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Lessons From Reggie Leach

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP,

Alcoholism probably kept Reggie Leach out of the Hockey Hall of Fame, and he’s determined to do whatever he can to help young people avoid the downward spiral in which he became trapped.

He was one of the first big-time First Nations hockey stars. A right-winger, he helped the Philadelphia Flyers win the Stanley Cup in 1975. He scored 61 goals in 1975-76 and won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP after scoring 19 post-season goals. The Flyers were swept by the Montreal Canadiens in the final.

His big-league career would have lasted more than the 14 years that it did had he taken better care of himself.

“I screwed up royally,” he said Thursday from his Delaware residence. “I pretty well accomplished everything I wanted to do except I didn’t make it into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

continued…

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  Tags: alcoholism, philadelphia+flyers, reggie+leach

Goonery Goes Global

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Dave Pollard at Hockey.com,

Well, even goonery is going global these days.  Although most of the league’s tough guys still hail from the frozen North, I’ve noticed a few Europeans creeping into the fistic fraternity.

Chicago’s David Koci calls Prague, not Prince George, home. Raitis Ivanans hails from Riga, not Red Deer. Boston’s man-mountain, Zdeno Chara, grew up, way up, in Trencin, not Thompson.

What do you think of that, Don Cherry?

Geez, I think I saw his tartan jacket just blanch.

more…

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  Tags: hockey+fights

Modern Rivalries

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From David Amber at ESPN,

We all know about the storied rivalry between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens. The “Battle of Alberta,” the Islanders vs. the Rangers and Detroit vs. Colorado are clashes that will always hold a special place in our hearts.  But with new teams, new players and new story lines, we have some fresh rivalries ready to hit a boiling point. [...]

5. Chicago vs. Detroit
Superman had kryptonite, Seinfeld had Newman and the Detroit Red Wings apparently have the Chicago Blackhawks. Of all the possible Original Six matchups, this is the most improbable of rivalries. Since the last time the Hawks won a playoff series in 1996, the Wings have won three Stanley Cups and seven Central Division titles. But, this season, a rivalry has been revived out of what has recently been a mockery.

read on… for the rest of Amber’s top 10 new rivalries, between players and teams

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  Tags: nhl+rivalries

It Probably Started On A Pond

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

Even the most legendary NHL careers had their start on the pond.

Outdoor hockey, it seems, is the one unifying force that intersects the careers of virtually anyone that has played the game at an elite level.

The frozen pond—a welcoming vision for anyone that loves the game, no matter their skill level—has, for time immortal, served as the training ground for great players before they entered the more structured world of organized hockey.

continued

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Rocky on the Radio

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Chicago Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz will be a guest on today’s edition of NHL Hour hosted by National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman on XM Satellite Radio.

Broadcast can be heard live online here, but not till the program is on the air.

NHL Hour broadcasts live Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET on NHL Home Ice, (XM channel 204) and NHL.com. The show will re-run on XM Satellite Radio and NHL.com, with archived shows available for download via a podcast on NHL.com.

update 4:07pm, Rocky Wirtz had to re-schedule for next week.  Mark Messier and Stephen Walkom wll be on the show today.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Chicago Blackhawks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, media, rocky+wirtz

NHLPA Changing its Tune

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jim Kelley at Sports Illustrated,

What comes as a shock to long-time observers, however, is that now the NHL Players’ Association wants to get involved, and not necessarily to fight off the suspensions that were handed down by Colin Campbell, the NHL’s Director of Hockey Operations, as well as the perceived threat of additional suspensions that were hinted at by Commissioner Gary Bettman and his deputy, Bill Daly.

Paul Kelly, who barely has found a chair that fits him as the NHLPA’s new executive director said recently that he’s “concerned” about the number of suspensions the Flyers have been given since the start of the season and that not only should the league take a tougher stance, but that his organization should “have a voice in the process.”

Given that he’s not dead, it would be wrong to say that former NHLPA boss Bob Goodenow is spinning in his grave over that one, but it’s not outside the realm of possibility that Kelly’s statement made his head turn. Criticism of Goodenow within and outside the PA often centered on how he handled on-ice or player-on-player violence. The perception (Goodenow argued it was unfair) was that the PA was quick to come to the defense of any perpetrator, but did next to nothing to protect the health, safety and long-term welfare of the player who was unduly or unfairly assaulted.

more

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  Tags: bill+daly, nhlpa, paul+kelly, suspensions

Better Be Nice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

He’s come bearing gifts.

He can be quite jovial.

He has the initials S.C.

I’ll assume your answer is Santa Claus simply because you’re predictably idealistic and frankly you don’t really try too hard at things like this. I will give you half credit, but no, there will be no bonus round for you.

read on

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  Tags: sidney+crosby

LA Kings on Carson Daly

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Derek Armstrong and Mike Cammalleri were on the Carson Daly show last night, (though it might have been a rerun? I’m not sure).  Anyway, here’s their appearance, including an entertaining revelation about Armstrong at about the 5 minute mark that might keep you from inviting him over for dinner…

Thanks to a KK reader for sending the link…

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  Tags: derek+armstrong, los+angeles+kings, mike+cammalleri

The Niedermayer Timeline

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

So here’s the bottom line - Niedermayer’s suspension will not be lifted until such time that he is a) in game shape; and, b) the Ducks make a trade to free up “tagging” room for next season.

How long all that takes only Burke knows for sure.

What we do know is that this all has to transpire in 21 days or less. Twenty-one days is the amount of time the league will allow Niedermayer to remain in a suspended state where he can practice with the team, work out with the team, but not be on the 23-man roster, not count against the cap or play a game.

read on

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, brian+burke, scott+niedermayer

Now This Makes Perfect Sense - NOT!

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from FemmeFan.com,

Let’s be honest, outside of a Klan rally you won’t find a worse ratio of whites to blacks. The lack of black players means the NHL does not get the recognition the other sports receive in the hip hop community. You won’t find many hockey jerseys in the latest rap video. You also won’t find the hottest artists in the stands watching a NHL game. This lack of recognition from the artists means a lack of recognition from their fans that follow their lead.

“That’s an awful lot of eyeballs that aren’t interested in hockey as a casual fan and they’ve maybe never had the opportunity to pick up a hockey stick and experience it”, Darren Pang explains.

Unfortunately for the league this will continue to be a problem for the league, as there’s not exactly a big push in the African-American community to send their children to hockey camp.

This brings us to yet another problem.

read on if you wish…. Damn, I don’t think one of my favorite artists, Eric Clapton is a hockey fan, maybe I should stop watching…

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