Former Isles great Bob Bourne joins class-action concussion suit


Former New York Islanders great Bob Bourne decided to join the class-action lawsuit regarding concussions in the NHL, the Sports Business Journal and Daily’s Chris Botta reported on Tuesday.

The 59-year-old retired player told Botta that he thought about it for a long time. He admits that he’s reluctant regarding the decision, “but feels it’s important.”

Bourne won four Stanley Cups with the Islanders during their dynasty era. Overall, he played 814 of his 964 NHL games with the Isles, spending the final two seasons of his career with the Los Angeles Kings. He played from the 1974-75 season through the 1987-88 campaign. Bourne might say that his lengthy career came at a significant cost.

Here’s a video of one of the best moments from his NHL career, via the Islanders.

(Photo via Bourne’s Twitter page.)

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: