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NHL’ers Putting On The Shield

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

The Hockey News has a stat that's a sight for sore eyes:

A total of 301 players are wearing visors this season, an all-time high. In 2005-06, 244 skaters had visors; in ‘03-04, that figure was 227. This season, Colorado leads the way with 15 visored players.
The Red Wings are in the middle of the pack with 10 visor-wearing players, while the Bruins, Panthers, and Blues are on the low end with 7 visor-wearers per team. here's the list

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Odds Are Changing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the OC Register,

Somebody is paying attention, because the Mandalay Bay odds of the Ducks winning the Stanley Cup are 8-1, down from 15-1 at the start the season - the biggest drop since NHL opening lines were posted. Currently, the Buffalo Sabres are the favorites at 7-2, followed by the San Jose Sharks at 4-1, Ottawa Senators at 11-2 and Detroit Red Wings at 13-2.

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Robinson Still In Critical Condition

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

Garrett Robinson is back in his home province of B.C., lying in critical condition at the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster. How he got there has been a story that has rocked the Western Hockey League and prompted an outpouring of grief, support and financial assistance. For those who missed it, Robinson and two other Moose Jaw Warriors were heading home to their billets after an Alberta road trip on Oct. 22 when the car they were in collided with a pickup truck. Warriors Joey Perricone and Carter Smith suffered minor injuries; Robinson, just 18, suffered severe head trauma.
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Facing Off With Avery

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

ESPN's David Amber with Sean Avery,

Q: What are the biggest misconceptions about Sean Avery? A: I don't really know, and I don't really care. Guys I worry about are the guys I'm playing with and the people in our organization. I'm not losing any sleep thinking about what anyone else thinks of me, that's for sure. Q: How do you think you are viewed around the league by other players? A: I couldn't care less. I have no desire in knowing what they think at all. Hopefully, none of them like me.
More pithy brilliance from Avery here.

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Old School- NHL Acquires Photo Collection

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Evan Grossman of NHL.com,

A toothless Gordie Howe calling for the puck. Guy Lafleur dashing through the open ice with his hair flowing in the wind. Goalies with no masks. Boards without advertisements. The stately grace of Wayne Gretzky. And the volcanic intensity that exists in the corners. These are just a few of the rich images captured by Brodeur over 30 years spent photographing the Montreal Canadiens. Last week Brodeur, who is also New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur’s proud father, sold his vast collection, a one-of-a-kind body of work of over 110,000 images, to the National Hockey League.
read on...with a few pics too...

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Sundin Out 3-4 Weeks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I get home from the dentist and get hit with this... Sundin is out 3-4 weeks with ligament damage to his elbow, reported by Fan 590 in Toronto and posted in the KKF. added 11:48am, TSN now has it...

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Kariya Honing Fight Skills

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

C'mon..not little Paulie. His sister Noriko is a boxer. And to her credit, she's made a name for herself while avoiding using her brother's name as a publicity tool.

There is an up-and-coming female boxer with fast hands and a famous last name, but unlike Laila Ali, she does not want to be known or promoted as anyone’s relative. Paul Kariya declined to comment on his sister’s career. Paul’s name appears in small print on the promotional postcard for the bout next week: “Sister of N.H.L star Paul Kariya.” But as a sign of respect, the promoter Lou DiBella refrained from mentioning him when he introduced Noriko at a news conference in Manhattan late last month. It was a delicate dance for a businessman. DiBella would love to see the brothers at ringside to generate more interest in Noriko. “Having brothers is something she is going to have to take advantage of,” he said. But he has no plans to fly them to the fight. “I know they won’t show up,” Noriko said.
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Gambling On Connolly

Blog: KK Hockey By IwoCPO

Via the Buffalo News,

Connolly, on long-term injured reserve, is trying to overcome another concussion some fear could wipe out most, if not all, of the season. A concussion shelved him the entire 2003-04 season. "We made a decision with a certain amount of risk," Golisano said. "We speculated we might see him before the end of the [calendar] year, but we weren't sure. Nobody was sure. But we are confident we made the right decision."
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KK- A Little Delay Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I am headed to the dentist with a bad tooth. Biting into a very hard apple last night, I felt part of a tooth chip away. I hope a root canal is not in my future, but I have a feeling it is.

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NBA On Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Vancouver Province,

It's at the point now where you can't put your stick on a player in any way, you just kind of turn and face him like you were playing defence in basketball," said Kevin Bieksa. How right he is. The game is literally turning into basketball before our very eyes. And what's really pathetic is what these changes are doing in minor hockey. In the hands of the anti-violence zealots who flourish throughout minor hockey in various pockets, it's quickly becoming a penalty to lift somebody's stick to get the puck. The trickle-down effect is nothing short of frightening. At the risk of sounding alarmist, the entire game itself as previously known is being threatened. At this point somebody will scream, "What was so great about the hockey back in '04?" -- when the owners allowed the NHL game to reach football proportions, perhaps on purpose.
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