Saturday, September 8, 2012

TVOS and Fan-tastic Sports - Veteran Players and the Stanley Cup

Every Wednesday, I share my thoughts from inside the NHL Alumni Association and from around today’s NHL at Peter Ing and Bryce Salvador’s Fan-tastic Sports XHockeyProducts blog. This week’s article - Are there any guarantees when veteran players chase the Cup?

Any Guarantees When Veteran Players Chase the Cup?

Daniel Alfredsson
(Photo - A. Rodger TVOS - Copyright 2012)
Many of my friends and hockey-writing colleagues focus on Junior players, prospects and the NHL’s rising young stars (and do a great job with their coverage!), but since I work with the NHL Alumni Association, my focus tends to be the league’s veteran players. After all, today’s NHL players will be tomorrow’s NHL Alumni stars – life after hockey arrives eventually for every player and I have the honour and the privilege of helping to shine the spotlight on the many charitable endeavours of the NHL Alumni members.

Heading into the off-season in the spring, the contract situations of Daniel Alfredsson (Ottawa Senators) and Shane Doan (Phoenix Coyotes) were on the minds of hockey fans in both cities. Would Alfie return for the final year of his contract? Would Doan re-sign with the only NHL franchise he has called home? While fans in Ottawa got their answer, Coyotes fans are still wondering if Doan, an unrestricted free agent, will return to the desert.

Read more at the XHockeyProducts blog...