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Toronto’s New Jerseys

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

The Toronto Maple Leafs unveiled their own new RBK jerseys a few minutes ago.  This post on HF Boards shows a screenshot from Leafs TV:

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More on the history of the evolving Maple Leafs sweater can be found here.

Update 3:58pm ET: For another point of view… (ha! okay, sorry…)

Update 4:34pm ET: Here is the broadcast from Leafs TV that unveiled the jerseys earlier today. (opens in WMP)

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Khan(!): Uncle Mike Views Sopel As Top 4 Guy

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Ansar Khan(!) was handing out balloons as the Wings boarded busses for the trip to TC today.  He found a few minutes to throw a few questions at his primary antagonist, Mike Babcock.  One subject was potential diamond in the rough Brent Sopel.

On veteran defenseman Brent Sopel, in camp on a tryout: “I think he has a chance to be a real good fit for us. He can shoot the puck, he can skate with the puck. He’s got to take (away) some of the erratic play he’s had. (Wings assistant coach) Todd McClellan coached him juniors, I’ve known him since he was a kid, we have a real good feel for him and think he’s a top-four NHL defenseman. Now, just because we think it doesn’t mean anything, he’s got to relax and let his skill come to the forefront and show us what he brings (though the preseason).’‘

 

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  Tags: babcock, deep+diggers, fellow+bloggers, sopel

Refs Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

At least for part of the day Tuesday, the skate was on the other foot for the NHL officials at their training camp at the Beaver Valley Community Center. The officials spent part of the morning playing hockey as their peers worked on their refereeing skills in live-fire game situations.

“That’s the toughest game you will ref all year,” said Dan O’Rourke, one of the referees. “Guys just want to get their time done as the ref and go back to playing because the boys are all over you about everything.”

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Take Note

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the blog of Bob McKenzie at TSN,

The first thing that needs to be said about the Mark Bell suspension is this: if you are an NHL player and you get convicted of a significant crime, you are going to get further punishment from the league.

Now, in the light of the fact Bell got 15 games, you can debate whether it’s too light or too heavy, but the real issue is that he was suspended.

Rick Tocchet, take note.

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Hockey Season Inches Closer…

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Pierre LeBrun via the Globe & Mail,

Hockey’s back. Training camps open around the NHL on Thursday and Friday and the buzz is as good as it gets in Pittsburgh where Sidney Crosby and the Penguins believe they’ve got a shot at the Stanley Cup.

“That’s our goal and I think it’s realistic,” Penguins defenceman Darryl Sydor told The Canadian Press.

continued… (Including a look at various teams around the NHL, gearing up for the season)

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Bringing Back the Blackhawks Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via TSN,

It might be time for hockey fans in Chicago to come out of hiding.

The Blackhawks have consistently been among the NHL’s lowest-ranked teams in attendance in recent years, but they believe that could start changing this season thanks to a revamped roster.

“We get plenty of walk-ups for our games,” said GM Dale Tallon. “They’re there. They’re wanting us to succeed. They’re waiting for an excuse to come to the United Center.”

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, hockey+fans

New Avalanche Jerseys

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Unveiled today, the image below (originally found here) shows a television screen shot of the new jerseys.  From the Avalanche:

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club revealed its new-look Rbk EDGE uniforms at a press conference this morning. Avalanche defenseman John-Michael Liles modeled the new Avalanche uniform for members of the media. The Avalanche will wear the new uniforms this season beginning this Sunday, September 16 at the Burgundy/White game at the Air Force Academy.

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Read more about them at Colorado Avalanche Blog.

Update 3:10pm ET: the Avalanche team site has added a photo gallery of the new jerseys..

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  Tags: colorado+avalanche, jerseys, rbk

Compromise Reached For Jewish Player

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CBC,

A talented Quebec junior hockey player from Montreal has agreed not to observe some of the strict rules of his Jewish religion after officials threatened to cut him from the team if he didn’t travel or play on Saturdays.

The Gatineau Olympiques managed to reach a compromise with 18-year-old Benjamin Rubin on Tuesday, allowing him to play forward this season, said team governor Charles Henry.

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added 9/13/07, View a video report from the CBC…

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Bell Gets Suspended For 15 Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

Toronto Maple Leafs’ Mark Bell received a 15 regular season game suspension from the NHL on Wednesday.

added 12:07pm, Statement from Gary Bettman,

“Playing in the National Hockey League is a privilege, and with that privilege comes a corresponding responsibility for exemplary conduct off the ice as well as on it,” Commissioner Bettman said. “Mark Bell will serve jail time following the 2007-08 season after pleading to felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from an alcohol-related automobile accident that caused an injury. He also left the scene of the accident. Such conduct is a violation of our covenant with our fans, and to the game, and is prejudicial to the welfare of the League.

“However, over the past year, Mark has made extraordinary strides in his rehabilitation. This positive progress was a material factor in reducing what could have been a lengthier suspension,” Commissioner Bettman added. “The NHL supports Mark’s commitment to learning from his past mistakes and his efforts to move his life forward in a positive direction.”

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  Tags: mark+bell, suspensions, toronto+maple+leafs

Big Snake Arrives In Texas

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Texas Brahmas,

The Texas Brahmas of the Central Hockey League (CHL) announced Wednesday the signing of playmaker and enforcer, Robin Big Snake.

“Big Snake is going to make a huge impact for the Brahmas team and organization. There is a lot of excitement built around this signing. I have no doubts that his reputation will bring fans to the NYTEX Sports Centre,” said Head Coach Dan Wildfong.

Big Snake, a Siksika Nation native and popular youtube.com icon, spent 67 games last season in the United Hockey League (UHL-now the International Hockey League) with the Rockford IceHogs in Illinois. He recorded 42 points (17 goals, 25 assists) and 330 penalty minutes.

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