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The Fred Marsh Invention

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from DarrenM of Silver Seven,

In 1987, Marsh brought his flexible goal pegs, made out of a mixture of rubber and plastic, to the Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL. Ed Chynowth, then president of the Western Hockey League, became a big supporter of Marsh Pegs, and helped draw the NHL’s attention to the invention.

Finally, in July of 1991, the NHL made the Marsh Peg system the standard in every arena. Marsh joked that at 56, he was the oldest rookie in the NHL that year.

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Going To School To Play Hockey

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from Andy Blatchford of the CP via MetroNews,

Staring across the ice, a pint-size kid wrapped in goalie gear sits impatiently on the bleachers, as if he’s trying to will the clock to wind down so his hockey practice can begin.

Like dozens of his schoolmates, peewee netminder Nikita Koltyrev travelled thousands of kilometres to a Quebec boarding college to learn how to play hockey - the Canadian way.

Harrington College of Canada, on the outskirts of Montreal, runs five hockey squads - from peewee to junior - packed with more than 60 international players.

While many Harrington students hail from the United States and Europe, others have made their way from the hockey backwater nations of England, Japan and Australia to polish their skills.

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Chances Of Making The Playoffs

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I have pointed to this site just about this time every year, so why not do it again.

Sports Club Stats shows the percentage of all NHL teams making the playoffs plus a lot more.

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I think it takes like 10 games or 12 games to really come together,. hey lost three guys (Samuel Pahlsson, Travis Moen and Kent Huskins) who were Stanley Cup champions. That’s a hurtful loss. It’s going to take some time, but everyone is warming up. Everyone is getting along pretty great and getting to know each other. That’s the key.”

-Erik Christensen of the Anaheim Ducks.  More on the Ducks win over the Avalanche last night from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog.

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Looking Forward

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Ok. I’m gonna get myself in some hot water.  There’s a real strong possibility women readers and male Dive fans are going to be upset.  The women will take offense at my generalizations and the male Dive fans will take offense that I’m lumping them in with the women where they belong.

Ahh, well. Can’t please everybody.

Continue Reading »

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The Great Nashville Goaltenders

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from Allison Quillen of NashvillePredators.com,

Since the Predators began play in 1998, Nashville has had a history of great goaltending beginnings, starting with netminders Tomas Vokoun and Chris Mason, both of which had their professional NHL careers start in Nashville. Although both of these goaltenders have gone on to flourish with other NHL teams, both were given opportunities and challenges in Nashville that would later influence their futures elsewhere. With players of their magnitude starting their careers in Nashville, the franchise has proven itself to be a great starting ground for future goaltending greats.

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What The Goalie Sees

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from Kurt Streeter of the LA Times,

It startles the senses and sears the eardrums; the percussive sting of a lightning-fast hockey puck slamming against the barrier separating NHL fans from NHL chaos.

CRAAACKK!

Like a Colt .45, fired at close range.

Sitting in a seat behind goal during a recent spate of Kings’ games, I’d clearly see a forward’s windup. There’d be time to ready myself in case he missed his target, in case that puck sped past the goalie and headed straight at me. Other times, all I saw was churning legs, swirling motion, and, out of nowhere: CRAAACKK!

Each time the puck hit the clear barrier, a divot formed. Each time, the crowd tensed and a woman screamed.

It’s jolting enough in the stands, so what’s it like for the goalie?

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Remember This One?

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via Mike Mouat of the Detroit Examiner,

On this date in Red Wings and NHL history…

1950: Ted Lindsay set a record for most assists in a season with 55.

1961: Goaltender Terry Sawchuk blanked the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-0 as the Wings won game three of the semi-finals.

Uh Mike, I think you missed one!

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MSM Coverage - Or Lack Of It

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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog at the Dallas Morning News,

Is there any fear that with the economy in the shape it is and newspapers struggling that this might be a situation for sports fans of other teams moving forward? There are always fan blogs, but they typically can’t travel with the teams either. Do you just watch the game on television and chat on message boards when you can? Do you give up being a fan?

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Colorado Thinking Rebuild

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

It is a word teams are loathe to use, because it implies the current situation is broken. But Avalanche owner Stan Kroenke used the “R” word when discussing his thoughts on his last-place hockey team.

“I think we have some rebuilding to do,” Kroenke said. “We’ve been good for so long, I don’t think we’ve been able to do that. But every now and then you’ve got to take a deep breath and rebuild. It may be time.”...

No matter who is in charge, radically overhauling the roster for next season won’t be easy. The Avs have nearly $44 million devoted to 13 players for 2009-10, and the NHL’s current salary cap of $56.7 million isn’t expected to change much. That means the Avs could have only around $13 million with which to sign 10 players to fill out the roster. And included in players not signed for next season are captain Joe Sakic and a goalie.

read on

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