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  •  Well, the Blackhawks & Avery (12+ / 0-)

    Have piqued my interest in a sport I never paid much attention to. Although I will say, I am friends with the head of NYC's gay hockey league.

    That marriage equality opposition is led primarily by Clergy is a confirmation present law is the establishment of religion.

    by Scott Wooledge on Tue May 10, 2011 at 01:01:59 PM PDT

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    •  Considering that Sean Avery is pound-for-pound one (9+ / 0-)

      Of the toughest guys in a very tough league, this is pretty impressive.  He routinely challenges dmen who are half a foot taller and outweigh him by 50-60 lbs - and the next time he backs down will be the first time that's ever happened.

      In fact, Bruce Boudreau, the coach of the Washington Capitals, has remarked on more than one occasion that Avery's toughness and "orneriness" sometimes makes people forget that he's a really good hockey player, as well.

    •  I don't know what pro hockey players make now (5+ / 0-)

      When I was a kid, salaries for professional athletes, other than baseball players, were pretty modest. In fact, by today's standards even pro baseball players didn't make that much (I don't think anyone crossed the $100k/year line until the 1960's); if I recall correctly Yankee legend Whitey Ford lived not far from me, though in a more upscale neigbhorhood. There were several NY Rangers who lived in my very modest garden apartment community, at least during the season. Back then the majority of pro hockey players were Canadian and, I assume, returned to Canada off-season. I didn't know any of them, though I did know one retired NFL player (he was my next-door neighbor when I was little). In that sort of environment, where your neighbor might show up on television in a uniform, it was pretty easy to take an interest in sports.

      •  Actually Hank Greenberg of Pittsburgh Pirates (3+ / 0-)
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        made $100,000 in 1947.

        In 1930, Babe Ruth earned eighty thousand dollars. This was more money than the president of the United States, Herbert Hoover, earned that year. Reporters asked Ruth why he should be paid more than President Hoover. Ruth reportedly said: "Why not? I had a better year than he did."

        Amazing the Time I waste Here! Sometimes it's not wasted though!

        by raster44 on Tue May 10, 2011 at 04:58:13 PM PDT

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      •  The league minimum for an entry-level (0+ / 0-)

        contract is, if memory serves, $500,000 per year. Under the current collective bargaining agreement, that contract controls for up to three years, depending on the age of the player when he enters the league (I'm talking off the top of my head here; I'd venture to guess that details are available on the NHLPA's website). After that, it's pretty much a factor of what the market will bear--and what kind of room the team has under the hard salary cap. Top players can make northwards of $7 million a year.

    •  Thanks for the hat tip to Blackhawks last years (4+ / 0-)

      Stanley Cup winner.  For those who don't remember, Brent Sopel asked the Blackhawks if he could bring the Cup to the Chicago Gay Pride Parade last year and they wholeheartedly agreed. It was a HUGE hit at the parade which Sopel attended with his family.

      Sopel was a good friend of Brendan Burke and wanted to do this in his honor.

      It was so cool to see my favorite team from my favorite support finally win the Cup and sharing that accomplishment with the Chicago gay and lesbian community like that. It was proud day for the franchise and the NHL and so is this stand by Avery.

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