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Top 10 Most Minor Hockey Injuries

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Charlie Teljeur in The Hockey News,

If there’s ever any mention of the most severe injury in NHL history, it revolves around the triumvirate of Clint Malarchuk, Bill Masterton and now, Richard Zednik. Really no arguing here – literally.

But what about the opposite end of the spectrum? What about the most minor injuries in professional hockey history? Sounds like a Top 10 list to me…

1. Broken Neck - Tyrus The Water Bottle. The main casualty of Jeremy Roenick’s water bottle flinging tirade of 2004 was, frankly, one of the innocent water bottles. Specifically the one he threw – that went by the name Tyrus - who bounced twice on the ice, severing his spine and splitting his neck wide open. Tyrus never regained his professional form and is now employed as a Sippy Cup somewhere in southern Idaho.

2. Ink Stain - Alexei Yashin. After signing his $87.5 million deal, the ballpoint pen Yashin was using to sign the massive contract exploded in his lapel pocket, causing unsightly chest stains. Even after it was explained to him “blood isn’t blue” Yashin opted for three months of R & R, just to be safe.

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  Tags: hockey+injuries, humor

Ted Leonsis on the NHL Hour Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Capitals, will be Gary Bettman’s guest on the NHL Hour today.

The NHL Hour broadcasts live Thursdays from 4-5 pm 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.

*At showtime, listen live at this link.  While on the air, listeners can call into the show at 1-877-645-6696, or send questions/comments via this email address: nhlhour@nhl.com.

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  Tags: gary+bettman, media, ted+leonsis, washington+capitals, xm+radio

Start Selling

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Edward Fraser of the Hockey News,

Trading for prospects and draft picks can drastically improve your chances of making a Cup run in the future, so why settle for two or three playoff home games now when you could have upwards of 16 in the not-too-distant future?

So, to the teams that are likely thinking of buying in an effort to make the post-season (that’s you, Capitals, Sabres, Bruins, Rangers, Thrashers, Panthers, Islanders, Flames, Predators, Avalanche, Canucks, Blue Jackets, Coyotes and Blues):

Don’t do it. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is your year. Build for the future and, on Feb. 26, sell, sell, sell.

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Time To Talk Money

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

fromm Puck-rakers,

Howson confirmed Thursday morning he will be talking to Rick Curran either today or Friday about whether the Blue Jackets can afford to re-sign the team captain. Foote, 36, is an unrestricted free agent and is believed to be seeking a two- or three-year deal.

The general manager said he won’t need to talk to Foote again before discussing money with his agent. The Jackets have seven unrestricted free agents and Foote is the only one management is negotiating with, Howson said.

more on Columbus…

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  Tags: adam+foote

Rafalski Out With Groin Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Detroit Free Press,

Quick update from practice: Wings coach Mike Babcock said defenseman Brian Rafalski would miss Friday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets with a groin injury.

Babcock said he thought Kyle Quincey would be called up to replace Rafalski in the lineup.

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  Tags: brian+rafalski

NHL Goes To Congress

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

While the search for truth continues into whether or not Roger Clemens took steroids, the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players Association are preparing for their date with U.S congress on February 27th.

Congress has invited NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly, along with the main league and union heads from the three other major sports, to address the issues involved in the drug testing programs in professional and amateur sports.

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Sports and Bloggers and Culture in Ancient Rome

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Sometimes a simple email newsletter can trigger a thousand memories.  The story of one particular newsletter triggered memory needs to be shared.

Professor David Potter is one of the best educators I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. He teaches a total “jock” class, deals with the athletic department, and drives his students crazy—and they like it. Sports and Culture in Ancient Rome framed a lot of my opinions on the fact that sports are inherently both ridiculously trivial and extremely, extremely important as sporting affiliations are almost inherent to the way many people—including myself—define themselves…

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  Tags: detroit+red+wings, education, sports

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Red Wings Corner,

Pavel Datsyuk’s sense of humor doesn’t always come out in articles and TV interviews. But he is one clever guy.
I asked him once about his on-ice vision, trying to find out how many of the other nine players he is aware of when he’s passing.
“When you have the puck, how many people do you see?”
Without smiling, Datsyuk answered, “18,000”
He was joking ... wasn’t he?

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  Tags: pavel+datsyuk

Bad Luck Schleprock

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Bob McManaman at The Arizona Republic,

Rick Tocchet is calling himself an unlucky rabbit’s foot, noting that the Coyotes are 0-3 since his return behind the bench after a two-year suspension for his involvement in a gambling investigation.

Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky went golfing with Tocchet on Tuesday and said their golfing buddies are calling Tocchet something even worse.

“Schleprock. Bad Luck Schleprock,” Gretzky said, referring to a character in the Flintstones cartoon series.

But Gretzky is as thankful as anyone that Tocchet is back and serving on the Coyotes’ coaching staff again. Tocchet is not only an extra set of eyes in practices and games, but his personality helps the team.

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  Tags: rick+tocchet, wayne+gretzky

Blackhawks Could Pay Forsberg

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Sassone of the Daily Herald,

While it’s believed Forsberg would prefer to sign with a team that has a chance to win the Stanley Cup right now—if he decides to even play again—the Hawks are in the picture because of their financial flexibility beyond this season.

Forsberg has told the Hawks he hopes to play for a few more years if he can skate on his gimpy feet and ankles, and it’s likely the deal Tallon has presented Forsberg is for at least two years past this one, perhaps in the neighborhood of $5 million a year.

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  Tags: peter+forsberg

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