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Your On Ice Officials For The Winter Classic

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John McGourty of NHL.com,

If Chris Rooney hears a fan at the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Friday (1 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, RDS) call out, “Wicked bad call, ref,” he’ll feel right at home.

Rooney, from South Boston, was chosen to referee the game along with veteran Kerry Fraser. New Hampshire’s Brian Murphy will be one of the linesmen, along with Lyle Seitz.

The whole crew is looking forward to the game with great excitement. They know they’ll be part of a rare historical event and they’re soaking up every minute of the pre-game excitement. Thursday, they were asked by NHL ice guru Dan Craig to test the ice and gave him their evaluations.

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Something Is Missing From Team Canada

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

What’s all this about then?

It sure sounds, looks and tastes like another according-to-Hoyle humiliation for Quebec.

There are just four héros de la nation on Team Canada’s 2010 Gold-Medal Winning Senior Men’s Hockey Team (tm).

Now, that all three goaltenders would hail from Quebec is a given: this place produces élite netminders at almost as frantic a pace as it does mob hits and café bombings.

But one lousy forward?

For shame Canada, ignoring valorous Marty and Vinny (and, while we’re at it, Simon, David, Daniel and - why not - Guillaume).

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Snow Now In The Forecast For The Winter Classic

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Earlier in the week, the prediction was rain for the Winter Classic in Boston.

Now, according to the Weather Channel, the rain has turned to snow.

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  Tags: winter+classic

Babcock Covers All The Bases

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from Eric Duhatschek at CTVOlympics,

The first thing that you need to know about Mike Babcock’s coaching style is that he’s all about planning and preparation.

Not everyone will fret over having a right-handed centre to take a critical defensive zone face-off late in a game, but Babcock will. It’s what makes him an accomplished NHL coach. The devil is in the details.

It also explains why, once all the big obvious decisions about Canada’s 2010 men’s Olympic team were made - yes Sidney Crosby, Jarome Iginla, Martin Brodeur and Scott Niedermayer all cracked the line-up - the final few players were chosen to fill in any possible gaps on the team, small as they may be.

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  Tags: team+canada

Out On The Town Or Watching Hockey?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

My plans for tonight is to have a few close friends over to watch some hockey and when the games are over, bring in the New Year.

Anyone out there have any unique plans for tonight?

The schedule for tonight is below with 22 teams in action…

Also, I’ve heard Olympic hockey jerseys and apparel is flying out the door at IceJerseys.com.

Previous experience is many of the items get sold out early, so get your orders in before everything is gone.

Thanks to many of you too for making making your purchases through the KK affiliate link to IceJerseys.com.  It sure does help with the cost of running KK.

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Schneider Not Welcomed Back In Vancouver

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from Jason Botchford of The White Towel,

The Canucks are still trying to trade Mathieu Schneider even after he cleared waivers and even with what everyone expects will be a long-term injury to Kevin Bieksa.

With that in mind, until this is resolved, don’t expect anyone in the organization to speak out about what happened with Schneider. But when they finally do, expect to hear that the Canucks are extremely disappointed with the way Schneider conducted himself. The Province has learned his demand for more playing time was only part of the issue.

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Shanahan’s Take On Team Canada

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from Rosie DiMannio of the Toronto Star,

“It’s a really nice combination of young players and veterans,” observes Shanahan, a close friend and former teammate of Yzerman, now vice-president of hockey and business development for the NHL.

“In 1998 and 2002, we had a lot of guys who were in the middle to late stages of their career. Now we’ve got players who are youthful, but they’re already superstars. Canada is catching them at just the perfect moment.”

That would certainly describe such polished early 20-somethings as Sidney Crosby, Anaheim teammates Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf and barely liquor-carded Jonathan Toews. Conversely, this bunch has no narrow-niche specialist. They’re all, arguably, the “200-feet players” that coach Mike Babcock said he wanted.

“I look at this lineup and see players I’d want on the ice whether we’re one up or one down with a minute to play,” says Shanahan. “In the Olympics, for those two weeks, the only thing any player should ask is, `What do you need from me?’ Then do it.”

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Tortorella Stumped After Rangers 6-0 Thumping To Philly

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It is not one thing not to be big enough or fast enough or skilled enough. It is quite another thing not to care enough.

And it is even something else altogether not to care at all, which is the impression the Rangers left with anyone and everyone who had the misfortune of watching last night’s 6-0 defeat to the Flyers.

Something is rotten at the Garden.

continued and watch the Tortorella post-game press conference….

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  Tags: john+tortorella

Phaneuf Hit On Kopitar Last Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Phaneuf received 5 for boarding and a game.  Kopitar was OK and maybe missed one shift.

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  Tags: anze+kopitar, dion+phaneuf

Evening Line- Part 2

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“Stevie Y,” you messed up, big time.

-Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic writing about Shane Doan not being selected to Team Canada.

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  Tags: shane+doan, steve+yzerman

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