News of the Colorado Avalanche - Links from around the NHL - February 28th, 2013

Thearon W. Henderson

Malcom Gladwell's theory about Outliers might have another study that supports his belief that players born at certain times in the year have a better chance of making the NHL.

Parents worried about whether their child has the goods to make it into the NHL might now have another seemingly arbitrary factor working against them — the time of year their hockey prodigy was born.

A study, published Wednesday in the online science journal PLOS ONE, suggests that the NHL is guilty of an age bias because it weighs its draft selections more heavily in favour of players born earlier in the year.

The report found that 36 per cent of players drafted by NHL teams between 1980 and 2007 were born in the first quarter of those years, or from January to March, compared to 14.5 per cent of draftees who were born in the fourth quarter.

Hayley Wickenheiser still has it.

Four-time Canadian Olympian Hayley Wickenheiser has been named Canada West women’s hockey player of the year for the second time in three seasons.

Here's one for all the lawyers in the house:

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario won’t allow the use of electronic devices for charitable 50/50 draws held at Toronto Maple Leafs games and in arenas across the province on the advice of Don Bourgeois, the crown agency’s legal counsel.

The NHL’s Vancouver Canucks have seen average jackpots climb to more than $75,000, with an equal amount going to charity from each draw. The Edmonton Oilers’ jackpot average quickly doubled to $56,000 after introducing the devices in 2011.

The legal position runs contrary to decisions made in all other provinces that allow such draws during hockey games — only Quebec does not. The provinces which allow electronic devices to sell 50/50 tickets have seen skyrocketing jackpots as a result.

There is this man who decided that tripping children when they went out to do the post-game handshake was a good idea. The judge handed down a sentence: he will spend 15 days in jail. What do you think of this?

A Vancouver father who purposely tripped a young hockey player while coaching his son’s minor-league team will serve jail time for the assault in an unexpectedly heavy punishment a provincial court judge said should warn other parents to keep their cool.

Martin Tremblay must serve 15 days at a provincial corrections centre for hurting the child because he was in a position of trust and was supposed to be a role model when he instead acted out in a post-game fit of anger, said Judge Patrick Chen.

Ryan Kesler is, once again, injured.

Ryan Kesler’s return to the Vancouver Canucks lineup lasted just seven games.

The Canucks announced Wednesday that their second-line centre has a broken right foot and could be sidelined for up to six weeks. Canucks coach Alain Vigneault told reporters the fracture showed up on a CT scan Wednesday morning.

"I assume Kesler will be out for a little while," Vigneault said.

Vigneault did not say exactly when the injury occurred, but indicated that Kesler may have played with it before the results of the CT scan revealed the fracture. The injury didn’t seem to show in Vancouver’s 4-2 loss to Phoenix on Tuesday, when Kesler had an assist in just over 19 minutes of ice time.

The Winnipeg Sun has news blurbs, one of which is that Daniel Briere likes Philly.

Philadelphia Flyers forward Daniel Briere, rumoured to be on the move, doesn't want to leave the City of Brotherly Love.

Briere won't waive his no-trade clause even though the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues have expressed interest in acquiring him, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. The 35-year-old is under contract through the 2014-15 NHL season and will make just $5 million over the final two years of the deal, making him attractive to some teams.

Team Canada's Women's hockey team will have a different third jersey at the World Championships, no more red, instead it will be yellow?!

It will still say "Canada" on the front, but there will be a vastly different look when the national women’s hockey team plays its first game of the world championship tournament in Ottawa. Predominantly black sweaters with yellow and white trim were unveiled Wednesday in Ottawa, and they will be on display again for all to see when the Canadians take on their archrivals from the United States in the marquee matchup on April 2, the opening day of the tournament.
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