Election Of Molson Proves The REAL Reason Quebecor Was Turned Down

Initially, I believed the public explanation the NHL gives when explaining why the bid from Quebecor to own a returned Quebec Nordiques team was turned down; that the league conferences were unbalanced and that the Canadian dollar was low against the American one.

But after doing some research on the Internet, I came upon an article published in Canada’s Maclean’s Magazine which stated that the majority owner of Quebecor, Pierre Karl Peladeau had made some bad enemies on the NHL Board Of Governors.

Chief of these was the new owner of the Montreal Canadiens, Geoff Molson. His company, Molson Breweries had owned the Canadiens before and when they were put up for sale by the previous owner, he engaged in a bidding war with Quebecor to own the team again. Molson won and Peladeau thereupon made an inappropriate racist remark about Molson concerning his suitability about owning the Canadiens because he was an anglophone Quebecer. Shortly after his failed bid, Peladeau then announced that he and his company would pursue a bid to bring the Quebec Nordiques back to the NHL.

Peladeau was already a suspect owner in the eyes of many of the NHL Board because he was a known backer of the separatist provincial political party, Parti Quebecois, and his remark about Molson probably not only offended Molson but the majority of other English speaking owners, Canadian and American alike. His remark only confirmed their worst fears about him. Peladeau has neither retracted his remark nor apologized to Molson.

Immediately upon reading this article, I discarded the official versions that the NHL was offering for rejecting the Quebecor bid. You do not turn down a $500 million expansion fee without good reason. Peladeau is simply not an acceptable owner in the NHL’s eyes and the league is quite willing to live without Quebec until a suitable owner is found. The league cannot afford to have a public racist on its Board of Governors. Peladeau’s remark doomed any bid by Quebecor long before a single shovel began breaking ground for the new Videotron arena in Quebec City.

Since then I have written numerous articles on this blog stating that the possibility of Peladeau’s ownership is the real reason Quebec City failed to get the Nordiques back. Now comes positive proof that I was right. Recently the NHL held elections to fill two vacancies on its Executive Committee and Mark Chipman of the Winnipeg Jets was chosen along with Geoff Molson.

Such elections are usually minor events that only people within the NHL pay close attention to. But in this case Quebec Nordiques fans should pay close attention. It proves my contention made in several articles written for this blog that NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and the NHL Board would back Geoff Molson to the hilt. They knew he could not stand to see Pierre Karl Peladeau as a member of the NHL Board and have acted accordingly. And since Peladeau made no attempt to reconcile with Molson and the other Board members he offended, he took down the dreams of every Quebec Nordiques fan (Right across Canada too. The Nordiques probably have fans in every province.) with him. One wonders if he was ever really sincere about returning the Nordiques. His action of publicly denouncing a man on racial grounds and then seeking to become his business partner on a board of governors is the height of absurdity.

Fortunately for Nordiques fans, while Molson may be anti-Peladeau, he is not anti-Quebec. He wants the Montreal-Quebec rivalry to return and he wants his share of that $500 million expansion fee. If an appropriate owner can be found he will support a returned Nordiques to the NHL.

But his election to the Executive Committee of the NHL confirms the real reason why Quebec currently does not have the Nordiques back. The NHL wants Quebec City, not Peladeau. I suspect that Gary Bettman is currently working behind the scenes trying to find a suitable ownership group. How long that will take and if it is possible is still to be determined.

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NHL/America’s Attitude To The Olympics: They Are An Alien Concept

Besides news about the daily games, what’s the news on the NHL’s website? It is said that the NHL’s participation in the next Winter Olympics in 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea is in danger. At the latest NHL Board meeting, many club owners, voiced several grievances against the games of which there are some of legitimate merit. There is the problem of shutting down the NHL for two weeks and revising the schedule. There is the problem of insurance and injuries to players.

But these legitimate problems seem to be playing a minor role in the current dispute. The main grievance is said to be money; the Olympics do not “pay”. What the NHL (and American television) wants are Winter Olympic Games held in the United States or Canada which can bring in big ratings and dollars. The South Korean time zone is just too much out of range for their liking. They also want their rumps kissed by having the IOC pay for their insurance, travel and accommodations. The IOC is willing to do this just like before.

The NHL/American attitude seems to be that they can step in and step out of the Olympics or any other sports or cultural event anytime they feel like it. There is no firm commitment, no sense of duty, no sense of something “spiritually higher” than themselves. This is a business decision.

