Feuds with Harold Ballard, Don Cherry part of ex-Leafs captain Rick Vaives new book

“I always said that if I was going to compose something, I wanted it to be genuine and honest,” Vaive said in an interview with The Canadian Press.”Like everyone else in the world, there’s obstacles,” said the 61-year-old Vaive.”It wasn’t until later on in life that I came to realize what a dreadful influence all the drinking and battling– at my parents’ house, with my grandfather– had on me,” Vaive composes.
Those stories in particular variety from head-shaking to cringe-inducing, including one infamous group image involving the owner’s unfortunate dog, T.C. Puck.

“I always said that if I was going to write something, I desired it to be authentic and sincere,” Vaive stated in an interview with The Canadian Press.”His goal was to be on the front page of the sports section every day,” Vaive stated.”I’m quite sure I could have scored somewhere between 20 and 30 objectives a year, assisted some of the young guys and ideally kick-started the franchise,” Vaive stated.”The 2 most difficult years of my life,” Vaive stated.”It’s not something that I wake up and believe about every day,” stated Vaive, who ranks 5th in goals and 10th in points all-time for Toronto regardless of playing just 8 seasons in white and blue.

The cover of”Catch 22: My Battles, in Hockey and Life”by Rick Vaive and Scott Morrison. (Penguin Random House Canada/HO/The Canadian Press)

Ballard would criticize his captain in the media, however Vaive stated the two seldom spoke.

“His objective was to be on the front page of the sports area every day,” Vaive said. “We just took it with a grain of salt.

“He was a jerk and he was cheap. You coped with it. It sucked because he was the primary reason we weren’t having success. That was discouraging.”

And Vaive’s exit from Toronto through sell 1987 after being removed of the captaincy the previous season still stings due to the fact that of what may have been throughout his prime, and the success the franchise enjoyed beginning in the early 1990s following Ballard’s death.

“It injured,” Vaive stated. “They turned things around. To this day, it’s one of those things where you want you might have been part of that.”

Feud with Don Cherry

Vaive, who’s been wed to partner Joyce for nearly 40 years, has 2 adult boys, and welcomed his very first grandchild in 2015, ultimately got into training after retiring at age 33, however not before he tried to capture on with either the Ottawa Senators or Tampa Bay Lightning when the NHL expanded in 1992.

Born in the nation’s capital, Vaive thought the fit there would have been perfect. He confesses was an error not to have an agent at the time, but states how the dysfunctional Senators never even bothered calling him back.

“I’m quite sure I might have scored someplace between 20 and 30 objectives a year, assisted some of the young men and ideally kick-started the franchise,” Vaive stated. “But it didn’t work out.”

Speaking of things that didn’t work out, there was Vaive’s infamous stretch with the IceDogs following an effective run training in the professional ranks. The IceDogs won just 3 video games in Vaive’s only season behind the bench.

Vaive has absolutely nothing but advantages to state about his gamers in junior. The team simply wasn’t any excellent.

Cherry, the renowned hockey broadcaster, is a different story.

“It was discouraging,” Vaive stated. “Especially when you’re getting phone messages from one of your owners [Cherry] from the night before saying, ‘Another loss. You couldn’t coach a [curse] peewee team.”‘

Overcoming alcohol problem

Alcohol was a persistent problem for Vaive that finally came to a head throughout his trial for impaired driving following a traffic stop north of Toronto in July 2009. He was eventually acquitted, but the process took its toll.

“The 2 toughest years of my life,” Vaive said. “Every time you went to court it was on the front page. I wasn’t getting any work, any appearances. And after that of course the drinking worsened.”

He subsequently recognized the problem, looked for aid and now tries to counsel others.

“It’s something I’m proud I was able to conquer,” Vaive said.

Not one to hold grudges, it does munch at him that he isn’t seen in the very same light as other Leafs greats. The franchise retired the numbers worn by 16 gamers back in 2016, however No. 22 wasn’t among them.

“It’s not something that I get up and consider every day,” stated Vaive, who ranks fifth in objectives and 10th in points all-time for Toronto in spite of playing simply 8 seasons in white and blue. “They’re asking themselves the wrong question if they’re asking themselves ‘Why?’

“The question should be ‘Why not?”‘

He’s holding out hope, however not holding his breath on that final chapter.

“If it does come, I ‘d like to be young enough to enjoy it,” Vaive said. “It would be an amazing honour.”

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The WHL has set a Jan. 8 start date. The schedule hasn’t been chosen however up to 52 games is possible.

The Ontario Hockey League is taking a look at starting a 40-game season beginning Feb. 4.

WHL commissioner Ron Robison stated the league plans “to do whatever we can to accommodate” NHL scouts.

“The truth will exist’s less video games,” he stated.

Rewind the tape

Scouts wish to attend as many video games as possible, but groups will need to rely greatly on video.

Treliving said video “is of fantastic use and you get great mileage out of it,” specifically for gamers teams currently have their eye on.

“It’s more helpful to watch video when you know the gamer a bit,” he said. “When you turn on a game, and you’re trying to recognize who the gamers are, it’s your very first watching, it’s more challenging.”

Using video probably will not affect predicted first-round choices like winger Dylan Guenther of the Edmonton Oil Kings or defenceman Brandt Clarke of the Barrie Colts. However searches not being able to watch games live might lead to some other players falling further back in the draft.

“It normally boils down to watchings,” stated Treliving. “Those men, later on round picks, you get a real good sense of them based upon the number of times you see them.”

Playing less games likewise minimizes a gamer’s chances of impressing scouts.

“There may be guys that aren’t going to play as much,” he said. “If you aren’t going to be playing, you’re not going to be seen.”

Video has “come a long method,” said Treliving, but scouts “are still a little bit of a servant to the quality.

“You could be the greatest talent critic as a scout, but if the quality is not great, it’s tough to truly dig into.”

Silver lining

The Canadian Hockey League announced March 12 it was cancelling the remaining games in the 2020 routine season due to COVID-19. A couple of weeks later the Memorial Cup, set up for Kelowna, B.C., was cancelled.

While anxious to return playing, some junior players like Colton Dach believe the long layoff will actually enhance their draft potential.

“We’ve had six or seven months of training and to make ourselves better to get prepared,” stated Dach a 17-year-old winger with the Saskatoon Blades who is forecasted to be picked anywhere from the 4th to sixth round.

“For me personally, I’ve currently noticed myself being faster and more powerful.”

The extra time has actually also assisted Zack Ostapchuk– a 17-year-old forward with the Vancouver Giants– rehab from a major knee injury that reduced his season in 2015.

“I’m eight months into my healing, so it assists for sure,” said Ostapchuk.

Treliving agreed a long summertime of training and recuperation will benefit a lot of the draft-eligible gamers.

“They’ve had that time to physically develop,” he said. “It’s offset by … you’re not playing as many games to be seen. In the long run, it could be a very good thing for some of these kids that they’ve had this additional training time.”

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This year, with COVID-19 playing havoc with how the junior leagues run, Calgary basic manager Brad Treliving has no idea how many video games Flames’ scouts will enjoy in individual.”There’s going to be less video games played,” stated Treliving. “If there’s less video games, there’s going to be less watchings. The Canadian Hockey League revealed March 12 it was cancelling the staying video games in the 2020 routine season due to COVID-19. “It’s balanced out by … you’re not playing as lots of games to be seen.

Unable to say final goodbye, wife of late Oiler Colby Cave urges Canadians to respect COVID-19 regulations

“COVID is affecting people in so many different ways. I can’t speak on behalf of those people. Right away, individuals began sharing her post.”I’ve had individuals reach out saying’I haven’t had a funeral service for my enjoyed one’ or ‘I was on FaceTime saying farewell to my loved one’ and all of that … It’s probably the worst experience you could ever go through,” she stated. People have actually been reaching out in numerous methods since Colby’s death, Cave said.

“COVID is impacting individuals in so many various methods.”I’ve had people reach out stating’I haven’t had a funeral service for my liked one’ or ‘I was on FaceTime saying bye-bye to my loved one’ and all of that … It’s probably the worst experience you could ever go through,” she stated. People have been reaching out in numerous ways since Colby’s death, Cave said.

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“With regard to the board of directors, as an initial step in our efforts to be more varied, Hockey Canada and its members approved a by-law change at the 2019 yearly conference which requires the board to have representation from both genders (a minimum of two males and two females) by fall of 2020,” Hockey Canada said in an e-mail to CBC Sports.

“Further to that, our nominating committee has actually been particularly charged with hiring a more varied group of board candidates, including visible minorities.”

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Ryersons Lisa Haley leads hockey hopes of Hungarian women

” Yes, it’s in the middle of a pandemic,” Haley said.” Hockey’s a little world and females’s hockey even smaller sized,” Haley stated.” She truly gave me some fantastic guidance in terms of where Hungary was in their advancement. Hungary doubled up on Canadian coaches in 2020.”Everybody’s recruiting kind of goes in cycles and we are at the peak right now,” Haley said.

Unable to coach the Ryerson Rams to a nationwide women’s university hockey title because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lisa Haley has actually used her talents to an up-and-coming country.

Hungary, which won promotion to the top-tier females’s world hockey championship for the very first time, has hired Haley as head coach.

If the 2021 champion goes on in Halifax and Truro, N.S. in April, Haley will guarantee Hungary’s bench in her home province.

” We’re in Pool B in Truro actually 20 minutes from where I matured as a kid and began to play the video game,” Haley informed The Canadian Press.

The 47-year-old from Westville, N.S., was Canada’s assistant coach at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, where captain Marie-Philip Poulin scored the overtime winner for the gold medal.

Haley was also an assistant the last time Canada won a world title in 2012.

She’s coached university ladies’s hockey for over twenty years, first with the Saint Mary’s Huskies in the Atlantic University Sport conference and then the Rams for the last years.

Haley is presently in quarantine in your home in Cobourg, Ont., after returning Sunday from Budapest.

The Hungarian females were scheduled to play in a Six Nations tournament versus China, Norway, Denmark, Slovakia and Austria last week.

Due to the fact that of rising infection numbers in Europe, all countries withdrew. The Hungarian females wound up playing video games versus a local under-16 kids group.

” Yes, it’s in the middle of a pandemic,” Haley said. “My technique to this has actually been, I understand how to keep myself safe. I understand how to wear a mask, clean my hands and [stay] a stick-length away.”

Canadian Pat Cortina coached the Hungarian women to Division 1 triumph and promotion in 2019, however didn’t continue with the program due to the fact that of a contractual commitment to a German men’s team.

Possible for another Olympic Games

Meanwhile, the 2020 women’s world championship in Nova Scotia was postponed to 2021 since of the pandemic.

Former Hungarian player Zsuzsanna Kolbenheyer chairs the International Ice Hockey Federation’s females’s committee.

She asked Canadian committee member Melody Davidson about potential training prospects for her nation. Davidson was general supervisor of Canada’s 2014 Olympic group.

” Hockey’s a small world and women’s hockey even smaller,” Haley said.” She really offered me some fantastic suggestions in terms of where Hungary was in their development. Hungary doubled up on Canadian coaches in 2020.
” It’s a small nation with a population of less than 10 million and hockey is not a popular sport.”Everybody’s recruiting kind of goes in cycles and we are at the peak right now,” Haley stated.

NHLers weigh in on idea of an all-Canadian pandemic division

“We’re not going to move all 7 Canadian franchises south of the 49th parallel … so we have to look at alternative methods to play,” Bettman stated Tuesday as part of a virtual panel discussion throughout the 2020 Paley International Council Summit. Andi Petrillo speaks with NHL analyst Dave Poulin.”The Canadian teams are rather strong,” Montreal head coach Claude Julien said in October.”It would be quite cool, particularly for Canadian hockey fans,” Canucks captain Bo Horvat stated.”If that is the case, an all-Canadian division, I think it would be quite distinct,” he said.

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the league? Andi Petrillo talks to NHL expert Dave Poulin. 6:03 It stays to be seen if Canadian clubs would set up in a center or travel to specific cities, but if the Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Winnipeg Jets, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks wind up organized together, fans might be in for a reward.

“The Canadian teams are rather strong,” Montreal head coach Claude Julien said in October. “It might be a really competitive department. We understand that Ottawa is being rebuilt– that does not mean they aren’t competitive– but the other groups all believe in their possibility to make the playoffs.

“People are most likely to see extremely competitive and extremely interesting hockey.”

Six of Canada’s seven franchises participated in the summer season resumption of play, with only the Senators on the outdoors looking in. There’s optimism in each city for whenever the league gets going– the NHL continues to target a Jan. 1 start date– and the temperature in between rivals could be turned up with more games versus the very same opponents.

“It would be pretty cool, specifically for Canadian hockey fans,” Canucks captain Bo Horvat stated. “It’ll be heated and it’ll be some good hockey if it happens.”

Rivalries galore

It also does not injure that some of the game’s greatest names– consisting of Edmonton’s Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, Marner and Auston Matthews with Toronto, Vancouver’s Elias Pettersson and Winnipeg’s Patrik Laine– might be pitted against each other regularly.

“It would be a cool experience,” Marner stated. “We’ve just got to be ready for whatever occurs.”

Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa generally play in the Atlantic Division, Winnipeg is in the Central, and Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary are in the Pacific.

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NHL considering temporary realignment, hubs for next season

The league likewise is pondering a lowered schedule and short-term centers. > The NHL had zero cases in the bubble during the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, however what’s next for the league? The NHL is targeting a Jan. 1 start for next season. You’ll go back, go home for a week, be with your family.

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The NHL is targeting a Jan. 1 start for next season. Details are still being worked out in talks between the league and NHL Players’ Association.

The NHL ended up last season in bubbles in Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, but Bettman has eliminated using bubbles for an entire schedule.

“We are exploring the possibility of playing in our own buildings without fans [or] fans where you can, which is going to be an arena-by-arena concern,” Bettman said, according to an ESPN.com report.

“But we’re also checking out the possibility of a hub. You’ll come in. You’ll play for 10 to 12 days. You’ll play a lot of games without travelling. You’ll return, go home for a week, be with your family. We’ll have our screening protocols and all the other things you require.”

The NHL likewise could utilize a hybrid model with some teams in a bubble and some in the house, and teams moving in and out of the situations, Bettman stated.

The NHL could choose a short-lived adjustment of its groups for next season during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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