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NHL considering Seattle as expansion team, fee set at $650 million: Bettman
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December 7, 2017
December 7, 2017 7:01 PM EST
In this June 22, 2016, file photo, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks during a news conference in Las VegasTHE ASSOCIATED PRESS
MANALAPAN, Fla. — NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the league’s board of governors has agreed to consider an expansion application from Seattle.
Bettman said the expansion fee has been set at US$650 million for Seattle, which would become the league’s 32nd team.
Seattle plans to have a new arena ready by 2020 with the intent of luring an NHL and an NBA team as anchor tenants.
Bettman said Seattle is the only city being considered for expansion at the moment, which means an NHL team won’t be playing in Quebec City’s 18,259-seat Videotron Centre in the foreseeable future.
Also at Thursday’s board of governors meeting, Dallas billionaire Tom Dundon signed an agreement to purchase a majority stake in the Carolina Hurricanes from Peter Karmanos Jr.
The NHL still has to approve the sale.
NHL considering Seattle as expansion team, fee set at $650 million: Bettman | Toronto Sun

Things are good.
Molson Coors collectible NHL beer glasses recalled; 8 injuries reported
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December 29, 2017
December 29, 2017 9:50 PM EST
Molson Coors Canada is recalling approximately 215,000 limited edition NHL beer glasses after eight people were reported injured while washing the glasses. (Health Canada photo)
TORONTO — Molson Coors Canada is recalling approximately 215,000 limited edition NHL beer glasses after eight people were reported injured while washing the glasses.
Health Canada says that as of Dec. 18, Molson Coors had received 11 reports of glasses breaking while being hand-washed, resulting in the eight injuries.
The company says the glasses were distributed during October and November in special edition cases of Molson Canadian and through an online offer where customers entered special codes from their beer cases to receive a glass.
This recall involves 568-millilitre glasses with the Molson Canadian logo and NHL 100 year (1917-2017) logo. The glasses also have the logo of one of eight NHL hockey teams — Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators or Toronto Maple Leafs — on the front.
Consumers are asked to call Molson Coors Canada to arrange for disposal and substitution of the affected glasses.
Health Canada says the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or given away.

Molson Coors Canada recalls Limited Edition NHL Beer Glass - Recalls and safety alerts
Molson Coors collectible NHL beer glasses recalled; 8 injuries reported | Toronto Sun
Capitals' Smith-Pelly taunted by 'Hawks fans for being black NHLer
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February 18, 2018
February 18, 2018 6:51 PM EST
Washington Capitals right wing Devante Smith-Pelly argues with Chicago Blackhawks fans from the penalty box during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)
BUFFALO, N.Y. — This wasn’t the first time Devante Smith-Pelly has had racial taunts directed at him during a hockey game.
And the Washington Capitals forward knew immediately what the intent of the message was when a few fans began chanting “basketball, basketball, basketball,” while Smith-Pelly sat in the penalty box during a 7-1 loss at Chicago on Saturday night. Smith-Pelly, a black player in a sport dominated by white athletes, heard a similar taunt years before while playing in a tournament in British Columbia.
Washington Capitals right wing Devante Smith-Pelly and Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Connor Murphy fight during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)
“It’s pretty obvious what that means. It’s not really a secret,” Smith-Pelly said after the Capitals practiced in Buffalo on Sunday. “Whether it’s that word or any other word, I got the idea. And I’m sure they got the idea, too. Just one word, and that’s really all it takes.”
What stunned the 25-year-old is how incidents such as these keep happening.
“It’s disgusting,” Smith-Pelly said. “You’d think there would be some sort of change or progression, but we’re still working toward it, I guess, and we’re going to keep working toward it.”
The Blackhawks and United Center officials reacted swiftly by ejecting four fans shortly after an off-ice official sitting next to Smith-Pelly — serving a fighting major for a scrap with Chicago’s Connor Murphy — notified building security.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman released a statement Sunday, saying the league condemns the fans’ behaviour as being “unacceptable and reprehensible.”
“While this was isolated in nature, no player, coach, official or fan should ever have to endure such abuse at one of our games,” Bettman said.
The Capitals released a statement saying they are “extremely disappointed by the intolerant behaviour” by a select group of fans in Chicago.
In thanking the Blackhawks and arena security, the Capitals said: “It is crucial to confront such appalling conduct.”
The Blackhawks issued a statement apologizing to Smith-Pelly and the Capitals following the game, and said they “are committed to providing an inclusive environment.”
Video shows Smith-Pelly seated in the penalty box while looking and pointing to his left. He then gets up with his stick and gets into a verbal exchange with a male fan on other side of the glass.
Smith-Pelly said he stepped forward publicly to call out the fans for what they said because he didn’t want to “brush it under the rug.”
“I guess I’m trying to get the conversation started and show whoever these people were their true colours,” he said.
Joining the Capitals on their road trip, which concludes at Buffalo on Monday, are players’ fathers, allowing Smith-Pelly an opportunity to discuss what happened with his dad.
“We’ve had this conversation before,” said Smith-Pelly, who is from Toronto. “So he said, ’It’s just a few idiots being ignorant.”’
Smith-Pelly has seven goals and nine assists in 54 games is in his first season with the Capitals. He has 40 goals and 53 assists in 320 regular-season games with in seven seasons with Anaheim, Montreal, New Jersey and the Capitals.
Capitals rookie defenceman Madison Bowey said what happened in Chicago made him “sick to my stomach.”
Assistant captain Brooks Orpik said: “I wish I could say it’s surprising but it’s probably not all that surprising.”
“I think no matter what you do, you’re going to find pockets of ignorance anywhere you go,” Orpik said. “Devo is as well liked as anyone in this room. I think it’s important for him to know that, and to know that everyone respects him a ton in this room.”
Capitals coach Barry Trotz reiterated his post-game comments by saying there’s no place for racism in hockey or the country.
“For the 22,000 people in Chicago at the game last night, there were a lot, a lot, a lot of good people,” Trotz said. “And a few individuals keep bringing the ugly part of society out, and that was unfortunate.”
The fans’ taunts occurred during the NHL’s monthlong “Hockey is for Everyone ” campaign to promote the game as being inclusive for all players regardless of race, colour, religion, national origin or gender. February is also Black History Month in the United States.
The NHL has had to previously deal with racial insults.
During the 2014 playoffs, the Boston Bruins denounced fans who posted racial comments on social media targeting then-Montreal Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban, who is black, after he scored in double overtime.
In 2011, a fan was fined $200 after pleading guilty to engaging in a prohibited activity for throwing a banana on the ice at Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds, who is black, during an exhibition game at London, Ontario.

‘BASKETBALL, BASKETBALL, BASKETBALL’: Capitals’ Devante Smith-Pelly calls fans racial taunts ‘disgusting’ | Toronto Sun
How about the Jets?
I haven't watched an NHL game since the strike season.

Now I am like most Canadians - I could not give a single shit about hockey.
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I haven't watched an NHL game since the strike season.

Now I am like most Canadians - I could not give a single shit about hockey.

Ummmmmmmmmmm MOST Canadians??
Jean Ratelle's # retired by NYR:


On the night in which the Rangers retired Jean Ratelle’s No. 19, his old linemate, Rod Gilbert, made an emotional announcement: The GAG line of old will meet again in the Madison Square Garden rafters, as the team will retire Vic Hadfield’s sweater next season. (Hadfield’s No. 11 technically already is retired, as it belonged to Mark Messier). Gilbert’s No. 7 was retired in 1979.

What a great time it was for us NY hockey fans back in the day.
Stunning Statsny trade by the Jets yesterday. Every shitty Canadian team should look at what this team has accomplished and follow the model. They really had only two assets 6 years ago when True North bought the Thrashers. Byfuglien and Wheeler were cornerstones and they patiently built a pipeline of great talent. Not only are the Jets serious cup contenders but the Moose are loaded as well. Edmonton, Vancouver and Montreal especially, should call up Chevy and get a lesson or two
Edmonton needs a miracle at this point
They need better players
My top 25 predictions for next season.

Go Canada!

bill barilko
Tampa looks to be finished.
Onesies bearing Ottawa Senators logo recalled due to choking hazard | Toronto Sun

Sens assistant GM Randy Lee back in court in June on harassment charge | Toronto Sun
Really, what's not to love in watching a bunch of Canadians and Russians beat on each other with sticks?
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Really, what's not to love in watching a bunch of Canadians and Russians beat on each other with sticks?

Watching them go to the White House. Will OV bring Putin?
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Watching them go to the White House. Will OV bring Putin?

No, I think he's dating a blonde from Texas.

Probably the coolest thing about Canada is you can get away with aggravated assault if you can show the judge there was a hockey puck involved.
'A HUMAN CANDLE': When a woman burst into flames in Cody Ceci's yard
Wayne Scanlan
July 6, 2018
July 6, 2018 4:58 PM EDT
Hana Engel before she suffered second and third degree burns to 35% of her body.Handout / Postmedia
The evening could not have been less foreboding.
Three professional hockey players and their partners gathered for a quiet dinner party in Stittsville early in their off-season. A bottle of wine sat on the table but this Wednesday in May was not a night for excess. A half-hour past the late-spring sunset, at about 9 p.m., the rectangular table-top fire pit was glowing, albeit dimmer at one end as fuel ran low on one of the cylinders.
At that point, something terrible occurred. A gas lamp bottle caught fire and then a woman caught fire. Screams pierced the stillness of the night. In a moment, lives were changed and relationships forever altered. And in the weeks that followed, the gossip around town escalated about just what went on in Cody Ceci’s backyard that night.
Stories took on a fictional life of their own. People were staggering drunk, some said. A fuel bottle exploded and a woman was facially disfigured, burned beyond all recognition, another story went.
The victim, Hana Engel, has come forward this week to share her incredible story and put to rest the Pinocchio tales that she has no nose.
In fact, while she continues to recover, Engel, 24, has scars and damage both physical and emotional that she will bear always, because of a few crazy seconds gone wrong at a backyard gathering. Her family and the love of her life, Jake Cardwell, are emotionally scarred from the incident, struggling to cope.
Nearly two full months after the fire that engulfed her body in flames, Engel still has mornings when she can barely move.
Her alarm is the physical pain that kicks in as early as 5 a.m., her neck stiff, and a feeling of “X-Acto knives running through my chest.”
Her boyfriend, former Ottawa 67’s defenceman Cardwell, 26, whose quick actions saved her life that night, continues to provide constant daily care, including hours of massage for her scars and tight skin, driving her to physiotherapy and occupational therapy sessions. All while struggling to suppress the anger and frustration of this ongoing nightmare.
That evening of May 9 was fairly typical for three hockey players and their female partners, just after the ice chips had settled on their season. Cardwell and Engel, along with Ryan Van Stralen and his girlfriend, Emily, were dinner guests of Ottawa Senators defenceman Cody Ceci and his partner, Jamie Thompson.
In their teens, Ceci, Cardwell and Van Stralen were teammates on the 67’s. Now, Cardwell plays in the Czech Republic for HC Dynamo Pardubic while Van Stralen has a contract with the Bakersfield Condors of the AHL. Ceci, of course, an Orléans native, has been a member of the Ottawa Senators since 2012, when he was drafted in the first round, 15th overall.
The three couples were clustered around an outdoor table, Engel says, when Thompson noticed one of the fire pieces on the table was low on fuel. She returned with a bottle of fuel, squirted some into the fire piece but the live fire caught the stream of fuel and ran back up to the bottle, which erupted in flame. According to multiple people, Thompson squeezed the bottle, releasing more fuel, and then she instinctively threw the fiery bottle aside, hitting Engel directly.
Now covered in fuel and fire, Engel went up in flames.
“She was a human candle,” said Marc-Antoine Deschamps, spokesman for the Ottawa Paramedic Service.
Typical of someone on fire, Engel scrambled in panic.
“I ran like a chicken with my head cut off,” she says.
For a moment, as she bolted toward the grass she thought of jumping into the hot tub. A firefighter told her later, if she had, she would have died instantly. Fortunately, her instinct to raise her arms, cover her face and purse her lips prevented fuel and fire inhalation. Cardwell ran her down, smothered her to douse some of the flames and called on Van Stralen to bring the dog bowl of Engel and Cardwell’s English bulldog, Gwen. Only 10 minutes before, Cardwell had asked for the bowl — a specialized dog bowl connected to a large water jug — to be moved outside for Gwen’s sake, having no idea that that move would save Engel’s life. He frantically cracked the water jug over his knee into the bowl and threw the water on Engel’s face.
So precious were the seconds ticking, if he’d had to run to the kitchen to fetch the bowl and water it would have been too late.
After Engel had first ignited in flames, her T-shirt and leggings ablaze, Cardwell screamed so loud the backyard neighbours heard, from inside their house. As fate would have it, those neighbours included an off-duty firefighter and paramedic. They leaped over the fence to help out, applying specialized burn dressings, wrapping Engel in towels and providing pain medication.
“Am I going to die?” Engel called out to Cardwell. “No, No!” he shouted.
“Am I ever going to be beautiful again?” she asked.
“You are going to be beautiful to me, no matter what,” Cardwell said.
First responders and Cardwell helped Engel into the ambulance for the drive to the General campus of The Ottawa Hospital. He jumped into the front seat.
Hana Engel post-coma as she recovers from second and third degree burns to 35 per cent of her body. Handout / Postmedia
Hana Engel with her dog, Gwen. Handout / Postmedia
The next morning, Engel was airlifted to the Ross Tilley Burn Centre, a world-class facility at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. Officially cited as having second- and third-degree burns to 35 per cent of her body, including her arms, legs, torso and face, her situation was critical. Her family was told, rather clinically, that her condition was “survivable” but with no assurance she would make it.
Medical staff induced a coma that would last for three weeks. During that time, plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Cartotto performed roughly 18 hours of surgery, in three separate operations. The first lasted 12 hours.
Engel underwent 19 to 20 skin grafts, most of them sheet graphs, for better aesthetics, in which sheets of skin were removed from her legs and grafted onto her arms, hands and chest. And some on her stomach.
“He’s an artist,” Engel says. “He’s about to become president of the American burns association, he’s amazing. I’m so lucky he was there that night.”
In one of the most dramatic moments of the couple’s ordeal, medical staff asked Cardwell to sign permission forms for amputation of Engel’s left arm, in case they weren’t able to make an incision to enable the skin grafts. Cardwell screamed in protest and begged them to hurry to make the incision. Her arm was saved, though it continues to give Engel trouble. While in the coma, Engel developed pneumonia.
Cardwell rarely left Engel’s side. He told her he loved her and kissed her, though she was not conscious. Engel’s mother moved to Toronto to be with her, while Engel’s brother, Matt, packed up with his wife from New York City so he could be nearby.
Engel’s father, well-known Ottawa criminal lawyer Bruce Engel, the strongest man Engel knows, collapsed to his knees when Cardwell first called him with the news of Engel’s burns. In hospital, he passed out when he first saw her.
During her coma, an agonizing vigil for the family, Engel says she had a vision. She says she saw her beloved grandmother, shrouded in shadow.
When Engel finally came to, the day before her 24th birthday, after three comatose weeks, she asked her family, “Where is grandma?”
They were freaked. They had wanted to spare Engel the news: Her grandmother, Roslyn Byer, had died suddenly on May 17, one week after Engel was injured. From the depths of her coma, somehow Engel knew. Byer was buried in Montreal with a photograph of a young Engel pinned to her clothes. Engel takes some solace in the fact Byer didn’t have to see her precious granddaughter so badly injured.
“It’s hard to know I wasn’t there,” Engel says, breaking down. “She was my best friend.”
On her worst days, Engel pictured herself waking up with her face “sewn up, deformed.” Thanks to the quick actions of Cardwell, and the proximity of Gwen’s dog bowl, her face suffered lighter burns, which are healing.
In the burn unit, she witnessed horrific injuries, including a woman who was involved in a helicopter crash into a land mine 18 years ago. Little was left of her, yet she soldiered on. Her story gave Engel strength.
Ceci and Thompson visited Engel in hospital. Engel has sought to forgive and has been extremely protective of Ceci, knowing his fame in Ottawa as a hockey player, and knowing the last thing the Senators need is another story about a major incident involving players and their partners. Just last month, Mike Hoffman was traded from the Senators after it was revealed that Hoffman’s fiancée, Monika Caryk, is alleged to have engaged in online harassment of Erik Karlsson’s wife, Melinda. The case remains under investigation.
But Engel did want to tell her story. In Ottawa’s small, but-not-that-small, hockey community, rumours can run rampant, the truth becoming a Frankenstein creation. Engel wanted to set the record straight.
Facebook photo of Cody Ceci and Jamie Thompson. Facebook / Postmedia
This newspaper reached out to Ceci to speak on behalf of him and Thompson. He declined an invitation to be interviewed but sources say he and Thompson are deeply affected by what happened at their home.
On Thursday, Ceci’s agent, J.P. Barry, provided a lengthy statement from Ceci.
“Earlier this spring, there was an unfortunate accident at my home that resulted in a close friend being injured. I want to take this opportunity to express my sorrow over this accident and sincere concern for the health and well-being of my friend. I hope the entire community can join me in praying she will make a full recovery,” the statement says.
“I am deeply sorry that this unfortunate accident took place. My girlfriend and I have visited and texted with our friend to offer our support and convey directly to her our thoughts, prayers and best wishes for a complete recovery.
“At this most sensitive time for her and her loved ones, I hope that others, including the media, will join me in respecting the privacy of my friend and those affected by this accident by not commenting further, including online and through social media.”
Meanwhile, Engel, after nearly two months at the burn centre and St. John’s Rehab at Sunnybrook, has been confined to her west-end Ottawa home, unable to stay outdoors in the heat or be in the sun. For a year, she can’t wear makeup, or fabrics that will irritate her skin, such as a pair of blue jeans.
Arising from her coma, Engel had to learn to walk again, learn to eat again, to see (at one stage there were concerns she would lose vision in one eye). She must wear compression garments to help the healing process.
There was no crime involved. Engel’s family has retained lawyer Howard Yegendorf, who deals with catastrophic injury cases.
Contacted by this newspaper, Yegendorf said there has been no civil suit filed. He declined further comment about any potential legal action.
Engel knows it will take some time for her and family to heal, in every way. Her sister-in-law, Carli, is struggling and her father was so distraught he couldn’t work for the first weeks after his daughter’s injury. Today, he is writing a book about the entire episode, an undertaking that could prove cathartic. Engel’s mother, Bonnie, has had to grieve the loss of her own mother while dealing with grievous injuries to her daughter. Engel’s sister, Sabrina, did not want to leave her side, massaging her scars in hospital.
For Engel and Cardwell, the immediate future is not clear. The ModernBody yoga business on Carling Avenue she launched with the help of her father continues to operate in her absence, but she doesn’t know if she can return there. The hot yoga therein is a constant reminder of the fire that hurt her.
“It’s sad because that was my baby,” Engel says of her business, once a symbol of her progress against personal body image concerns and a new lifestyle of fitness and diet as part of a successful personal battle against Crohn’s disease.
Despite a good European contract, Cardwell won’t return to the Czech Republic to play this fall because he wants to be near Engel and her network of support and physical therapy. He hopes to connect with a pro team within a few hours driving distance of Ottawa.
Engel, still afraid to be alone, needs to be near him as they both pick up the pieces of their lives.
Tips for dealing with bodily fire involving flammable liquid
Would a hot tub kill a person engulfed in flames from a flammable liquid?
“Personally, I have to question that a little bit,” said Ottawa’s deputy fire Chief Paul Hutt. “I know there are chemicals in there. This was a flammable liquid, which is called a Type 2 fire.
“We are always taught not to apply water because it spreads the fuel load in the fire. But in this particular case, the volume of water would have smothered or superseded that.
“So, jumping into the hot tub could have been a viable option, for sure. More importantly, though, what we should be suggesting is the preferred method when your clothing is on fire with a flammable liquid: the old fashioned stop, drop and roll. Smothering the fire is probably best.”
Hutt says that while the volume of water can be an asset in extinguishing a blaze, if the water is not clean, there is risk of infection. Also, cold water is better because skin continues to burn until it cools.
“My thoughts go out to that courageous woman,” Hutt said. “Any fire injury is horrific.”

