The National Hockey League has worked diligently to hide their COVID-19 infections. Inside sources have indicated that NHL Executives are informing players not to go public. Few professionals have admitted to contracting the virus, with it speculated that NHL is sustaining a 1.3% infection average. That’d be consistent with other sports leagues in the United States that have resumed operations.

The 3rd Phase of NHLs Coronavirus Plan began in late June, with Austin Mathews being the exclusive NHLer to announce his confirmed infection before Caleb Jones. Playing for the Edmonton Oilers, Caleb Jones confirmed his positive test for coronavirus to NHL Online Reporters. He remarked that when arriving in Edmonton on July 5th, it’s possible that COVID-19 was contracted during flight or in the airport. This speculation from Caleb follows after receiving a positive test of COVID-19 after arriving at the hotel.

Caleb Jones indicated that his condition was asymptomatic, supporting zero symptoms of the coronavirus. This meant maintaining fourteen-day isolation, which had ended on July 19th. He won’t attend training until the 20th and suspects that it’ll take a few sessions before former skillsets are reobtained. Prolonged training is required after professional hockey players haven’t been allowed to maintain team exercises for nearly six months.

Rumours to Reality

Speculation regarding Caleb Jones having the novel coronavirus began after the Edmonton Oilers changed his player status to “Unfit for Practice”. Players designated under UFP Status in the National Hockey League are suspected of having coronavirus. Few have made public confirmations out of fear against NHL Executives. Caleb Jones doesn’t maintain this fear and would instead inform the public himself than watch rumours grow to unbelievable levels.

The Head Coach for the Edmonton Oilers, Dave Tippet, spoke on Caleb Jones public confirmation. Dave emphasized that Executives & Supporters should both respect his player for having the courage to announce his positive case, which shouldn’t even be concerning for Caleb’s health. Coach Tippet speculates that there have been numerous asymptomatic cases of coronavirus in the NHL, with most unaware because of minimal testing. It’ll be interesting to see how the NHL Corporate Division reacts to the Edmonton Oilers, possibly fining them for breaking protocols.

The Canadian Hockey league was shocked & disturbed to learn that abuse of power was evident in multiple scenarios. One thousand four hundred young men were forced into harassment, bullying, physical abuse, mental abuse, and adult hazing. After internal investigations into claims made by former players in the CHL, it’s been released that hazing allegations were proven genuine in all three national leagues. The CHL comprises the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League, and Western Hockey League. PR Representatives with the CHL guaranteed that they’re committed to providing these men with safer & trustworthy environments.

Representatives with the Canadian Hockey League provided formal sentiments on this matter. It was remarked that the allegations & proof that came to light had disturbed CHL Executives. Trying to save some of their previous public image, the CHL stated that the modern era of their services isn’t similar to historic allegations made by former players. It doesn’t make these allegations any less accurate & undeserving of punishment. Multiple men were mentally abused & faced prolonged ridicule for residual effects.

When questioned on their thoughts behind the allegations, CHL Representatives noted that their advancements to improve player experience has unfolded over two decades. Comments bolstered that they’ve worked with the Canadian Red Cross, Canadian Mental Health Association, and the RIS Group. Together these three organizations have worked towards increased education to CHL players, using specialized lessons targeted towards teenager to young adult audiences.

These educational lessons maintain that intolerant behaviour from coaching staff won’t be permitted in the Canadian Hockey League. This zero-tolerance stance has seen multiple coaches & players lose their opportunity at obtaining positions in the National Hockey League.

Safer Environments

The Canadian Hockey League confirmed that they’d do everything possible to ensure that allegations against Hazing are recreated in the current climate. Former CHL Players remarked their concern for younger competitors after the death of George Floyd & COVID-19, which has caused significant damage onto the mental capabilities on those that cannot stand being locked indoors. The current climate in North America targets intolerance, prompting the concern.

Supporters behind the National Hockey League were disappointed but not surprised to learn that Ales Hemsky, a veteran Forward with the NHL, is retiring after 2020. Ales made this announcement directly through the NHL Alumni Association, revealing that he should spend time with the children moving forward. Doctors had informed Hemsky that his body couldn’t naturally sustain another season, which was challenging for the Forward to accept and come to terms with. He noted that when you’ve done the same thing for so long, you don’t want to give it up under any conditions.

