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Those Were The Days

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Sports Illustrated has a photo slide show up, called “Notorious Enforcers and Goons”.

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Not Everyone Can Drive The Zamboni

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from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

“The reason I like the Zamboni is anybody can be a hockey player,” said Rebmann, 25. “There’s a lot more hockey players than there are Zamboni people. You’re the center of attention. Everybody’s watching you.”
“You get 15 minutes of fame twice a game,” said Klein, 27.
People are mesmerized by the Zamboni’s bulk and the glistening swath it leaves.
“You’ve got to have something to look at in between periods,” said Jennifer Schoenhofer, 48, of Alpharetta. Schoenhofer admitted, however, she sometimes stumbles over the brand name Zamboni: “I always want to say Zamboozie.”

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Beer To The Rescue

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from the UPI via Earth Times,

A Calgary, Alberta, woman is crediting beer falling on her head at a hockey game with saving her from being crushed by a falling man.
Glennis Bradshaw, 46, was watching a game at the Calgary SaddleDome between the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks Saturday night when beer splashing onto her head caused to sit back quickly and look up just a man fell onto her lap from 20 feet above, the Calgary Sun reported.

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Samsonov On Waivers

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Leafs Lunch reporting Samsonov has been placed on waivers.

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Yes, Kariya Is Still In The League

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from Kara Yorio of the Sporting News,

During a recent discussion about the best teams in the NHL, talk turned to the Predators. A mention of Paul Kariya’s strong season brought an interesting response. “Wow, he’s still in the league?” asked a casual hockey fan but religious reader of multiple sports sections. “Remember when he was a star?”
Ah, yes, I remember it well.

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Talking Hockey

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I touch on a few different hockey topics today in my NHL.com blog.

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Remembering Fighting

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from the News-Sentinel,

Many fans of “old-time hockey” bemoan the lack of fighting and physical toughness in today’s game. Though there was no television footage, there was intense Internet interest in the Komets’ Dec. 9 game at Elmira that featured 253 penalty minutes.
Caricatured by the movie “Slap Shot,” line fights and bench-clearing brawls are part of hockey’s lore. Everyone has memories and perceptions that players fought more in “the good old days,” but those numbers don’t always show up in the record books.

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Comrie Filled With Pride

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from the Ottawa Citizen,

Excuse Ottawa Senators centre Mike Comrie if he allows himself to think of something other than hockey for a few moments this week.
On Friday, his father, Bill Comrie—who turned a tiny furniture store into the wildly successful The Brick furniture chain—will be awarded the Order of Canada by Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean. The award is granted to “Canadian citizens for outstanding achievement and service to the country or to humanity at large.”
“It’s pretty special,” Mike Comrie said after the Senators’ practice yesterday.

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Luongo Plays On

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from the Vancouver Sun,

My wife is always telling me maybe I should take the night off, so I have to fight with her and my mom all the time, especially when we were in Montreal and I was in the hospital that one day,” Luongo chuckled. “You know they are just worried about you and your health, and I can’t blame them for that.”
We hate to break it to Roberto, but his employers, teammates and fans are probably just as worried. The difference, of course, is they don’t go home with the guy at night.
“My wife would like me to give her a sign—like move a leg or something—when I’m down, but when you’re in that kind of pain, that’s not the first thing you’re thinking about,” noted Luongo, smiling at the thought. “I phone her after every game, but any time something happens, I know she gets really nervous….”

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Avs Getting Healthy

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from the Rocky Mountain News,

Defenseman John-Michael Liles, who has missed the past 11 games, and forward Brad May, who was injured during the preseason, could return to the lineup as soon as tonight’s game against the Florida Panthers at the Pepsi Center….
Quenneville believes the players’ return might have a positive impact on their teammates.
“May hasn’t played all year, so it will certainly be exciting for him and our team to see him back playing,” Quenneville said. “Johnny is an important part of our team, and he really helps our power play and our offense. So his return will certainly spark our team, too.”

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