Author: Mike Halford

Jets ban fake Aboriginal headdresses at MTS Centre

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On the same day Winnipeg was set to host the Chicago Blackhawks, True North Sports and Entertainment — the Manitoba-based company that owns the Jets — released the following statement:

For those concerned, after discussions with Aboriginal leaders in our province TNSE been determined it will no longer allow costume or non-authentic Aboriginal headdresses into MTS Centre for hockey events going forward.

The call to ban fake headdresses came after a Jets season ticket holder filed a complaint with TNSE. Per CBC, the company initially said they wouldn’t stop people from wearing them, instead opting to “make them fully aware of the ramifications of wearing that and the cultural ramifications of it.”

TSNE then reconsidered its stance and, earlier this evening, made the decision to no longer allow the fake headdresses.

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“Given the attention the issue is getting today, it’s probably one that we wanted to have a clear understanding of.”

[TSNE director of corporate communications Scott] Brown says the move comes after owner Mark Chipman met with prominent indigenous leaders, including Assembly of Manitoba Grand Chief Derek Nepinak and MLA Kevin Chief. 

“After gaining probably a better understanding of that significance we have decided that going forward we will no longer be allowing costume and non-authentic headdresses into MTS Centre for hockey events,” he said. 

Per Brown, no other NHL arena has a policy “which would ban something like the headdress.”

Winnipeg and the province of Manitoba have a large indigenous demographic. According to the Canadian Census, roughly 13 percent of the population identified itself as Aboriginal.

Ramo recalled from AHL as Calgary’s goalie carousel keeps spinning

Karri Ramo

The Flames’ crease conundrum took another turn on Thursday evening, as the club announced Karri Ramo has been recalled from AHL Stockton — just one week after placing him on waivers.

The move all but confirms Jonas Hiller will miss time after getting hurt during Wednesday’s 5-4 shootout loss to Ottawa. Hiller left the game at 12:20 of the third period following collision with Bobby Ryan, and was replaced by Joni Ortio.

After the game, coach Bob Hartley said Hiller sustained a lower-body injury.

The Swiss netminder hadn’t been especially sharp prior to getting hurt, allowing four goals on 18 shots. Of course, goalies not being especially sharp has been a theme for Calgary this year.

The club sits tied for 29th in save percentage (.871) and has now pulled its netminder in three of its last five games (granted, the latest Hiller hook was due to injury).

Rangers tough guy Glass says getting waived was ‘a little bit of a surprise’

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When Tanner Glass signed a three-year, $4.35 million deal with the Rangers last summer, he wasn’t expecting to be in the minors anytime soon.

But after clearing waivers last week, that’s exactly where he finds himself — with the Blueshirts’ AHL affiliate in Hartford.

More, from the Courant:

This year, he dressed for two of the Rangers’ first seven games but ice time was limited. When he was placed on waivers last week, the transaction was framed as expected by the New York media.

Glass?

“Yeah, it was a little bit of a surprise,” Glass said after practice at the XL Center Wednesday. “You sign a three-year, it’s tough to get sent down. But in my role and my line of work, there’s always competition for jobs. You have to show up to camp and earn a spot, and continue to do that throughout the year.”

Glass lost his checking line role to Emerson Etem, the speedy forward acquired from Anaheim in the Carl Hagelin trade, and Etem’s made good on the opportunity.

He played nearly 12 minutes in Sunday’s win over Calgary, scoring his first point of the season while replacing the quickness lost with Viktor Stalberg out injured.

As such, the 31-year-old Glass could be in tough to regain his spot in New York.

There’s also the not-so-small factor of his $1.45 million cap hit, as the Rangers get $950K of relief with Glass in Hartford.

Leafs waive Arcobello, sign Clune

A day of change in Toronto.

Shortly after the club announced Air Canada CEO Michael Friisdahl would replace Tim Leiweke as MLSE president, the hockey team put center Mark Acrobello on waivers, and signed tough guy Rich Clune.

Acrobello, who signed a one-year, $1.1 million deal with the Leafs this summer, had appeared in seven games this season, going scoreless while averaging 11:20 TOI per night.

No stranger to the waiver wire — he was claimed twice last year, and played for four different teams — Acrobello could be snapped up by a club looking for depth down the middle.

If not, he’ll be off to the Marlies.

Speaking of the Marlies, that’s the team Clune was playing for prior to inking today.

An energy guy that’s not afraid to scrap, the 28-year-old has produced well offensively this season — five points in eight games — and received high praise this summer for his Players’ Tribune piece on overcoming addiction to drugs and alcohol.

On Tuesday, Toronto head coach Mike Babcock hinted that roster changes would be coming to his 1-5-2 club.

“Someone’s going to find a way to wear the uniform and be good every day,” he said, per Sportsnet. “And some guys don’t, and so different guys come and go. Over time there’s going to be changes in our lineup — that’s just the reality of the situation and the growth we’re going to go through as a team.

“We’re going to find out how hard guys want to compete.”

Reading between the lines, it looks like Clune’s aggressiveness and grit won him a spot at the NHL level.

Bolts send Vasilevskiy (blood clot) to AHL for conditioning stint

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On Wednesday, the Tampa Bay Lightning moved one step closer to getting their No. 2 goalie back.

Andrei Vasilevskiy, who’s been sidelined since September with a blood clot near his collarbone, has been assigned to the club’s AHL affiliate in Syracuse for a conditioning stint.

More, from NHL.com:

Vasilevskiy had surgery Sept. 3 to remove a blood clot from near his left collarbone and to treat a type of vascular thoracic outlet syndrome. Recovery time was expected to be 2-3 months.

He practiced for the first time Monday.

Syracuse plays Wednesday at Toronto and Friday at home against Hershey.

Tampa’s first-round pick in 2013 — 19th overall — Vasilevskiy captured the backup position behind Ben Bishop last season and ran with it, going 7-5-1 with a 2.36 GAA and .918 save percentage.

In the playoffs, he made four appearances, one of which was a start in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final.

Since Vasilevskiy’s been out, Latvian Olympic hero Kristers Gudlevskis has held down the No. 2 gig and fared well. He stopped 31 of 32 shots in a 1-0 OT loss to Chicago last week.