Woman who burst into flames in NHLer's yard calls for safety regulations
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July 14, 2018
July 14, 2018 4:39 PM EDT
OTTAWA — An Ottawa woman who caught fire in a friend’s backyard says there should be more safety regulations in place for backyard fire products.
Hana Engel was left with second- and third-degree burns to 35 per cent of her body after an accident on May 9 that involved an outdoor fire pit table.
Her entire body went up in flames that night in NHL player Cody Ceci’s backyard.
Jagged and painful scars cover her arms, legs and torso. Multiple surgeries and more than 15 skin grafts helped her survive, but she said her life has permanently changed.
She wakes up most mornings unable to move because of stiffness and pain.
Two months after her accident, the 24-year-old said more safety rules should be implemented.
“I’d like to see a requirement, if you have a fire pit … or a bonfire, to have a fire blanket nearby or water so you have tools to save the person properly, instead of panicking,” she said.
‘A HUMAN CANDLE’: When a woman burst into flames in Cody Ceci’s yard
The night of Engel’s ordeal started off mundane enough. It was a Wednesday in the spring, and she and her boyfriend, former OHL player Jake Cardwell, 26, went to eat dinner with Ceci and his girlfriend and another couple in Ceci’s backyard.
Engel recalls much of what happened leading up to the accident. The couples were sitting around an outdoor fire pit table. But when it started to die out, Engel said one of the others fetched a bottle of fuel and poured some on the fire. But the flames ran up the flow of fuel and set the bottle on fire, and it was then thrown on Engel — who immediately burst into flames.
“It was actually crazy, it happened so fast,” she said. The “stop, drop and roll” mantra that she learned in kindergarten came back into her mind, and she ran onto a grass portion of the backyard to do that.
Cardwell screamed, Engel said, and jumped on top of her to help smother the flames, as they weren’t receding. He used his dog’s water bowl, that was connected to a jug, to douse Engel.
Engel said she thought she was going to die as her body kept burning. She told Cardwell that she loved him, and asked him to tell her family the same.
“I laid on the ground, I was mainly in shock. I was going in and out of consciousness,” she said.
An ambulance eventually arrived and took Engel to the Ottawa Hospital, where she was put into a medically induced coma for three weeks. During that time, three surgeries were performed including skin grafts on her entire chest, arms and legs.
“I’m lucky that my neck and face were saved,” she said, adding that both are still burnt.
In the time since her accident, Engel has been surrounded by her family and Cardwell. She’s been released from the Ross Tilley Burn Centre in Toronto and now lives at home in Ottawa.
She has to stay mostly indoors to avoid the sun, she said. Cardwell has been keeping her company during his off-season, and is looking for a new contract nearby.
“He’s taking care of me and we’re both taking care of each other, and trying to be strong for each other,” she said, adding that Cardwell tells her he loves her and that she’s beautiful, but the scars are a reminder of what happened.
Although doctors don’t have a strict timeline for her recovery, Engel said she is starting to feel like herself again. She runs a yoga studio in Ottawa, but is unsure if she can return to work.
If you’re near a fire pit this summer, Engel said she’d remind people not to play with fuel and know how to safely operate your pit.
Ceci provided a statement to The Canadian Press via his agent, J.P. Barry, expressing his sorrow over the accident concern about Engel’s well-being.
“I am deeply sorry that this unfortunate accident took place,” Ceci said in the statement.
Marion Kuiper-Lampman, president of the Niagara District Volunteer Firefighters Association, said you should never pour any kind of fuel on outdoor fire products, and you should always follow the label instructions.
Stop, drop and roll is the best action to take if you are on fire, Kuiper-Lampman said. She also advised keeping a bucket of water nearby if you have a backyard fire, but not to jump into a chlorinated pool as that could sting.