Ales Hemsky stands at 36 years of age, holding fifteen seasons in the National Hockey League. Throughout this career, more than 652 Games were played with the Edmonton Oilers, with hundreds of other appearances with the Ottawa Senators. This extends towards the Montreal Canadians and Dallas Stars, with Ales Hemsky being one of the few forwards to sustain a lengthy career with four teams. His final season will have been 2019-20 with the Montreal Canadians.

Stats

Hemsky was an influential Forward & Capitan in the National Hockey League. He acquired 570+ points throughout his career, with the overwhelming majority coming from assistance. 174 Goals were accomplished with an additional 398 assists. It should be noted his career extends beyond the regular NHL season. His skillsets obtained Ales a position in the Stanley Cup Players with the Edmonton Oilers.

They’d inevitably lose to the Carolina Hurricanes, with this 13th-Round Pick in the 2001 NHL Draft working towards new accomplishments. Those would include acquiring an Olympic Medal for his home nation of the Czech Republic. Hemsky would accomplish this goal twice, once in 2006 and the other in 2014. He’d also inquire a Gold Medal with the 2016 World Hockey Cup Series.

Public Remarks

Hemsky revealed to reporters that it took twelve months for him to accept retirement. He noted that additional damage had been done to both his shoulders, creating cartilage damage that cannot be reversed. Ales finished his announced retirement by thanking all those involved with improving his career in the National Hockey League.

Canada saw one of its most horrendous crimes this week, with a mass shooting occurring in Nova Scotia. This brutal act of violence caused by twenty-two civilians to lose their lives, including a Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officer. This was Heidi Stevenson, who’d spent 23 years working with the RCMP. She was near retirement before losing her life. These violent actions prompted the “Nova Scotia Remembers” campaign, which saw notable individuals from the province express their condolences. This included Sydney Crosby, one of the most influential athletes in the NHL.

Most aren’t aware that Sydney Crosby was born and raised throughout Nova Scotia, making this horrendous crime emotionally challenge for the Pittsburgh Penguins Captain. Crosby mentioned that his heart and soul goes out to the people of Nova Scotia, with his remarks extending towards the friends and family affected by this horrific tragedy. The Penguins Forward noted that Heidi Stevenson is the hero of Cole Harbour, of Nova Scotia, and Canada.

Remarks from Sydney Crosby continued, with the NHL Legend thanking all first responders that held their ground throughout this nightmare. These individuals would’ve stuck together in close quarters, meaning that social distancing was avoided. RCMP Constables faced two enemies during the shootout, with the 1st being bullets and the 2nd being COVID-19. Crosby finished his remarks by mentioning how Nova Scotia always stays strong, that they’ll do it again and again.

The Shootings

April 17th & 18th marked the dates when this horrific murderer took towards Cole Harbour, killing 22 civilians from the Nova Scotia region. These deaths prompted the Prime Minister of Canada to get involved, with Justin Trudeau merely mentioning how throughout this challenging time, we must talk with someone we trust. He noted that family and friends should be told their loved because tomorrow isn’t ever promised.

It should be mentioned that Trudeau didn’t provide condolences to the family members or friends of this tragedy, which is unconventional of a Prime Minister to do. The Canadian Leader has infamously been weak throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic, often running away to his home when questioned profusely by reporters.

The International Ice Hockey Federation announced that the 2020 World Championships would be cancelled. Organizers made this decision after the increasing outbreak of Covid-19 throughout European Nations, primarily Switzerland. Considering that sixteen nations would’ve competed in Switzerland for this championship, organizers were forced to cancel the May 8th to 24th hockey competition.

The President of IIHF expressed that this has been challenging for decision with everyone involved, but that the protection of globally hockey communities is more important than a championship. Rene Fazel mentioned that it’s the responsibility of government bodies, major corporations, sporting outfits and the respective individual to ensure that Covid-19 doesn’t spread internationally anymore than it already has.

