Habs’ assessment and suggestions from Brian Burke

It is a sad time right now. People are going crazy being in isolation, trying to avoid spreading the Coronavirus. Everywhere on the news, on a daily basis, we are inundated with sad, even morbid information about this deadly and widely spread disease and we just can’t get away from it. For some odd reason, the NHL is the only winter league to have yet to cancel its season. Is it legitimate or wishful thinking on their part? Well considering that they expect COVID-19 to peak in around mid-May, allow me to question the motive behind it. You see, players will need a full out training camp after this and the meaning of “peak” means that it will still be strong thereafter. And even if they played the playoffs in July, this would affect the players for next season too. Gary Bettman needs to bite the bullet and do the right thing by calling it a season, as the NHL did back in 1919 during the Spanish Influenza.

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Beyond Hockey

In Canada and in many parts of the world, we grew up watching hockey. It’s a sport yes, but it’s also a passion, a lifestyle. Those who had a chance to play it or had kids playing the game will tell you that a hockey season ties so much of your time, your parents’ time too. How many sports require you to spend that much time with your teammates? Getting dressed and undressed before and after practice, before and after games, sharing time and making lifetime friends. The camaraderie, the laughs, the teasing, the jokes, the cries… and even the fights. You often hear that a hockey team is like a family. Some you like, some not as much. But ultimately, you have a group sharing the same passion, pulling in the same direction to beat an opponent.

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