According to several media outlets, including Yahoo.com’s Puck Daddy blog, ESPN SportCenter failed to include any of the three current or former NHL players, including Derek Boogaard, nor the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey team that died in the plane crash in September in the show’s Year in Review In Memoriam.
Those mentioned in segment were Al Davis, Dan Wheldon, Hideki Irabu, Duke Snider, Harmon Killebrew and Joe Frazier.
Puck Daddy editor Greg Wyshynski points out that maybe the way the three players passed away — partial suicide perhaps — but both Irabu and Dave Duerson both killed themselves.
Wyshynski continued by stating no hockey player on the list was a super star, but that doesn’t excuse ESPN by not including the Russian hockey team. With that said, each year the Academy Awards make mention of every last person to ever work on any movie who died that year.
That wasn’t the only thing the “Worldwide Leader in Sports” left the NHL out of, as Puck Daddy points out the NHL didn’t include rookie sensation Jeff Skinner in its “newcomers” section, the NHL’s realignment, Bobby Ryan‘s amazing goal against the Nashville Predators last season.
In ESPN’s defense, both Erik Johnson and Victor Hedman‘s goals on their own nets shared the No. 6 spot for this year’s goofs, while Zdeno Chara and Tim Thomas were featured kissing the Stanley Cup.
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