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Covid-19 update Wednesday 8th April

Good morning from the UK. For those people whose days blur into one another, today is a Wednesday. For any fellow Brits who haven’t realised yet, this Friday is Good Friday which means Monday is a bank holiday. 4 day weekend for us!
The UK and US continue to grab most of the global headlines - the UK due to the plight of its prime minister Boris Johnson (the TLDR there is that he’s still in intensive care, his condition is unchanged). The US is grabbing the headlines because of the sheer volume of cases / deaths in the country plus also for some of the quotes being given and actions being taken by President Trump.
Today’s round up is Guardian heavy. Sorry if you’re not a fan of them, I was pushed for time.

Virus news in depth

Coronavirus: UK will have Europe's worst death toll, says study - If you’re British like me this is rather frightening; the Guardian reports (Link) that “world-leading disease data analysts” (their phrase not mine) have projected that the UK will become the country worst hit by the coronavirus pandemic in Europe, accounting for more than 40% of total deaths across the continent. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) in Seattle predicts 66,000 UK deaths from Covid-19 by August, with a peak of nearly 3,000 a day, based on a steep climb in daily deaths early in the outbreak. The analysts also claim discussions over “herd immunity” led to a delay in the UK introducing physical distancing measures, which were brought in from 23 March in England when the coronavirus daily death toll was 54. Portugal, by comparison, had just one confirmed death when distancing measures were imposed. The IHME modelling forecasts that by 4 August the UK will see a total of 66,314 deaths. Spain is projected to have 19,209 deaths by the same date, Italy 20,300 and France 15,058. All three countries have imposed tougher lockdown measures than the UK. (Personal note for fellow Brits, 66k = a town the size of Paignton in Devon, Rochester in Kent, Loughborough in Leicestershire, Dewsbury in W Yorks or Washington in Tyne and Wear. I expect we will hear a lot more about this herd immunity and in particular Dominic Cummings once the pandemic ebbs away; Cummings will probably be thrown under the bus for it).

Fears of crisis in global car finance markets as owners seek payments help - Fears are growing of a crisis in the UK’s £75bn car loan market, where 6.5m vehicles have been financed through leasing deals with monthly payments that are already proving unaffordable for some laid-off as a result of the coronavirus says the Guardian (link). The Finance and Leasing Association (FLA), which represents the credit arms of the car manufacturers as well as the banks, said: “It’s early days in terms of quantifying the impact on arrears, but the number of forbearance requests has grown significantly in recent weeks.” Britain’s car market rests on billions in debt taken out by consumers, many of whom may now struggle to pay. Around nine out of 10 of the 2.3m new cars sold in a typical year in Britain are paid for using some sort of financing provided by an FLA member. The most common purchase method has been personal contract plans (PCP), where a buyer puts down a deposit and then rents the vehicle for two to three years at a monthly cost, typically around £250. Problems in the UK car loans market may pale into insignificance compared with the colossal scale of auto lending in the US, which totals $1.3tn (£1tn). Some of it has been securitised into bonds that bear echoes of “subprime” lending common before the financial crisis of 2007-08. Around $30bn of new subprime vehicle loans were issued in 2019, and there have been reports of some lenders verifying the income of just 8% of borrowers – whose loans are then bundled into bonds sold on Wall Street as an income stream for investors. However, the US Federal Reserve has already stepped in with a programme to support “asset-backed securities”, including bonds holding auto loans.

Trump threatens to hold WHO funding, then backtracks, amid search for scapegoat - The Guardian has written a critical article on Trump again, saying he hunted for a new scapegoat on Tuesday in an increasingly frantic attempt to shift blame for thousands of American deaths from the coronavirus, accusing the World Health Organization (WHO) of having “called it wrong” and being “China-centric”. Trump’s early inaction has come under renewed scrutiny in the past day after a New York Times report that Peter Navarro, Trump’s trade adviser, warned in a memo in late January that the virus could put millions of Americans at risk and cost trillions of dollars. Susan Rice, a former national security adviser, told the Washington Post that Trump’s missteps “cost tens of thousands of American lives”. The president has repeatedly denied responsibility and sought to blame China, the Obama administration and the media. On Tuesday, with the US death toll exceeding 12,000, he unleashed a tirade at the WHO, even though it raised the alarm in January, after which he made statements downplaying it and comparing it to the common flu. “They’ve been wrong about a lot of things,” Trump said at the daily White House coronavirus task force briefing. “And they had a lot of information early and they didn’t want to – they seemed to be very China centric” – implying that the WHO had toed the line of Beijing’s early efforts to minimise the scale of the outbreak.

Virus news in brief

Source: Guardian daily blog or CNN daily blog unless specified otherwise.

Supply chain news in depth

Coronavirus: The Road to Economic and Social Recovery; We will recover, but how will we know when? - Descartes Labs, a geospatial imagery analytics startup based in California has written an interesting piece on (link) on how we may be able to use big data to understand when the economy will begin to recover. Remote sensing refers to data collected from satellites, aircraft, and distributed sensors that can provide information about the earth and help us understand human activities at a macro scale. While it is possible to understand the economic consequences of coronavirus through news reports and surveys, remote sensing provides direct observations that can be aggregated on a large scale and automatically processed for real-time insights. Descartes Labs, has developed a set of tracking and monitoring tools that can be used by businesses to understand consumer and supply chain activities that are critically important to revenues which harness aggregated mobility tracking, location-specific activity tracking, regional NO2 tracking and supply-chain tracking.

Logistics Manager Editor’s Blog: Has COVID-19 shown we have an e-commerce problem? - The editor of Logistics manager magazine (which has a UK lean in the topics it covers) has written an article reviewing the ecommerce sector. “If there is an area of the economy that is thriving right now it the supermarket sector. Yet limited delivery slots meant that only 14.6% of households received an online delivery in the four weeks to 22 March, up from 13.8% in March 2019 but most-likely well below actual demand. The truth is that as much as the logistics sector likes to celebrate its considerable achievements in the migration to e-commerce, some businesses were too stuck in the tried and traditional ways of working to actually reach the peaks. COVID-19 will change well-understood behavioural economics. Consumers won’t be the same after a global pandemic the likes of which we have never seen in our lifetimes.” He argues that businesses must immediately fully adapt to ecommerce channel fulfilment or they will most likely fail to survive. We were quick to celebrate the achievements of the sector, particularly in replacing the 30% of calories consumed outside the home with sales in bricks and mortar supermarkets. We were quick to celebrate that existing e-commerce infrastructure did not entirely fall apart. Yet there wasn’t enough capacity to deliver food to homes that wanted it, and in some cases needed it. There were not enough drivers and not enough vehicles, even if the right volume of food was in the system.

