Here’s the link to the story from SportsNet reporter Chris Johnston in Toronto: http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/bettman-unsympathetic-for-cap-crunched-kings/
Here’s what NHL commisioner Gary Bettman had to say when asked about domestic violence earlier this month:
“We as a league have more than enough authority and mechanisms to punish, if necessary, in the appropriate case. Fortunately we haven’t seen too many. But more importantly we focus on counseling and education, and in the joint programs we have with the Players’ Association we’ve been counseling and educating on domestic violence for more than a decade, I don’t remember the exact date,” he said. “The security department does it in their annual meetings with each team, and the behavioral counselors from the substance abuse, behavioral health program also counsel and educate the players on those and many other issues.
“So I’m not sure for us there is any need for any code of conduct other than our players, who overwhelming conduct themselves magnificently off the ice — we deal with it on a case by case basis. I don’t think we need to formalize anything more. Our players know what’s right and wrong, and as I said, we have the mechanisms in place to hopefully not get to that point.”
Ten former NHL players, including ex-Kings center Warren Holmes, sued the league Monday over concussions. Here’s the text of the complaint: http://melowens.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/NHL-Concussion-Litigation-Complaint-filed
It’s time for hockey at Dodger Stadium. The Kings and Ducks will play Jan. 25 on the field made famous by Dodgers greats like Sandy Koufax, Steve Garvey, Fernando Valenzuela and Matt Kemp, the NHL announced Monday. The game will be part of the NHL’s Stadium Series, the first regular-season game contested outdoors in Southern California. The game will be played at 7 p.m., in order to ensure the best possible ice conditions.
The kiss-and-make-up portion of the NHL lockout has begun in earnest, with commissioner Gary Bettman saying he’s sorry the season was delayed by four months and will consist of only 48 games, with the playoffs stretching until nearly July.