Stunned hockey world mourns Ray Emery
Don Brennan
July 15, 2018
July 15, 2018 7:20 PM EDT
Forward Brian McGrattan, middle, and goalie Ray Emery, right, were good friends during their time together with the Ottawa Senators. McGrattan mourned Emery on Twitter on Sunday. Jim Wells/PostmediaJim Wells / Jim Wells/Calgary Sun/QMI Agency
The hockey world reacted to the sudden passing of Ray Emery with extreme shock and sorrow on Sunday.
Clearly, the man they called “Razor” had many friends in the game.
“I am f—ing crushed,” former National Hockey League forward Daniel Carcillo, who played with Emery in Chicago and envied his “demeanor” and “contagious personality,” wrote on Twitter. “You will be missed deeply Ray. I love you, man.”
Also close to Emery was Dave Bolland, another Blackhawks teammate.
“Lost my golfing buddy and my best friend today,” Bolland tweeted. “Uncle Ray Ray touched a lot of hearts and people. Love and miss ya.”
Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk issued a statement about Emery, who was part of the Ottawa organization from the day he was drafted by the club in 2001 until 2009.
“On behalf of the Ottawa Senators, I wish to express my sincere condolences on the passing of Ray Emery. Ray was instrumental in our run to the 2007 Stanley Cup Final, and at his best he brought a competitive edge and combative mentality to the game. On behalf of our entire organization, I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to Ray’s family, friends and loved ones,” Melnyk’s statement read.
Former Senators chief executive officer and president Roy Mlakar tweeted as well: “So sad to lose a great person, competitor, charitable player in my friend Razor. We will miss you, bud.”
Brian McGrattan, far left, and Ray Emery, second from left, arrive at an Ottawa church with Jason Spezza, right, for Spezza’s wedding ceremony in 2009. Jana Chytilova/Postmedia files Jana Chytilova / The Ottawa Citizen
During his time with the Senators, Emery became close to forwards Brian McGrattan and Jason Spezza. McGrattan posted a picture of himself and Emery from years ago.
“My best friend. My brother. I love you!,” he added.
Also remembering Emery was former Senator Nick Foligno, now captain of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
“So saddened of the tragic news of Ray Emery’s passing,” Foligno wrote on Twitter. “We played together for only a short time, but he was a great teammate and competitor. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends, May he Rest in Peace.”
Other players who were never NHL teammates of Emery’s joined in expressing the deep bond of the hockey fraternity.
“Rest in peace, brother,” tweeted Edmonton Oilers winger Milan Lucic.
“Horrible to hear about Ray Emery,” tweeted Toronto Maple Leafs winger William Nylander, who played briefly with Emery in the minors. “He was an incredible teammate.”
Emery left his mark with Flyers teammates during his two stints in Philadelphia
“Ray was a great teammate and an even better friend,” Philadelphia captain Claude Giroux tweeted. “Rest in peace, Razor. I’ll miss you, man.”
Added the Flyers’ Scott Laughton: “At a loss for words. An Incredible teammate and stall mate. RIP, Razor.”
Tweeted winger Jakub Voracek: “F— me, Razor. You were the best. RIP.”
And then there was this from Hall of Famer Bernie Parent, the best Flyers goalie of all time
“All the statistics in the world can’t measure the warmth of a smile. Rest in Peace my friend, Ray Emery.”
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No one reads long posts.

