Here are your Weekend Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.
• The death of Ontario Hockey Association player Don Sanderson of the Whitby Dunlops has sparked more than conversation in the hockey world. With the 21-year-old's funeral scheduled for Monday, police in Brantford are investigating the Dec. 12 fight between Don Sanderson and Corey Fulton, in which Sanderson lost his helmet and was knocked unconscious when his head hit the ice. He was in a coma before his death on Friday. [Toronto Star]
• The OHA plans to address rules about players keeping their helmets on and fastened, and John Mackinnon of The Edmonton Journal believes that's where the conversation should begin for the rest of the hockey world: "The tentative dialogue about more-secure helmets, about rules forbidding players from removing them during fights are small steps in the right direction." [Edmonton Journal]
• The Brantford Expositor's editorial page took an even-handed, sobering look at the issues. [Expositor]
• But as we said when this story first broke, the Sanderson tragedy is primarily a moment for soap-boxing for the anti-fighting crowd. Like David Langford of the London Free Press: "The arguments about permitting fighting are predictable and shallow at best. Rules against blows to the head are gaining in momentum. Unless, of course, it involves a punch." [Free Press]
• Like Ken Campbell of The Hockey News, whose anti-pugilism screed actually begins, "Go ahead, accuse me of opportunism in the face of tragedy." [THN]
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• Don Cherry is taken to task in a Sun Media column for being a fighting advocate: "We decided moving from horse and buggy to a car, and from typewriters to computers should happen. But fighting should always be an integral part of hockey?" [Sun Media]
• Corey Perry gets a four-game suspension for elbowing the Flyers' Claude Giroux. Adam Gretz makes the expected Sean Avery suspension comparison. Expected in the sense that the NHL has asked for it through its actions. [FanHouse]
• Some Winter Classic leftovers, from "Red Wings suck" to Blackhawks fans holding up a Red Wings logo in the Wrigley stands. [Snapshots]
• Team USA had a fun and energetic practice today at world juniors, now that the pressure of having to represent their country with success on the world stage has gone down the crapper. [NHL]
• Reading between the lines, it appears Rocky Wirtz knew that firing Denis Savard as Chicago Blackhawks coach would be rather easy without that pesky self-respect thing getting in the way. [Third Man In]
• Oh, and if you somehow missed the highlights, here's Jordan Eberle's game-tying goal with 5.4 seconds left and, below, the shootout between the teams. Amazing stuff: