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Team Russia Announced

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from RussiaToday,

Russia’s hockey coach Vyacheslav Bykov has announced his choice for the upcoming Vancouver Olympics, with stars like Aleksandr Ovechkin, Evgeny Malkin and Ilya Kovalchuk on the list.


And the Russian Coach says the Russians can beat the Canadians…

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Merry Christmas To All

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Lying in bed very early this morning I hear this rolling thump and then a splat sound coming from outside so I race to the window and what do I see…

A man dressed in red and white down on the ground, grasping his knee, his shoulder looks banged-up and he may have a broken leg too.

I throw on my coat and hurry outside to help the man dressed in red and white.  He pulls me down to him and whispers in my ear…

Sometimes these things happen but I must continue my work or else millions wil be disappointed.  I cannot let people down, I will rebound and with that, he pops-up off the ground and in an instant he is gone.

A half hour later I am still trying to figure out if this was some type of sign to me or was I just dreaming?

Miracles do happen on Christmas and on other days too.

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The Quiet Solitude Of An A2Y Christmas

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Merry Christmas to the 19 and Wing fans all over the world. 

Let this picture, although two years old, serve as a reminder of what this wondrous season is truly all about.  Much of what we say and do here may be steeped in animosity, but deep down…it all comes down to goodwill and humanity.  Let’s not forget that. 

It has to start with the kids, you know.  If we can just teach them early some of the virtues we hold dear…the future would be so very, very bright.

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H2H: The Official Thread

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Putting this, the official Herm to Hockeytown thread, back up top.  Merry Christmas to all of you. Yes.  All of you.  To the Pens fans, the Dive fans, the Hawk fans,  Bubba.  Merry Christmas to Pinky and Thommm and Dater.  Game Time, Pens Blog, Fauxing Greg and all our Diggers.  Santa loves you all.

And so does Herm. Get him to Detroit and help out some kids in the process.

Again thanks to all who have already donated.  If you haven’t, but would like to…click below.

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Not Part Of The Story

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

I have cancer. It’s a very serious kind of cancer, and one that has put me in what is easily the toughest fight of my life….

It has always been important to me that you people, the people who give a writer the ultimate compliment of reading his work, approach that task unencumbered by needless distractions, distractions that include my health. No writer ever wants to be a part of the story let alone the story. That’s especially true in the world of column writing. An opinion is put forth on a subject or a person. It should stand alone rather than be mired in matters that don’t add to the issue and may very well subtract from it.

My health is an issue to me, but it shouldn’t be one to you. I appreciate all the comments wishing me well, but the issue should never be about me, how I feel, or how the battle is going, it should be about you, you getting a chance to read a piece on a topic we both love (the greatest game in the world) and being able to respond to it unencumbered by personal considerations.

more (recommended read)...

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KK- Everyone Is Rushing Around

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

So I got up very early this morning, did an early morning update and then went out to do a little shopping. thinking I could beat the crowd.

Wrong! Very wrong.

People rushing around, hurrying up to hurry, needing to get to the next spot as fast as they can.

Boy am I glad I am out of there now.

Now the fun begins, enjoying the Holiday Season with friends and family.  I may post a few more items today, but they will be sporadic.

Tomorrow, I will be making the annual Christmas Wish post then you won’t see me until the morning of December 26th.

Enjoy the Season KK friends and stay away from the mall!

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Alfredsson Out At Least A Few Weeks

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

“I don’t know exactly how long (he’ll be out), but it will be a few weeks anyway,” said Alfredsson, who was wearing a brace on his left shoulder. “We will probably see the doctor (today), do an X-ray and see what the damage is. I expect at least a few weeks.”

Senators coach Cory Clouston tried to hide his displeasure.

“I just don’t want to comment. I want to look at it again. I don’t really want to say anything more ... to say if it was a penalty or not. We did that and we were called whiners.”

more and you can watch the hit if you missed it earlier…

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Return The Rings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe Warmington of the Toronto Sun,

He may have lost his NHL shutout record this week but now the family of the late Terry Sawchuk would like to find his two stolen Stanley Cup rings.

The guy who beat this long-held record earned it. But whoever stole the rings not only didn’t earn it, but also fleeced a nice family of some very special memories.

It would be a great Christmas present to see them returned.

“It has been a mystery for almost 40 years,” said Sawchuk’s 55-year-old son, Jerry, one of seven children. “We feel the rings are still out there somewhere.”


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  Tags: terry+sawchuk

Wings Need To Keep Battling

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings head into their two-day Christmas break on a downer, losing three games in a row, including consecutive shutouts against rival Chicago.

But rather than get frustrated, they hope to get re-energized after spending some quality time at home.

“They’re probably looking forward to a couple of days (off) in a row, spend time with your family, it’s a great thing,” coach Mike Babcock said after Wednesday’s 3-0 loss to the Blackhawks at Joe Louis Arena.

“We got to keep hanging in there. A couple of days off won’t hurt this club at all, get re-energized and get back at ’er. We got to find a way to score some goals and keep battling.”


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Blue Jackets In The Midst Of A Bad Stretch

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

Kristian Huselius spent most of the day in the team hotel, fighting through a bout with the flu from his bed. He should have stayed there.

Huselius made two brutal plays that led directly to two Stars goals and a 3-1 loss before 16,532 in American Airlines Center.

It was a night that demanded dialed-up play from everybody in the lineup, but the Blue Jackets didn’t quite get it. Huselius was the poster child. He was on the ice for all three Dallas goals and finished with a well-deserved minus-2….

The Blue Jackets now get two days off for Christmas Eve and Christmas. Before you sharpen your talons, this is not a Ken Hitchcock decision. It’s an NHL rule that teams can’t practice or play on Dec. 24-25.

Maybe the Blue Jackets will get better luck for Christmas. Or some heart. Or character. This is a brutal stretch, indeed. This is the worst 18-game stretch in club history. When you know this club’s history, that’s really saying something.

more on the loss to the Stars…

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