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03-09-2011, 09:39 PM
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Air Canada is on board too!

Threatening to drop sponsorship of the NHL over headshots!

http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/NHL.../17558356.html

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Air Canada is on board too!

Threatening to drop sponsorship of the NHL over headshots!

http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/NHL.../17558356.html
this should hurt for sure....Bravo

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Air Canada is on board too!

Threatening to drop sponsorship of the NHL over headshots!

http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/NHL.../17558356.html
now THIS the NHL cares about .. $$$

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03-09-2011, 09:43 PM
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Air Canada is doing something right? Holy crap.

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Air Canada is on board too!

Threatening to drop sponsorship of the NHL over headshots!

http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/NHL.../17558356.html
Kudos! Molson Group should do the same.

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A league source said several teams were upset Chara wasn't suspended. The Bruins carry a lot of weight at the league level -- owner Jeremy Jacobs is the chairman of the board.
Glad to hear that (The first line). Not surprised (The 2nd one).

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I'm very suspicious of this but if it's real, I'm all for it. Someone needs to rattle this monkey cage. Just the bad press is worth it.

And for the little people like us, "vote with your wallet."

Edit: Is the NHL gonna fine Air Canada? Ooops, never mind.

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Air Canada is on board too!

Threatening to drop sponsorship of the NHL over headshots!

http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/NHL.../17558356.html
Wow this is HUGE.

HUGE News. Thank you Air Canada, this could actually set something in motion.

First Crosby, then Lemieux, now this Patches injury, and JM and PG showing emotion/restraint, then League's lack of effort, now MPs and Air Canada threatening. This is really huge.

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03-09-2011, 09:46 PM
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You want to do something to get the league moving on player protection.. write to Air Canada thanking them for their stance .. write to Molson asking them to do the same .. Hell, start an online petition asking for Molson to do the same as Air Canada.

THAT will hurt the NHL.

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03-09-2011, 09:48 PM
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If the American Government can take the Baseball players to Congress over steriods because of its effects on the youth, I am sure the Canadian Government can do the same with this.

A higher, more educated power is needed because these hockey cavemen have no idea, and no intent in cleaning it up.

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News Article: Air Canada threatens NHL over headshots

Wow, why is no one talking about this?

http://www.torontosun.com/sports/hoc.../17558366.html

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03-09-2011, 09:50 PM
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Major NHL Sponsor threatens to Pull Out

As written in Toronto Sun:

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Air Canada, one of the NHL's largest financial corporate backers, is threatening to withdraw its sponsorship if the league doesn't take "immediate" and "serious" action on headshots, QMI Agency has learned.

In a strongly worded letter addressed to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Wednesday, Denis Vandal, Air Canada's director of marketing/communications, expressed concern over recent incidents of headshots and concussions.

The letter came in the wake of Tuesday night's controversial hit by Boston Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara on Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty at the Bell Centre. Following a telephone hearing Wednesday with NHL VP Mike Murphy, there was no punishment for Chara.

"We are contacting you (Wednesday) to voice our concern over (Tuesday night's) incident involving Max Pacioretty and Zdeno Chara at the Bell Centre in Montreal," wrote Vandal. "This is following several other incidents involving career-threatening and life-threatening headshots in the NHL recently."

Vandal noted the controversial issue is becoming bad for Air Canada's brand.

"From a corporate social responsibility standpoint, it is becoming increasingly difficult to associate our brand with sports events which could lead to serious and irresponsible accidents; action must be taken by the NHL before we are encountered with a fatality.

"Unless the NHL takes immediate action with serious suspension to the players in question to curtail these life-threatening injuries, Air Canada will withdraw its sponsorship of hockey."

Not only does Air Canada own the naming rights to Toronto's Air Canada Centre, it's believed they're a major corporate sponsor behind all six Canadian teams. Air Canada's head office is also located in Montreal.

Vandal copied all six Canadian NHL governors with his letter.

"As a strong supporter and sponsor of NHL Hockey in Canada and several U.S. cities, Air Canada is very concerned with the state of hockey today," Vandal noted.

"While we support countless sports, arts and community events, we are having difficulty rationalizing our sponsorship of hockey unless the NHL takes responsibily to protect both the players and the integrity of the game."

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03-09-2011, 09:51 PM
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Max Pax is American so the US Government should say something about it too.

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Wow

Corporate guts.

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Good on them.

It's about time somebody hit the NHL where it hurts most.

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oh. my. god. Action is being taken.

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A league source said several teams were upset Chara wasn't suspended. The Bruins carry a lot of weight at the league level --owner Jeremy Jacobs is the chairman of the board.

This is news to me.

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Interesting.

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I hope more follow.

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Beauty. Thank you, corporate mofos for doing this (although it's mostly so they don't lose money in the end, but oh well).

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A league source said several teams were upset Chara wasn't suspended. The Bruins carry a lot of weight at the league level --owner Jeremy Jacobs is the chairman of the board.

This is news to me.
Same here. Did a double take there. No wonder.

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"A league source said several teams were upset Chara wasn't suspended. The Bruins carry a lot of weight at the league level -- owner Jeremy Jacobs is the chairman of the board."

And now we know.

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I hope Visa's next.

Only the bad press is worth it.

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They clearly don't know a strong hockey play when they see one.

But, I guess they feel people are sufficiently outraged in order to pull this off.

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03-09-2011, 09:57 PM
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finally someone stepping up to the clowns in the NHL

finally someone stepping up to the clowns in the NHL

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Now that's what I like, Buttman and co can't hide now that $$$ are concerned...

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Wow!! Thats a pretty solid statement to the NHL to get their act together I'd say!!

The NHL basically came out and said that they support hits like this one by not giving some kind of suspension. They certainly didn't say they were against it...thats for sure.

Time for the NHL to realise that without fans in the seats and corporate sponsors...there is no NHL!! You gotta keep both happy with the product on the ice!!

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