It should be mentioned that this is the 1st time in three decades that the IIHF Championship has been cancelled. The last time would’ve been 1988, which followed after two additional cancellations in 1980 and 84. Rene Fazel noted that something special would be implemented next season to honour the fallen individuals from Covid-19. The President was forced to make these announcements after multiple other hockey venues were terminated throughout Switzerland, which included the 2020 IIHF World Women’s Championship for March 7th. This venue would’ve been held in Nova Scotia for March 7th. An additional site for U18 Players was cancelled in Michigan.

Global Restrictions

Travelling internationally have become virtually impossible under the conditions of Covid-19. The International Ice Hockey Federation noted that transferring all registered players to Switzerland would be a logistical challenge for organizers. This means that the most significant hockey competition for Canadians and Europeans have been cancelled for a single year. It’s unknown what the financial impact will be with the lost sponsorship contracts, returned tickets and merchandise sales.

The federation confirmed in their announcement that protective measures had been implemented for their employed workers. These individuals are located at home in self-isolation and committing to their jobs in safer conditions. Employees will continue to be paid for their respective workloads through a robust insurance program maintained by IIHF. Organizers expressed that the safety of their staff, supporters and the overall community is more important than providing this tournament to millions.

The Calgary Flames aren’t even halfway through the 2019 – 2020 season and a significant injury has faced the team. Recently at a private practice, the most traumatic day in 25 years occurred or the Flames. Early into the two-hour-long practice one of their defencemen fell to the ground. TJ Brodie was standing idly during a blue line drill when he dropped to the ice and began convulsing similarly to seizures. Immediately, several players and the head coach rushed to Brodie’s side. They offered what support they could, securely holding his head and limiting the convulsions to the best of their abilities.

The assistant coaching staff and media reporters on the scene called 911 for an immediate ambulance, with medical staff and additional help assisting with the scenario until paramedics arrived on the scene. Before paramedics arrived, Brodie became conscious and uttered a few words to those around him. Afterwards, plenty of room was provided for the medical staff and for the anticipation of the paramedic’s arrival.

Fire officials and paramedics with Calgary arrived minutes after the call, who by that time had the general manager join the scene as well. Brad Treliving and Head Coach Bill Peters stood by his side while paramedics reviewed his condition. Bill Peters would remain at the hospital until Brodie’s release later on. Before being taken to the hospital, Brodie became fully aware of his surroundings and could sit up without the assistance of others. His fellow teammates skated to his side and tapped him gently, showing their support for Brodie. Eventually, he was lifted onto a stretcher and taken to Calgary’s downtown hospital.

Practice Cancelled

The Calgary Flames, without their head coach and main defencemen, chose to cancel the practice. It didn’t take long for the general manager to tweet out a brief explanation of the experience. He noted that Brodie had an episode during the noon practice but was responsive, alert and being transported to the local emergency room for evaluation. Brad Treliving finished his tweet by letting fans know that there would be an update in the coming hours.

After four hours, the general manager sent out another tweet just before six at night. Brad issued out another tweet that mentioned multiple tests had been conducted on Brodie. The tweet let fans know that Brodie had been discharged from the hospital and will spend recovery time with his family for an undetermined amount of time. Brad Treliving iterated that an update would be provided on Brodie’s prolonged duration from the team on November 15th at the Calgary Saddledome.

During this week, the Predators made sure that Captain Roman Josi stays in Nashville for another eight years when they signed this multi-year contract with the captain to the value of $74.472 million. This will indeed mean that Josi will be on the receiving side of $9.059 million per season.

This week David Poile, president of hockey operations as well as general manager to the Nashville Predators, announced that they signed with Josi until the 2027-2028 season. He stated that Josi is one of the best defensemen in the entire National Hockey League and also being their team leader, they didn’t want to risk losing him to any other team.

Furthermore, it was stated that Josi is now in the prime of his career, and they want him to continue to develop and showcase his brilliant skills on the ice in Smashville. His contribution to the team is also considered to be invaluable in their efforts to claim their ultimate goal, the Stanley Cup.

Josi’s Season Thus Far

Josi had a brilliant start to this season. He managed to accumulate 13 points during his first 11 contests, making this the best performance he has had thus far in his NHL career of nine seasons. He is also part of a small group of six defensemen in the NHL who average 1 point per game. Recently also being named as the NHL Second Star of the Week, another first in his career, it is clear that Josi’s profession is indeed experiencing its all-time high.

