDavid - 81.0% Michael Grabner - 3.6% Nick Leddy - 2.4% Dylan Larkin - 2.2% Chris Kreider - 1.6% (Skaters only): Which goalie is the most difficult to score on? Carey Price - 41.0% Jonathan Quick - 12.1% Pekka Rinne - 9.3% Sergei Bobrovsky - 8.2% Braden Holtby - 5.0% Who is the most difficult player to play against? Sidney Crosby - 29.9% Connor McDavid - 23.7% Patrick Kane - 4.6% Shea Weber - 4.1% Anze Kopitar - 3.2% Who is the toughest player? Ryan Reaves - 44.7% Milan Lucic - 14.8% Zdeno Chara - 4.0% Micheal Haley - 3.2% Matt Martin - 2.7% Who is the most underrated player? Nicklas Backstrom - 8.6% Jaden Schwartz - 6.8% Nikita Kucherov - 6.2% Aleksander Barkov - 6% Which player is the best role model? Sidney Crosby - 33.0% Jonathan Toews - 9.6% Patrice Bergeron - 6.0% Shea Weber - 3.1% Patrick Marleau - 2.6% Which player would you select to start a franchise? Connor McDavid - 48.6% Sidney Crosby - 23.8% Auston Matthews - 5.8% Jonathan Toews - 3.1% Erik Karlsson - 1.9% Which coach would you like to play for? Joel Quenneville - 16.5% Jon Cooper - 14.2% Gerard Gallant - 11.6% Mike Babcock - 7.5% Peter Laviolette - 4.9% Which current assistant coach should be the next head coach? D.J. Smith (Toronto Maple Leafs) - 8.3% Todd Reirden (Washington Capitals) - 7.4% Ulf Samuelsson (Chicago Blackhawks) - 5.1% Steve Ott (St. Louis Blues) - 5.1% Lindy Ruff (New York Rangers) - 4.2% Which player would be a great coach once they retire? Sidney Crosby - 5.7% Derek Stepan - 4.5% Jason Spezza - 4.5% Matt Cullen - 4.5% Jonathan Toews - 3.6% Who is the best referee? Wes McCauley - 47.8% Kelly Sutherland - 17.7% Tim Peel - 4.4% Dan O'Halloran - 2.7% Trevor Hanson - 2.7% Which is your favourite rink to play in? Bell Centre (Montreal) - 24.8% United Center (Chicago) - 21.9% Madison Square Garden (New York) - 14.6% Staples Center (Los Angeles) - 5.4% Bridgestone Arena (Nashville) - 4.9% Which rink has the best ice? Bell Centre (Montreal) - 28.0% Rogers Place (Edmonton) - 21.7% Bell MTS Place (Winnipeg) - 6.6% Xcel Energy Center (Saint Paul) - 6.0% Scotiabank Saddledome (Calgary) - 6.0% Which rink has the worst ice? BB&T Center (Sunrise) - 16.8% Gila River Arena (Glendale) - 10.7% Barclays Center (Brooklyn) - 10.7% Honda Center (Anaheim) - 8.6% PNC Arena (Raleigh) - 5.9% Which team (excluding your own) has the best fans? Chicago Blackhawks - 30.4% Nashville Predators - 19.4% Montreal Canadiens - 18.8% Toronto Maple Leafs - 4.8% Winnipeg Jets - 4.3% Who is the best forward of all time? Wayne Gretzky - 72.7% Mario Lemieux - 11.3% Sidney Crosby - 4.9% Jaromir Jagr - 3.1% Peter Forsberg - 2.3% Who is the best defenceman of all time? Bobby Orr - 61% Nicklas Lidstrom - 29.1% Ray Bourque - 2.6% Paul Coffey - 1.8% Scott Niedermayer - 1.3% Who is the best goalie of all time? Patrick Roy - 39.3% Martin Brodeur - 33.2% Dominik Hasek - 13.6% Carey Price - 3.0% Ken Dryden - 3.0% Who is one player, current of former, you would like to have as a teammate? Wayne Gretzky - 13.4% Sidney Crosby - 8.0% Mario Lemieux - 6.3% Peter Forsberg - 4.6% Nicklas Backstrom - 3.7% Who was your favourite player growing up? Peter Forsberg - 8.4% Steve Yzerman - 8.2% Joe Sakic - 7.4% Nicklas Lidstrom - 5.3% Mats Sundin - 4.2%