This is not the first time the Olympics have been used for other purposes instead of a sporting event. Usually the reason is politics. Hitler used the 1936 Olympics for propaganda and to prove racial superiority. There was the horrible Munich massacre in 1972. In 1980, the United States and other countries withdrew from the Moscow games to protest the USSR invasion of Afghanistan. Then the eastern block retaliated by withdrawing from the 1984 Los Angeles games. This time the reason is big business.

The NHL participated in the games at Sochi, Russia which were also out of North American time zones. But the NHL now has a sizeable number of Russians and Europeans playing on their rosters, so it would not have been very politic to not participate in Sochi. But South Korea can make no similar claim on the NHL and it is not big enough nor as important enough as a country like China in the NHL’s eyes. So there are less qualms about telling the South Koreans to stick it.

Even if the NHL formally does not participate there may be problems. Several players have made it known that they want to participate in the Olympics whether the NHL participates or not. It will be interesting to see what happens should that come to pass.

But the NHL and the United States attitude to the Olympics runs deeper than money. They just do not understand international competition unless they win. They are still willing to brag and boast about the “Miracle On Ice” victory over the USSR in 1980 when it suits them but overall their attitude is bad and belongs with myths and fairytales. And if they pull out of the 2018 games they will have no claim to brag and boast about anything.

In 1972, Canada had a similar attitude to international hockey competition, but its near defeat and the excitement caused by the close competition the USSR gave changed everything. The Canadian public was given a choice; should the NHL stay a North American only league or admit players no matter where they came from if they were good. They voiced overwhelming support for the latter policy. That is why the NHL is a multi-national league today. That is why there are still competitions between NHL professionals at the Olympics and the Canada/World Cup.

The American attitude seems to be that they exist on their own planet except when they win. When leagues like the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL were formed, their champions are somehow champions of the “world”, not merely the United States or Canada despite the fact that none of their teams play a single international game except when teams from Canada and the United States in the NHL play each other or when the Toronto Blue Jays/Raptors participate. The current dispute about whether to play in South Korea is simply reality intruding on American fairytales. “We want the best hockey players in the world to play at our South Korean Olympics.” “Huh? What? What’s all this about?”

But the NHL’s bad attitude is nothing compared to baseball and football. On other blogs I have written many articles about the American attitude to the World Baseball Classic, an event designed to encourage the growth of baseball internationally. Instead most Americans pour scorn and ridicule the event, even questioning whether the event itself and its result is legitimate. This cleverly covers up the truth that the United States – the country that invented baseball – has never come close to even winning even a third place medal. Yet Americans still believe they are the best baseball players in the world; that they are willing to pay top dollar to MLB because MLB says that its players are the best in the world in spite of all the evidence to the contrary; and that the champion of the “World Series” is the champion of the world despite not playing a single foreign opponent.

But the worst attitude belongs as usual to the arrogant NFL. They despise “foreigners” and make little attempt to hide their contempt. When the Buffalo Bills began playing some of their games in Toronto in order to cash in on its lucrative market, the ticket prices were set so high that even the most fanatical Ontario NFL fan had to say, “Wait a minute. We’re not suckers.” Another telling event are the games played in London, UK. Usually the competition is between bottom-of-the-barrel teams or mismatches, projected meaningless games, games that would not sell out on their native soil. Indianapolis against Jacksonville? New York Giants against Los Angeles? Usually a seller hauls out his best stuff when he wants to make a good impression. The NFL is saying, “Take this crap, you ignorant foreigners. That’s all you’re good for.” And Americans wonder why they are unpopular when they travel abroad.

Is this attitude merely reserved for lowly foreigners? Ask the good citizens of St. Louis how they liked having their football team taken and gift wrapped to Los Angeles simply because their market is not as big as the second largest market in the United States. So much for their loyal support (Oakland, Baltimore, Cleveland, Houston can all relate to this.) All the NFL had to do was expand by one or two teams and nobody would have been hurt. If this is the league’s attitude to its own citizens and supporters, it is no wonder that “foreigners” are given the dregs from the barrel.

Too bad the situation is not like soccer’s FIFA. Sure they like and want the American money and acclaim but they are quite prepared to live without the United States, being satisfied with the rest of the world. At last glance, there does not seem to be any attempt by FIFA to consult the United States or American television executives about which countries to award the World Cup to. Too bad the situation is not the same with the NHL and the current Olympics. What we will get whether good or bad is an American business decision.

Is The NHL Really Fighting Cancer?

