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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Thousands of servicemembers from both our countries will spend this Christmas in hospital rooms.  If you have the chance to meet any of them, you’ll be struck by their pride in service and pride in country.  And by their toughness.

How tough are they?

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I’m From Russia - We Have Fun

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the D.C. Sports Blog,

“Hey Segway guy,” the Park Police officer was shouting at Alex Ovechkin. “You can’t ride in there.”

Ovechkin, wearing his red Caps jersey and yes, riding a Segway, scooted out of the tourist-dotted maze that encircles the National Christmas tree, smiling his gap-toothed smile.

“I’m sorry officer, he got away from me,” apologized Mary Ann Melville, a tour guide from Capital Segway.

continued... very funny with pics…

thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…

Update 10:58pm ET:  Courtesy of the Washington Capitals media relations department, two photos of today’s adventures. Click the images to enlarge.

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Feeling “Dis’d”?  Have No Fear.  LB Tonite

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1939: Gramps is looking for a graphic genius.  An artist who can complement his stable of A2Y expatriots. 

Updated 1922: Game can be seen on the Yahoo feed.

Oh…yes.  That’s it. Finally, after several hours of reading posts about oak syrup, I allowed myself a break to peruse some brilliance.

NY Times/Slapshots

Detroiters have been calling for more respect, even though their team has not capitalized on its regular-season efforts by winning the Cup in the last four seasons. That’s like me, as a college freshman, asking my math professor for respect and extra credit as a consistently great quiz-taker and a superior contributor to classroom discussions after having failed the final. No props for you.

Ummm…yeah.  Wing fans are consistently playing the “disrespect” card.  Live blog starts here.  Usual backdoor link at NHL.TV, the one we are forced to use when games are aired on NHL Network, doesn’t appear to be working yet.  If anyone has another means to watch, please let me know.

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Keep Looking For That Big Trade - It May Not Happen Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Dupont at MSNBC,

The night of Dec. 18, a stroke before midnight, the NHL went into its traditional holiday roster freeze. Until the opening minute of Dec. 28, at 12:01 a.m., the entire league was issued a No Trade Clause. It happens every season, allowing players nine days not to worry about getting the telephone call that could tip their lives upside down when they’re only two bites into their holiday ham.

In the “old” NHL days, there was no bigger prospect of facing the buzzkill of, say, waking up on Christmas morn as a proud member of the Canadiens, and going to bed as a Winnipeg Jet. Boy, talk about indigestion. Not to mention wind chill.

Truth is, these days it seems the league’s roster freeze begins at the start of October and doesn’t thaw until what is now the end-of-February trading deadline (Feb. 26 this season).

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Sharks Go To The Video Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

Players knew they had played poorly and didn’t seem surprised the video session was called. It was the third time the coaches went this route, one player said.

“Just trying to learn from our mistakes, that’s all,” Sharks captain Patrick Marleau said.

Sharks forward Jeremy Roenick acknowledged it wasn’t always a quiet meeting, but stopped short of saying whether players or coaches were the ones ratcheting up the volume.

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Keenan Up To The Challenge

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

“It’s a challenging job and I’ve enjoyed it,” said Keenan. “Even though we had a very hard and difficult beginning in terms of working with the group and assimilating the group, I still wanted to come to the rink badly every day.

“I think the fire’s really burning right now. I’m looking forward to hopefully many more years of this yet because I’ve got that passion back again and it feels good.”

The good vibes are no doubt fuelled by the fact that Keenan’s team is among the hottest in the NHL, having recently become only the third squad in history to sweep a six-game road trip.

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Hull & Mikita Back With The Blackhawks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Chicago Blackhawks,

Former Chicago Blackhawks players and Hockey Hall of Fame members Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita have rejoined the Chicago Blackhawks family and have been named as official Blackhawks ambassadors. Hull and Mikita will represent the Blackhawks at events at the United Center and throughout the Chicagoland area.

continued with response from both Hull and Mikita.

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Tell Us Your Favorite Hockey Story

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

This morning, I was reading this thread of people’s favorite personal hockey stories. This one gave me a laugh:

At a game between Cal State Northridge and Sacramento State while the refs were sorting out the penalties, Bryan Adam’s song ‘Everything I do (I do it for you)’ was playing over the PA system.

CSUN’s goalie takes his helmet off and starts doing some figure skater styled jumps (in full goalie gear) while belting the song out at the top of his lungs.

Anyway, it got me thinking about whether any KK members have a short-and-sweet hockey story they’d like to tell? If so, feel free to tell it in the comments of this post and I’ll do a random draw of all the entries on Friday at 12 noon (ET) for a $25 gift certificate to Ice Jerseys.com.

Just be sure you’re logged into your member account when you leave your comment entry. (And if you’re not a member, you can register here quick and easy). 

P.S.  I reserve the right to completely disregard bad entries… “I went to a game and saw a fight” doesn’t count! (Well, unless it involves cheerleaders, or something…) smile

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Watch The WJC In HD

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NHL Network, the first national network dedicated entirely to hockey, today announced it has secured the exclusive U.S. rights to the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Pardubice and Liberec, Czech Republic, Dec. 26, 2007 – Jan. 5, 2008. The upcoming tournament marks the first time the World Junior Championship will be telecast live on NHL Network in the United States.

NHL Network in the U.S. will televise live coverage of the entire medal round of the 2008 World Junior Championship, including both quarterfinal games, both semifinal contests, the bronze-medal game and the gold-medal game. All games will be televised in HD and will receive at least one primetime re-air on the network.

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Instigator Rule Will Not Change

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,

The NHL will never, ever get rid of the instigator penalty. It would be so politically incorrect it defies consideration. The league says repeatedly it is comfortable with where fighting is now, largely because stiff penalties have eliminated nasty brawls. Fact is, we see more brawls in baseball than we do in hockey these days.

You think Gary Bettman is going to stand before a microphone and tell the world the league has decided, for the good of the game, the NHL will let goons run the show? Ain’t gonna happen, folks.

read on... I don’t think the “rest of the world” even knows what the instigator rule is….

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