Supply chain news in brief

Good news section

The Easter Bunny Is An Essential Worker, New Zealand's Ardern Says - New Zealand prime minister has clarified (link) to the nation’s children that the government considers the easter bunny and tooth fairies as essential workers and are thus able to continue doing their jobs. Ardern announced the exemption in response to rampant speculation by New Zealand's youngest citizens, who had wondered how the coronavirus crisis might affect the traditional arrival of colorful eggs, chocolates and other treats. The prime minister however warned that in some cases, the pair might not be able to provide the level of service young people have come to expect. "So I say to the children of New Zealand, if the Easter Bunny doesn't make it to your household, then we have to understand that it's a bit difficult at the moment for the bunny to perhaps get everywhere," Ardern said.
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Sad life
posted by As_IfyouKnowMe on /gaming
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How could you do this, bobby
posted by Master_JBT on /memes
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George Floyd's family says four officers involved in his death should be charged with murder
posted by -Ph03niX- on /news
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New Zealand has no Covid-19 patients in hospital and only 21 active cases remain
posted by TheZephyrMonk on /worldnews
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The switch in personality is crazy
posted by AUtoMaTicGUnsHoT on /memes
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Mongolia for the win with zero cases and zero deaths
posted by westmontster on /worldnews
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Second Place
And they should be convicted.
posted by slizzler on /news
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They keep pushing the BS narrative that Floyd died later. The cop was kneeling on his neck for many long minutes after he lost consciousness. Next they will probalby say he suffered from some medical condition that ultimately killed him.
posted by Russ-B-Fancy on /news
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This cop and those around him didn't understand that putting the blade of your shin and your knee, with the weight of a grown man behind it onto your carotid artery and slowly reducing the blood flow for 4 minutes can kill someone. That is beyond me. How can you not hold the police to a higher standard when a regular person would be facing at least a manslaughter or negligent homicide charge? The argument that they have to deal with stressful situations all the time gets even stupider when you mention that as a reason to pay and train them to a higher standard but it doesn't seem like some people are interested in equal accountability across society.
posted by DasaBadLarry55 on /news
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Fifth Place
Congratulations, New Zealand. This is truly something to be proud of. ` I find it heart-warming that a country locked down despite economical consequences and then re-opened gradually and orderly with testing and contact tracing. This is a country that actually cares for its people unlike some that are okay with killing thousands of their own just to reach \"herd immunity\". Some that haven't even locked down.`
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The Infinity Saga in 2 minutes! This one took me 4 months of editing, because I wanted to improve the masks and the transitions even further in 4K. Kevin Smith and Topher Grace reacted to it. The rollercoaster starts at 1:16.
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Our Reaction to Shipment and Shoot House Playlists
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Youtuber consistently take a photo everyday for 10 years
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Picking locks and such
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Why don't we see police officers or departments come out and condemn things like this when they happen? I was on a police subreddit yesterday and most people seemed to agree with you, and stressing that this is less common than the media would have us believe. It was basically boiled down to \"yeah this is bad, the media jumps on it and the police are not set up to fight a PR battle with the media\". I understand that argument, but when so many people agree that what happened is wrong, wouldn't it be a good move to stand up and say \"we do not condone this' as an organization. It's a really bad look when they stay quiet or as is the case most of time, back up the officer in question. It's like if there was a problem with mailmen stealing packages, I would expect the post office to fire them, have them arrested, and let the public know that it won't be tolerated. We see police unions support politicians for election, but we never see them come together to condemn this sort of thing. It's just a really bad look for all the good cops out there and I wonder why they don't speak up more often.
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Axe: \"Can I move? Do we have to do this in these chambers?\" `Council Member: \"Well I suppose...\"` *Axe, the Council Members, and the entire town of Yonkers get in a hot air balloon and float lazily over the town while Axe plays a radical lick on an electric guitar plugged into nothing* `Later, back on the ground:` Wags: \"Oh my Grand Puba, that was a master stroke, may the ghosts of the Pharaohs forever lick your mighty sack clean so that you never require the showers and baths of mere mortals ever again.\" `Axe: \"Wait, so you have *how many* kids?\"` Across town in an office of mahogany and old Churchill volumes: `Sacker: \"Well it looks like Axelrod will win Yonkers.\"` Chuck: \"Ah yes but we mustn't fret dear child, for all the wrongs we may suffer at the hands of lesser enemies shall be paid back tenfold by the righteousness of our own well guided hand, no matter the perilous waters or the dense fog ahead, we shall see through to greener pastures...not unlike the kid from 1995's Angels in the Outfield, Danny Glover ferried him to glory and so shall we be ferried by our own angels, so long as we do not lose faith.\" `*Chuck spins his chair around to find an empty room, Sacker had already gone 45 seconds ago*` Downtown in an empty art studio: `Frank Grillo: \"I just don't *do* this sort of thing, you can't put a price tag on inspiration...only on inspiration once it's down on canvas and dry.\"` Taylor: \"Well it's like Naughty By Nature always said, a group I apparently listened to enough to work their lyrics into analogies twenty years later...\" `Wendy: \"Let me stop you right there Taylor, this man doesn't need to be recited lyrics he surely already knows because everyone in this universe watched all the same movies and TV shows and listened to the same music and therefore no references ever have to be given context or explained. No, this man already knows himself. He's a *fffucking* artist. You will let the work flow through you from your soul to that canvas, and let all the dollar signs and bullshit fade away. Nothing I've said here is revolutionary advice and doesn't change a single thing but I'm a performance coach and therefore anything I say will lead to you performing. Did I say *ffffff*uck yet?\"` Back at Axe's penthouse: `Axe: \"Well Mr. Mayor, I can assure you that Prince couldn't make you a spread like this.\"` *A smorgasbord of delicious food covers the table between Axelrod and the Mayor* `Axe: \"Thank you world-renowned Michelin star rated James Beard award winning Chef Éric Ripert.\"` Mayor: \"He's...he's come into the room six or seven times in the last hour and a half and we've been chatting with him the entire time, why did you just present him like that *now*?\" `Axe: \"Don't worry about that, you know why?\"` *Axe in one grand swipe sends all the dishes and food crashing to the ground in a cacophony that assaults the ears* `Axe: \"Let's take a ride.\"` *Axelrod and the Mayor hop into Axe's deep-sea diving bell and arrive at a small humble condominium building in a middle class neighborhood. Axe buzzes one of the condos upstairs over and over until an exhausted voice answers over the speaker* `Chef Ryan: \"Wh...who's there?\"` Axe: \"Chef Ryan it's Axe and the Mayor.\" `Chef Ryan: ^^^\"oh ^^^Jesus ^^^Christ. Alright I'm buzzing you up.\"` Axe: \"You ever had scrambled eggs and toast?\" `Mayor: \"Wwhat the fuck is happening right now?\"` Wags, hidden in some bushes: \"Oh my papa, king of all the jungle, this is your finest hour, like the RAF fighting the Nazis over the English Channel, or Daniel san and the crane kick to Johnny's face to win the All-Valley Under-18 Karate Championships in '84. May you be ushered to the VIP section of heaven by God themself when your mighty heart ceases to beat 140 years from now.\" ` Wendy, at home, to no one in particular: \"Fffffffffuck.\"`
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First time I've seen a guy go down like a pile of bricks AND had the visual reference for comparison!
posted by HerodotusStark on /PublicFreakout
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I don't know if it will answer your question, but it is not just common across American diners. They are ubiquitous in Europe too, in the southern countries usually accompanied by olive oil. I imagine they are also common in all the Mediterranean basin, although I am not sure of that. By the time of the settlement of the American colonies, in the 17th and 18th century, salt and pepper were already the most common \"spices\" used in Europe, so it is no surprise this tradition was carried on to the other side of the Atlantic. `Salt has been a staple ingredient of world cuisine for millennia. It could be called the \"first and most common of the spices\", and there's archeological evidence of it already being used around the year 6000 BC. ~~Salt can be mined relatively easy, as to get it you mostly need to evaporate seawater to extract the salt.~~ Salt is not endemic to any particular area, you can get it anywhere where there is access to the sea or, less common, where there are salt mines. It was a common ingredient in Antiquity, if somewhat expensive, as the production of salt was a costly and labour-intensive work, prone to health problems on the workers. We have uncovered rests of salt offerings in Ancient Egyptian tombs as far as the 3rd millennium BC, and by Roman Imperial times salt was incredibly common. There's the enduring myth that salt was used as a payment for early Roman soldiers, hence the word \"salary\", but that is just a speculation from Pliny the Elder, writing in the 1st century AD, when soldiers had been paid in cash for already many centuries.` Black pepper is a bit more rare ingredient, as it comes from a plant native to South and South East Asia, still the main producing region of this ingredient. Its use in India goes as back as 2000 BC. In the West, the first remains we have found are in the nostrils of the mummy of the Egyptian pharaoh Rameses II, who died in 1213 BC. In Classical Greece and the Hellenic period, black pepper was already a known item, but only common in the household of the most rich and influential people. It is by this time that trade between the Far East and the Mediterranean started to flourish, specially since the creation of the Achaemenid Empire which connected India and Europe. The land route was paralleled by a sea route, which went both through the Persian Gulf and also around the Arabian peninsula and through the Red Sea. `By the Early Roman Empire, the Red Sea route was the main one to get Indian products to the Mediterranean, bypassing the middlemen in the Persian Empire. The Greek geographer Strabo describes how the Empire sent an annual caravan of ships to India to get goods, and black pepper was one of the most sought after products. A cooking book thought to be compiled in the first century AD (Apicus) cites pepper in most of its recipes. Pliny the Elder, in his monumental *Natural History*, notes the price of black pepper being four denarii per pound, a considerable amount. Basing us in the annual salary of a Roman legionnaire of 225 denarii and comparing it to a modern soldier in a western country (between 15k and 35k dollars), it wouldn't be crazy to compare it to a current price of 400 dollars a roman pound (so $550 an Imperial pound or $1215/kg). A considerable amount for a regular person, but not prohibitive to the more affluent classes. Curiously, Pliny gives us a moralizing tale about pepper:` > It is quite surprising that the use of pepper has come so much into fashion, seeing that in other substances which we use, it is sometimes their sweetness, and sometimes their appearance that has attracted our notice; whereas, pepper has nothing in it that can plead as a recommendation to either fruit or berry, its only desirable quality being a certain pungency; and yet it is for this that we import it all the way from India! Who was the first to make trial of it as an article of food? and who, I wonder, was the man that was not content to prepare himself by hunger only for the satisfying of a greedy appetite? Because of this steady stream of pepper, it would become common but scarce, a perfect luxury good; and because of its long lasting preservation, it was sometimes used as a valuable commodity when barter was necessary. When the Visigoth king Alaric sieged Rome in the early 5th century, black pepper was one of his demands for ransoming the city, 3000 pounds of it. `In the Middle Ages, the Eastern Roman Empire, the Sassanids or the Arabs would become the middlemen bringing pepper into the Mediterranean, and then it would spread via the trading powers of Venice and Genoa. The prices would be significantly higher than in Roman times, considering the amount of middlemen and countries it would take to get it to the final consumer, so western European countries would be willing to open up new trade routes to break with the Arab+Italian monopoly on the spice trade. This desire would push Vasco da Gama, and then Columbus, to lead the Age of Exploration for getting spices from India, specially pepper, at a cheaper price. Later the Dutch and the English would join this push for cheaper trade with Asia, which combined with the plantations of pepper in the Americas (specifically Brazil) brought its price down to a level where even modest homes could afford to use it from time to time.` This lower prices, combined with a long and rich tradition of cooking with pepper in Europe, would make it one of the most common spices used in European cuisine, only surpassed by salt. It makes sense that restaurants and taverns in the Modern era would have it as a common condiment and would start offering it to customers, in case they wanted to spice up their dishes. This tradition would naturally be brought to the Americas by European colonists, and that is how it ended up being so ubiquitous all round the Western world.
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That scene always got me, but I never truly understood it until my daughter died. We wanted her to wear a certain sleeveless dress that she had worn several times that year. She always wore a long sleeved shirt under it because it was winter and the dress was itchy. Her funeral was on a hot week in mid May. I didn't want her to wear the long sleeved shirt because she would have been too hot, but I didn't want her to wear only the itchy dress. I had to go and buy her a new short sleeved undershirt so she wouldn't be itchy or too hot. That was my \"glasses\" moment.
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In honor of the All-Star Game rosters, a look back at defenseman Petr Buzek and the 2000 All-Star Game

