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Canadian politician cleared of ethics violation related to Quebec City arena


In news we probably wouldn’t pass along if not for the fact it’s August, Canada’s ethics watchdog ruled today that Conservative MP Christian Paradis did not violate the country’s Conflict of Interest Act by accepting a two-night stay at the hunting lodge of businessman (and former Nordiques owner) Marcel Aubut, who at the time was lobbying the federal government to help fund a new hockey arena in Quebec City.

In “The Paradis Report” (click here for PDF), Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson ruled that “Paradis had no official role with respect to the Quebec City arena at the time of Mr. Aubut’s invitation or up to the time of the hunting trip and the possibility that he would have an official role was far from certain. As well, the prospect of a federal contribution to the construction of a new arena was only a remote possibility.”

Construction of the $400 million arena, slated to open in 2015, was ultimately split between the province and the city.

Related: Former Nordiques owner says NHL is returning to Quebec City soon

Report: Ex-NHLer Aaron Ward arrested for assaulting female (Updated)

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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.

Video: Hextall comments on AHL d-man Pyett, who was diagnosed with sarcoma in leg

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) Defenseman Logan Pyett of the Philadelphia Flyers’ AHL affiliate has been diagnosed with a form of cancer and will be out indefinitely.

The team said Friday the 27-year-old Canadian has a sarcoma in his upper leg. Flyers general manager Ron Hextall says the club offers “heartfelt thoughts and prayers.”

Pyett signed a one-year contract with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms after being at the Flyers’ training camp. He was selected by Detroit in the seventh round of the 2006 NHL entry draft. He signed as a free agent with the New York Rangers in 2012 and spent two seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League.