Megan Keller, US hockey team honored at White House by Donald Trump – Detroit Free Press




I-Team: Video Captures Arrest Of Youth Hockey Coach Witnesses Say Did Nothing Wrong – CBS Boston / WBZ


SALEM, NH (CBS) – Bob Andersen says he was standing between two parents who were having a verbal argument at the Icenter rink in Salem, New Hampshire, when witnesses say police came through the door, grabbed Bob, pushed him to the ground, tased him several times, and put him in handcuffs.

“I didn’t know how it was gonna end,” Andersen told the I-Team’s Cheryl Fiandaca. “I could hear my son crying and screaming. I could hear my wife screaming,” the Wilmington dad recalled.

It happened back in December. Two rival teams were playing each other and parents from one team say there were some questionable calls by the referee. “There had been a referee who was heckling our kids, and there was a little bit of verbal back and forth going on with a few of the parents,” parent Jen Hout recalled. “There was no fighting. There was no punches, nothing.”

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Salem, NH police officer arrest Bob Andersen (WBZ-TV)

When the game was over, in the lobby of the rink, witnesses say two parents got into a heated argument and Anderson tried to diffuse the situation. “He was just making a wall between our parent and the other parent that were having the argument. He just placed himself between them and he was just trying to calm the situation down,” parent witness Bill Dusablon recalled.

Witnesses who agreed to speak with the I-Team say that’s when police arrived and, without announcing themselves or asking anyone what happened, threw Andersen to the ground.

Several people videotaped the incident with their cell phones. Andersen can be heard screaming with four cops pinning him to the floor of the rink lobby. Two of them tased the 45-year-old.

Meantime, witnesses yelled “he did nothing wrong.”

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Bob Andersen being arrested by Salem, NH Police (Image from Griffin Hout)

On police dispatch recordings, one officer says, “We need more units. We just tased someone. It’s out of control here.”

The I-Team obtained police reports of the incident. In one account, an officer wrote, “I announced, ‘Salem Police, back off’.”

Dusablon told the I-Team, “I didn’t hear him say a word.”

Another officer wrote in his report that, while Anderson was on the ground, he “began to violently thrash around, attempting to escape.”

Parents we spoke with dispute that account as well. “He was already down, that’s when they started tasing him for no reason. He wasn’t going anywhere. There were four cops on him and he wasn’t fighting back or anything. There was no reason for that,” one parent said.

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Bob Andersen (WBZ-TV)

Andersen’s attorney, Chris DiBella, says the cell phone videos and witness accounts support his claim that Anderson was assaulted by police.

Andersen is charged with resisting arrest and assaulting the police. Recently, the District Attorney decided to indict Andersen in Superior Court, where he now faces up to five years in jail. “I think they’re doubling down,” DiBella explained. “They’re trying to intimidate him into resolving this matter, and it’s not something we’re interested in doing. They passed the line when my client’s been tased six or seven times in front of children.”

Andersen, who insists he did nothing wrong, is suspended from coaching while he waits for his day in court. “The other kids I coach were crying. To see them all in there crying is difficult, very difficult,” he said.

Bob is due back in court next month. Police told the I-Team that the Attorney General’s office reviewed a complaint it received and found no wrongdoing on the part of the police. The department also told us that their own review of the same complaint found no evidence that the officers did anything wrong. Just weeks ago the Salem town manager hired an outside agency to audit the police department and its internal affairs investigations.



Toledo's hockey history started with a Fort Wayne twist – News Sentinel



Virgil Gladieux, the man who started Toledo hockey, was actually from Fort Wayne. (By Luke Black of the Toledo Blade)

Fort Wayne vs. Toledo may be the greatest rivalry in minor league hockey. It’s got longevity, proximity, the combined excellence of 20 playoff titles and both cities have suffered bitter defeats over the decades because of the other.

But the ironic thing is that Toledo hockey might never have started without a man from Fort Wayne.

Born on a New Haven farm in 1908, Virgil Gladieux was one of 12 children who grew up in Fort Wayne before he moved to Toledo at age 17 in 1926.

“He moved here to go to work for a gentleman that was one of the early inventors, I guess, of a vending machine,” his son Tim said. “He helped him build vending machines in the guy’s garage. Eventually, he bought the business from his employer and then got into the box lunch delivery business and then got into in-plant feedings at factories. They built the business from the ground up, and the contract food business grew from there.”

