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Report: NHLers trying to organize Quebec-based “caravan” league

Sep 18, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

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Rather than head to Europe, a number of NHL players are contemplating a startup league in Quebec.

Following up on a story reported by True Hockey, CSN Philly’s Tim Panaccio spoke with one of the Flyers’ French-Canadian players — Daniel Briere — who said teammates Max Talbot and Bruno Gervais are trying to organize a series of games in their home province.

“They’re trying to get something going where the players of Quebec would play each other. I was invited to see if I was interested, but I don’t think they have anything formal,” Briere said. “I’m looking at all the options. There are many options now that I’m looking at.

“We’ll see. I want to wait till the end of this week first and then kind of evaluate the options.”

The idea of a Quebec-based barnstorm league is similar to what ex-NHLer Joel Bouchard organized during the 2004-05 lockout.

He created the McDonald’s Caravan, a 16-weekend tour of four-on-four hockey that featured the likes of Jose Theodore, Simon Gagne, J.S. Giguere, Yanic Perreault and Alexandre Daigle.

The league toured throughout Quebec and all proceeds from the McDonald’s Caravan went to charity, something the proposed incarnation is planning as well.

Briere recalled Bouchard’s league and spoke glowingly about the legacy it left behind.

“They traveled and called it the caravan and they traveled all over Quebec with different games every weekend,” Briere said. “I didn’t get to participate in that because I was in Switzerland, but it was a lot of fun from what I heard.”

As for the 2012 lockout edition, it’s believed teams would be based in Quebec City and Montreal, with the possibility of adding clubs in Toronto and Ottawa.


  1. noozehound - Sep 18, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    hell yeah. a lot of the players who live in Minneapolis are going through drills together. those would be some great “pick-up” games against the Quebec players!

  2. blomfeld - Sep 18, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Gypsies can’t be trusted …

    While the “charitable” angle to this enterprise is commendable, the fact remains that these players should instead be focusing on coming to terms with the owners. For some inexplicable reason, they’ve anointed Fehr as their all “supreme” dictator, a man who refuses counsel from others, while answering to no one but himself ? I find that very strange, especially given the amount of money which these fools stand to lose. Perhaps Fehr is like some modern day J Edgar Hoover who possesses “compromising” files on all the key players ? Or perhaps and “more likely” I’ll add, this is indicative of just how “uneducated and naive” people like Crosby and Chara really are ? The bottom line is that I’m convinced this lockout was contrived in New York back in January … and that the season will commence by the US Thanksgiving Day holiday, latest …

    • spiffy53 - Sep 19, 2012 at 10:27 AM

      not sure if i can thumbs down your comment any more times than once. i wish i could. i find it strange the Fehr is the “supreme dictator”. this is the 4th lockout under bettman’s tenure and Fehr was not part of the prior 3. the league generated $3 billion in revenues last season. i don’t think crosby or chara are niave at all. last i checked, no one is paying to watch ed snider (or any other owners) lace up a pair of skates and put on a flyers uniform.

      • blomfeld - Sep 19, 2012 at 6:09 PM

        “no one is paying to watch ed snider” ? …

        that may be so, however they’re paying Ed Snider to watch Ed Snider’s show, whether that includes “twinkle toes” or not ! As for Donald “judge, jury, executioner” Fehr, it’s a well known fact that the man neither seeks counsel from others, nor does he answer to anyone apart from himself. Such a person in such a powerful position epitomizes the definition of a dictator. As for the little weasel himself, get your facts straight pal This is Bettman’s third lockout, not fourth ! He was not the commissioner back in ’92.

        It now occurs to me that you’re a fan of that criminal organization known as the “Flyers” … your combative “ugliness” is therefore excused … carry on as you were friend ! :)

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  3. dkphilly1122 - Sep 19, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    I agree with the second comment. It’s not Fehr, it’s the prick Bettman. He’s the idiot who says he isn’t going to budge from what they want. All the other posts talk about the Players playing in Russia and Europe for less money and how they instead should be worrying about the lock out. So they should be losing money, good money, because Bettman’s a douchebag?? Screw that.

    • blomfeld - Sep 19, 2012 at 6:25 PM

      That’s a terrific analysis friend ! Yes indeed, it’s far better to go to Europe playing in front of a bunch of schmucks making 50 cents on the dollar, as opposed to staying at home playing for your own loyal fans (ie: the people who make you rich) and make 95 cents on the dollar. That sure makes sense to me friend, especially when you consider how profitable the NHL is these days ! Man, you Flyers sure know the deal, eh ? :)

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