Josi was drafted in 2008 during the second round. He became the captain of the team in September 2017. During the past eight years, his performance at the Predators has been nothing short of excellent. He already appeared for the team in 71 Stanley Cup Playoffs; this has him at a tie position as the most in the history of the organization. A record which he will most definitely exceed by far now after the extension of his contract. Another achievement linked to his name is the 32 postseason point which he has earned. This is the third-most in the club’s record books and the best achieved by a defenseman.

Josi, a native from Bern, Switzerland, has been playing extensively for his country. He made an appearance at the World Championship during last May. This was also his eighth appearance in the World Championship. During both 2013 and 2018, he made a valuable contribution to his country’s success in achieving the silver medal, and that also earned him the award as the Most Valuable Player. He also represented his home country in the 2014 Olympic Games and three World Junior Championships from 2007-09. Another silver medal was earned when he was playing for Team Europe in 2016 at the World Cup of Hockey.

Petr Cech had a tremendously successful career as a goalkeeper for both Chelsea and Arsenal. He is currently the performance and technical director at Chelsea, a position which he took on when he hung his boots for good. Even though he had such a long and successful career in the field, his first love has always been ice hockey. This is a love which he is now pursuing with great success. Recently not only helping his team win during his first game on ice but also delivering such an excellent performance that he was announced as man of the match.

Pursuing His First Love

Cech jumped at the first opportunity, which came his way, and when he had the chance to pursue his first love, he took it. He got signed by Guildford Phoenix as a goalkeeper for their team. Guildford Phoenix plays in the fourth tier of the British ice hockey league. At the age of 37 years, he had the opportunity this Sunday in Guildford, to show off his skills and sharpness on the ice. He managed two penalty saves which included the very crucial last one during the shootout which ensured Guildford’s victory over the Swindon Wildcats. Afterwards, he commented that he badly wanted to win and that he is glad that they did.

Experiencing the Game

For the game, Cech was dressed in a jersey which was half that of Chelsea and half that of Arsenal. He also had a custom made a helmet. Cech stated that he couldn’t believe that he wasn’t more nervous during the game. He was also impressed with the speed at which his body switched into, what the refers to as, matchday mode. The team is the development team for the top-flight club Guildford Flames. Even though this one performance has given Cech a tremendous amount of satisfaction in pursuing this long-standing dream, he will be playing as much as that he possible can fit in with Chelsea commitments still on his program as well.

A Successful Career in Football

Many consider Cech to be one of the greatest goalkeepers in the history of European soccer. During his 15-year career playing goalkeeper on the soccer field, Cech had much success with 13 trophies earned from 11 seasons of playing for Chelsea. He also won four Premier League titles there. At Arsenal, he helped them into the 2015 FA Cup and contributed to sealing their victory in 2017. For himself, he was also the winner of many personal accolades during his career. Even though he now has swopped the grass which used to be beneath his feet for ice, it seems that the skill which he brings to play is no less and that Cech will soon be a recognized name within the sport of ice hockey too. For his magnificent contribution to the game against the Swindon Wildcats, Cech was named man of the match.


Joel Quenneville was fired by the Chicago Blackhawks on November 2018 and have managed to go 3-11-2 once Jeremy Colliton took over. While the blistering cold of the winter starts setting in, let’s take a look at a few reasons to stay positive going forward if you consider yourself a Chicago Blackhawks fan.

Reasons To Stay Positive

The best hope that Blackhawk fans can look forward to is in the coaches, both past and present. Jeremy Colliton, the current bench boss, is considered a thankless situation. The team is currently getting roasted when it comes to 5-on-5, with a percentage for goals at 43.85, while suffering with the worst power play of 11.6% along with a 74.4% penalty kill which is the fourth-worst in the league. This is essentially a problem with construction as oppose to coaching and one can only hope that Stan Bowman, the general manager of the team, gives Colliton a greater tool chest to reconstruct the squad.

As for the past coach, the hope is that Joel Quenneville is hired sooner rather than later. Once that occurs, it should assist the true problem that is plaguing the franchise at the moment, the no-movement clauses. What they actually need is the exact same thing Dale Tallon provided when Brian Campbell settled to waive the no-trade clause.

