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NHL Cancels First Two Weeks of Season

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The National Hockey League has cancelled the first two weeks of its regular season.

Thanks to ongoing labor disputes with the players’ union the NHL has had to cut 82 games between October 11 to 24.  It is currently unclear whether the games will be made up.

The key issue is with contract talks.  The players are fighting for more money from the $3 billion revenue the games bring in.

A labor dispute similar to this occurred seven years ago, and led to the entire 2004-2005 season being cnaceled.

So far, no future negotiations are currently scheduled.

Willa Ford and Mike Modano Announce Divorce

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Willa Ford and retired NHL player Mike Modano have announced they are divorcing.

In a joint statement released through Ford’s rep, the couple said, “It it with great sadness that after five years of marriage, Willa and Mike have decided to divorce.  They remain friends and wish each other success and happiness.”

Ford, 31, an actress, and Modano, 42, who retired from the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings last year, dated for four years prior to becoming engaged in 2006.  The couple married at a private ranch in Athens, Texas the following year in front of 75 guests.

Ford, who had previously competed on season 3 of Dancing with the Stars, is currently appearing on the Starz show Magic City.

Reported Increase in Disciplinary Incidents for NHL Playoffs

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The recent six years have seen an increase in “elbows, head slams, suspensions, fighting, and penalty minutes” for the NHL playoffs. According to Elias Sports Bureau, there were 724 penalty minutes in the first 19 games. NBC analyst Pierce McGuire claims this is an indication of “how close the series are”.

The Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins added an additional 158 penalty minutes. This is due to incidents such as Sidney Crosby and Claude Giroux fighting, as well as Arron Asham “cross-checking and punching” Brayden Schenn.

Moreover, Chicago Blackhawks’ Andrew Shaw is also facing disciplinary action after he charged Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith. New York Rangers’ Carl Hagelin will sit out for three games after elbowing Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson.

Also, Ottawa defensman Matt Carkner is suspended for one game after punching New York’s Brian Boyle even after the latter had fallen down. Finally, the St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks amassed 88 penalty minutes, as well.

McGuire attributes such lowlights to young players being “playoff battle tested” and not  willing to “retreat”.

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