Paul Henderson

Henderson unable to travel to Russia for 40th anniversary of 1972 Summit Series


Team Canada hero Paul Henderson will be unable to travel to Russia to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series.

The 69-year-old that scored the most famous goal in Canadian hockey history (no offense, Mario and Sid) has been undergoing treatment for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia.

“Paul was planning to go, but we have to be very, very cognizant of his situation,” fellow Team Canada alumnus Ron Ellis told the National Post Wednesday. “I’m very close to Paul. We’re very close friends. And I told Paul, ‘Look, I’m going to be protecting you like a hawk — if you don’t think you’re up to it, then you let me know, and I’ll explain it to people.’”

Henderson is still expected to attend two commemorative events in Toronto on Sept. 22.

/goose bumps

Kings, NHLPA announce settlement in Richards grievance

Los Angeles Kings v New York Rangers

The Los Angeles Kings announced today that they have “reached an agreement with Mike Richards to resolve the grievance filed in relation to the termination of his NHL Standard Players Contract. The terms are agreeable to all parties.”

The club said that it will not be commenting further “on the terms” of the settlement.

The NHLPA released a similar statement.

It was reported earlier in the week that a settlement was close to being reached; however, it wasn’t clear what salary-cap penalties the Kings would incur.

We’re starting to find out some details now:

How the final numbers differ from what the Kings would have incurred if they’d bought Richards out will be interesting to see. And if there are differences, how will they be justified?

Stay tuned.

Report: Ex-NHLer Aaron Ward arrested for ‘assault on a female’ (Updated)

Brad May, Kevin Hodson, Jiri Fischer, Aaron Ward

Aaron Ward, a 16-year NHL veteran that appeared in over 800 career games, has been arrested for “assault on a female,” per WNCN.

Ward was arrested on Friday in Cary, North Carolina and also charged with interfering with emergency communication, according to the report.

Currently working as an analyst for TSN, Ward spent five years of his career in Carolina, helping the ‘Canes capture the Stanley Cup in 2006.

Update: Per WRAL, Ward’s wife called 9-1-1 after the two had a confrontation around 1 p.m. ET. Police confirmed Ward was arrested at his home in Cary.

According to the warrant for his arrest, he took away his wife’s phone.

Because of the nature of his charges, Ward will spend a mandatory 48 hours in the Wake County jail. Anyone arrested on a domestic violence charge is held for 48 hours before bail is set.

And here’s a statement from TSN: