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Daly and Jets deny columnist’s claim Jacobs bullied them in meeting

Nov 28, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

Jeremy Jacobs, Cam Neely AP

Joe Haggerty of managed to turn a few heads today with his column pointing the finger at Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs for his role in the lockout.

In it he shared a story detailing how Jacobs bullied members of the Winnipeg Jets organization during a Board of Governors meeting for being the new guys in town. That story is now being denied by both the league and the Jets.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly tells Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press that the incident never occurred. That same sentiment was shared with Winnipeg Sun sports editor Ted Wyman.

Haggerty, meanwhile, holds his ground saying, via Twitter: “Duly noted. I stand by my reporting.”

This is the second time in the past month the league has come out and vehemently denied a story involving an NHL owner.

A couple of weeks ago, it was Flyers owner Ed Snider who was reported to disagree with how the lockout was proceeding and wanted to see it ended soon. That was quickly denied by Snider himself saying he supports Commissioner Gary Bettman and was followed up by Bettman himself calling the report a “fabrication.”

UPDATE (7:35 p.m. ET): Jets owner Mark Chipman released a statement, shared here at

“I was disappointed to learn today of a report which claimed an exchange took place between an Alternate Governor of the Winnipeg Jets and Jeremy Jacobs of the Boston Bruins at a recent NHL Board of Governors meeting. I was present throughout all BOG proceedings and can categorically state that no such exchange between Mr. Jacobs and either one of our Alternate Governors – Patrick Phillips or Kevin Cheveldayoff – ever took place. Any suggestion otherwise is completely false.”

  1. stakex - Nov 28, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    I don’t doubt Haggerty’s assertion that Jacobs is the main driving force behind the lockout. Thats been suggested quite a bit, and while it really wouldn’t make much sense, there is a clear theam there.

    However Jacobs is CLEARLY pro owner, so all his stories have to be weighted that way, and its very possible he jumped the gun with an anti-owner story without proper fact checking. I expect sports reporters to stay out of the whole “whos right, whos wrong” fight…. yet everthing he writes is about how the big bad owners want to send the poor players to the welfare line.

    Both sides are to blame, and anyone (especially a reporter) who doesn’t think so is no worth listening to.

    • tatdue - Nov 28, 2012 at 8:25 PM

      That’s funny because that’s the same mentality that I use when reading your pro owner comments – not worth listening to…..You say here that both sides are to blame but you always side with the owners…..The only reason they are denying that this happened is because Bettman will slap a bloody huge fine them if they didn’t…..

  2. mrchainbluelightning - Nov 28, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Everyone knows that Jacobs and the Bruins are 100% in-favor of the lockout, along with many other owners. But yet again we see them along with the worst thing in the Hockey History (bettman) silencing those who want nothing to do with this lockout.

    The Jets, The Rangers, The Wings, The Wild

    Who else?

    Here’s hoping Rangers owner James Dolan tries to have bettman and daly thrown out of hockey again. But is successful this time.

    Filthy lil liars who have been destroying the NHL since day 1

    • sabatimus - Nov 28, 2012 at 11:31 PM

      Jacobs yes. The Bruins? No. You think Shawn Thornton wants to be sitting on his butt for what is the twilight of his career?

      • rogersjd16 - Nov 29, 2012 at 7:39 AM

        Thank you. I despise our rat owner as much as everyone else, but don’t be throwing Cam and Chiarelli and Sweeney in with that chump. They want what’s good for the game of hockey. Jacobs wants what is good for Deleware North Companies.

      • mrchainbluelightning - Nov 30, 2012 at 5:07 PM

        Did you really just point out that the actual Bruins players are not in favour of the lockout?

        Thanks for that man, I’m sure people were confused thinking I meant the players as well…..

  3. id4joey - Nov 28, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    What’s happening this year is bad. However, the increase in the value of the NHL franchises indicate that Bettman has not been destroying the NHL from day one. You sound like a drama queen.

    The Toronto Maple Leafs are the first NHL team worth US$1 billion, according to Forbes magazine. Forbes says the NHL’s total revenues were $3.4 billion for the 2011-12 season. Fueled by that nine per cent increase, the average NHL team is worth $282 million, 18 per cent more than a year ago. The Leafs, Rangers (last Stanley Cup in 1994) and Canadiens (last title in 1993) account for 83 per cent of the league’s income, with Toronto the most profitable franchise at $81.9 million, followed by the Rangers at $74 million and Montreal at $51.6 million.

