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Friday, January 14, 2005

Fleury deemed ineligible

Hockey Alberta ruled that Theoren Fleury was under contract with the Chicago Blackhawks last season and thus he cannot play for the Horse Lake Thunder. While the decision may be technically accurate because he was under contract last season, why on Earth would they ban Fleury from playing this year. Policy or not, have some common sense.

The debate centers around, surprise surprise, the current NHL lockout and the policy of Hockey Alberta to disallow players who they deem to be currently locked-out by the NHL.
"I've never backed down from a fight in my life," he told Sportsnet. "They dropped the gloves, so we'll see where it goes from here...This is ridiculous," Fleury said to radio station CFGP in Grand Prairie, Alta. "This is borderline human rights stuff. We're going to do all we can to make a point to Alberta hockey that they can't push us around anymore."
I don't see the problem here. It's pretty plain in my eyes. Under contract or not, Fleury did not play a single game last season. His solid NHL career is all but officially over. And top that off with the fact that the 2005 NHL official guide and record book has Fleury listed as a "retired player" and the fact that he is not receiving lockout pay from the NHLPA. Hockey Alberta should be shamed and seriously reconsider the decision.

Geez, this kind of idiocy makes me cringe. I'm glad to see that Fleury has already appealed the decision.


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