Rob Ford and his legacy with hockey

FILE - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, center, smiles as he officially opens the refurbished Sunnydale rink with Toronto Maple Leafs' coach Ron Wilson, right, and other dignitaries who were on hand as well as the Toronto Maple Leafs NHL hockey team, who practiced on the outdoor rink in Toronto in this Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012 file photo. Ford, who became a global sensation in 2013 after admitting he'd smoked crack cocaine, has been appointed to the Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum's board of directors, the hall announced Saturday April 4, 2015. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Pawel Dwulit, File)

FILE – Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, center, smiles as he officially opens the refurbished Sunnydale rink with Toronto Maple Leafs’ coach Ron Wilson, right, and other dignitaries who were on hand as well as the Toronto Maple Leafs NHL hockey team, who practiced on the outdoor rink in Toronto in this Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012 file photo. Ford, who became a global sensation in 2013 after admitting he’d smoked crack cocaine, has been appointed to the Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum’s board of directors, the hall announced Saturday April 4, 2015. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Pawel Dwulit, File)

Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford died at 46 on Tuesday, after an 18-month battle against an aggressive form of cancer.

Any attempt to eulogize Ford is ultimately futile. An honest recollection of his scandal-riddled time as a public servant, and international punchline, comes off as too caustic. Lionizing or humanizing him would ignore the reasons why neither was attempted during his all-too-short life.

When the same sites that ran “40 of the funniest cracks about Toronto mayor Rob Ford” roughly two years ago are now collecting “the most heartfelt condolences about Rob Ford,” it’s enough to make your head spin. We imagine most of Toronto is coming to terms with this contradiction today as well.

Ford had a long-standing relationship with hockey, as any Toronto politician would. A few of those connections, as we remember a memorable mayor. SEE MORE

 

 

NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks left reeling after ‘revenge porn’ scandal

The Chicago Blackhawks’ minor league prospect Garret Ross has been suspended over accusations that he engaged in revenge porn.

The 23-year-old forward, who currently plays for Blackhawks’ affiliate AHL team the Rockford IceHogs, has been accused of sharing an image of a woman engaged in a sexual act without her consent.

 

NHL Power Rankings: 2015-16 Consensus Week 24

Not a surprise that the Washington Capitals remain at the top of our consensus NHL power rankings. The Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks moved ahead of the St. Louis Blues, who fell back two spots to No. 4.

The Dallas Stars move back into the top five at No. 5.

There were changes this week to the bottom portion of our power rankings. The Winnipeg Jets dethroned the Toronto Maple Leafs for the No. 30 position. The Maple Leafs moved up two slots to No. 28.

The Vancouver continue their slide and fall to No. 29.

The Columbus Blue Jackets and Edmonton Oilers remain at No. 26 and No. 27.    – SEE MORE

NHL Trades

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Boston Bruins trade Milan Lucic and Dougie Hamilton.

The season has barely been over since June 15th when the Chicago Blackhawks stopped the Tampa Bay Lightning in a Game 6 WIN at home in Chicago but all the while the rest of the NHL has been planning their own next moves to get their respective teams to a Stanley Cup as well. Just over 2 Weeks later & we have the Kings getting a powerful Milan Lucic to an already strong lineup. Let’s not forget Phil Kessel got dumped by the Leafs to his delight. Kessel is now a Pittsburgh Penguin which is a shot in the arm to the fan base. Young talent T.J. Oshie is going to the Washington Capitals who made strides in their own quest for the Cup this past season. Looks like these 3 teams are gearing up for another incredible year of NHL hockey.

 

 

 

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T.J. Oshie traded to Capitals; Blues get Brouwer

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TORONTO, ON – APRIL 11: Phil Kessel #81of the Toronto Maple Leafs throws a stick into the crowd after losing to the Montreal Canadiens in their last game of the year during NHL action at the Air Canada Centre April 11, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)

Tampa Bay Lightning take the Series lead over the Chicago Blackhawks

I know…. it’s been much to much too long since I last posted on here but I have to get upto date in whats going down in the Stanely Cup Final. In a blink of an eye we are now about to enter Game 4 of the Stanely Cup! So many great playoff games and now a VERY interesting final between Tampa Bay and Chicago.

 

Lightning Take Lead over Blackhawks

 

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2015 NHL Playoff Standings and Line Ups

The NHL season has come to a close but now the next chapter starts to present an opportunity for teams to go after the prized Stanley Cup Trophy. Who will make it? I have no clue but I’m certain whoever comes out on top will be a team to watch. The L.A. Kings who won this past season didn’t even make it back even though they played hard this season, they just weren’t up for the task. Their opponent in last years final The New York Rangers ARE back to give it another go for a win for the cup. It would be their 1st in over 20 years this year. Crazy! I was at their parade in 1994. Either way enjoy all that comes with watching the NHL, just don’t lose your shirt if you like to gamble.

 

Click on the image for the current standings and see who is in & winning – –

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The Pittsburgh Penguins are becoming the best defense in NHL

When you think of dominant defensive hockey teams the Pittsburgh Penguins probably are not one of the first teams that come to mind. Likewise, when you think of the Pittsburgh Penguins, dominant defensive hockey probably isn’t the first thing that you think of.

Instead, it’s probably offense, offense, offense. And maybe more offense.

READ MORE – CBS Sports

Trade Rumors: Habs, Flyers, Bruins, Canes, Caps, Stars and Oilers

NHL Trade Rumors

2014 trade rumors from around the league.

The season has barely begun and of course already you can easily Google about the various upcoming trade rumors from around the league! I say why not follow them and decide for yourself what is most likely. Of course this information is mostly useful for gamblers, sports agents, journalist & hardcore fans. The article will take you maybe 2 minutes tops to read but I hope the site is helpful for someone. Please keep up with me here at WayneGretzky.ORG!

 

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