    • therealjr - Nov 28, 2012 at 9:25 PM

      Just to tone down your numbers a little bit, the NHL, moreso than the other major 3 leagues is way top heavy. The top 3 teams account for over 25% of aggregate franchise value. Median franchise value is $220M.

    • rogersjd16 - Nov 29, 2012 at 7:44 AM

      And yet, even by your numbers, which, while accurate don’t show the discrepancy between franchises as a commenter notes below, this “leader” is now “overseeing” his 3rd lockout (never before happened in history of professional sports) and the potential for another canceled season (a single season had never happened before in the history of professional sports).

      Gee, surprising this happens when you hire an NBA guy to run a game he’s never in his life played.

  4. mpops86 - Nov 28, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Haggerty is a fraud. He took one tiny kernel of a story, extrapolated it using irrelevant information (Neely), and ignored the basic fact that for every missed NHL game his concessions company loses business. Joe Haggerty is not a journalist, he’s not a blogger: he’s a hack.

    • sabatimus - Nov 28, 2012 at 11:32 PM

      Aaaaannd we’re up to 13. Do I hear 14? 14 anyone?

    • hockeyflow33 - Nov 29, 2012 at 12:40 AM

      You’re 100% correct. He’s a complete fraud and knows absolutely nothing about hockey.

      • rogersjd16 - Nov 29, 2012 at 7:45 AM

        Haha, says the guy commenting on a blog network. Haggerty actually does a pretty decent job. I love the erroneous Neely under the bus comment too. Laughable.

      • hockeyflow33 - Nov 29, 2012 at 1:29 PM

        I don’t get paid to write on here and half of the people on here know more about the sport than he does.

  5. csilojohnson - Nov 28, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    Uh oh rich people fight!
    Go pastey old white guy!

  6. sadhockeyfan - Nov 28, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    They’re getting awfully defensive of Haggertys article. This is the most they have spoken to the media since the lockout began. I guess Haggerty hit a nerve. Well done Hags! Jacobs is caught like a rat! Hahaha!

  7. jimw81 - Nov 28, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    First it was Seravalli and now it’s Haggerty. Does anyone notice a pattern?

  8. orangeandblack67 - Nov 28, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    Come on now, are we suppose to really believe that these guys would not lie? Of course they would when put in a bad light. Jacobs sickens me. I would take a reporters word over his and his apparent lackeys any day.

    • sabatimus - Nov 28, 2012 at 11:33 PM

      Seriously. Jacobs is widely despised for good reasons.

  9. hockeyflow33 - Nov 29, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    Haggerty is the worst excuse for a hockey “reporter” there is. I’m not sure how someone who has never played the game gets a job writing biased blogs trying to run people out of town but he figured out a way.

    • ThatGuy - Nov 29, 2012 at 9:24 AM

      Probably because 90% of the players that play the game are lucky if they spell their name right?

      • hockeyflow33 - Nov 29, 2012 at 1:31 PM

        Not sure how many hockey players you’ve actually met but the vast majority of them are very successful post hockey, especially when compared to the other three major sports.

  10. orangeandblack67 - Nov 29, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    Id4 Joey makes a good point. The leafs are the first NHL club to be worth 1 billion dollars. That leads me to my next point, when is the last time the leafs competed for a top spot in the league? That prove that a lot of the teams top brass are in in for the money and not the cup; let alone the advancement of the league.

    • millertime30 - Nov 29, 2012 at 1:31 PM

      he’s right that the value of the league has gone up during Bettman’s tenure, but wrong to give Bettman credit for that. He was commissioner as pro sports came into the age of massive television contracts. the value of the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL all rose dramatically, regardless of who was running each league.

      The fact that hockey remains so much less popular than less action-packed sports such as baseball and basketball in our blood-thirsty society should say more about Bettman than the rising value of the league that he’s had nothing to do with.

  11. acieu - Nov 29, 2012 at 3:20 AM

    Another lazy assed columnist. It isn’t that they lie they just write stories that are handed to them as plants because they won’t do real work. Besides they want interviews after Bettman stomps the NHLPA and they curry favors with the players by one sided reporting.

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