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NHL award voting boycott spreads

Posted on: April 4, 2011 12:49 pm
 
The boycott of the NHL postseason awards voting stretched beyond the New York area on Monday. 

David Boclair, sports editor of The City Papery in Nashville, sent an e-mail to every Professional Hockey Writers Association member explaining why he joined with his counterparts in New York and New Jersey who decided days earlier to forgo voting as a protest for the treatment of writer/blogger Chrs Botta, who had his credential yanked by the New York Islanders in November. Here’s a Boclair explanation why:

As a professional organization, our first responsibility is to our membership, not in trying to placate league or team officials. I proudly stand behind Mr. Botta, and the metropolitan New York chapters of the PHWA.

If the league and this particular franchise have no respect for our position on this matter, which strikes at the very heart of the news gathering process, then any endorsement of whom we believe is the best goalie or the most sportsmanlike player is absolutely meaningless.

Twenty PHWA chapters took part in a conference call on Sunday and a resolution was passed, 17-0 with one abstention, to proceed with voting. As part of the resolution, the PHWA would push for a meeting with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman during the Stanley Cup Final to help clear up the long-running issued with the Islanders. 

The PHWA selects the Hart, Norris, Calder, Lady Byng and Selke awards.

Boclair had an idea if the Isles don’t relent and let Botta back in the press box:

Finally, I am outraged at the arrogance displayed by the New York Islanders in their initial decision and recent response to our concerns and I am open to any sort of sanctions we could levy against them, including a league-wide media blackout.


Botta worked for the Islanders for two decades and left as the team’s vice president of media relations. Along with running his own blog (Islanders Point Blank), we worked together at the since-shuttered AOL FanHouse. He was the site's lead hockey writer when the Islanders ban began. Here’s what he wrote on this topic over the weekend:

So that there is 100% certainty, understand this: I was not, in any way, behind the movement by the local chapters of the PHWA to protest the Islanders’ decision to ban me by not participating in the balloting for the Hart, Norris, Calder, Lady Byng and Selke awards. I also did not participate in any of the voting by the three chapters. I was aware of the New York chapter’s decision because they first voted on it three months ago before confirming its vote this week. I learned of the actions of the Long Island and New Jersey chapters around the same time most of you did.

-- A.J. Perez
Category: NHL
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 7:45 pm
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Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: April 5, 2011 10:22 pm
 

NHL award voting boycott spreads

Who cares what these writers do? Has anyone ever read Wes Goldstein? The guy is a joke. Take the vote away from the writers and let the players, coaches and GM's vote. They actually know the sport.

I bet these writers think they're noble. Puhleeze, they're pathetic. Fire them all.



Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: April 5, 2011 6:45 pm
 

NHL award voting boycott spreads

Agreed.  Background information would be nice.  Also, proofread your article before submitting it.  This isn't Yahoo! Sports.  "Stanley Cup Final to help clear up the long-running issued with the Islanders."  Should be "issues."



Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: April 5, 2011 4:29 pm
 

NHL award voting boycott spreads

WHO CARES? This column is about the Islanders and some Jerky reporter who covered the Islanders. So, if I'm not missing anything here, who gives a shit about the Islanders and a reporter who obviously is at Rock Bottom(He's covering the freakin' Islanders,lol). What's up with the "Chapter" talk...is this a cult of Idiots? Where's the compound located?



Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: April 5, 2011 4:06 pm
 

NHL award voting boycott spreads

I think Botta made fun of garth snow for not only being such a shit GM, but for being a shit goalie while cheating with oversized pads and extendable wings on his chest protector.  move to KC already!




Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: April 5, 2011 2:58 pm
 

NHL award voting boycott spreads

It's a shame that a franchise as storied as the Islanders are known for outrageous on ice tactics and then this off ice garbage.





Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: April 5, 2011 2:19 pm
 

NHL award voting boycott spreads

Pretty sketchy stuff going on here. "reasons known only to them"?

There has to be something else behind this whole thing other than Botta simply disagreeing with Snow/the Isles.

What journalist would ever want to go to Long Island now, knowin they could have their credentials revoked simply by disagreeing with upper management.




Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: April 5, 2011 2:17 pm
 

NHL award voting boycott spreads

Botta, as you may recall, for reasons known only to them but assumed to be because the Islanders disagreed with Botta’s take on things going on in Long Island. Botta is a former PR man for the Islanders and his relationship with Garth Snow now that he doesn’t work for the Islanders has been a bit strained.

Here's a link:





Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: April 5, 2011 1:51 pm
 

NHL award voting boycott spreads

I've got to agree with hemingway and kleaners. My first thought was "Why did they ban him?" I figured as I read further, I'd find out. Fooled me.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: April 5, 2011 9:41 am
 

NHL award voting boycott spreads

What did Botta do?
Background information people. It's a simple rule of journalism. Don't assume readers know what you're talking about.


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