NHL 100: From Wayne Gretzky to Patrick Roy, CP looks at memorable trades

By Joshua Clipperton

THE CANADIAN PRESS

While the NHL’s introduction of a salary cap has made it more difficult for teams to make trades, there’s still a long history of wheeling and dealing.

Ahead of the Wednesday trade deadline, the latest edition of NHL 100, a weekly series from The Canadian Press, takes a look at some of the league’s most memorable and infamous swaps.

GRETZKY TO THE KINGS

The list could begin and end with the Edmonton Oilers trading Wayne Gretzky to Los Angeles in 1988. The Great One was coming off a fourth Stanley Cup in five years when Edmonton owner Peter Pocklington swung a deal with the Kings that included players, draft picks and US$15 million going to the Oilers. Fans in Edmonton and across Canada were furious, but “The Trade” changed the hockey landscape forever. It helped cement the NHL in California and paved the way for further expansion in the sunbelt.

ROY TO THE AVALANCHE

Patrick Roy won two Stanley Cups with the Canadiens, but a particularly bad night in 1995 sealed the goalie’s fate with Montreal. Habs head coach Mario Tremblay left his star netminder in for nine goals in an 11-1 loss to Detroit at the Montreal Forum. After finally getting pulled, a furious Roy told team president Ronald Corey, who was seated behind the bench, that he had played his last game for Montreal. Roy was traded to the Avalanche, where he would win the Cup in the spring of 1996 before grabbing another in 2001.

LINDROS TO FLYERS

The Quebec Nordiques selected Eric Lindros with the first pick in the 1991 draft despite the hulking forward having no interest in playing for the team. Quebec would eventually work out a deal with Philadelphia for Lindros the following year that included Peter Forsberg going to the Nordiques. While the Flyers were thrilled to get one of the most physically gifted players in NHL history, Quebec also benefited. But unfortunately for fans of the Nordiques, the club’s potential wasn’t fully realized until it moved to Colorado and won the franchise’s first Stanley Cup in 1996.

NEELY TO BRUINS

The Vancouver Canucks selected Cam Neely ninth overall in 1983, but gave up on the power forward in a deal that also sent a first-round pick in the 1987 draft to Boston for Barry Pederson. A native of Comox, B.C., Neely never scored more than 39 points with the Canucks, but had 36 goals alone in his first season with the Bruins. He would finish with three 50-goal campaigns before retiring in 1996. Pederson scored 24 goals in his first year with Vancouver, but never again topped 20. And as if a Neely-for-Pederson trade wasn’t bad enough, Boston drafted defenceman Glen Wesley, who went on to have a 20-year career, with the pick included in the swap.

GILMOUR TO LEAFS

The Maple Leafs’ acquisition of Doug Gilmour in a 10-player trade with Calgary in 1992 helped propel Toronto to its best run since the city’s last Stanley Cup in 1967. Gilmour put up a combined 238 points in his first two full seasons with Toronto, leading the Leafs to back-to-back conference finals. The Flames got former 50-goal man Gary Leeman in the trade, but missed the post-season in 1992 and wouldn’t win another playoff series until 2004.

ESPOSITO TO BOSTON

The Boston Bruins acquired Phil Esposito from the Chicago Blackhawks in a six-player trade in 1967. Esposito led the league in scoring in five times with Boston, including a 76-goal, 76-assist campaign in 1970-71. He also helped the Bruins win the Stanley Cup in both 1970 and 1972, Boston’s first titles since 1941.

Supreme Court won’t hear NFL concussion lawsuit, leaving settlement in place

Andrew Kulp, Associated Press

The NFL is no doubt breathing a sigh of relief Monday, December 12, 2016, as the biggest and most famous concussion lawsuit ever filed is officially a thing of the past.

The Associated Press reports the United States Supreme Court has rejected challenges to the estimated settlement of $1 billion that was already reached in the case. Since the court has opted not hear the case, the settlement will remain in place as is, and the lawsuit is over.

With the lawsuit reaching its conclusion, the AP notes former NFL players who are suffering as a result of concussions should soon begin to receive payouts. Those awards could reach as high as $5 million in cases of severe brain trauma.

Over 20,000 retired players were part of the lawsuit. Some felt the settlement was not large enough.

At this point, the NFL is likely happy to put this chapter behind them and begin moving forward. While concussions in general and the lawsuit alleging the league actively engaged in hiding their effects don’t appear to be hurting the league’s bottom line right now, just knowing that it’s out there in the news must make executives nervous.

And while concussions aren’t going away with this lawsuit, the NFL can now begin to distance itself from shady practices of the past and point to their focus on player safety in the present. That doesn’t mean there won’t be more negative press stemming from the inherent violence of the game, but this has been a black cloud hanging over the league for awhile.

Most important of all, retired players will begin to get money to put toward their medical costs and treatments that weren’t necessarily available to them previously. For some, it still might not be enough to correct the damage that’s been done by concussions, but it’s a start.

Canadian golfer Dawn Coe-Jones dead at 56

Canadian golfer Dawn Coe-Jones dead at 56

Dawn Coe-Jones, a member of the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame who helped blaze a trail for Canadian women on the pro tour, has died of cancer. She was 56.

