Sorry ladies, Rogers Place prefers happy male fans

There are three things certain in life: death, taxes, and long lines for the restroom (translated to Canadian it’s ‘washroom’) at intermission during a hockey game.

In Game 3 of the Edmonton Oilers series against the Anaheim Ducks, female patrons found their wait for the restroom went from five to ten minutes to nearly half an hour.

Particularly bad batch of poutine circulating through concessions? Nope.

Rogers Place management decided to convert some women’s restrooms into men’s restrooms.

Turns out, the men folk don’t like waiting in lines when they’ve got to hit the head, so they complained. Rogers Place was happy to acquiesce … at the expense of the women in attendance.

The reason?

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Bettman reiterates Coyotes won’t stay in Glendale in letter to Arizona legislature

Cue more Arizona Coyotes arena drama.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman threw his touque into the ring on Tuesday with a letter to the Arizona state legislature regarding the financing for the Coyotes new arena.

The focus of Bettman’s letter is Senate Bill 1149. If passed, it would provide $395-million in public-private funding to get the arena built; with more emphasis on public funds than private.

The Commissioner writes of the league’s desire to keep the club in the greater-Phoenix area and how the current rink in Glendale is not meeting the needs of the franchise.

From Bettman’s letter, provided by (feel free to read it in your best impression of the commish):

“The Greater Phoenix region represents a strong hockey market which we are proud to have included in the NHL. With that said, let me be abundantly clear: the Coyotes’ current location in Glendale at Gila River Arena is not economically capable of supporting a successful NHL franchise. For the past 15 years, a succession of ownership groups and the League have tried everything imaginable to make the Glendale location financially sustainable. Our combined efforts all have yielded the same result – a consistent economic loss.

The simple truth? The Arizona Coyotes must have a new arena location to succeed. The Coyotes cannot and will not remain in Glendale.

[Emphasis is his own.]

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Hole in Pittsburgh’s ice causes early end to first period

Playing at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins were sent back to their respective locker rooms with 6:26 left on the clock in the first period.

For the second time this week during a game, invoked Rule 77.3, which states that “if a delay takes place with more than five minutes remaining in the first or second period, the referee will order the next regular intermission to be taken.”

The ice crew in Pittsburgh determined they would need more time to fix a massive hole in the ice along the boards.

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Carbon monoxide poisoning forces cancellation of Wisconsin game

The No. 1 ranked University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team soundly defeated the Lindenwood University on Friday by a score of 5-1.

Yet something didn’t seem right to the Badgers’ coaching staff.

From The Wisconsin State Journal:

A curiosity of why members of the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team were short of breath during last Friday’s game at Lindenwood turned into what coach Mark Johnson called a dangerous situation.

Within hours after the Badgers’ victory in Wentzville, Missouri, the lobby of the team’s hotel looked more like a hospital as players and staff members were tested for carbon monoxide poisoning.


Looking back on it Monday, [Johnson] said complaints of fatigue and blind spots fell in line with the elevated levels of carbon monoxide in the rink.

According to, the maximum level of exposure indoors is nine parts per million and below.

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Scottsdale multi-purpose arena group courting Coyotes: Report

The drama surrounding the Arizona Coyotes and their arena issues feel like they’re never going to end.

Craig Morgan of Arizona Sports reported Wednesday night a group based in Scottsdale, Arizona is courting the Coyotes to as tenants for a new multi-purpose event facility on Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community land.

The facility would be part of a larger, approximately 65-acre sports village that could also include retail, entertainment, living and work spaces. A group of local businessmen, investors and advisors has been working with the community for more than a year, and multiple sources said the basic structure of the financing is already in place with Barclays Bank in the fold.

One source termed the project “an examination, with nothing concrete set yet,” admitting that an anchor tenant like the Coyotes or Suns would help.

“At this point we are determining whether or not it can be paid off with debt financing,” the source said. “We’re looking at the feasibility of filling it up with event nights. Obviously, a permanent tenant would be helpful, but we have been examining the option even without a permanent tenant.”

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Tour T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas: A Photo Blog

LAS VEGAS — T-Mobile Arena sits on the Las Vegas strip surrounded by hotels. For now it’s hosting special events like WWE this past weekend, MMA fights, concerts and is on the verge of getting a brand new tennant.

Since we’re in town for the NHL Awards, we figured we’d take the opportunity to check out the brand new arena. We walked skeptical and walked away absolutely stunned – in a good way – and down right jealous of the new digs in Vegas.

Our tour guide was Director of Event Marketing and Communications for T-Mobile Arena Gina Rotolo. Whenever we brought up hockey, she coyly mentioned, “As of right now, we don’t have a team.”

Here’s a couple photo collages of the many, many picture we took of the inside of the area. We’ll point out some of what we learned and what everything is.

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