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Young Hockey Players Pay $3000 To Play Shinny In France

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from CBC,

Police in southern Ontario have launched a fraud investigation after about 60 young hockey players said they paid thousands to attend a European tournament that didn’t happen.

The players, who are mostly from southern Ontario and in their late teens, paid roughly $3,000 each to travel to France to participate in the tournament.

Event organizer Ontario Central Scouting (OCS) promised dozens of professional hockey scouts would be at the tournament, said the players.

Instead, when they returned to Toronto on Tuesday, the dejected group said there was no tournament and they ended up playing a few games against each other….

OCS blamed the International Ice Hockey Federation — the organization that governs hockey around the world — saying it warned European scouts to stay away from the Canadian players because the OCS was not sanctioned by Hockey Canada.

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Oilers Looking For A Return To The Playoffs

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from Todd Kimberely at NHL.com,

The Heatley affair sullied what otherwise has been a solid offseason for the Oilers, who are trying to find their way back to the Stanley Cup Playoffs after three years out.

After parting ways with veteran coach Craig MacTavish after eight seasons, Tambellini delivered a master stroke—drawing on his old Vancouver Canucks connections by bringing on board the tandem of Pat Quinn and Tom Renney as head coach and associate coach, respectively.

Between them, the duo has coached nearly 2,000 NHL games—Quinn in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Toronto; Renney with Vancouver and the New York Rangers—and use a common approach of strategizing, teaching and demanding total commitment.

That’s seen as a perfect fit for a young Oilers group, including Sam Gagner, Robert Nilsson, Patrick O’Sullivan, Cogliano and Tom Gilbert, which took a collective step backward last season in the face of high expectations.

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Morning Line

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“I think the bad rep I got—I’m not saying it wasn’t deserved, but maybe half was true and half was blown up—I think that kind of died down a bit and gave me the opportunity to come back with a good team. I didn’t have that opportunity last year.”

-Ray Emery of the Philadelphia Flyers.  More on Emery from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun.

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Long Odds For A Fleury Comeback

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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Darryl Sutter believes Theo Fleury will get a tryout if cleared by the NHL.

“You and I could get a tryout—as long as we pay for our hotel room,” deadpanned the Flames GM yesterday, suggesting a no-strings attached camp invite means little.

That said, while trying his best to remain non-judgmental, Sutter isn’t optimistic the ex-Flames star will be capable of fitting into a league that has changed dramatically since Fleury’s last season in 2003.

“You pull for him because you think a lot of him, but six years is awhile,” said Sutter, revealing Fleury approached him during the playoffs to inform him of his intent to return to the game.

“The big thing is the calibre of training is significantly different these days. It’s one thing to lose weight, but we’ve got kids setting records with their fitness test results, let alone what phenomenal athletes like Iggy (Jarome Iginla) and Reggie (Robyn Regehr) are capable of. I think it would be very difficult for an older guy to get to those levels.”

read on

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Kaberle Still A Toronto Maple Leaf

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from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Tomas Kaberle still hesitates when answering his phone in the Czech Republic.

But the wait and worry ends Saturday when the window on the defenceman’s no-trade contract closes, with him still expected to be a Maple Leaf.

Kaberle was relieved to hear general manager Brian Burke predict again yesterday that he’ll be in the fold when training camp opens in a month.

“I’m happy to be staying a Leaf, though there are still a few days to go,” a cautious Kaberle said yesterday in a phone interview from his hometown of Kladno.

“Everyone knew what Brian said, that if he got a good deal there would be movement with me. But I’m getting ready to go to Toronto now, working out the past few weeks with (compatriot and Canadiens forward) Tomas Plekanec and ready to fly out in a few weeks and see the guys.”

continued

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Broadcasters Need To Walk A Fine Line

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from Drew Remenda of the Seagate Broadcaster Blog,

Every once in a while we come under fire for our work. That comes with the job. Every one of us has been called on the carpet by our superiors for transgressions on the air. In those situations it’s usually because we were harsh and negative about the Sharks. We have never been told what to say but we are reminded that we have to strike a balance between journalistic objectivity and positive exuberance for all things teal. We are reminded we are not journalists. To be smart and don’t insult the intelligence of the fans but at the end of the day the people should know who you work for. The problem with that philosophy is that it’s hard to cover the parade when you are marching in the band.

read on

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They Are Coming From Everywhere

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from Alex Clark of USA Hockey,

The 2009 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp is packed with teenagers from traditional hockey hotbeds. Of the 43 camp invitees, 17 hailed from either Michigan or Minnesota.

As hockey continues to spread in popularity across the United States, however, elite players are emerging on USA Hockey’s radar from areas of the country not known for their hockey devotion.

continued

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A Lot Of Talk In Phoenix Today

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Judge Redfield T. Baum served notice early in Tuesday’s hearing that no major decisions will be made today.

When an NHL lawyer told the U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge that the league wanted the issue of the difficulty in moving the Phoenix Coyotes in time for this season dealt with first, and that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was in court and ready to testify why, the judge stopped him.

“This wasn’t scheduled as an evidenciary hearing,” Judge Baum said. “You all may talk me out of it but I wasn’t prepared to have an evidenciary hearing.”

The NHL also asked the judge to rule quickly on their request to have Jim Balsillie’s bid rejected because the league rejected him as an owner.

Judge Baum rejected that, saying, “Let’s assume [Balsillie] wins. I don’t think we will have to confront that unless [Balsillie] wins.”

continued

added 7:00pm, David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail has another update on the Phoenix situation.

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Afternoon Line

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Looking ahead, if the Atlanta Thrashers don’t sign Ilya Kovalchuk by next summer, the KHL probably would offer to make him the highest-paid player on the planet.

Right now the KHL is inflicting pin pricks on the NHL, but if they ever landed a prime player such as Kovalchuk, it could turn the league into a foreign version of the World Hockey Association.

-Kevin Allen of Mucking & Grinding at USA TODAY.  More on the KHL from Kevin…

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Bylsma With The Cup

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from Mark Brooky of the Grand Haven Tribune,

The Grand Haven native brought the Stanley Cup, the prize for winning the NHL championship, to the city’s Municipal Marina.

Bylsma is head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who won the Cup by beating the Detroit Red Wings in seven games in June.

He took it fishing on Lake Michigan this morning aboard the Tammy Too III, then hoisted it from the back of the boat down the Grand Haven channel to the marina. The NHL Eastern Conference trophy followed in another charter boat.

The line to view the trophy up close began forming around 11 a.m. — and, by the time Bylsma carried the trophy from the charter boat docks to the marina lawn at noon, it wound east of the Chinook Pier buildings.

continued with a cool video too…

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