Monday, November 22, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
NOTE: In addition to other international resources the International Association for Suicide Prevention posts a site for anyone wanting to find an crisis lines at: Crisis Lines
Examples to date:
In the United States the American Association for Suicide Prevention sponsors Out of the Darkness Walks partnering with the Josh Strutz Hockey is Life Fund. Josh was born February 14, 1990 and died Decevmber 19, 2009. He was an avid hockey player with the DePaul University hockey club. Read more....
Jeff and Russ Courtnall, professional hockey players with the National Hockey League lost their father to suicide. The Courtnall family has raised funds for suicide and depression treatment including a treatment centre named after their father Archie Courtnall. They have won an award from the Canadian Mental Health Association for their work. See a video tribute
There are many other examples we are gathering including the work of Ted Nolan and Jonathon Cheechoo.
Here is the list of international professional ice hockey players reported to have died from suicide.
Richard Blight (October 17, 1955 - April3, 2005) a professional hockey player who played in the National Hockey League..
Evegeny Vladimirovich Belosheikin (April 17, 1966 - November 18, 1999) was a professional hockey
player who played in the Soviet Hockey League.
Yevgeny Makarovich Babich (January 7, 1921 - June 11, 1972) was a hockey player in the Soviet hockeu League.
Mrak R. Green ( December 26, 1967 - October 2004) was a retired professional hockey player who played 10 seasons in vaious North American leagues.
Roman Lyashenko ( May 1, 1979 - July 6, 2003) was a Russin hockey player who played in the National Hockey league.
Dusan Pasek ( September 7, 1960 - March 15, 1998) was a Czechoslovakian professional hockey player who played in the National Hockey League.
Marc Potivn ( January 29, 1967 - January 13, 2006) was a Canadian professional hockey player in the National Hockey league. He was a cousin of Denis Potvin and Jean Potvin.
Veikko Suominen ( May 5, 1948 - December 21, 1978) Was a Finnish hockey player who played in the SM-liiga for Upon Pallo, Kiekko and for Ilves.
Terrence Tootoo ( 980- 2002) 22 year old Terrance was the first Inuit player to play professional hockey.
Authors note: Another of Just Group's community development projects is the recent completion of a suicide prevention history project in Canada. It was in this research that we came across Jeff Beukeboom's role in Suicide Awarenss Week. To view this project, visit: http://www.suicidepreventionhistory.com/
OTHER POSTS ON THE SUBJECT:
Friday, November 12, 2010
Howie Morenz had originally signed on with the Canadians in the early twenties for $1,600 a year.[i] This salary is representative of players in one of the lowest pay brackets still looking to prove themselves during this period. By 1931, top players like Eddie Shore were making $15,000 a year. In the following year, 1932, Shore demanded $25,000 to keep playing for the Bruins.[ii] These lucrative salary demands began to take their toll on the League despite the large revenues being created. The demand for star players to create a winning team drove the player share of league revenues higher than would allow teams to be profitable. Due to player salary demands, after the 1932 season, only Boston, New York, and Montreal made a profit. The League was forced to intervene with a salary cap to ensure an even distribution of the funds. A $70,000 maximum player payroll with an individual salary limit at $7,500 was imposed. Furthermore, team rosters were limited to fourteen so that this system could be implemented effectively. This was a huge cutback in player jobs as many teams were carrying twenty players on their roster before the rule change.[iii]
[i] The Globe and Mail, 17 April, 1931.
[ii] The Globe and Mail, 28 March, 1931.
[iii] “The National Hockey League Licks Its Wounds,” Toronto Daily Star, 11 May 1932.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
War and History. This site includes Conn Smythe's story of involvement in WWI including being shot down by Germans in 1917 and spending 14 months as a P.O.W. In addition the story includes Smythe's enlistment in WWII where he was injured by shrapnel in France in 1944. Conn Smythe is in the Hockey Hall of Fame and is remembered as the builder of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Hockey Players at War
Oshawa General "Red" Tilson Remembrance Day Game
The hockey community completes many acts of remembrance on Remembrance Day. One example is the Oshawa General "Red" Tilson Remembrance Day game. This year the game is on November 12, 2010.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
New Site Launched to Celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Lethbridge Maple Leafs World Championship: www.lethbridgemapleleafs.com
http://www.hockeyhistory.org/ has started a new site dedicated to describing the Lethbridge Maple Leafs amazing journey. hockeyhistory.org will provide the results of their research through site posts designed to follow and describe the journey and provide an electronic means for
remembering their story! Follow along at: http://www.lethbridgemapleleafs.com/
The Lethbridge Maple Leafs were called the " Cinderella Club of All Time" in the Lethbridge Herald on December 22, 1950, even before they won the gold medal at the 1951 World Championship in Paris, France becoming World Amateur Hockey Champions. The Canadian Amateur Hockey Association selected the Lethbridge Maple Leafs to represent Canada after they had won the Western Canadian Championship in 1950. Prior to their world championship win they completed an extensive European tour. They posted a very impressive record of 51 wins, 4 ties and 7 loses. They also won the Sir Winston Churchill Cup Competition.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
GRETZKY INTERVIEW AGE 16 1978 WORLD JUNIORS
Wayne addresses questions regarding rumours that he may not pursue a professional hockey career.
The Soviet Union won gold, Sweden silver and Canada bronze. Gretzky lead the the scorers with 8 goals and 9 assists for 17 points and was named a tournament all-star at age 16.