2019-2020 NHL Season

Discussion in 'Hockey' started by Shadowlight, Oct 3, 2019.

  1. BeyondFedUp

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    Phenomenal goal and assist. I almost choked up watching that. Seeing two of the greatest, back when that world, our world, still existed. I had the privilege of seeing Gretzky play in person a few times back in my years in L.A. Even at that point in his career he made it look like he was a man among boys...
     
  2. Bucky

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    Lol o dear. Could only manage a few paragraphs.
     
  3. Don Wassall

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    With hockey close to returning, here are Mario Lemieux highlights. Being from Pittsburgh obviously I'm partial toward Lemieux but there's no question Wayne Gretzky was the best offensive hockey player ever, the Babe Ruth of his sport. Mario suffered a lot of injuries, notably severe back problems and a bout with cancer, but he was also like Gretzky a hockey genius who could see the ice like no others and at 6' 4" a physical freak as well. He made it look easy. It was a privilege to watch him play for the Penguins and he's still a quiet titan of the community as the owner of the team.

     
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  4. Shadowlight

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    The Premier League is sailing on rather well and it is all over TV throughout the week and weekends. They filter in some noise that sounds like a crowd and it is almost just like watching the games before the virus hit.

    Now that Canada has their virus rate down ( and a lot lower than England) why the hell doesn't the NHL hole up their players in Canada for a spell and get things going for crying out loud?

    There are what five ready to go arenas in Canada and they can finish out the season and the playoffs in Canada.

    You have to be flexible and open to all available avenues in these times and here is a perfect opportunity to finally get the ball rolling in one of the Big Four sporting leagues yet everything is moving at a snail's pace?
     
  5. white is right

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    According to this report the NHL will play in Toronto and Edmonton...
     
  6. Don Wassall

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    The way the corporate media continues to treat a positive test for Covid-1984 as a death sentence when it's not even as potent as a common cold for the vast majority of the young and middle aged, especially athletes, makes one wonder if the four major sports leagues will end up being able to conduct their seasons, abbreviated or otherwise in the case of the NFL.
     
  7. Shadowlight

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    It comes down to a lack of will. I promised myself not to post about MLB because I will go into convulsions. I am with the players 100% and think Manfred and his gaggle of devious owners don't care if they destroy the game. The obnoxious NBA is mimicking terrorist groups with their bogus BLM campaign. I sense though the NFL will figure it out and get their games in.

    But back to the NHL. Using the Premier League as a barometer the NHL should have been up and running by now. It is simple.

    The UK was one of the hardest hit in the world with over 44 thousand Covid deaths and most of those were in England.. They started up their soccer league in June and had protocols in place including rigorous testing which is essential. And the last round of testing showed not one positive case so they have a handle on the situation. Leave it to the Brits. Beautifully done!

    Meanwhile they have been playing games across England in 20 different stadiums. Which means they were traveling and not holed up bunker style in just a couple of hubs. For sure they keep social distancing and masks when they travel or at hotels etc. to protect the over 50 crowd and such but combine that with the testing things have gone smoothly.

    The Canadian virus death total is over 6,000, far lower than England. They have seven available venues. Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Vancouver and of course Montreal and Toronto. I would throw in Buffalo too since their case counts are down. That makes 8 arenas they can play in and serve as hubs. Why limit it to two when the Premier League plays all their games as they normally do under much harsher conditions as they spread across the country in 20 stadiums?

    And Canada is bigger and more spread out than England. Several teams are in the London area, one of the most populated cities on the planet and they still are pulling it off without any big hitches. Meanwhile the lifeless NHL stands around with their you know what in their hands. Talk about missed opportunity. The NHL could have owned the sports landscape with no baseball and the NBA jerking around in Orlando. The Premier league is setting TV rating records after coming back. Talk about being asleep at the wheel.

    My point is simple. If the Premier League ( England's soccer league for those who don't know) can get it done, with flying colors I might add, I see no reason why the NHL can't pull off a similar trick. Other than lack of will.
     
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  8. Don Wassall

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    It's lack of will, but also constant political considerations. The teachers union and other Democrat strongholds don't want to open up the schools in September even though it's beyond ludicrous not to. It need hardly be mentioned that most of the institutions in the U.S. are dedicated to causing as much destruction and strife as possible leading up to the November election, not to mention the agenda of keeping as many people as possible fearful of the virus even when all the early predictions about Corona-1984 proved to be severe overestimates.
     
  9. white is right

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    In my jurisdiction there has been talk of split days with morning sessions for half of the school and afternoon for the other half and computer/ correspondence work making up for the half day. I have no clue about students doing apprenticeship training in various trades as these classes are hands on and are really only taught in older inner city schools, so students can't disperse as easy.

    The school problems with social distancing requirements are immense and senior management types are going to be fearful of being sued if an outbreak occurs and students or staff are positive and sick.
     
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