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Tocchet Returns To Philly

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

Flyers assistant coach Craig Berube, a former teammate of Tocchet, believes the NHL’s two-year ban on Tocchet was too harsh.

“He got run through the ringer for no reason, and that puts a bad taste in your mouth,” Berube said Friday. “To me, that was worse than anything. He didn’t do anything wrong, and his picture’s all over the paper. He’s a good guy with a good reputation. The guys who know him know that, and that’s what matters.”...

Flyers defenseman Derian Hatcher said he’s happy to see Tocchet back in the NHL, saying gambling among NHL players is commonplace.

“I’ve bet on Super Bowls and I played football pools in the dressing room,” Hatcher said. “So what? He never bet on hockey, and that’s the important thing. I’ve always respected him, and personally, I’m glad he’s back.”

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  Tags: rick+tocchet

“SEAHAWK, CONFESSIONS OF AN OLD GOALIE”—A NEW HOCKEY BOOK

Blog: KK Members Blog By Bruce Valley

Hi, hockey fans

I’d like to make each of you aware of my new hockey book, which will be available on December 1 from the publisher.

imageI’ve been a goalie for almost sixty years, and still play weekly against great young players around Washington, DC and in seacoast New Hampshire.

In the late 1950s, I backstopped the Rye (NH) Seahawks, a small town team of grizzled WWII veterans who played in the fabled town team leagues of northern New England, and made it to the Boston Garden to play in NH and New England championships in the early 1950s. I was just fourteen when I became the Seahawks’ netminder.

The book is a history of that vintage hockey team and era but also reflects on the great WWII generation, pond hockey, black ice, the hockey towns and teams of New England, and the aging process for those who play contact sports.

Dave Bidini, author of Tropic of Hockey and The Best Game You Can Name, strongly endorsed Seahawk : “A fine literary descendent of Jack Falla’s Home Ice and Peter Gzowski’s The Game Of Our Lives. Like any good hockey book, it teaches us more about the world than hockey itself.”

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“SEAHAWK : Confessions of an Old Goalie” can be purchased in pre-publication from the publisher. Send $20 ($17 + $3 S&H) to :  SEAHAWK, Peter E. Randall, Publisher, Box 4726, Portsmouth, NH 03802. The book will also be in the Spring 2009 NBN book catalogue and available in bookstores everywhere and on Amazon.com by early summer.

Hope you enjoy reading Seahawk as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Bruce Valley
Alexandria, Virginia
Email : brucevalley@earthlink.net

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The Offensively-Minded Canadiens

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

Surely, there is something wrong with this picture.

The Montreal Canadiens are at practice. The drill is like something you would see in atom house league: 5-on-5 at each end of the ice, a goaltender in each net, the players desperate to be first to score and encouraged to try any offensive move they can imagine, no matter how risky.

And standing at centre ice, laughing, is head coach Guy Carbonneau, the three-time winner of the NHL’s Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive player in the game. Watching play in the other end and smiling is assistant coach Doug Jarvis, also a Selke winner. And both men were hired by general manager Bob Gainey, the defensive specialist for whom the Selke Trophy was created and who once won it four consecutive years.

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Canadians Will Have Access To Winter Classic Tickets

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (November 7, 2008) – Hockey fans in Canada beginning next week will be able to enter an online promotion for an opportunity to purchase tickets to NHL Winter ClassicTM 2009, the National Hockey League (NHL) announced today.  Details will be released next week.

The online promotion for Canadian residents will determine who will have an opportunity to purchase some of the limited number of public tickets to the January 1 game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings at Wrigley Field.


There was an issue brought up today which did not allow Canadian hockey fans to purchase tickets.  The NHL realized it and reacted quickly.

 

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  Tags: winter+classic

Watching The Sharks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

For the season, Sharks ratings are up more than 25 percent, and they’ve doubled among adults 25 to 54 years old — in other words, disaffected 49ers/Raiders/Giants/A’s/Warriors fans. I’d give the team some credit here for actively seizing the moment…

more and some Nabokov talk too…

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All Olli Jokinen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

Q: Do you feel you were under appreciated while with the Panthers?

A: “Yeah, but it is part of the business. They had to do everything possible to sell their season tickets. I was there to take the blame. I have no regrets.

“I knew after the year I was gone, but probably the most disappointing thing was I didn’t really get a clear answer. I just heard everything, what was going on, behind the scenes. But I knew I was gone. I just didn’t know where….

Q: Have you been able to get past the incident involving your skate and Richard Zednik’s skate?

A: “I’m just happy to see him playing again. It’s behind now. It’s past. …I still wish all the best for the Panthers. I had a good seven years over there. …I heard finally they have a good coach there, too, so that’s good.”

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  Tags: olli+jokinen

Flyers Trade For Matt Carle

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ed Moran of the Philadelphia Daily News,

While the Flyers continue to wait for news from free agent winger Brendan Shanahan, they made a more critical move to strengthen their ailing defense, sending Steve Downie and Steve Eminger to Tampa Bay for 24-year-old defenseman Matt Carle.

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  Tags: matt+carle, steve+downie, steve+eminger

Some KHL Teams Have Trouble Meeting Payroll

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Staples of the Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,

Peter Adler, the Euro-hockey expert, filed this report:

“In their inimitable way, the KHL has fallen down face-first with its salary payments ... especially those clubs that are in any shape or form connected to sponsorships by metal-producing companies and such have been hit hard .

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  Tags: khl

Drury Breaks Out

Blog: Goal Line Report By Patrick Hoffman

This may be his second season as a New York Ranger but in last night’s 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning, Chris Drury finally broke out.

He helped the team’s power play break out of its funk with two goals with the man advantage. Drury also scored the team’s first shorthanded goal of the season.

All in all, not too shabby for the Trumbull, CT native.

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  Tags: boston+bruins, chris+drury, edmonton+oilers, henrik+lundqvist, new+jersey+devils, new+york+rangers, ottawa+senators, steve+valiquette, tampa+bay+lightning, tom+renney

Major Impact Players Over The Recent Past

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Jones of the St. Petersburg Times via the Santa Barbara News-Press,

As a hockey fan, how odd is it to watch New Jersey and not see Devils goalie Martin Brodeur? How weird is it to see the Rangers without Jaromir Jagr?

Brodeur is out at least three months with an elbow injury. Jagr has taken his game to Russia.

They rank as two of the most significant NHL players over the past 10 or so years. This is our list of the most significant players of the past 10 years. They’re not necessarily the best players but those who have had a major impact….

8. Alexei Yashin: Again, one for the ‘‘infamous’’ file. In 2001 the Islanders signed the talented Russian center to a 10-year, $87.5-million contract that still is considered the worst in NHL history. Yashin averaged only 24 goals and 34 assists over the next five seasons before the Islanders bought out his contract and Yashin fled back to Russia. Yashin’s contract still serves as a scary reminder for NHL teams to ponder before signing players to long-term deals.

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