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2013-2014 NHL Regular Season begins with new debate over fighting in hockey

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Is this something that still has a place in hockey?

Game on – the National Hockey League’s 2013/2014 regular season got officially underway yesterday with three games on the opening night schedule. The beginning of a new season should always be an exciting time for hockey fans, with this year being especially unique with the newly-aligned divisions that created new rivalries going forward this year. Questions of how players perform on new teams, or which teams rise and fall from their previous performances get answered over an 82-game schedule.

However, last night’s game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens featured an ugly injury that reignited the recent debate about fighting in the NHL. Partway through the third period, heavyweight enforcers George Parros and Colton Orr squared off for the second time in the game. As both players wrestled with each other’s jerseys, Parros lost his balance and was knocked unconscious with a hard fall on his chin. Parros was later stretchered off the ice and diagnosed with a concussion.

There is a general consensus among surveyed players today that fighting is still a integral part of hockey. However, it has sparked a fresh debate from media writers who are questioning whether fighting should be eliminated from the game. The latest questions stem from the possibility that the NHL could be held liable for the long-term effects of head injuries suffered from fighting – a debate gaining momentum following concussion-related lawsuits and settlements from the National Football League.

What do you think about fighting in the National Hockey League? Do you think it still has a place in the game in either the amateur or professional level?

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“Time to Move On” – Roberto Luongo good as gone from Vancouver

Friday, July 6th, 2012

By Kat

It’s been one of the biggest give-ins in the NHL since Cory Schneider started Game 4 in the Canucks’ first-round playoff series against the LA Kings, but Roberto Luongo’s departure looks as inevitable as ever. In an interview with Vancouver’s CFOX radio station this morning, the man himself spoke of his future in no uncertain terms by stating the following:

“At the end of the day, it’s time to move on and I’m okay with that. I had a great six years in Vancouver. I think it’s a wonderful city, I really enjoyed my time there. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to bring a Stanley Cup there, which was probably my biggest regret. But it will be remembered for six great years.” Source: TSN.ca

With his remarks this morning on CFOX radio, Roberto Luongo essentially waved goodbye to Vancouver.


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NHL 2012/2013 Regular Season Schedule Released

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

By Jon

The National Hockey League’s 2012-13 season will face off with four games on Oct. 11, followed by raising the first Stanley Cup championship banner in Los Angeles one night later.

Opening night will feature nationally televised doubleheaders in both the United States and Canada. In the U.S., NBC Sports will air the Boston Bruins visiting the Philadelphia Flyers, followed by the St. Louis Blues at the Colorado Avalanche. In Canada, CBC will televise the Montreal Canadiens playing host to the Ottawa Senators, followed by the Calgary Flames hosting the Vancouver Canucks.

Here are the schedules for all 30 NHL teams for the 2012-13 season (crossing our fingers that a new CBA gets worked out, that is):

Anaheim Ducks Nashville Predators
Boston Bruins New Jersey Devils
Buffalo Sabres New York Islanders
Calgary Flames New York Rangers
Carolina Hurricanes Ottawa Senators
Chicago Blackhawks Philadelphia Flyers
Colorado Avalanche Phoenix Coyotes
Columbus Blue Jackets Pittsburgh Penguins
Dallas Stars San Jose Sharks
Detroit Red Wings St. Louis Blues
Edmonton Oilers Tampa Bay Lightning
Florida Panthers Toronto Maple Leafs
Los Angeles Kings Vancouver Canucks
Minnesota Wild Washington Capitals
Montreal Canadiens Winnipeg Jets

 
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