Recent NHL Deaths Have Many Questioning League’s Policies

The NHL has always had the reputation of being a beer-drinking league since most players don’t hide the fact they like to tip the bottle every now and again. However, times have changed and over the years society has seen drug use rise to unacceptable levels. This is why all major sports leagues have some type of substance abuse programs in effect. But the NHL’s seems to be failing miserably with the recent deaths of two players who were enrolled in the program.

The latest was 27-year-old forward Rick Rypien of the Winnipeg Jets who was found dead on Aug. 15, while 28-year-old Derek Boogaard of the New York Rangers was found dead back in May due to a mixture of painkillers and alcohol. It was reported that Boogaard also received counseling from the NHL’s substance abuse program.

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Atlanta Thrashers Sale Completed To Winnipeg Group

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True North Sports Officially Buys Thrashers, Will Move Team To Winnipeg

 

After two weeks of constant rumors and reports that a deal had been completed, the NHL, True North Sports, and Atlanta Spirit Group have announced that the sale of the Atlanta Thrashers is complete, and that True North Sports will move the team to Winnipeg for the 2011-12 season.  The cost of the deal is rumored to be $110 million for the team and a $60 million relocation fee that is paid to the NHL.  Atlanta will lose its second NHL franchise in the last thirty years.  The NHL will be back in Winnipeg for the first time since the 1996-97 season.  The sale and relocation are all dependent on a vote by the NHL Board of Governors on June 21.

 

Bryan Vickroy

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