‘Code of Conduct’ coming to NHL after bad behaviour comes to light: Report
According to Canadian sports journalist Elliotte Friedman, a “written code of conduct” is coming to the NHL. Ever since the incident with Don Cherry, sportscasters, coaches and players involved with the NHL have been cracking down on unprofessional and abusive behaviour. People involved are being called out for their actions, whether they have been committed in the past or present.
Former NHL player Akim Aliu has written about it on Twitter and spoken out against NHL coach Bill Peters for abusive and racist comments. He has opened a discussion about “fixing” hockey culture. Aliu met with Bill Daly and Gary Bettman to discuss the topic.
The Philadelphia Flyers’ beloved mascot Gritty is being investigated by police after a father claimed that the big orange furry monster punched his 13-year-old son in the back.
Chris Greenwell took his son Brandon to the Wells Fargo Center for a November meet and greet photoshoot with the beloved, google-eyed mascot.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Greenwell claims that “Brandon playfully patted the mascot on the head after the photo was taken. As Brandon walked away, Gritty got out of his chair, ‘took a running start,’ and ‘punched my son as hard as he could,’ Greenwell said Wednesday.”
“We took Mr. Greenwell’s allegations seriously and conducted a thorough investigation that found nothing to support this claim,” said a spokesperson for the Philidelphia Flyers.
A police spokesperson has described the alleged incident as a possible “physical assault” that occurred “during a photoshoot with 13-year-old white male and Flyers mascot Gritty. The investigation is active and on-going.”
The hashtag #FreeGritty is now trending on Twitter.
P.K. Subban got an engagement ring from his girlfriend for Christmas in what the couple call a ‘non-traditional move.’
In a tweet on Christmas yesterday, Lindsey Vonn, former professional skier and girlfriend of Subban, showed the world her gift to the New Jersey defense man, giving him an engagement ring.
The couple, who have been dating for two years, can be seen in the Christmas photo wearing striped Hudson’s Bay-style pajamas with their pets alongside them.
The engagement, though, isn’t the first for the couple, as Subban had previously proposed to Vonn in August of this year.
The ring, it appears, was more a symbolic gesture more than anything, as the tweet was posted with the hashtag #equality.
“Lindsey’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me,” Subban told Vogue earlier this year. “There are people in life that deserve to be with good people. They have that person who takes care of them and makes them smile, and she deserves to be with someone who loves her more than anything else in the world, and I do.”
Another NHL head coach has lost his job. The Dallas Stars have fired their head coach Jim Montgomery for what has been termed “unprofessional conduct.”
General Manager Jim Nill issued a statement that said: “This decision was made due to unprofessional conduct inconsistent with the core values and beliefs of the Dallas Stars and the National Hockey League”
Assistant coach Rick Bowness will take over the coaching duties.
Following the firing of Mike Babcock, the NHL has been undergoing a social justice reckoning as players and former players accusing coaches and former coaches of abuse and misconduct.
Bill Peters resigned as coach of the Calgary Flames after former player Akim Aliu made allegations of racism and abuse on Twitter.
“Our clubs are on notice that if they become aware of an incident of conduct involving NHL personnel on or off the ice that is clearly inappropriate, unlawful or demonstrably abusive… we at the league office—[deputy commissioner] Bill Daly or me—must be immediately advised,” Gary Bettman said during the Board of Governors meetings on Monday.
The Dallas Stars are 17-11-3 and in a playoff spot.