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From the vault: Ken Hitchcock, Crime-Fighter

Hitchcock, who vacations in Kelowna, was sitting in a parked car and sprung to action when he saw the struggle. Hitchcock pinned the shoplifter against a window. The motorcyclist grabbed the teen’s arm, but he broke away. Hitchcock straight-armed him against the window as he struggled.

Concussions: What the hell can we do about this?

Andrew Sullivan: Is Big Football the next Big Tobacco?

Leading with the helmet is not the primary reason there has been a rise in a recognition of concussions and their long-term effects.  Helmets are not designed to prevent concussions. They’re designed to prevent skull fractures. Concussions are the result of a brain injury that happens from “inside-out” – the brain impacting against the inside of the skull as the player’s head suddenly stops. No helmet technology will ever prevent that.

Gillis reveals teams “showcase” players for trades

Over the last few years, I have witnessed several bloggy debates about whether teams really showcase players in an attempt to spark a trade. When a player’s ice time suddenly increases, there’s usually someone out there who will shout “showcase!”, and this is sometimes met with snarky dismissiveness by team representatives and/or journalists. If you…

A BETTER GUIDE TO HATING THE KINGS

In the spirit of friendship, and because this whole thing is probably about to go to hell in a hand-basket, and because Chuck Berry is from St. Louis and Chuck Berry is Rock and Roll, I thought I would lend a hand in completing the guide to Kings hating put together by SB Nation’s St.…

Tom Benjamin’s post-mortem on his own Vancouver Canucks

Vigneault deserves points for putting in Schneider. I thought it was weird at the time, but it turned out to be a stroke of genius that could easily have won the series for them. Had the Canucks won game 5 in OT, the odds of the series going seven games would have been pretty good.

That game would have been tonight, wouldn’t it?

Re Torres: This is what I should have said

The distinction made by Joe Pelletier in the post below is, in my opinion, the central issue in the recent suspension debate. Namely: until the league distinguishes unambiguously between intent-to-injure and recklessness, between unsportsmanlike acts of violence and what Pelletier calls “hockey plays gone awry”, there is no way to make heads or tails out…