the board software merged the posts.
Ex-NHL goalie Ray Emery drowns in Hamilton
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July 16, 2018
July 16, 2018 12:07 AM EDT
HAMILTON — Ray Emery, the former NHL goaltender whose career spanned more than a decade and included stops in Ottawa, Chicago and Philadelphia, drowned in Hamilton Harbour on Sunday, police said.
Insp. Marty Schulenberg said Emery’s death does not appear to be suspicious, calling it a “case of misadventure.”
Schulenberg said Emery jumped off of a boat into the water near the Leander Boat Club to go swimming, and his friends called emergency services at about 6 a.m. Sunday when he didn’t resurface.
Emery, 35, played for several teams throughout his 11-year career, winning the William M. Jennings trophy — and the Stanley Cup — with the Blackhawks in 2013.
The rare goalie who didn’t hesitate to drop his gloves, Emery was involved in multiple altercations on the ice, including one in 2007 in which he scuffled with Buffalo Sabres goalie Martin Biron.
Biron was among those mourning Emery online Sunday.
“So sad. Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends,” he wrote on Twitter.
Schulenberg said Emery’s body was found at about 2:50 p.m. Sunday, about 20 metres from where he went into the water. He said a post mortem will be completed on Monday.
“Mr. Emery was taking a swim this morning and the circumstances around that are a part of the investigation,” said Schulenberg.
“Those details remain to be uncovered by our investigators.”
Schulenberg said first responders were not able to locate Emery right away, and so they called in the dive unit. He said the search took longer than anticipated because they had to ensure the safety of the dive team.
“It’s a lengthy process and safety is paramount to our divers,” he said. “We need to take the time do it safely and that’s what the delay was.”
Several members of the NHL community, including former teammates, coaches and executives who played and worked with Emery expressed their condolences for the Hamilton native.
Current Flyers captain Claude Giroux posted on Twitter: “Ray was a great teammate and an even better friend. Rest in peace Razor. I’ll miss you man.”
Emery played junior hockey for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, where Toronto Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas began his career. Dubas posted about Emery’s death on Twitter Sunday afternoon.
“Ray’s smile and intelligence made him a magnetic personality,” Dubas wrote. “You always rooted for him to reach his vast potential, even as he went through the many ups and downs of his playing career.”
Former Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk, who played with Emery in Philadelphia, said on Twitter: “So sad to hear the tragic news about Ray Emery — was a great teammate and person.”
Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk also released a statement expressing condolences.
“Ray was instrumental in our run to the 2007 Stanley Cup Final, and at his best he brought a competitive edge and combative mentality to the game. On behalf of our entire organization, I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to Ray’s family, friends and loved ones,” said Melnyk.
Emery battled avascular necrosis, the same serious hip ailment that ended two-sport star Bo Jackson’s career, and came back to play. He and fellow Blackhawks netminder Corey Crawford combined to win the Jennings Trophy for allowing the league’s fewest goals during the lockout-shortened 2013 season.
Throughout his career, Emery dealt with off-ice problems, including an incident of road rage, assault of a trainer in Russia and behaviour that led to him being sent home from Ottawa’s training camp.

