Sunday, August 12, 2012

F Petr Nedved (Seattle, 1989-90) signed a one-year contract extension with Liberec (Czech Republic, Extraliga). He led the Czech Extraliga in scoring and assists with 24 goals and 37 assists in 49 games and was named Extraliga Player of the Year last season. Nedved, who turns 41 in December, has been captain of Liberec the past four seasons and was an alternate captain on the Czech National Team at last year's world championship. He had three goals and two assists in nine games there, helping the Czechs win the bronze medal.
Bob Duff, a sports columnist with the Windsor Star, weights in right here on the OHL’s decision to whack the Windsor Spitfires for recruiting irregularities. . . . Duff, by the way, knows his way around the CHL. Back in the day, he was at the Saskatoon StarPhoenix and his beat was the Saskatoon Blades.
Jim Parker of the Windsor Star talks right here with a former OHL general manager about the impact disciplinary action taken by the OHL will have on the Windsor Spitfires.
As he prepares for life in Antigonish, N.S., F Cole Grbavac, who completed his WHL eligibility with the Medicine Hat Tigers last season, has been named a recipient of a Danny Gallivan Memorial Scholarship. The announcement was made by StFX Athletics. Grbavac is on his way to StFX to study business and play for the X-Men. . . . Gallivan, the legendary voice of the Montreal Canadiens, graduated from StFX in 1942. . . . According to a StFX news release: “The Danny Gallivan Memorial Scholarship is awarded to Canadian male and female varsity athletes who combine qualities of leadership with academic excellence. The award is currently valued up to $5,000 per year and is renewable for up to four years as long as the recipient remains on the academic Dean’s List.” . . . F Brennen Wray, who split five WHL seasons between the Moose Jaw Warriors and Red Deer Rebels, is preparing for his fourth season at StFX and was earlier awarded a Gallivan Scholarship.
Jimmy Watson of the Shreveport Times has an interesting piece here on the subject of concussions in sports. . . . “While the NFL has borne the brunt of the bad PR, maybe it’s not the exposure (in just that league),” Dr. Julian Bailes, chairman of neurosurgery at the NorthShore University HealthSystem in Chicago, is quoted as saying. “It might be the exposure in adolescence or youth. The brain between 14 and 17 begins to remodel. There is mounting evidence in humans that sub-concussion may be real.” . . . It also is interesting that concussion-related lawsuits have been filed against the NFL and the NCAA, and that there even are litigious examples involving high school sports.

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