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After flurry of abuse allegations, NHL Coaches' Association releases statement

3 décembre 2019
The hockey world has been abuzz the last two weeks with several allegations of abusive, manipulative and racist behaviour by NHL coaches. Now, amidst all the controversy, the NHL Coaches' Association has released a statement in an attempt to alleviate the backlash its members are receiving.


"We believe the NHL is a league built on hard work, respect, and team work," the organisation said in its statement. "It is a coach's job to understand how to best motivate players while respecting them as individuals and valuing them as people. Coaching philosophies differ from coach to coach, and season to season, but there are lines that cannot be crossed and there is certainly no room in the NHL, or anywhere else, for abusive behaviour of any kind. The National Hockey League, including management, players, and coaches, has evolved, and the NHLCA is committed to working with the NHLPA (Players Association) to ensure respectful working environments for everyone."

Since the firing of Mike Babcock by the Toronto Maple Leafs, the NHL has been rocked with allegations of disturbing behaviour by Babcock, Bill Peters, Marc Crawford, Michel Therrien, and others. Peters ended up resigning as head coach of the Calgary Flames after admitting to using racial slurs while speaking to Akim Aliu, a player of Nigerien decent. Therrien admitted to going too far at times in his years as a coach, but stated he felt he was doing what he had to do to get the best out of his players. Crawford is currently under investigation and has left his position as assistant coach with the Chicago Blackhawks after Sean Avery revealed Crawford kicked him hard enough to leave a mark while he was playing with the L.A. Kings. The accusations against Babcock have been numerous. Perhaps the worst has been from Johan Franzen, who stated Babcock caused him to have a nervous breakdown while he was playing with the Red Wings. Franzen had been recovering from a concussion and dealing with depression at the time.

On TSN's Insider Trading Tuesday night, Darren Dreger stated the treatment of players by coaches will most definitely be a topic of discussion at an upcoming NHL Board of Governors meeting next week. The league has received a huge black mark from the recent allegations, one that it may have difficulty recovering from any time soon.

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TOP 20 G A PTS
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN
3 - 3
ANZE KOPITAR
1 2 3
TOMAS TATAR
1 2 3
PHILLIP DANAULT
- 3 3
ILYA KOVALCHUK
2 - 2
NIKITA KUCHEROV
2 - 2
CAM ATKINSON
1 1 2
CONNOR BROWN
1 1 2
JOSH MANSON
1 1 2
RICKARD RAKELL
1 1 2
PAUL STASTNY
1 1 2
MARK STONE
1 1 2
MIKA ZIBANEJAD
1 1 2
NICKLAS BACKSTROM
- 2 2
JOHN CARLSON
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CAM FOWLER
- 2 2
RYAN GETZLAF
- 2 2
KARSON KUHLMAN
- 2 2
KYLE OKPOSO
- 2 2
DAVID PASTRNAK
- 2 2
COMPLETE LIST  
NHL LEADERS
POINTS GP PTS
CONNOR MCDAVID
48 74
LEON DRAISAITL
48 73
ARTEMI PANARIN
46 68
NATHAN MACKINNON
47 68
DAVID PASTRNAK
49 68
BRAD MARCHAND
49 64
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
46 62
JACK EICHEL
47 62
PATRICK KANE
48 60
JOHN CARLSON
48 58
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
GOALS GP G
DAVID PASTRNAK
49 36
AUSTON MATTHEWS
48 34
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN
48 31
JACK EICHEL
47 28
NATHAN MACKINNON
47 27
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ASSISTS GP A
CONNOR MCDAVID
48 49
LEON DRAISAITL
48 46
JOHN CARLSON
48 45
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
46 44
BRAD MARCHAND
49 43
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
DEFENSEMEN GP PTS
JOHN CARLSON
48 58
ROMAN JOSI
46 47
VICTOR HEDMAN
45 41
DOUGIE HAMILTON
47 40
ALEX PIETRANGELO
48 38
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
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VICTOR OLOFSSON
42 35
CALE MAKAR
39 34
QUINN HUGHES
47 33
DOMINIK KUBALIK
46 28
NICK SUZUKI
49 27
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WINS GP W
ANDREI VASILEVSKIY
34 23
JORDAN BINNINGTON
34 22
FREDERIK ANDERSEN
38 22
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
39 21
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY
34 19
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
SHUTOUTS GP SO
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
39 4
JAMES REIMER
18 3
JAROSLAV HALAK
22 3
TRISTAN JARRY
24 3
PEKKA RINNE
28 3
COMPLETE STANDINGS  

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