NOTE: This is significantly shortened and altered from a much more lengthy write-up on my own website. The original full length version can be found here.
Every January without fail, there will be a retrospective of sorts on the NHL All-Star Game that recalls the great moments: Ace Bailey and Eddie Shore shaking hands, Wayne Gretzky’s four 3rd-period goals, Ray Bourque’s late game heroics, Owen Nolan’s called shot, and most recently John Scott’s MVP performance.
And on the flip side is a list or a mention of the worst All-Stars in NHL history, or at least the greatest controversies: Mike Milbury finishing his roster in 1991 with Chris Nilan, varying suspensions for players who sit out the game, and of course the times that your favorite player got screwed out of the MVP award.
And there’s usually a list of “the worst All-Stars ever”, which will ordinarily have the name of one Petr Buzek right near the top. But who is Petr Buzek, and what makes/made his selection in 2000 so controversial?
First, let’s back up.
Buzek was born in April 1977, thus making him draft eligible in 1995. He played a handful of games with Dukla Jihlava of the Czech League in 1993-94 as a 16-year-old, in addition to playing with the national team in the European Junior Championships. The next year – his draft year – he moved up full-time the next year and suited up in the EJC again, where he was a tournament all-star. He also played in the WJC, earning glowing reviews for his skating, poise, and decision-making. He also put up more points in that tournament than teammates Marek Zidlicky and Petr Sykora (the good one), and tied with Milan Hejduk.
His strong play as a 17-year-old in both a major tournament and during the season in the top league propelled him into the discussion as not just a 1st-round pick in the 1995 NHL Draft, but more likely a top-15 and probable top-10 selection. The NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau had him ranked as the #5 overall European prospect going into the (lockout-delayed) draft.

The Crash

For most prospects, the additional couple weeks before the draft gave an additional week or two to work out as part of their draft prep, or for injured players to continue to heal and recover. For Buzek though, there was much more on the line.
One player NHL teams won’t be interviewing is Czech defenseman Petr Buzek, who is in a hospital in his homeland with serious injuries from a recent car accident.
“He is supposed to be in the hospital until at least the draft,” said (Anaheim scout David) McNab. “Now everyone will do the same thing – all 26 teams will be saying what a great sixth-rounder he has become.”
Associated Press. “Defensemen big in NHL draft.” Times, The (Trenton, NJ) 14 Jun. 1995, Sports: B7.
Anaheim wasn’t the only team openly backing away.
Director of player personnel Chuck Grillo has narrowed the vast field of prospects the Sharks might draft. Scratch the name Petr Buzek, a defenseman from the Czech Republic, off the board.
“The young man had the misfortune of having what may be a career-ending car accident in the last couple weeks,” Grillo said.
Except for it not being Buzek, the Sharks’ first-round pick (12th overall) is anybody’s guess.
Chi, Victor. “SHARKS WON’T REVEAL DRAFT STRATEGY.” San Jose Mercury News (CA) 28 Jun. 1995, Sports: 1E
Another article, with quotes from Hartford GM Jim Rutherford, would verify that the Whalers had Buzek in the top five overall on their draft board before the accident.
However, even after having suffered serious career-threatening injuries with both an unknown recovery timetable and unknown impact, Buzek’s upside was still regarded as extremely high. Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune had Buzek 17th in his mock draft to Washington, three spots behind The Hockey News who had him 14th. Cammy Clark of the St. Petersburg Times had Buzek going 21st to Boston, describing him as a “strong, intelligent player who makes good decisions. Good two-way player who can carry puck up ice.” Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette described him as a player with “great offensive potential, but could plunge through ratings after breaking ankle and injuring both knees in car accident last month.”
For Buzek, Draft Day 95 would prove to be both a longer and a shorter wait than expected.
With their third pick, the Stars chose Czechoslovakia’s Petr Buzek, a defenseman who had been regarded as a first-round pick before suffering major leg injuries and a hairline fracture in his forehead in an auto accident. He is unlikely to be able to skate before December.
Buzek broke his leg in three places and had his right kneecap sheared off in the wreck. He attended Saturday’s draft in a wheelchair but said, through an interpreter, he was thrilled to be chosen by Dallas.
Cowlishaw, Tim. “STARS MAKE HISTORY IN NHL DRAFT – No. 11 pick is earliest black skater ever taken.” The Dallas Morning News 9 Jul. 1995, SPORTS DAY: 1B
The “black skater” referenced in the headline was Kamloops forward Jarome Iginla, who would be traded to Calgary for Joe Nieuwendyk before ever suiting up in Dallas. And the 2nd-rounder that Dallas traded would be traded twice more before Chicago used it to pick Remi Royer from Saint Hyacinthe of the QMJHL.

The Long Road to Recovery

Buzek would have surgery the day after the draft to attempt to fix his leg, which resulted in being patched together with titanium plates and screws. He would continue to recover and rehabilitate, and made an appearance at a Stars game in Dallas during the 1995 preseason. He was able to ride a stationary bike in September of that month and said that he hoped to resume skating in October, less than four months after the car crash that nearly killed him.
But disaster struck soon, as the original patchwork holding his shattered kneecap together began to disintegrate. This required more surgery after Christmas 1995, with assistant GM Les Jackson saying that Buzek's timetable to begin skating again was pushed back to September 1996.
Buzek had no such conservative plans.
One of the more encouraging signs at the Dr Pepper StarCenter is the sight of defenseman Petr Buzek skating on his own and, occasionally, with the team.
“Right now he’s just doing his conditioning to get his wrist and his knee stronger,” said trainer Dave Surprenant. “He’s coming along.”
Cowlishaw, Tim. “Absence of late-season trades is sign of stability.” The Dallas Morning News 21 Mar. 1996, SPORTS DAY: 16B

