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Fan Takes Bench Brawl To A New Level

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

STOCKHOLM, Hovet—In the last game between AIK and Sodertalje, Yannick Lehoux silenced the AIK fans with a ‘hush-hush’ gesture after scoring a goal which won the game for Sodertalje. When Rogle tonight made 3-2 in overtime against AIK at Hovet Daniel Rahimi did the same gesture. Something that made the AIK fans see red, and several supporters tried to storm the ice.

Immediately after the game winner in overtime, AIK fans began to throw things against Rogle’s bench.

But it didn’t stop there, one fan managed to get down from the grandstand and into Rogle’s bench. Once there, he went to attack Rogle’s leaders. Goalkeeper coach Magnus Wennstrom received one or more punches in the back as he fled onto the ice.

If you enjoy some of the videos on KK, this is one fan who supplies many of those videos.

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Enough Of Huet

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from Mike Kiley of Blackhawks Confidential,

Here’s the question no one will ask or answer. Did coach Joel Quenneville really need to be told one more time that Cristobal Huet isn’t his goalie for the playoffs or not even his goalie next season or not even his goalie for the rest of this season?

Here’s the question no one will ask or answer. How soon before the Blackhawks are able to buy out Huet’s contract, seconds after they win the Stanley Cup championship or after they lose in the first, second or third rounds?

Here’s the question no one will ask or answer. Is the Hawks stock as a team falling quickly enough that they are no longer one of the favorites to reach the championship round?

continue for more on Chicago’s 8-3 loss to Columbus tonight…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: cristobal+huet

Booth Leaves Game After Hit To The Jaw

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from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

Panthers winger David Booth gingerly was helped off the ice Thursday after being hit flush in the jaw by Canadiens defenseman Jaroslav Spacek early in the second period.

Booth, who missed 45 games with a concussion after being knocked out by Philadelphia’s Mike Richards on Oct. 24, did not seem to lose consciousness after the hard hit.


added 9:01pm, Watch the video of the hit…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Florida Panthers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: david+booth

Support Building For Donald Fehr As NHLPA Executive Director

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from the CP at NHL.com,

Donald Fehr didn’t come out and say he was interested in taking the vacant executive director’s position with the NHL Players’ Association, but it’s clear a growing number of people within the game would like to see it happen.

The long-time head of the baseball players’ union spoke for a couple hours at the NHL’s annual agents meeting Thursday and won over a number of guys in the room.

“You don’t run an association like the Major League Baseball Players’ Association as long as he has without being substantive, powerful, politically correct, reasoned and very intelligent,” said Pat Morris of Newport Sports. “He displayed all elements today.”


Filed in: NHLPA, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: donald+fehr

Kings Go The Alternate Route For The Playoffs

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings will go “Back in Black” for the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs as the team will wear their popular Alternate Jerseys for all post-season games at STAPLES Center, the club announced today.  The Kings are also encouraging fans to go “Back in Black” for the remaining five games at STAPLES Center as the 2009-10 regular season comes to a conclusion.

“The Stanley Cup Playoffs are a tremendous opportunity and the ideal setting for our fans to show everyone what the L.A. Kings already believe – our fans represent the most loyal and enthusiastic fan base in Southern California,” said Kings President, Business Operations Luc Robitaille.

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Are We Looking At First Round Upsets Again?

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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Four years ago, the playoffs boasted one upset after another.

All four Western Conference clubs with home-ice advantage were dusted in the first round and Edmonton — the eighth seed — made it all the way to the Stanley Cup final.

The Oilers lost to a Carolina team which finished second in the Eastern Conference, but reached the championship without facing the No.-1 team from Ottawa.

We could see the same thing this time around.

Look at how the top clubs from San Jose and Chicago have fared since the Olympic break. The Blackhawks appear to be getting their game back in order, but don’t seem quite right having blown a few leads, while San Jose continues to struggle with consistency to the point pundits are already saying they’re ripe for the picking when the playoffs begin.

read on

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Hockey Player Movies

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from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

Let’s turn it over to reader Maxime Desruisseaux from Quebec City:

Salut, Adam. If you had a $100 million budget to produce a movie about the career/life of a hockey player, dead or alive, who would that be? Why?

Awesome inquiry, Maxime. I asked some colleagues at the THN compound and here’s what we’ve got:

Glen Metropolit: By now, many observant hockey fans are aware of Metropolit’s early days growing up in the rougher areas of Toronto, as well as the 11 years he spent globetrotting and bus-riding in European and minor pro leagues before he finally landed his first full-time NHL gig in 2006.

However, for everybody else, Metropolit’s story would resonate as a tale that’s a combination of 8 Mile and Rudy. If you could get Jeremy Piven or Jeremy Renner in the title role, I smell an Oscar!

more players…

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How About Some Respect For The Twins?

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from Cassie Campbell of CBC,

Will Daniel and Henrik Sedin ever receive the respect they deserve? They have been called the Sedin sisters on occasion and I’m sure a few other ‘nicknames’ too, but let’s face it, they are both true superstars in the NHL.

Like Steve Yzerman, who was so often criticized as a player and leader until he won the Stanley Cup, the Sedin twins will probably feel the same wrath until they and their Vancouver Canucks bring home Lord Stanley.

At 29, they are still in their prime and based on their statistics this year, even though both players have played a shortened season due to injury, they have to be put into that elite category of players in the league.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Vancouver Canucks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: daniel+sedin, henrik+sedin

Testing Out Hockey Equipment

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Product testers at Reebok-CCM tell us about the importance of testing their equipment, and how it is done.

Filed in: Hockey Related Stories, Hockey Equipment, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Two Comparable Teams

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from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

Cinderella, meet Cinderella.

There’s no indication officials will begin tonight’s game between the Predators and Phoenix Coyotes with that kind of introduction, but considering the circumstances it might be appropriate.

Heading into the season, it would have been hard to find a neutral hockey observer who saw much potential in either team.

Nashville was coming off a 10th-place finish in the Western Conference and made little noise during the offseason. Phoenix was coming off a 13th-place finish and was trying to recover from a disastrous offseason that began when former owner Jerry Moyes declared bankruptcy in May.


Filed in: NHL Teams, d, Nashville Predators, | KK Hockey | Permalink

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