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BGSU Hockey In Trouble

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

In case you don’t wander over to the KK Members’ Blog area….

My name is Jeremy Pellek and am a Senior at Bowling Green State University. In light of the current tough economic times, and lack of state funding, BGSU will experience a $6-10 million budget shortfall for this coming fiscal year. As it stands now, many part-time employees will be let go after the school year ends, but further cuts need to be made to negate this substantial loss of money. Recently, it has surfaced that one possible cut may come in the form of the varsity hockey program.

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BGSU Hockey In Jeopardy

Blog: KK Members Blog By OHWingsFan40

Dear KK Readers,

My name is Jeremy Pellek and am a Senior at Bowling Green State University. In light of the current tough economic times, and lack of state funding, BGSU will experience a $6-10 million budget shortfall for this coming fiscal year. As it stands now, many part-time employees will be let go after the school year ends, but further cuts need to be made to negate this substantial loss of money. Recently, it has surfaced that one possible cut may come in the form of the varsity hockey program. While the hockey program has struggled on the ice the past decade, it remains rich in history and tradition, and provided the school with it’s only NCAA National Championship in 1984.

Bowling Green competes in the CCHA against the likes of Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, etc. It’s arena is considered one of the oldest and run down buildings in all of college hockey. As programs like Miami OH and Notre Dame have built new facilities, Bowling Green has fallen behind in terms of recruiting and winning teams. The university originally allotted money for arena renovations, but unfortunately this money has been taken off the table, while alumni donations for the Stroh Center, a new facility for the basketball programs have been collected.

Bowling Green’s hockey tradition includes current NHLers Rob Blake, Ken Klee, Kevin Bieksa, coaches Jerry York of Boston College, Ron Mason, former AD at Michigan State, and current coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins Dan Bylsma. Other notable alumni include Capitals GM George McPhee, play-by-play announcer Mike “Doc” Emrick, and Ken Morrow and Mark Wells from the Miracle on Ice team.

If you are on Facebook, we urge you to join the group created to save BGSU hockey.
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=71342390743&ref=mf

Also, you are welcome to join the discussion on the BGSU fan board.
The loss of a national champion in college hockey will have very negative consequences for the sport. We encourage any and all hockey fans to help us keep college hockey alive at Bowling Green.

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Gainey On The Hot Seat

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,

...Thus Gainey punched Carbonneau’s ticket, complaining that the team has been emotionally disengaged in how they play the game. That’s sinful for the Habs. It was fatal for their coach.

Gainey must absolutely haul Montreal deep into the post-season or likely follow Carbonneau out the door.

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Key Games Left

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Teams are still in the fight to make the playoffs.

A few teams have some major group of games against an opponent that may decide their fate.

The Rangers have four games left against Philadelphia.  Carolina plays New Jersey three times.  Columbus and St. Louis meet three more times this season and Columbus has four game left against Chcago.  Lastly, Anaheim has three games against San Jose and Vancouver faces Colorado three times.

Below is the Conference Standings as of this morning.

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Both Teams Need Points

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets face off tonight in a compelling matchup as both teams keep clawing away in their bid to make the playoffs.

You have to love these stretch-drive, playoff-type games—two teams that need the points so bad.

For Bill Guerin and Antoine Vermette, the meaningful games are a welcome change after spending most of the season on teams headed nowhere.

“You know what, it’s been a lot of fun so far,” Guerin, acquired by the Penguins last Wednesday, told ESPN.com yesterday. “I’ve been having a blast, I really have. The games have been so exciting. We’re right in the thick of things and, for me, it’s nice to have these big games of importance.”

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Jack Edwards Now In Charge Of Diving Calls

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jack Edwards of Bruins Blog at NESN,

Kristian Huselius dove on Tuesday night. He did it to try to help his team win. The two points went to Columbus, and the Blue Jackets were happy in their room. The points will disappear into the account in the NHL standings, pad the stack and may put Columbus into the playoffs for the first time when all is said and done.

I have no idea what Huselius’ teammates said to him after the game, but I know this:  If you pulled that crap on the kids in my neighborhood, you wouldn’t even get picked the next game. Nobody would have wanted you on his team. You could sit and think about being such a dink.

Actions define character. No matter what Huselius does from here on out, this one’s stuck on him like that slimy smile on Mike Ribeiro’s face in the spring of ‘04.

My spleen is vented, but Huselius left an indelible impression. While his teammates earned a win, he won himself a tag: diver.

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Hockey While Incarcerated

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Best team name of a prison team in Siberia- Wanted!

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GDT - Game # 68:  Red Wings host Flames (7:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Fifteen games left in the regular season for both of these Division leaders.  Despite the fact that the Wings are tied for 1st in the league, many Wings fans are rightly concerned about their inability to consistently play sound, defensive hockey (apparently many among the “19”, myself included, are subscribers to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs).  Fans of the Northwest Division leaders are rightly concerned about their teams play of late, losers of 3 straight.  It seems the Flames suffer from big-time defensive play issues too (2.97 GA/G) as well as problems scoring on the powerplay, and surrendering short-handed goals against.  Case in point, the Flames 3-2 loss to NJD on Tuesday night due in part to a Langenbrunner SHG.  In an effort to shake things up, Keenan pulled Miikka Kiprusoff 1 minute into the 3rd.

Anybody have any clues as to what might transpire on the ice tonight?  Me neither.  I’ll be watching though, the proverbial measuring stick game don’t you know.  I do know that Hossa is not playing and Conklin is starting.  More below if you are interested.

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They Play Hockey In Kandahar

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Evanka Osmak of Sportsnet,

I had the unbelievable fortune of traveling to Kandahar last week to visit our troops. I was part of a larger group, Team Canada, made up of former NHL’ers, the musical group Glass Tiger and several others that made the journey. I left with nervousness and trepidation and returned one week later with a new appreciation and respect for our military. Not only are they fighting for peace in a war-ravaged country, but also trying to fight Tiger Williams in the rink! That alone is an accomplishment.

Our mission for the trip: boost morale. We did this by playing hockey, music and simply talking with the troops. It may have been one of the easiest, yet most difficult, jobs I’ve ever done.

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Give Me Hockey - The On-Ice Kind

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I wrote a few days ago at NHL.com that I was thankful the trade deadline was over and now we could focus on the game, the game that is played on the ice.

I don’t know about you, but enough fighting talk, headshots talk and Bettman taking on Laraque talk.

Enough salary cap questions for next year, enough Jagr and Radulov may return talk, enough of everything not related to the games being played on the ice.

All the other stuff can wait until a team captain raises the Stanley Cup over his head. 

It is time to turn our focus on the game that is played on the ice.  I have had enough of coaches battling with media, GM’s with their multiple opinions and all the other stories going on behind the glass.

Focus everyone, focus on the game- on the ice!

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