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Aaron Downey Trying To Get Kids On The Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Halliday of The Orangeville Banner,

Known inside certain National Hockey League (NHL) circles as Aaron ‘one punch and he’s Downey’, the Honeywood native is doing anything but knocking kids off their skates.

In fact, Downey, his brother Trevor Downey and friend Shawn Kilshaw of Montreal are trying to place as many youth into Canada’s minor hockey system as possible. Three years ago, the group founded the House9 Hockey Foundation, a charity which aims to help underprivileged youth pay for minor hockey registration fees and equipment.

“Hockey is an expensive sport and what a privilege it is to play. But many don’t have the opportunity,” Aaron said. “We’ve always wanted to do something, a way to put kids into hockey and House9 is what we came up with.”

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  Tags: aaron+downey

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I don’t know any other sport that closes its door for 2½ weeks in the middle of the season.  What I’d like to see is this become a Summer Olympic Games [sport]....”

-Brian Burke speaking about the Olympics as it relates to Ice Hockey.  More from Burke at the Globe and Mail.

added 5:14pm, from Mick Kern of NHL Home Ice,

But whatever you do, leave the sport of hockey in the Winter Olympics.  If the NHL teams and players wanna take their puck and go home, let them.  We don’t need any more manufactured drama, nor does the league need to shut down its product during two weeks of the worst month of the year.

Then again, having NHL stars play in the Olympics means there’s no NHL All-Star Game that season.

Hmm, let me reconsider this.

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  Tags: brian+burke, winter+olympics

Roster Issues In The West

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector at Fox Sports,

With the training camps of the NHL’s 30 teams due to begin in less than a month’s time the general managers will be preparing to evaluate their rosters to determine their strengths and weaknesses.

Some teams, however, could head into training camp with some glaring weaknesses that have yet to be addressed. In the first of a two-part look at the Western Conference teams we examine their respective roster needs.

Anaheim Ducks: Unlike most of the teams on this list the Ducks appeared to sufficiently address their needs during the offseason. They added second-line offensive depth by bringing back Joffrey Lupul and signing free-agent center Saku Koivu. They’ll miss defenseman Chris Pronger’s physical two-way play but replaced him with more blueline depth by re-signing James Wiesniewski and acquiring Nick Boynton and Luca Sbisa.

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Canucks Sign Sergei Shirokov

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Canucks President and General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that the team has signed right wing, Sergei Shirokov. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Shirokov, 23, recorded 41 points (17-24-41) in 56 games with CSKA Moscow of the KHL in 2008-09. He has also appeared in two World Junior Championships as a member of team Russia in 2005 and 2006. In 12 games played over two tournaments, Shirokov registered 13 points (7-6-13).

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Take A Break - Read A Book

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

With all the information available these days, I took an unexpected detour in my review and analysis of the NHL rosters as they take shape with training camps looming. No Twitter or Facebook for me this past weekend as I perused a book sent to me about Mr. Hockey himself, Gordie Howe.

The book is titled Nine: A Salute to Mr. Hockey Gordie Howe and it’s a collection of quotes and stories chronicling the life and times of his inimitable career. My first impression was how times have changed—not so from a hockey standpoint, but from an information perspective.

Young fans today have point-and-click access to all they need to know about their current heroes. Thumbing through Nine, I recalled reading and re-reading a book on my hero, Roger Crozier. I checked it out of the school library ten times or so—a self-proclaimed record way back in the third grade. My point being: information was scarce, hard to come by, and certainly not as timely as it is today.

Way back when, I gleaned info on players from newspapers, Sunday paper magazines and, of course, the back of my precious hockey card collection.

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Here is the KK affiliate link to Nine: A Salute to Mr. Hockey Gordie Howe at Amazon if you are interested.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: gordie+howe

Prospal Signing Official

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent forward Vinny Prospal.

“Vinny is a highly-skilled player with good offensive instincts and the ability to play on the wing or at the center position,” stated Sather.  “We think he will give us added flexibility and brings a veteran presence to our lineup.”

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  Tags: vinny+prospal

Keith Acton Surprised By Lottery Winnings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via YorkRegion,

Maybe it’s an omen of a lucky season ahead.

Keith Acton, an assistant coach with the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs and co-owner of Stouffville’s Boston Pizza, came into a lucky windfall last week after taking home $98,500 in the Aug. 5. Lotto 6/49 draw.

Mr. Acton, a former NHL player, said he had to check his ticket a few times.

“I didn’t believe I won at first,” he told lottery officials.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Toronto Maple Leafs, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: keith+acton

Jimmy D On Record?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

So it looks like the team Mouth actually did roar to the Toronto media at the Fan 590.  Thanks to A2Y reader PRS.  And if you are opposed to the Wings bringing Todd Bertuzzi back?  Stand by for the 13:57 mark.

Devellano on Bertuzzi returning to Wings.

Might be time to start tinkering with lines, ladies and gentlemen.

“It’s been a tough year (the off-season). But we’ve signed Williams and I believe we’re getting close with Bertuzzi, a one year-contract, hopefully next week.”

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Kane Doesn’t Say Much

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via ESPN,

“I cannot discuss the details,” Kane said, but added, “I sincerely apologize.”

Kane’s statement lasted less than a minute and added no new details of what transpired in Buffalo, given the ongoing legal proceedings.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Chicago Blackhawks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: patrick+kane

Creditors Want Answers From Hicks/NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Daniel Kaplan of the Dallas Business Journal,

The more than three dozen creditors of Hicks Sports Group, the owner of the Dallas Stars and Texas Rangers that defaulted on its debt in March, sent a letter to the NHL four weeks ago asking the league how it planned to help address their concerns, according to financial sources, but there has been no response.

At the same time, HSG owner Tom Hicks has suggested that he believes he can hold onto the Stars despite the default through August 2010, which is far later than the October deadline the creditors assumed existed for resolution of debt crisis, the sources said.

A process to sell the MLB Rangers is under way, but no such activities are believed to be occurring around the Stars. The situation could shape up as a major battle between the creditors on one side and the NHL and Hicks on the other.

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  Tags: tom+hicks

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