Interview with Bill Scott, AHL Director of Hockey Operations

By Dan Canavan With the hockey season well underway, I thought it would be a great time to catch up with Bill Scott, Director of Hockey Operations for the American Hockey League.  Bill is currently in his fourth season with the AHL, after serving as the Coordinator of Hockey Operations for the East Coast Hockey […]

Why Not Us? – Five Things Hartford Needs to Be Major League Again

By Dan Canavan In an era where Jacksonville, Memphis, and Oklahoma City host major league franchises, Hartford sports fans are asking themselves: Why not us?  Here are 5 steps that can bring the big leagues back to Connecticut.  1. New Building. The XL Center is at the end of its useful life and falls well below […]

NHL Finally Takes Ownership of Phoenix Coyotes

By Dan Canavan After obtaining approval from Bankruptcy Judge Redfield T. Baum, the NHL officially became the owner of your Phoenix Coyotes on November 2, 2009.  After a series of bankruptcy setoffs and other creditor transactions, the NHL paid approximately $140 million for the Coyotes.  The NHL and the other 29 clubs will shoulder the […]

Dan Canavan Joins The Hockey Writers

Dan Canavan, contributing editor and hockey expert for Connecticut Sports Law, is expanding his writing beyond legal issues in hockey and is now covering the Carolina Hurricanes for The Hockey Writers.  Here’s an excerpt from Dan’s latest post on goaltender Cam Ward’s contract extension: While Ward’s yearly $6.3 million average salary is second only to squad […]

NHL Declares Victory Over Balsillie in Bankruptcy Case

By Dan Canavan Last week, Judge Redfield T. Baum rejected the bids of the NHL and Jim Balsillie to purchase the troubled Phoenix Coyotes out of bankruptcy.  Judge Baum’s decision effectively concludes Balsillie’s attempt to relocate the Coyotes to Hamilton, Ontario.  Judge Baum rejected Balsillie’s bid, which was conditioned on moving the team, as it would have […]

Gretzky Flees Phoenix Amid Coyotes Bankruptcy

By Dan Canavan Last week, Wayne Gretzky resigned as head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes. Gretzky, a creditor in the club’s ongoing bankruptcy proceedings, defended his resignation, claiming that neither potential ownership group was interested in retaining him as head coach. As a minority owner, Gretzky was being paid an excessive salary and is still owed […]

Sports Litigation Alert Publishes NHLPA Article By Dan Canavan

Sports Litigation Alert, a newsletter that monitors case law and legal developments in the sports law industry, published Dan Canavan’s article entitled NHLPA Dismisses Executive Director, Former U.S. Prosecutor Paul Kelly, in its September 11, 2009 issue.  Sports Litigation Alert is published by Hackney Publications, which also publishes the newsletter Legal Issues in Collegiate Athletics and Legal […]

Follow Dan Canavan on Twitter

Dan Canavan, Connecticut Sports Law contributing editor and hockey expert, is now on Twitter.  For quick updates on the NHL and other sports law and business issues, follow @DanielRCanavan.  Also, note that Dan’s tweets will be posted on the right-hand column of the blog.