Back Onto The Ice

As it would turn out, Buzek was not only skating by September 1996, but a full participant in training camp. Coach Ken Hitchcock, in his first training camp with the Stars, said that, “(Buzek) sure doesn’t look like a player who has missed a year of hockey".
As camp progressed, Buzek was the subject of a lengthy write-up detailing what he'd overcome to that point. And for the first time, the complete list of his injuries became known.
VAIL, Colo. – Petr Buzek has become comfortable enough with the May night in 1995 when he almost lost his life that he is able to joke about it.
“It was a blur; I don’t know,” the 19-year-old Stars defenseman prospect said. “I know I was sleepy and I just open my eyes and all I see was a tree, boom.”
Buzek, a native of the Czech Republic, ran his car into that tree at 80 mph, crushing the car and all but shattering his body. He has since had surgeries that have left him with seven screws and a plate in his right ankle, two screws in his right wrist and 20 screws and a plate in the femur in his left leg. In addition, his right kneecap was broken in several places, was set wrong during surgery and had to be broken and reset again.
“That was worst,” Buzek said, rolling his eyes. “They told me they had to break it again and I said, `What?’ ”
The reason Buzek can laugh now is that 14 months after the accident, he feels great. He is participating in the Stars’ training camp and “sure doesn’t look like someone who missed a year of hockey,” Stars coach Ken Hitchcock said.
At age 19, Buzek is a long enough shot to make the Stars’ roster. When you consider his injuries and the recovery time, there’s no way the defenseman should be able to fight his way into a veteran lineup.
But here he is.
“Logically, you’d say he has to spend a year at Kalamazoo Mich.,” Hitchcock said of the Stars’ minor-league affiliate. “But he’s making us look at him in a different way,”
For his part, Buzek said he wouldn’t hate a season in the International Hockey League, but that’s not his goal.
“I want to make team; that’s what I am here for,” he said. “I feel inside I am good enough.”
Buzek has never lacked confidence, and that might be one reason the Stars took a chance on him in the 1995 entry draft. The 6-foot, 205-pounder was ranked among the top 10 prospects in the draft before the car accident. But everybody passed on him until the Stars decided to risk the 63rd overall pick on a player who accepted his first Stars jersey while sitting in a wheelchair.
“Guys like that who make it to that level, they have a certain mind-set,” Hitchcock said. “And while Buzek’s body was beat up, his mind has always told him that he’s one of the best.”
Buzek came to the Stars last season using crutches and speaking no English. Now, his English is impressive and he’s not only driving to the net, he’s negotiating traffic on LBJ Freeway in Dallas.
“It might sound crazy, but I think it was harder for him to go driving again than it was to play hockey,” said Stars center Bob Bassen, who went through rehabilitation with Buzek last year and helped him get his driver’s license. “He’s always known he can play hockey.”
Bassen attributes Buzek’s quick recovery and his even quicker adaptation to the United States to an optimistic outlook.
“He’s just always smiling; he doesn’t let things get him down,” Bassen said.
Buzek laughs when he talks about his English skills, saying he learned a good deal from movies and television.
“Sometimes now when I understand better, I know how much I missed,” he said of the television shows he blindly trudged through. “It’s good teacher.”
Heika, Mike. “Defenseman’s recovery from accident amazes Stars.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram 11 Sep. 1996, SPORTS: 2
Buzek made his preseason debut on September 15 against St. Louis, earning an assist on a power play goal by Benoit Hogue. Three days later, he served as a post-game interpreter for goalie Roman Turek, who had just made his own North American debut. But as the rosters were trimmed in preparation for the regular season, both Buzek and Turek were sent to the IHL.
Finally in February 1997 came the call.
Buzek called up: In need of a spare defenseman, the Stars called up 19-year-old Petr Buzek from the Michigan K-Wings, Dallas’ top minor-league affiliate. Buzek’s call-up is his first to the NHL, and, though he didn’t play, he said he is excited to be traveling with the Stars.
“It is good; it is great for me,” said the native of the Czech Republic. “This is what I have always wanted. It is best players in the world.”
Buzek sustained a broken femur, broken wrist and shattered kneecap in a car accident two years ago and missed all of last season. “The knee still gets sore sometimes,” he said.
“The recovery is amazing in itself, but when you think that he’s performing on a steady level in the IHL International Hockey League at the age of 19, that’s pretty impressive, too,” Hitchcock said. “He’s really done a great job of working hard.”
Heika, Mike. “STARS NOTES.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram 28 Feb. 1997, SPORTS: 5
Although Buzek didn't play in that brief callup, and he again didn’t make the Stars out of training camp in 1997, he continued to develop his offensive game in the IHL while waiting for a chance.
Finally, on March 12, 1998, less than three years after the accident that threatened to leave him as just another “what-if” prospect, Buzek made his debut against the Phoenix Coyotes, where he had no goals and no assists but was a +1 in a 5-4 loss.
Buzek was among several players sent down the day after that game and then recalled again. He played again with the Stars against San Jose on March 18, where he took his first NHL penalty (interference at 5:56 of the 2nd period). He was again sent down afterward, then among several players recalled to practice with the team once Michigan’s IHL season ended.
The biggest change for the Stars was the staggering improvement on the ice in just two seasons, going from 66 points in 1995-96 to 109 and the Presidents Trophy in 1997-98. And they’d proven their mettle in the playoffs, setting aside the previous year’s crushing first-round defeat by making it to the conference finals and going six games against defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit.
With the team emerging as a contender, competition was high entering the 1998-99 season. He didn't make the Stars out of camp, and it would turn out that Brad Lukowich outplayed Buzek in the IHL that year, earning call-ups and ice time with the Stars. Buzek played well after some early-season inconsistency, and would get the call in April.
Like the previous year, Buzek was sent down after playing two games, then recalled after the IHL season ended. Although he played in no playoff games that year with the Stars, he practiced with the team during their run to the 1999 Stanley Cup.
But decisions were looming, with the Atlanta Thrashers entering the NHL in time for the 1999-00 season and thus needing stocked with an expansion draft.

A New Chance

With the Atlanta Thrashers entering the league in 1999, and with former Stars assistant GM Les Jackson now filling the same role in Atlanta, Buzek got a different type of call to the NHL in June when he was selected in the expansion draft.
As training camp began, a new audience became familiar with Buzek’s story.
These can’t be the X-rays of a hockey player. So much metal, it has to be from some kind of mechanism. A small plane’s landing gear maybe. Or the insides of a riding mower. Surely not a professional athlete.
One by one, Thrashers team doctor Scott Gillogly holds the films up to the light and reveals a human hardware store. A long plate extending down the left thigh, with 10 screws fastened deep into bone. A couple more screws at odd angles holding together the right knee. Two others connecting the wrist bone to the arm bone. We do not even get to the fused big toe or the erector-set ankle.
They show Petr Buzek’s insides. Amazing snapshots, really, when you consider that he very well might have to lug all that metal through airport detectors from Calgary to Miami as a Thrashers defenseman. He has a fighting chance at making it back all the way to the NHL.
”I’m a bionic man,” Buzek — pronounced BOO-zehk — says with a small smile.
Such are the tokens of a careless moment on a winding road back in his native Czech Republic. A month before Buzek was to be taken high in the 1995 draft, he was driving too fast in the countryside near his hometown of Jihlava. ”I was 18 years old,” he said, ”I thought I owned the whole road.
”I think I fell asleep, didn’t make the turn, and I hit the tree. I go pretty fast — 75-80 mph. We don’t care about the speed limit much. They said I had been sitting in the car like two hours, they had to cut me out. I don’t remember much. I woke up three days later in a hospital. I didn’t know what was going on. I couldn’t move. My left leg was sticking up. I was swollen up, stitches everywhere.”
Hummer, Steve. “Buzek full of metal — and courage.” The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution 10 Sep. 1999, Sports: D4.

Making History

Buzek made it through training camp and the preseason, and was on the team’s opening night roster. In fact, he was on the ice for the first shift in Thrashers team history, paired with Darryl Shannon and behind a line of Johan Garpenlov, Ray Ferraro, and Nelson Emerson. In the team's second game, Buzek scored a power play goal that was also the first goal by a defenseman in Thrashers history. It was also Buzek's first career NHL goal. He would add a power play goal in the team’s fifth game, then another one two games later. In the meantime, he was racking up assists as well. Eight games into the season, Buzek had three goals and four assists, good for second on the team in points while tying for the lead in goals.

Another Setback

One of the realities of expansion teams is that they’re bound to have wild ups and downs during the season. The team was 3-8-2 and playing in Montreal when Buzek went down with a concussion, which knocked him out of the lineup for a few days.
Petr Buzek has made significant progress since suffering a concussion Saturday against Montreal:
He now realizes he is 22 years old, not 21 as he answered that night.
He now realizes he played the night before in New Jersey and didn’t have the day off.
And he now realizes he was in Montreal.
But the fact that those nuggets had been knocked out of his cranium momentarily means the rookie defenseman will be out for a while.
Buzek is scheduled to be re-examined today. But doctors have told him he needs to sit out at least a week from the time he suffered the grade two concussion. He probably will miss not only tonight’s game against Tampa Bay at Philips Arena but home-and-home meetings with Buffalo on Friday and Saturday.
Schultz, Jeff. “THRASHERS NOTEBOOK: Buzek’s head clearing slowly.” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 17 Nov. 1999, Sports: D5
Buzek would, in fact, miss another two weeks, but would add two assists in his return to the lineup. This gave him 4 goals and 11 points in just 14 games on a brutally bad first-year expansion team. He would then miss another game with a partial shoulder dislocation before returning right back onto the first pairing.

The All-Star Game

As the world prepared for the calendars to change from 1999 to 2000, so too was the world of hockey preparing for the 50th NHL All-Star Game, to be played February 6, 2000 in Toronto.
And in mid-January, the roster announcements were made.
Last week, Petr Buzek was benched for two games. Wednesday, the rookie defenseman for the Atlanta Thrashers was named to the World team for the NHL All-Star Game.
“It’s unbelievable,” said the 22-year-old from the Czech Republic. “I’m still shaking. . . . It’s like a dream.”
When he takes the ice in Toronto on Feb. 6 as the Thrashers’ first All-Star, Buzek may well be the least-known player in the 50th anniversary game.
“It’s like (Jaromir) Jagr, (Paul) Kariya . . . those guys,” Buzek marveled. “And Petr Buzek. ‘Who’s Petr Buzek?’ ”
Buzek, who has four goals and nine assists, was one of the Thrashers’ top players through much of the first part of the season. But his play slipped, causing coach Curt Fraser to bench him for back-to-back games last week.
The NHL does not require that each team have a representative in the game. However, an attempt is made to do so.
“It’s the NHL’s intention to bring some young players into the game,” Thrashers general manager Don Waddell said. “Buzek hasn’t been real good the last two weeks. But for the first 30 or 35 games, he was pretty darn good. With (an established team) he’d be even a better player.”
Curtright, Guy. “Buzek named to World All-Star team.” The Atlanta Journal -Constitution 13 Jan. 2000, Sports: E6
There are two crucial sentences above, one being the very first one and the other one bolded toward the end.
Here’s why I don’t put much stock into that first part, the one about being a healthy scratch the week before: because that’s what first-year expansion teams do. Most first-year teams follow a familiar pattern: assemble a weak roster, hire a fiery coach who’s convinced that he can win with a team barely above minor league caliber, and then preach patience and development but start making trades by mid-November. One common thread is that the better players will usually be a healthy scratch at least once, not necessarily because their play dictates it but because the coach, convinced that he can win with a sadsack group, becomes obsessed with the idea of sending a message to underperforming players. A common theme with a lot of these coaches is that poor play by a player isn’t regarded as the inevitable circumstance of putting a subpar player out there because he’s the best option out of a thin system, but a matter of heart and desire that’s lacking on the part of the player.
So the options are simple: if you have three underperforming defensemen on the roster at a time, do you scratch all of them and play with four defensemen in a game? Or do you scratch a guy on the top pairing, hoping like hell that the lesser players will look in the mirror and go, “Whoa, if he’s willing to scratch that guy who hasn’t been bad at all, what’s that mean for me? I need to start pulling my weight or I’ll be in the press box for good.” Former Maple Leafs goalie Johnny Bower said that when he played, one of coach Punch Imlach’s favorite tactics was to tear into him after the first period even if the Leafs were being outshot 16-3 and Bower was standing on his head to keep the game scoreless; the idea was that the rest of the team would pick up their own effort.
Was Buzek’s play really that bad when he was a healthy scratch, or was it simply his turn to be the designated “message sender” on behalf of Curt Fraser? Whatever is said in public or directly to the player, quite frankly, doesn’t matter. A coach possessing his senses isn’t going to tell the player that he’s being scratched to send a message, meaning that there’s a small handful of people – all coaches – who know the motivation.
Notice that bolded sentence right near the end: “The NHL does not require that each team have a representative in the game”. It’s been said for years that Buzek was only selected because Atlanta had to have a player in the game, which undoubtedly would come as quite a shock and disappointment to both the Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets; both entered the league just a year later and did not have a player in the All-Star Game that season. Minnesota didn’t have one in 2001-02 either, and Columbus had one (Espen Knutsen) only go in as an injury replacement.
Anyway, the culmination of Buzek’s improbable comeback from near death in just five years was noted on the national stage as well.
Many thought it was possible that a rookie was going to be the expansion Atlanta Thrashers’ most indispensable player this season.
But the hockey world would have guessed it would be center Patrik Stefan, not defenseman Petr Buzek.
As much as the Thrashers know that Stefan, 19, is the key to their future, Buzek, 22, arguably has become their most crucial player. His surprisingly strong performance was honored Wednesday when he was named to play for the World team at the All-Star Game on Feb. 6 in Toronto.
”To get 23 or 24 minutes per night on an expansion team and be at minus 4 or minus 5 on a team that most guys are in double digits, you know he has been a bright spot for us,” Thrashers general manager Don Waddell said.
With four goals and nine assists, Buzek is among the top rookie defensemen in scoring. Buzek was plucked from the Dallas Stars in the expansion draft.
”We picked up some other good players, but at this point of the season he is no doubt the gem” of the expansion draft class, Waddell said.
Allen, Kevin. “Rookie Buzek surprise star for Thrashers.” USA TODAY 13 Jan. 2000, SPORTS: 14C
Between the roster announcement and the actual All-Star Game, Buzek suffered a groin strain that cost him another four games out of the lineup. But he came back, as he always had. Going into the break, Kevin Allen of the USA Today named him as one of three people to watch closely in hockey, referring to him as “often the Thrashers’ best player”.
Once in Toronto, Buzek was one of the media darlings as his story, previously relegated to a mere mention back in 1995 and largely forgotten in the rush to blast his All-Star selection, was now in front of the world.
TORONTO – The feel-good story of NHL All-Star weekend is Atlanta Thrashers defenseman Petr Buzek.
In 1995, projected as a top 10 pick in the NHL Entry Draft, Buzek was horribly injured in a car crash in his native Czech Republic. Driving alone, he lost control and went off a narrow road. His injuries included a shattered left knee, broken left hip, broken right ankle, broken right wrist and broken cheekbones.
He was barely alive, and doctors at first believed his left leg would have to be amputated.
“After the accident, I was basically fighting for my life,” said Buzek. “I couldn’t move. But I kept going, got a little better every week and now I’m here.”
Buzek managed to attend the 1995 draft sitting in a wheelchair. He was picked in the third round by Dallas, made it up for four NHL games last season and was picked by Atlanta in the expansion draft. He has 5-9-14 totals in 39 games, despite still feeling the effects of his injuries.
“When the weather changes, my knee swells up, I feel it big-time,” said Buzek. “I still have 21 screws in my leg. I don’t think they’ll ever come out. If they did, I’d probably fall apart.”
Buzek’s story amazes the other All-Star participants.
“When his accident first happens, I hear he’s not going to be able to play hockey again and he’ll be lucky to be able to lead a normal life,” said fellow Czech Martin Rucinsky of Montreal. “All of a sudden he’s playing in the All-Star Game. It’s unbelievable what he accomplished to be here.”
Harris, Stephen. “Hockey – NOTEBOOK – Buzek overcomes bad breaks.” Boston Herald (MA) 6 Feb. 2000, Sports: b19
Buzek’s talent, however, had little to do with the constant flow of reporters to his area. The subject was the car crash in the Czech Republic on June 3, 1995, a month before the NHL draft, that nearly took his life; that nearly resulted in him having his right leg amputated, and that nearly ended his dream of playing in the NHL.
“Nearly” went 0-for-3.
He retold the tale so many times Saturday that it was suggested he have his X-rays hanging by his jersey.
“No, I don’t think that would be a good idea,” he said. “It wouldn’t be pretty.”
This is what they would show: 21 screws and two metal plates holding Buzek together. The box score: 10 screws and a plate in his left leg, seven screws and a plate in his right ankle, two screws in his right knee cap, two screws in his right wrist. That doesn’t take into account the facial fractures, the concussion, the broken left leg, the fused big toe, the busted nose, the cuts and the bruises that also came with smashing into “the big tree.” That’s how the accident story always ends. “I hit the big tree.”
It was late at night after a party. Buzek was driving home in Jihlava, a small town about 45 miles outside of Prague. A friend was with him. Buzek was speeding at about 80 mph on a windy road. Then came the CD change or the unscheduled nap. Can’t be sure. Concussion, you know.
The friend suffered a broken nose. Buzek was a mess. The car was a mess. He was unconscious in there for more than two hours while a crew worked to cut him out. Buzek woke up in the hospital — three days later. Seemingly every part of his body was in a cast, stitched, bruised or all of the above.
Schultz, Jeff. “Drive, determination fuel Buzek’s success.” The Atlanta Journal -Constitution 6 Feb. 2000, Sports: G9.
And from Mike Heika back in Dallas:
The former Stars prospect has come a long way in the past five years, fighting back from a 1995 car accident that left both his legs and one wrist broken. Buzek, 22, still carries with him screws in his ankle and wrist and a plate in one shin. He still feels pain when the humidity changes, when the weather turns cold, when he sleeps on his ankle wrong. Basically, all the time.
“He’s endured a lot,” said Stars coach Ken Hitchcock, who coached Buzek as an 18-year-old with the Michigan K-Wings. “I remember one time during a game he had metal sticking out of his skin. The guy played through quite a bit.”
Heika, Mike. “Breaks finally going right way for former Stars pick.” The Dallas Morning News 6 Feb. 2000, SPORTS DAY: 10B.
The problem is that the story wasn’t just getting started. Although no one could have predicted it at the time, Buzek’s NHL story was closer to ending than beginning.
After Atlanta’s first season ended, with the Thrashers sitting 43 games under .500, Buzek got the call from the Czech Republic inviting him to play in the IIHF World Championships. He accepted and played a big role in the Czechs’ surprising run to the gold medal, their third in five years.