Golf Canada said Saturday that Coe-Jones died at a hospice near her home in Tampa, Fla. She had been diagnosed with bone cancer earlier this year.

The native of Lake Cowichan, B.C., played on the LPGA Tour from 1984 to 2008. She won more than US$3.3 million on the circuit with three victories and 44 career top-10 finishes.

“Dawn was a great competitor and role model for over 25 years on the LPGA Tour,” said Canadian Golf Hall of Famer Sandra Post. “Her happy and positive attitude towards life will be missed by all that knew her.”

The golf world took to social media Saturday to mourn Coe-Jones.

Mike Weir of Brights Grove, Ont., called Coe-Jones a “great player & competitor & wonderful lady!” in a tweet.

Brantford, Ont., native David Hearn tweeted: “Very saddened to hear of the passing of Dawn Coe-Jones. She was a great player and role model for so many Canadians. You will be missed Dawn.”

Former LPGA Tour pro A.J. Eathorne of Penticton, B.C., posted a photo collage of her and Coe-Jones on her Instagram account.

“A very sad day today as we say good bye to our dear friend Dawn Coe Jones,” the caption read. “One of the most caring and wonderful women I have ever met. I am so lucky to have got to spend so many great times with her and her family. Love you always Miss Dawn.”

“Just hearing of the incredibly sad news of the passing of @LPGA member & Canadian legend Dawn Coe-Jones. Always a class act. RIP, my friend,” said American golfer and broadcaster Dottie Pepper.

“So sad to hear the passing of @LPGA Dawn Coe Jones. A true competitor, ambassador of the game. She will be missed #RIP,” echoed Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam.

Coe-Jones had an outstanding amateur career, scoring back-to-back wins in the B.C. Junior tournament in 1978 and ’79 and the B.C. Amateur in 1982 and ’83. She capped her 1983 season with the Canadian Amateur title and won NCAA all-American honours at Lamar University.

Her first LPGA win came at the Women’s Kemper Open in 1992. She went on to claim the 1994 LPGA Palm Beach Classic and 1995 Tournament of Champions.

A fervent Montreal Canadiens fan, she savoured getting a Habs jersey with No. 1 on the back after winning the Tournament of Champions.

She was inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in 2003.

”I was totally caught off guard,” Coe-Jones said at the time. ”In fact, I had to make sure someone wasn’t playing a trick on me. I am just thrilled and proud to be included in such good company.“

A veteran of more than 20 Canadian Opens, Coe-Jones said she had learned to embrace playing at home.

”Over the years I’ve learned that you just go out there and enjoy the atmosphere and feed off the fans,“ she said in 2006. ”They are there to support you and want Canadians to do well.”

Growing up in Lake Cowichan on Vancouver Island, she worked as a teenager at March Meadows Golf Course in Honeymoon Bay.

“I drove an old Ford tractor, cutting grass and raking bunkers by hand,” she recalled in an interview with Golf Canada magazine. “We didn’t have the equipment they’ve got now.”

She honed her golf game at March Meadows before heading to Lamar University, where she won a scholarship in her sophomore year.

Coe-Jones made her farewell appearance at the CN Canadian Open in 2008 with her trademark beaming smile despite finishing 14-over after two rounds and missing the cut.

Coe-Jones was accompanied by caddie and childhood friend Kelly Feltrin, who was on her bag when she won the Kemper Open.

Her best score ever was 63 at the Safeco Classic in 1998.

Coe-Jones’ best chance to win her national Open was in 1993, when she was third behind Brandie Burton and Betsy King at London Hunt. She tied for fourth with Canadian Gail Graham in 1998 in Windsor, Ont.

”I feel very proud of my career,” Coe-Jones said in 2008. ”I wish everyone who was ever out here had that opportunity to walk up 18 and be the winner just once.

”It’s a wonderful feeling to be the best in your field one time. I was lucky enough to have it three times.”

She married Jimmy Jones in 1992 and their son James was born three years later.

“On behalf of the entire golf community we are deeply saddened by the passing of Dawn Coe-Jones,” Golf Canada CEO Scott Simmons said in a statement. “Dawn was a tenacious competitor, a mentor and friend to so many of her peers and a proud ambassador for Canadian golf throughout her distinguished career.

“As we mourn her passing and send our most sincere condolences to family and friends, the golf and sport community come together in celebrating her outstanding legacy.”

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Palmer made mark on Canadian golf, including first PGA Tour win in 1955

By Bill Beacon

THE CANADIAN PRESS

Arnold Palmer: 'The King' of golf dies at 87

Arnold Palmer: ‘The King’ of golf dies at 87

The outpouring of warmth for golf legend Arnold Palmer extended across the border to Canada, even if the King of golf almost thwarted Canadian Sandra Post’s bid to win the 1978 Dinah Shore championship.

Post was tied for the lead in the final round when she suddenly had to stop for 35 minutes because organizers had Palmer in a promotion, hitting 35 shots on the par-3 17th with a chance for someone to win a cash prize if he got a hole-in-one.

