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Ted Nolan, Craig Berube set to make NHL history tonight in Philadelphia

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Ted Nolan of the Buffalo Sabres

Of First Nation heritage, Ted Nolan coached Latvia’s national team before his NHL return. (Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

An interesting bit of hockey history is set to unfold in Philadelphia tonight. For the first time ever, two First Nations head coaches will square off when Craig Berube’s Flyers host Ted Nolan’s Buffalo Sabres.

Tonight’s meeting is no small matter for the men involved or the minority they represent.

“It’s huge,” Nolan, an Ojibwa, told on Wednesday. “The significance of it is not really what it means to me, or Craig Berube, but what it means when you think of what our ancestors went through.”

“It’s pretty cool,” added Berube, who is part Cree.

“These coaches are real trailblazers in sport, especially in the NHL,” Peter Dinsdale, chief executive officer of the Assembly of First Nations, told “It’s remarkable, given all the barriers that exist for First Nations peoples.”

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  • Published On Nov 21, 2013
  • Top Line: Jonathan Quick’s amazing own goal; NHL’s dirtiest player; more links

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    Jonathan Quick might just want to forget that yesterday ever happened.

    Jonathan Quick might just want to forget that yesterday ever happened. (Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Jonathan Quick isn’t the first NHL goalie to inadvertently direct a puck into his own net, but it’s hard to imagine anyone has ever done it in such spectacular fashion. This may be the greatest/worst own goal in NHL history.

    • Hey, at least this gaffe didn’t happen in the playoffs.

    “Set play, man. Set play.”

    • Is this the dirtiest player in the NHL?

    • Craig Berube went straight to page one of the New Coach’s Handbook and said he’ll demand more accountability from the underperforming Philadelphia Flyers. I smell a few bag skates coming on.

    Three games? Three???

    • Elliotte Friedman touches on the legalities of the spin-o-rama shootout move, extended overtime periods and a Maple Leafs trade rumor in his weekly 30 Thoughts column.

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  • Published On Oct 08, 2013
  • Philadelphia Flyers owner gets feisty in defense of team’s culture, GM

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    By Allan Muir

    While Peter Laviolette was a popular choice among pundits who were looking to tag the first coach to be fired this season, most figured he’d survive the opening week.

    But with his Flyers off to an 0-3 start and showing much the same formless game that left them outside the playoff mix last season, Laviolette was cashiered this morning, setting a modern-day record with the alacrity of his dismissal. The all-time mark for quickest firing after the start of a season is Paul Thompson of the Blackhawks getting the can after one game of the 1944-45 campaign. Bill Gadsby (Red Wings, 1969-70) got two games and Fred Glover (Golden Seals, 1971-72) three before they headed for the door.

    Laviolette is being replaced by assistant Craig Berube.

    You can certainly argue the timing — if Lavy’s leash was going to be that short, why let him start the season in the first place? — but you can’t argue the rationale. Philly was lousy through those three games, outscored 9-3, outshot by an average of nearly seven per game, and poorly executing an aggressive system for which the players seem ill-suited.

    Those are the sort of indictments that can get a coach fired. But that always seems to be the answer in Philly, doesn’t it? Maybe after going through 11 coaches in 20 years, it’s fair to ask if there’s a more pressing issue affecting the organization.

    Just don’t dare ask owner Ed Snider.

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  • Published On Oct 07, 2013