The virus won’t go without a fight. COVID-19 is exploding across the world and in the sports world, too. Lewis Hamilton, who is dominating F1 like no one ever, has tested positive. The Pittsburgh Steelers got yanked around by the Baltimore Ravens’ demands and will play on Wednesday. In hockey, the QMJHL will pause for a month. But there are some interesting hockey stories, including the Pittsburgh Penguins’ annual Stuff-a-Bus / Toys for Tots efforts.
Here we go…
PHN and our sister sites broke national news Monday night. In our Off the Record column, a prominent player told us there is growing support for the players to pushback on the owners’ demands. Here are the specifics (PHN+)
Asking for interest on the salary deferrals is quite a novel counter. If the players are going to “loan” money to the NHL owners, why not interest? I like the idea. Who knows, if owners don’t pay it back, maybe the players will break some legs?
If you watched the Mike Tyson fight on Saturday (I did), you saw YouTube star(?) Jake Paul’s knockout of former NBA player Nate Robinson, who was out cold. I don’t know who Paul is, but he looked more like Jamie Kennedy in Malibu’s Most Wanted.
Evander Kane wants to knock Paul out. (San Jose Hockey Now)
The QMJHL is calling a halt to the season until early January, at least (CBC)
USA Hockey named their preliminary roster for the World Juniors later this month (TSN)
Maybe someday a U.S. outlet will cover our national team as well as the Canadian outlets do?
The NWHL Metropolitan Riveters got their jersey right. I mean–they did it right (NWHL)
And finally, the Pittsburgh Penguins will once again “stuff the bus” with toys for area kids who may not otherwise have a great holiday. Perhaps you are fortunate enough to donate? Here’s the full story (Pittsburgh Penguins)