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The NHLPA takes a different route
Posted By On August 15, 2012 @ 2:40 am In Hockey,New York Rangers,NHL | 246 Comments
Interesting stuff from the NHLPA and Don Fehr yesterday. Not sure if the league’s owners and commissioner think it’s a good idea, or something worth pursuing in bargaining, or if they crumple it and toss it in the bucket.
I think if they decide it’s something they can discuss, tweak, whatever, then there’s hope. If they crumple, it’s going to be a long lockout.
Since I had to stick to the local angle of how JCC Rockland brought such great attention to Spitzer’s 40-year-old fight to have a minute of silence to commemorate the 11 Israelies murdered by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, I couldn’t include some other things Spitzer discussed with me.
What made the biggest impression is her career as a TV journalist in the Middle East. She spent months on the aircraft carrier Harry Truman during the gulf war, a ship from which attacks on Iraq took place. She told me of how she was flown onto the carrier via fighter jet, with helmet and mask and strapped in, and how the jet was stopped by the big “elastic band” that slows down jets touching down at high speed on the short landing strip. And how she had to climb over live bombs and rockets in the belly of the ship.
Also, she interviewed Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat — the man she, and many others, believe was responsible for the murders in Munich. In other words, the man responsible for the murder of her husband. She didn’t identify herself as the widow of one of the victims at any time during the interview, but she said the microphone in her hand shook the entire time.
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 Kevin Allen’s story on the day’s events from USA Today.: http://www.usatoday.com/sports/hockey/nhl/story/2012-08-14/nhl-labor-talks-nhlpa-proposal/57053816/1
 Here is my story about Ankie Spitzer from LoHud.com and The Journal News today.: http://www.lohud.com/article/20120815/COLUMNIST01/308150059/Maccabi-Ankie-Spitzer-makes-noise-minute-silence?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Sports&nclick_check=1