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They Remember Roger

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Ottawa Sun,

They call him the prophet of hockey. Former Ottawa Senators assistant coach Roger Neilson, who died of cancer in 2003, was remembered by the Israeli under-18 national hockey team yesterday in their visit to Roger's House, a home that offers pediatric palliative care. Although he was not Jewish, Neilson held Israel close in his heart. He established a hockey camp for kids there in 1997. The passion quickly caught on and the country boasts a national team at the youth and adult level.
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All Eyes On Jose

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from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Even in the early stages of the Avalanche's upcoming three-game road swing through Eastern Canada, which begins tonight at Toronto against the Maple Leafs, he will be The Story. "First thing is we have lost two games, and the last game I wasn't too happy with myself," Theodore said after the Avalanche practice Tuesday at Family Sports Center. "I'm anxious to get things going." When the Avs reach Montreal, where they face the Canadiens on Saturday night, the drama will have built. Theodore will be part of a return that probably won't be as emotional or notorious as Patrick Roy's first game in Montreal as a member of the Avalanche, but still will be emotional and much-watched - literally, on "Hockey Night in Canada."
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“Lucky” Letowski

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from the News & Observer,

With a stiff neck and a vertical slice marking the middle of his forehead, Trevor Letowski doesn't feel or look like anyone who escaped a severe injury. Yet the Carolina Hurricanes forward knows how much worse it could have been when he was the victim of a massive blind-side hit by Pittsburgh Penguins forward Colby Armstrong on Saturday. Unconscious before he hit the ice and taken off on a stretcher, bleeding profusely from the cut on his forehead at the point of impact as he fell, Letowski not only was released from a Pittsburgh hospital late Saturday night in time to fly to Tampa, Fla., with the team but also awoke Sunday morning feeling no worse than the average schlub on New Year's morning, a stiff neck the worst of his problems.
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Morrison Misses Start After Choking

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from the Arizona Republic,

Backup goalie Mike Morrison spent nearly seven hours in a hospital late Monday/early Tuesday because a piece of steak he had eaten for dinner lodged in his esophagus. Morrison, who was supposed to have started Tuesday's game against the Blues but didn't, said he never was in serious danger. "It's just an unfortunate thing that kind of runs in my family a little bit, but this is the first time it ever reached emergency status," Morrison said. "I guess this was my time to finally go in and get it over with."
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Sens Could Use Havlat Goals

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from the Ottawa Sun,

Only three players have scored 12 points in their first five games with a team to which they've been traded. Who are they? Wayne Gretzky is an obvious answer. Joe Malone would be the tough one. Martin Havlat is the most timely and, to Senators fans, the most painful. Havlat's early success (six goals, six assists and first place in the NHL scoring race) is a stinging reminder of what once was on a team that has been shut out twice in five games and has the league's second-worst-rated offence two weeks into the season. The Senators really miss him now.
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The High Definition Picture

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Not really hockey related, but watching a hockey game, as with any sporting event in HD, sure makes a difference. from Mike DeCourcy of the Sporting News,

High-definition broadcasting improves every sport you might watch but some more than others. If you can find the NHL, the games look amazing. You not only can see the puck clearly, you can count the players' missing teeth. With football, you can spot the hole in a crowded line at the same time as the running back. You also can tell whether Troy Polamalu used conditioner that morning. Watch baseball in high definition and the colors explode on the screen. The first HD sporting event I saw after my plasma was installed was an afternoon playoff game last season featuring the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. I remember that picture as vividly as the day I first looked upon the Grand Canyon.
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Get The Puck

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Islanders fans: here’s a sneak preview of “We Are The Islanders,” the team’s new kids’ spirit song (and video). Note: Hmmm, I am waiting for a Peter Puck appearance. image

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On the Hockey Blogs

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

By Alanah Downie The repercussions of summertime trades... while Mike Chen asks "Roberto who?", Waiting for Stanley responds that he's the guy who "gets out of position and beaten easily" on breakaway plays and shootouts. (I've been bitching about this myself at VCOE.) Meanwhile, of course, Todd Bertuzzi and Alex Auld are impressing on a grand scale -- with any luck, the Panthers Daily Puck will get back to posting soon and rub it in our Vancouver faces. (note: are there any other Panthers bloggers out there?) Carolina blogger CasonBlog loves the hitting in hockey: "Anybody who's ever played knows it's a game for predators."* (A great line, no?) And while he's understandably concerned about Colby Armstrong's hit on Trevor Letowski the other day, Cason concedes that "it's kind of hard to stay mad at Colby, since he looks like he's about ten years old." (*Sidearm Delivery also notes that hockey fans can be predators as well... making little kids cry on free t-shirt night is BAD form, Connecticut.) In San Jose, Wave Gate created controversy the other day, as a fan publicly complained about the building rising for the "wave" as it swept the the Shark Tank one night. At Two For Elbowing, Chuqui, an anti-wave-ite himself, still thinks the whole affair is much ado about nothing: "If it takes doing the wave for people to wake up and start making noise, then let's freaking [do] the wave in the first period.... and the second, and the third, just to remind folks to get noisy." Agreed. Honestly, what the hell is all the fuss about? It's not like people are doing it non-stop... they do stop to drink beer, right? Stats, stats, stats. Chris Young at JABS: "what I'd like to see: stats kept on fouls committed, and who they've been committed against." An excellent point -- the information is being tracked, so why isn't it being compiled? Kukla's Korner also mentioned another story on the subject of stat tracking the other day, just in case you missed it. A couple of other quick hits: Check out Covered in Oil for the pimp factor in Edmonton; or On Frozen Pond for a GREAT quote from Robert Esche; or Orland Kurtenblog who have a Degrassi High moment at the expense of the poor Vancouver Canucks -- although that Ryan Kesler one is a classic, methinks.

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Suit Happy

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Sources tell TSN that Russian club team Yaroslavl has filed a civil lawsuit in a New York court against the Calgary Flames, the Edmonton Oilers and the NHL over the signing of Flames' prospect Andrei Taratukhin and the Oilers' Alexei Mikhnov.
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Youth Hockey Transistion

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from the Wall Street Journal via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

When the National Hockey League revamped its rules and policies last year, the idea was to speed up play and make games more exciting for fans. But in the nation's youth leagues, enforcing the rules has actually slowed things down and landed many more kids in the penalty box. In trying to mimic the NHL, USA Hockey, the organization that oversees amateur hockey for 370,000 players from ages six to 17, has run into an epidemic of players cooling their skates for holding, hooking and other infractions. In some leagues, games are seeing four times the number of penalties typically called last season. The result, in many places, is frustrated players, irate parents and coaches getting booted from games.
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