Disaster Strikes Again

Early the next season, on October 11, 2000 in a game against Washington, Buzek was hit from behind into the boards by Steve Konowalchuk. He played again on October 15, but what was initially reported as a neck strain or sprain morphed into “concussion-like symptoms”.
For Buzek, days dragged into weeks, and weeks into months. Finally in April:
Buzek will play in tonight’s home finale against the Ottawa Senators at Philips Arena. When he steps on the ice, it will be his fourth game of the season, his first since Oct. 15.
“It’s great news for me,” said the Czech defenseman, who made the All-Star team in his rookie season but has spent most of this year trying to avoid dizziness after exercise. “I’ve been working hard, and it’s starting to pay off for me. I feel like I can be a hockey player again.”
When he was hit from behind by Washington’s Steve Konowalchuk in the second game of the season, it was believed Buzek suffered only a sprained neck. Before the next game against Tampa Bay four days later, Fraser asked Buzek how he felt, and he responded, “I’m 100 percent.”
Turns out that wasn’t the complete truth. Buzek played awfully, and only then did he admit he was suffering from headaches, dizziness and nausea, symptoms typically associated with post-concussion syndrome. Buzek never was diagnosed with a concussion. But the fact he had two previously — last season against Montreal and in 1995 as the result of an car accident — may have played a role in his protracted recovery this season. Often this season, Buzek would ride an exercise bike or skate briefly but be forced to stop because of recurring symptoms when his heart rate increased. But he began improving significantly after visiting a Montreal concussion specialist, Dr. Karen Johnston, who laid out a program that slowly increased Buzek’s workouts.
Schultz, Jeff. “Buzek cleared for home finale.” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 3 Apr. 2001, Home; The Atlanta Constitution, Sports: D8
He would play the final two games of the 2000-01 season. Just one year after his All-Star appearance, the young defenseman played just five games. One was cut short by the injury, one was while playing with a concussion, and the last two were after a six-month layoff. In the one game that he was healthy, he played 21 minutes and put eight shots on goal.
He was fully healthy for the beginning of the 2001-02 season, but suffered a groin strain early on and missed several games. A bizarre situation then developed between him and Atlanta’s front office, leading to him being traded to Calgary. Buzek played the remainder of 2001-02 with the Flames, then part of the 2002-03 season before suffering another concussion (his third in three years, not including the one that accompanied a skull fracture in the car accident) that cost him the last three months of the season.
As it turned out, that was the last game of his career: January 29, 2003. And it was in the city against the team that gave him his first (positive) break: the Dallas Stars. In that game, he had 0 goals, 0 assists, and just 2:39 of ice time before suffering the injury that ended his NHL career at age 25. Calgary left him exposed in the 2003 waiver draft, where he went unclaimed. He returned back home and played five games in the Czech League, then 53 games spread over the next two seasons before hanging up the skates for good. He was 28 years old, but played a lot more hockey than any doctor could have ever expected him to considering what happened right before his pro career was about to start.