After starting serving box lunches at factories, Gladieux eventually owned four food companies which covered 35 states and at one time had contracts in 27 airports with an annual sales of more than $100 million. But he was also a huge sports fan, and along with business partner Emery Gilbert, Gladieux built the 2,900-seat Ice House in Toledo. That success motivated them to build the 5,300-seat Toledo Sports Arena in 1947 at a cost of $1.5 million. Gladieux also bought an International Hockey League expansion team for $1,000.

That team became the Toledo Mercurys who lasted until 1962. The Toledo Blades played from 1963 to 1970 and the Toledo Hornets from 1970-74 at the Sports Arena which Gladieux continued to own and operate. In 1974, Gladieux and a group of investors purchased an expansion team, the Goaldiggers, who played in the IHL until 1986.

“He was a very much un-businesslike guy,” said Fort Wayne’s Jerry Nuerge who ran the team for three seasons as business manager in the late-1960s. “He dressed like… very casual-like, sort of like you see today. You’d never know going into his office that he had any money and that he had so many different projects.”

While his other businesses were huge successes, the hockey business was inconsistent despite fielding excellent teams which is why there were so many names for the Toledo teams. Gladieux was always involved behind the scenes helping to keep hockey going.

Before he died in 1997 at age 88, Gladieux saw 11 pro hockey championships either as team owner or in his building. Interest in Toledo hockey died in 1986, and the franchise was sold to Kansas City in 1990. The Toledo Storm started a new era in the ECHL in 1991. After the Sports Arena was closed and torn down in 2007, the Huntington Center was finished and the Walleye started in 2007.

Fort Wayne and Toledo teams have met in 12 playoff series, the most the Komets have every played another city in the postseason. Toledo cost Fort Wayne a title repeat in 1964, but the Komets returned the angst in 1965. From 1976 to 1984, the teams met in the playoffs eight of nine years. This will be their third meeting in the last four ECHL playoffs.

All because of a kid who moved to Toledo from Fort Wayne.





Evgeni Malkin, Carl Hagelin Miss Practice, Deemed Day-to-Day – Pittsburgh Hockey Now


CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. — It’s impossible to read anything into it at this point, but injured Penguins Evgeni Malkin and Carl Hagelin were the only players missing from Tuesday’s practice at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex.

Coach Mike Sullivan called both day-to-day, Malkin with a lower-body injury, Hagelin with an upper-body injury. Sullivan did not say another word about their statuses. Can’t read too much into that, either, although that’s probably at least better than both being deemed out, or getting absolutely nothing.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now saw Malkin walking in the hallway outside the locker room after practice. He seemed to have a slight limp, but no orthopedic walking boot, brace, ice pack, etc. Again, not a lot of information, but it’s all there is for now.

As of this writing, Game 1 of the Penguins’ second-round playoff series against Washington has not been announced. It looks as if Thursday or Saturday seem most likely, since Capital One Arena in D.C. is not available Friday. Saturday would give Malkin and Hagelin a couple extra days, of course.

Malkin missed Sunday’s clinching win at Philadelphia after getting hurt in Game 5 last Friday. He apparently has a left leg problem after awkwardly tangling with Flyers center Jori Lehtera on a collision in the corner.

Injured? You need a lawyer. Call Joshua R. Lamm.

Hagelin left Sunday’s game and didn’t return after a crunching high blow by the Flyers’ Claude Giroux. You would have to think Hagelin went through the concussion protocol, but it’s not known if Hagelin suffered a concussion or another upper-body injury.

The Penguins typically acknowledge concussions or if a player was put through the league concussion protocol.

Malkin was the team’s leading scorer during the regular season. He has three goals, five points in five games this postseason and is a main cog on the power play. Hagelin, a top penalty-killer, has two goals and three points in six games.

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Why the hockey stick graph will always be climate science's icon – New Scientist


The famous hockey stick graph

The famous hockey stick graph

IPCC and Michael Mann/Penn State

Today is the 20th anniversary of one of the most iconic images in science. On 23 April 1998, US climate scientist Michael Mann and two colleagues published a paper in Nature. Central to it was a graph that would become known as the “hockey stick”.

This graph was fairly simple, but its implications were monumental. Unlike any image before, it showed that Earth’s temperature had been relatively stable for 500 years, only to suddenly spike in the 20th century.

The hockey stick – named for its long flat …

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