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Pay-Up Oilers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

The owner of an upscale Calgary restaurant is furious, claiming that Edmonton Oilers players refused to cover the full cost of a nearly $18,000 tab during a recent night out for team members.

Players were dining at Osteria De Medici, an upscale restaurant in northwest Calgary after their game against the Calgary Flames Thursday night.

Maurizio Terrigno, owner of the eatery, says the team was partying with a group of 45 people and ran up a huge bill, which included a bar tab worth close to $8,000.


added 6:55pm, from 630CHED,

After last night’s game in Calgary, the entire Oilers team went out for a pre-planned meal with their wives and girlfriends at the upscale, downtown eatery Osteria De Medici.

At the end of the night the players were presented with a bill for close to $19,000, a figure that struck them as being grossly inflated for what they consumed over their roughly 90 minute stay. The players, while still waiting at the restaurant, asked for the bill to be re-calculated at which point they were presented with a revised cheque for $12,381. The team paid for the bill with a credit card, and left.

a bit more...

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Team USA- The New Generation

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

Brian Burke wasn’t kidding.

Burke, Team USA’s General Manager for the 2010 Winter Olympics, had been forthright about his plans for the American roster, saying that it was time Team USA moved to a younger lineup and away from some of the players, now NHL greybeards, who won the 1996 World Cup and the silver medal at the 2002 Games.

Friday, he did just that, unveiling a roster that did not include past Olympians Mike Modano, Bill Guerin, Keith Tkachuk, Scott Gomez, Brian Rolston and Doug Weight.


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Team USA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

2010 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team

Forwards (13)
David Backes
Dustin Brown
Ryan Callahan
Chris Drury
Patrick Kane
Ryan Kesler
Phil Kessel
Jamie Langenbrunner
Ryan Malone
Zach Parise
Joe Pavelski
Bobby Ryan
Paul Stastny

Defensemen (7)
Erik Johnson
Jack Johnson
Mike Komisarek
Paul Martin
Brooks Orpik
Brian Rafalski
Ryan Suter

Goaltenders (3)
Ryan Miller
Jonathan Quick
Tim Thomas

more at USA Hockey…

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  Tags: team+usa

The Future Of The Winter Classic

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

“We could do lots of these,” Bettman said. “But nobody is suggesting that is the right answer at this point.”

The NHL is planning to continue the tradition for now, and will begin next week to reviewing bids for next year’s game. The league is also looking at the possibility of a second game between two Canadian teams.

“But that’s not even a done deal yet,” Bettman said.

Here is a list of some of the American venues that USA TODAY hockey writer Kevin Allen would like to see given the opportunity to host Winter Classics.

Yankee Stadium: Baseball stadiums seem to provide a more picturesque setting and there are multiple matchup possibilities. With John Tavares now on Long Island, a New York Rangers vs. Islanders matchup has appeal, as does Rangers vs. any Original Six team or Rangers vs. Flyers.

Michigan Stadium: Whenever the NHL wants to pack more than 100,000 into an arena for an outdoor game, they just have to announce the Toronto Maple Leafs will play the Red Wings in the Big House. There will be as many Maple Leafs fans as Red Wings fans. They will sell 110,000-plus tickets.


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World Junior Championships Preliminary Round

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The preliminary round is complete in the 2010 World Junior Championships which are being held in Saskatoon and Regina, Saskatchewan.  The teams are divided into two five team divisions.  The top three teams in each division qualify for the the medal round.

Group A

1. Canada  Canada had 35 goals scored and only allowed six in the preliminary round.  Their only challenge came against USA, who they defeated in a shootout 5-4 (meaning they had a 30-2 goal differential in heir other three games).  Canada’s deep offence was led by Jordan Eberle (Edmonton prospect) who had 10 points, Gabriel Bourque (Nashville prospect) with eight points and Taylor Hall (2010 Draft Eligible) and Brandon Kozun (Los Angeles prospect) with seven points each.  The defence was led by Alex Pietrangelo (St Louis prospect) who had nine points and Ryan Ellis (Nashville prospect) with six.  Canada’s top goalie was Jake Allen (St Louis prospect) who played in three games sporting a 1.30 GAA and a .925 saves percentage.

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It’s A Winter Classic Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Late to the party, as usual.  Really had no intention to live blog this deal but I’ve seen a few comments recommending it and I stopped thinking for myself a long time ago. 

Remember last year, Pavel was “wind aided”? 

Well, before you get to Live Blogging today’s game, here’s a goal aided only by raw speed and the angst of Dive fans.

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Now It Is Just A Hockey Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

All the hype is over, now the puck drops between the Flyers and Bruins.

Enjoy the game!

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  Tags: winter+classic

Everything Winter Classic

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Many of the NHL.com staffers are contributating to the Boston Baked Blog

Keep up to date with everything going on at Fenway Park.

Also, the NHL Network is now live from Fenway until 12:30pm ET, then of course NBC, CBC & RDS take over at 1:00pm ET.

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Best & Worst Of 2009 Calendar Year

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dirk Hoag of OnTheForecheck,

As the hockey world turns over the calendar to 2010, in anticipation of what should be a great Winter Classic game between Philadelphia and Boston today at Fenway Park, let’s take one last look back at 2009, shall we?

I’ve got combined NHL regular season standings for the calendar year, covering roughly the last half of last season and the first half of the current one. How did your favorite team fare?

read on

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Will We See Our First WC Fight?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ryan Lambert of PuckDaddy,

Shawn Thornton knew the question was coming.

“Oh God,” he sighed, obviously exasperated, “here we go.”

No, there has never been a fight in a Winter Classic, or the Heritage Classic for that matter. No, there’s never even been anything approaching a dustup. The closest anyone has gotten is a pair of matching roughing penalties in the Heritage Classic between Francis Boullion and Jason Chimera. It was real exciting stuff.

So hockey fans are waiting for that historic first fight. And the media talks about it. Dan Carcillo said his team wasn’t ignorant to the talk. But that doesn’t mean players are making plans to fight like it’s seventh grade meeting by the flagpole at recess.

“I don’t know,” said Thornton. “I honestly have never gone into a hockey game thinking about fighting. This is no different. I mean, you guys can ask because it’s kind of one of my roles, but other than you guys bringing it up, I don’t think about it.”


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  Tags: winter+classic

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