Everyone remembers the half-season NHL Lockout. But, apparently the Philadelphia Flyers forgot a certain point about the CBA. Under article 16.5 of the new CBA teams are barred from traveling or practicing from December 24-26th. Part of the agreement was to add an extra day off. If a team has a game scheduled for December 27th, they will travel the day of the game.
The NHL announced today that the Philadelphia Flyers will be fined for traveling to Nashville, for their game on the 27th, on the 26th (Boxing Day around the world). Online flight records show that the Flyers took a flight the night of the 26th, a clear violation of article 16.5 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The league will not make any further comment. Ron Hextall had this to say:
“We were aware of the rule and we certainly accept the league’s decision,” Hextall said. “After thought, it was tough to not allow them to do anything possible to win the game.
The Flyers lost that game 4-1. The Flyers were one of 13 games that were played on Boxing Day, all 25 of the other teams adhered to the extra day off.
The Toledo Walleye hosted the Kalamazoo K-Wings Saturday, at Fifth Third Field, the home of the Toledo Mud Hens. This game was the first outdoor hockey game in ECHL history, and broke the Toledo Hockey attendance record. After the first period, two zambonis hit the ice. The Yuengling Zam made it out of the rink easily. The second one … rammed into the boards missing the opening. The Zam had to reverse course and then make a second attempt to get out of the outdoor rink. Having seats five rows from the rink, the people who saw this cheered at both the crash and when the zamboni made it out of the rink.
Thankfully the zam never crashed again.