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Authentic Orr

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Vancouver Sun,

To cheer him up, a family friend gave him a Bobby Orr hockey sweater. But not a store-bought sweater, a real one, worn by Orr in road games with the Boston Bruins during the 1968-69 season. Joyce has had the sweater in his closet for decades. Last March, he heard about a sports memorabilia show at the Croatian Cultural Centre. A Montreal firm that had auctioned off Jean Beliveau's personal collection for over $1 million US was going to be there looking for memorabilia -- and the same company had sold a game worn Bobby Orr jersey for $150,000 US. So Joyce went down to meet them. He went up to dealer's table, took the Orr sweater out of a bag and said "Can you look at this?" The guy he handed it to literally started shaking with excitement. A buzz went round the room, and they were instantly surrounded by fans looking to see one of hockey's holy grails.
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Wrong Message

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Star-Ledger,

You have to wonder whether theatergoers ever booed Sir Lawrence Olivier. Sports fans, on the other hand, have no mercy. That was reinforced Thursday night when Devils fans booed and mock-cheered goaltender Martin Brodeur after he allowed five goals in the second period against the Toronto Maple Leafs. "They forget quick," captain Patrik Elias suggested. "It's not right. Not every day is going to go perfectly. He's arguably the best goaltender in history. Have a little respect." The boos were heard over the dangerously loud and often inappropriate music played in the arena.
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Hard To Watch

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Calgary Sun,

A win is a win is a ... good lord, what else is on? Reruns of The Equalizer? Jennifer Tilly-less championship poker? Each and every one of those are a must-see on TV compared to what's passing for hockey round these parts the past few years. And, sadly, there's no end in sight. Yes, forget the early season panicking about the lack of scoring output from the Flames, what people really should be bemoaning is the lack of entertainment value the home team keeps dumping on the ice.
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What’s In A Name

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Ottawa Citizen,

Senators could use some inspiration from likes of Golden Jet, the Rocket But for a few exceptions, the Ottawa Senators are a sorry bunch when it comes to nicknames -- a rite in sports for many decades. True, nicknames aren't what they used to be, but the Senators could use a lot of help judging from the ones listed in the club's 2006-07 guide. Take bruiser Brian McGrattan, for example, the guy who last season beat up Tie Domi, one of the most notorious NHL fighters of all time. McGrattan is nicknamed "Ernie," after a toupee-wearing bowler played by Bill Murray in the 1996 movie, Kingpin.
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Wings-Sabres Online?

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Once again, Yahoo Sports is promising an online stream, and tonight's selction is the Wings-Sabres game: NHL/VersusWatch it live: * Sabres at Red Wings, 7:00pm ET stream link

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Sabres May Have a “Snow Day”

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the Associated Press:

Buffalo — It's game on — more than likely — for the Buffalo Sabres as the team considers whether to postpone its home game Saturday against the New York Rangers because of the unprecedented fall snowstorm that paralyzed the city. Sabres spokesman Mike Gilbert said Friday that while the team intends to play, a final decision won't be made until Saturday afternoon. He added that the Rangers confirmed plans to travel to Buffalo after the city's airport was reopened Friday afternoon and the team was notified its hotel has power. The region's sports schedule was disrupted by a rare early October snowstorm that left parts of the Great Lakes and Midwest blanketed with two feet of snow and 350,000 homes and businesses without electricity in western New York.
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Isles Bring Back Bossy

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the New York Islanders:

Legendary Islanders right wing Mike Bossy is returning to the organization in an official capacity for the first time since his retirement as a player in 1987. The 49-year old Bossy has been named the team’s new Executive Director of Corporate Relations. “It’s wonderful to be back with the Islanders,” said Bossy, whose No. 22 was retired by the Islanders in 1992. “This franchise and all of Long Island hold a special place in my heart. I have made a commitment to (Islanders owner) Charles Wang to do everything in my power to make the Islanders successful. A big part of that will be establishing partnerships with local and national businesses. A major professional sports franchise like the Islanders needs the support of corporate sponsors.”
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Talk of the Three-Point Win Returns

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail:

Through the first 54 games of the season, fully 15 have ended tied in regulation — and of those, only four were actually decided in sudden-death overtime, none since the third night of the season. The rest all went to a shootout, which tends to skew the NHL standings, because a shootout victory is counted the same way as a victory in regulation or in overtime. Last year, the Dallas Stars won 12 games via the shootout and it really was the difference in them winning the Pacific Division crown and getting the No. 2 seed in the playoffs (where they were promptly upset by the No. 7 seed, the Colorado Avalanche, who finished 17 points behind them in the standings, largely because they were less proficient in the shootout, winning only three times and losing six). Eliminate the shootout results and the gap between the teams wasn't nearly as significant as it first appeared. With so many games being decided in extra time, it creates a scenario where some games are worth two points in the standings and others three.
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Berard May Have Back Surgery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Columbus Blue Jackets,

Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Bryan Berard will meet with Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles next week to explore potential surgery to repair a recurring back problem, team President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced today. Berard missed the final 31 games of the 2005-06 season and has not played this season. At this time no date has been set for the potential surgery.
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KK- Doubleheader

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I am off to Comerica Park for Game 3 of the ALCS, then onto the Joe Louis Arena for the Buffalo/Detroit game. Wind chill in Detroit is around 30 degrees!!! Hot chocolate and gloves, perfect baseball and hockey weather. I will be updating on a limited basis for the rest of the day.

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