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Kurt Walker Can Help Current Players

Kurt Walker reaches out

Kurt Walker wants to help.

The former Toronto Maple Leafs enforcer, who had 17 surgeries in his career and went through the NHL’s substance-abuse and behavioural-health program, has followed the recent deaths of Rick Rypien and Derek Boogaard and believes there are former players who could help today’s NHLers.

A Profile of Sean Avery

Getting To Know: Sean Avery

Early Hockey Memory: “Probably my best one was (attending) my first NHL game. It was 1992 and it was a playoff game between Toronto and St. Louis. My favorite player was Brett Hull and he got a hat trick that game.”

No Charges Against Sean Avery

Sean Avery will not face charges in L.A.

Sean Avery will not face charges for an incident earlier this month at his house in Hollywood in which he had been accused of shoving an LAPD officer.
Early on the morning of August 5, Avery was taken to jail in Los Angeles, spending more than five hours in custody before being released on $20,000 bail. A court date of Sept. 2 was set for Avery to answer a charge of battery on a peace officer.

B.C. Sues Nightclub & Cops to Cover Garrett Burnett Healthcare Costs

B.C. gov’t sues Delta nightclub, cops to recover health care costs for Anaheim Ducks player attacked in 2006

The B.C. government is suing the former owners of a Delta nightclub and Delta police in a bid to recover health care costs for a former NHL player seriously injured during an assault at the club.

In December 2006, while a patron at the Cheers Nightclub, Garrett Burnett was struck on the head with a bar stool brandished by one or more patrons.

The former Mighty Ducks of Anaheim player was knocked unconscious and spent the next 20 days in a coma and four months recovering in hospital.

Rick Tocchet & Son Enjoy the Cup

Summer with Stanley - Rick Tocchet

Rick Tocchet and his son get a chance to see the Stanley Cup thanks to Dennis Seidenberg.

Matt Carkner on Zenon Konopka

Carkner talks tough about Sens

Matt Carkner is ready to welcome Zenon Konopka with open fists.

While the Senators defenceman has never dropped the gloves with his new teammate, it wasn’t for a lack of trying.

“I’ve chased him around for 10 years,” said Carkner with a laugh Tuesday. “We played junior against each other: I was with the Petes and he was with the 67’s and we used to go at it. He gets under your skin. I was in the box a lot because of him because I was chasing him around and I’d get distracted by him.”

A Leader Without the Title

Shawn Thornton says he doesn’t need an ‘A’

“It’s tough to talk about because I don’t know what’s going on. I don’t get talked to about that stuff, so if it happened to be me, the recognition or even the consideration for that is an honor in itself. I haven’t had one in the NHL ever, so it doesn’t stop you from doing your job.

“It’s tough to talk about,” he continued. “Would I like to have it? I guess everybody would, it’s an honor. Do I need it? No, probably not. Whatever the decision is, it will be for the best of the team. There’s a lot of leaders on the team. There’s a lot, a lot of leaders on the team and a lot of guys deserving of it.”

Alex Kovalev Sounds Off on Ottawa

Alex Kovalev rips former Sens coach, Ottawa media

Perhaps he saved his most scathing shots for those in the Ottawa media.

“And the fact I am criticized ... There are different journalists. My opinion of Ottawa journalists is that they don’t watch hockey at all. When they fly with the team and go through the [metal detector] at an airport, their bags are filled with beer. You realize right away what these people do when they write about the NHL.” (Note to self: Ask boss for relocation to Ottawa.)

“I am annoyed when people write [nonsense]. Figuratively speaking, to earn half a hundred dollars they are ready to make up some garbage. But they show that they’re doing their job.”

Police Say Aaron Boogaard Gave Brother Derek Oxycodone

Derek Boogaard's brother gave Rangers enforcer oxycodone, flushed evidence down toilet: police

“Officers learned that the Defendant (Aaron) was living with D.L.B. (Derek),” the report reads. “The Defendant told officers that D.L.B. and he had been out with friends the night before. The Defendant stated that he had provided D.L.B. with one pill containing Oxycodone, a schedule II controlled substance, before going out to several clubs on May 12, 2011. The Defendant told officers when he gave the pill to D.L.B. that he believed D.L.B. was not in pain. The Defendant said that it appeared D.L.B. was celebrating and intended to go on a ‘binger.’

Aaron Boogaard Arrested

Boogaard brother faces drug charge

Aaron Boogaard, a Canadian national from Regina, Saskatchewan, is being held at the Hennepin County jail on the drug arrest and on a federal immigration hold, according to the jail’s website. The Minneapolis police record listing Aaron Boogaard’s arrest says that the date and time of his alleged crime is May 13, the day that family members found former Wild tough guy Derek Boogaard, 28, dead in his Warehouse District apartment.

The arrest resulted from the investigation into Derek Boogaard’s death, said Minneapolis police Capt. Amelia Huffman. The details of the allegation have not yet been made public. The Hennepin County Attorney’s office has until noon Friday to charge him with a crime.

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