It already seems like a lost season for Chicago. Blackhawks fans should consider this feasible plan: a playoff run against the Bears as a winter distraction, then a rival for Chicago next October. Chicago is currently stuck in neutral as they are currently constructed. Stan Bowman can make a few immediate changes, such as the Dylan Strome and Brandan Perlini swap over Nick Schmaltz. However, a complete overhaul is quite impossible when you consider 6 out of the 7 players that have the highest annual salaries have a no-trade clause. Therefore, the current season will only have a few small tweaks which means the changes that take place next year will be far more significant.

With the projected cap to be around $83 million during the 2019/20 season, it leaves the Blackhawks with around $20 million which they can spend. The Blackhawks had money to spend during the summer last time, but unfortunately, the market was quite limited. This time, there’s a possibility that Jacob Trouba, Mark Stone, Eric Staal, Jeff Skinner, Wayne Simmonds, Joe Pavelski, Artemi Panarin, Anders Lee, Erik Karlsson, Kevin Hayes, Jake Gardiner, Jordan Eberle, and Matt Duchene will be available this time around. The best way forward is to utilize one of these players and complement the blue line with an immediate flush prospect tool.

There are still several signs of development when it comes to the Blackhawks. Chicago gave 1,395 minutes to its rookies which is the fourth highest in the league and it seems like each of the rookies that have been given a chance is providing the goods. Perhaps this is something they will need to continue going forward?

The Career of Jonathon Toews

Jonathon Toews is one of the many Canadians who have become household names in the NHL over the past decade and he continues to play at a consistent level for the Blackhawks. With almost 800 NHL games under his belt, the 30-year old knows what it takes to perform day in-day out at this elite level.

Born in Manitoba, Toews began playing at an early age and is believed to have been just three years old when taking to the ice for the very first time. He skated on a daily basis which helped hone his talents and after impressing at high school, he represented the University of North Dakota where he amassed 85 points in 76 appearances and regularly caught the eye.

Life at the Chicago Blackhawks

It was the Blackhawks who decided to take a chance on this rising star and he was third overall in the 2006 Entry Draft. The Chicago side were blooding youngsters at the time and trying to reduce the average age of their side and Toews was one of a number of youthful additions to the squad.

He made an instant impact for the Blackhawks, scoring in his first appearance in October 2007 and continued his hot streak by claiming at least a point in each of his first ten games. A run which also consisted of five assists. He finished as the second highest team scorer that season and was runner-up in the Calder Memorial Trophy with teammate Patrick Kane taking top honours.

He was made assistant captain in just his second season in Chicago with his leadership qualities clearly impressing the coaching staff. At just 20-years old, he was installed as captain becoming the third youngest in the history of the NHL.

Leading by example, he was a firm fans favourite and was rewarded with a new six-year contract at the end of 2009.

Stanley Cup Success

Toews’ eye for goal helped his side reach the Stanley Cup Play-Offs for the first time since 2002 but despite a decent start, they were eliminated by the Detroit Red Wings in 2009 post-season showdown.

He completed a second career hat-trick during the 2010 Stanley Cup Play-Offs and his fine form continued as he helped the Blackhawks to their first Stanley Cup success since 1961. It took just six games to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers with Toews following in the footsteps of fellow-Canadian Sidney Crosby to become just the second youngest captain to lift the prestigious trophy.

Another Stanley Cup victory was achieved in 2015 with Toews guiding his side to a victory over Tampa Bay Lightning. It was a third Stanley Cup triumph in six years for the Franchise and Toews had been a major figure in each of those successes.

In 2017, he was named amongst the NHL’s 100 greatest players.

International Career

He made his International debut in 2007 at the World Championships after playing just two years of college hockey and he was still on the verge of turning professional at this point. No other Canadian had been victorious in both the World Championship and World Junior Championship up until this point.

He has also enjoyed success at the 2014 Winter Olympics, picking up a gold medal and he also represented Team Canada at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. He scored just a single goal during their success at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver but did clock up eight points throughout the competition which was more than any of his team-mates.