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Father & Son Photos

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Melissa Isaacson of Hey, Missy at the Chicago Tribune,.  A note from a reader follows…

In response to your article of Blackhawks going to Northbrook, see the attached picture of the day the Hawks practiced at Northbrook Sports complex in 1970 when my dad took me out of school and had my picture taken with Bobby Hull when I was 10.

When I sent a copy of this picture to Brett when he was with the Red Wings in 2000 and said my son was now 10 and would love to get same pic taken, he flew us up to Detroit, took my son to a practice and game (against the Hawks, a 3-3 tie) and then came out and took same pose with my son Jake, who was 10 at the time.

more with two great pictures of Bobby and Brett Hull…

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Stamkos Continues To Improve

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Stamkos, who has nine points (4-5) in his last nine games, played a season-high 22:15 on Saturday in a 4-3 shootout win over the Florida Panthers. He’s seeing the ice well, feeling more comfortable in his decisions and with the puck.

This is the Canadian junior star we’ve waited for. To his credit, he didn’t self-destruct in the fall when many a teenager might have. Picked to win the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year in many September predictions, he game out of the gates with only four points (2-2) in 17 games amidst the controversy of his low playing minutes under former coach Barry Melrose. But, through it all, he persevered.

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Comparing Ovechkin To ‘Rocket’ Richard

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from John McGourty of NHL.com,

There never has been another Rocket Richard, a fiery blend of speed and strength, a stocky body with overwhelming strength, plus a wild look in his eyes as he bore down on goalies. A product of Montreal who played for the Canadiens, Richard also embodied Gallic pride and wore his ethnicity as a chip on his shoulder. It’s doubtful the city and all of Quebec ever will embrace an athlete as it did “The Rocket,” who died May 27, 2000, at age 79.

By the same token, there hasn’t been a player since Richard that so closely resembles him in size, strength, skating, shooting and scoring as Ovechkin, whose passion for winning closely rivals Richard.

“I think that’s a great comparison and as good a comparison as I’ve heard in a long time,” Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said. “The only thing Alex doesn’t have is the temper that Rocket had, where he would blow up and go nuts. Alex is the same fiery type of guy with the same physical attributes that Rocket had in his day that Alex has in this day.”

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, maurice+richard

Pahlsson Set To Make Blackhawks Debut On Wednesday

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via Tim Sassone of Between the Circles,

Hawks coach Coach Joel Quenneville said after practice Monday that Sammy Pahlsson would make his Hawks debut on Wednesday at Columbus.

Meanwhile, Nikolai Khabibulin will start again Tuesday in New Jersey when Devils goalie Martin Brodeur goes after his NHL-record 552nd career victory.

The Hawks are actually looking forward to trying to deny Brodeur his place in history - at least for a few days.  “It’s going to happen. We’d just like to postpone it,” Coach Q said.

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  Tags: sami+pahlsson

Surprising Blue Jackets

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

What is most surprising about the Columbus Blue Jackets’ pursuit of their first playoff berth?

Well, one of the most interesting components of the Blue Jackets’ surprising play in the second half is a move that received almost no attention. When the Thrashers unloaded veteran forward Jason Williams in mid-January, it was part salary dump and part getting rid of a guy who didn’t seem to fit. Well, the undrafted 28-year-old has fit like a glove in Columbus. He has eight goals and 11 assists since becoming a Blue Jacket and has chipped in on a power play that has languished at the very bottom of the NHL for the entire season.

“He’s been caught up in the atmosphere, that sense of urgency,” coach Ken Hitchcock told ESPN.com on Monday. “I think he’s responded properly to being in that atmosphere. He’s working hard. He’s playing the game honestly.”

more on the Flames, Sabres, Canes, Flames and fighting…

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NHL Considers Banning Fights—Are They Nuts?

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There has been a lot of talk over the past few months about removing fighting from hockey. Let’s be honest, there are a few in the media who continuously bring this up at every opportunity that they can get. Unfortunately this season there have been two incidents in particular (the tragic death of Don Sanderson the result of a fight in the OHA and shortly thereafter a fight in the AHL that resulted in Garrett Klotz being taken off of the ice on a stretcher). This was fodder for the anti-fighting proponents in the media and in the NHL. Ever since it seems like you can’t go to TSN.ca without having to read an article that is anti-fighting or listening to a Versus/NBC telecast where one commentator completely rips a part the idea of fighting in hockey.

Despite what some might like you to believe—for example TSN continues to have headlines on their main page that would have you thinking that most fans want to get fighting out of the game. For example, a headline a few weeks back that indicated that “Majority Want Fighting Eliminated!”—However, when you read the article you see that the survey was conducted not just of hockey fans but amongst the general population of Canada. In fact the article even specified “68 per cent of NHL fans who follow the NHL closely say the gloves should continue to drop.” How can you run an article on the front of your website with such a misleading title? Why would anyone care what a typical Canadian thinks of fighting in hockey? Wouldn’t it seem obvious that the people who actually watch hockey, pay for season tickets, pay for individual games, pay for NHL apparel would be the one’s whose opinion would count? If 68% of NHL Fans are in favor if fighting—why is this even an issue?

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  Tags: fighting, fights, nbc, nhl, orr

Stars Of The Week

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NEW YORK (March 16, 2009)—New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur, Calgary Flames center Olli Jokinen and Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Mar. 15.

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Brodeur Goes For The Record On The NHL Network

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via Puck The Media,

NHL Live on NHL Network/XM Sirius just announced that NHL Network will follow Marty as long as it takes to get the record, which means that NHL Network will be airing Tuesday’s Devils-Blackhawks game, with a blackout in the New Jersey/New York metro and Chicagoland areas.

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A Look At Hockey Sticks

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from Todd Smith at MinnesotaWild.com,

“Hockey sticks are the tools of their trade,” said Minnesota Wild Assistant Equipment Manager Matt Benz, standing in an auxiliary room that houses the Wild’s hockey stick workshop deep inside the bowels of the Xcel Energy Center.  The room was filled with a wide assortment of tools: saws, blow torches, heat guns, files, spray cans, vices, sanders, and endless rolls of tape.  “Each player’s stick is unique.  The knobs, blades, and tape job are all specific to the player.”

much more

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Officials Keep Avs In The Game Against Canucks

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from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

After a team gets up two or three goals in this league, there is always a parade to the penalty box on marginal calls in favour of the trailing team. In this case, it was the Colorado Avalanche who were the benefactors.

As soon as the second period began, suddenly the Canucks, who didn’t need to take any penalties, found themselves down and then down two men and the Avalanche were back in the game on a power-play goal.

The Avs were the same struggling team a step behind the play as they were in the first period, but the officiating kept the game close until Vancouver had to play so much defence and worry so much about taking a penalty that they got tentative and Colorado got their legs.

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