Back in the spring during last year’s playoffs I wrote a two part article about Pascal Dupuis, who was forced to retire from the Pittsburgh Penguins because he was suffering from blood clots, a form of coronary heart disease. I went on to explain that I too had suffered from the same problem, only in a more serious way. In 2008 I was examined and told that I had a build-up of heart plaque of unknown size and location near my heart and would have to undergo an angiogram, probably as a first step to having open heart surgery, either a stent or a bypass operation.

But during the interval, I researched on the Internet for alternatives to surgery, discovered one called a chelation remedy and decided to try it. Not only did the remedy remove the plaque from around my heart within 24 hours, it cleaned out my entire circulatory system at the same time, thus reducing my chances from having a heart attack, blood clots, or a stroke in the brain. In effect I was cured.

I explained in my articles how the cure worked and why it worked. Two friends of mine have subsequently tried it and were cured too.

I then explained to my readers why this cure was not recognized, how people continue to be prescribed the wrong treatments for coronary heart disease, how established medicine is perfectly willing to let people die or undergo unnecessary surgery like bypasses and stents. I explained that through the current clinical trial system, it is not only possible to exclude “bad medicine” like thalidomide from reaching the public (which the clinical trial system was set up to do) but also prevent legitimate cures from being accepted (which it is not supposed to do).

The sad fact is that too many people are making money from death and suffering and do not want cures to reach the public. In the case of coronary heart disease, the United States alone spends $75 billion dollars a year on unnecessary “heart medicine” which patients have to take when they have open heart surgery. The average number of drugs a heart patient has to take is 12, sometimes rising as high as 30. If the chelation remedy was recognized as a cure, goodbye to the 30 drugs and the $75 billion in profits.

The opposition to the chelation remedy was extremely ruthless. They set up a sham clinical trial called Tact, claimed the chelation remedy could do more than it was supposed to do, in this case claiming that the remedy could benefit autistic children, and then proceeded to murder two young autistic children with the remedy, in spite of the fact that the remedy is not supposed to be given to children at all. My cure for heart disease was declared a dangerous substance and then classified as “alternative medicine”.

The chelation remedy is not the only casualty from the system. My last job in Canada was to be an administrator at a Shiatsu School. The principal of the school endorsed shiatsu because he used to have chronic hay fever and after taking shiatsu massage treatments, he never had another attack. Shiatsu also claims it can cure other allergies. But like the chelation remedy, it is unrecognized by the FDA and Health Canada. It too is classified as “alternative medicine”.

The failure to recognize the chelation remedy had a significant effect on last year’s NHL playoffs. Pascal Dupuis did not play at all for Pittsburgh and was forced to retire. Steve Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lighting missed the entire playoffs except the last game against Pittsburgh because he had similar blood clots like Dupuis and had to get an unnecessary operation. And then legendary NHL star, Gordie Howe died after suffering a series of strokes in the brain. Based on my (and many others) experience with the chelation remedy (which users can obtain privately over the Internet or get at specialized chelation clinics around the world), Dupuis should still be playing, Stamkos would not have missed a single playoff game, and Howe would still be alive. Tampa Bay, not Pittsburgh might have won the Stanley Cup if Stamkos had been there for every game. The health care industry with its cover up of a legitimate cure for coronary heart disease was the real winner of the Stanley Cup.

Which brings this article to the current case of Craig Anderson, number one goaltender of the Ottawa Senators. Recently Anderson’s wife was diagnosed with cancer and he was forced to take a leave of absence from his team. She will probably get the usual treatments prescribed for cancer. But given the evidence listed above about the defects of the clinical trial system and the power of pharmaceutical companies and other interested parties who have profitable reasons to keep diseases going, it is not beyond reason to be suspicious about any “attempts” to “cure” cancer by “established medicine”.

Anderson will be sorely missed by the Senators. In fact he may be the best player on their team and his loss may have the same effect that the loss of goaltender Carey Price had on the Montreal Canadiens last year. Montreal dropped from the top of the NHL standings right out of the playoffs. So could this year’s Ottawa Senators.

October is supposed to be “Cancer Awareness Month” and you see NHL players and players from other professional leagues wearing pink (the color that is supposed to represent breast cancer in women). But are the current treatments really the best treatments? Are there better treatments being blocked by the clinical trial system just like the chelation remedy? Are there treatments that work that are being condemned to obscurity as “alternative medicine”?

