A mix-up in equipment for his safety caused Gallagher to re-break his hand a third time!
Brendan Gallagher’s first time on the ice this year will be his last for a while. Team Training staff were concerned that he would try to take shots while he was on the ice and put stress on his healing injuries.
He landed directly on his hands and there was a large pop
They sent a text to the equipment manager to remove the blade on his stick so he could not take shots.
Unfortunately spell check changed the message so that they removed his metal skate blades. Gallagher not realizing this hit the practice ice hard and went flying. Those watching the practice said “He landed directly on his hands and there was a large pop. He won’t be texting for a while”
We are expecting an announcement about the extent of his injuries, from the team, later today.
One of the President Trumps first actions hits Canadians right in the heart – Hockey
We can’t wait until Don Cherry officially reacts to this one.
President Trump’s America First policy means that Canadian NHL players can’t work full time for American teams. American NHL players only take up 15% of the league, so filling US teams will be a challenge.
Don Cherry has always been a fighter, but it is hard to take a piece out of a president without getting arrested or worse. So we will wait to see what Cherry has to say about this in the next Hockey Night In Canada broadcast.
Imagine Sydney Crosby or Jonathan Toews playing for Team USA at The Olympics?
The full extent of the policy is not yet known but here are a few things we would like to get Cherry’s reaction to:
There are more Canadian players in the US than the teams in Canada can carry – will they be unemployed? Will they go to Europe?
Some Player’s could take US Citizenship – What does Cherry think of Sydney Crosby or Jonathan Toews playing for Team USA at The Olympics?
What will be the reaction to Toronto fans / Leafs Nation when they lose Auston Matthews?
What will the TV Broadcasters do with their huge contracts – can they sue?
What happens when American Minor league pros, college players and the National team get called up to the NHL. Who will replace them in the minor leagues?
Will Some US Teams fold due to lack of quality players?
Can Canadians take Scholarships from US colleges?
The NHL League office has not yet reacted to this new policy. It will be interesting to see how American Hockey fans react when their teams are decimated.
President Trump’s America First policy will hit the NHL harder than other sports leagues.
With the majority of NHL teams located in the US but only 15% of it’s players American, it will be a disaster. There will have to be a major swap of players. Fans won’t know their teams anymore.
President Trump’s policies are true to his campaign promises to create American jobs, but he does it like a showman. “Trump’s forte is promotion, he knows that job creation takes a while to have impact so he is looking at hitting industries with high visibility.” Say spokes insiders.
Imagine what Leafs Nation will do if Auston Matthews goes back to Arizona?”
With all Canadian and other foreign Players leaving the US there will be a huge void of professional players.
American’s will want (or may be forced by Trump) to go back to play in the US.
“Auston Matthews is the best thing to happen to the Toronto Maple Leafs in decades. Imagine what the fans and Leafs Nation will do if he goes back to Arizona?”
This means most American Minor League professionals, College players, and Junior National team players will be called up.
It’s not clear if Canadians will still be allowed to take US Hockey scholarships.
Many Canadian Players will have the opportunity to get US citizenship and green cards. Read More> However this will prevent them from representing Canada at the Olympics.
NHL Commissioner has not yet commented on the situation or how it impacts his league expansion plans.
Money is the driving force for hockey decisions, but these NHL plans take it to a whole new level
The election of Donald Trump and his plan to close US borders has convinced NHL commissioner Gary Bettman to green light a plan for world expansion. Here is summary of what they are planning.
The NHL will not participate in the Olympics long term
The biggest, most lucrative event in the world is soccer’s World Cup. The NHL plans to follow FIFA’s model to make hockey a dominant (Read – PROFITABLE) business worldwide.
The NHL will only participate in the Olympics over the short term. They would rather own the hockey world cup than participate in the Olympics and share profits. The issue is they don’t have complete control of the player’s union where they could dictate skipping the Olympic Games.
The league was concerned over expansion competition from American based sports football and basketball. They have more resources to expand, but with P.E. Donald Trump’s focus on closing the borders they will have a tough time being excepted in other countries and may upset their domestic fans. This will give the NHL at least 4 years to roll out their World cup expansion plans.
