The Canadian Sports Hall of Fame could have spread their superstar talent across multiple tables to have a more balanced attack, but instead they said screw it and made the most super of super lines.
Also last night the Canadian Hall of Fame honoured Wick with the distinction of Order of Sport.
Proud to honour @wick_22 to Canada’s Hall of Fame- Order of Sport. Congrats to a Canadian role model, sports hero, medical inspiration and a friend. Thank you for honouring her and letting us be a part of it! pic.twitter.com/a0WAmFMSGW— Anju Anand (@thelungdr) October 7, 2022
And if getting that honour wasn’t enough good done in the day, Wick hammered home the final nail in the coffin of Hockey Canada with this quote to the media. “I spent 23 of my life around Hockey Canada. It’s been beyond disappointing, and I would say disgraceful, what I’ve seen. It’s kind of taken a while to process.” Wickenheiser then smiled and said, “regardless of what goes on in the board rooms, the lights will always be on!”
Hockey legend Hayley Wickenheiser tonight calls Hockey Canada "disgraceful", and calls for a fresh start within the organization. Says sponsors pulling out is "a strong message. It's going to result in change, and that's what we need". pic.twitter.com/rBKC7WYnMx— Sarah Sears (@iamSas) October 6, 2022
Oh, Captain, my Captain. Damn right. That last line is a shot at Hockey Canada’s line (via Andrea Skinner) that they keep the lights on, so let them do whatever they want. Nah, it doesn’t work that way.
With all these sponsors leaving I had to go make sure my arenas lights were still on. Whew. @HockeyCanada can you send Skinner and the board my eternal thank you for coming here and personally making sure they're still on? pic.twitter.com/Yk5K51YifQ— Adam (@ElSeldo) October 6, 2022
Wickenheiser’s comments came minutes before this report from Isabelle Ethier at TVA, translated into saying Scott Smith’s resignation is imminent.
Gary Bettman weighed in earlier in the day, dumbfounded at the dumbfoundary, which is saying a lot coming from the protector of the NHL’s owners.
Gary Bettman did a small scrum interview before Kraft Hockeyville game and was asked about Hockey Canada's recent response to its problems: “I think the response from Hockey Canada certainly needs work. I’m not sure I fully understand why they’re responding the way they are.”— Stu Cowan (@StuCowan1) October 6, 2022
As for the NHL’s own investigation into allegations, Bettman said…”I’m told we are much closer to the end of the investigation than the beginning, but it has taken time. Obviously, these allegations are horrific. These allegations have to be addressed.”— Ken Warren (@Citizenkwarren) October 6, 2022
Here’s a preview for what the next round of hearings might be on. There’s a lot to cover here.
Hearing from several MPs that parliamentary staff have been examining Hockey Canada's financial statements, and that the flow of money within the organization and its foundation, as well as HC's investment decisions, may soon come under scrutiny.— Rick Westhead (@rwesthead) October 6, 2022
The Leafs are almost certainly going to do something clever with the cap and LTIR. Whether that’s sneaking together prorated LTIR or banging at Pierre Engvall’s knees until he’s actually injured for a month. I’ve been watching the phrasing coming out about the injuries closely. Every day seems to be a different story. We’ll see what tomorrow brings.
Keefe had no update on John Tavares or Timothy Liljegren other than to say that they expect them to return to the ice tomorrow (likely in the same conditioning pad away from the main groups).— David Alter (@dalter) October 6, 2022
In better health news, Rodion Amirov is working with the Leafs strength and conditioning staff (I believe this is Artie Hairston in the picture, but I can’t confirm).
Maple Leafs prospect Rodion Amirov looks to have arrived in Toronto and is working out with the Leafs staff. He’s looking happy and healthy, which is terrific to see. (📸: Amirov’s Instagram) pic.twitter.com/Fq6Jcraczk— Joshua Kloke (@joshuakloke) October 6, 2022
And finally, CCM is partnering with the PWHPA as a sponsor and equipment supplier. This is a huge boost to the organization as (we all know) equipment is a significant expense for players.
Thrilled to announce that we are the Official Hockey Equipment Supplier of the @PWHPA for the 2022-2023 season! We look forward to the upcoming season and to continue to support women in the game on and off the ice. Full press release: https://t.co/uH3W2XGXX6 pic.twitter.com/iMdk5qZczO— CCM Hockey (@CCMHockey) October 6, 2022