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All About The Gordie Howe Hat Trick

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Marek of Blogs and Colums at CBC,

I have nothing personal against Gordie Howe and would rank him, like many others, in the top five players to ever lace up the blades. Howe was a great skater with a hard, accurate shot (heck, he could shoot both left and right). He was tough, hit for keeps and played the game the way many believe it should be played.

And to this day he remains a nice man and an excellent ambassador for the game of hockey.

However, like many of you, I’m curious where the phrase Gordie Howe hat trick came from. He was not the first player to register a goal, assist and fight in a game, that distinction belongs to Toronto Arena’s Harry Cameron who did so on Dec. 26, 1917. Yes, he did it on Boxing Day, how appropriate.

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Trade Deadline Rescheduled

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Alanah McGinley

TORONTO/NEW YORK (October 28, 2008) - Per an agreement between the National Hockey League and NHL Players’ Association, the 2008-09 trade deadline will be 3:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 4, 2009.
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*previously speculated about last week

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Mike Smith- #1 Goalie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

Asked what he thinks about the fact many suggested goaltending was one of the big question marks facing the Lightning heading into the 2008-09 season now that his numbers rank among the best among NHL puck-stoppers, Smith smiles.

“Some people are still saying that,” he says with a laugh.

They shouldn’t be.

read on

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Recovering From Super Saturday

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

How to hold a hockey party… from Paul Kukla at NHL.com:

* Total number of hot wings consumed by the 80 or so guests that invaded my home on Saturday: 482
* Number of trips made to the local Coney Island: 5, and 20 Coney Island hot dogs were brought back each time.
* Pizza, varying sizes and toppings: 24
* Cashews and pistachios consumed: 10 pounds of each, gone by 10 p.m.
* Number of hockey-themed cakes that were brought by guests: 4—and 2 were exactly the same. Must have been bought at the same bakery.

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  Tags: hockey+fans, super+saturday

The Spiritual Side of The Grim Reaper

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Emily Weirenga at Christianity.ca:

Off-ice, however, his fists unfolded into helping hands. Grimson was known for devoting countless hours to charitable causes including work with the American Cancer Society, the Canadian and American Spinal Research Organization and local hospitals.

“Most people are kind of stunned when they realize what kind of person I’m like off the ice,” Grimson says with a laugh. “That’s true of most guys who play my position in the NHL; most of them are easy to get along with and soft-spoken.”

read on for more on Grimson’s spiritual and family life.

Or you could just watch the highlight reel below for a whole other point of view…

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  Tags: fighting, stu+grimson

Mair Fined

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Sources say Adam Mair of the Buffalo Sabres has been fined $2,500 by the NHL for venturing down a hallway and trying to get at Ottawa Senators players during Monday’s NHL game in Buffalo.

The fine is the maximum amount that is allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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In case you missed the incident, you can view it here.

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Ducks Better in ‘07?  Nope. Just Healthier

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

So says Helene St. James this morning.

Ducks Blog/OC Register

Q: Take us back to the 2007 Western Conference Finals when the Red Wings lost to the Ducks. Did management and coaching staff look at that and say, ‘This is where we need to get better.’ Was that at all a turning point for them?

A: No. I think they looked at it as, ‘We didn’t have Mathieu Schneider. We didn’t have Niklas Kronwall.’ Take the two of top three defensemen off any team – how well are you going to perform?

Exactly.  No “improvement” required to beat that team, just a little health.

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Free Night Of GameCenter Live

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK, Oct 29, 2008—The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced that on October 30 it will offer fans a free trial of NHL GameCenter Live(TM), a new online subscription service that enables fans to engage with live NHL games via TV-quality streaming video.

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Avery Answers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from AskMen.com,

Are there any good looks for facial hair right now? What would you recommend?

(Avery): Facial hair is still going strong. I am rocking a really red beard that looks like sh*t right now, but I feel fall/winter is the time to do it. I think women like a man with a beard because it reminds them of their dads.

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If Only It Were That Easy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Kanalley of Hawkey Central,

The Frenchman, Huet, is 1-2-1.  The Russian, Khabibulin, is 2-1-2.  For those keeping score at home, that’s 3 points for Cris and 6 for Nik….

This situation needs to be resolved, and it needs to be resolved quick.  It’s just a distraction, and it doesn’t need to be.  The players shouldn’t have to be looking over their shoulders wondering who’s in net one night to the next.  Especially when one goalie is clearly struggling compared to the other.

My recommendation is to unload Huet real cheap - he should have never been here to begin with.  Ottawa needs a goalie.  Give him to them for a draft pick.  Hopefully this mess is resolved sooner rather than later.

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