“It started when I was on the 16th!” Post said on Monday. “I had to wait, and then there were all those pitch marks on the green. And the player I was tied with (Penny Pulz) was in the clubhouse.”

She won the tournament and laughs about it now. She even adds that she and Palmer were on the same plane afterwards he in first class and she one row behind in coach.

“This is a day of sadness but I’m so grateful he was in my era,” Post said.  “I was fortunate to play several rounds with him.

“He was always generous with the women’s game, playing in mixed events.”

Palmer, who died Sunday at age 87 in a Pittsburgh hospital, went from being a caddie to one of the greatest names in the sport but never seemed to forget where he came from. His humility and graciousness are remembered as much as his golf achievements.

Dave Barr of Kelowna, B.C., who won twice on the PGA Tour, played several times with Palmer and called him a role model.

“You tried to pattern your game after him and also how to treat people,” said Barr.  “You tried to learn from him.

“He probably wasn’t the best player you have to like Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods for that but he was the one who made the game popular. All of us, as pros, appreciate what he did for the game and how he allowed us to make a decent living from it. It’s a sad day.”

Palmer certainly left his mark on Canada, and not only for the courses he helped design like the Whistler Golf Club or Northview in Surrey, B.C.

The Latrobe, Pa., native posted the first of his 62 PGA Tour victories in 1955 at the Weston Golf Club near Toronto. Palmer was a Tour rookie that year and travelled between tournaments by car with his first wife Winnie. The couple camped in a field behind the superintendent’s shed.

Then he blew away the pack en route to a four-stroke win and the top prize of $2,400.

“Things came together pretty much for me in this Canadian Open and it got me started on the winning trail,” Palmer said of the win.

He also won the Canadian PGA championship at the Mayfair club in Edmonton in 1980. It was his last title before joining the seniors tour, where he had 10 wins to boost his career pro victories total to 95.

Palmer won an event called the Canada Cup six times with either Sam Snead or Jack Nicklaus as his partner, although none of them were held in Canada. The two-man team event was renamed the World Cup in 1967.

Bill Paul, now tournament director of the Canadian Open, recalls meeting Arnold Palmer at the 1981 tournament and being just as impressed with the man as the golf legend.

“I was maybe 22 and he was whatever (52),” said Paul.  “I remember it because he’s the king of golf and I’m this little peon, but he treated me like I was anybody else.

“He treated everyone the same. And every time I’d meet him after that, he remembered me and knew my name.”

In 2004, Paul invited him to help celebrate the Canadian Open’s 100th anniversary and was stunned when the four-time Masters champion said; “I’ll go to the Canadian Open and I’d like to speak at it.”

“When he said ‘yes’ it was unbelievable,” said Paul.

A year later, Palmer was back at Weston to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his first PGA win, which included playing in a skins game with Barr, Ray Floyd and Mark Calcavecchia. A statue of Palmer hugging the trophy was unveiled at the course.

Barr recalled Palmer’s firm hands and how was constantly adjusting the leather grips on his clubs at the practice range.

He wasn’t the only one to notice. Mike Weir of Bright’s Grove, Ont., the 2003 Masters champion, issued a tweet with a picture of Palmer gripping a club that said: “I admire so many things about Mr Palmer…golf wise his grip was one of the best we’ve seen!”

Palmer was credited with sparking the sport’s mass appeal at a time when the game had just started to be shown on television.

He also led the way for other athletes in capitalizing on his fame by launching a clothing line, a golf course design company, helping start the IMG sports agency and other ventures.

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$8M awarded to paralyzed Quebec hockey player faces legal challenge

The decision to award a young Quebec hockey player $8 million for taking an illegal hit that left him paralyzed is being challenged.

The defence filed a request for an appeal in the case involving Andrew Zaccardo, who was 16 when he was checked from behind, along the boards, during a Midget AA game in 2010.

Quebec Superior Court Justice Daniel Payette’s ruling, which came down on Feb. 3, is believed to be the highest amount of money ever awarded in Canada in a case concerning hockey violence.

In his 24-page judgment, Payette ruled that the illegal hit on Zaccardo, which was made by defenceman Ludovic Gauvreau-Beaupré, was not accidental.

It found Gauvreau-Beaupré to be at fault. Gauvreau-Beaupré, along with Chartris Insurance Company of Canada, which insures players in leagues associated with Hockey Canada and Hockey Quebec, are responsible for paying the sum.

In the appeal request, obtained by CBC News, the defence says that the judge made several errors in law, such as dismissing the testimony of the referee.

It also states that the judge was wrong to conclude that a player does not assume any risks in the game of hockey. The court document says that once players steps on the ice, they assume the responsibility of taking hits or getting injured, given that physical contact is part of the sport.

“The judge was misguided in concluding that even in the case of a contact sport like hockey, where physical contact is permitted, the participant does not assume the risk of another player’s mistake, whereas many regulations exist to allow for penalties to be given by the referee to punish behaviour that goes against the rules, all of which is part of the game,” the document states.

The defence, Robinson, Sheppard, Shapiro, is representing Gauvreau-Beaupré and Hockey Canada’s insurance company.

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