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Dater’s Daily: Death in the hockey family, Lacroix Hockey to debut, Colorado pols trying to end Comcast-Altitude impasse



Jimmy Hayes
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Good Monday to all. The hockey world has had too much tragic death lately. We lost Columbus goalie Matiss Kevlinieks in July to a fireworks accident. We lost three teenage boys and hockey prospects in a car crash in Canada last week. And today, we lost Jimmy Hayes, who played in the NHL from 2011-18 for four teams. Hayes was just 31 and left behind a wife and two children.

There has been no cause of death listed as of yet. May he rest in peace and his family somehow find some peace as well.

Some links, thoughts, observations:

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  • Former Av Eric Lacroix, along with former Avs front-office guy and longtime pro scout Scott Masters, are launching Lacroix Hockey – a company whose mission will be to advise and manage hockey players.

  • Some Colorado politicians, including Denver Mayor Hancock, are sick and tired of the Comcast/Altitude impasse and are trying to come up with some kind of legislation to put an end to it. (CBS 4)
  • That story I linked to is a couple months old, and I haven’t heard of anything concrete coming out of the state legislative chambers. I’m not holding my breath for any kind of breakthrough.
  • It remains almost inconceivable that the drama between Altitude and Comcast has lasted this long, The latest I’ve heard on this whole thing is, essentially, “we’ll see what comes out of the ongoing lawsuit” that Altitude filed against Comcast. Until then, it’s the same old same old: Comcast subscribers (like me) won’t be able to see Avs games on Altitude this coming season. Not until something breaks the impasse, anyway.
  • Did you miss the news that Nikita Zadorov is now a Calgary Flame? (Sportsnet)
  • Marc-Andre Fleury got a pretty penny on the sale of his Vegas house (Review-Journal)
  • NYI: Gary Bettman says Islanders fans “are going to love” the UBS Arena.
  • Rick Jeanneret will hang up his mic in Buffalo following this season. Another colorful, fun announcer will say goodbye.
  • I gave “Ted Lasso” a try, of about four episodes, but found it kind of, well, boring. Some people on Twitter seem to be pretty mad at me too, for not liking it.
  • Then again, someone is always mad at me on Twitter.
  • I highly recommend the three-episode Netflix series on the late automaker John DeLorean instead.
  • The city of…Oakland…may court the Arizona Coyotes (San Jose Hockey Now)
  • The most underpaid goalies in the NHL (Hockey News)
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Adrian Dater - Kiss and Larry Bird fan. Writer with @Gambling and @Bookies, Avs Insider with 104.3 The Fan. Denver Post, SI, Bleacher Report alum, author of seven books.

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With regard to Ted Lasso–I thought that the first season was good, but after watching the first episode of season 2, I gave up. I would take it as a compliment if twitter users disagree with you. Is August really 120 days long??

Joel Stefaniak

To think, last august we were in the throws of the Stanley Cup playoffs.. What a backwards year that was.


A.D. – if you’re not getting beat up somewhere, as a writer, you’re not doing your job. If you give an opinion on anything these days, count on social media to write negative things about it. Even God, Country, Mom and Apple Pie are not exempt. I’m not talking the Kizla Kamikaze style. I think you know what I mean. Altitude versus Comcast? Amazing that this has gone on this long. Really a lose-lose for Nugget and Avalanche fans. Really unacceptable and unthinkable ten years ago. It just goes to show you the power of media/cable companies. To freeze out… Read more »

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