NHL cracking down on... everything

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NHL cracking down on... everything

By Justin Aucoin
WickedGoodSports.com

Fans and the media give the NFL a lot of hell for being the No Fun League but the NHL is well on its way to become something similar this postseason say the No Humor League.

It started mid-April when NHL officials issued a crackdown on octopus tossing.

"The throwing of objects onto the ice surface is prohibited by the National Hockey League and persons caught doing so may be subject to prosecution for violating local and state laws.''

Tossing ol eight-legs cost one fan 500, according to DeadSpin.

Its not the first time the NHL has decided to crackdown on object throwing on the ice.

Maple Leafs fans for a few games this season threw waffles on the ice in protest of their team tanking another season in the Kessel Era. One Leafs fan faced a fine and prison time but was able to get out of it. We can only imagine he offered Bettman some sweet Canadian maple syrup in exchange for freedom.

Whats next? Banning the hat trick hat throw?

And its not just object throwing thats getting the NHL all hot and bothered. In Vancouver, the NHL has told the infamous Green Men to not touch the glass.

We knew the penalty box was nicknamed the Sin Bin but we didnt know it was that kind of sin bin.

Watch the CBC video segment and see reporter Glen Healy get on his high horse about the Green Mens crotches and ass. What a tool.

And in Boston apparently its no longer ok to heckle the opposing team with the giant foam claws the team sells in its own gift shops.

Amazing. We can only imagine the Montreal organization is somehow behind all this since it and the Habs fans want to turn the NHL into a proper English tea party (ironically enough).

And now Zdeno Chara is being told by the NHL that he cant drink Coke on the bench since Pepsi is a major NHL partner.

The guys just looking to get a little boost of energy between shifts and he gets slapped with a warning Pepsi or Bust. Bummer. We were really hoping for that Chara-Coke marketing campaign, too.

When will the madness stop? Who knows? Goal music might be next on the list of no-nos. Maybe no signs to games? No mascots? No ice girls?

How about no Bettman?

WATCH: Bruins' Backes battles with Benn right after opening faceoff

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WATCH: Bruins' Backes battles with Benn right after opening faceoff

Now THIS is old-time hockey!

There's bad blood between the Bruins' David Backes and the Stars' Jamie Benn that goes back a long way, most recently in last spring's Dallas-St. Louis playoff series when Backes was still with the Blues. They met again today -- and the ungodly (hockey) hour of 11:30 a.m. Dallas time -- for a nationally televised game between Backes' new team, the Bruins, and the Stars.

And it didn't take long for the two to renew acquaintances . . .

Pistons to honor Hamilton, who had impact on several Celtics

Pistons to honor Hamilton, who had impact on several Celtics

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Detroit Pistons will retire the jersey number of former UConn star Rip Hamilton tonight, an instrumental figure in the Pistons’ success in the early 2000s that included an NBA title in 2004.
 
Although Hamilton never played for Boston, his impact can be felt within the Celtics locker room.
 
Boston’s Amir Johnson spent his first four NBA seasons as a teammate of Hamilton's in Detroit.
 
In that time, Johnson acknowledges how many of the positive things folks associate with him come from lessons he learned from Hamilton.
 
“He was so relentless when he ran,” Johnson told CSNNE.com. “I remember working out with him one summer. For him to even get his shot off, he sprints full court, goes back down shooting shots, and he just kept doing this over and over and over again, full court sprinting . . . To see that as a young kid, and at his age, just working hard like that, it was great to see.”
 
James Young grew up in nearby Rochester Hills, Mich., so he watched Hamilton’s scoring prowess up close and personal.
 
And as he continued to evolve as a player, Young would see Hamilton during the summer months while attending Hamilton’s basketball camps.
 
“I was there every year, won MVP a few times,” Young told CSNNE.com. “He’s a great guy, a great player.”
 
And, like Hamilton, Young has a lanky frame for an NBA player, which was among the many reasons Young acknowledged Hamilton as being one of his first significant basketball influences as a youth.
 
“For sure,” Young said. “His mid-range game was crazy, great shooter. He was always consistent.”
 
And that consistency has paid off in the highest honor an NBA franchise can bestow upon a player.
 
“That’s big time,” Johnson said. “He’s a champion, great father, great baller. To have his jersey retired is an honor. To see the success he had in the league, and to see his jersey retired with the greats, it's definitely an honor. I’m glad I’ll be there to see that. Kudos to him. He’s a hard worker. Had a great career. I had my high school jersey retired, but to get your NBA jersey retired, that’s great.”
 
Hamilton played 14 seasons in the NBA, nine of which were with the Pistons. A career 17.1 points per game score, he averaged 18.4 with Detroit and was named an Eastern Conference All-Star three times (2006-2008).
 
Although he is known as one of the greatest mid-range shooters of his era, Hamilton began to expand his range over time. During the 2005-06 season, Hamilton shot 45.8 percent from 3-point range (most of them being corner 3’s), which led the NBA that season.