End of the Line

In the years since, Buzek’s name has become something of a punchline every January, as people sit and reminisce about a time when the All-Star game was real. To me, this misses the point entirely for a couple of reasons.
First, and not to start getting into too much of a discussion, we as a collective can’t even agree on exactly what the All-Star Game is supposed to be, let alone who it’s supposed to be about. Is it supposed to be for the guys who are the league’s biggest stars? What about the guys who are off to a torrid first half of the season and are playing like All-Stars? A youngster on the way to becoming a big star? An aging veteran given one last hurrah in the spotlight in front of a world audience before he heads off into retirement?
What I think we can agree on is that it’s generally not regarded as a serious contest, but rather as a spotlight and an exhibition. There’s no checking, no board battles, no blocked shots, and none of the things that can be found in the majority of even the most listlessly-played NHL games. To look at the All-Star Game as a beacon of purity and righteousness is so far removed from the point that it’s foolish.
Second, what are the exact attributes that we all seek and praise in a hockey player? Heart, determination, grit…all of that. The PHWA gives out a trophy every year (the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy) “to the the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey”. We see players of all types either elevated for these qualities or torn down for lacking them.
Who exemplifies these qualities more than a player like Petr Buzek? Nearly killed in a car accident that left him looking first at being lucky to survive, then lucky to not have his leg amputated, then lucky to be able to be patched together with rods, plates, and screws…and he finally broke through in the first year of an expansion franchise.
If Atlanta wasn’t absolutely putrid in its first few seasons, then what? If Buzek didn’t suffer a severe concussion early in the very next season when hit from behind into the boards, does he become a top-level player and all of this a very foolish discussion? If he doesn’t end his career concussed in Calgary just a couple years later, is he still remembered the way that he largely is today?
I don’t think for a moment that it shows any type of knowledge or nuance to bring up his name as nothing more than “shouldn’t have been an All-Star”. Frankly, I think it shows the opposite. I think it ignores the staggering odds that he overcame in the first place that it took to get back into hockey at all, let alone into the NHL, let alone into an effective role as one of the few bright lights on a putrid first-year team. It ignores the fact that this man had absolutely no business even contemplating playing hockey again, and was back on the ice full-time just a year after the crash. I think it ignores the fact that he’s been held to a much different standard than other players; we bemoan the fact that players like Pat Lafontaine and Eric Lindros suffered concussions that ended their careers, and that guys like Dennis Vaske suffered ones that effectively ended their careers, while no such concession is made for someone for whom a career-ending concussion would be only about the fifth-most significant injury that he’d suffered.
Ultimately, Buzek’s NHL career proved to be too short a season and he suffered the fate that seemed to be inevitable: his body betrayed him, too battered to continue playing. His All-Star Game selection should be remembered for a time when this looked like nothing more than a remote possibility of some far-off future, for the time when a player who was drafted while sitting in a wheelchair made it all the way back to the highest level of his sport less than five years later. That the amazing journey didn’t continue much beyond that isn’t the point.
His original list of injuries included, but is not limited to:
Find me an NHL player today that’s suffered even a quarter of that number of injuries, particularly to the extent that he did. No, Buzek shouldn’t have been an All-Star, because he shouldn’t have even been in the NHL at all, or in the World Championships playing a big part of a gold-winning team, or in the IHL, or even on a frozen pond somewhere in the Czech Republic. That’s exactly the report that he was given when he woke up in the hospital a few days after the car crash that nearly killed him and was told he would be lucky to keep both of his legs attached to his body.
He refused to accept that.
If anything, Buzek as an All-Star stands as a monument to the very embodiment of exactly what we desire from our heroes: tenacity, perseverance, dedication, and a refusal to quit. Not many of them endure what Ken Hitchcock said: “I remember one time during a game he had metal sticking out of his skin.” Or, maybe more succinctly and as Buzek himself put it: “From wheelchair to All-Star, pretty good story, eh?”
That’s how he, and his career, should be remembered.
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    • So many different permutations here with the 22 businesses and the twelve houses and and there's new houses that have been thrown into the mix
    • I would like to see if somebody could do a map in Google Maps
    • It's just so I could get around otherwise if I zigzag like I did last time I'm gonna burn up a lot
    • I'd like to just get into an uber to find out what it's gonna cost to get in to go from place to place to place to place the place in just an uber marathon and I'd like to get to know the uber person
    • I'd like to give them an extra big tip for ubering the thing
    • And just so that any Senator any person who was at the State Department who has defrauded any Senator was such fraud at any general at CENTCOM that was defrauded anybody from PNC Bank that was defrauded Bank of America if you were a Federal credit union member out in I want to say Dayton at Dayton at Wright-patterson--
    • I think they're gonna be using the Federal credit unions at Offut
    • I think they're going to think they're going to use their Federal Credit Union in DC
    • Again SEIU is going to be the second rinse of the where the money's going amalgamated is gonna be the second rinse
    • Oh gosh there's one down in Florida I can't remember the name up we went by it go it's gonna be MacDill McDill MacDill AFB credit union
    • Here comes my train well that's just going all right
    • So let's create the map
    • I'm gonna go to my like Awesomeness people out there share it amongst yourselves create a map
    • Let's make somebody let's find it a really cool I would like it to be a Pakistani person
    • And I want to give an extra big tip to a Pakistani person
    • And on the uber drive I want to ask them about their lives
    • I want to interview them
    • And by the time this is over it's really gonna not be about me or going to the any of the Imran homes
    • It's really gonna be about how did you get to the United States how
    • Tell me about the struggles you went through did you ever make one hundred fifty thousand dollars a year your first year here?
    • And I want to compare that Cydia wants because this is not an anti-muslim anti Pakistani thing
    • It's an anti spy ring in Congress thing
  • Awan's Laundering Home Loans Through KC Banks For EZ CaR Buying? - YouTube
    • Thanks venmo I didn't know who you were two days ago
    • You just bought me my lemonade here and Tavern on the Green
    • That's I don't know I've never met you before but you seem like a really nice person this venmo a little closer
    • So tapping out of the green here in Central Park four dollars eight cents
    • So I actually got a lemonade here cheaper than the other side of the park over at where I was guzzling strawberry lemonade's
    • Oh no don't tell me this again really bad connection everybody
    • Just wait a second if it comes back or maybe I won't oh that's too bad
    • This is the big it's just like KC this is the KC money launder
    • Damn finally figured out why they had 12 homes or 22 businesses half of them were car businesses the other half for home businesses
    • Somehow I missed it somehow I missed how those things went together
    • But Alpha Jalloh puts it all together fellow Nestle's scrunchie
    • Oh shoot it's it's can people hear me because I can't see anything
    • I'll just wait for a good connection you would think in Central Park you would get a decent connections
    • Oops covering the carving the sound again dum-dum okay
    • So look at this guy Okay. Very bad connection still
    • I think I'm gonna go ahead and just start
    • Okay. I'm starting getting comments
    • So even though it says very bad connection I'm gonna go ahead and keep keep going
    • So I noticed all these afraid from the very first when this story broke 150 days ago and this is the advantage of actually going to all 22 businesses in all 12 homes
    • I said man there's got to be something with these homes they're doing the Congressional credit union thing and that came out of that
    • The Congressional defrauding the credit conventional Credit Union came out of that
    • But now the bank documents are coming forward turns out there's all these Kansas City banks
    • Hmm can people hear what I'm saying Okay.
    • Sorry I'm I don't know if it's working or not but there's all these Kansas City banks
    • Somebody say can't KC Banks let me say KC Banks don't say somebody somebody who who was the closest person oh there's somebody else in oh
    • It's fine George Okay. can you see me Okay. somebody said KC max Okay. you don't need to see me just other than where I am
    • So KC Banks
    • Yeah all this money is being loaned through these KC Banks
    • And I am now looking for the country Oh videos on it says it's not for a woman by the name of KC Banks or a man named KC Banks
    • I'm just kidding KC Banks would be the places where they were getting all their money two of the mortgages for the four hundred thousand were from this these KC Banks
    • Now I remember Alpha Jolla stealing all these cars in Casey
    • Getting arrested in February of this year of 2016
    • Now if they were loaning the money in Kansas City, borrowing the money I'm sorry borrowing the money in Kansas City, then immediately buying cars with it, right
    • And then Alpha had his team of MS-13 would drive these things back in like a caravan
    • So this isn't this isn't a John B Wells Caravan to midnight
    • This isn't at John V Wells Caravan to midnight this isn't a John B Wells caravan to midnight
    • This isn't a John B Wells this is an Alpha Jalloh Caravan past midnight
    • Beck back Okay. I'm sorry I back I just wanted to do John B Wells Caravan to midnight
    • This is a Alpha Jolla Caravan PAST midnight
    • You you get a four hundred thousand let's say you pay
    • Now I'm not the person who has a company called EZ car-buying
    • Natalia Sova is the person who has a company called EZ car-buying
    • Now if I if Natalia Sova didn't have a company called EZ car-buying I wouldn't be talking about ez car buying I'd be talking about something else I'd be talking about NADRA Bank and her funneling potential drug money through NADRA Bank
    • Like they did the oldIran-Contra days I know I'm probably too close it is disgusting up-close personal thank you blushing
    • Now anyway help me Rhonda help me run
    • Rhonda broke the Quad Cities the whole Quad Cities thing the whole the car credit cards the shmeel with the cigarettes everything
    • She broke that down and that that helped me in Columbus with R&L shipping
    • That's what broke that story is because she broke it down for me in Quad Cities and then the whole Javed thing came after that I think
    • Well no I think it came before that because she was saying hey this is really how it works
    • It's kind of like well you're pretty close but this is actually dittttt and like really fine detail and that's what made that that's what made R&L happen
    • So I don't know if I was in Ohio to break R&L break Clinton County
    • Break the pike County murders
    • Rodin's break that down
    • I was also gonna break down the drug thing going on at Wright-patt
    • Now that's involved through laundering money
    • So how many times have they...
    • ...You for fake loans to then buy cars to
    • So then hey there I'm like to then buy cars to then launder the money
    • That's why they had all the mortgage companies that's why they had Olivo was libo mortgage
    • And all the a a company mortgages
    • They own like four the Awan brothers with all these Iranian terrorists
    • All these Iranian terrorists were in the mortgage companies whither
    • So that's all document it what a great part about all this is just finding it it's
    • All document all the research is done all the links are there that's why I want Trello
    • I approach with Trello is here's this link which goes out to ten thousand words with a whole bunch of supporting links I want to visualize that all in five seconds
    • So somebody could process it in five seconds
    • Awans use KC Banks to pay Alpha Jalloh high-level fence boom done Wow okay
    • Now that's a story right check please
    • So I think that's what they did and see once the MO
    • Now everybody's going to come up with all the loans that's all the most are coming forward
    • Now you're gonna be able to look and see the cars
    • Because if you got Alpha Jalloh is we got metadata you got Alpha Jalloh and New Jersey getting arrested then getting let go then getting arrested in Kansas City they get letting go and those back in New Jersey then yeah letting go get let go
    • So is he crossing crisscrossing the country at a caravan after midnight to me that just seems obvious
    • What I didn't have was the financial piece the transaction
    • And then today somebody sent to seven mortgages, should be like the Seven Sisters when there are seven sisters of so-and-so
    • Seven Sisters of Sinbad seven sisters of Siam
    • Seven sisters of the Seven Sisters in Rome
    • The hills bills for the Seven Sisters
    • This is why people hate me cuz I go on these classic riffs
    • But there is a theory that says the Seven Sisters of Rome's Seven Hills
    • There was something special about Rome but something ordained by God from these Seven Hills {{ same with Jerusalem, 7 is important in jesuitism, freemasonry, and Thelema--google image search sigil of babalon }}