Tragic end for Ray Emery
Don Brennan
July 16, 2018
July 16, 2018 7:33 AM EDT
It was the 2006-07 season and Ottawa Senators goalie Ray Emery was off to a great start.
As the National Hockey League All-Star Game approached, I asked him what he had planned for the break.
“I’m going bungee jumping in Whistler,” Emery said.
Great story, I thought. A key member of the Senators is going to throw himself from a cliff during his time off.
“Do me a favour?” his teammate and good friend Jason Spezza asked me in the Canadian Tire Centre parking lot about a half hour later. “Don’t write it?”
What? Why?
“Things are finally going Razor’s way,” Spezza said. “That’s going to get him in trouble.
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“Do you want to talk to Marty Gerber every day instead?”
Gerber, the Senators other goalie, was a well-liked nice man, but also quiet and never really had much of interest to say to the media.
Emery was different. He was a rebel. He was colourful. He was entertaining.
And he also made some bad decisions.
Sadly, one of those ill-advised choices was the death of him Sunday morning.
Authorities have confirmed the 35-year old Emery drowned while swimming in Hamilton Harbour shortly after sunrise. Whether he had just woken up or had not been to bed from Saturday night is unknown, as Emery did like to have a good time.
Either way, he would have been better off in bed.
“They went out for a swim and unfortunately he did not emerge after diving in,” police Inspector Marty Schulenberg told The Hamilton Spectator. “We responded along with Hamilton Fire and EMS. Unfortunately, our efforts on the water and in the area around the piers were met with negative results.”
Hamilton police recovered the body of former NHL player Ray Emery, 35, on Sunday afternoon. The former goaltender with the Ottawa Senators was reported missing just after 6 a.m. and his body was recovered close to where he was last seen at Harbour West Marina on the Hamilton Bayfront. Andrew Collins photo @ACollinsPhoto / OttSunWP
The Senators fourth round pick (99th overall) of the 2001 draft, Emery fought his way into the NHL, both figuratively and literally.
Setting aside his abilities as a puck stopper for a moment, the website dropyourgloves.com lists him having a total of five scraps over his three-year stint with the the Ontario Hockey League’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and seven over three seasons with the American Hockey League’s Binghamton Senators.
In the NHL, he fought three times, including twice during a game against the Buffalo Sabres in which he battled goalie Martin Biron and then, moments later, went toe-to-toe with enforcer Andrew Peters.
He had a big smile on his face while exchanging punches with the latter.
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“It’s my favourite part of the game,” Emery later told reporters. “But my mom was there. She got mad at me. So I can’t do it again for a while or my mom will be really mad.”
Emery spent a total of seven seasons in the Senators organization. With Ottawa, he sometimes found himself in hot water, including the day he missed a team flight. Another time he fought his pal, Brian McGrattan, during practice.
He drove a white Hummer and once said police pulled him over 30 times in two years. Another time a senior citizen said Emery threatened to kill him in a road-rage incident.
Emery also had some shining moments in the Ottawa net.
As a rookie in 2005-06, he took over when Dominik Hasek suffered a season-ending adductor strain and was the backbone of a division winning team that eliminated the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the playoffs, but lost to the Sabres in the conference semifinals.
In the spring of 2007, he became the only goalie to ever lead the Senators to an Eastern Conference championship and the Stanley Cup final. During that playoff run, Emery had a 2.26 goals-against average, .907 save percentage and three shutouts.
However, he lost the starting job to Gerber the following season and did not handle the demotion to backup very well. Trying to change the culture of the dressing room, the Senators finally waived him in September 2009.
When no other NHL team claimed him, Emery headed to Russia and the KHL. He put up some good numbers with Atlant Mytishchi.
He was also became a YouTube hit after he chased a team trainer who had tried to put a hat on Emery’s head after he was yanked from a game.
Hamilton police recovered the body of former NHL player Ray Emery, 35, on Sunday afternoon. The former goaltender with the Ottawa Senators was reported missing just after 6 a.m. and his body was recovered close to where he was last seen at Harbour West Marina on the Hamilton Bayfront. Andrew Collins photo OttSunWP
Emery returned to the NHL with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2009-10. In between minor-league stops, he also played with the Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks, then returned to the Flyers for two more seasons.
His NHL career ended at 287 games in 2015-16, after he tried to make another comeback with two teams in the AHL and one in Germany.
Emery made headlines again in the fall of 2017, when he was arrested for allegedly assaulting his former fiancée, Keshia Chante.
That was the last we heard about the tattooed and ill-tempered Emery, who may have been a polarizing figure with the Senators, but also had a certain charm and an easy smile.
Personally, I always liked talking to the guy, and not just because he was a good story.
NHL says it is going to cut down on violence. They started with handing Tom Wilson a 20 game suspension for his vicious hit on Oskar Sundqvist's neck:


