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HNIC For This Season

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Let the 2007-08 season begin! CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA continues to be the premier destination for hockey fans everywhere, with a fresh, jam-packed, action-filled broadcast package featuring a walloping 87-game schedule - more games than ever before - plus a record number of games in High-Definition, 18 regional matchups, 23 all-Canadian matchups, 11 afternoon games, seven tripleheaders, Saturday night doubleheaders all season long, the 26th season of the illustrious Coach’s Corner starring Don Cherry, the 2007 Hall of Fame Game, the AMP NHL Winter Classic outdoor game, the eighth annual CBC’S HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA celebration presented by Tim Hortons and the 56th NHL All-Star Game, all capped off with the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs and exclusive coverage of the 2008 Stanley Cup Final.

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  Tags: hnic, media

Keep Numminen In Your Thoughts

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from the Buffalo News,

Twelve hours before he was to check in at the Cleveland Clinic for open-heart surgery, Teppo Numminen was quite afraid.

“There’s fear, that’s for sure,” the Buffalo Sabres defenseman said Wednesday from his Cleveland hotel room. He was to report to the internationally renowned cardiac hospital at 5 this morning to have a valve repaired….

The operation isn’t being done so that he can keep playing hockey. The 39-year-old Finn admitted his condition could be fatal if not addressed quickly.

“Whether I played again or not, the odds turn against you at one point, and I guess they would have turned soon,” Numminen said. “They can’t say if it’s going to be two months or two years, but something happens and then you’re in trouble. Then it’s too late.”

Don Baizley, Numminen’s agent and friend of 20 years, said, “This has been pretty traumatic. It is open-heart surgery. It’s serious business.”

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update 6:28pm, from the AP via TSN,

“Teppo Numminen’s surgery was a success and there were no complications,” Sabres doctor William Hartrich said after speaking to the doctor who performed the surgery at The Cleveland Clinic. “Teppo is resting comfortably and will remain in the hospital for the next several days.”

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  Tags: buffalo+sabres, injuries, teppo+numminen

Jason Strudwick Brings More Than Play On Ice

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from the Journal News,

...But if there is a reason the 6-foot-4 Strudwick finds himself on the team’s opening-night roster, it is because they do not have another player who so easily unites a dressing room.

It is an odd notion to think a player can crack a roster at the highest level of professional sports on the strength of his personality. But that may be the case with Strudwick, a tough, versatile player who others say has an inherent knack for bringing a team together.

“He knows how important it is to cross all boundaries, whether they’re geographic or ethnic or whatever,” Rangers coach Tom Renney said. “For Jason, it’s just so natural, and because of that people trust his judgment and they like him a lot. They feel regardless of what his participation might be on the ice, he serves a huge advantage everywhere else.”

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  Tags: jason+strudwick, new+york+rangers

Mental Training

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from the Edmonton Journal,

“My experience is that athletes spend so much time on the tactical, the technical and the physical, and they just assume that the mental aspect will take care of itself,” said sports psychologist Dr. John Dunn from the University of Alberta.

“Obviously, in my profession, we think that what we take care of is trainable. Part of my job is to teach them how to train.”...

Veteran Ethan Moreau, admittedly a traditionalist when it comes to most hockey matters, is a proponent of having a recruit like Dunn on board.

Ditto for Shawn Horcoff.

“I think it’s been something that’s been lacking—not just for my game but for our team,” Moreau said.

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Oilers Depend On Youngsters To Step Up

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from the Edmonton Sun,

“You need that in your organization,” said head coach Craig MacTavish. “For our long-term success, it’s important that one of those guys does it, almost immediately.”

Some of them have stepped up, with Sam Gagner, Kyle Brodziak and Robert Nilsson leading an impressive class, but scrimmages and pre-season tilts against watered-down opponents don’t always translate into season success.

Patrick Thoresen, for instance, looked brilliant early on last year but faded big time as the season wore on.

“You see it every year, players play well in camp and excel in the preseason and it remains to be seen how they play in the regular season, and further down the road, how they play 20 games into the regular season,” said Ethan Moreau. “It’s not to be negative ... but you don’t know, you can’t tell until you have stiffer competition.”

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  Tags: edmonton+oilers, prospects

Pens Look At Crosby For PK

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from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Though just 20, he has been hockey’s top ambassador for some time. He was the NHL’s scoring champion and MVP last season and was named the Penguins’ team captain in the offseason.

Now he could add the final facet to his on-ice role. Already the Penguins’ top-line center, quarterback of the power play and top-three shootout participant, Crosby will be given a chance earn a spot killing penalties.

“We need to try to add more people,” Therrien said. “There’s [Jarkko] Ruutu, who has a little bit of experience with the way we play. And we’re talking about a Crosby. We’re talking about [an Evgeni] Malkin. We’re talking about [an Erik] Christensen.”

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Howe In Dispute With Neighbor

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from the Detroit News,

Hockey legend Gordie Howe says he’s being checked by his neighbors—17,000 times a day—and he’s tired of it.

Howe, who has been the subject of a residential association dispute for more than a year, this week won a temporary restraining order barring the neighbor from spying on his home with a surveillance camera.

continued... just give the guy a shot to the ribs, Gordie!

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  Tags: gordie+howe

There’s Always Hope For Winnipeg

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from the Winnipeg Sun,

In a week where possible future expansion was discussed briefly at the NHL board of governors meetings in Chicago, the subject of Winnipeg’s potential return to the loop provided the usual responses.

“If there’s an opportunity and an opening, I’m sure the NHL would definitely look at it,” said Phoenix Coyotes head coach Wayne Gretzky. “We realize and know this is a good hockey area, a great hockey city and a good sports town. It’s a beautiful facility here, a great complex.”

“There’s always going to be that hope for hockey in Canada,” added Coyotes captain Shane Doan. “It’s our sport and what we’re so proud of. It’s something we’ve got to make sure is always there

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  Tags: phoenix+coyotes

Just Dabbling

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

In 15 years of watching the Bettman administration at work, the hockey world has learned that these fellows love to dabble.

They’ve dabbled in an unbalanced schedule, but now appear set to change back. They’ve dabbled in third jerseys and uniform “systems” and streamlining goalie equipment. They’ve dabbled in glowing TV pucks and neutral-site games and regular-season contests in Europe, not to mention the World Cup and the Winter Olympics, never fully committing to any of them….

Oh yes, and they’ve dabbled, curiously, in playing their games outdoors….

That the NHL will try to make this happen in a lakeside city that offers a winter climate that’s both unpredictable and often violently inhospitable is one interesting part of the equation.

That it’s willing to essentially undermine the competitive legitimacy of its own product by permitting such a novelty event to go forward is another.

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  Tags: winter+classic

Avery Expects The Cup

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from the New York Post,

If Avery can be the spark, the Rangers have the potential to light a fire that will burn bright through the NHL.

“We’re gonna win a lot of games. We’re gonna be a very difficult team to beat on a nightly basis and we’re gonna win the Stanley Cup as far as I’m concerned,” Avery said. “I think that, and I feel that right now this team is ready to make a 10-month commitment with each other and it’s gonna be something that we’ll remember for the rest of our lives.”

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