The top line plans are as follows
Increase the size of the ice surface to international dimensions – or bigger.
The debate on rink size has focused on making the game safe verses boring.There is no out of bounds so as players grow larger, stronger, faster (and more expensive) a bigger rink makes sens. Others worry about a boring game with little contact.
Making the ice surface bigger makes more premium seats not less
The decision was simple when architects and accountants got involved. People had assumed a bigger rink cut out the premium seats but in reality it cut out the cheap seats.
They won’t expand on the current rink and knock out the expensive front row seats. They will build a new ice surface above the old one, increasing the number of premium seats that fit around the boards.
Raising the ice surface also brings more fans closer to the game. This upgrades the other seats and VIP boxes for a relatively cheap renovation. Teams could then raise prices on the whole rink and increase revenues by as much as 25%.
In the recent Junior Championships in Montreal ticket prices were priced as much as 10X regular Junior ticket prices. They weren’t worried about filling the stands. They confirmed that hockey execs in any league would rather sell 8,000 tickets x $125 than 20,000 tickets x $30.
Copying the British soccer league’s photo ID tickets will cut out most scalpers. So even with a hefty increase in prices most fans will pay less than they pay scalpers and more fans will be right in the action.
Ticket increases and renovations may not work in smaller markets but they have a plan for this.
Hockey’s Premier League:
For fans who say the NHL should never have expanded past the original six this is for you. The concept is similar to the soccer world where teams and players leave their league to play in different championships.
The NHL will control it all so that the players on the Premier teams and their schedule is set so they never miss a home game with their own team.
Each city will get at least 3 games with premier teams. The number of boring games where players are tired from a compressed schedule are gone. Younger players that fill in on away games can be properly developed at a slower pace than if they have to play all games.
The league will use the premier teams of top players to showcase hockey in other markets. These teams can also tour other continents playing premier league games. The outdoor classics are overdone in North America but they can be taken worldwide for impact.
Showcase Hockey Worldwide.
The International Ice Hockey Federation has members worldwide including Mexico, Japan and China. Mexican teams are regularly playing in Canadian minor hockey tournaments now.
The NHL has the stats that trace the effect of Wayne Gretzky on the sport in the southwest United States. The world economy has made many people wealthy in countries that are looking to the west for sports. The NHL can envision the Gretzky effect if systematically applied worldwide.
China Dragons play home games in 3 cities with a combined population of over 40 million people. NHL teams – Islanders and Sharks have made investments in developing Chinese hockey.
The Premier league games will entice young kids to start playing hockey. Businessmen worldwide will join the NHL to profit on building the sport.
The league has a program in place to build the sport locally. Initially revenue will come from equipment, souvenirs, ice-time, broadcasts, and sponsorship. Ensuring business profits will drive the expansion of hockey.
The league can keep the same name – just pronounce it as the “Naytional” Hockey League like the League of Nations.
Short term there will be some growing pains but as the sport grows the value of world cup will grow and owners, and players will share in the huge profits.
Hockey is a Worldwide Sport Now
Not many people realize how much Hockey has spread worldwide. They just need to build on it and improve the player’s skills.
CURRENT IIHF FUll MEMBER COUNTRIES
United Arab Emirates
Bosnia & Herzegovina
To help bring player’s on-board with the world cup the league is also considering more freedom for players customizing equipment.
Goalies have painted masks and agents have long asked “why can’t other players have painted helmets”. I could help fans identify and relate to their favorite (or most hated) players and be a source of added revenue for the players.
World Cup Profit is Key
The key to NHL’s the plan is the World Cup’s potential for revenue. It has to be so much money that countries and businesses will make the investment in growing the game in their area. If Rinks and equipment are made available to kids and they have superstars to emulate they will play the game.
FIFA just released a plan to expand the number of teams in their tournament to increase revenues by as much as $1billion. This is alone is enough to make Bettman and the NHL execs excited.
Breaking News, Stories of interest – if this is the answer, what was the question?