Watch the video to see how wicked it was and it's not pleasant. Wilson to lose $1+ million in revenue. This is the 4th time he has been suspended in the past 13 months.
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Canucks are first in the Western Conference.
Former NHL star Joe Murphy homeless and battling mental illness
Brad Hunter
October 11, 2018
October 11, 2018 4:17 PM EDT
That night in June 1986 at the old Montreal Forum, Joe Murphy was on top of the world.
The big right winger had just been picked first overall in the NHL Entry Draft by the Detroit Red Wings.
Now, 32 years later, Murphy’s life is very different from his 15 years in the NHL where he earned more than $13 million.
The Detroit Free Press is reporting that Murphy is now living rough on the streets of Kenora and battling mental illness.
The portrait painted is of a balding man, who uses a bungee cord to keep his pants up and goes around barefoot wearing a black winter coat with a hole in it.
Joe Murphy during his stint in Chicago. He is now battling mental illness and homelessness in Kenora.
Murphy told the Free Press that everything changed for him when he started getting concussions.
“It’s crazy,” he said. “But I love my life and this place. I’m in and out at times. I’m feeling a little better.”
And then there are the drugs. He admitted to using crystal meth.
But Murphy is nothing if not stubborn and won’t seek treatment for the mental illness that plagues his life.
“I’ve had some depression and I’ve had some anxiety,” Murphy said.
“I think it’s a combination of things that have happened to me. Maybe, a brain injury from a concussion, for sure, and from some other things that have happened to me in my life, and I think it’s affected me emotionally with anger.”
He added: “I’ve gotten very good. … The anger is a sin, and in the temple, Christ displayed how he got rid of the anger and how you cannot sustain the anger.”
Murphy celebrates the 1990 Stanley Cup win with his then wife Julie. POSTMEDIA
Murphy may be suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) that has become a bitter reality for modern athletes.
CTE is caused by repeated blows to the head and symptoms include depression, memory loss, emotional instability, substance abuse and suicidal thoughts.
It’s a long way from that night at the Forum.
“My grandfather came to the draft,” he said. “It was just a big deal for me. They watched a lot of games, my grandpa and grandma.”
He added: “It brings back memories of things going on, and how fast it goes. … Went to world juniors and got a silver medal. Back to Michigan State and we won the NCAA championship that year, too.”
Murphy landed in Kenora after getting in a fight in Sioux Lookout and being charged. His court appearance was in Kenora.
“This is how I got here,” Murphy said. “This is the reason I’m here. I was arrested there, got sent to prison here, spent a little time, got out and I didn’t know where I was.”
But now there may be some hope.
A source told TSN that officials who administer the NHL/NHLPA Emergency Assistance Fund have agreed to pay for a room for Murphy in a local motel.
The room is paid for until the end of October.
Now, winter is coming and Murphy told the Free Press he has to get inside.
“I have to get into a shelter or I’ll freeze to death,” he said.
Interesting thread.

About point league.

Top 5:

1.Matthews 10 G 6 A 16 P
2.Bergeron 6 G 7 A 13 P
3.Rielly 3 G 10 A 13 P
4.Rantanen 2 G 11 A 13 P
5.Aho 4 G 8 A 12 P
The Finns second year in Colorado as new point league leader in whole NHL actually its Rantanen into top leader within points.

Last two years winner Connor McDavid is in top 10 also second Finns calling Aho is in top 10 plus Colorado's MacKinnon och Landeskog top 5.

Actually its like Philadelphia with of Colorado with one great lineup.

Star Voracek is Philadelphia yet.
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Canucks are first in the Western Conference.

Canucks off to a great start so far, Kreskin - good to see them top the West.

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