In his weekly Monday Morning QB column, Jack Todd writes that Gary Bettman can kill the NHL with yet another lockout and another possible lost season, but he can’t kill hockey because it’s our game.
Writes Todd: “Hockey lives on, in every kid who still needs Dad to tie those pesky skates. In every boy who goes to bed with a stick on his pillow and his arms around his shoulder pads, every girl who wants nothing for Christmas but a Wickenheiser jersey and a chance.”
Todd adds: “Come to think of it, there probably won’t be three consecutive hours all winter when someone isn’t shooting a hockey puck somewhere between Nanaimo and Newfoundland — and if there are, you’ll know that Canada is playing in the world junior final.”
You can read his entire column by clicking here.
The NHL and the NHLPA didn’t talk on Sunday, the 92nd day of the lockout, but the league’s lawsuit against its players was assigned to a relatively new federal judge who is a longtime New York Yankees fan and a former federal prosecutor. Read more by clicking here.
Meanwhile, the Canadiens’ head athletic therapist, Graham Rynbend, is using his time during the lockout to be a full-time dad and an assistant coach of his son’s Atom C West Island Knights hockey team. Read Dave Stubbs’s column on Rynbend by clicking here.
Rynbend and his assistant, Nick Addey-Jibb, have also been busy four or five days a week rehabbing two injured Canadiens players, Rene Bourque and Petteri Nokelainen. Read more about that by clicking here.