Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while waiting for the rest of the Bruins fan base to get to see the impressive Warrior Ice Arena as it makes its public debut on Thursday.
*Good stuff here from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Nick Cotsonika about John Tortorella, his feelings about respecting the anthem and Team USA at the World Cup. Torts can be a lightning rod for criticism at certain times, but he’s 100 percent totally right when he’s talking about the anthem, the flag and our country’s symbols when it concerns a group of athletes representing the USA in competition. Everybody from Colin Kaepernick to Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf has a right to express themselves any way they want in the land of the free and the home of the brave. But there are also some unwritten rules of conduct I think you agree to take on when you’re playing for your country in international events. Above and beyond that, you would never see me use the national anthem as a platform to send a message social or other-wise. I had a friend named Joe Lusk that passed away while serving overseas in the Army back in 2005, and I think of him, and the ultimate sacrifice both he and his family made, every time I hear the “Star-Spangled Banner.” Purposefully sitting down, or kneeling, during the anthem feels to me like something he’d be very much against. I don’t know if Kaepernick has lost anybody close to him serving in the armed forces, but one wonders if he might feel a little differently about his actions if he had. Clearly, Tortorella understands the sacrifice, and the mentality, of a military family with his son currently serving in the Army. So, good on you for sticking to your guns, Torts.
*On the other side of the perspective, J.T. Brown from the Tampa Bay Lightning takes some issue with censoring an individual’s right to protest.
*Speaking of this, Brett Hull and Chris Chelios talk about what it means to play for your country as they did for Team USA several times.
*Speaking of the World Cup of Hockey, here are the 15 types of people that you will come across at an international tournament.
*Patrick Kane talks about motivation and inspiration as he moves first to the World Cup to Team USA, and then on to the Blackhawks afterward.
*For something completely different: it’s so hard to say for the Boston Herald to say goodbye to Donnie Orsillo.