Broadcasting bosses call NHL schedule shots

BILLY POWERS, SUN MEDIA

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You may have asked yourself, as did I, why the Calgary Flames played a 1 p.m. game against the Anaheim Ducks yesterday down at the Dome.

Well, I can answer that question for you.

Flames GM Darryl Sutter and I were guests of Dusty Woznow Friday at the 38th anniversary of the always successful St. Stephens's Ukrainian Catholic Church men's dinner, and the topic came up early.

Sutter explained each year the club submits 60 dates to the league, which are entered into a computer which, in his words, "spits out 41 dates that we must live with.

"We are allowed to argue, I think, six or seven, and last year, there was but one change," Sutter said. "It all revolves around the television networks, who basically dictate when we play."

Was he happy with a 1 p.m. contest? Not on your life.

Said Sutter: "We played on the road in Colorado and Dallas on Monday and Tuesday, came home late Wednesday morning, faced Chicago on Thursday and, 36 hours later, were back on the ice against Anaheim."

He further explained, though, "if you look at the overall picture, the club plays 82 games in 186 days, and when you break for Christmas and the all-star game, it's almost like you're playing every second day. And what happens next year with the Winter Olympics in Vancouver? That's going to add even more days than the all-star game does."

THAT'S A SIGHT WORTH SEEING

Over the years of running the Cecil Hotel, my old friend Sam Silberman built quite a collection of sports memorabilia, as he lined the walls of the tavern with jerseys from many sports teams.

Having sold the business to the city, he was taking them down this week as I stopped by to see if I could wheel and deal on things like a New York Yankees 100th anniversary jersey or his Hockey Night in Canada sweater.

Silberman has jerseys from the NBA, CFL, NFL, and the WHL's Calgary Hitmen.

Where they end up now as the city takes over the building is anyone's guess, but while I checking it out, Silberman told me a very interesting story.

His son, Joel, is now a New York lawyer, and Sam went to visit him recently to get away from the paperwork of closing his business.

In his words: "One day, Joel said 'Dad, lets go for a walk.' He lives in Jersey City. It was a cold, cold morning, and you could feel the breeze coming off the Hudson River. But suddenly, there was the aircraft that had made that emergency landing in the Hudson last month ...

"Having seen what happened on television was like watching a miracle, but to be standing about 100 ft. from the aircraft as they tried to lift it onto a barge was mind-boggling. Television can't show you how big that plane was. It made what happened even more of a miracle for me."

TEDDY MAKING FAMILY PROUD

Most people in our city remember the old Stampede Wrestling show as hosted by the late Ed Whalen for famous promoter Stu Hart for so many years.

Well, the show goes on for some of the Hart family, although, many miles away.

Teddy Hart, who is really the son of B.J. Annis but chooses to use one of the most famous names in wrestling, is a superstar with a group called Triple A Wrestling in Mexico.

Hart was part of the Vince McMahon troop known as WWE but was released and is now a star in Mexico.

Nattie Neidhardt, the daughter of Jim Neidhardt is known in WWE circles as Natalia and is wrestling around the world, while Harry Smith, the son of Davey Boy Smith, is also with the WWE and works at times with Chris Jericho.

It kind of takes you back to the good ol' days of wrestling, I'd say.

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