An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:
• This piece by Mike Chambers and Adrian Dater of The Denver Post tackles the ongoing fighting/concussion debate with a solemn thoroughness. But what makes it a must-read are the damning comments that former Colorado enforcer Scott Parker directs toward his ex-coach, Bob Hartley. This isn’t quite the smoking gun that the concussion lawsuit lawyers need, but it paints a vivid picture of institutional neglect that the NHL’s attorneys should fear. Parker also makes Hartley, now coach of the Calgary Flames, look like a pretty sorry human being.
• In a companion piece, Chambers illustrates the impact that outlawing fighting has had in American college hockey. It’s not pretty.
• Dater doesn’t like the chances of the concussion lawsuit succeeding, or Patrick Roy’s behavior in the aftermath of Colorado’s loss to St. Louis last week.
• Another former enforcer, Darren McCarty, has a new book out just in time for Christmas gift giving. To give you a taste of what’s inside, here’s an excerpt that details his memories of his legendary beatdown of Claude Lemieux.
• Daniel Alfredsson was overwhelmed by the outpouring of affection from Ottawa fans prior to Sunday’s game…and then was booed whenever he touched the puck. Nice to see Sens fans know when it’s time to get down to business.
• In case you missed it, here’s the Alfredsson pre-game tribute video. Nicely done, although I think it’s probably safe to retire “Beautiful Day” by now, don’t you?