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Sean Burke Retires

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Veteran NHL goaltender Sean Burke has called it a career.

The 40-year-old Burke made the official announcement on Tuesday ending a distinguished NHL and international hockey career.

“I have been very fortunate to enjoy a long and eventful professional hockey career,” said Burke.

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  Tags: goalies, sean+burke

The Winter Classic Sells Out in 40 Minutes

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From WBEN in Buffalo,

The Buffalo Sabres outdoor game at Ralph Wilson Stadium—officially called AMP Energy NHL Winter Classic New Year’s Day- sold out 74,000 tickets in under 1 hour Tuesday morning.

The game, against the Pittsburgh Penguins, began offering tickets at 10:00 am at the Bills Ticket Office outside the stadium and online at Ticketmaster.com. None were available by 10:40 am

It is not known how many tickets went to individual buyers and how many went to brokers, but there are indications that the secondary market is already skyrocketing.  There were no limits on the number of tickets any individual could buy, and immediately after the sell out tickets were being offered on E-bay, at typical prices of $2,000 for six, or roughly $300 each.

continued… (*you can also read more details about the game here)

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  Tags: buffalo+sabres, pittsburgh+penguins, winter+classic

Q&A with the Flames Cory Sarich

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Cory Wolfe at Can West talks to Calgary Flames defenseman Cory Sarich,

CanWest: Does Flames defenceman Rhett Warrener own more cars or cowboy hats?
Sarich: I haven’t seen his collection, but I’m going to have to guess cowboy hats. I’ve only seen him bombin’ around in his truck and anybody who has a truck has gotta have some cowboy hats out here.

CanWest: What’s the best practical joke you’ve witnessed in an NHL locker-room?
Sarich: Slitting the coffee cups. Someone took two or three cups from the top of the pile and just made a slight cut under the edge of the rim. Guys fill up their coffee cups and when they go to take a drink, it pours all over them. They get frustrated with the first cup and they’re so busy trying to figure out who did it that they grab the next cup from the pile and it happens all over again.

more…

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  Tags: calgary+flames

Plans For The Upcoming Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

At my NHL.com blog today, I lay out my blogging plans for the 2007-08 NHL season.

As always, your participation is encouraged and welcomed.

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NHL Calendar of Important Dates

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imageSept. 29-30 - Anaheim Ducks vs. Los Angeles Kings season-opening series at London.

Oct. 3 - General regular-season opening night.

Nov. 10 - Hockey Hall of Fame Game - New York Rangers at Toronto Maple Leafs.

Nov. 12 - Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Toronto.

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Ron Francis Helping Canes With Power Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the News & Observer,

Watching practice Monday morning, Ron Francis sat in the stands at the RBC Center and sketched and doodled on a pad in his lap, diagramming plays.

Francis is searching for an answer to the same question that so plagued the Hurricanes a year ago: What went wrong with the power play?

“Everybody sort of understands what we’re trying to accomplish,” Francis said. “With the talent we have and the skills we have up front, we just need to give them the freedom to read and react and make plays.”

read on

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  Tags: carolina+hurricanes, ron+francis

Kozlov A Fit In Washington

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Washington Post,

At 6 feet 5, 230 pounds, Viktor Kozlov towers above his new teammates. But an enormous frame isn’t the only reason the Washington Capitals forward has stood out from the crowd during training camp.

Kozlov has shown the rare ability to control the puck in traffic, distribute passes with a marksman’s accuracy and use his rangy reach to disrupt opponents—all while operating at top speed

The most intriguing revelation about Kozlov’s game, though, is how it seems to be meshing with left wing Alex Ovechkin’s.

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  Tags: viktor+kozlov, washington+capitals

Way Back When

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Calgary Herald,

It’s not like the older defencemen ignored him completely.

It’s not like Adrian Aucoin, breaking in with the Vancouver Canucks in 1995, wasn’t involved.

“They’d tell me to get the beer and I’d get the beer,” says Aucoin, grinning. “I didn’t say a word. That’s the way it was. They were the best guys”—Dave Babych, Dana Murzyn, Jyrki Lumme, Jeff Brown, Bret Hedican—“and I had a great time, but it was different then.”

Craig Conroy, recalling his formative years with the Montreal Canadiens, can vouch for that.

Veterans ruled the roost—if not with an iron fist, then at least with a spiked tongue.

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Camp Tour

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Take a tour of the training camps with Canada.com, where you can read stories like this…

Leafs in good hands with Belak

Wade Belak is heading into the final year of his contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. And he was asked, as a player who sometimes spends more time in the penalty box than on the ice, how he could best impress management this season.

“I’m a good kiss-ass,” he said smiling.

It has been four years since the 31-year-old scored a goal in the National Hockey League, and he has never finished a season with more than nine points. He managed only three assists last season and was barely given five minutes of ice time per game, but the Leafs still value his hands, precisely because they were never created to score goals.

read on for more NHL bits from numerous NHL teams…

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  Tags: prospects

Flyers Duo Looking To Rebound From Last Year

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Courier-Post,

Joffrey Lupul and Jeff Carter may have played 2,000 miles apart last season, but they shared similar growing pains on a pair of teams grounded by injuries after sky-high expectations.

“It was a bad year,” Lupul said of his first and only season in Edmonton, where the Oilers finished last in the Northwest Division with a 32-43-7 record.

“A tough year all around.”

“It was one of the biggest learning experiences of my life,” echoed Carter, who saw the Flyers finish with the NHL’s worst record (22-48-12).

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  Tags: jeff+carter, joffrey+lupul, philadelphia+flyers

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