    • So London when the British Empire when the kind of center of power moved from London from from Rome to London
    • People identified the seven hills of London
    • Now if you've been in London there's not a lot of there's not a lot of big Hills
    • But they wanted to hearken back to that hey this was and the whole British Empire did that a lot right hearken back to the Roman Empire
    • The seven hills of Rome
    • Well when Washington established Washington DC, seven hills of Washington DC as a power base
    • Again harkening the harkening the history to give people the idea that this will somehow ordain right
    • Well maybe we just ordained the Seven Hills of Cincinnati
    • Seven Hills of Cincinnati
    • Check it out seven out there and these are real Hills in Cincinnati that maybe those are the Miami of Ohio Hills
    • I just got at our Center for the Procter & Gamble people
    • <<< Audio Changes >>>
    • But this is crazy okay
    • So anyway they needed cash fast
    • So that was where he got the quick 120 Imran got the quick hundred 20 capes and that's why they disguised the bank
    • Can you see the picture for a Houston tell me it but you can see the picture how many fingers am I holding up how many fingers no how many fingers no
    • I don't think anybody seeing it just people people would get how many fingers in public image
    • Port of Arkansas the only port that's in Arkansas well maybe there is a port in Arkansas I think would be a city game no important mark Arkansas is called the art star Arkansas Development Finance Authority and it had 100 million dollars in the bank in the morning at it night it had none
    • They're still using that same cleared out 0 out method and all this stuff
    • Well I don't somebody said two
    • So good somebody figured out it had two fingers okay
    • So anyway I think Alpha Jalloh is driving stolen cars out to Kansas City he's selling them okay so that money is going some different direction we don't know where but then then their loans are coming through the KC Banks
    • Now it could be it doesn't have to be in KC that they buy the cars
    • But I just the way they run ratlines you don't like people going a long distance because then you could follow people or follow communications do I have a shortest distances between the hot money go to get rid of the hot money as fast as possible
    • So as soon as you get the four hundred thousand dollars in the bank just like the Arkansas Development Authority you want to go hey I'm a used-car dealer I'm gonna go in I want to buy 20 cars boom right up 20 20 thousand dollar checks
    • Now all your fences are paid off Alpha Jalloh's got his four hundred thousand before the run
    • Now he's got his twenty thousand
    • Now all he has to do is get those cars back to New York or New Jersey one of the two
    • And then the people who had their car stolen here in New York and New Jersey, might even buy the stolen cars as replacements to really get a deal
    • They might go to ABC cars here, buy a car for 60,000 buts only that they only paid twenty thousand and then the Alpha has got to make some money in that that's actually
    • The idea is Alpha is arrested February February arrests february february february come like sunday sunday sunday february february february 2016, he's arrested a week later is arrested in New Jersey he's obviously criss-crossing before that he was arrested in New York
    • So he's Criss crossing back across the country which leads me to believe he's stealing cars in one place and take him over here
    • So that they won't come up in the VIN searches or the state police records and he's stealing cars here and then going back over there
    • So those won't show up in the records
    • So it's kind of a way of sharding this theft
    • And then you make money on both ends
    • The banks don't notice it the branch manager just thinks you're a good car dealer
    • Hey he comes in here he buy he has four hundred thousand dollar check, and he writes twenty twenty thousand dollar checks I love him, he's a great customer to me
    • Drug dealers in art dealers bankers love them they never see the drugs the guy comes in here gives me a million dollars what that does to my numbers for the month looks great
    • Art dealers hey I got a million dollars to move in art yeah one day get it do it
    • I was talking to art dealer on the subway same thing guy gave me gangster gave him five hundred thousand dollars to get into art work in one week
    • It's like you care if you want to look for the artwork no not really just get it out of money get out of cash they're coming from my money
    • So anyway I didn't want to go too long here I just wanted to say I think there's a KC connection to the loop here
    • Oh yeah I saw that he's shut down they shut down the the Democrats shut down the Committee on looking into the Russia probe
    • Now that evidence is coming out of toothpaste tube for the Awans in Russia
    • Yeah I think the border stuff--I'm a little bit you make a good point about the ports
    • I've a shaded a little bit to the ports because it's just my background I ratlines with weapons it's kind of my thing
    • It's probably a little bit of bias
    • Earth resources and weapons is kind of my bias
    • And it's probably stolen cars
    • The border stuff the border stuff Arizona and stuff is probably just flat-out stolen cars
    • I mean you could drive the car to the place that's getting sold
    • If you know anything about Carlos Slim and what and what they did with his father DFS, which was the trial system for DHS
    • I mean basically they just took out anybody who they wanted a construction business they killed the guy or slowly disintegrated his family killed different people his family so the guys figured out give me a construction
    • And they stole everything they needed for Slim. He owned like 35 companies before he was like 30 years old, because his father or his brother his older brother was the kind of a DHS guy kind of can't remember his name, his older brother.
    • But they finally got rid of him but they pushed everything through those younger son no one ever thought Slim was ever going to be multi billionaire but they pushed it all through slim
    • I didn't want to go too long here I just wanted to throw the KC connection out and
    • ANd Abilos mortgage look at all the Abilos and then there's this Agro marketing up in
    • I can remember and then begins with an A
    • It's on it's all in all my slides with the mortgage companies
    • But this'll be low I think that the one I just published the seven mortgages from Seven Hills mortgages for Hawkshead has has that on there
    • And then that's the pattern to look for ports I still think ports are Big E to look for cars or looking for oh the other thing is Mohammed Shah Blue Sky link remember the guy with blue sky link he wants to put iridium he wants to put iridium antennas this is Imran's dad
    • But to put iridium and antennas on all these trucks for blue sky lake well he also has a car company called GTECH located at the same place
    • I think the Mexican business with NAFTA is going to be a chop shop business I think I think keep the driving force and you can chop them
    • So fast you can steal in the Tijuana we drive them open a border put them in a container think fake Docs drive them over or put them in a solid container and say it's fruit or whatever and then just chop them and then bring them sell the car parts back in after you're good to go I think I think that's the border thing I think that's the California thing I think that's the Texas thing the Utah thing New Mexico thing
    • Now there's stuff going on at the Port of Long Beach with the Chinese
    • And then Port of Seattle is gonna say I'm gonna say that's Koreans
    • Portland's gonna be Koreans Vancouver is going to be the Chinese but I don't that's just because I'm just that's all speculation that's just looking at fingerprints and signatures
    • <<< Weird Galaga Tune Plays in Background >>>
    • Okay. I'm all done now
    • Some came out any news I'm missing what have I missed in the news
    • One of the one of the things I noticed about the different ratline areas is their sanctuary cities for where basically it's the old
    • It's the old Hells Angels thing where you have a retreat or sanctuary at the BIA BIA that Indian reservations the sanctuary cities are basically the same thing
    • So these Congressmen providing the sanctuary cities I think that's where the Awans are gonna be working
    • With Lina Beach riots really no report where's Novaport is that is that in Montreal?
    • Yeah I agree sorta with my brother like when this they used to do the same thing in Rome when when somebody would figure it all out like Gary Webb or whatever and they get all the details and the thing got explode just have a War just have a war
    • And you're out off the hook.
    • Yeah McMasters is kind of like see what I love about talking about the ratline daylighting the ratline is you know Mattis was compromised, you know all these guys are compromised--they're pissed about it
    • So you know that they're gradually slowly trying to edge back into a place where they have similar footing
    • And McMaster has just sold the soul to David Petraus
    • I don't know if Mueller is ...a Rockefeller or not would being interesting would be an interesting tie-in
    • Okay. All right thank you for all your comments everybody says very bad connection
    • Thanks Joey's Cleaning lady wherever you are you I think you're NYPD
  • Wine Poems By the Hudson - YouTube
    • Hey everyone
    • That my stories my intention are to tell the stories of America through my eyes and through the people I meet
    • And I met a couple this evening and I said I said that
    • I said I'd get all my stories from people I read-nothing
    • I get all my stories from people and he was he's going to know I'm talking about him now
    • The gentleman was an architect who was sitting here and his wife was an English major
    • And I asked what college are you from, and they said Overland
    • I said oh the conservatory the conservatory the conservatory, just outside of Cleveland
    • And they they they joke because he was an architect that she was an English major and I won't say their names
    • And they said it was the joke at Overland what instrument do you play wasn't what what's your major is what instrument do you play because it's so well known for the conservatory
    • But but there are some famous people one of them who happens to be the mayor of Eugene [Oregon] that I that they told me I didn't know was one of the graduates and Eugene is one of the highest populations for using bikes
    • I think 20% which is like one of the top cities--progressive cities for using reusing bikes and public transportation
    • So so I like that that was good
    • And the gentleman here was a little bit of a tougher nut to crack
    • I always want to engage in conversation and his wife being an English major was well schooled in all the things I wasn't smart enough to learn, being an English minor
    • But through every through this art through this word through this word that we've been given right, there are these stories
    • And and she asked me what do you want to do I said I'm kind of an itinerant vagabond YouTube journalist
    • And you want to change the world how do you want to change the world
    • I said one Shakespeare quote at a time one Shakespeare quote at a time
    • She said how do you spell your name at the end and I said web to bees to bees or not to bees - to bees
    • But I was really working on there she was expressive and she was giving me quotes from her days as and and her evolved thinking as an English major as a teacher and she was a teacher of the disabled the young kids disabled children
    • And she didn't want to give that up early she wanted to she held that back
    • And this is so true of this kind of sober soul from Ohio that comes and I said that these folks with dirt on their on their overalls but dreams but big dreams that they could go anywhere and have big dreams
    • And I think I said that in the Zanesville and I very much believe it we talked about overland we talked about Kenyan we talked about Denison college and how they all had this kind of overachievers dream
    • And what I was working on the guy I was working on him that's like he's got it he's got to give up some stuff on architecture
    • So we got to Frank Lloyd Wright of course the easy go-to and falling water falling water and I said I've talked to a lot of architects to say falling water leaks and he goes oh that's an easy go to that's an easy criticism
    • And for some reason I thought falling water was in Oak Park in Chicago but it's not it's about an hour out of Pittsburgh
    • And it's one of the Kaufmann it would happen department stores
    • And I guess this son of Kaufman the department store owner became a devotee of Frank Lloyd Wright because he was so ambitious in his his climbs architecturally and that's what I try to do in journalism
    • I mean I know that is a ridiculous comparison kind of like chalk and cheese
    • But I do try to reach for something better something higher and and and try to embed
    • I said there's no story I do without a Shakespeare quote and it's not me it's the crowd that provides me with the Shakespeare
    • It's the crowd that provides me she was a big devotee of the bloom was very group and I had to go well that's Virginia Woolf that's ianforster right and she said no I can't remember she said that was not ianforster the wasteland and the lost generation
    • But it was I want to say I can't remember but anyway I had this impression
    • So we got to the architecture piece of this and I got this impression that well first of all I said have you heard of this guy named I heard of this guy named there's pretty famous guy the Spanish painter guy this Picasso
    • Yeah yeah he said yeah I've heard of Picasso and anyway I remember these globes these globes of lights with whatever this elm tree is I don't know whatever kind of elm tree or sycamore or whatever this is
    • But I remember him being in a little town called Vova nog Vova nog it was kind of the last place that that he lived after he had had his 100 paramours and whatever and he just wanted to be quiet and tranquil and with the cicadas right
    • >>>CONT
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