I have had two significant clashes with cancer in my own life. My mother got lung cancer in February, 1987 (she was a light to heavy smoker). She had an operation that month that removed a piece of cancer the size of a quarter. But unknown to everyone, a piece had broken off and reattached itself to the base of her spine where no scan was able to detect it. By the time it was recognized that she still had more cancer it was too late. She underwent a second operation in the autumn but not all the cancer could be removed. She wasted away and died in early December.

While nothing about her condition and death could be termed “suspicious” I felt that there were a lot of questionable things in the affair. Why did the scans fail to pick up the new cancer? Both of us were lied to about her condition repeatedly. I was never kept informed though I requested up to date information. I felt we were being treated like a number and not a human patient, and I was never told the truth face to face by any doctor. Instead I found out over the telephone that my mother was going to die when I was given the telephone number of the “Bereavement Squad” to call.

The other cancer case involved my next door neighbor, one of Canada’s best television journalists from the CBC, Wendy Mesley. Late in November, 2004, the day after the Grey Cup game, Wendy told me that she had just found out that she had breast cancer. It was quite a shock and out of respect for her privacy, I never mentioned it to anybody.

Wendy underwent several kinds of treatments including chemotherapy which caused her to lose all of her hair. Occasionally, I would ask her husband, Liam or her care giver, how she was doing and I was given to understand that it was a very checkered path. There would be good days and there would be bad days and nobody could really predict what would happen. Fortunately she survived.

The cancer experience left Wendy very bitter especially against the pharmaceutical companies. She felt that she could have received better treatments. There was even a television special to explain her experience.

Given what I would later experience with coronary heart disease, and how I managed to cure myself in spite of the doctors, I am inclined to agree with her. I’ll repeat what I said above: There are too many people in the health care industry making too much money from suffering and death. So long as the disease doesn’t strike them, they don’t care. If a coverup of a cure for coronary heart disease can happen, then so can a coverup for a cancer cure occur too.

More and more people are turning to “alternative medicine” instead of accepting what the doctors tell them. From now on, when I am prescribed anything I don’t know about, I research the Internet instead of mindlessly accepting what I am told. I have already rejected several other “medicines” that could have affected my heart negatively.

But the NHL and the other sports leagues do what the doctors tell them. They wear pink ribbons and participate in public events to raise awareness about cancer. The late Terry Fox, another celebrated cancer victim would be proud. But are they really doing anything significant about the disease itself? Given the corruption in the health care industry that I uncovered the hard way, it is highly questionable.

 

With Toews Injuy, Anyone Can Win The Western Conference

In this woeful season, where serious injuries are piling up at an alarming rate, one of the most significant is the upper body injury to Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews. With the exit of the best player on the best team in the Western Conference, anyone, even lowly Phoenix has a chance to win the Western Conference.

This year there is a significant difference in the quality of play between the two conferences. Teams in the Eastern Conference play competitive hockey, while the western teams mostly play stumblebum style. Only the Blackhawks had the winning record the best eastern teams have. It is the mediocrity of the west that is keeping bad teams at the bottom of the conference like Phoenix still alive for the playoffs and even to reach the top.

Of the remaining teams, only St. Louis and San Jose, last year’s conference finalists have respectable winning records. The rest hover a few games above and below the .500 mark.

Almost all the remaining teams have some merit that gives them hope to win this mediocre conference. As noted above, San Jose and St. Louis are trying to build on their break-through playoff performances of last year. Los Angeles is trying to find the elusive formula of a few years ago that allowed them to win their first two Stanley Cups. Nashville made the big trade for P. K. Subban from Montreal but still has not found any consistent winning chemistry. Edmonton has finally put in an overdue appearance after drafting all those number one picks for the past decade. Anaheim might be back after rehiring its Stanley Cup winning coach Randy Carlyle. There is mediocre team Minnesota who have hired mediocre coach Bruce Boudreau. Winnipeg got an A-1 draft pick in Patrik Laine but they do not have much other talent.

But even without Toews, the Chicago Blackhawks are still the team to beat. They have won it all three times before so they know how to keep their poise in difficult circumstances. They have Joel Quenneville’s great coaching and they still have lots of other star players, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Patrick Kane, and Marian Hossa. But Toews’ injury is a real blow.

If a Western Conference team wants to make a statement and get hot, there is not a more opportune time. There is no time set for Toews’ return. Can Chicago hang in there until he comes back? Will they fall without him? The western team that can right itself and put together a long winning streak will be the beneficiary.