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Gretzky Draws The Crowd

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from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

OK. Sure. You have 24 of the top 25 women’s golfers in the world, plus a healthy helping of Hall of Famers here.
But sorry. Invite Wayne Gretzky to join you for the day and they’re all just a supporting cast.
Cristie Kerr, obviously one seriously messed-up woman in terms of billing herself as the No. 1 fan of the Phoenix Coyotes, made the mistake of asking coach Gretzky to join her at the Pro-Am for yesterday’s CN Canadian Women’s Open.

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Micro Ice

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from the Eagle Tribune,

Where’s the massive facility? Where’s the 500-car parking lot? And where’s the jumbo Zamboni?
There is none of the above, this rink is 30 feet by 20 feet as compared to a 200 by 85 NHL ice surface. That’s where the “micro” comes in on “Micro Ice.”
The former teammates — Gomez played seven years with Pandolfo on the Devils before signing with the Rangers last month — are also partners in this concept, which includes a strength and conditioning area, hosted by “Body by Boyle.”
“It’s pretty basic,” said Dick Pandolfo of North Andover, Jay’s uncle and principal owner of the smaller rink, which he hopes to eventually franchise.
“People see the size of the rink and think it’s crazy,” said Dick. “We believe this is the future of hockey, at least in terms of teaching skills. These are more prevalent in Canada, especially around Toronto. It’s the one thing we are missing in hockey, at every level, but especially at the youth level. This is all about skills.”

read on

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People Share The Cup With Brad May

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from the Toronto Star,

It was May Day in August.
And for the folks of Stouffville, this was a put-the-toddlers-on-the-shoulders-and-hope-they-remember-what-they’re-seeing kind of afternoon as they dotted Main Street for a celebration.
It’s not every day, this being Maple Leafs territory, that the Stanley Cup gets paraded. Rarer still when it goes right past your front door.
But there it was in the convertible, behind the fire truck and in front of the oversized pickup carrying the chanting kids, going right past the Fickle Pickle Restaurant, Good Eat Chinese Food and Freak Inn Tattoo.
“Never seen it before,” said Wayne Marks, as he stood in front of his Stouffville Monument Works Ltd. “I didn’t think I’d ever see it this close up.”
But Brad May brought it home.

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It’s Not The Gorton’s Fisherman, But It’s Close

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from Newsday:

In fashion, you are either in or out. This apparently applies to the garb of sports teams, too, as the Islanders yesterday announced a brand new jersey and ousted their beloved old shirt, which has been around for close to a decade.
It’s not exactly that the team wanted a new shirt. In fact, the Islanders’ reputation for changing uniforms is a bit tainted, after the famously reviled fisherman logo (it had a resemblance to a famous seafood label) that surfaced in 1995 and sunk like a lead weight in 1996. This time around the change is a mandate from the National Hockey League. Every team in the league is getting a fashion makeover.
“The League sat down and brainstormed about what would be the biggest improvement for the game and the uniform was first and foremost,” said Keith Leach, director of NHL Uniforms for Reebok, the company responsible for the overhaul.
...
At least one fashion expert was not that taken with the new look.
“I love that it’s more fitted. Skinny is definitely a menswear trend and very hot. Hated, hated, hated the tie on the neckline,” said Nina Garcia, Elle Magazine’s fashion director and the very vocal and sometimes tough judge on Bravo hit show, “Project Runway.” “I don’t really get it unless there’s some functional reason for it. It looks like a little boy’s shirt. I love the numbers on the front and some of the color blocking. Other than that I think they should have left it alone. It’s overly designed and too busy.”

continued...and isn’t it a “jersey?”

You can see the history of the Islander jersey here, including the new one…

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Time For Bell To Grow Up

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

This kind of trouble is really nothing new to Mark Bell.
It was drunk driving in San Jose. It was allegations he beat up a taxi driver in Ottawa. In Chicago, the general manager just decided he wasn’t worth the difficulty anymore.
Everyone will tell you he’s a good guy. Isn’t that the hockey mantra? His friends will tell you he’s hilarious, fun-loving, enjoys life.
Wasn’t so hilarious to the cabbie who suffered a gash to the forehead, five stitches, a split lip, two black eyes and bruised ribs in 1999.
Bell was a kid back then, a junior hockey player who got the local hockey hero treatment in Ottawa.

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Peca Decision Moving Slowly

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from the Blueshirts Blog,

Finally just heard back from Michael Peca’s agent, Don Meehan. He said that as of 10 p.m., he still hadn’t heard from Glen Sather today. So the slow dance goes on.
When I spoke with Peca yesterday, he said he understood why the Rangers wanted to proceed slowly with this.
“They’re doing their due diligence on this, as they should,” he said.

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National TV Coverage Of West Coast Teams Hard To Find

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from Farther Off the Wall at the Daily News,

As far as the networks are concerned, West Coast hockey may just as well be contained to the Aleutian Islands.
In releasing their NHL TV schedules for the upcoming season Wednesday, both Versus and NBC don’t see any mystery in the fact that the Stanley Cup champion Ducks and everyone else in this time zone isn’t on anyone’s radar. In fact, they seem to be saying the Western Conference can take pucks and sticks and just hope the New York Rangers someday return to Mystery, Alaska.

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Learning To Survive

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Although a little late on the subject…

from Sarah Schorno of the Huffington Post,

Professional hockey player Derek Boogaard has opened the Boogaard Fighting Camp, a day camp devoted to teaching youth hockey players how to fight properly. The purpose of the camp is to teach the attendees, who range in age from 12 to 18, to learn how to effectively handle the inevitable on-ice fight. If the camp stays true to its cause, which is self defense, then it’s not entirely a bad idea.

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We’ve Seen It Before

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from Empty Netters,

When’s the last time the NHL had a good idea that a far more successful league copied?
This was a promotional commercial NBC aired this past Sunday for the NFL’s kickoff weekend:

read on for an interesting comparison…

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Gretzky- Say Yes! To Edmonton

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from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

On reports that Edmonton is now considered the Siberia of hockey for pro players: “It’s a wonderful place to be an athlete. The facilities are outstanding and the support you get not only from fans but from corporate sponsorship is as good as anywhere in the National Hockey League.”

a little more from Wayne, including backing Kevin Lowe…

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