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Lester Patrick Award Recipients Honored

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from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

Earlier this year, hockey executive Jimmy Devellano, New York Rangers and Team USA goalie Mike Richter and six-time Stanley Cup winner Mark Messier were selected to receive the Lester Patrick Award for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

On Wednesday night, the trio of hockey luminaries showed why they are considered American hockey treasures—despite the fact that both Messier and Devellano were born in Canada.

During the course of a 75-minute roundtable—hosted by Rangers broadcaster Sam Rosen and with Lester Patrick’s grandchildren, Craig and Dick Patrick looking on from the audience—Devellano, Richter and Messier spoke eloquently about their love of the game, as well as many of the issues unique to the growing of the sport in America.


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HNIC May Shift Their Focus Away From Toronto

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from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

They are still the engine that drives the ratings for Hockey Night In Canada, no matter how ugly it gets on the ice.

But for how much longer will the Maple Leafs be foisted on the majority of the nation each Saturday night?

The deeper the struggling team’s slump gets and the greater the level of anger rises in Leafs Nation, the closer CBC executives will look at how many homes the team reaches on Canada’s most-watched weekly sports program.

Much like the team itself, the broadcaster realizes it’s too early to panic just three Saturday nights into the NHL season. It doesn’t hurt that the Leafs continue to draw big ratings and will continue to do so in the immediate future with all-Canadian matchups coming up.


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Can A Ref Be Blamed For A Turnover?

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from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

With the scored tied 2-2 just before the midway point of the third period, Predators defenseman Shea Weber was competing for a puck in his own end when he found himself face-to-face with referee Dennis LaRue.

Weber bowled over LaRue, but never could get to the puck, which wound up behind the Nashville net. Boston’s Daniel Paille shoveled a quick centering pass to Steve Begin, who knocked home the game-winner from the slot.

“He had nowhere to go and I had nowhere to go,’’ Weber said of LaRue. “It was a tough situation.’‘


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Willie Mitchell With A Huge Hit On Jonathan Toews

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from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

Hawks captain Jonathan Toews was crunched with an open-ice hit from Willie Mitchell in the third period and didn’t return. Defenseman Brent Seabrook also left the game with an injury as the Canucks won 3-2 at the United Center.

Coach Joel Quenneville said after the game both players would be evaluated Thursday.


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  Tags: jonathan+toews, willie+mitcherll

Coyotes Prepare For Wings

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from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,

A Coyotes victory would make them the first team to beat both Stanley Cup finalists - they handed the Pittsburgh Penguins (8-1) their only defeat earlier this season.

“They have the ability to dictate games, so how you play against them as a group can say a lot about your play and how you’re going to play together,” Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. “We have to be ready to play a fast game, a very hard game.

“Detroit is a team that competes very hard, and their top players compete very hard, so if you’re not willing to match that, you’re gonna be behind in the game.”

Teams hosting Detroit often find their arenas jammed with Red Wings fans.

Coyotes forward Scottie Upshall said it creates an atmosphere and buzz in the building. He said the Coyotes will use their own fan base as a momentum builder against a team that has a loyal fan base across the country.

The venue for a Red Wings game, he said, could be anywhere, and the excitement would be there.


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Measuring Head Trauma

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from Darren Dreger of TSN, T

wo NCAA college programs in the United States are using the latest in technology to study the cause and effect of head trauma on varsity hockey players. And the NHL has indicated interest in doing the same one day.

Dartmouth and Brown employ the Head Impact Telemetry System – HITS - to measure, record and analyze what impact collisions have on the head and brain.


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Evening Line

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Both BYU and Utah have games on Versus this weekend and of course, Directv subscribers will not be able to watch the games. 

via Rick Aaron of Fox 13 (Utah),

BYU head coach, Bronco Mendenhall noted the irony of conference partner Versus playing hardball with DirecTV, while ESPN, who doesn’t even have the game rights, is broadcasting its College GameDay program from Provo Saturday.

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  Tags: direvtv

Kovalchuk Could Reach The $100M Category

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from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

According to sources, Atlanta is going to offer him the chance to become the NHL’s second $100 million man. (Alexander Ovechkin was the first.) Under the CBA, the maximum per-year salary he could receive is $11.36 million per season, so it would have to me a minimum nine-year deal. (Thrashers GM Don Waddell would not comment. Same goes for agent Jay Grossman.)

First thing you should know: Other GMs would do the same thing if they were in Waddell’s chair. The comment you hear both inside and outside the organization is the same: “We/They cannot afford to lose him.”

For Atlanta, it goes beyond Kovalchuk’s on-ice performance, which has come a long way since former coach Curt Fraser benched him in Toronto to send the loudest possible message.


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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuck

LA Kings Ice Crew Calendar Shoot Tease

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I’ll say!

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Your NHLPA Investigation Committee

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via TSN,

Sources say the NHLPA has completed its vote and has passed the implementation of a four member review committee to investigate the unions internal operations.

Veterans Chris Chelios, Mark Recchi, Rob Blake and Nicklas Lidstrom will handle the review which is expected to include interviews with current PA employees, discussions with former PA executives Paul Kelly and Glenn Healy, plus the possibility of an extensive look at email correspondence over the past several months.

Sources say the final vote was 25-5 in favor of this review.

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