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  • Steinbach's White shipped to Calgary

    01/31/2010 12:17 PM

    WILKES-BARRE, PA. -- Steinbach's Ian White is a Calgary Flame this afternoon, shipped over from the Toronto Maple Leafs Sunday as part of a blockbuster seven-player deal that will see the Flames move star defenceman Dion Phaneuf to the Leafs.

    Leafs general manager Brian Burke is quoted in internet reports this morning as saying he has traded White and Leafs forwards Matt Stajan, Niklas Hagman and Jamal Myers to the Flames for Phaneuf, forward Fredrik Sjostrom and Abbotsford Heat defenceman Keith Aulie.

    Burke said Aulie will be shipped to the Toronto Marlies, who play in Winnipeg against the Manitoba Moose Feb. 12-13.

    White, 25, was born in Steinbach and was having a career year in his fifth season with the Leafs. With nine goals and 17 assists in 56 games this season, White had already equalled his best offensive production for an entire season with the Leafs.

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  • Hockey Canada announces summit on head injuries

    01/27/2010 10:50 AM

    Winnipeg's Jonathan Toews scored on the very first shot of the game Tuesday night as the Chicago Blakchawks handed the dreadful Edmonton Oilers their 11th straight loss by a score of 4-2.

    Toews quick marker was his 18th of the year in what is shaping up to be a career season for the talented wunderkid.

    With 25 assists, Toews is just shy of a point-a-game pace through 47 games and is showing no lingering effects from a devestating hit by Willie Mitchell of the Vancouver Canucks on Oct. 21 that cost Toews six games with a concussion.

    And speaking of concussions, the news today that Hockey Canada is convening a summit on head injuries is long overdue.

    The summit, which could take place as early as next month, comes in the wake of a seemingly endless string of high profile incidents like the one involving Toews.

    And the call also comes, perhaps not coincidentally, as two politicians in Ottawa have voiced their concerns about the plethora of head injuries in hockey.

    Finance minister Jim Flaherty, who played college hockey at Princeton, is quoted in today's Globe and Mail: "When I go to Leafs games or Oshawa Generals games, I see a fair number of high hits.

    "It just has to become part of the culture of hockey, at all levels... that high hits are not acceptable."

    Liberal MP -- and hall of famer -- Ken Dryden went a step further, saying he'd like to see the NHL put a reverse onus on all hits to the head, requiring offending players to prove there wasn't an intent to injure or face more serious penalties.

    Change is in the air. And none too soon.

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  • Fleury interview ignites firestorm in Chicago

    01/26/2010 1:22 PM

    Russell's Theo Fleury inadvertently caused a bit of a stir in the Chicago media last week during his continuing tour to promote his book, Playing with Fire.

    Fleury was being interviewed by WGN anchor Allison Payne live on-air last Thursday when she revealed that she had used the same 12-step 'sponsor' Fleury later used in Chicago when he was first trying to get sober.

    That was the first time Payne had publicly admitted she had addiction issues and it was immediately picked up in other Chicago media, who'd long speculated about what was behind a series of increasingly bizarre on-air appearances — slurred speech, glassy eyes, strange behavior — that ultimately led to Payne losing the supper-hour WGN anchor chair she had held for 18 years.

    Station execs and the anchor had long maintained the problems were the result of some small strokes Payne had suffered.

    Not surprisingly then, the Chicago media jumped on the admission by Payne to Fleury.

    And that's where it surely would have ended, except Payne was incensed by the resultant publicity — particularly a post by a Chicago media blogger — suggesting her privacy had been somehow violated and the whole thing misconstrued.

    How someone can claim privacy for something they just talked about live on TV is another matter, but Payne let loose on the blogger on her Facebook page in a rant written — like all great internet rants — in all capital letters.

    And now the Fleury segment is absent from the WGN website, even while Payne is telling other media — the story's now a national one in the U.S. — that she's proud of her recovery and has nothing to hide.

    Strange.

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  • Canucks boycotting CBC

    01/25/2010 2:23 PM

    WORCESTER -- The Vancouver Canucks are reportedly boycotting CBC's Hockey Night in Canada over the show's treatment of former Manitoba Moose player -- and current Canuck -- Alexandre Burrows.

    The Canucks are still so irate about what they feel was a hatchet job that host Ron Maclean did on Burrows a couple weeks ago that the team refused the public broadcaster access to their players or staff during the broadcast of the Vancouver-Chicago game on Saturday, the Globe and Mail is reporting.

    The Canucks have demanded an apology -- and CBC has refused -- for a Maclean segment Jan. 16 in which Maclean lambasted Burrows for publicly alleging a referee had told the player that he was going to 'get him' in reprisal for showing up the official in a previous game.

    Maclean did not interview Burrows for the segment, drawing the particular ire of the Canucks.

    An NHL 'investigation' cleared the official and Burrows was fined $2500.

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